With more than 15 communities, each with their own character and appeal, Flamborough has been called a genuine community of communities. Extending 191 square miles, Flamborough includes urban Waterdown, as well as more rural areas such as Greensville. It is surrounded by conservation and recreation areas and offers year-round activities ranging from cross-country skiing in winter to boating and swimming in the summer. Flamborough is a community that cares, with countless service organizations, youth and seniors activities, and sports and recreation programs galore. Flamborough Community Information Services, which gathers together all services available to the community, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The African Lion Safari is one of the Ontario’s key tourist attractions and opened here in 1969 to offer an animal-friendly take on the traditional zoo. As the Safari literature explains, animals roam free and visitors are caged! They now have more than 1,000 animals representing 100-plus species and have bred 50 species that are considered endangered or threatened. Flamborough also is home to Flamboro Downs raceway and casino, with top-name attractions, evening and daytime races and more than 750 slot machines.
Like many communities within the City of Hamilton, the name Flamborough was derived from an area in England. The Flamborough Head, located in East Yorkshire, England, is a prominent point of land that gave the nearby British Town of Flamborough its name. Our Flamborough was founded in 1792 to become a major 19th-century industrial and residential centre, with saw, grist, flour and paper mills located in the area known as Crook’s Hollow. The area’s history resides in the capable hands of The Flamborough Heritage Society and Archives. When it comes to natural beauty, Spencer Creek, which originally powered the mills of Crook’s Hollow, also is the water source for two of the areas most scenic waterfalls, Webster’s and Tew’s Falls, located along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment.