Before becoming a part of Hamilton in 2001, Stoney Creek was a separate city. The neighbourhood gets its name from Stoney Creek, which runs through the area, and the land was once inhabited by First Nations peoples before Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution settled there in the late 1700s. Stoney Creek is an ideal place to raise a family, with plenty of amenities such as grocery stores, schools, parks, recreation centres, and entertainment venues. Its close proximity to the city of Hamilton provides even more access to amenities and employment options.
Stoney Creek is located west of downtown Hamilton, along the shore of Lake Ontario.Itextends from Centennial Parkway Sin the west toLewis Roadin the east, and from Lake Ontario in the north to Rymal Road E in the south. A section of industrial park separates some of the neighbourhood from the Lake Ontario shore. Stoney Creek is surrounded by agricultural land and small communities that have also become part of Hamilton. The neighbourhood is packed with places to go and things to do, making it a great place for families and those with active lifestyles.
Stoney Creek has a variety of activities for every taste. Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site is a 32-acre park that includes a monument and a museum. The site played an important part in the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain (of which Canada was a colony). Battlefield House Museum depicts life in the early 19th century, while the Battlefield Monument commemorates peace between the British and Americans. The site also offers live re-enactments of the Battle of Stoney Creek. For something a little different, Wild Waterworks near the Lake Ontario shore offers a waterpark with a wave pool, waterslides, a tubing “river”, and a toddler splash pad. The waterpark also has cabanas available for rent, which offer seating and a number of perks like meal vouchers, locker rentals, and wait service. Birthday parties, corporate events, and school outings can be booked at the venue.
Restaurants can be found in many areas of the Stoney Creek neighbourhood. San Remo Restaurant on King Street W is an Italian eatery in a soothing, tastefully decorated space. The menu can change from day to day depending on what the chef is whipping up in the kitchen. The Village Restaurant on King Street E is a simple and cozy spot that offers dining staples such as sandwiches, burgers, salads, and hearty breakfast plates. The restaurant holds events on occasion, and is also available to book for parties and gatherings. Also on King Street E, Banana Leaf Asian Cuisine offers dishes featuring a mix of flavours from various parts of Asia. Bright, tasty dishes are served in a warm, elegant atmosphere. Maria’s Fifty’s Diner on Queenston Road offers customers a variety of comfort food dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While the venue isn’t as retro-inspired as one would expect, it is comfortable and inviting.
Stoney Creek offers a mix of single-family detached homes and apartment buildings, as well as some row houses, semi-detached houses, and duplexes. The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $479,900, which is slightly lowerthan the average price for single-detached homes in Ontario overall ($518,000). The population of Stoney Creek is 69,470, and this has increased slightly over the past 15 years. Families make up 50% of the population here, 13% are couples, and 37% are single. The average annual income is $68,352, which is similar to the average annual income in the province as a whole, and 43% of residents are university or college educated.
Due to its proximity to Hamilton and the number of highways around it, Stoney Creek can sometimes experience air pollution from heavy traffic and industry sources in the surrounding areas. Noise can be an issue in the residential areas closest to the main highways and commercial roads in the neighbourhood.
Stoney Creek’s crime rate has been decreasing over the past several years. The most common types of crime in the neighbourhood are motor vehicle theft and breaking and entering (commercial).
Private and public primary and secondary schools in Stoney Creek include Orchard Park Secondary School, Eastdale Public School, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School, R. L. Hyslop Elementary School, Memorial Public School, Collegiate Avenue School, and Mountain View Elementary School.
Post-secondary options near this area include Mohawk College – Stoney Creek campus, which offers programs in trades like plumbing, electrical, carpentry, heating and air conditioning, and metalworking; andOntario College, which has courses in massage therapy, culinary arts, medical/dental office administration, paramedics, and dispatching. Just outside of the neighbourhood is Brock University’s Hamilton campus, which houses the Faculty of Education’s Department of Teacher Education.
Stoney Creek has a number of bus routes running through the area, including routes 1/1A, 2, 5, 10/10A, 44, 52, 55/55A, 56, and 58. These bus routes connect passengers to various areas of Stoney Creek, as well as to other areas of Hamilton, including the city’s downtown.
Stoney Creek is home to many parks and parkettes (smaller parks), including Green Acres Park, which includes an outdoor pool, baseball diamonds, and a walking trail; Henry and Beatrice Warden Park, with a creek, treed areas, play structure, walking paths, spray pad, and multi-purpose court; Ferris Park, which has a soccer field, walking path, play structure, and a Bocce court; Hunter Estates Park, with sports fields, treed areas, walking paths, play equipment, a basketball court, and fantastic birdwatching opportunities; Sherwood Park, which features soccer fields, treed areas, play equipment, and benches; and Eastdale Park, with a play structure, softball fields, a soccer field, a public Bocce court, and a private lawn bowling facility.
Recreational activities can be found throughout the neighbourhood. For public skating, ice skating and hockey lessons, and hockey tournaments, residents can head to the Stoney Creek Saltfleet Arena, the Stoney Creek Arena, or the Gateway Ice Centre. These venues can also be booked for private use. The Stoney Creek Recreation Centre has a pool area, fitness facility, and activity rooms that are used for programs and workshops. The centre offers swimming lessons for people of all ages, as well as drop-in fitness times. Another place to swim is the Harold G. Brewster Pool, which has swimming lessons, aquafit classes, and public swim times.