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Hamilton is like no other city in Canada. Its extraordinary landscape has shaped its past and is vital to its future.

From the native North Americans who used the creeks and forests to sustain their way of life to the early settlers who were attracted by the potential of the flowing streams and workable soils, to the current residents, businesses and industries here today, Hamilton’s unique natural resources have allowed us to thrive and have made it a special place to live, work and play.

The City’s unique position along the Niagara Escarpment and at the head of Lake Ontario provide for one of a kind natural features - features like the Dundas Valley - scoured out by melt water from ancient glaciers and Cootes Paradise and Hamilton Harbour - formed by the sediment of ancient glacial lake beds.

These features shape the City into one where a unique natural environment exists along side urban and industrial landscapes, each complementing the other to create a strong and vibrant community.

Since many biological species in this transition zone are at their northernmost or southernmost extent of their habitat range, the forests, wetlands and meadows in this area contain more rare and endangered species of plants and animals than in any other part of Canada.

It is because of the significance of this ecological region and our dependence on its resources that we are tasked with the responsibility of utilizing these resources responsibly and striving to maintain them so that future generations will be afforded the same opportunities to use and enjoy them as we and past generations have been able to.