Because of the temperate climate of the Niagara Peninsula’s western end, the part of Stoney Creek in east Wentworth County has been popular for the growing of fruits. During the last decades, when the reputation and quality of the wines of Ontario were recognized, Stoney Creek was included in the fringes of Niagara winery.
Agriculture remained the main industry for decades, just taken over by others when the growth of the community brought it closer to Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe. Then, Stoney Creek grew to become a hub for commuting residences, light industry and road transportation because its land prices were a lot lower than those of Hamilton.
Stoney Creek is currently served by various former or current Ontario provincial roads, the Queen Elizabeth Way, and a highly irregular residential street network. Upper Stoney Creek areas are on a significant grid pattern. They are poorly served by the HSR (Hamilton Street Railway), a public transit that was operated in the Stoney Creek community since 1974 by the regional government and since 2001 by the megacity government. Waterdown, Ancaster and Stoney Creek are three of the fastest-growing regions of Hamilton. During the recent years, there have been new condominiums constructed along the lakefront, specifically beyond Hamilton Harbor’s reach.