Parking & Directions for Campus Tours

Campus Tour ParkingParking

  • The campus map can be found here. 
  • Please bring a copy of the McMaster Campus Map to help orient yourself.
  • Be sure to PRINT PREVIEW the document and set it to print on a single page
  • Parking lots for tour guests are highlighted on this map.

For Driving Directions, please see the highway directions at the bottom of the page for directions to McMaster from major surrounding areas or key locations.

It is highly recommended that you enter campus at the Sterling Street & Forsyth Avenue Entrance (185 Sterling Street, Hamilton, ON)NOT the Main Street West Entrance.  Once through the Sterling Street entrance, you have two options:

1) LEFTL.R. Wilson Underground Parking:

  • Take the first entrance on your left (after the median) to park underground
  • If the sign for this lot says “Visitor Closed,” please proceed to Option #2

2) RIGHTOther Parking Lots: B, C & Stadium Underground Parking:

  • Turn right at the first available opportunity (Stearn Drive)
  • Parking Lots B & C will be on your left – signs will indicate visitor parking availability
  • If there are open visitor parking spaces, turn left at the fork and park in the available lot
  • If the signs for these lots say “Visitor Closed,” continue straight along Stearn Drive
  • Turn left at the stop sign in front of the Ivor Wynne Centre
  • Once you have passed the David Braley Athletic Centre on your right, turn right at the second stop sign onto Michell Crescent
  • Proceed straight along Michell Crescent
  • Follow the signs for the Stadium Parking (under the football field)
  • If the sign for Stadium Underground says “Visitor Closed,” you may proceed to Lot H

*Note: The walk from the Stadium /Zone H to Gilmour Hall is approximately 5-7 minutes.

Validated Parking Lots

Non-Validated Parking Lots*

L.R. Wilson Underground

Lot A

Lot B

Health Sciences Lot/Hospital Underground

Lot C

Parking Meters

Stadium Underground

Pre-Pay Parking Lots

Lot H

 

Lot I

 

* We are unable to provide complimentary parking to guests who park in Parking Lot A (Divinity College), the Health Sciences Centre Lot/Hospital Underground Parking, or at parking meters/pre-paid lots.  All other gated lots (Lots B through I), as detailed above, will be free of charge on the day of your tour.

Vouchers received at the parking gate should be on hand for sign-in at the Recruitment Office.

Campus Tours leave from the Student Recruitment Office – Gilmour Hall 102.

 

Walking Directions After You Have Parked
Walking Directions

  • From the L.R. Wilson Underground Parking:

    • Exit the North-facing doors onto Sterling Street
    • Turn left, and proceed West down Sterling
    • Turn right, at the stop sign, onto University Avenue
    • Continue down University Ave until you reach Gilmour Hall (on your right)
    • Proceed up the metal staircase and through two sets of doors
    • Turn left and continue down the hallway
    • Our office is the third door on your left: Gilmour Hall 102


    From Parking Lots B & C:

    • Enter the McMaster University Student Centre
    • Continue to the Gilmour Hall entrance, straight ahead (just past the Tim Hortons
    • Proceed up the stairs, making a left at the top of the stairs
    • Continue through the doors, making a left at the end of the hallway
    • Our office is the second door on your right: Gilmour Hall 102
  • From Parking Lots B & C (Accessible Route):

     

    • Enter the McMaster University Student Centre
    • Proceed towards the ramp located in front of the Gilmour Hall entrance, past the Tim Hortons
    • Make your way to the elevators located to the left of the ’Compass Information Centre’ and proceed to the 2nd floor
    • Once on the 2nd floor, exit straight off the elevator continuing down the hallway ahead
    • Make a left hand turn at your first opportunity and pass through the double doors, signaling your entrance into Gilmour Hall
    • Locate the elevators on the right hand side and proceed to the 1st floor. On the 1st floor
    • Once on the 1st floor, exit to your right off the elevators
    • At the end of the hallway, turn left
    • Our office is the second door on your right: Gilmour Hall 102.
  • From Stadium Underground Parking (Accessible):

     

    • Proceed South along Michell Crescent (bordering the athletics field)
    • At the stop sign, cross the street (Stearn Drive) and continue  up the stairs beneath Togo Salmon Hall
    • There is a ramp located to the left of the stairs for accessibility needs
    • Head straight across the courtyard, making a right hand turn just before the Student Centre
    • Proceed towards Chester New Hall
    • Enter Chester New Hall through the doors on your left
    • Follow the hallway and through the open doors, signaling your entrance into Gilmour Hall
    • Our office will be the fourth door on the right: Gilmour Hall 102

If you find any of these routes to be closed or inaccessible please contact us at 905-525-9140 ext. 23650.

Directions to Hamilton / McMaster University

Attention SignFor GPS purposes please use the intersection of Sterling St. & Forsyth Ave (185 Sterling Street, Hamilton, ON) as coordinates to guide you to the campus entrance. We highly recommend using the Sterling Street entrance as it is closest to the campus tour meeting location. For transit options please see the Sustainability at McMaster site here.

 

  • From Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge
    Take Highway 401 to Highway 6 South. From Highway 6, exit on Highway 403 toward Hamilton, once in Hamilton, take the Main Street West (Exit 69A) off ramp. At the traffic signal at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Main Street and turn immediately right (before Husky gas station) onto Newton Avenue. As this street crosses King Street it becomes Sterling Street. Proceed up Sterling Street onto the McMaster campus. See parking details above.

    From the south Cambridge area, take Highway 8 to Hamilton. Proceed through Dundas along King Street, which becomes Cootes Drive. Turn left on Main Street West. Proceed along Main Street and turn left on Dalewood Ave. Turn left on Sterling Street and proceed to the McMaster Campus. See parking details above.

  • From Toronto, Oakville, Burlington
    Travel westbound on the QEW or Highway 407. In Burlington, take Highway 403 West to Hamilton (Downtown), Brantford. Exit Highway 403 at the Main Street West (Exit 69A) off ramp. At the traffic signal at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Main Street and turn immediately right (before Husky gas station) onto Newton Avenue. As this street crosses King Street it becomes Sterling Street. Proceed up Sterling Street onto the McMaster campus. See parking details above.

    From Brantford and London
    Travel on Highway 403 to the Aberdeen Avenue exit. Turn left at the first traffic light and proceed along Longwood Road, then turn left onto Main Street West. Turn right onto Newton Avenue (before Husky gas station). As this street crosses King Street it becomes Sterling Street. Proceed up Sterling Street onto the McMaster campus. See parking details above.

  • From Toronto Airport (YYZ – Lester B. Pearson International)
    Exit the airport onto Highway 427 South. Exit Highway 427 onto the QEW toward Hamilton. Follow detailed directions for coming from Toronto (on left).

    From Hamilton Airport (YHM – John C. Munro International)
    Exit the airport onto Highway 6 north, which connects to Highway 403. Take Highway 403 eastbound (toward Toronto), and exit as described in the directions for coming from Brantford (on left).

    From the Niagara Peninsula
    Follow the QEW over the Burlington Skyway Bridge as though going to Toronto. Take Highway 403 toward Hamilton, exit the highway at the Main Street West (Exit 69A) off ramp. At the traffic signal at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Main Street and turn immediately right (before Husky gas station) onto Newton Avenue. As this street crosses King Street it becomes Sterling Street. Proceed up Sterling Street onto the McMaster campus. See parking details above.