Nickname – The Valley Town
Geographic Location – Nestled just west of Hamilton at the end of Cootes Paradise, and between Highways 6 and 8.
Historical Facts – Dundas was named by John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, for his friend Henry Dundas. Dundas was incorporated as a town in 1847. Buildings in the downtown core have been popular as movie sets in recent years.
Events/Points of Interest:
Buskerfest – early June, annually. A weekend of fun in the heart of Dundas. Top street performers entertain and delight through their theatrics, magic and music. www.downtowndundas.ca/buskerfest-2013.php
Cactus Festival – third week of August, annually. The festival began in 1976 and its name recognizes the Veldhuis greenhouses which specialized in cacti — the reason Dundas became known as “the cactus capital of Canada.” www.dundascactusfest.ca
Clara’s Climb – In April 2013, the top of Sydenham Hill was dedicated to all-time Olympian Clara Hughes — it is now called “Clara’s Climb.” When Clara lived here 1991 – 1997, cycling up Sydenham Hill was a significant part of her training regimen for the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.
The Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) – is an independent, not-for-profit school and a leader in the cultural development of the region. It also plays a vital role in the arts education community. It’s annual art auction is held in April. www.dvsa.ca
Arts Dundas – is a 4-day celebration of the visual, literary and performing arts in Dundas, and is held annually in November. www.carnegiegallery.org