Flamborough is a Hamilton, Ontario community which is large and mostly rural in nature. It has its share of attractions and golf clubs and with its open-air lifestyle it is considered a good place to live – its median income is the second highest in the city. Add to this the lack of pollution and low crime and it is also considered to be especially good for families with children.
Flamborough is a community located on top of the Niagara Escarpment in northwestern Hamilton, Ontario. Framed by Highway 99 (Governors Road) in the south and Milburough Line in the east, the community reaches the edges of the Mountsberg Conservation Area in the north to the African Lion Safari in the west. Highway 6 and Highway 8 run through the centre of the area enabling easy access to neighbouring communities.
According to a Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton report, subsequent to the amalgamation of Flamborough in 2001, the community holds 8% of the population of Hamilton with a rising population at 39,210 persons. Flamborough is a rural area comprised of mostly family units and aging couples. This location is surrounded by open green space that is ideal for family adventures and exciting exploration.
There are limited retail and restaurant options within Flamborough. A popular independent family eatery nearby is Breezy Corners which offers all-day breakfast and has a monthly open-mic night that features amateur vocal, instrumental, and comedic entertainment. Along Highway 8 is Cookhouse Bistro Inc., which offers a casual atmosphere with “everything from salmon to steak to pasta!” This family-friendly bistro features its in-house special desserts, such as housemade pies and the community favourite, the Rockton Avalanche, a phyllo pastry filled with ice cream and coconut, baked golden before being smothered in caramel sauce and buried in whipped cream. For a quaint afternoon spot, the Dutch Mill Tea Room, branching off of Highway 5, offers walk-in breakfast and lunch, and reservation-only daily afternoon tea.
The popular build-your-own sandwich chain Subway, and the famous Canadian coffeehouse chain Tim Hortons, are also both located within this community. Sobeys and Sobeys Extra are available for grocery needs, as well as Greensville Grocery, a small supplier off Harvest Road.
For a fine-dining experience, Quatrefoil is a seven-year-old contemporary French restaurant that uses exclusively local ingredients. Quatrefoil was featured in enRoute Magazine as one of the top ten restaurants in Canada. This culinary treasure is only a 15 minute drive south from the heart of Flamborough, located in the neighbouring community of Dundas.
For live entertainment, there is the local Village Theatre, founded in 1973, which produces dramas, thrillers, and comedies with local cast members of all ages. The theatre group is always seeking out new performers to audition, as well as volunteers from the neighbourhood to offer aid in production, set, and directing. Tickets are sold for $25 each or $23 each at a group rate.
Every Canadian Thanksgiving weekend since 1878, Flamborough hosts the Rockton World’s Fair – this is one of the largest agriculture and livestock fairs in Canada and sees an annual turnout of 50,000 attendees, bringing rural and urban together! The Rockton World’s Fair offers a display of school homecrafts, livestock shows including alpacas, goats and pigs, and agriculture exhibitions. In addition, the event includes rides such as a Ferris wheel, and an assortment of food and drink vendors.
Flamborough is mainly single-detached homes, offering very few apartments or condo residences. According to a Canadian Real Estate report and the price has remained steady over the past few years. Most properties have large lots, with lots of space for a driveway, patio, or garden.
The median income in this rural community is the second highest in the city of Hamilton. Children make up more than one-fifth of this neighbourhood’s population and it is tied with Ancaster for largest family size in a given area. Rural Flamborough has the highest concentration of senior citizens in the area.
There are no pollution problems in Flamborough, and the Weather Network has rated air-quality risk at 2/10. There is minimal noise in rural Flamborough, and residents do not report any severe daily noise problems within the community.
The crime rate in Flamborough is low. According to a 2015 Hamilton Spectator article, there has been a slight rise in property-related crimes, such as commercial breaking and entering, and vehicle theft.
There are educational institutions located within and on the perimeters of Flamborough. The local kindergarten – grade 8 public school is Flamborough Centre Elementary School which is currently considering a French-immersion option. Waterdown Secondary school is the nearest high school located in the nearby neighbourhood of Waterdown; this school offers a variety of sports teams and leadership opportunities for all student interests.
There are no post-secondary education options in Flamborough; however, Mohawk College and McMaster University are located in Hamilton, just a 25-30 minute drive from the centre of the community. Both Mohawk College and McMaster University are highly ranked in their applicable provincial and national sectors.
There are no city bus routes offered within Flamborough. However, HSR (Hamilton Street Railway) is offered just outside of the community with many routes.
For indoor physical recreation, membership to the Flamborough YMCA is available. This location offers unlimited free adult fitness classes, free swimming lessons for all ages, and drop-in family swims free of charge. Yoga, zumba, and basketball are also offered at this community-oriented establishment. For organized outdoor physical recreation, Flamborough is home to the Rockton Saddle Club, a seasonal horsemanship club open to youth and adults. This is an excellent way to develop a compassionate relationship with animals, while also staying active.
Girl Guides of Canada is a program that helps guide young girls in their global awareness education. This organization strives to empower youth with the tools and resources that they need to achieve their ambitious goals. Flamborough is host to one of many branches nationwide.
One of the top family-favourite destinations is Christie Lake, a breathtaking spot on Highway 5 that offers a swim-safe lake and several walk-and-bike trails with picnic spots. Disc golf and fishing are two organized activities that take place at this conservation area. There are several other forest trails in Flamborough, which lead to waterfalls such as Webster’s Falls and Tews Falls. These outdoor destinations highlight the neighbourhood’s natural beauty while providing a space for families to bond and explore free of charge.