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Welcome to Hamilton ...

When the people of Hamilton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Hamiltonian<1>

The Lake Ontario city of Hamilton is 290 feet [88 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Hamilton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time. The time zone in French: EST- Heure Normale de l'Est (HNE), EDT- Heure Avancée de l'Est (HAE).

Area Codes for Hamilton: (289)<3>, (365) & (905)

The Canadian Postal Codes for Hamilton: L8E, L8G, L8H, L8J, L8K, L8L, L8M, L8N, L8P, L8R, L8S, L8T, L8V, L8W, L9A, L9B, L9C<4>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Hamilton, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated June 9, 1846.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Hamilton: Named after George Hamilton (1788-1836), a merchant and politician. During the War of 1812, he was a Captain with the Niagara Light Dragoons and was at the capture of Detroit and the battles of Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane.

Websites for Hamilton ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Communities Also Named Hamilton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 75 communities that are also named Hamilton - they are located in Alabama (2), Alaska, Arkansas (2), California (3), Colorado (4), Florida (2), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana (5), Iowa, Kansas (5), Kentucky (3), Louisiana, Manitoba, Maryland (2), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi (2), Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, New York (2), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia (4), Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin (3) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Hamilton.

Communities near Hamilton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Hamilton.

  • Oakville
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    • Oakville lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Hamilton.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oakville came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<6>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakville<7>
  • Burlington
  • Milton
  • Grimsby
  • Albion Falls
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    • Albion Falls lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Hamilton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Albion Falls
  • Aldershot
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    • Aldershot lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the north of Hamilton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aldershot
  • Clappison's Corners
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clappison's Corners
    • Clappison's Corners lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Hamilton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clappison's Corners
  • Cootes Paradise
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cootes Paradise
    • Cootes Paradise lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the west of Hamilton.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cootes Paradise came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<6>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cootes Paradise
  • Dundas
  • Hamilton Beach
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    • Hamilton Beach lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Hamilton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamilton Beach

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Hamilton ...

Looking for more information about Hamilton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Hamilton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Hamilton.

Adding Hamilton to Our Gazetteer ...

The earliest source that we've referenced which mentioned Hamilton was on a map titled Road Map for Ontario (from Shell Oil, 1955).

We also found Hamilton mentioned on a train schedule titled Canadian Pacific Railway Time Tables (October 1899).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Hamilton.

The official website for Hamilton:

The official website for Province of Ontario:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Hamilton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Hamilton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Hamilton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>Of the area codes for Hamilton, area code (289, 365) is an overlay.
<4>The Canadian Postal Code consists of 6 characters, where the first three characters are the 'Forward Sortation Area (FSA)', with the last three characters being the 'Local Delivery Unit (LDU)'. In the case of Hamilton, we provide only the FSA and not the LDU. The Canadian Postal Codes were created as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. So keep in mind that any given Postal Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Hamilton). The boundaries of the Postal Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other Postal Codes. When looking for a Postal Code, whether Hamilton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the Canada Post / Postes Canada.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hamilton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hamilton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from HamiltonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hamilton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2549, Longitude: -79.8671    
<6>If we found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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