• The Green Smoothie Bar

    A Vegetarian Tour of Hamilton

    Vegetarians and vegans rejoice! Hamilton’s fast evolving food scene is clearly embracing a veggie-friendly palate. The city is brimming with restaurants that have strong ties to local growers, a focus on seasonal, farm-to-table dishes that celebrate diverse global cuisine AND create masterful vegetarian/vegan dishes that would tempt the tastebuds of…

  • Dundas Valley

    Spectacular Fall Hikes in Hamilton

    Fall is in the air, which means the time to see the leaves as they change from green to yellow, orange and red is upon us. So, where to go? There is no shortage of fall hiking options around this fabulous city, surrounded by so much nature. The bonus? No…

  • Family Picnic

    Family Fun at Art Gallery of Hamilton

    There are about a billion things that I love about Hamilton, which was a major factor in why I started my blog This Must be the Place to document it all. One thing that I truly love and appreciate about our city is that it is home to the Art Gallery of Hamilton….

  • African Lion Safari

    Animal Attraction: Behind the Scenes at African Lion Safari

    Excited and nervous: That’s how I felt before embarking on a VIP behind-the-scenes safari called Wake Up the Wild at African Lion Safari. It promised up-close encounters with some of the park’s most beloved animals, including a chance to hand feed Rothschild giraffes – the chance of a lifetime for…

  • Hamilton Souvenirs

    Souvenir Shopping in Hamilton

      Whether you’re visiting Hamilton to take in a big event or conference try not to go home empty-handed. Along with the memories you make, be sure to bring a little piece of Hamilton home with you. If you live here, do what I do and be a tourist in…

  • Catch a Ride at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology Steamer Days

    As a growing family with an active three year old and another one the way, we are always looking for family friendly activities to do over the weekend that are stress free, local, keep the little one busy and can get us out and exploring the Hamilton and surrounding area….

  • Strike a Pose: Take an Outdoor Yoga Class in Hamilton

    It’s a calm evening, with barely a ripple disturbing Hamilton’s Christie Lake. I’m lying in Savasana pose on a stand-up paddleboard (or SUP), the sounds of the conservation area – birds, crickets, the occasional fish jumping – gently joining this tranquil moment of relaxation before I open my eyes to blue…

  • Where to Flock to Bird Watch in Hamilton

    “Don’t scan around with the binoculars, look in the direction you want and then lift them to your face,” suggests birder Peter Thoem, as I search about for a bird. I had asked Peter to take me around and show me some bird-watching hotspots in Hamilton. This was but one…

  • Hamilton’s Electronic Music Scene

    For a long time, if you thought about Hamilton music, you thought about grit and guitars. Hamilton has been home to some gritty guitar bands – some great guitar bands – and that, for the most part, was the foundation of our musical reputation. Yes, there was Kon Kan’s 1989…

  • SoBi it! Take Advantage of Hamilton’s New Bike Share Program

    “I’ve been wanting to try one of those, how does it work?” asked a man interestedly, as I locked up my SoBi bike the other day. I inadvertently launched into salesperson mode, extolling the virtues of Hamilton’s newest bike share program – not because I work for Hamilton Bike Share,…