The community of Stoney Creek is located east of Hamilton where Stoney Creek flows into the south shore of western Lake Ontario. The community's historic area, originally settled by United Empire Loyalists following the US War of Independence, is known as the "Old Town", and lies below the Niagara Escarpment. These were joined by emigrants from the British Isles as well as from Italy, Croatia, Holland, Poland, the Punjab, Serbia, and Ukraine creating a very diverse population. In 1974 the old town of Stoney Creek merged with Saltfleet Township and in 1984 Stoney Creek became a city which in turn was amalgamated into Hamilton in 2000. Prior to its amalgamation, it had roughly sixty thousand inhabitants.
Due to the temperate environment on the western end of the Niagara Peninsula, in part due to the shelter created by the Escarpment, the Stoney Creek area was (and still is) known for fruit growing and more recently for growing grapes and making Ontario wines. Most of the area of Stoney Creek remains agricultural, and the communities of Elfrida, Fruitland, Tapleytown, Tweedside, Vinemount, and Winona still showcase the agricultural legacy of Stoney Creek and Saltfleet township
The major transportation artery in Stoney Creek is the QEW connecting the community to Niagara Falls and Buffalo to the southeast and Burlington, Oakville and Toronto to the Northeast. The community connects to Hamiton via Barton Street and the #8 (Queenston Rd).
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Stoney Creek is served by 4 high schools, 4 public libraries, and the Stoney Creek Campus of Mohawk College.
Stoney Creek's central shopping district is along Queenston Rd and along Centennial Parkway (#20), which also has Eastgate Mall.
The area is bounded by Hamilton Beach to the west, parkland along Stoney Creek itself, the Bruce Trail for several kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment (which also includes the Devils Punchbowl, Vinemount and Winona Conservation areas), and the lakefront Fifty Point Conservation Area which also has a marina. The community has a number of historical sites and museums, including the Battlefield Park and the Erland Lee Museum.