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Not only is the city of Hamilton, Ontario a thriving industrial zone, but it is also surrounded by serene natural beauty. The next time you’re around the Greater Toronto area, be sure to take a road trip to this lesser-known bastion of environmental and historical heritage. You’ll find car rental prices averaging at just $58 CAD per day, with sturdy SUVs like a Jeep Wrangler for just $32.90 CAD per day. Alternatively, a subcompact Toyota Corolla starts from $25 CAD per day. You can book your Hamilton car rental in advance with Enjoy Travel for a seamless trip.

Guide to Hamilton


Hamilton sits on the western end of Lake Ontario, just over 9 miles from the nearby city of Burlington. The Niagara Escarpment divides it into ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ sections.


Like most cities around the Great Lakes, Hamilton’s climate is tempered by the waterfront. The warm summer lasts from June to September, and winter, from December to February, is damp and chilly. To avoid traveling during the peak season, visit in spring.

Culture in Hamilton

The city in its current form was formed by absorbing five nearby municipalities with the old town of Hamilton, which was first named after the merchant-turned-politician George Hamilton.

Things to do in Hamilton

Marvel at rare flora and fauna

The Royal Botanical Garden, situated 10 minutes from the city center, is a great place in which to go hiking or birding – that is, after you finish admiring the 4 cultivated areas. Hendrie Park, Rock Garden, Lake Garden, and Arboretum all offer stunning displays of horticulture. See if you can find rare species like the red mulberry tree! The campus is about 2400 acres large and has as many varieties of plants.

Trace the history of aviation in warfare

Just after you land in Hamilton, be sure to check out the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The museum, which is fairly close to the main airport, boasts a collection of 47 old planes, each with its own little story. Some of them date back to the Battle of Britain while others were used during the First World War. You can even fly some of the planes! To do this, book in advance – but only if you have prior experience operating aircraft.

Explore a neoclassical mansion

Built in 1835, Dundurn Castle is now the centerpiece of the Dundurn National Historic Site. It looks like something out of ancient Rome, but we assure you it had 19th-century gas and lighting from the very beginning. The grounds are like a large museum, with multiple displays from European history – medals, uniforms, military vehicles, and so on – while the mansion itself offers a glimpse into upper-class life in the 1800s.

Eating out in Hamilton

For a taste of distant China, but with Canadian influences, try the buffet at Mandarin Restaurant – the roast beef and noodle dishes are particularly good. Much as its name suggests, The French is a bistro that serves mostly French food, although it does offer some north African dishes as well. We recommend you start with the salade lyonnaise and move on to the trout almondine. Wild Orchid makes some of the best seafood pasta and steaks in town. At Aberdeen Tavern, which specialises in Canadian brunches, find out what makes Hamiltonians feel at home.

Hamilton Transport


The city is serviced by the John C. Munro International Airport (YHM), which is large enough to draw some of the air traffic off Toronto.

Local transport in Hamilton

Within Hamilton, you can take the local Hamilton Street Railway buses to get around. Alternatively, renting a car is also a popular option among those who want greater comfort and flexibility to go off the beaten track.

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FAQs about car rental in Hamilton

Most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Hamilton

The average cost per day of renting a car in Hamilton is just $58 CAD.
Prices for Hamilton car rentals start from just $22.58 CAD when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To rent a car in Hamilton you must be at least 21 years old.
Additional drivers can be added to your Hamilton car rental agreement upon request.
Explore Hamilton with a large and comfortable SUV like a Jeep Wrangler or similar.
The distance between Hamilton Airport and downtown is 19.8 km via ON-6 N and ON-403 E
The distance between Toronton and Hamilton is around 68.5 km.

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