Hamilton continues to be a major industrial centre, but has also become a cultural hub and white-collar employment centre as residents and businesses search for cheaper condo & home prices outside of Toronto.
Much of Hamilton’s waterfront is occupied by steel mills and other industrial buildings. The narrow isthmus separating Lake Ontario from Hamilton Harbour, however, is a charming beachfront community. Downtown Hamilton is a pedestrian-friendly retail and employment hub, hosts major cultural venues such as the FirstOntario Centre & Concert Hall.and has seen a significant number of new condos & homes built in recent years. To the west of downtown lies the campus of McMaster University, as well as the Royal Botanical Gardens, while to the east and south are a collection of historic & established neighborhoods. The eastern portions of the city, such as Stoney Creek, are more recently developed and are becoming popular as bedroom communities.
Transportation in Hamilton
The Hamilton Street Railway provides local bus service throughout the city, as well as to several neighboring communities. GO Transit operates two stations in the downtown core, with both West Harbour GO and Hamilton GO Centre featuring rail service (via the Lakeshore West line) during weekday rush hours. All-day, two-way service to the city is planned as part of the Regional Express Rail plan. Additionally, drivers can take advantage of easy access to Highway 403 and Queen Elizabeth Way.