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There’s so much to explore and do in Hamilton. It’s a hotbed of culture, delicious eats, amazing festivals and diverse activities. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also tons of beautiful green space and waterfalls to visit. What are you waiting for? Here are our favourite things to do in Hamilton this summer.
The first ever Liquid Art Festival will be 2 days of creativity and beer. The festival will have 50 brewers from all around the world, live art and music performances. Some of the brewers include People Like Us from Denmark, Moon Dog from Australia, Garage Beer from Spain, and Brewski from Sweden, just to name a few. Obviously, Canada will be well represented with brewers from Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. While you sip your beer, listen to indie bands Mt Joy, Lost Cousins and the Beaches.
We bet that you didn't know that Hamilton is the waterfall capital of the world. There are over 100 waterfalls minutes away from the downtown core! Each waterfall is unique and offers something new to explore. The Devil's Punchbowl is popular for its unique rock formations and plunging depths. Sherman Falls is a beautiful tiered waterfall tucked into the woods. Tews Falls is the tallest waterfall in Ontario and has a height of 41 meters. Last but not least, Webster’s Falls is a curtain waterfall with beautiful panoramas.
At HAMBRGR, the goal is to create delicious burgers. And they do. All beef is locally sourced from Beverly Creek farms. The burgers are freshly ground beef hand smashed on the grill. The classic burger is the #HAMONT, which feature double patties, grilled onions, mustard glazed bacon and American cheese. You can even swap your bun for a buttermilk waffle. We'd be remiss not to mention the epic snacks on the menu. Buffalo cauliflower uses grana padano tempura and is topped with a classic buffalo sauce. Bacon fat popcorn is sprinkled with crispy bacon, spices and cheese. Yum.
Mezcal is an edgy Mexican restaurant and bar that uses fresh local ingredients as well as specialty ingredients from abroad. Chef Manny Ferreira (of Chopped Canada fame) heads up the kitchen with mouth-watering dishes like chorizo and pineapple tacos, beer battered shrimp, house made guacamole and churros. At the bar, they have a large selection of 100% agave tequila. Try it straight up, or enjoy it mixed into one of their specially crafted cocktails. The décor is styled like a Mexican cantina, complete with moody, contemporary eye-catching paintings of Mexican “sugar skulls” on the walls.
This much-loved attraction lets you get up close and personal with lions, monkeys, cheetahs, zebras, rhinos, giraffes and so much more! Visitors drive through game reserves featuring animals from around the world along 9 kilometers of trail. The park has over 750 acres to explore, and more than 1,000 animals and birds to see.
Berkley North is the restaurant you didn't know you needed, but once you've found it...there's no going back. The menu is inspired by the owners’ trip to Berkley, California. The menu is a mixture of inventive veggie dishes (hello Mushroom Dumplings and Teriyaki Eggplant) and heartier dishes like Cumbrae's Ribeye Steak and Fried Chicken Sandwich. Everything is made with responsibly sourced ingredients and a lot of love.
Get your phones ready for that perfect Instagram shot. New this summer, Hamilton has launched their very own larger than life neon sign. The sign can be found in front of the Hamilton City Hall. The letters are 2.3 metres tall with 125 metres of LED lights. The best part? You can actually stand inside of the letters.
This larger than life festival is an annual party in the city. Supercrawl is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this fall. The music festival will feature over 60 bands! Headliners include Lights, Wintersleep, Owen Pallett, Cadence Weapon, The Dirty Nil, and Elliott Brood. Bands will perform live on the street and at select venues. Food trucks, artists and family-friendly activities will round out the entertainment.
Article by Amanda Nunes
Amanda is a freelance writer, illustrator, and designer exploring, eating, shopping and living in the general Toronto area. She lives to travel, loves to read and has a mild tea addiction. You can follow Amanda on her blog girl.heartless-ink.com or on social.