Milton, Ontario

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Milton
Town (lower-tier)
Town of Milton
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Milton is located in Southern Ontario
Milton
Milton
Coordinates: 43°30′30″N 79°53′0″W / 43.50833°N 79.88333°W / 43.50833; -79.88333Coordinates: 43°30′30″N 79°53′0″W / 43.50833°N 79.88333°W / 43.50833; -79.88333
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Halton
Established May 17, 1818
Incorporated May 27, 1857 (town)
Government
 • Town Mayor Gord Krantz[1]
 • MPs Lisa Raitt
 • MPPs Indira Naidoo-Harris
Area[2]
 • Land 363.22 km2 (140.24 sq mi)
Elevation 195 m (640 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 84,362
 • Density 230.11/km2 (596.0/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Miltonese, Miltonian
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
Postal code L9E & L9T
Area code(s) 905 / 289 / 365
Highways  Highway 401
former  Highway 25
Website www.milton.ca

Milton (2011 census population 84,362) is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada, and part of the Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area. Between 2001 and 2006 Milton was the fastest growing municipality in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, with a 71.4% increase in population.[3] In early 2014, Milton's population is estimated to be 102,000 with an estimated growth to 228,000 by 2031.[4]

Milton is located 40 km (25 mi) west of Downtown Toronto on Highway 401, and is the western terminus for the Milton line commuter train and bus corridor operated by GO Transit. Milton is on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve and the Bruce Trail.

History[edit]

Milton, Ontario in 1858.

The town took root out of a settlement by Jasper Martin along the Sixteen Mile Creek; Martin immigrated from Newcastle, England with his wife Sarah and two sons on May 17, 1818. Martin was granted 100 acres (40 ha) of land, from the Crown in 1820, designated Lot 14, Concession 2, Township of Trafalgar, Halton County, in the District of Gore. Martin later 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 Milton after the English poet John Milton.[5] The town, as it is today, soon after became known as Milton. The two principal property owners of the young town were the Martins and the Fosters. The current site of Milton's town hall was donated from Mr. Hugh Foster (and thus, Hugh Foster Hall).[6]

By 1855, the United Counties of Halton and Wentworth separated and Halton became a county. Its council consisted of members representing the townships of Esquesing, Nassagaweya, Trafalgar and Nelson, along with Acton, Georgetown, Milton, Burlington and Oakville. Milton was then named as the county town, a decision that certainly created a lot of local controversy. The people in Oakville were very upset because Oakville was an established place with a railway. Milton didn’t even have a railway, according to historian John McDonald.[7] For 25 years there was this great rivalry. Every time county council tried to pass something to improve the Milton area, the Oakville councillors would often balk at it. A man named Hugh Foster donated four acres of land to the county to construct its administration building in Milton, which is still in place on Mary Street today and now used as the Milton Town Hall. Milton was incorporated into a town in 1857, after being chosen as county seat for Halton.[7]

In 1974, the present municipal structure was created when the Regional Municipality of Halton replaced Halton County. The new town of Milton added parts of the former township of Esquesing (most of this township comprises Halton Hills), all of Nassagaweya Township including the village of Campbellville, and the northern sections of Trafalgar and Nelson from (a 1962 annexation of the former townships) Oakville and Burlington respectively.

With the addition of the Niagara Escarpment lands, tourism, recreation, and heritage conservation have increased in importance. The Halton Region Museum which has a large number of historic agricultural buildings and the Halton County Radial Railway museum are located in Milton, as is Country Heritage Park (formerly the Ontario Agricultural Museum). Five large parks operated by Conservation Halton reside in the town and Mohawk Raceway is located near Campbellville. It is also home to Maplehurst Correctional Complex, the Vanier Centre for Women and one of two criminal courthouses serving Halton Region.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historic populations
Year Pop. ±%
1871 891 —    
1901 1,372 +54.0%
1911 1,654 +20.6%
1921 1,873 +13.2%
1931 1,839 −1.8%
1941 1,964 +6.8%
1951 2,451 +24.8%
1961 5,629 +129.7%
1971 7,018 +24.7%
1981 28,067 +299.9%
1991 32,075 +14.3%
1996 32,104 +0.1%
2001 31,471 −2.0%
2006 53,939 +71.4%
2011 84,362 +56.4%
2015 100,000[9][10] +18.5%

In 2015, the population numbers on all signs entering Milton increased to 100,000 based on official estimates by Town planners.[9][10] According to the Canada 2011 Census there were 84,362 people living in Milton, and its population in 2006 was 53,939, representing an increase of 56.5%. The 2011 Census counted 28,049 housing units and 27,561 being occupied.

