Westdale, Ontario is a charming little community, with a rich history, situated in the west-end of Hamilton. With Westdale Village at its core, the area is home to many thriving businesses, restaurants and cafes, as well as the world-renowned McMaster University campus and Medical Centre. Westdale borders both Hamilton’s downtown core and the extensive nature reserve of Cootes Paradise, allowing both residents and visitors to enjoy everything from boutique shopping and farmers markets, to vast hiking trails and stunning views of natural waterfalls.
One of the most iconic buildings in the area is the Historic Westdale Theatre. After more than 80 years in operation, it is the last freestanding movie house in the city and up until recently was showcasing current releases with its original snack bar still intact. The theatre has been closed for restorations and renovations since July 2017, which will include new washrooms, new theatre seats, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment, and an expanded stage to host theatre, music, and lecture series. The theatre plans to re-open in 2018 and continue to be a community-based cultural and economic hub for Westdale Village and the surrounding neighbourhood.
Adding to Hamiltons growing foodie reputation, Westdales restaurant scene is home to some long-standing classics, as well as newer trendy spots. Valentino’s first opened its doors in 1978 and has since been offering quality Italian cuisine to Hamilton’s Westdale area. The restaurant prides itself on being a place for families to meet, couples to share a romantic meal, and memories to be made. They also hold the crown for being the first eatery in the city to offer Panzarottis; an item that to this day is one of their most popular menu choices.
For those looking for a clear conscience healthy eating experience, Rawlicious is a perfect spot. The menu consist of no meat, no wheat, no dairy, and no refined sugar in anything they serve. Visit this great spot to stay on track with all your healthy New Year resolutions. Being a hub for many McMaster University students the iconic The Bean Bar remains a favourite with its intimate pub-style atmosphere. You can count on large tasty portions, an extensive selection of desserts, and fun colourful alcoholic beverages to satisfy whatever you are craving.
In addition to restaurants, Westdale also has a number of specialty shops. White Elephant is a charming, curated, independent small-batch boutique selling Canadian-made clothing, handmade accessories and jewlery, and more; perfect for finding that unique Valentine’s day gift or treating yourself to something different. Located in the centre of Westdale Village is Kuma’s Candy with a large selection of candies from around the world, as well as house-made bubble tea.
Two of Hamiltons proudest establishments can also be found in Westdale, McMaster University and McMaster University Medical Centre. Ranked 66th in the world and 3rd in Canada, McMaster university sits among the top 1% of universities globally. It is Canada’s most research-intensive university with a heavy emphasis on Health Sciences and Engineering. Westdale, acting as a heavy research-focused teaching hub, has attracted some of the finest medical students and doctors in the world to practice at McMaster University Medical Centre. This modern healthcare facility plays a major role in the provision of healthcare services for Hamilton and the surrounding region of central-west Ontario.
Whether you live there, or are visiting Westdale, for its vintage charm and tasty grub, there is something for all to enjoy!