Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a youth he was an excellent athlete who shone in his school rowing, rugby, football and hockey teams. His first job was as a junior clerk with The Dominion Bank, and he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to open a new branch in 1907. Hamber later became the company"s President.
In 1934 he built the Tudor Revival style Minnekhada Lodge in Coquitlam as a country retreat and hunting lodge.
The land is now managed by Metro Vancouver Parks. He left office in 1941 and accepted the position of Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in 1944, a position he held for seven years.
He died in 1960. Both Eric Hamber Secondary School and one of the residences in Place Vanier on the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus are named after Eric Hamber.
As is Hamber Provincial Park on the British Columbia side of the Canadian Rockies. Theatre British Columbia"s most prestigious award also bears his name.