  • The average population density per square kilometre was 85.9 persons.
  • Age distribution indicated 26.4% of the population was 19 and younger, 63.1% of the population ages 20–64 and 10.5% 65 and older.
  • The average household income for a family with two earners was $91,384.
  • With one earner in a family, $56,043.
  • Males had an average income of $40,069 versus $35,897 for females.
  • 27.1% of the population had completed high school. 11.4% a Trades certificate or diploma. 24.9% College. 23.0% University.
  • 15.7% of the population had not completed high school.
  • As of the 2006 census, 17% of residents were a visible minority.

According to the 2011 Census,[11] English is the mother tongue for 69.5% of the population, down from 77.6% in the 2006 Census.[12] However, the absolute number of native English speakers actually increased (58,140 in 2011, from 41,430 in 2006), but the increase in the absolute number of non-English native speakers was even higher, thus explaining the decrease in its relative proportion of English as mother tongue in the population. French is the mother tongue for 1.5% of the population. Immigrant languages with the most notable proportions of native speakers are Urdu (4.3%), Polish (2.2%), Spanish (2.1%), and Panjabi (Punjabi) (1.6%). At 9% of the population, the town contains the highest percentage of Pakistani Canadians of any Canadian municipality.

Milton is a fairly diverse place. The racial make up of Milton is:

Most of Milton is either a Christian (64.6%), or affiliates with no religion (19.5%), but has large Muslim (9.7%), Hindu (3.0%), and Sikh (1.9%) communities. The remaining 1.3% affiliate with another religion.

Canada 2011 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[13]
South Asian 11,685 14%
Filipino 2,755 3.3%
Black 2,740 3.3%
Chinese 1,710 2%
Latin American 1,665 2%
Arab 1500 1.8%
Southeast Asian 580 0.7%
West Asian 310 0.4%
Korean 265 0.3%
Japanese 145 0.2%
Other visible minority 710 0.8%
Mixed visible minority 915 1.1%
Total visible minority population 24,990 29.9%
Aboriginal group
Source:[13]
First Nations 355 0.4%
Métis 165 0.2%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 545 0.7%
White 58,045 69.4%
Total population 83,580 100%

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Milton's Planning Department divides the town into communities. These divisions have little to do with politics and are based on traditional neighbourhoods.[14]

