The rolling hills and beautiful forests of Hamilton Township have attracted people from ancient times.
Hamilton Township is located just north of Cobourg and Highway 401, northward to the south shore of Rice Lake. Charming hamlets and villages nestled in the rolling hills are scattered across the township. The municipality of Hamilton is located approximately half way between Toronto and Kingston and is accesible by Highway 401 at exit 472 (Burnham Street) and exit 474 (Division Street).
A key feature is the Oak Ridges Moraine with scenic views, forests, trails and an abundance of natural wonders.
Rice Lake if famous for its excellent fishing and cottage getaways. The township also continues southward to Lake Ontario on either side of Cobourg.
General stores within the township are stocked with life's essentials and offer residents friendly, personal service, keeping true to rural tradition. The close-knit community spirit is celebrated through the area's many festivals, and community activities.
Both developed and undeveloped lots are available for those looking to buy or build a country home.
The communities of Camborne and Baltimore, at the southern end of the township, are close to the urban advantages of Cobourg while at the same time separated enough to offer a country lifestyle.
Bewdley, Gore's Landing and Harwood, at the northern end of the township, offer access to Rice Lake as well as beautiful waterfront views. Century farmhouses dot the township's winding country roads.
Agribusiness is tremendously important to the area, while at the same time, zoning bylaws have been revamped to promote small business and home business startups.
Development is encouraged near the township's more populous areas in order to protect the area's rural character. The new 137 bed Northumberland Hills Hospital is just minutes away.
The Baltimore Recreation Centre officially opened in September 2006, is a premiere, multipurpose complex in the area. Located only minutes from Highway 401 at County Road #45 north of Cobourg, the facility is situated on 27 acres of parkland. The Baltimore Recreation Centre is home to a two-pad arena complex with capacity for more than 800 spectators and an NHL-sized ice surface.
The community centre also includes five basketball diamonds, an outdoor basketball court, volleyball, a paved walking trail and large children's playground. It is an ideal venue for any function.
The township has three excellent golf courses.
Cobourg Public Library provides satellite service for Hamilton Township residents two days a week in Gore's Landing and Bewdley.
Public elementary schools are located in Baltimore, Camborne and Plainville.
Tourism is a high priority for both the township and county economic development partnership. Conservation areas offer trails to hike and opportunities for relaxation in nature.
Bewdley's annual Summerfest attracts hundreds of visitors. Inns and resorts offer accommodations for guests on the shores of beautiful Rice Lake. An equestrian vacation farm locaed near Baltimore offers visitors the change to experience rural life up close.
Hamilton Township offers a variety of outdoor acitivies. From swimming, fishing and boating to hiking, golfing and snowmobiling, regardless of the season, there are plenty of ways to explore Hamilton Township. The Northumberland Forest has some of the best cross country skiing and snowmobiling trails.
The township provides an opportunity to seek an alternative to urban life.
The township's vision is to continue to have the social and cultural values that have evolved through time: a community spirit, a sense of belonging, a tradition of self-reliance, social responsibility, sharing, neighbourliness and an appreciation of heritage and culture. The quality of life prevails through a combination of preserving the township's natural heritage features and new economic opportunities.