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Hamilton is a port city in Ontario with a population of around half a million people.
It is situated at the westernmost end of Lake Ontario—the city wraps around the lake and continues towards the Niagara Escarpment, referred to by locals as “the mountain.”
Hamilton is interesting by its to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University and several colleges.
The Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats play at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Also in the city, there are numerous museums, waterfalls, green parks.
The city even has an official tourism website that offers a free “Experience Hamilton” Visitor’s Guide and current info on local events and attractions.
Warnings & Dangers in Hamilton
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Hamilton is quite safe for travel, and many travelers do not encounter any difficulties moving around here. In remote areas of the city and dimly lit streets, you can run into drug dealers; in such cases, a robbery is possible. Do not resist and give what the criminals ask and then contact the police.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Taxis and public transportation are safe in Hamilton. As always, if you use common sense and watch your pockets on a crowded bus. It's better to take a licensed taxi.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As in almost any city, you can meet pickpockets in Hamilton. Most often they operate in tourist places and in crowded vehicles. Also, be careful not to leave personal items and valuables in your car.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Hamilton, we face several hazards, such as floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes. In addition to natural disasters, there are other types of risks, such as power outages and industrial or transportation accidents.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Armed robberies or severe hacks in the city are rare. However, it may occur. For tourists protection, it is not recommended to walk in distant areas of the city from the center and not to linger on the street late at night, especially if you have a little drink.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Canada's current level is Medium, meaning that a violent act of terrorism could occur. There were no cases of terrorism in Hamilton; however, travelers should always be on the alert about this danger.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Most fraud in Hamilton occurs over the Internet. When criminals collect your data and your card data, keep this in mind, and never fill out confidential banking information on third-party sites. SMS mailing is also often a scam tool but does not affect tourists.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Usually, for women traveling alone, there is no problem in Hamilton. They are unlikely to attract unwanted attention from local men. However, it is always worthwhile to have common sense and remember the usual security measures.
So... How Safe Is Hamilton Really?
Hamilton has an average crime rate and is considered quite safe.
The main crimes here are related to drug trafficking, vandalism, and petty theft.
Use common sense and avoid walking around alone at night.
During the day, the city is quite safe, and you can even safely walk alone.
The rate of violent crime is moderate compared to other similarly-sized Canadian cities.
Most often, criminals attack light victims who do not worry about their surroundings or go late from the bar.
It should be noted that the police in Hamilton works quite well, and if a crime has occurred to you, you should immediately contact the nearest police station.
If you travel to Hamilton in the winter, you should take special safety measures so as not to freeze. In winter, there can be rather low temperatures, and there is ice on the roads.
The beautiful trails along the Niagara Escarpment can sometimes run quite close to unfenced, unmarked cliff edges. Stay on the path and use caution, and you’ll be fine.
Hamilton is home to the Hamilton Steel Mill.
This means that, from time to time, there is a kind of odd smell in the air.
You don’t need to worry about parking in a garage as your vehicle will be ok.
Just do not leave your valuables in the car.
How Does Hamilton Compare?
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- Visas - A visa to enter Canada for tourists that stay less than 180 days is not obligatory for certain nationalities and that can be checked online. A valid passport is a must.
- Currency - The official currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar(It is often called "loonie"). The Canadian dollar has a symbol: $ and code: CAD. It is divided into 100 cents.
- Weather - The best times to visit Hamilton for ideal weather are June to October. Average temperatures in Hamilton vary drastically and the weather feels cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year.
- Airports - The nearest major airport is John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. This airport has domestic flights and is 24 km from the center of Hamilton. Another major airport is Region of Waterloo International Airport, which has international and domestic flights from Kitchener, Canada, and is 63 km from Hamilton.
- Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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