Neighbourhood Description
Old Milton Old Milton was built mainly between 1850 and 1890. Its boundaries are Bronte St S - Railroad Tracks - Thompson Rd - Robert St/Nipissing Rd.[15]
Beaty The Beaty neighbourhood started in 2001, this first homes to be built in "New Milton". Beaty is bounded by Derry Rd – Loius St. Laurent Ave – James Snow Pkwy - Thompson Rd. This neighbourhood was named for the Beaty Family who farmed in Trafalgar Township for more than a century. John Beaty emigrated from Ireland in 1820 and was one of the first settlers in the new survey. Between 1856 and 1857 Beaty held a number of offices and made an unsuccessful attempt to win a seat in the Provincial Legislature. John’s son, William, became a pioneer of innovative agricultural practices.[16]
Bronte Meadows Bronte Meadows was constructed between 1982-1985. Its boundaries are Derry Rd - Bell St - Bronte St - Commercial St. This area is well known for its excellent tobogganing hill at Sixteen Mile Creek, as well as John Tonelli arena. Milton District Hospital and the Milton Sports Centre are found just on the other side of Derry Road.[17]
Bowes Bowes is a new neighbourhood being developed in south Milton in the Boyne Survey, which will add 6,000 new homes and approximately 25,000 new residents. Construction of this survey began in 2015. Bowes is bounded by James Snow Pkwy - Britannia Rd - Thompson Rd S - Louis St Laurent Ave.[18]
Cobden Cobden is a new neighbourhood being developed in south Milton in the Boyne Survey, which will add 6,000 new homes and approximately 25,000 new residents. Construction of this survey began in 2015. Cobden is bounded by Thompson Rd S - Britannia Rd - Highway 25 - Louis St Laurent Ave.[18]
Clarke The Clarke neighbourhood started building in 2003 and construction is still ongoing today. Clarke’s boundaries include Derry Rd – The Railway Tracks – Thompson Rd – James Snow Pkwy. The neighbourhood was named after Samuel Clarke, a long time agriculturist and municipal politician. Clarke founded Milton’s first newspaper “The Halton Journal” in 1855 and sold it nine months later to Rowe & Graham. Clarke was also a founding member of the Halton Agricultural Society, serving as its first Secretary-Treasurer until 1857.[19]
Coates The Coates neighbourhood began construction in 2005 and is bordered by Derry Rd – Louis St. Laurent Ave – Thompson Rd – Ontario St.[20]
Dempsey The Dempsey neighbourhood began construction in 2002, bounded by Steeles Ave – The Railroad Tracks – Thompson Rd – James Snow Pkwy. The Dempsey neighbourhood is named after John Dempsey, who emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1800s with his wife and 7 children. After arriving in Milton he built “Winding Sixteen Farm”. Dempsey also opened a dry goods, grocery, and hardware store in the community. He also served as a member of the Milton Council in 1860 & 1861.[21]
Dorset Park Dorset Park, registered in 1973 by British residential construction firm Wimpey Homes, is named after Dorset County in Southern England. The neighbourdhood is bordered by Steeles Ave – Main St E – Ontario St & Thompson Rd.[22]
Fallingbrook Fallingbrook was built which was in the 1960s – the area is just South of Old Milton has quite a few heritage homes. It falls in the area south of Barton and Sydney Sts – east of the CNR tracks – west of Ontario St – north of Laurier Ave.[14]
Ford Ford is a new neighbourhood being developed in south Milton in the Boyne Survey, which will add 6,000 new homes and approximately 25,000 new residents. Construction of this survey began in 2015. Ford is bounded by Bronte St S - Britannia Rd - Highway 25 - Louis St Laurent Ave.[18]
Forrest Grove Forrest Grove is bounded by Ontario St – Milton Evergreen Cemetery – Sixteen Mile Creek – Parkway Dr E.[14]
Harrison The Harrison district, also known as Hawthorne Village, was established by Mattamy Homes in 1999, with construction beginning in 2007. Hawthorne Village has been the best selling community in the Greater Toronto Area for five years (2007-2012), and is home to 3,500 families. The boundaries for Harrison are The Rail Way Tracks – Tremaine Rd – Louis St. Laurent Ave – Derry Rd.[23]
Milton Heights The neighbourdhood is bordered by Steeles Ave – Peru Rd – Highway 401 – Old Tremaine Rd[14]
Montainview Mountainview was named for the breathtaking view of the Niagara Escarpment from its most westerly vantage point. It was the first area built after the sewage plant was built in 1949. Mountainview is bordered by Steeles Ave – Woodward Ave– Bronte St N – Ontario St.[24]
Scott The Scott neighbourhood is bounded by Tremaine Rd – Derry Rd – CNR tracks – Main St.[14]
Timberlea Timberlea sprung up in the 1980s and is bounded by Derry Rd – Main St E – Ontario St – Thompson Rd.[25]
Valleyview Valleyview is dominated by high-end homes on Valleyview Cres and is bounded by Ontario St – Laurier Ave – Sixteen Mile Creek.[14]
Walker Walker is a new neighbourhood being developed in south Milton in the Boyne Survey, which will add 6,000 new homes and approximately 25,000 new residents. Construction of this survey began in 2015. Walker is bounded by Tremaine Rd - Britannia Rd - Bronte St S - Louis St Laurent Ave.[18]
Willmott Willmott District started construction in 2010 and will continue through 2014. Willmott is bounded by Louis St. Laurent Ave – Derry Rd – Ontario St – The Railway Tracks.[26]

Education[edit]

Milton, seen from the International Space Station, in late winter. This photograph was taken by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who grew up in Milton and is the namesake of Chris Hadfield Public School.

Milton's public elementary and secondary schools are part of the Halton District School Board. Milton's Catholic elementary and secondary schools are part of the Halton Catholic District School Board. There are also several private schools in Milton.


