Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Living in the core of downtown Hamilton, some would think it would be hard to find that beautiful balance of We(h)lness. Luckily for you being we(h)l and being balanced is what moves me to my core. Coming from a small town (yes I’m just that small town girl) I never saw myself living in a city centre, fast forward 10 years and I have no desire to leave anytime soon. Its equally important that I stay connected with myself but also those likeminded individuals. I'm lucky that I have made deep connections with a positive online community called https://wehl.com. It is a wellness based platform where we can inspire and be inspired. Wellness is a journey, follow me, @babybeets on https://wehl.com to see what new things are popping up with this new online community.
The downtown Hamilton Farmers Market is definitely one of my favorite things about neighborhood, it takes me five minutes to walk there and has been a part of the community since 1837. Not to mentioned the amazing vendors that have been staples for so long, it’s also hard not to mention the growing eatery area where locals can grab a quick and delicious lunch and there is comfort in knowing many ingredients are coming from neighbouring stalls. With a Holistic Nutrition background, I pride myself on supporting local farmers and more importantly getting to know them on a personal level, what their farming practices are and connecting with the people that work so hard to bring fresh local food to your table. Get out and discover what markets your neighborhood has, it can easily become part of your routine and social outlet.
You’ve had to have eaten here
Something happened to our neighbourhood, shortly after we moved. Restaurants were opening up what felt like almost monthly, we have so many amazing food spots to dine at, it becomes hard to choose some days. There is an influx of conscious sourcing of product, produce and various vegan restaurants that can fool even the pickiest of eaters into enjoying something different. It’s a great way to support independently owned businesses, leaving with happy hearts and full belly’s. There really is something for everyone downtown.
Over the last 5 years Hamilton has been slowly improving its infrastructure to welcome road bike commuters & bike share programs. The SOBI bike campaign has been a great addition to anyone that lives in the city, having affordable access to cycling. My fiance and I often jump on the bikes for a late evening ride down to the bayfront watch the sunset, stay active or to ride to a location with an option of lock and leave. It allows us to have access to a bicycle, with limited storage in a condo. You can sign up for SOBI from your phone and check out the City of Hamilton website for bike lane routes.
Trails trails and more trails
It may be surprising to some that Hamilton is the waterfall capital of the world, tallying approximately 130 within the city limits. We also are marked with the Bruce Trail & Waterfront boardwalks. Growing up with a forest as a backyard, I often crave to be close to nature, I feel so lucky how close to a city escape I am. I utilize the trails and escarpment stairs weekly, you'll find me there even in the winter months, staying active when I can. This keeps me grounded and refreshed, ready to tackle a busy work week.
Living downtown may not be appealing to some, especially those trying to stay close to roots and away from the hussle and bussle. But this is a great example of how you can find the right kind of balance if you look beyond the concrete and people rushing by. I’m forever grateful that I have had the opportunity to watch our neighborhood develop and we are excited to see what else it the future brings.