A port city found on the west side of the Lake Ontario, Hamilton is a hugely populated and heavily industrialised City in Canada, with almost sixty percent of the countries steel being produced here.
Hamiltonians as the city’s residents are known enjoy a very peaceful and quiet life which is among the safest in the country.
Welcome To Hamilton
In the Canadian province of Ontario, therein lies the port city of Hamilton with a population of over 720,000 residence, 68 kilometres south-west of Toronto, 66 kilometres west of Niagara Fall and the American border. Hamilton has one of the most diverse populations in Canada. 20% of the city’s population was not born in Canada behind only Toronto at 49% according to the 2006 Canadian population census. With many immigrants preferring to settle in the city that also include a high population of Italian, English, Scottish and Irish Europeans.
Weather: The weather in Hamilton is generally mild compared to other parts of the country, with a humid continental type of climate. The average daytime summer temperatures of thirty degrees and up to forty degrees during the summer peak days ranges from May through to early October. Apart from the Tornado of November 2005, severe weather conditions are very rare with few heavy summer rain.
In winter, the lower city which is sheltered by the mountain receives less snow than the upper city, winter temperatures of below five degrees are also experienced in lower city areas but with above freezing temperatures in many winter days and an average snow level of 126 centimetres.
Culture: Hamilton is a very cultural city that is proud in its deep rooted history. It is a world class place to live in with its beautiful university, historical buildings and a well-equipped hospital in the centre of the city.
The cities culture is deep rooted in its history as an industrial city and the people in Hamilton can be described as working class. However, the city also has an academic feel to it with the universities and colleges around the city leading and breaking new grounds in the field of research. The Hamilton general hospital is the city’s main hospital and the busiest cardiac surgery hospital in Canada, where it’s estimated that over 1,600 open heart surgeries are carried out every year. The model of Hamilton general hospital is also used around the world.People of Hamilton also enjoy their outdoors and the beautiful city has parks and nature trails right at your doorstep.
Attractions: Hamilton has an incredible 100 waterfalls around the city, and considered the world’s capital of waterfalls. The city also has many other well-known destinations and sites of attraction like; The Royal Botanical Gardens, a regional and horticulture, educational, conservation scientific resource. The Royal Botanical Gardens spans a mammoth 2, 4422 acres of land and has the highest proportion of plants in one area in the whole of Canada, and is a huge source of tourist attraction in the city.
Found on the international boundary with The United States, Niagara Falls is a world wonder in its own right, and is known for both its beauty and as a source of hydroelectric power. Bringing both recreational, commercial benefits to the people of Hamilton, and Hamiltonians are very proud to call it their own.
Thunder Bay, the sleeping giant, was voted as one of the seven wonders of Canada. It was formed from the formation of mesas and sills, and when looked from the south-west it resembles a giant sleeping on its back, hence the catchy name. It has some dramatic steep cliff views that are among the highest in Ontario.
Hamilton’s geographical location at the Western End of Lake Ontario has made it possible for the city to be well positioned for the transportation network in Ontario. It has enabled Hamilton residents, many of who also work in Toronto to travel by car when going to and from their workplaces.
Many of the manufacturers in the Industrial city prefer using affordable trucks to transfer steel and other materials through the expanding expressway system, the cities railway have declined in importance during the last few years. However, the Canadian National Railways still maintains industrial freight facilities in the city.
Due to the fact that Hamilton has very good bus connection services, it is a very popular and reliable source of transportation. With frequent bus services available from in and around the city to Toronto and surrounding cities. Bus fares of Go Transit express are also one of the cheapest in the province with fares of around 10$ or less.
The economy has gone through many changes and shifts in the last few years mainly due to its over-reliance on the steel and manufacturing industry which has seen a drastic drop, and the emergence and rise of information and health services.
The permanent closure of Stelco’s in 2013, which was the city’s biggest steel manufacturing company and its biggest employer in the steel industry hit the city hard, with only Dofasco remaining as the big steel manufacturer in the city and currently has around 5000 employees. The manufacturing industry had almost 80,000 employees in 2003 that represented 22 percent of the workforce in Hamilton, but as of the year 2013, that number had significantly dropped to 46,000 representing just 12 percent of the workforce.
All is not doom and gloom in the cities labour industry as the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, a network that includes six hospitals in the city, and has grown into the city’s biggest employer currently employing over 20,000 people. The health and science sector in Hamilton is now responsible for 15 percent of the workforce, while the information and cultural industry (movies, TV, radio, software production) employing 12 percent of the workforce.