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605 James Street North Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 1J9

Hamilton Port Authority Building

HOPA Hamilton Port Authority Building 605 James Street North exterior photo
The Hamilton Port Authority Building is located at 605 James Street North. The Hamilton Travel Clinic is on the first floor.

The Travel Doctor is located on the first floor of The Hamilton Port Authority Building close to Hamilton Harbour (formerly called Burlington Bay). The address is 605 James Street North, Hamilton, and is at the corner of Burlington Street East.

Built in 1953, the waterfront building is an easy-to-spot, historical landmark that features Art Deco architecture and a stone sculpture carved by Louis Temporale.

The Hamilton Port Authority Building is a six-story building with a total area of 72,000 square feet. In addition to The Travel Doctor on the first floor, the building also houses the Hamilton Port Authority’s administrative offices on the upper floors.

The historic building has undergone several renovations over the years, including a major renovation in 2002 that modernized the interior while preserving the building’s historic character.

The Hamilton Port Authority Building is located in a prime location on the waterfront, with stunning views of Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario. The building is also a short distance from many popular attractions in the area, including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Dundurn Castle, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

In addition to its role as a hub for shipping and commerce, the Port of Hamilton also plays an important role in the local community. The Hamilton Port Authority is committed to sustainable development and environmental stewardship and has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and protect the surrounding ecosystem.


The Hamilton Port Authority Building is wheelchair accessible, offering two accessible parking spots in the back lot. A paved path leads to the front entrance equipped with a push-button door opener. There is also an elevator and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

Street parking is also available.

The Port of Hamilton

Exterior front view photo of the Hamilton Port Authority Building taken in the autumn.
Exterior front view photo of the Hamilton Port Authority Building taken in the autumn.

The Hamilton Harbour Commission was created in 1912. At the same time, two major steel mills had begun setting up operations in the city.

The steel boon established the Port of Hamilton as critical for industrial and commercial development in the region, and gave rise to Hamilton’s nickname “Steelcity.”

The Hamilton port is the busiest of all Canadian ports located on the Great Lakes. Each year it manages more than 12 million tons of cargo and receives more than 700 vessels.

The Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) manages and operates the Port of Hamilton. The HPA is responsible for ensuring that the port operates safely and efficiently, and for promoting economic development and sustainable growth in the Hamilton, Ontario, region.

The Hamilton Port Authority is a part of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA). In 2019, HOPA was created due to the amalgamation of the Hamilton Port Authority and the Oshawa Port Authority.

Pollinator Plants project

In partnership with beekeeping store Humble Blee and the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority, the Hamilton Port Authority Building has taken to promoting and protecting native pollinator plants.

For instance, a native Service Berry tree stands outside the front of the building, with a sign informing passersby that the tree’s spring blossoms feed pollinators.