Bolton, Ontario

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Bolton
Unincorporated community
Bolton is located in Ontario
Bolton
Bolton
Coordinates: 43°52′50″N 79°44′17″W / 43.88056°N 79.73806°W / 43.88056; -79.73806
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Peel
Town Caledon
Ward 5
Area[1]
 • Land 11.15 km2 (4.31 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 25,954
 • Density 2,327.8/km2 (6,029/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward Sortation Area L7E
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 030M13
GNBC Code FDJLH

Bolton (2011 population 25,954) is the most populous community in the town of Caledon, located in the Region of Peel, approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada. In regional documents, it is referred to as a 'Rural Service Centre.' It has 26,478 residents in 8,721 households.[3] The downtown and area that historically defined the village is in a valley, through which flows the Humber River. The current village extends on either side of the valley to the north and south.


Geography[edit]

The conservation lands' forests dominate a large part of the northwest, the north, the east including along the Humber valley. These conservation lands have created several recreational areas; including parts of the Humber Valley Heritage Trail. Farmland and the protected Oak Ridges Moraine dominate the landscape surrounding the village.

There are two 400-Series highways nearby, including Highway 427, about 15 km southeast (by Highway 7), and Highway 400, about 14 km east (exit at King Road).

History[edit]

Highway 50 in Bolton

The town, formerly known as Bolton's Mill, was founded in 1794 when James Bolton helped build a flour mill for his relative George Bolton on top of an Indian Burial Ground site.

By 1869, Bolton was a village with a population of 700 in the Township of Albion County Peel. It was established on the River Humber. It was on the line of the proposed Toronto Grey and Bruce Railway. There were stages to and from Weston. The average price of land was $40 to $50 an acre. [4]

The suburban housing developments began near King Street, up to 15th Sideroad of Albion (now known as Bolton Heights Road). The urban area did not expand until the late 1970s and early 1980s, which also led to development of an industrial area in the southwest. The urban area up to Columbia Way - the northern boundary - began booming in the late 1980s. Housing developments continued towards the southern and the western parts of the town about 1 km northwest of the heart of town in the 1990s and the 15th Sideroad in about 1995, especially to the north. The industrial area began adding buildings to the southwest up to Simpson Road. The urban areas merged with the southern part in 2000 and the northwest.

Future growth is a subject of debate amongst the village's residents as well as within the upper- and lower-tier municipal governments.

Organizations[edit]

Media[edit]

The 1996 Warner Bros. film Twister and the 2005 film Four Brothers were partially shot here.

Education[edit]

Bolton is home to several public and Catholic schools:

Public Elementary Institutions:

  • Allan Drive Middle School
  • Ellwood Memorial Public School
  • James Bolton Public School
  • Macville Public School (just outside of Bolton located in Caledon)

Public Secondary Institutions:

Catholic Elementary Institutions:

  • Holy Family Elementary School
  • Pope John Paul II Elementary School
  • St. John the Baptist Elementary School
  • St. Nicholas Elementary School

Catholic Secondary Institutions:

  • St. Michael Catholic Secondary School

Private Institutions:

  • Bolton Montessori School
  • King's College School (Just outside of Bolton located in Caledon)

Notable individuals[edit]

Geographic location[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ Statistics Canada: 2012
  3. ^ (Town of Caledon Population Distribution - June 30, 2006 - http://www.town.caledon.on.ca/contentc/townhall/statistics/Caledon_Population_Distribution_30JUN06.pdf)
  4. ^ The province of Ontario gazetteer and directory. H. McEvoy Editor and Compiler, Toronto : Robertson & Cook, Publishers, 1869

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°53′50″N 79°44′17″W / 43.89722°N 79.73806°W / 43.89722; -79.73806