Home to the Ancaster Fair Grounds which of course hosts the annual Ancaster Fair in September, but is also used for all sorts of events and fests throughout the year. In 2017 the Festival of Friends which had been held here for a few years, is returning to its original home in Gage Park.
Homes feature a mix of new developments both detached and townhouses in the Meadowlands areas, and older bungalows off Wilson and Fiddler’s Green. There are a lot of new builds going in off the highway which area appealing to young families.
Hamilton Golf and Country Club has hosted the Canadian Open 5 times so far, the last being in 2012. Established in 1894, it is considered one of the top courses in Canada, and among the top 100 courses world wide.
Much like Dundas and Waterdown, Ancaster features a quaint village feel in its downtown with beautiful old brick buildings and churches. It also has a more modern area with larger “big box” stores, new townhouse developments in an area known as the Meadowlands.
As one of Hamilton’s wealthiest areas, there are some very impressive homes on private lanes and protected by gates. The lots have a rural feel as many back onto the conservations area. Deer and other wildlife are a common sight. For many, the lots are the draw and older homes are being torn down and replaced with “McMansions”.
I love Ancaster. It’s a really lovely place to live. A very kind, charming community with such fabulous people. – Dave Hanley, Ancaster Resident
When the food truck scene first started to take off in 2012, the folks at Bethesda United Church on Garner Rd saw an opportunity to raise money for their church which was facing closure. And a gathering known as Holy Food Truck was born! The weekly event draws hundreds of people to set up chairs, throw down blankets, and spend time with their neighbours while enjoying food from many of Hamilton’s finest street food purveyors!
Ancaster Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor gathering of local produce vendors, prepared foods, live music and hot foods, which runs from June to October. This is one of my personal favourite outdoor markets – a very welcoming, and relaxed feeling.
The Ancaster Mill (formerly the Old Ancaster Mill Inn) is a fine dining experience known for its brunch and being a gorgeous setting for weddings, with its view of the Mills Falls and Lower Mills Falls. This image from the restaurant website reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, I could look at it all day!
You can get to Ancaster easily off the 403, or you can take Old Ancaster Road into Dundas or Wilson right into West Hamilton and McMaster University. The Western reaches of Ancaster lead into rural Jerseyville and can be as close to Brantford as to Hamilton proper.