The Town of Caledon was established in 1974, amalgamating the townships of Albion, Caledon and the northern half of Chinguacousy, which makes up the northern portion of Peel Region. Caledon prides itself on being a place for families to live, work and play. It's close enough to Toronto and Mississauga if you want a taste of city life, but far enough removed that it will feel like your own oasis, surrounded by scenic rolling hills, conservation areas, trails, and some of Southern Ontario's protected lands. Let's take a look at just some of the reasons why so many families are making Caledon their home.
Caledon prides itself on being an active and environmentally conscious community, and there is no shortage of conservation areas and historic trails to get you and your family outdoors.
Albion Hills, located in Palgrave, is perfect for adventure seekers, especially if you enjoy mountain biking or cross country skiing. They also have a pool, Lakeview Splash, that is open during the summer months, and campgrounds complete with trailer rentals.
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is located on the Bruce Trail and offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, or hiking and fishing in the warmer months. It is also a favourite spot for family picnics.
The Elora Cateract Trailway was once the Credit Valley Railway, stretching from Orangeville to Elora. Work is ongoing to make this an accessible trail for all to enjoy, and is recommended for nature lovers, especially birders and wildflower aficionados. Horseback riding options are also available.
Arts and Culture
Caledon has a dynamic and lively arts community with galleries, studios, theatre and dance. Located in award-winning heritage buildings, the Alton Mill Arts Centre houses galleries, a heritage museum, artist studios, shops and a cafe. The Headwaters Arts Festival offers 18 days of events for adults and children, including a talent competition, a juried art show and sale, concerts, workshops and more. For art collectors and enthusiasts, local artists open up their personal studios to the public each fall during the Caledon Hills Studio Tour.
Dining, Inns and Spas
Nestled within the hills of the Caledon area are world-class inns, spas and fine dining establishments. The Millcroft Inn and Spa offers a tranquil country inn experience within a restored mill, and features both an award-winning spa, and the four diamond rated Headwaters Restaurant that overlooks the Mill Pond and Shaw's Creek Falls.
Bolton's Allegro Fine Dine is one of the area's most elegant and exquisite Italian restaurants. They serve traditional dishes using only the finest ingredients and organic meats. Enjoy their cozy dining room year round, or experience their patio during the warmer months.
Not too far away is the family-owned Hockley Valley Resort, which offers fine dining, skiing and snowboarding, a golf course, spa, and event facilities for every special occasion.
Markets and Events
There is always something happening in Caledon, whether it be a holiday craft fair, a farmer's market, a concert, or a celebration in honour of a prominent local figure.
There are three main Farmers' Markets in the area that allow you to sample local foods and produce: The Bolton Farmers' Market (Saturdays from June through October), The Inglewood Farmers' Market (on Wednesdays from June through October), and the Southfield Village Farmers' Market (Thursdays in September and October).
The annual Bolton Truck and Tractor Pull at the Albion & Bolton Fairgrounds has been an area favourite for nearly 40 years. The Fairgrounds are also home to the Bolton Fall Fair, an exciting weekend each year filled with agricultural displays, spaghetti eating contests, dance competitions, cow plop bingo, midway fun and more.
Caledon is home to one of the largest equestrian communities in Southern Ontario, and The Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave will be hosting jumping and dressage events during the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games.
Each August, Midnight Madness comes to Downtown Bolton. This event for the entire family includes live music, circus performers, a petting zoo, street vendors and yummy treats.
Downey's Farm Market and Winery is an exciting place to visit year round, with fresh baked goods, fruits and vegetables straight from the farm, free range turkeys, and prize-winning wines. You can pick your own raspberries, strawberries and apples when in season, visit their pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall, or have lunch with Santa and choose your own Christmas tree during the holiday season.
Make Caledon Your Home
Let's take a look at a home that I've recently sold in the Caledon area.
This gorgeous 2600+ Sq Ft, 4 Bedroom, 5 Bath Home On Bolton's North Hill sold in less than five hours for 100% of the asking price! Highlights of this home included:
Soaring 18 Ft. foyer leading to spacious living and dining rooms.
A large eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a walk-out to the deck.
Upgrades including hardwood, ceramic, and crown moulding.
A professionally finished basement with craft room, exercise room, rec room, workshop, cellar and storage.
Spacious yard backing onto a wooded lot.