Communities / Hamilton
Ancaster is home to some of the most beautiful houses in Hamilton. From the gracious older homes of old Ancaster to delightful suburban developments located near one of the largest shopping areas in Hamilton, this community offers something for everyone. Established in 1792, the community offers many amenities. The 21-metre ribbon waterfall at Tiffany Falls Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful of Hamilton’s 60+ waterfalls. The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, which located to Ancaster in 1914, is one of Canada’s finest golf courses and hosted the 2006 Canadian Open. Ancaster’s history, traditions and location add a special character to the City of Hamilton.
Founded in 1797, this beautiful valley town of 23,000 people is bounded north and south by two sides of the Niagara Escarpment. Dundas boasts a proximity to the area’s natural wonders and a shopping area that combines sophistication with a welcome small-town feeling. It remains one of the most desirable areas in Hamilton to raise families.
With more than 15 communities, all with their own character and appeal, Flamborough has been called a genuine community of communities. Extending 191 square miles, Flamborough takes in urban Waterdown as well as more rural areas such as Greensville. It is surrounded by conservation and recreation areas to offer year-round activities ranging from cross-country skiing in winter to boating and swimming in the summer. Flamborough is a community that cares, with countless service organizations, youth and seniors activities, and sports and recreation programs galore. The African Lion Safari is one of the Ontario’s key tourist attractions and opened here in 1969 to offer a new animal-friendly take on the traditional zoo. Flamborough also is home to Flamboro Downs raceway and casino, with top name attractions, evening and daytime races and more than 750 slot machines.
Glanbrook is a blend of small town character with a diversified economy and proximity to all the amenities of the big city. Including the towns of Binbrook and Mt. Hope, Glanbrook now encompasses 75 acres and houses the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. This community of 11,000 is growing by leaps and bounds as city-weary home buyers are drawn to the area. Major new housing developments, such as the Binbrook Fairgrounds project, are attracting young families. However, the small town character remains in gracious old homes and acres of farmland, as well as nearby conservation areas and nature parks right in residents own backyard.
Hamilton is a community of rich cultural heritage, home to both natural and manmade wonders. Although its history goes back much further, the City was founded shortly after the war of 1812. The City is bisected into the upper and lower city by a ribbon of wild, green space known as Niagara Escarpment. The escarpment is a 90 metre cliff. In the area, more than 80 waterfalls have been identified, plunging over the edge of this natural wonder, which led to the city being nicknamed “The City of Waterfalls”. While the escarpment runs from New York to Owen Sound and beyond, no one is more proud of this geological feature than Hamiltonians, who lovingly refer to it as “the mountain.” No one can resist the breathtaking view of the lower city and Lake Ontario from the edge. It’s probably this feature that has inspired the city to preserve even more green space. Despite being known as an industrial town, the city also has hundreds of parks and conservation areas for residents to enjoy. In addition to natural attractions, the city is home to a wide variety of activities truly encompassing its multicultural roots. From the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the city’s five museums to Hamilton Place, Copps Coliseum and hundreds of festivals and local events, there’s always something going on.
Within the core of Hamilton, there are four distinct communities: Central/North Hamilton-The East End which is home to dozens of parks, schools, recreation facilities, as well as a wide variety of businesses, the West End which is centered around McMaster University, it’s also home to Cootes Paradise, a large wetland at the west end of the Hamilton Harbour and the trendy shopping district of Westdale Village. Hamilton Mountain has always given residents a feeling of distinction. That’s probably because some of Hamilton’s most prestigious families built their manors on the top of the escarpment, overlooking the city. Today you will find a balanced mix of residential, commercial and light industrial.
Historic Stoney Creek has a long and honourable provenance and is one of the oldest communities in the City of Hamilton. Now one of the fastest-growing areas within the city, industry and housing development are attracted by its central location close to the lake. Upper Stoney Creek also takes in a portion of the Niagara escarpment, with access to the beauty of nearby parks and conservation areas as well as the many urban amenities offered both above and below the escarpment.