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Guide for Newcomers Moving to Hamilton

night view of Hamilton, Ontario skyline

Hamilton is a city of more than 550,000 people situated in the heart of Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region. For newcomers to this area — the most densely populated and industrialized region in Canada — getting acquainted with the community may seem daunting. Here’s a guide to help simplify your transition and move to Hamilton


Getting Set Up with City Services

When arriving in Hamilton, you’ll need to get set up with city services like trash collection. The City of Hamilton picks up residential garbage once a week. You can learn when your waste removal day is by checking out the City of Hamilton’s website.

If you don’t have a car, get familiar with Hamilton’s public transportation system. The bus company is called the Hamilton Street Railway, and you can learn more about the schedule and fares online.

The regional GO trains stop in Hamilton, allowing you to travel to Toronto in about an hour. For shorter trips, you can use the public bicycle network that runs from downtown to Dundas.


Family Services

If you have a family, you’re probably wondering about schools in Hamilton. Hamilton has four public school districts, with English- and French-language schools and Catholic schools. The largest is the Hamilton-Wentworth School District. Hamilton is also home to quality post-secondary education institutions, such as McMaster University, one of the top institutions in Canada.

Hamilton boasts a wide variety of recreational activities for all ages and abilities, from swimming to sports and outdoor programs. The Hamilton Public Library has put together a Guide to Community Resources for Older Adults.

When it comes to healthcare, Hamilton is a regional hub of the medical industry and home to some of the most talented medical professionals working at the most advanced hospitals and clinics in the country. Learn how to access Hamilton’s world-class healthcare here.


Things to Do in Hamilton

It may be an industrial centre, but nature and outdoor activities are plentiful in Hamilton. There are more than 100 waterfalls due to the Niagara Escarpment, which cuts through the middle of the city. You can enjoy the cascades along the Bruce Trail that stretches more than 890 kilometres along the escarpment.

Hamilton is also home to Canada’s largest botanical garden and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. You can travel back in time at Dundurn Castle. And did you know that you can see lions, elephants and giraffes at African Lion Safari? Visit Tourism Hamilton’s website for information about more activities and events.


Your Trusted Moving Company in Hamilton

Appleby Moving & Storage Ltd. has been a team of trusted movers in Hamilton and Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe for more than 25 years. We’re a family-owned and operated moving company committed to taking the greatest care of your belongings. Through our affiliation with Mayflower Canada, we can seamlessly move you to Hamilton from anywhere in the country. Contact us today to learn more about moving to Hamilton.


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