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Located along the western-most tip of Lake Ontario in the southeastern portion of the province, Hamilton is home to over 530,000 people. The city covers 1,138.11 square kilometres near the communities of Brantford, Cambridge, Burlington, and Grimsby.
Hamilton has multiple lakes and other bodies of water within its boundaries, including Lake Niapenco, Dunmark Lake, Spencer Creek, Valens Reservoir, and Mountsberg Reservoir. The city offers numerous amenities for residents, including parks, entertainment possibilities, public transportation, and many schooling options.
Housing costs in Hamilton range from around $350,000 to $600,000, which provides a mid-range market with plenty of options for homebuyers.
Hamilton’s western section offers a mix of newer and older single-family homes at mid to high prices, and many of these homes are on large lots. There are also condos and vacant land here. Mid- to high-priced single-family homes on large lots are common in the central section as well, and condo buildings and retail commercial space can also be found here. Single-family homes in the eastern section tend to be on smaller lots and feature lower price tags. Commercial space and condos round out the offerings in this section.
Condos are most commonly found in Hamilton’s central section, near the shore of Lake Ontario. Television City Condos by Lamb Development Corporation is a brand new 40-storey building with 456 suites. The building’s amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness room, a lounge, a dog run area, a playground, concierge service, and a pool. Prices at Television City Condos range from around $230,000 to $1.5 million. Another brand new building, Scenic Trails Condos by Starward Homes, offers 144 suites in 4 storeys, providing a smaller community feel. Unit prices range from $300,000 to $540,000 and the building’s amenities include a wine cellar, barbeques, a car charging station, concierge service, a courtyard, a fitness room, and a dog-washing station.
Royal Connaught Condos 2 by Valery Homes and Spallacci Homes is a pre-construction phase condo building with unit prices starting at around $270,000. The building will have 700 units in 13 storeys, and will feature amenities such as a fitness room, a games room, a movie theatre, a party room, and terraces. The Connolly by Stanton-Renaissance is currently under construction and will have 259 units in 30 storeys once completed. Amenities will include a bar/café, concierge service, a fitness room, a games room, a movie theatre, a lounge, and a party room. Units are priced from around $250,000 to $370,000.
Hamilton is a manufacturing hub with plenty of industrial areas, and the city is known as the Steel Capital of Canada because of two large steel manufacturers, Stelco and Dofasco, which produce 60% of the nation’s steel. Other major industries in the city include healthcare and social assistance, educational services, construction, finance, real estate, and professional services. Hamilton’s unemployment rate is around 5%, which is lower than the national average.
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) operates public transportation in the city in the form of 190 buses, which service close to 40 routes throughout the city. Most routes are accessible by walking from residences and businesses, and provide access to nearly all areas of Hamilton, as well as connecting passengers to transit services from nearby communities. Other transportation options include numerous highways and the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
Four school boards operate close to 180 schools in the city, and include the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Private school options are also available.
Post-secondary options in the city include McMaster University, Mohawk College, and Brock University (Hamilton campus).
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is the second largest permanent art collection in Ontario, and the third largest in Canada. The gallery has a variety of Canadian, contemporary, and international pieces from various periods of history. Temporary exhibitions showcase works such as sculpture, pottery, photography, painting, textiles, mixed media, drawing, performance, and audio/video.
African Lion Safari has a collection of over 1,000 birds and animals from over 100 species. The park offers drive-through game reserves, where people can view wildlife from the comfort of their vehicles, safari bus tours, bird and animal presentations, a boat cruise, a train, and a petting zoo. The park also has dining facilities and gift shops.