Halton Hills is a visually stunning area, known for its landscapes and natural beauty. Situated within driving distance of Toronto and Niagara, it is ideally positioned. Scenic farms, conservation areas, parks, art studios and shops are yours to explore in the historic hamlets of Halton Hills.
On the banks of the Credit River, you’ll find the community of Norval which was famously the home of Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables series), from 1926-1935. Of her time spent in Norval she wrote, “I love Norval as I have never loved any place save Cavendish. It is as if I had known it all my life”. Today, visitors will find the Lucy Maud Montgomery Children’s Garden of the Senses. This public destination park was built in 2016 and features over 400 varieties of plants throughout 10 different sensory gardens. The garden was designed with inclusion and accessibility in mind with features like a woodland trail, waterfall, gazebo, vertical sundial, and braille garden signage. Another popular destination is Willow Park Ecology Centre, an award-winning outdoor education centre offering school and community programs.
A little further north along the Credit River, and just outside of the community of Georgetown, is the picturesque hamlet of Glen Williams. Affectionately referred to by locals as “the Glen”, this area was home to Group of Seven painter, A.J. Casson, who summered in the Glen and often used it as a base for painting local landscapes. Today the area is known for its artist studios and heritage buildings. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Williams Mill Art Centre and its open artist studios, art classes, and workshops. Glen Williams park features baseball diamonds, a pavilion, and flower gardens, and is the base for the Glen’s massive Canada Day celebrations. At the end of the day enjoy a pint and some local fare at the Copper Kettle Pub or the Glen Tavern Restaurant.
Further West, just off Highway 7, is the small community of Limehouse. Surrounded by farmland, but near both Georgetown and Acton, Limehouse is best known for its namesake conservation area. A popular tourist section of the Bruce Trail, Limehouse Conservation Area features 19th century lime kilns and a series of deep caves and crevices accessible by ladders at a point known as “the hole in the wall”.
At the northernmost tip of Halton Hills is Terra Cotta, which straddles the border between Halton Hills and Caledon, with the community belonging to both regions depending which side of Winston Churchill Blvd you are on. Terra Cotta Conservation Area features 450 acres of natural wetlands and trails and holds an annual Maple Syrup festival every March with family friendly activities. Just down the road is the renowned restaurant, the Terra Cotta Inn, and the quaint Terra Cotta Country Store which hosts the Buzzfest Art & Gourmet Food Festival each September.
Outside of Halton Hills the landscape is dotted with active farms, and rural estates. The area boasts 6 pick your own farms including Chudleigh’s and Andrews Scenic Acres. Scottsdale Heritage Farm offers visitors a look at what farms looked like over 100 years ago with its historical buildings, barn, and open fields. A section of the Bruce Trail runs through the property and connects to Silver Creek Conservation area, a 1000 acres wilderness area with an extensive trail network. Scottsdale has also become a popular location for hikers, family walks, photographers and the film industry.
The unique hamlets of Halton Hills are well worth a visit, and exciting real estate opportunities are waiting for you to explore in this gorgeous region of southern Ontario!