Sometimes referred to as the Valley Town – because of its location at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment. The easy accessibility to the hiking trails and the Dundas Conservation Area make it a popular community amongst hikers, outdoorsmen, and dog owners who take full advantage of the trails.
There are a wide variety of styles of home, from small stone cottages in walking distance to the downtown main street, modern 70s style bungalows complete with carports in the Pleasant Valley neighbourhood. Newer homes overlook the conservation area in Turnbull and are nestled into the base of the escarpment in the Cascades.
Dundas attracts a creative community, as is evidenced by the number of arts and music schools including the Dundas Valley School of Art, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas Valley Orchestra, Dundas Conservatory of music.
Websters and Tews Falls, 2 of Hamilton’s most well known waterfalls are found in Dundas – both can be reached by foot on the Bruce Trail, but they encourage you to stay away from Websters Falls as all the visitors have wreaked havoc on the surrounding area – so check out Tews Falls which is just a few feet shy of the full height of Niagara Falls. Dundas Peak is a favourite of hikers – you can hike from the falls along the Bruce Trail to the peak which overlooks Dundas and West Hamilton.
You won’t find many big box shops here – downtown is lined with small businesses and restaurants including Detour Coffee, Cumbraes Butcher Shop, Mickey McGuire’s Cheese Shop, Taylor’s Tea Room & Takeaway, Dundas Matsuri Sushi, Frosty’s Fish & Chips, and Picone Fine Food which in 2015 celebrated 100years!
Quatrefoil Restaurant opened in 2010 and has been named one of Canada’s top restaurants, they offer a fine dining experience in a beautiful old home on Sydenham. Their sous chef, Gabriell Cruz, was a competitor on Top Chef Canada‘s Second Season. They also own Brux House which opened in late 2014 on Locke Street in Hamilton to rave reviews.
An interesting condo project at the base of Dundas Peak took an old highschool and converted it the Dundas District Lofts
In 2016 a new brewery opened its doors, the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company – they did a kickstarter to raise funds to help renovate and restore the building which was the Dundas Curling & Skating Rink on Hatt St. Such a cool project and great space.
There is an active and engaged online community on Facebook – with the Dundas, Ontario page. Some fun local facts: Folk Singer Stan Rogers was born in Dundas, and artist Caribou has a song called Dundas, Ontario on their album “Start Breaking My Heart”. SCTV comedian Dave Thomas grew up in here, and his younger brother Ian Thomas is also a celebrated singer, songwriter, actor, author and Juno Award winner.
GlobalTV released a nice little vignette about Dundas in August of 2017 – check it out here