Welcome to the heart of Ontario and the economic engine of Canada. McMaster University has called Hamilton home for almost 90 of its 130 years in existence. Hamilton is the ninth-largest city in Canada, fourth largest in Ontario and ranked as one of the top 10 places to do business in Canada. Hamilton is only 45 minutes from Toronto and the U.S. border.

McMaster is located in the west end of Hamilton in a residential area called Westdale Village. Bordered by Cootes Paradise, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the shores of Lake Ontario, the campus is connected to kilometers of nature trails, biking paths, and Hamilton’s burgeoning waterfront.


Things to do in Hamilton:

  • Hike to one of Hamilton’s 120 waterfalls
  • Tour Hamilton Harbour by boat or the paved Waterfront Trail
  • Dine on Locke Street
  • Take a selfie at Sam Lawrence Park
  • Explore an art gallery on James Street North or the nearby Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Cycle on the Escarpment Rail Trail
  • Sample the latest brews at one of Hamilton’s microbreweries (if you are 19 years or older)
  • Visit one of the dozens of parks in Hamilton
  • Watch a concert/sporting event at the First Ontario Centre or Concert Hall


Hamilton is conveniently situated on a major rail, air, water, and road transportation networks to other large North American Centres such as Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, and New York.

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