Just under an hour north of Toronto can be found the Town of Caledon filled with beautiful villages and hamlets. Exploring Caledon is a must as it also has some amazing scenery, hiking trails, conservation areas and provincial parks. It is one of the few places that has the two main Ontario trails, the Trans Canada Trail and the Bruce Trail, running through it. Caledon has also made the list of top 30 places to live in in Canada as it currently sits at 26th place.
Caledon East, Caledon, Ontario
This quaint little community of 5000 is always worth a visit. From yummy restaurants, including the Caledon Inn, Airport Pizza, Gabe’s Bakery, The Consulate and more, to shops and family owned farmers markets, Caledon East is a must see. Caledon East also has the Caledon Trailway running through it which is part of the Trans Canada Trail. The well maintained trails can be used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Be sure to visit Caledon East at one of their big events of the summer Caledon Day and the Bolton Rotary Rib Fest.
Caledon Village, Caledon Ontario
South of Orangeville Ontario, Caledon Village is located at the intersection of Highway 10 (Hurontario Street) and Charleston Side Road. It was first settled in the 1820s by Irish and Scottish emigrants. Today, the population is approximately 1,800. Caledon Village has some great restaurants, small shops and is close to great hiking trails in the nearing Fork of the Credit Provincial Parks. Be sure to visit Caledon Village for their 156th Caledon Fair June 10, 11, and 12 2016.
Inglewood, Caledon Ontario
Established in 1882 Inglewood also has the Trans Canada Trail running through it. Find unique gifts at the general store or rent a bike at at Caledon Hills Cycling. Ken Whillans Resources Management Area can also be found in Inglewood. Go fishing in the stocked ponds, rent a canoe or take a hike on the beautifully maintained trails.
Palgrave, Caledon, Ontario
Originally named Buckstown in 1846, this village north of Bolton was renamed to Palgrave in 1869. Palgrave is also the home of the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park where the 19th annual Wines of the World will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Palgrave on June 25th, 2016. Palgrave also has the most unique restaurant called the Church Pub which used to be St. Alban’s church constructed in 1865. Palgrave also has The Trans Canada Trail running through it and is the home of Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area where the Oak Ridges Trail runs through. Just south of Palgrave is the Albion Hills Conservation Area.
Cheltenham, Caledon Ontario
Established in 1825, Cheltenham was named by the first settler in the area and grist mill owner, Charles Haines. His birthplace was Cheltenham, England. The beautiful hamlet is worth a visit. Near by are the Cheltenham Badlands that have temporarily been closed to visitors however the Bruce Trail along them is worth the hike.
Alton, Caledon, Ontario
Settled in the mid 1800’s, Alton is the home of the Alton Mill and the vintage elegant countryside escape Millcroft Inn. The Alton Mill, built in 1881, has been restored and is the home to a number of shops, studios, galleries and a cafe. What a beautiful place with the falls of Shaw’s Creek on it’s south side. For hiking lovers, the Alton Pinnacle loop along the Bruce Trail is a must.
Belfountain, Caledon, Ontario
A beautiful historic hamlet with winding roads leading to it enjoyed by many cyclists, Belfountain has coffee shops, the Belfountain Inn restaurant and unique shops. It is also the home of the beautiful Belfountain Conservation Area. Currently access to some of the conservation area is limited due to rehabilitating the existing Belfountain Arch Bridge from damage and deterioration.
Terra Cotta, Caledon, Ontario
Terra Cotta was settles in 1855. It was originally known as Tucker’s Mills, named after one of the hamlet’s first settlers and builder of the first mill, Henry Tucker. Since then it has had a few different names and was finally renamed in 1891 to Terra Cotta. The Beautiful area has the Credit River running through it with one of it’s main attractions being the Terra Cotta Inn with beautifully maintained grounds. Terra Cotta also has one of CVC’s Conservation Areas in it named after the hamlet.
Bolton, Caledon, Ontario
With around 30,000 people Bolton is the largest village in Caledon. The heart of the town and it’s birth started in downtown Bolton where the Humber River runs through and historical buildings can still be found. It’s original name was Bolton Mills, after George and James Bolton who built the first grist mill on the Humber River. The town has grown and it offers numerous choices for shopping, restaurants, fitness centres and beautiful parks including Dicks Dam Park & Mill Park. For the outdoor lovers, Bolton also has the Humber Valley Heritage Trail running through it.
For more information on our beautiful towns, villages and hamlets visit http://www.visitcaledon.ca/en/tourism/Communities.asp