Hamilton is a port city of the Canadian province of Ontario, conceived by George Hamilton when he acquired the lands of James Durand after the War of 1812. The city is the center of Golden Horseshoe, an industrialized and densely populated area located east of the lake Ontario. On January 1, 2001, the new City of Hamilton was created through the union of this city and other smaller municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, since 1981, this metropolitan area is considered the ninth in Canada and the third in Ontario, in terms of population. Hamilton is located in South Ontario, less than 70 km southwest of Toronto.
The local economy is supported by the steel industry and heavy industry, although in the last decade, there has been a shift towards the service sector, particularly towards the health sciences. Hamilton General Hospital employs about 10,000 people and serves 2.2 million people in the region.
In Hamilton, there are the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Canadian Warplanes Museum, the Bruce Trail, the McMaster University and the Mohawk College. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is located in the center of the city, near the Hamilton City Hall, and to the east is the Ivor Wynne Stadium, home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a team that participates in the Canadian Football League (in Spanish, Canadian Football League). In addition, the Erland Lee Museum (1808), declared a National Historic Site of Canada, is located in the Canadian Registry of Historic Places. Opposite this, there is a plaque reminiscent of the role of the first Institute for Women in Ontario.
Due to its different facets, numerous television and film productions have been filmed in Hamilton, regulated by the City's Film and Television Office. The growth of the artistic and cultural sector gained media attention, so in 2006 the newspaper Globe and Mail published an article called "Go West, Young Artist", which highlighted the importance of art galleries, recording studios and local audiovisual productions.
Hamilton's climate is humid continental, characterized by changing weather patterns. However, its climate is moderate compared to most of Canada. Hamilton's location in a reservoir on the southwest corner of Lake Ontario with a escarpment that divides the upper and lower parts of the city produces remarkable disparities in climate over short distances. This is also the case of pollution levels, which according to localized wind patterns or low clouds can be high in certain areas, mostly from the city's steel industry, mixed with the regional pollution of vehicles.
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