Religious Tour of Hamilton, Hamilton

Religious life in Hamilton is channelled into many congregations, which are spreading different religions and providing space for worship for everybody. Take this tour and discover the oldest and most attractive churches with very impressive architecture and rich history.
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Religious Tour of Hamilton Map

Guide Name: Religious Tour of Hamilton
Guide Location: Canada » Hamilton (See other walking tours in Hamilton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Linda
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Christ Church Cathedral

1) Christ Church Cathedral

Christ's Church Cathedral, the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara was built in 1835, it is the oldest extant Anglican cathedral in anglophone Canada. The building has an unusual construction history. Originally a stuccoed wooden Palladian-Baroque structure designed by Robert Charles Wetherall, it was incrementally transformed into stone Decorated Gothic, initially to an 1848 design by William Thomas, with Thomas’s chancel and the first two bays of his nave being added to Wetherall's existing wooden church, the resulting hybrid being dubbed “the humpback church.”

The stone gothic nave was completed to a further design by Henry Langley in 1876, the original wooden portion having been demolished in 1872 to clear room for it and, inter alia, the chancel extended in 1924–25. Meanwhile, Thomas, in a state of indignation over the perverse use to which the Anglicans had put his design, took it to the Presbyterians, who built the still-standing St Paul’s Church to Thomas’s plan for Christ’s Church. Christ's Church has ornately carved west doors and fine stained glass windows.

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St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

2) St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church is quite interesting, both from an architectural point of view and from a religious one. It was constructed in Gothic Revival architectural style. The building was established in 1882 as St. Paul's Baptist Church, later renamed St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and finally in 1955 was rededicated to St. John. Being a bilingual congregation, the services take place in two languages, English and German.
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St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

3) St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (must see)

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Hamilton, with beautiful English-Gothic architecture, interesting elements and stained glass windows. It was built during a period of four years, from 1854 to 1857, and now it is part of the National Historic Site. The Cross of Sacrifice, erected by the congregation in 1921, is of interest as it is dedicated to those who died in the two world wars.
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James St Baptist Church

4) James St Baptist Church

Another architectural masterpiece of Hamilton, with a high religious value is James St. Baptist Church. It was established between 1878 and 1882, by the appreciated architect Joseph Connolly. Such elements as geometric patterns and pointed windows reflect the tendencies of the thirteenth century. The interior of the church is also imposing, with its division into a nave and aisles and its amazingly decorated altar.
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McNab Presbyterian Church

5) McNab Presbyterian Church

McNab Presbyterian Church was built in 1854, as a result of the expanding of the Knox Free Church Congregation and the necessity for a new place of worship. The building was designed by architect Isaac Buchanan in Gothic Revival style. The first establishment was a wooden church with a small capacity, but was reconstructed two years later, when a stone building was set by Scottish stonemasons. Until 1954, some important additions were built. The church is remarkable for its design and simplicity, which makes it very attractive.
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Central Presbyterian Church

6) Central Presbyterian Church

The origins of the Central Presbyterian Church dates back to 1841, when the congregation was formed from only ten members and two adherents. The former place of worship was a schoolhouse at Jackson and MacNab streets, and later, in 1858, a bigger stone church was built but destroyed by fire. The congregation moved to the present site, where the beautiful new church was established and recently redecorated. The current structure was designed by architect John M. Lyle in Georgian style, and built in 1908.
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St Joseph's Church

7) St Joseph's Church

St Joseph's Church has a rich history of about one hundred years, the period during which it spread the Catholic religion and received numerous devoted worshippers. At first, the services of the congregation were held in a little wooden church, known as The German Mission Church. But the necessity for more space led to the construction of this Roman-Catholic parish, completed on June 24, 1894, and dedicated to St. Joseph. It was built in Gothic Revival architectural style.
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Melrose United Church

8) Melrose United Church

Melrose United Church is one of the most impressive churches in the region. Its congregation, which forms a union with Charlton Avenue Methodist Church and Westmount Presbyterian Church, was founded and consolidated on November 13, 1925, while the building which houses the church was established on March 31, 1929. Besides the usual services, the church also offers guitar classes and chorus meetings.

Walking Tours in Hamilton, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Hamilton

Create Your Own Walk in Hamilton

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hamilton is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries Tour of Hamilton

Art Galleries Tour of Hamilton

The richness of the cultural life and the large number of art galleries and talented artists in Hamilton can attract and delight both locals and tourists. There are many venues where one can see interesting exhibitions and presentations. Take this guide to experience those worth seeing.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Museums and Galleries of Hamilton

Museums and Galleries of Hamilton

The city of Hamilton has very interesting and valuable museums and galleries, providing really beautiful and exceptional pieces of art. They illustrate the culture and the history of the city as well as contemporary tendencies. This self-guided tour is a helpful source for discovering these worthy places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Hamilton, a port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario in Canada, is dominated by the Niagara Escarpment, a massive, forested ridge commonly referred to as "the mountain". Aside from this, there are other, man-made, attractions in the city, including HMCS Haida, a naval warship moored at the city's lakefront, and the Hamilton Military Museum, showcasing Canada's military history. To explore these and other notable sights of Hamilton, take this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Westdale Tour in Hamilton

Westdale Tour in Hamilton

Westdale Village is a neighbourhood in Hamilton, bustling with specialty shops and interesting places. Locals and visitors are delighted by the plethora of boutiques, bakeries, pubs and stores with unique items. Be ready to devote some of your time to visiting the worthwhile places in Westdale, presented in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hamilton for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hamilton has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hamilton, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.