Halton District School Board[edit]

Halton Catholic District School Board[edit]

  • Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (9-12)
  • École Élémentaire St. Nicolas (École Francaise) {JK-6}
  • Guardian Angels Catholic School (JK-8)
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School (JK-8)
  • Lumen Christi Catholic School (JK-8)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School (JK-8)
  • Our Lady of Victory School (JK-8)
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School (JK-8)
  • St. Peter Catholic School (JK-8)
  • Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School (9-12)
  • Queen of Heaven Catholic Elementary School (JK - 8)
  • St. Benedict's Catholic Elementary School (JK - 8)

Private schools[edit]

  • The Montessori Country School (Casa)
  • Milton Christian School (JK-8)[27]
  • Keswick Sutherland School & Equestrian Center (JK-8)
  • Halton Waldorf School (JK-8)
  • Hitherfield School (PK-8)

Public library system[edit]

Milton is served by two library locations, a recently constructed Main Library located on Main Street and Beaty Branch which opened on November 17, 2009.

In 2005, the Milton Public Library celebrated its sesquicentennial year.

Government[edit]

The historic Milton town hall in Victoria Park.

Municipal[edit]

Milton has a local town council headed by a mayor, and representation on the Halton Region council. The town is divided into eight wards, each of which elect a council representative.[28] Milton is represented by the mayor and two regional councilors on the Halton Region council.[29]

Main St. Downtown Milton

Town Council 2014-2018

  • Mayor: Gordon Krantz
  • Local Councilor Ward 1: Robert Duvall
  • Local Councilor Ward 2: Mike Boughton
  • Local Councilor Ward 3: Cindy Lunau
  • Local Councilor Ward 4: Rick Malboeuf
  • Local Councilor Ward 5: Arnold Huffman
  • Local Councilor Ward 6: John Pollard
  • Local Councilor Ward 7: Rick Di Lorenzo
  • Local Councilor Ward 8: Zeeshan Hamid

Krantz has been mayor since 1980 making him the current longest serving mayor in Ontario.[30]

Mayor of Milton[edit]

  • George Brown, 1857[31]
  • Edward Martin, 1858-1859[32]
  • James McTuffin, 1860-1861[32]
  • William D. Lyon, 1862-1866[32]
  • George Smith, 1867-1869[32]
  • Clarkson Freeman, 1870-1872[33][34]
  • David Robertson, 1873-1876[32]
  • George Smith, 1877-[32]
  • John D. Matheson, 1881[34]
  • Johnson E. Harrison, Reeve (1882), Mayor of Milton (1899)[35]
  • Robert K. Anderson, 1904, 1907-1909[34]
  • Edmund Syer, 1930 [36]
  • Dr. C. A. Martin, Mayor, 1936[37]
  • Adam E. Armstrong, Mayor, 1940-41[38]
  • George H. Dawson, Mayor, 1942-1946[39]
  • Gordon Gowland, Mayor, 1947[40]
  • Cecil Hartley Heslop, 1948–51, 1954-55[34]
  • G. Frank Thompson, 1952-53[37]
  • E. Ross Pearen, Deputy Reeve 1953, Mayor 1956.[41]
  • Mike Ledwith, 1957[42]
  • Sydney G. Childs, 1958-1968[43]
  • Brian Best, 1968-1974[31]
  • Anne MacArthur, 1974-1976[44][45]
  • Don Gordon, 1976-1980[46]

Halton Regional Council[edit]

  • Local and Regional Councilor Wards 1, 6, 7, & 8: Mike Cluett
  • Local and Regional Councilor Wards 2, 3, 4, & 5: Colin Best

Provincial[edit]

At the provincial level of government, Milton is contained within the Halton provincial riding.

Federal[edit]

At the federal level of government, Milton is contained within the Halton federal riding.

Government services[edit]

Policing within Milton is provided by Halton Regional Police. Patrol of provincially maintained highways is provided by the Ontario Provincial Police. Milton is home to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Toronto West Detachment under "O" Division.

Service clubs[edit]

The Rotary Club of Milton is a local service club and was chartered on January 22, 1947. The club has been active in helping the community for over 65 years, especially youth. One of its charter members was former Milton mayor Mike Ledwith. It meets Mondays at 6:30 pm at Community Living North Halton's board room. Guests are welcome.

Transportation[edit]

Roads[edit]

There are three main arterial east-west regional roads that run through urban Milton: #6 Britannia Road in the south, #7 Derry Road in central Milton, and #8 Steeles Avenue in the north. Three north-south regional roads bisect the town: Tremaine Road in the west, Highway 25 as Ontario Street through the middle of town linking Milton to Shelburne in the north and Burlington in the south, and James Snow Parkway in the east. A number of improvements have been undertaken since 2009 to increase capacity and alleviate delays due to congestion and train traffic on these numbered regional roads.

