Milton Ontario might be the perfect blend of small town charm and nature escapes
The town of Milton might not come first to mind for a day trip destination, but for those who love small towns and the outdoors, it's definitely worth adding to your list.
Located in the heart of the Halton Region, Milton is a rapidly growing suburb with a charming small town feel, with its pedestrian-friendly downtown and historical buildings.
Beyond downtown, you'll find expansive conservation areas, trails, and nature abound. Located just under an hour drive from Toronto, here are some of the best things to do in Milton.
The Halton Region is blessed with some of the most beautiful conservation areas to explore. Kelso Conservation Area is an amazing one to take in the area's scenery, home to a number of forested hiking trails.
You'll also find the small ski resort of Glen Eden in Kelso, which has 12 trails, a terrain park, as well as dining options.
Milton's food scene has exploded in recent years, with no shortage of wonderful options to choose from. For a classic breakfast joint, try Grill Daddy, an easygoing spot with pancakes, omelettes, and amazing home fries.
Mill Pond at the center of downtown Milton is a manmade freshwater reservoir, which powered a gristmill for almost a century. Today, it's a peaceful location with a 2.1 km loop around the pond, where you can walk or bike to take in the fresh air.
The FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton is a hub for local creativity, with shows and events ranging from performing, visual, media, and literary arts.
Catch a show or event you'll see listed on their calendar, and don't forget to admire the building itself, which was inspired by Milton's natural landscape.
While the farmer's market is more popular in the summer months, the Milton Winter Farmer's Market is still worth a stop and runs from January through March.
Every Saturday from 10a.m. - 2p.m., you'll find a variety of vendors to shop from at the Milton Mall.
Springridge has apple and peach picking, freshly baked pies, tractors, and farm animals to hang out with, as well as a Christmas tree farm during the holidays. Andrew's Scenic Acres boasts a winery, playground, farm animal area, and a store, as well as a sunflower field perfect for photo opportunities.
Milton's Town Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Ontario which is still being used today. Constructed in the 1800s, it has undergone several renovations, but still maintains its original charm and elaborate baronial gothic architecture.
Downtown Milton has over 200 businesses to browse, with an assortment of fantastic local shops along Main Street. Head to The Kind Matter Company, a boutique carrying many sustainable and eco-friendly Canadian brands, or browse the gourmet grocery offerings while ordering a coffee at Javanut.
Fans of craft beer should visit Orange Snail Brewers, a family owned and operated small batch brewery with a rustic taproom for flights, pints and tours.
Orange Snail also has a rotating menu of seasonal beer offerings to try, like their Hockey Mask Pumpkin Ale, or Apocalyptic Elf with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and candy cane.
Another conservation worth seeing is Hilton Falls Conservation Area, with its lush hiking trails, old mill ruins, lakeside trails, and the rushing cascade itself.
The sprawling conservation area spans nearly 1,600 acres, with activities for nature enthusiasts all year round. The main trail will lead you on a moderatetly easy 5km loop, with Hilton Falls being the reward at the end.
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