Halton Region, which was incorporated in 1974 to comprise of four municipalities:
The City of Burlington and the Towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.
The Town of Oakville and the City of Burlington make up the urban area to the south, generally along the lakeshore
and the Towns of Halton Hills and Milton make up the largely rural area to the north, clustered around the 401 and 407. While these communities were originally bedroom communities to nearby Hamilton and TOronto, today they are self-sufficient communities, with a complete range of educational, cultural and recreational facilities.
The first European to visit the area was the French explorer and fur trader Oavelier de la Salle and Louis Joliet, who arrived at Burlngton Bay in 1669 via the Grand River from Lake Erie on their return from Lake Superior. In 1821 Jasper Martin from Newcastle England built a grist mill along the banks of the Sixteen Mile Creek, near today's Milton, founding a settlement of 60 people first called "Martin's Mills" which had an ashery, small store and a post office.
Oakville was founded in 1827 by Colonel William Chisholm (1788-1842), who became a merchant and shipbuilder on 960 acres granted at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek, where he soon established the first privately owned harbour in Upper Canada and handled trade between Hamilton and Toronto. When the railway reached Milton in 1877, the town added several brickyards by the escarpment around Milton Heights.
After World War II, Halton entered into a period of prosperity and rapid growth, and by the early 1970s, Halton's population grew by 400 per cent as job opportunities and cheaper "country" living attracted residents.
The Oakville Ford Plant was built in 1952 and created 5,000 industrial jobs and prompted many auto suppliers to build in the area. In 1974, Halton County was reorganized into the Regional Municipality of Halton with four restructured municipalities (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville).
The community's greatest two attractions are proximity to Lake Ontario (for water sports) and also to the Niagara Escarpment, with hiking, skiing, and a range of land-based recreation on extensive pubic parkland.
Oakville's manufacturing sector is clustered in the automotive, advanced technologies, and pharmaceuticals, with several alrge knowledge-based employers. Burlington has a manfuacturing sector strong in food processing, automotive & metal fabrication, pharaceuticals, and bio-tech, with several companies strong in information techologies, financial services, as well as transportation & logistics.
Oakville and Burlington have a wide range of housing, with single-family housing in both ruban and suburban settings, higher density condos and apartments in popular areas, as well as rural acreage and farm homes not far from the cities' cores. All are accessible to transit and major highways like the QEW, the 401 and the 407 for ready acess to nearby Hamilton, Toronto and Pearson International Airport.
Here are a featured SAMPLING of hotels, motels, long-term accommodation, vacation rentals, lodges and campgrounds. For a complete (and searchable listing) use the red SEARCH feature at right.
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Select the Holiday Inn Oakville Centre Hotel! The hotel is conveniently located minutes from the Ford Motor Company, Tim Horton's Ltd, Sheridan College, 1 block from GO Transit and directly off the QEW Highway at Trafalgar Road.
After a day of adventure, settle into one of 144 electric hookup campsites. Choose between treed, well-shaded and open area sites. We can accommodate trailers and RV's upto 32 feet, and tents. Reservations recommended
Spacious and modern guestrooms, with choice of King or 2 Queen beds. Large work desk, comfortable ergonomic chair, complimentary wireless internet, refrigerator, microwave and coffee makers with complimentary coffee and tea.
116 beautiful and spacious guest rooms, which are all tastefully decorated with cherry mahogany wood furniture & modern amenities. More than 3/4 of our hotel has non smoking rooms. Pet friendly. FREE High Speed Internet & lobby internet kiosk.
• Close to over 260 company headquarters, with complimentary continental breakfast and weekday shuttle service. Indoor pool/and excercise facility, 24 hr business centre and complimentary parking. Free High-speed Internet Access in all rooms
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Oakville-Burlington.
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
The course offers relatively flat fairways lined by numerous mature trees, and several rather small greens make it a good course for beginning and intermediate golfers. Its an easy course to walk, so powered golf carts are not necessary
Royal Ontario is a new course, started in 2001, on land that was originally an equestrian center, with large meadows and dense woods covering the acreage. Architect Boris Danoff designed the course with generous fairways to allow for aggres
Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.
City of Burlington municipal course (since 1973) in Burlington's Tyandaga Park Drive is one of the finest public golf course facilities in the province. This challenging, fully irrigated 18 hole course also has a golf shop, bag drop-off are
Hamilton's motor racing venue
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Oakville-Burlington.
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