Small town charm, beautiful surroundings and upscale neighbourhoods have attracted people to Ancaster since 1792. Today, the historic and picturesque village core – loaded with heritage buildings and homes – remains its primary point of interest.

Ancaster SquarePopulation:  33,232 (2006)

Geographic location:  Southwest of  the old city of Hamilton proper (with which Ancaster amalgamated in 2001).

North – Governors Road; East –City Limits; South – Glancaster Road; West – City Limits

Historical facts:

  • Ancaster was originally founded by Richard Beasley, a businessman and fur trader, and James Wilson, a millwright.  The two men built a gristmill (now the Ancaster Old Mill Inn) in 1791 and a sawmill in 1792.
  • In the early days, Ancaster was known as Wilson’s Mills.
  • By 1795 the village was the largest in Ancaster Township.
  • The name of the village was changed to Ancaster by Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe who was apparently inspired by Peregrine Bertie, the third Duke of Ancaster.

Annual events:

  • Ancaster Heritage Days – five-day event (June)
  • Ancaster Festival of Friends – three-day event (August)
  • Ancaster Old Mill Race (June)
  • Ancaster Fair – 4 day event (September)Sherman Falls

Places of interest:

  • The Hermitage, built in 1830 by Reverend George Sheed is known as one of the area’s most haunted sites.
    It is included in local ghost tours run throughout the summer.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum showcases local history, including the community’s participation in the Underground Railway.
  • The Bruce Trail winds its way through Ancaster and offers four seasons’ recreation for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, snowshoers and cross country skiers.
  • Hamilton Golf & Country Club (

Sources: Wikepedia; The Hamilton Spectator
Photos: Lucille Riddell and Laura Doucette


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