By Shaina Amienyi
Hamilton
Canada
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Located half-way between Niagara Falls and Toronto, Hamilton is a gem in Ontario. With an abundance of waterfalls, hiking trails, beaches, as well as unparalleled natural beauty, exotic animals, and a vibrant music and arts scene, Hamilton has much to offer vacationers.

John C. Munro International Airport (YHM) provides convenient access to the city. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your flight to Hamilton using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Hamilton provides varied accommodations that reflect different characters, such as art lovers, campers, and families. Visit the hotel portion of EscapeWizard.com for help choosing among Hamilton’s many hotel options, see out top choices below. Our number one choice is the Crowne Plaza hotel, which has amazing rooms available. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.

While in Hamilton, be sure to experience the beauty of the city’s cascades and waterfalls. Hamilton is home to over 100 waterfalls, earning it the title of the “City of Waterfalls.” The city’s most popular waterfalls include Webster’s Falls, Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, which has an overhang of 120 feet, and Tew’s Falls, which as a 134 foot overhang. We at EscapeWizard.com recommend walking or cycling along the trails, such as Bruce Trail, that run along the waterfalls.

If you are looking to participate in outdoor activities, Hamilton is the place for you. The city houses several conservation areas where you can go swimming, hiking, camping, or cross-country skiing. For example, EscapeWizard.com suggests taking the family to Confederation Park, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. There are fun activities for the whole family, including go carts, mini-golf, batting cages, a climbing wall, and a water park. If you are looking to learn about sport history, EscapeWizard.com suggests the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, where you can learn about the history of football in Canada.

Shopping in Hamilton is a unique experience due to the city’s one-of-a-kind shopping districts. Barton Village is one such area with galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars, all with an international flavor. After Barton Village, head downtown to the International Village, one of Hamilton’s hot spots. We at EscapeWizard.com recommend it if you are interested in a place to eat, drink, and shop with an international flair. The area has bars and nightclubs featuring live entertainment. Lime Ridge Mall is the major shopping center in the Hamilton area. With over 200 stores, Lime Ridge offers the widest selection of fashion retailers carrying the hottest styles and brands.

Hamilton is a city with a lot of history, which its museums seek to capture. EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting Hamilton’s historical war museums and getting a feel for wartime conditions. Visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, a living history museum featuring over 40 aircrafts used in the Canadian military from WWII to the present. Visitors can interact with the displays and participate in activities like climbing into the cockpit of a real fighter jet or experiencing an interactive combat fight simulator.

Dundurn National Historic Site allows visitors discover mid-19th century Hamilton and tour over 40 rooms and three floors. Next door to Dundurn is the Hamilton Military Museum, where you can learn about the region’s involvement in the War of 1812, the Rebellion of 1837-1838, the Boer War, and World War I. In 2012 the city will mark the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the 200th anniversary of significant military activity in Hamilton, with commemorative events and activities. Other museums and galleries of interest that EscapeWizard.com recommend include the Whitehern Historic House and Garden and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, home to a comprehensive collection of Canadian historical, contemporary, art, as well as an impressive European art collection. Also, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, where visitors can learn about Canadian airplanes used in war from World War II to present day.

From ice climbing to cross country skiing to hiking, Hamilton offers year-round recreational activities. The city is a beautiful place to with visit with waterfalls, nature preserves, and trails. Book your vacation to this scenic, historic city using the above link to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Hamilton
By Kathryn Duggan
Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton
1224 Upper James Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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The Courtyard by Marriot Hamilton hotel in Ontario has a variety of local activities close by that the whole family can enjoy. The Hamilton Children’s Museum and the Wildwater Works including Adventure Village are both located nearby and great for the kids while the Southbrook Golf & Country Club provides a relaxing day outdoors for adults. The Courtyard offers on request the option of a complimentary airport shuttle service guaranteeing easy transportation to the hotel. The hotel accommodates those who plan to bring their own vehicle by providing complementary on-site parking. The check in time is 3 p.m.

The Courtyard by Marriot Hamilton offers room options of guest rooms and suites. The guest rooms consist of either one king or two queen size beds with an additional sofa bed in all rooms. The guest room also includes a living area. The suite style room has one king size bed as well as a sofa bed but with the added feature of a separate living room. The guest has the additional option of requesting a room with a whirlpool when staying in the suites or the guest room with one king bed. All rooms provide free wired and wireless internet as well as a TV with pay-per-view movies.

Start your day off right with an all you can eat buffet at the hotel’s Courtyard Cafe. The cafe is open for breakfast everyday including holidays.  A variety of local dining options are nearby, whether you are craving international food, BBQ, or pizza you won’t have to travel far. The hotel has a fitness center supplied with free weights and cardiovascular equipment as well as an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Business services are available such as network and internet printing, fax and copy services, and overnight delivery/pick-up. Small meeting rooms are available upon request accommodating up to 44 people. For a larger gathering the Ballroom is available with space for up to 300 guests.

Checkout is at 12 p.m. with the option of Express Checkout. An ATM is located nearby and the hotel facilitates foreign exchange. Daily housekeeping services are provided as well as on-site laundry and valet dry cleaning. EscapeWizard.com can assist you with booking your stay at The Courtyard by Marriot Hamilton here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Hamilton
By D. Gregory Perrin
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street, West Hamilton, ON
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The Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton is one of EscapeWizard.com’s top selections for hotel accommodations in the city. This hotel is only a short 20 minute drive from the airport which can be reached by cab. Guests can arrive early if they like for the 3 p.m. check in, so they can situate their possessions before starting their day. Visitors should make sure to sign up for Starwood points when they arrive to get reward points.

The beds in the rooms are all Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds for maximum comfort. Guests traveling with an infant can request a crib to be put into the room for no extra charge. All rooms of the hotel are smoke free to promote a healthy lifestyle. The rooms have a 32 inch color television with a cable package. The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel offers high speed internet in each of its rooms; check with the front desk upon arrival for applicable fees. Guests can enjoy a warm cup of coffee with the in-room coffee marker.

The hotel has amenities that all guests can take advantage of during their stay in Hamilton. There is a heated indoor pool that vacationers can relax in after a long day or swim in. There is also a whirlpool that guests can relax in after a long day of business or sightseeing. The Sheraton is located near many of the city’s attractions like the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

There is dining options available at the hotel as well. The Chagall's Restaurant is available for all meals of the day. The restaurant offers low priced meals that are available. The Loft is the hotel’s bar and they have a bar menu for food and guests can get drinks to relax.

EscapeWizard.com knows that the Sheraton is an excellent option in Hamilton, Ontario; click here to book your flight today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).