Before becoming a part of Hamilton in 2001, Waterdown was once a small village. The population of Waterdown has been increasing over the past several years due to new developments. The area was once inhabited by First Nations peoples before European settlers arrived in the 1700s. A man named Ebenezer Griffin is credited with the community’s name, which is linked to his dislike of alcohol and a story involving the christening of a new mill in the area.The neighbourhood’s close proximity to the cities of Hamilton and Burlington provides access to many amenities and employment options just outside of the community.
Waterdown is located northwest of downtown Hamilton, close to Burlington.Itspans from Concession 5 Road E to the west and Mountain Brow Road to the east, and Evans Road to the north and Highway 6 to the south.Although the community has a distinct small-town feel, there are a number of amenities such as restaurants and cafes, small local shops, and artistic venues that give it a trendy city-feel much of the time. The neighbourhood is surrounded by many parks and natural areas that lend to a variety of recreational activities like sports and hiking.
The Village Theatre Waterdown is a community theatre group that performs dramas, comedies, thrillers, and mysteries. The group holds productions at Memorial Hall in downtown Waterdown. The group relies on local volunteers to help with various production projects. Creative Insight Pottery holds drop-in pottery classes and group workshops for people of all ages. Visitors are encouraged to be creative and are able to take home their creation at the end of the class or workshop. Other activities held at the studio include photography workshops and jewelry-making workshops. Pickwick Books is a used bookstore that stocks a variety of books for adults and children, including signed and collectible books. The store sometimes holds book signings and other happenings, and often sells tickets for local events.
A.J.’s Grill on Dundas Street E is a sleek, modern restaurant serving up freshly made comfort food favourites like sandwiches and wraps, hearty breakfasts, and burgers. The restaurant is also available for private party bookings. For Italian fare, residents can head to Marciano’s Pasta Café on Mill Street S, which serves freshly made pasta, including gluten-free varieties. Customers can choose to eat at the restaurant, which features simple décor and a friendly atmosphere, or get their orders to go using the take-out option. Copper Kettle Café on Dundas Street E is a bright, comfortable spot for meeting up with friends and family and enjoying a hot beverage, freshly prepared food, and a tasty dessert. The venue hosts an open mic night, as well as other events, and also offers catering.For something truly fancy, Lord Byron’s Steak and Seafood House on Main Street S offers an upscale take on rustic décor, combined with quality food, and professional serving staff.
Waterdown offers a mix of single-family detached homes, semi-detached homes,and apartment buildings, as well as some row houses.The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $488,581, which is slightlylowerthan the average price for single-detachedhomes in Ontario overall ($518,000). The population of Waterdown is 17,048, and this has increased over the past 15 years. Families make up 28% of the population here, 14% are couples, and 58% are single. The average annual income is $106,619, which is much higher than the average annual income in the city as a whole, and 57% of residents are university or college educated.
Due to its proximity to Hamilton and Burlington, and the number of highways around it, Waterdown 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.
Waterdown’s crime rate has increased slightly over the past several years. The most common types of crime in the neighbourhood are motor vehicle theft and property crime.
Private and public primary and secondary schools in Waterdown include Mary Hopkins Public School, Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School, St. Thomas the Apostle, Allan A. Greenleaf Elementary, Waterdown District High School, Guy B. Brown Elementary School, and Waterdown Montessori School. Post-secondary options can be found outside the community. Burlington offers the Oxford College Burlington campus, which has programs in business, healthcare, information technology, and community service. Hamilton has multiple colleges to choose from, including Southern Ontario College, Metropolitan College, Mohawk College, and Academy of Learning College. Hamilton also has McMaster University, Brock University, and Nipissing University.
There is one bus route (route 18) running through Waterdown and connecting it with Hamilton and Burlington routes.
Parks in Waterdown include Rockcliffe Gardens Park, with a play structure, soccer field, and natural area; Waterdown Memorial Park, which features a soccer and football field, a wading pool, restrooms, a park shelter, softball fields, and play equipment; Gatesbury Park, with soccer fields, a half basketball court, walking paths, benches, softball fields, restrooms, and play equipment; Rockview Summit Park, which includes play equipment, a walking path, and a creek; Sealey Park, with two public tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, and play equipment; Joe Sams Leisure Park, featuring hardball and soccer fields and walking trails; and Guy Brown Park, a natural area.
Recreational activities can be found throughout the neighbourhood. The Flamborough Family YMCA offers children and youth programs, a fitness centre, fitness classes, recreational sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer), swimming pools, a climbing wall, childminding, and a café. The Waterdown branch of the Hamilton Public Library has public access computers, a children’s area, an outdoor reading patio, and study spaces. The library hosts many programs and activities for children, adults, and families, including crafts, games, story times, and educational workshops. The facility is also home to the Flamborough Seniors’ Recreation Centre.