LOCAL FOCUS: Milton, Acton & Georgetown
by Gale Beeby
Rolling countryside and the Niagara Escarpment define these picturesque communities
The two towns — Acton and Georgetown are part of the Town of Halton Hills — offer a diverse range of housing, including homes for young families, established estate properties, historic neighbourhoods and new master-planned communities.
Georgetown has a big cultural vibe with live theatres and many art galleries, including the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre in the historical village of Glen Williams, The Gallery at the Halton Hills Library and Cultural Centre, Beaumont Mill, also in Glen Williams, and many private studios.
In Milton, the town boasts the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton Velodrome) with many cycling events. The Milton Centre for the Arts hosts many performing and visual arts programs. There are plenty of fabulous golf courses in the area, including Royal Ontario, Rattlesnake Point, The Club at North Halton, Greystone, Turtle Creek, Granite Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Piper’s Heath, Georgetown, Halton Country Club, Glencairn and Hornby Glen.
PARKS & REC
The Bruce Trail, which winds its way along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, passes through the area and is its defining geographical formation. The Escarpment was named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990, one of only 12 in of Canada.
The area also has some of the most beautiful parks and trails in the province, including the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, Kelso Conservation Area, Mount Nemo Conservation Area, Mountsberg Conservation Area and the amazing Rattlesnake Point.
Georgetown, Acton and Milton offer a variety of shopping experiences, from quaint downtown boutiques, bakeries and butchers, to a large selection of big box stores. In the Glen Williams area, you will also find a large selection of crafts made by local artisans. The first Premium Outlet mall in Canada opened in 2013 at Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road.
There are four mains roads: Highway 7, connecting Acton and Georgetown; Regional Road 8 (Steeles Avenue) between Milton and Brampton; Regional Road 25, which connects Acton and Milton; and Regional Road 3 (Trafalgar Road), between Ballinafad and Oakville. Highway 25 connects with Highways 401 and 407. GO Transit runs bus service to and from Halton Hills and train service to Georgetown.
BY THE NUMBERS
Halton Hills: 40