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Michele Sponagle

Michele Sponagle is a prolific journalist born and raised in Hamilton. Her work has appeared in top media outlets across Canada. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Michele’s blog takes a fresh look at some Hamilton classics, from iconic eateries to the quirky stories behind its most beloved and well-known attractions.



What’s New in Hamilton for 2018

From milestone anniversaries to delicious new dining, 40+ reasons why 2018 is going to be an epic year.

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Hamilton Breweries – Beer lives here!

Arts and draught: A thirst-quenching look at new breweries pouring into the city.


Summer Fun at Hamilton’s Beaches

Hot stuff: Follow the sun this summer to Hamilton’s best beaches.

Celebrate fabric of our nation with the Quilt of Belonging at The Cotton Factory

A quilt is a perfect symbol of Canada – a great many diverse pieces that come together to create something beautiful. That’s what makes The Quilt of Belonging project so absolutely perfect for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.


3 Ways To Celebrate Canada Day for Canada’s 150th

Hamilton is throwing an all out party this July 1 for Canada’s 150th. Here are 3 things you can’t miss.


Where to Celebrate Canada150 in Hamilton

There’s lots of ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in Hamilton. #MyHamilton explores five great events coming soon.


12 Ways to Celebrate Dundurn Castle’s Golden Anniversary on June 17th

Day to night events at Dundurn Castle June 17th in celebration of Canada 150 in Hamilton.

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Answer the Call: Hamilton Heritage Sites

The city has an abundance of sites connected to significant military events. For anyone interested in history, these come alive again through the stories they tell and the memories they honour. Turn back pages in time here.

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It happens here! 6 awesomely unique, only-in-Hamilton things to do, see and taste

Ask any Hamiltonian and they will tell you that their hometown is one of a kind. And that’s a fact. The city is like no other and can back up that claim by offering a roster of things available only here and nowhere else – more reasons to visit, stay and play.

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Hamilton’s vibrant past – where history lives on

Hamilton’s historical roots run deep.  Immerse yourself in a story that reveals how the city evolved into the vibrant, eclectic destination that it has become now with these 7 sites.


Outdoor Adventures Within Easy Reach

In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. When it comes to Hamilton, its setting, cradled between the escarpment and Lake Ontario, Hamilton delivers both great urban and outdoor experiences. Start your discovery with these 7 places.

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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 any animal lover.


Ottawa Street – from Fabric District to Design Destination & Culinary Hub

The evolution of Ottawa Street North started back during the First and Second World Wars when sewing your own clothing was a practical option. These days, however, it’s all flowing with plenty of new businesses hitting the ‘hood.


Classic Bites

What restaurants and foods represent Hamilton now – ones that have withstood the test of time? That’s the question I’ve pondered. After careful deliberation and some tasty research, I’ve come up with a list.

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