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Ancaster Retirement Homes

A list of retirement homes in Ancaster Ontario. *An asterisk on the right of each name denotes that this residence matches your search criteria from information provided from a previous year and/or little further information is available. Facilities listed without an asterisk, have provided detailed up-to-date information for 2019 .

HIGHGATE RESIDENCE  (Retirement Homes) 
325 Fiddler's Green Road Ancaster ON L9G 1W9
75 Dunham Drive Ancaster ON L9G 1X7
1248 Mohawk Road Ancaster ON L9K 1P5


About Ancaster

Ancaster is located along the Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario, and amalgamated with the city of Hamilton in 2001: currently it has a population of approximately 33,000.  Ancaster was officially founded in 1793 and was among the oldest European communities established in Ontario.

Ancaster became the largest industrial and commercial centre in Upper Canada by 1823. Ancaster also attracted the 2nd largest population in Upper Canada (1,681), second only to Kingston (2,500). From the late 19th century, the population of Ancaster remained stable until new subdivisions were established in 1946. The population further increased after the Hamilton-Ancaster section of Highway 403 was completed in 1968 and sewer systems were introduced in 1974.

The building boom in Ancaster occurred predominantly on the east side of Highway 403 with commercial developments including the Power Centre and residential developments such as the Meadowlands.

Brief History

The history of Ancaster goes back more than 200 years. The town was named in 1793 by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe after it was surveyed as a part of a plan to develop roads for military purposes. Many families already settled in the area after leaving the United States in order to maintain their loyalty to the British Crown. These United Empire Loyalists made claims on the land in Upper Canada, and many were given grants of land in Ancaster.

The area that is now referred to as Ancaster Village was once referred informally by local villagers as Wilson's Mills after millwright James Wilson who, along with Richard Beasley, were the main founders of Ancaster.
In 1791, Wilson built a grist mill, and in 1792, he built a sawmill, and to draw in workers to his mills, Wilson needed to provide amenities and infrastructure for new residents. With the financial help of Beasley, Wilson built a general store, blacksmith shop, distillery, and tavern all within walking distance of the mills.
By 1793, an area of land that housed Wilson's Mills was surveyed and was officially known as Ancaster Township, named after an ancient village in the district of Lincolnshire, England.

Historical Landmarks

Griffin House is was built in 1827 by Englishmen, and was bought in 1834 by Enerals Griffin, an African-American escaped slave from Virginia, US, who had enough money to also buy 50 acres of land. It represents a testament to those who travelled the Underground Railroad for freedom in Canada during the 19th century. The house provides history-related programs and Underground Railroad tours.

The Hermitage is a historic house and popular spot in Ancaster. It once belonged to Reverend George Sheed in 1830. Since then it has changed hands many times before it burned down in 1934. The last owner was local author Alma Dick-Lauder. The fire was started as a result of a party that she was hosting. Visitors can still visit the shell of the old home and its surrounding buildings. Legend has it that the house is haunted, which is what draws many people to the site.

Tourist Attractions

The Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum is located in a historic home and is dedicated to preserving the local history through displays, archives, educational programs, and artifacts. It celebrates natural heritage through lush landscaped gardens and picturesque walking trails. There is an annual summer concert series, as well as spots for meetings. Children’s activities and adult workshops are available upon request.

The Ancaster Fairgrounds is a modern facility that is the site of many different types of events all throughout the year, such as car shows, rodeos, animal exhibitions, vendors, barrel racing, trade shows, exhibitions, and even weddings. It encompasses 100 acres of grounds with plenty of room for parking.

Things to Do in the City

Ancaster is full of nature trails for the outdoor enthusiast, and includes the Bruce Trail which goes through a part of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, then crosses the Hamilton Rail Trail to the Brantford Rail Trail.

The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, which was originally situated beside the Hamilton Jockey Club, moved to Ancaster in 1916. It was the host of the Canadian Open in 2003, 2006 and 2012. Avid golfers can try their hand at making par on the well maintained golf course.

The Ancaster Rotary Centre is part of the Morgan Firestone Arena and features a full-size Fitness Centre that encompasses 10,000 square feet of fitness equipment and classes, as well as child care. Four baseball diamonds and five soccer fields surround the Centre in the Robert E. Wade Park.
The Meadowlands Power Centre is modern and attractive. It is home to major retailers and is located at the intersection of Highway 403 and the Lincoln Alexander Parkway.
Retirement in Ancaster  would provide the retiree with a “village like”  location surrounded by the offerings of the great city of Hamilton.


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