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Hamilton, Ontario


Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University and Mohawk College. McMaster University is ranked 4th in Canada and 94th in the world by Times Higher Education Rankings 2015-16 and has a well known medical school. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame can be found downtown right beside Hamilton City Hall and across town to the east, the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats began playing at the new Tim Hortons Field in 2014, which was built as part of the 2015 Pan American Games.

Possibly because of its diverse environment, numerous TV and film productions have been filmed in Hamilton, regulated by the Hamilton Film and Television Office. A growing arts and culture community garnered media attention in 2006 when the Globe and Mail published an article called “Go West, Young Artist” about Hamilton’s growing art scene. The article highlighted local art galleries, recording studios and independent film production.

In 2001, the new city of Hamilton was formed. The Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth and its six local municipalities; Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton and Stoney Creek amalgamated.  Before amalgamation, the “old” City of Hamilton was made up of 100 neighbourhoods. Today in the new megacity, there are over 200 designated neighbourhoods. [2] The first four neighbourhoods in Hamilton were Beasley, Central, Durand and Corktown.

Below is a list of some of the more noteworthy neighbourhoods found in the city of Hamilton:

Lower City (below Escarpment)

  • Ainslie Wood is centered on Alexander Park and located near McMaster University. It is bordered to the north by Main Street and Dundas, to the south and east by Highway 403, and to the west by Dundas and Ancaster.
  • Bartonville
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Beasley, named after Richard Beasley (1761-1842), soldier, political figure, farmer and businessman in Upper Canada.
  • Blakely
  • Central, Downtown core + site of Hess Village and Jamesville, which is shared by the Italian & Portuguese communities of Hamilton. Little Racalmuto (Italian) A rich Italian history, where an entire village in southern Italy — Racalmuto — immigrated and settled in Hamilton. Today the Italian heritage is strong and is shared with a neighbouring Portuguese population.
  • Chedoke Park B
  • Cherry Heights
  • Chinatown
  • Community Beach
  • Cootes Paradise
  • Corktown, Irish settlement on the south east side of downtown.
  • Corman
  • Crown Point East
  • Delta East
  • Delta West, where King and Main Streets (normally parallel) intersect.
  • Dundas
  • Durand, historically was home to the ‘industrialists’. This south of downtown neighbourhood is quite possibly the largest concentration of early 20c castles/mansions in Canada. The grand homes were home to the families whose names graced the signs of the north end factories. Named after James Durand, businessman and political figure in Upper Canada. (Hamilton)
  • Gibson, named after Hamiltonian, Sir John Morison Gibson, (1842-1929), who was Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1908 to 1914.
  • Glenview East
  • Glenview West
  • Grayside
  • <Greenford
  • Greenhill
  • Homeside
  • International Village
  • Keith
  • Kirkendall
  • Lakely
  • Landsdale
  • McQuesten, named after Thomas McQuesten, (1882-1948), lawyer, politician and government appointee who helped McMaster University to relocate from Toronto to west Hamilton in 1930.
  • Nashdale
  • Normanhurst
  • North End of Hamilton, has a rich history. Infamous for being a rough neighbourhood dating back to the late 19c early 20c. Many new immigrants called the ‘north end’ home. The north end is separated from downtown by railroad tracks, that give literal meaning to the phrase ‘wrong side of the tracks’. Populated by Irish, Scottish, Italian, Portuguese and later Eastern Europeans that worked in the nearby factories or on the shipping docks. It was home to the blueist of blue collar unionized working class. Teamsters, Longshoremen, United Steel Workers of America, and many other labour unions, organized crime and gambling gave this neighbourhood its character and reputation that became synonymous with Hamilton.
  • Parkview
  • Red Hill
  • Riverdale
  • Rockton, Ontario
  • Rosedale (bound by the Escarpment, Lawrence, Red Hill Express, Kenilworth)
  • St. Clair
  • Stinson, Named after Thomas Stinson, (1798-1864), merchant, banker, landowner. He was an extensive landowner in not only in Hamilton but as well as Chicago, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Superior City, Wisconsin, which he named.
  • Stipeley
  • Stoney Creek, (locally known as the “Crick” or “Tony Creek” from its large Italian population. In recent years first generation Indian and Pakistani immigrants have largely settled in Stoney Creek.)
  • Strathcona
  • Vincent, Named after John Vincent, (1764-1848), British army officer in the Battle of Stoney Creek, War of 1812.
  • Westdale, originally an upper-class, master-planned neighbourhood from the 1920s, that forbade eastern Europeans, Jews and people of colour from residing there. In later years it ironically became a Jewish neighbourhood with one of Hamilton’s three Jewish synagogues. (Another is in nearby Ainslie Wood.) Built around oval streets that surround the centre Westdale Village.
  • Winona
  • Winona Park

Mountain (Escarpment)

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