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One man from Newcastle, England is solely responsible for Milton becoming a soon-to-be settlement back in early 18th Century. Armed with only his wife and sons, Jasper Martin built a makeshift, temporary home beside Sixteen Mile Creek and two years later, the Crown allowed Mr. Martin 100 acres of land in which to expand his homestead. A smart move on his part, Mr. Martin built a grist mill (grain-grinding mill that makes flour from the grains) and a pond to aid in powering the mill (now called Mill Pond). This sole mill drew more people to the area by 1837, which in turn began to populate Milton (the name Milton was chosen by the people after John Milton, a poet known in England and the name stuck). The rivalry between Oakville and Milton began in 1855, over Oakville’s being established with a railway and higher populous, whereas Milton didn’t have a railway or really much of anything at the point worthy of noting by the council members of all townships of the time (Burlington, Nassagaweya, Esquesing, Trafalgar, Nelson, Acton, Georgetown, Oakville & Milton). Every time the council members would discuss the betterment of Milton, Oakville council members would scoff as Milton (at the time) was merely a county town. Officially by 1857, Milton was incorporated into a town within the Halton Region and was expanded to encompass some of Esquesing, the village of Campbellville, all of Nassagaweya township, northern parts of Trafalgar and Nelson and Niagara Escarpment lands. The new and improved Milton bumped up its positioning in importance to Halton Region as it is home to the Halton Region Museum, Mohawk Raceway and the Halton County Radial Railway Museum. Milton is 25 miles west of the downtown core of Toronto and is situated in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (it also edges the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve).
Milton has 20 sub-communities under its little belt: Old Milton, Willmott, Beaty, Walker, Bronte Meadows, Valleyview, Bowes, Timberlea, Cobden, Scott, Clarke, Mountainview, Coates, Milton Heights, Dempsey, Harrison, Dorset Park, Forrest Grove, Fallingbrook and Ford. Each community possesses its own eclectic character and numerous amenities for multiple indoor & outdoor necessities and fun times. Residential properties for sale in Milton consist of (but not limited to) executive homes, bungalows, family homes, townhouses, semi-detached and detached houses. Business investors have commercial and retail options for sale and lease. Fantastic neighbourhoods, loads of greenspace and large exterior lots with sizeable garages is just the beginning with real estate for sale in Milton. Traversing through and out of Milton can be done utilizing regional roads such as Britannia Road (#6), Derry Road (#7), Steeles Avenue (#8), Tremaine Road, Highway #25, James Snow Parkway and main Highway 401 & 407 towards Oakville, Hamilton and Burlington. For public transportation, Milton Transit is efficient with its numerous bus stops and direct connections to GO Transit bus and train services (that run in and out of the Milton GO Station). Home buyers with children can rest easy as there are 18 public schools, 12 Catholic schools and 5 private schools within Milton.
Business is big in Milton with the existence of companies like 3M Canada, Dare Foods, Karmax Heavy Stamping, Lowe’s, Gordon Food Service, Manheim Auto Auctions, Whirlpool Canada, Johnson Controls. These and other companies provide a solid presence in the workforce for employment opportunities and an enticing presence to new business investments. With other cities looming in the horizon like Toronto and cities in the Halton Region, living and working in Milton is an equal balance because of the sound economy here that keeps growing.
Recreation in Milton all starts with the outdoors (and some indoors) with many conservation parks, areas for all sorts of recreation and even camp sites to access. Hot spots include: The Bruce Trail, Rotary Park, Crawford Lake Conservation, Rattlesnake Point, Drumquin Park with BMX Track, Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Mountsberg Conservation Area, Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, Mount Nemo Conservation Area, John Tonelli Sports Centre, Mohawk Raceway, Kelso Conservation Area, Milton Sports Centre Arena, Milton Heights Campground and Milton Leisure Centre. Annual events around Milton include: The Milton Fall Fair, the Main Street Milton Farmer’s Market (each Saturday), the Chicken Wing Festival and the Milton Steam Era Show, just to name a few, but there are many more to explore!
Downtown Milton is about as charming as one main street can get, with little shops and stores, cafes and home-style cooking restaurants, to pubs, parks, gardens and mouth watering bakeries. Shopping and browsing is a fun way to spend the day while in the downtown area of Milton. The Milton Library is situated on main street and the original Milton Town Hall (historical building) is located in Victoria Park. Sports is a way of life for many residents of Milton, ice hockey, practice headquarters for Cycling Canada, skiing and mountain biking in the Niagara Escarpment, basketball, swimming (Milton Marlins youth team/qualified Olympians trials) and rock climbing.
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