A few months ago, I noticed a posting for a position in the Hamilton Business Ambassador Program …. not that I was looking for a job, I already have one. But I loved the idea of explaining to others how great Hamilton is. So I’ve set out on an extension of my current career as a real estate agent to become Hamilton’s Neighbourhood Ambassador via the internet.
I’ve grown up in Hamilton, attended school in Hamilton, worked in Hamilton, been raising my children and enjoying this city as my home. I won’t claim to “know it all” about Hamilton. But I do know a lot and interested to learn more about the city.
Let’s explore the neighbourhoods of this diverse city together.
As a young child, I lived on the West Mountain. To go downtown, we drove down the mountain. I always believed that downtown meant that you physically travelled “DOWN” to get downtown…. I was surprised to discover that this is not necessary in other towns and cities.
The Niagara Escarpment (the “Mountain”) basically runs through the middle of the city of Hamilton. It’s truly a geographical masterpiece. The view of the side of the Mountain can be enjoyed by looking up from several neighbourhoods nestled at the bottom of the Escarpment. The view from the top can be seen from several look-out points along the brow of the Escarpment.
In the early years of settlement in Hamilton, the Escarpment proved to be an enormous obstacle in terms of travel. In order for the city to grow, transportation to the top of the Escarpment evolved. There are now several ways to travel up and down the Mountain.
By car or bus, via one of the several accesses and cuts through the Escarpment:
As a pedestrian, via one of the city’s sets of stairs.
Click on this link for more info about the Hamilton Mountain Steps http://www.myhamilton.ca/articles/mountain-steps
If you are cycling around the city, don’t despair! Some of the stairs have bike troughs to enable you to make the trek up the steps and easily bring your bike with you. All of the city buses have accommodations