Highway 401 bisects the Town and effectively separates the mainly rural and industrial areas to the north from the primarily residential and commercial developments in the southern part of town.

Bridges[edit]

A number of overpass and underpass projects have been constructed in recent years for the grade separation of railway crossings, including on Britannia Road, Derry Road, Main Street, and James Snow Parkway.[47][48]

Public transportation[edit]

See also: Milton Transit

Milton Transit is the municipal provider of bus services for the town. Milton Transit provides conventional and Milton access+ (paratransit) service, operating on weekdays and Saturdays, with connections to routes and GO Transit services at the Milton GO Station.

Milton Transit has delivered service since the early 1980s in various forms. With recommendations from the North Halton Transit Strategy, Council approved the delivery of a contracted, fixed-route transit system in 2004. Milton Transit officially launched conventional service in August later that year and began purchasing its own branded buses in 2008.[49]

Milton Transit currently contracts its services to a private service provider, PWTransit Canada, who employ bus operators and maintain Milton Transit fleet.

Intercity service is served by Go Transit via buses and trains. Commuter service to and from Toronto is the key routing, with some buses connecting to Oakville. On October 31, 2009, Go Transit started service with a line from Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga to the University of Waterloo, therefore allowing a trip to Kitchener and Cambridge.

Railways[edit]

See also: Milton line

Freight trains on the main Montreal-Toronto-Chicago CP line and a secondary CN line are a common sight in Milton. The town at present has very little passenger rail service in comparison to other GTA communities with only one-way, weekday peak-service inbound to Toronto in the morning, and outbound from Toronto in the evening. The nearest Via Rail station in the Toronto-New York City corridor is Oakville station.

The most easily accessible GO Transit railway station is Milton station.

Air[edit]

The nearest airport to Milton is the Burlington Airpark in neighboring Burlington, Ontario. It is a thriving general-aviation field, but the airport does not have any regular commercial passenger flight service.

Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest passenger-volume airport, is located only 37 kilometres to the east.

Sports[edit]

Milton Sports Hall of Fame[edit]

Milton has a long sports history. In 2016, that history was formally recognized through a joint community-municipal project with the creation of the Milton Sports Hall of Fame.[50] A volunteer committee was stuck in 2014.[51] The inaugural class of inductees was announced in August 2016, with the formal induction ceremony set for November 24, 2016.[52] A wall of fame to recognize the inaugural inductees as well as future inductees will be constructed in the Milton Sports Centre.[53]

2016 Inductees

  • John Tonelli (hockey)
  • Scott Hogarth (martial arts)
  • Carole Murray (swimming)
  • Ed Whitlock (distance running)
  • Campbellville Intermediate Baseball Club

Badminton[edit]

Milton Badminton Club operates up to nine courts within the in-field of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.[54] The club is officially affiliated with Badminton Canada and the Ontario Badminton Association, and actively participates in the district's league plays, junior circuits, as well as various Ontario tournaments. Programs are provided for players aged 9+ years old.

Baseball[edit]

Baseball has a long history in Milton, particularly in Campbellville where it had its beginnings with the Lumberman's Baseball Club as early as 1872.[55] It really flourished as a "community tradition" in the 1920's and 30's, and again in the 1950's and 60's with the Campbellville Intermediate Baseball team, which won numerous county and provincial titles in a 16-year span from 1952 to 1968. A grandstand and club house was erected in 1960 in Campbellville to make room for the 2,000 spectators that would descend on the hamlet.[56] In 1953, the Campbellville Baseball Club won the OBA Intermediate C Championship in just its second year in the league, before repeating again and again.[57] Managed by Len Andrews, the men's Campbellville Merchants baseball team won 11 consecutive Halton county league titles, as well as 12 Ontario Championship titles between 1952-1967, an amazing feat for a hamlet of 300 at the time.[58] Known as the Merchants, the intermediate men’s squad (1952-67 era) was inducted into the Baseball Ontario Hall of Fame in 2014.[59] Campbellville teams won four more provincial titles between 1968 and 1984.[60]

