Milton is a town of 110,000 people (2016) in Southern Ontario, approximately 40 km (25 mi) west of Toronto. Once a small rural town, it is now a major suburban area of the GTA and is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. It is home to a picturesque downtown area with many local restaurants and shops.
The town took root out of a settlement by Jasper Martin along the Sixteen Mile Creek; Martin immigrated from Newcastle upon Tyne, England with his wife Sarah and two sons in 1818. Martin was granted 100 acres (40 ha) of land, from the Crown in 1820. Martin built a grist mill along the creek and created a pond, known as Mill Pond, to power his mill. The mill became the centre of settlement for others as they settled in the region. In 1837 the area had a population of approximately 100 people and was named after the English poet John Milton.
Milton is easily accessible by road, located at the intersection of highway 401 and RR 25, and close to the intersection of highways 401 and 407. Highway 401 exits 312, 320 and 324 serve Milton, with direct access to downtown Milton via exit 320 to Martin St.
By train and bus
- 1 Milton GO station (Milton GO), Main St E (west side of Drew Centre). GO Transit (website) provides train and bus service between Milton GO station and downtown Toronto and other points in the Greater Toronto Area. GO trains on the Milton line operate weekdays, running inbound to Toronto during the morning rush hours, outbound to Milton in the evening rush hours. GO buses operate at other times. Milton GO station (abreviated on schedules as "Milton GO") is about 2 km (1.2 mi) east of downtown Milton.
GO Transit customers are eligible to one free ride on Milton Transit (MT) buses to and from Milton GO station. (However, transfers to other MT routes or stopovers are not free.) To receive the free ride, GO customers must show the MT bus driver a Presto card, a dated single-ride GO Transit ticket or a dated GO Transit day ticket. With this limited exception, Presto and GO Transit fare media are otherwise not valid for Milton Transit.
The nearest airport to Milton is the Burlington Airpark in neighboring Burlington. It is a general-aviation field, but does not have any regular commercial passenger flight service.
Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest passenger-volume airport, is 37 km to the east.
- Milton Transit. Milton Transit provides local buses on mine routes, and Milton access+ (paratransit) service. It operates on weekdays and Saturdays, with connections to routes and GO Transit services at the Milton GO Station. Exact cash fare $4.
- Main St. Downtown Milton - This is the historical heart of Milton, home to many of the town's oldest buildings. Numerous locally owned shops and restaurants line the street, and various festivals and events are held here throughout the year.
- Milton Mill Pond - a picturesque pond near downtown partially surrounded by a small forest. It includes walking trails and a waterfront gazebo. It is surrounded by three downtown parks: Centennial Park on the Martin St. side; Livingston Park, accessible via Margaret St.; Rotary Park, accessible via Garden Lane and two pathway bridges that connect the park to the Mill Pond trails.
- Milton Farmers Market - a large outdoor farmer's market held every Saturday morning from 7AM to noon. It takes place on Main St. in downtown Milton from spring to fall.
- 1 Halton County Radial Railway, 13629 Guelph Line (15 km N of Hwy 401). May Jun Sep Oct: Sa Su holidays only 10AM–5PM; Jul Aug: M-F 10AM–4:30PM, Sa Su holidays: 10AM–5PM. A working museum of electric streetcars (trams, other railway vehicles, trolleybuses and buses. Admission includes unlimited rides on 3 different historic streetcars on 2 km of scenic track, which stops at an ice cream shop (approximately a 20-minute ride), access to the grounds, display barns and historic Rockwood Station. No admission is required to the goofy shop here guests can find railway-inspired gifts and snacks. Parking is free. The first ride leaves at 11AM and the last ride leaves 30 minutes before closing. Adults $15, seniors (65+) $13, youth (4-17) $10, 3 years & under and 90+ free; family rate (2 adults & 3 youth or 1 adult & 4 youth) $45.
- 1 Kelso Conservation Area, 5234 Kelso Rd. Camping, picnicking, mountain biking, a ski hill, stand-up paddle boards, swimming, and movies under the stars. Adult (15-64) $7, senior (65 & over) $6, child (5-14) $5.25, child (4 & under) free -- access to all Halton Parks for one day.
- Rattlesnake Point, 7200 Appleby Line. You’ll see the turkey vultures soaring over the escarpment from Buffalo Crag look-out point, and interesting ecological rarities like the thousand-year-old cedars. Camp under the stars; find the constellations. Rock climbing on a cliff face. Nassagaweya Canyon Trail: day hike between Rattlesnake Point and Crawford Lake; round trip hike between the parks will take 4-5 hours. Adult (15-64) $7, senior (65 & over) $6, child (5-14) $5.25, child (4 & under) free -- access to all Halton Parks for one day.
- Mohawk Racetrack & OLG Slots, 9430 Guelph Line, ☏ . Racetrack: M Tu Th-Sa 6:30PM–midnight; casino: 24/7 - closed 24 Dec 6PM-25 Dec noon. A harness racing track in Campbellville. Mohawk also has a large slot machine parlour.
- 2 Hilton Falls Conservation Area, 4985 Campbellville Road. 8:30AM-7:00PM. A 645 hectare forest with nearly 34 kilometres of mountain biking and hiking trails. The park has a prominent waterfall, the ruins of an old watermill, and several species of birds. Adult (15-64) $7, senior (65 & over) $6, child (5-14) $5.25, child (4 & under) free -- access to all Halton Parks for one day.
- 1 Toronto Premium Outlets, 13850 Steeles Ave W, Halton Hills, ☏ . M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 9:30AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. An outlet mall with many brand-name stores.
- La Toscana, 165 Main St E, ☏ . Offers a relaxed atmosphere accompanied by a fine wine from the restaurant's extensive cellars. http://www.latoscana.ca
- The Ivy Arms, 201 Main St E, ☏ . Located on the beautiful Main Street in downtown Milton, Ivy Arms offers a fantastic selection of menu items and a large outdoor ivy covered patio.
- Sushi-Ya Japan, 8 Martin Street, ☏ . A popular Japanese sushi restaurants that offers a wide variety of sushi and Japanese dishes. Also has a take-out option.
- Pizza 360, 150 Mill Street (Across from the Mill Pond), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Su-Th noon-11PM, F 2PM-1AM, Sa noon-11PM.
- Orange Snail Brewers, 32 Steeles Ave. East, Unit #1, ☏ , email@example.com. Retail store hours: W noon–5PM, Th F 11AM–9PM, Sa 11AM–6PM, Su noon–4PM. Tastings in their taproom: $7 for a flight of four samples of 4oz (120 ml) each.
- Holiday Inn Express Milton, 2750 Highpoint Dr (Adjacent to highway 401 exit 320), ☏ .
- Best Western Milton, 161 Chisholm Drive (Adjacent to highway 401 exit 320), ☏ .
|Routes through Milton|
|London ← Guelph ←||W E||→ Mississauga → Toronto|
|Hamilton ← Oakville ←||W E||→ Mississauga → Markham|
|END ←||W E||→ Mississauga → Toronto|