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Ancaster located on the Niagara escarpment, presents an intriguing dichotomy by offering an old town atmosphere which contrast with new home neighbourhoods like Meadowlands. Ancaster is one of five other communities absorbed by the city of Hamilton in 2001. Population growth in Ancaster is the highest amongs the five Hamilton's communities and has double the growth rate of the province of Ontario. However, there is much more to Ancaster than just a status of thriving bedroom community adjacent to Hamilton. The former town of Ancaster was founded in 1793 and it offers rich history of industry, agriculture and military. 18th century was a time of great prosperity for Ancaster when the town was the commercial centre for the area. In the age before electricity Ancaster was able to get the abundance of energy through its mills, from streams and creeks.
The milestones for Ancaster's population growth were completion of Hamilton-Ancaster section of Hwy.403 as well as introduction of sewer system in 1974. The original farming community of Ancaster began its metamorphosis from old town to this vibrant urban community with a small, cozy town atmosphere. The Meadowlands of Ancaster is the fastest growing neighbourhood of Ancaster with thousands new homes being built in the past 20 years. The substantial retail service was built to serve this growing community.
Ancaster residents don't find commuting problematic as the Town is located within an easy access to Hwy 403, QEW and Lincoln Alexander Pkwy. Commuters are predominant part of Ancaster population. However, many residents of Ancaster can be found employed by Hamilton's largest employers like Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and the public and separate school boards.
Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail run through Ancaster. The picturesque conservation lands with waterfalls like Tiffany Falls and hiking trails are making Ancaster a picture perfect community just perfect to live and raise a family.
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