What Are Some Interesting Facts About Waterdown, Canada?


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One interesting fact about Waterdown is that it has a history of inhabitation dating back thousands of years. Waterdown is a community in the Canadian province of Ontario that was incorporated as a village in 1878.

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What Are Some Interesting Facts About Waterdown, Canada?
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Waterdown’s original inhabitants were the Algonquin-speaking Neutral and Seneca Indians. Artifacts and other evidence show they lived there more than 7,500 years ago. Diseases introduced by French explorers and missionaries in the 1600s devastated the native population, according to Wikipedia.com. Many British Loyalists settled in Waterdown after the America Revolution.

Waterdown is perched atop the Niagara Escarpment and became a thriving milling community in the 1800s, with many sawmills and gristmills powered by a fast-moving creek that ran down the escarpment. The village grew with the arrival of the railroad and a train station in 1912. The last operating lumber mill in Waterdown shut down in the 1970s. As of 2015, the ruins are marked with a historical signboard and a lookout over the falls.

Waterdown combines the qualities of a quaint village with big-city amenities, according to the Waterdown Business Association. In 1974 the Township of Flamborough absorbed the municipality of Waterdown and both were amalgamated by the nearby city of Hamilton in 2001. In 2011, the population of Waterdown was 17,048.

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