Dundas has a population of just over 24,000. It is home to quiet tree-lined streets, historic 19th century buildings, arts, culture and recreation, as well as over 100 shops, restaurants and services nestled in the heart of the picturesque Dundas Valley. Notable events are the Buskerfest in early June and the Dundas Cactus Festival in August.
With the establishment of McMaster University in nearby west Hamilton in 1930, Dundas gradually became a bedroom community of the university faculty and students, with a thriving arts community. Dundas has a large community of potters and several studio shows/walking tours of the town feature their work each year.
On April 3, 2010, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman named Dundas the winner of the 2010 Kraft Hockeyville competition during a live announcement on Hockey Night in Canada. As a result of being named the winner, the community received $100,000 CAD in arena upgrades, and hosted an NHL pre-season game between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres prior to the 2010-2011 season.
Ancaster is a picturesque and historic community located on the Niagara escarpment, within the greater area of the city of Hamilton. Ancaster is the third oldest community in Ontario after Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. In 1823, Ancaster had the largest population in Upper Canada with 1,681 townspeople, surpassing both Toronto’s 1,376 and Hamilton’s 1,000 residents. After the Second World War, Ancaster’s population continued to grow when new subdivisions were established around the village in 1946. The population expanded further with the completion of the Hamilton-Ancaster section of Highway 403 in 1968 and the introduction of sewer systems in 1974. After 1970, the population essentially doubled from 15,000 to the present-day 33,000.
Today, Ancaster’s primary points of interest are: its historical village core, its abundant recreational walking trails, beautiful wooded areas, as well as an interesting variety of restaurants, pubs, shops, and many beautiful homes.
The city of Hamilton is a port city located at the west end of Lake Ontario. It has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region known as the Golden Horseshoe. The city of Hamilton has a population of over 500,000. Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the 9th largest in Canada, and the 3rd largest in Ontario.
Greater Hamilton belongs to the geographical area known as the Niagara Escarpment – a feature that stretches some 700 kilometres – from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. In 1990, the United Nations proclaimed the Niagara Escarpment to be an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Hamilton is known to many as the steel capital of Canada, producing the majority of Canada steel at Stelco and Dofasco. It also hosts 2 major post secondary educational institutions, McMaster University and Mohawk College. Hamilton is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger Cats play at Ivor Wynne stadium in Hamilton.
The community of Stoney Creek is located on the south shore of western LakeOntario, just east of Hamilton. It is centrally located within the Golden Horseshoe adjacent to Lake Ontario and encompasses a portion of the Niagara Escarpment. Residents of Stoney Creek can take advantage of the numerous parks and conservation areas within the City, some of which are located on or near the city’s 9.6 kilometers of Lake Frontage. The historic area, known as the “Old Town”, exists below the Niagara Escarpment.
In 1984 Stoney Creek became a city, but it lost its independent status in 2001 as the Provincial Government formally merged Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Glanbrook, Dundas, Flamborough and Hamilton into the new city of Hamilton.
Burlington has a population of over 160,000. It is located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) at the western end of Lake Ontario, and is part of the Halton region. The city lies between the north shore of Lake Ontario and the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment. Geographically, Burlington is roughly in the centre of the Golden Horseshoe region, a dynamic location in Southern Ontario with many attractions. The city has been rated as one of Canada’s best places to live, presently ranking as the nation’s third best city in which to reside.
Some of the city’s attractions include Canada’s Largest Ribfest, The Sound of Music Festival, Spencer Smith Park, and the Burlington Art Centre, all located centrally in close proximity to the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington. The city is a great location for nature lovers as it shares the Royal Botanical Gardens with Hamilton, and has both the Niagara Escarpment and the Iroquoian section of the Bruce Trail in the north end of the city.
Glanbrook’s small town character is enhanced by a variety of rural and urban settings, offering a wide range of housing types. The current population enjoying the quality of life and sense of community is 11,000 with 3% growth rate per year.
The town of Grimsby is located on Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region of Ontario. Grimsby is a part of the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area. From its roots as a service centre to Niagara’s thriving agricultural industry, the town has developed to become the preferred place in which to live and do business in Niagara.
Grimsby has a population of 19,000 people. The majority of residents reside in the area bounded by Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. The Escarpment is home to a section of the Bruce Trail. Grimsby has experienced significant growth over the past decade as the midpoint between Hamilton and St. Catharines.
Some notable attractions in Grimsby are the local skate park, the Grimsby Museum, the Grimsby Public Library, and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, the beaches on the shores of Lake Ontario, many parks, and the Bruce Trail.
Binbrook is a small, but growing community located south of Upper Stoney Creek (Hamilton Mountain). It was amalgamated into the City of Hamilton in 2001. Since 2001, Binbrook has added hundreds of new homes as it becomes an “island” suburb of Hamilton, separated by conservation and agricultural lands.
Binbrook offers a country atmosphere without having to sacrifice a neighbourhood setting. Plenty of new amenities are being built yearly including box stores, grocery stores, automotive dealerships, and banks to provide convenience to the growing community of Binbrook. The Red Hill Expressway allows for easy access to all major highways.
Waterdown is located just north west of the City of Burlington and the City of Hamilton. It’s downtown has a historical feel with small shops, pubs and cafes. Surrounding this downtown core has been a rapid growth of new homes and stores attractive to out of town buyers. To accommodate its growth, Waterdown has been constructing many new facilities including new recreation centres, schools, parks, plazas and box stores. Waterdown is close to all major highways, including Highway 5, the 403, 407, and QEW.
Haldimand County is located on the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario, the north shore of Lake Erie, and on the Grand River. Its population increased 3.4% from 2001 to 2006 to just over 45,000 residents.
The main centres in Haldimand are Jarvis, Hagersville, Caledonia, Cayuga and Dunnville. Part of the Six Nations Reserve is in Haldimand County, but not within its jurisdiction. Most of Haldimand is agricultural land, although some heavy industry, including the Nanticoke Generating Station, is located there
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