I was born and raised in Peterborough, the beautiful city in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes District in Central Ontario. My first impression of the City of Hamilton came when we travelled to Niagara-on-the-Lake to visit my Aunt. As we drove over the Burlington Skyway Bridge (which was a toll bridge at the time) I remember asking my Dad why the factories we were looking at were so dirty and why there was so much smoke. After all we did have factories in Peterborough, but they were nothing like what we saw in Hamilton. People are still experiencing that same first impression today.

Back in 1981 when I found out I was transferred to Hamilton for my job I remember thinking, why me?  If I wanted to keep my job I had to make the best of it. So after moving to Hamilton I started to explore the city and the surrounding towns such as Dundas, Stoney Creek, Ancaster. I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

I like the fact that Hamilton is such a diverse city with many great family neighbourhoods. You can find any type of housing to suit your needs such as older homes with all the character and charm in the lower city, homes of the fifties and sixties on the mountain near the brow, new homes on the south mountain, Binbrook, Ancaster, and Dundas. And don’t forget the modern condos and lofts in the downtown core and many more that are currently under construction.

As I have said in earlier posts Hamilton is surrounded by many beautiful conservation areas within a 15-20 minute drive. If you are looking for that small town feel all you need to do is visit Dundas, Ancaster village or old Stoney Creek.

Hamilton is a happening city. The art scene is constantly growing, we’ve been called Hollywood North because of all the films being shot here, there is limitless dining options (some of which have been featured on TV), Supercrawl on James Street North, and the list goes on and on.

No matter what your lifestyle is, you can find everything you need, in the Greater Hamilton Area. These are just a few of the things I like about Hamilton and why I am proud to be a Hamiltonian!


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