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The Board area is located to the north of Lake Ontario, midway between Toronto and Hamilton encompassing the Towns of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills (formerly the Town of Acton).
The Town of Oakville is one of tourism’s best kept secrets. It's many attractions include a historic harbour, great shopping, wonderful dining opportunities and exciting cultural events - truly something for everyone to enjoy. Founded in 1827, this picturesque, historic town has two beautiful harbours, gorgeous parks, numerous art galleries, unique and diverse shopping, an annual Waterfront Festival, Jazz Festival, and Summer Theatre, plus numerous emerald golf courses, including Glen Abbey and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Museum. The Erchless Estate, located on the lakefront is a museum dedicated to preserving artifacts of the founding family, The Chisholms. Oakville’s determination to preserve its heritage is evident everywhere, especially in the downtown area where 19th century buildings house many fine shops and restaurants. This attractive downtown has been used as a location for a variety of movies. Oakville is a 30 minute drive from downtown Toronto and an hours drive to the U.S. border. Oakville boasts a $88 million tourism industry with over 1.4 million visitors annually.
The Town of Milton abounds with attractions and features, for example the Ontario Agricultural Museum, the Street Car Museum, and recreational sites such as Kelso/Glen Eden, Crawford Lake and the Bruce Trail. The community’s desire to retain country appeal and charm only serves to complement Milton’s many urban amenities. Literally millions of people live within an hour’s drive of Milton’s vast conservation areas, parks and attraction. Yet Milton has retained a unique town and country atmosphere. It is a place for people to savor the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment and browse the friendly shops, studios and galleries at a slower pace than city living and careers will allow. Within minutes of Metro Toronto, the Town of Milton offers a successful blend of old and new, of town and country, of families and business. It offers the advantages of small town living with proximity to metropolitan markets.
The Town of Halton Hills (formerly Acton), at the northerly end of the Board’s jurisdiction, is a small rural community famous, in particular, for leather goods. It is known as "Leathertown". Since the 1800's, leather has been an important part of Acton’s heritage and it attracts many visitors to its leather goods stores. As well, there are interesting shops and cozy restaurants, as well as great golfing, swimming and fishing. People choose to live in Halton Hills as a result of its natural beauty, charm, healthy environment, recreation amenities, and growing employment opportunities. With the advantage of being located at the intersection of Ontario’s two main highways, the 401 and 407, the newly serviced Gateway Business Park is poised for growth. Halton Hills offers the best of both worlds: Urban amenities with the quiet small town lifestyle.