BURLINGTON & AREA
Having long been considered one of best places to live in Canada, Burlington not only has a community oriented atmosphere, but it also boasts of a competitive economic landscape with a healthy job market. Located along the western shores of Lake Ontario, Burlington is a beautiful waterfront city sandwiched between Hamilton and Oakville. With Toronto just 57 kilometres to the west, Burlington is a comparatively relaxed environment offering a comfortable lifestyle and a great sense of community. Homebuyers searching for Burlington and area real estate will be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety homes that are available in this city.
Having Fun in Burlington. Known for its intelligent urban design and use of open space, the city contains several parks and many kilometres of hiking trails to enjoy. Some of the city's most popular attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens, Spencer Smith Park, and Central Park where you will find a host of events and festivals that bring the community together for fun, food and entertainment. For art and history buffs, there are also numerous cultural attractions like the Burlington Arts Centre and several National Historic Sites of Canada nearby. Set against the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, Burlington is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, yet it has all the essential amenities of city life.
Working in Burlington. Strategically located within the famed Golden Horseshoe, this region is surrounded by an excellent supply of working professionals with 65% of Burlington residents having a post-secondary education. The strong workforce in this region contributes to the steady growth and development of the city. Additionally, the working residents and commuters of Burlington are well connected via the Queen Elizabeth Way, Highways 403 and 407 to Toronto and area jobs. Commuters also have the option of taking inter-regional GO Transit, which offers regular train and bus service.
Buying a Home in Burlington. Being a city between a lake and an escarpment, many properties in Burlington come with beautiful views as well as convenient access to numerous recreational activities. Burlington condos and townhomes are increasingly becoming a popular option for new home buyers, with luxury options available along the lakeshore. A wide selection of single family home options are available from century properties near downtown, to newer developments as the city has expanded.
HAMILTON & AREA
Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812, Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. On January 1, 2001, the new City of Hamilton was formed through the amalgamation of the former city and the other constituent lower-tier municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth with the upper-tier regional government. Residents of the old city are known as Hamiltonians. Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the ninth largest in Canada and the third largest in Ontario. Hamilton is home to the shared Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University and Mohawk College. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame can be found downtown right beside Hamilton City Hall and across town to the east, the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats play at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Partly because of its diverse environment, numerous TV and film productions have been filmed in Hamilton, regulated by the Hamilton Film and Television Office. A growing arts and culture sector garnered media attention in a 2006 Globe and Mail news article, entitled "Go West, Young Artist," which focused on the growing art scene in Hamilton. The article highlighted local art galleries, recording studios and independent film production.
In pre-colonial times, the Neutral Indians used much of the land but were gradually driven out by the Five (later Six) Nations (Iroquois) who were allied with the British against the Huron and their French allies. A member of the Iroquois Confederacy provided the route and name for Mohawk Road, which originally included King Street in the lower city. In 1784, about 10,000 United Empire Loyalists settled in Upper Canada (what is now southern Ontario), chiefly in Niagara, around the Bay of Quinte, and along the St. Lawrence River between Lake Ontario and Montreal. They were soon followed by many more Americans, some of them not so much ardent loyalists but attracted nonetheless by the availability of inexpensive, arable land. At the same time, large numbers of Iroquois loyal to Britain arrived from the United States and were settled on reserves west of Lake Ontario.
The town of Hamilton was conceived by George Hamilton (a son of a Queenston entrepreneur and founder, Robert Hamilton), when he purchased farm holdings of James Durand, the local Member of the British Legislative Assembly, shortly after the War of 1812. Nathaniel Hughson, a property owner to the north, cooperated with George Hamilton to prepare a proposal for a courthouse and jail on Hamilton's property. Hamilton offered the land to the crown for the future site. Durand was empowered by Hughson and Hamilton to sell property holdings which later became the site of the town. As he had been instructed, Durand circulated the offers at York during a session of the Legislative Assembly and a new Gore District was established of which the Hamilton townsite was a member.