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Ancaster is a community within the city of Hamilton, Ontario, located on the Niagara Escarpment that amalgamated with the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2001. This former town was founded officially in 1793 and was one of the oldest European communities established in present-day Ontario along with Windsor (1749), Kingston (1780), St. Catharines (1787–89), Grimsby (1790), Niagara-on-the-Lake (1792) and Toronto (1793). By 1823, due in large part to its easily accessible water power located at the juncture of already existing historical trading routes, Ancaster had become Upper Canada's largest industrial and commercial center. Additionally, Ancaster had at that time attracted the 2nd largest populace (1,681) in Upper Canada trailing only Kingston (population 2,500), but surpassing the populations of nearby Toronto (1,376) and Hamilton (1,000). After this initial period of prosperity beginning in the late 18th century, sudden significant water and rail transportation advancements of the early 19th century would soon better benefit Ancaster's neighbouring towns situated closer to the Lake Ontario waterfront. Stationary steam engines for industries were also being rapidly developed in the 19th century that would eventually make Ancaster's water powered industries less vital. As a result, after the 1820s, Ancaster's influence during the remainder of the 19th century would begin to wane. From the late 19th century Ancaster's population would remain static until 1946 when new subdivisions around the village were established. The population expanded further with the completion of the Hamilton-Ancaster section of Highway 403 in 1968 and the introduction of sewer systems in 1974. After 1970, its population essentially doubled from 15,000 residents to its present-day 33,000.

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Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Ancaster, Canada. Explore Ancaster travel guide before you plan your trip here. Ancaster is located at a short trip away from Toronto a major city in Canada. Attractions in Toronto include Toronto Eaton Centre, Cn Tower, Casa Loma. Also, to reach Ancaster, you'll have to take a flight to Toronto; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A holiday in Ancaster can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Ancaster*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ancaster

    Know the pollution level of Ancaster before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50.89 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 52.17 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.57 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.35 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 38.46 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.91 (Low)
  • Ancaster: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ancaster for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ancaster.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.18 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 42.59 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.74 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 38.18 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.82 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.73 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.91 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76.36 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 42.27 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.15 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.91 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.64 (Moderate)
  • Living in Ancaster - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ancaster is 165.9 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 54.11 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 61.06 (High)
    • Pollution Index 49.81 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.85 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 60.38 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 81.17 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.63 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 124.57 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ancaster

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ancaster

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.41 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 64.3 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.26 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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