EXPLORING THE DISTRICTS OF MILTON
From 19th century stone charm to housing yet to be built, Milton has an unique small town feel. Each and every year, more families make the move to Milton as a welcoming place to call home. Each and every one of our districts have a distinct feel and provides a unique experience.
Milton has grown from a small town to a booming community while still maintaining all of the positives associated with a small town – the perfect blend of urban, suburban and rural. The Niagara Escarpment, beautiful conservation provincial parks, farms, golf courses, mom and pop shops, walking trails, quaint bistros, dog parks and friendly neighbours. People in Milton smile and say good-morning; homeowners take pride in their properties. The most distinct feature of Milton is definitely the sense of community!
THINGS TO SEE
Milton is home to some of Ontario’s most popular conservation parks. The Niagara Escarpment lends to the natural beauty and amenities in and surrounding Milton. Popular tourist parks such as Kelso, Glen Eden, Hilton Falls and Rattlesnake Point are located here. Residents of Milton enjoy hiking, skiing, bird-watching and more in their own backyards. Communities in Milton have parks liberally scattered throughout. Splash-pads, lap pools, sport parks, beach volleyball, off-leash dog parks can all be enjoyed at many of the local parks.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS
As Canada’s fastest growing community, Milton is in a state of high economic development and infrastructure improvements. Many large corporations are moving their warehousing to Milton’s industrial areas, Laurier University has proposed a Milton campus, HWY 401 is scheduled for a new interchange, the first North American Velodrome is being built and Canada’s first Premium Outlet Mall is located just outside of Milton.
There are three main arterial east-west regional roads that run through urban Milton: Halton Regional Road #6 or Britannia Road in the south, Halton Regional Road #7 or Derry Road in central Milton, and Halton Regional Road #8 or Steeles Avenue in the north. Three north-south regional roads bisect the town: Halton Regional Road #22 or Tremaine Road in the west; Halton Regional Road #25 or Highway 25 as Ontario Street through the middle of town linking Milton to Acton in the north and Bronte (Oakville) in the south; and Halton Regional Road #4 or James Snow Parkway in the east. A number of improvements have been undertaken since 2009 to increase capacity and alleviate delays due to congestion and train traffic on these numbered regional roads.
Highway 401 bisects the Town and effectively separates the mainly rural and industrial areas to the north from the primarily residential and commercial developments in the southern part of town.
Milton Transit is the municipal provider of bus services for the town. Milton Transit provides conventional and Milton access+ (paratransit) service, operating on weekdays and Saturdays, with connections to routes and GO Transit services at the Milton GO Station.
Milton Transit has delivered service since the early 1980s in various forms. With recommendations from the North Halton Transit Strategy, Council approved the delivery of a contracted, fixed-route transit system in 2004. Milton Transit officially launched conventional service in August later that year and began purchasing its own branded buses in 2008.
Milton Transit currently contracts its services to a private service provider, PWTransit Canada, who employ bus operators and maintain Milton Transit fleet.
Intercity service is served by GO Transit via buses and trains. Commuter service to and from Toronto is the key routing, with some buses connecting to Oakville. On October 31, 2009, GO Transit started service with a line from Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga to the University of Waterloo, therefore allowing a trip to Kitchener and Cambridge.
Milton has a long sports history. In 2016, that history was formally recognized through a joint community-municipal project with the creation of the Milton Sports Hall of Fame. A volunteer committee was stuck in 2014 The inaugural class of inductees was announced in August 2016, with the formal induction ceremony set for November 24, 2016. A wall of fame to recognize the inaugural inductees as well as future inductees has been constructed in the Milton Sports Centre.
The town has very easy access throughout the GTA by Highways 401 and 407 towards Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton on the town, or by the former Highway 25 (Halton Road 25). There are two key freight railway routes (both by CN and CP), passenger services from GO Transit, and Via Rail passenger connections in the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor in both neighbouring Oakville and Georgetown. There is close proximity to Toronto Pearson International Airport along Highway 401 (under 40 km from 401/Halton 25 exit).
Milton Transit was developed in 1972 to provide public transportation service throughout the urban centre, as well as a feeder route for GO Transit trains and buses.
While most of the development is suburban in nature, larger industrial lots are being developed closer to the escarpment. The major industries in Milton are automotive, advanced manufacturing, distribution and food production.