Hamilton, which is situated on the south shore of Hamilton Bay, the western extremity of Lake Ontario, forty miles distant from Toronto, is an attractive city, and can not only boast of being one of the most important manufacturing centres of the Dominion, but to be the distributing centre of the fruit grown in the fertile Niagara Peninsula. The town has a magnificent water front and an excellent natural harbour. Its geographical position makes it a convenient railway centre, and the climate is most desirable. Founded in 1795 it was not until 1832 that anything of importance was done towards making Hamilton the busy manufacturing town which it has since become. Besides the many factories which have long been established there, Hamilton, by reason of the excellent inducements held out, has acquired a large number of branches of important United States industries. Electric power is available at low rates in addition to natural gas, and with its other natural advantages the city may be expected to forge ahead even more rapidly in the future than in the past. The present population, which at the Census of 1901 was 52,634, is estimated to be over 70,000.