Minor baseball in Milton was formally recognized through the incorporation of the Milton Minor Baseball Association as Baseball Milton in 1985. [61] Programs range from junior t-ball all the way to midget, with house, select and rep leagues. Teams are known as the Milton Mets.[62] In 2016, the Milton Mets major rookie team captured the boys' COBA Triple-A title. [63]

Basketball[edit]

The Milton Stags are a youth basketball club and affiliated member club of Basketball Ontario and Basketball Canada.[64]

Curling[edit]

Milton Curling Club is a member-owned volunteer club with four sheets of ice and is open from October to April.[65] Milton native Kirsten Wall is an Olympic gold medallist and served as Jennifer Jones alternate at the 2014 Winter Olympics. World Curling Tour curler Steve Bice also resides in Milton, and is second for the rink skipped by his brother Mark Bice.[66]

Cycling[edit]

The Niagara Escarpment forms an excellent natural training ground for mountain biking and road cycling in Milton. Milton is also home to the headquarters and practice facilities for Cycling Canada. It is also home to the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame, which was created in 2015 and is located in the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.[67][68]

Golf[edit]

In 1978, Milton's 15-year-old Stan Fay became Ontario Junior Golf Champion. He also simultaneously won the juvenile crown as well.[69] There are 10 golf courses within Milton. After Fay was diagnosed with Parkinson's, an annual charity golf tournament was established to help raise funds for the disease.[70]

Gymnastics[edit]

Milton Springers Gymnastics Club have existed since 1974.[71]

Hockey[edit]

In 1942, the Milton Bricks Tigers won an OHA Junior "C" title. Milton defeated Oakville to advance to the semi-finals and Parry Sound to move on to the finals against the Preston Riversides.[72] In the Schmalz Cup best of three series, which was held at Maple Leaf Gardens, Milton won game one by a score of 6-4, with three goals coming from Milton's future NHL player Enio Schlisizzi, and game two by a score of 10-1.[73] This victory came on the heels of a loss in the finals three years earlier versus Aurora.[74]

NHLer and four-time Stanley Cup champion John Tonelli is the most well-known hockey player to come from Milton. There is a Milton arena named in his honour. NHL referee Bruce Hood and linesman Leon Stickle are also Milton products.

The Milton Icehawks are a Junior "A" ice hockey team in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. They are one of the most historical teams in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, having been formed in 1966.[75]

Trucking magnate Brad Grant purchased the team in the late 1980's when it seemed like the organization might fold, and led the team to tremendous success in the late 1990's. During his 15 year ownership run, the team captured four division crowns, three league championships and a provincial title.[76] In 2001, Grant sold the team to an Oakville trio that consisted of ex-NHLer Dave Gagne, Mario Forgione who owned the Mississauga IceDogs at the time and was an automotive parts manufacturing president, and wine distillery consultant Ken Chase.[77][78]

Old Merchants Logo

The Icehawks (2003-present) have previously been known as the Milton Flyers (1979-1981), Milton Steamers (1981-1986), and Milton Merchants (1986-2003). Many notable players have suited up for Milton over the years including NHL stars John Tavares, Daniel Carcillo, Sam Gagner, Rich Peverley, Darren Haydar and Matt Read.

Running[edit]

Milton is represented by distance runner Ed Whitlock who holds numerous age-related records for the marathon, half-marathon and long-distance track events, both indoor and outdoor.

Skiing[edit]

The Niagara Escarpment forms an excellent natural training ground for skiing in Milton. It is also the site of Glen Eden ski area, where Olympian and Miltonian Travis Gerrits got his start.

Soccer[edit]

Milton soccer is represented by the Milton Youth Soccer Club. MYSC was incorporated in 1988 and has been serving the town of Milton ever since. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization. The club has over 3300 players who play house-league, development and rep each year. Ages for teams range from U4 to U18 and including adult.[79]

Milltown Football Club was an soccer club based in Milton, playing in Division 1 of the Peel Halton Soccer League. Milltown FC joined the Canadian Soccer League in the 2010 season as an expansion club[80] but opted out of the league after one season due to disagreement over membership terms and conditions.[81]

Milltown FC was officially announced as an expansion club in the CSL's 2010 season. The home field was at the Bishop Reding School in Milton. Milltown FC and Milton Youth Soccer Club had signed an affiliation agreement that saw MYSC supply players for Milltown FC's reserve and youth teams. [82]

