Erin is a sought-after community in Wellington County, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Toronto. It is bordered by the Town of Caledon, to the east, and the Town of Halton Hills to the south. Known as the picturesque town that is “35 minutes from everywhere”, Erin offers you the tranquility of country life together with excellent proximity to major cities. What started as a community of small villages and farmland, has developed into one of the most exciting locations to call home. Located 80 km northwest of Toronto, Erin has a delightful downtown village core, outstanding recreational, real estate and business development opportunities and a well-established municipal infrastructure. With the Niagara escarpment in view, and surrounded by rivers, forest and farmland, Erin is one of the loveliest small-town-Ontario locations.
With a population of 12000, this mostly rural municipality is a “much-to-offer” community. Its location at the headwaters of the Credit and Grand Rivers in Wellington County, makes it a fantastic location for nature enthusiasts. Erin is an amalgamated community consisting of the urban towns of Erin and Hillsburgh, and the rural communities of Ballinafad, Brisbane, Cedar Valley, Crewson’s Corners, Ospringe, and Orton. Most of Erin’s working residents commute to jobs in nearby Brampton, Mississauga, and Guelph.
Attractions and Amenities
Erin attracts many day tourists and locals will tell you that a trip to Erin is not complete without a stop at Holtems Family Bakery on Main Street. Visitors can enjoy the Riverwalk Trail and explore the natural beauty of the area. The equestrian business is prolific in this region and the running joke among locals is that there are more horses than people. Angelstone Tournament draws thousands of people to its world-class, show-jumping facility, every year in the summer, offering prizes for their events of up to $50,000.
The downtown core attracts a lot of attention with its unique offerings. Boutique shops, florists, ice-cream parlours and restaurants all bring an individual style to the town and at the end of November, the local BIA puts on a Window Wonderland and Winter Market. The local farmers’ market attracts weekly visitors, and, in the Fall, there is a Tour of the Hills, where all the Erin artists open up their studios to the public, for two weekends. Erin is also part of the Elora Cataract Trail system and is a popular rest-stop for hikers looking to be refreshed.
Hillsburgh, a community within Erin, enjoys an amazing, landmark library. Architects won an award for the modern and imaginative design incorporating an 1892 pioneer home into a modern glass-and-brick addition. A lot of locals use the site as a park, as well as a library and the Wellington County Library System has been recognized as one of the best in Canada.
Located close to the Niagara Golden Horseshoe and the Greater Toronto Area, Erin has tremendous growth potential. There are a lot of unique, entrepreneurial business start-ups in the area and the town is committed to growth, but not at the expense of the environment. Erin is a leader among the small towns in Ontario when it comes to being environmentally friendly. The town council has replaced all streetlights with LED’s and the Erin Community Centre is powered by solar panels on the roof. They have implemented a “green” waste collection system for the town and the trails and there are plans to become a plastic -free community. The goal is for the entire community to minimize their impact on the environment, wherever possible, ensuring the natural resources are protected.
Erin should be on everyone’s must-visitlist. This delightful community must be seen. It is one of the most picturesque and charming small towns and is an enviable place to call home.