About Milton and Area
Milton was founded by the Martin family who built a dam and grist mill on the banks of the Sixteen Mile Creek in 1822. The town was named Mill Town and later renamed to Milton when it was incorporated in 1857.
The Town of Milton is a unique blend of town and country that makes our community an ideal place to live, work and play. Milton is nestled alongside the picturesque Niagara Escarpment where you will unearth a multitude of friendly people and a community with captivating “hometown” charm. Milton offers a generous slice of old-fashioned warmth and hospitality to visitors, residents and businesses.
Milton is centrally located within minutes of such cities as Mississauga, Toronto, Oakville and Burlington. Affordable housing, an expanding employment base and an excellent educational system are all reasons to place Milton at the top of your list of places to live or visit.
Milton is the place to live
Milton, Ontario is a safe and secure community where you can live life to the fullest, surrounded by the scenic landscapes of nature. From Victorian homes and rural estate subdivisions to a complete selection of brand new houses, there is a home to fit every lifestyle and taste. Milton also has one of the lowest tax rates in the Greater Toronto Area.
Milton is the place to work
Milton’s location provides easy access to highways, rail and air transportation. Milton has a strong and diversified existing industrial base with new water and wastewater servicing for new growth areas. This is an ideal place to run a business.
Milton is the place to play
Milton residents seeking a healthy, active way of life can choose from a wide range of recreational activities. Milton offers many beautiful conservation areas, and for the adventurous at heart, rock climbing, triathlons, horseback riding and BMX facilities can be found right at your door step. Pick-your-own farms, historic museums, festivals, art galleries and quaint boutiques are just around the corner for your family enjoyment.
Milton’s Escarpment Attractions
A magnitude of natural attractions is yours for the taking. This natural wonder in our backyard hails countless parks, pristine lakes, nature trails, a 500 year old Indian village, waterfalls and glacial water holes. Family events include the Farmers’ Market, Steam Era, Country Heritage Park, the Halton Region Museum and the Milton Fall Fair. For those more energetic, there is harness racing at the Mohawk Raceway or hiking the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath.
Halton Hills is a community where geographic location and natural beauty combine for optimum business opportunity and residential appeal.
As part of the Greater Toronto Area, Halton Hills is a natural choice for commercial and service sector growth, industrial development, and a fulfilling lifestyle. Halton Hills residents enjoy an enviable quality of life. Clean air and sparkling fresh water, forested hiking paths like the Bruce Trail and cross country ski trails on the Niagara Escarpment, specialty boutiques and delightful cafes, all contribute to the ambience and appeal that makes Halton Hills a special place.
Acton, first called Danville, was settled in 1825 by the Adams brothers. The name was later changed to Adamsville and, in 1844, Postmaster Robert Swan suggested the name Acton, after his hometown in England. From 1842 until its closure in 1986, the town was dominated by one major industry, the tannery.
The town has adopted the name Leathertown to reflect its heritage. The phrase “It’s worth the drive to Acton,” made famous by the Olde Hide House, applies not only to the luxurious leather merchandise showcased in the store’s historical surroundings, but also to the specialty shops, excellent restaurants and services provided by Acton’s downtown businesses. Downtown Acton offers the small town benefits of interesting architecture, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, quality product and efficient service that never go out of style.
George Kennedy, who settled in this area in 1823, opened a mill which formed the beginning of a settlement known as Hungry Hollow. The Barber brothers bought a woolen mill and foundry from Kennedy in 1837 and renamed the settlement Georgetown.
In the words of one Georgetown resident, “downtown Georgetown is … century homes on a shady avenue; browsing unique stores for one of a kind gifts and more; enjoying coffee and home cooking at hospitable eateries; revitalizing yourself through dance or fitness programs; relaxation at the spa or through massage therapy; inspiration at the theatre Gallery; buying the freshest produce from your Farmer’s Market and celebrating festivals for the community.