Milltown achieved top position in the standings on the 13th game of the inaugural season for the first time ever. The team attracted a lot of attention with an undefeated streak under head coach Rafael Carbajal that extended to nine games.[83]

Swimming[edit]

The Milton Marlins are youth-focussed swim team based out of the Milton Sports Centre.[84] Coach and swim trainer Carole Murray was instrumental in teaching thousands of kids in Milton how to swim from the 1970's until she sold her swim school in 2006. She won a coach of the year award from the federal government in 1988.[85][86] She was also a coach for the Marlins. Under her watch Campbellville's Alicia Hicken competed in the Canadian Olympic Trials and Canadian Winter Nationals in 1991.[87][88]

Some Marlins swimmers have qualified for the Olympic Trials for the 2016 Rio Olympics.[89]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Milton has many conservation parks, campgrounds and recreational areas. The conservation parks in the Milton area are owned by Conservation Halton, a conservation authority.

View from the Niagara Escarpment near Rattlesnake Point

Media[edit]

Milton is covered by local newspapers, magazines and websites through the following services:

  • Milton Canadian Champion
  • Milton Villager
  • DiscoverMilton.com
  • SNAP Milton
  • The Milton Blog
  • The Cliffhanger

Local events[edit]

  • Every Labour Day weekend the Milton Steam-Era takes place. Steam-Era is the annual show produced by the "Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association," currently held on 88 acres at County Heritage Park, after decades at the Milton Fairgrounds. Steam engines from the 19th century puff their way around the grounds. Hundreds of tractors and stationary engines, along with antique cars, models and agricultural displays recreate life in the country 100 years ago.
  • The Milton Fall Fair is held every year on the last weekend of September. The Fall Fair has been a tradition in the town for over 160 years. Events include: Agricultural show, midway, livestock, entertainment, the Demolition Derby and other traditional county fair events. The event takes place at the Milton Fairgrounds located in the historic downtown area of Milton.
  • A farmers' market operates on Main Street in downtown Milton on Saturdays 8am-Noon, from May through October. The section of Main Street that hosts the market is closed off to vehicles during the event.
  • In July 2015, a new annual chicken wing festival organized by the Rotary Club of Milton was held in Rotary Park downtown Milton, featuring live bands, a kids zone, a retail marketplace of arts and crafts vendors, a beer tent and eight different chicken wing vendors. All net proceeds of the charity events go to support local, mainly youth-centred projects.[90]

Development[edit]

New developments near Derry Road

The town has very easy access throughout the GTA by Highways 401 and 407 towards Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton on the town, or by the former Highway 25 (Halton Road 25). There are two key freight railway routes (both by CN and CP), passenger services from GO Transit, and Via Rail passenger connections in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor in both neighbouring Oakville and Georgetown. There is close proximity to Toronto Pearson International Airport along Highway 401 (under 40 km from 401/Halton 25 exit).

Milton Transit was developed in 1972 to provide public transportation service throughout the urban centre, as well as a feeder route for GO Transit trains and buses.

While most of the development is suburban in nature, larger industrial lots are being developed closer to the escarpment. The major industries in Milton are automotive, advanced manufacturing, distribution and food production.

Residential growth has increased substantially over the past several years due to completion of "The Big Pipe" project; designed to deliver water to the town from Lake Ontario. Since this time, Milton has developed 7 new subdivisions, including Hawthorne Village, and several new ones are under development by Mattamy Homes and various other builders. Several new grade schools have been built as well as the Crossroads Centre shopping plaza that includes various major retail stores and restaurants. An eight screen movie theatre is operated by Cineplex Entertainment under their Galaxy Cinemas brand and opened on June 30, 2006.

In July 2014, Milton council approved 11 applications that will see an additional 6,000 homes built, increasing the population by roughly 25,000 new residents. In 2013-14, Milton approved construction of a track-cycling veldrome venue for the 2015 Pan American Games called the Mattamy National Cycling Centre. The facility sits at the heart of a 150-acre plot of land that is designated for a proposed future Wilfrid Laurier University campus.[10]

Commerce[edit]

Mattamy Homes' Halton/Hamilton Divisional Office is located in Milton.[91] Other companies with Canadian head offices, or a major employment presence,[92] in Milton include:

Notable people[edit]

Music[edit]

Politics and public service[edit]

Sports[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

These are Milton's sister cities with strong relationship and partnership.

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