Since you’re considering relocating to Hamilton, we thought it might be helpful to hear from other locals that have also made that decision as well as from engaged community members who were born here and are Hamilton lifers! Check out their stories below and find out what they love about their hometown. Every place has its pros and cons, it is what you make it. And we’ve found that Hamilton can be a place where people can really connect with their neighbours and their surroundings – it’s all there if you want it!

Jeannie Crawford
REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Community Professionals, Brokerage

Jeannie at Supercrawl 2014 with Hamilton's own Jeremy Fisher

Jeannie at Supercrawl 2014 with Hamilton’s own Jeremy Fisher

Salar Madadi
Head Carnivore at MeatVentures Meatwagon & Owner of Pokeh

Salar and a happy customer at Supercrawl 2014

Salar and a happy customer at Supercrawl 2014

Dave Hanley
Owner & Partner at Pop Up Hamilton, Contributor for Hamilton Magazine

Dave Hanley & wife Nicole Longstaff at the Residences of the Royal Connaught

Dave Hanley & wife Nicole Longstaff at the Residences of the Royal Connaught

Susan Walters-Austin
Catering and Event Manager for The Arlington Hotel (The Other Bird)

Susan Walters-Austin at Food & Drink Fest 2014

Susan Walters-Austin at Food & Drink Fest 2014

Bryan Smith
Owner at Catalyst – Specialized Personal Training

Bryan Smith at Midsummer's Dream Festival held at  Gage Park

Bryan Smith at Midsummer’s Dream Festival held at Gage Park

James Kayser
Owner & Chef Butcher & The Vegan

James & wife Faiza at John & Barton outside Butcher & the Vegan

James & wife Faiza at John & Barton outside Butcher & the Vegan

Patrick Wiese & Sam Grech
Owner of Twisted Kitchen Food Truck & IT Consultant

Sam & Patrick at James Street Art Crawl

Sam & Patrick at James Street Art Crawl

Chris Farias
VP of Creative Development & Partner at Kitestring

Chris and friends in the International Village filming for the #HamOntForever fund

Chris and friends in the International Village filming for the #HamOntForever fund

Leesa Nauss
Owner of Munchees Variety & Property Manager

Small Biz Owner Leesa at work of course at Munchee's Variety

Small Biz Owner Leesa working hard at Munchees Variety

Christopher Godwaldt
Co-Owner and Founder of Cafe Oranje

Newlyweds Christopher and Kevin at Cafe Oranje

Newlyweds Christopher and Kevin at Cafe Oranje

Joy Jones
Owner of Made for you by Madeleine Bakery

Joy with then Councillor Brian McHattie at the ribbon cutting of her bakery

Joy with then Councillor Brian McHattie at the ribbon cutting of her bakery

Ryan Gavel
Mortgage Agent AND Rockin’ Musician

Ryan at the grand opening of the new Ambitious Realty offices 2014

Ryan at the grand opening of the new Ambitious Realty offices 2014

Donna Reid
Founder and Owner of the Hamilton Store

Donna & Graham Crawford at The Hamilton Store (Photo Paul Wilson/CBC)

Donna Reid & Graham Crawford at The Hamilton Store (Photo Paul Wilson/CBC)

Karen Ancheta
Frontwoman at Pokeh, Mom & Actress

Karen Ancheta - On Stage for Fringe Kick of 2016

Karen Ancheta – On Stage for Fringe Kick of 2016

Thea Munster
Artist, Educator & Zombie Walker

Thea Munster & Fiend @Supercrawl

Thea Munster & Fiend @Supercrawl

Amanda Gall
Industrial Designer behind Mehker, Cake & Loaf Gal

Mehker & Workshop Cat @Supercrawl 2014

Mehker & Workshop Cat @Supercrawl 2014

Eva Ivanov & Wayne Gooderham
Artist & Jack of all Trades!

Eva enjoying the Hamilton Waterfront on a winter day

Eva enjoying the Hamilton Waterfront on a winter day

Christina Mulder
Mom, Fundraiser & Owner of Servita

Christina & son enjoying a Hamilton Bulldogs Game

Christina & son enjoying a Hamilton Bulldogs Game

Chanry Thach
Food Blogger “The Hungry Gnome”, Social Media Maven

Selfie! With 2015 Juno Group of the Year The Arkells

Selfie! With 2015 Juno Group of the Year The Arkells

Lindsay Bishop
Mortgage Broker –
Mortgage Teacher

Lindsay enjoying some eats at The Cannon

Lindsay enjoying some eats at The Cannon

Lisa La Rocca
Communications Manager at Sonic Unyon

Lisa on the job at Supercrawl

Lisa on the job at Supercrawl

Josh Garrick
Co-Owner / Operator at A New Leaf Farm

Josh with a couple of new additions to his A New Leaf Farm family

Josh with a couple of new additions to his A New Leaf Farm family

Erin Dunham
CEO The Other Bird Inc, All round Entrepreneur

Erin hanging out at 2 Black Sheep

Erin hanging out at 2 Black Sheep

Carly McLeod
Contributor & Squad Leader, Fat Girl Food Squad

Carly & Jeremy at home in the Hammer photo courtesy of Hollie Pocsai

Carly & Jeremy at home in the Hammer photo courtesy of Hollie Pocsai

Kristin Archer
Blogger/Tourist in her own town – I Heart Hamilton

Kristin on James Street North - Photo Courtesy of Estee Mancini

Kristin on James Street North – Photo Courtesy of Estee Mancini

Katie McClelland
Owner – De La Sol Yoga Studios

Katie showing her yoga skillz at her studio De La Sol

Katie showing her yoga skillz at her studio De La Sol

Joe Amero
Social Worker & Aspiring Stand up Comic!

Joe and his fam checking out the view from Mountain Park

Joe and his fam checking out the view from Mountain Park

Laurel Wypkema
Owner & Ice Cream Magician – Foundry Ice Cream

Laurel repping Foundry at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic - Christie Lake Conservation Area

Laurel repping Foundry at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic – Christie Lake Conservation Area

Maggie Makar
Blogger – Home Sweet Hammer

Maggie showing off at Brass Bombshells

Maggie showing off at Brass Bombshells

Marco & Alexis
Owners of The Gifted Collectibles

Marco & Alexis celebrating a friends wedding!

Marco & Alexis celebrating a friends wedding!

Sarah Podemski
Actress

 

Sarah - Striking a pose!

Sarah – Striking a pose!

Sue Littleton
Manager Merit Brewing Company

Sue picking berries with her son Sid the Kid

Sue picking berries with her son Sid the Kid

Stev’nn Hall
Contemporary Mixed Media Artist

Stev'n'n in front of his Gibson neighbourhood abode

Stev’nn in front of his Gibson neighbourhood abode

Patrick Guilbault & Yigi Chang
Owners Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar

Patrick & Yigi at a friends backyard Hamilton wedding

Patrick & Yigi at a friends backyard Hamilton wedding