Who are you?
Joy Jones, owner of Made for you by Madeleine bakery, moved to Hamilton in 2012 knowing exactly one (!) Hamiltonian.
Lifestyle: desire for a smaller, more peaceful city than Toronto which was getting too loud, crowded and busy.
Where do you live?
What resources were helpful to you in making your decision to move here?
A very helpful Hamilton realtor; and a friend in a similar work/lifestyle situation who also was weighing the benefits of re-locating from Toronto to Hamilton.
What resources do you WISH you’d had access to that would have helped?
Hm. Not sure. Perhaps a round table discussion with other Toronto ex-pats of similar socio-demograpic status and lifestyle?
What things surprised you the most about Hamilton? Good & Bad
Good: Hamiltonians are genuinely very friendly, engaged and community-minded. Not-so-good: generally limited diversity (world-views) relative to a larger, more cosmopolitan city where people of different backgrounds and interests mix more readily. Both good and not-so-good: 2 degrees of separation means everyone more or less seems to know (of) everyone, which encourages a sense of community as well as limits variety in socializing groups.
What advice do you have for anyone considering a move to Hamilton?
Hm. Sorry, no solid advice. Perhaps get to know various neighbourhoods? Obviously.
Trails (so many, so little time!); quiet Sundays downtown (impossible in bustling Toronto); short trips to Niagara or cross-border (much easier/quicker than from Toronto)
Of all the things going on Hamilton these days – what are you most excited about?
Meeting more people who are helping Hamilton grow into a more culturally inclusive and diverse city.
Bonus: Hamiltonians will knit for friends! I have acquired hat, scarf, and fingerless gloves (all with fabulous yarn from Handknit on Cannon Street)