Welcome to Waterdown
Perched on top of the Niagara Escarpment, Waterdown is a quaint town of 28 000 residents nestled between downtown Hamilton to its west and Burlington to the east.
Historically known as the Village of Waterdown, the last five years have seen this sleepy town transform into a burgeoning and vibrant master-planned community with quality construction and sophisticated building designs. Waterdown has a long-standing reputation of great neighbourhoods built by top quality builders like Rosehaven, Branthaven, Mountainview, and more.
Conveniently positioned approximately 60km west of downtown Toronto, it has access via the 403 in the south or direct access to Oakville and Mississauga through the newly widened Dundas Street stretch. While the community may still market itself as the Victorian Village of Waterdown, the town has been growing steadily in population with projections to grow to 40 000 residents by 2031.
The village of Waterdown was incorporated in 1878. In the 1700s and 1800s, European settlers established residence and many industrious families worked at the mills around Grindstone Creek. From a population of 1000 in 1869, there has been growth in population and in 1974, the village was amalgamated with the townships of East Flamborough, West Flamborough and Beverly to form the Town of Flamborough.
In 2001, Flamborough and five other municipalities were amalgamated into the City of Hamilton. Since 2001, Waterdown has been a community of Hamilton, Ontario. As per census in 2016, the population stood at 19 876. In accordance with the “Places to Grow Act” mandate “to promote a rational and balanced approach to decisions about growth that builds on community priorities, strengths and opportunities and makes efficient use of infrastructure, Waterdown is poised to grow with projected population of 39 400 by 2031.
People and Lifestyle
Waterdown boasts a blend of old and new with exquisite Victorian stone structures lining the downtown core. The weekend farmers’ market offers local produce and crafts and there are a multitude of festivals throughout the year. While the community has retained its small-town charm, city amenities with a bounty of restaurants and entertainment options can be explored locally as well as in downtown Hamilton and Burlington.
For nature lovers, there are opportunities to enjoy the outdoors given that Waterdown is recognized as a hiker’s paradise. The twists and turns of the Waterdown Trail are challenging as it stretches over ravines and down into the Grindstone Creek. With entry points to the scenic Bruce Trail, the scenic paths of Waterdown offer something for every level of hiker. The allure of the nearby Christy Lake Conservation Area brings families from near and far as well as the majestic beauty of Webster, Borers and Tew Falls located in the region.
The downtown core has some favourites of locals and visitors alike such as the iconic American House, showcasing musical talent every weekend. The annual Rotary Club Ribfest in the summer is also among the major attractions of Waterdown. The African Lion Safari is just a short drive from downtown Waterdown. For more information, please visit: www.lionsafari.com