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Overview of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Hamilton is a city located Ontario, Canada. It is currently the 8th largest city in Canada, with a population estimated at 714,900 in the metropolitan area and 490,268 with Hamilton in the census conducted in 2001. It still today is associated with the industrial era in Ontario and has nicknames that correspond with that time including Ambitious City, Steeltown, Hammertown, and Lunchbucket City. However, the education, government, services and technology sectors have dramatically developed as heavy industry has declined. Hamilton has a vibrant social background and is called home by many unsual and interesting attractions includeing a flying museum, a residence of a premier, a horticultural haven and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

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  • Population: 490,268 (2001)
  • Population Density: 438.9/km²
  • Area: 11,117.11 km2
  • Latitude: 43°15?19?N
  • Longitude: 79°52?23?W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Hamilton, Ontario

Major European settlement did not begin until United Empire Loyalists arrived around the American Revolution and War of 1812. In the latter conflict, Britain defeated American invaders at the Battle of Stoney Creek in what is now Hamilton. Hamilton lost hundreds of its young men on a single day in 1942, when the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was effectively wiped out at Dieppe.

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Hamilton's Demographics

Based of the 2001 census, nearly 25% of the metropolitan area population of Hamilton was foreign-born, making Hamilton the Canadian city with the 3rd highest proportion of foreign-born citizens. 90.7%, of residents are of white decent including Italian, German, French, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, and Eastern Europeans. Other top countries in 2001 were: Yugoslavia, Poland, India, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, Iraq, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Hamilton's Climate

Hamilton's climate is humid continental and relatively mild in comparison with the rest of Canada. The January's average temperature is -3.6C (26.5F) although most days rise just above 0C making for slushly conditions on the roads. Winter snowfall averages 113cm (44') with great year-to-year variation. The average July temperature is 22.5C (72.5F) and humidity is usually high during the peak of summer. Temperatures exceeding 34C (93F) occur but not with regularity.

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Education in Hamilton, Ontario

Some universities and colleges have campuses located in Hamilton. These are: McMaster University - west end, Mohawk College – Mountain, Hillfield Strathallan College – Mountain, Redeemer University College - south-west Mountain, Dundas Valley School of Art – Dundas, École secondaire Georges-P.-Vanier - west end, École élémentaire Pavillon de la jeunesse and Columbia International College - west end.

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Transportation around Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton's bus service is great for connections to other cities in Ontario and Western New York cities. GO Transit has an extensive service available. Rail services for Hamilton are also available through Go Transit. Some VIA rail service is available. Many highways and expressways pass through Hamilton as well like: the Queen Elizabeth Way, HWY 403, HWY 6, Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway, and Burlington Street.

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Tourism and Attractions of Hamilton

Some outdoor attractions of Hamilton's are, Hamilton Waterfront, Hamilton Harbour, Hamilton`s 66 Waterfalls, Royal Botanical Gardens, Westfield Heritage Centre, Bruce Trail, Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail and Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Some other popular attractions are Hess Village, African Lion Safari, Flamboro Downs, horse racing as well as car racing, Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Confederation Park.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Hamilton
  • Cherry Beach
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Grimsby
  • Greensville
  • Stoney Creek
  • Fruitland
  • Vinemont
  • Winona
  • Kimbo
  • Grimsby Centre
  • Grassie
  • Fulton
  • Tweedsdale
  • Woodburn
  • Binbrook
  • Glanford Station
  • North Glanford
  • Mount Hope
  • Hannon
  • Elfrida
  • Tapleytown
  • Smithville
  • Basingstoke
  • Abingdon
  • Blackheath
  • Caledonia
  • Carluke
  • Duff's Corners
  • Ancaster
  • Mineral Springs
  • Christies Corners
  • Southcote
  • Renforth
  • Dundas
  • Summit
  • Alberton
  • Trinity
  • Peters Corners
  • West Flamborough
  • Copetown
  • Jerseyville
  • Flamborough

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Geography of Hamilton, Ontario

At the western end of the Niagara Peninsula is where you will find Hamilton. It is at the western part of Lake Ontario. Hamilton is situated in the geographic centre of the Golden Horseshoe and is roughly the midway point between Toronto and Buffalo. The Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour is a naturally formed harbour and has a large sandbar called the Beachstrip. This sandbar was formed during a period of high lake levels during the ice age, and extends through the lower city to the escarpment.

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Hamilton's Government

Hamilton is known politically for producing groundbreaking, colourful and left-wing politicians. This was illustrated by the extreme and erratic career of Sheila Copps. Though locally the big political stories have included the very controversial amalgamation of Hamilton and its suburbs in 2001, and the eradication of green space around the Red Hill Valley to accomidate the Red Hill Creek Expressway.

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Hamilton's Economy and Industry

As the industrial economy in Hamilton faltered, the local economy has become much more diversified. This process was made possible by decisions taken in history. In the past resent years Hamilton`s heavy industry has reached a relatively stable level, Stelco has returned itself to profitability in more recent quarters and the non-unionized Dofasco is the now the world`s most profitable steel maker. The Hamilton Harbour Commission continues to report healthy shipments and steady increases.

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Hamilton's Culture and Significant Events

Some historical attractions of Hamilton are Canadian Warplane Heritage, Dundurn Castle, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Erland Lee House and Battlefield House Museum. Other cultural attractions are Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMaster Museum of Art, Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton Theatre Inc, Hamilton Children`s Museum, Green Venture EcoHouse, Brott Music Festival & The National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Symphony Hamilton.

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Sports in Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton's CFL team is the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; they play at Ivor Wynne Stadium and were established in 1950. Hamilton's American Hockey League team is the Hamilton Bulldogs; they play at Copps Coliseum and were established in 2002. In 1998, the Ontario Raiders of the National Lacrosse League were based in Hamilton and played at Copps Coliseum. In 1999, the team moved to Toronto and became the Toronto Rock.

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Media of Hamilton

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