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Why Visit Oakville & Burlington?

This is a pretty section of the Golden Horseshoe, with great views of Lake Ontario, and bisected by the Niagara Escarpment on its path northward to Collingwood. The area combines rural charm, small town friendliness, with the benefits of urban proximity.
Burlington's Bronte Park swimming pool

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.

Burlington Lakeshore area 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.

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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).

Glen Eden ski hill near Milton, in the summertime 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.

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Oakville-Burlington AccommodationsBEST WESTERN PLUS Milton

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Oakville-Burlington AccommodationsHomewood Suites Toronto-Oakville

Our suites have fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker, complimentary high-speed internet access and a large, well-lit desk with ergonomic chair. Comp. Mo-Thur Welcome Home Reception®, Suite Start® hot breakfast.

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Oakville-Burlington AccommodationsAdmiral Inn -Burlington

First class accommodation for the traveler with the most discriminating taste. At the Admiral Inn Burlington you will find clean, quality rooms, fully licensed dining lounges, and modern meeting facilities.

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Oakville-Burlington AccommodationsBest Western Burlington Inn and Suites

Just off the QEW, 56 spacious guestrooms including spa suites, two-room suites & business plus rooms. Amenities: indoor pool, hot tub, exercise room, business center, high-speed Internet, complimentary continental breakfast, meeting room for 30.

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Oakville-Burlington AccommodationsMilton Heights Campground

In 1960 Owners Frances and Conrad purchased their 60 acres and started off by breeding purebred Hereford cattle. Unfortunately for him but fortunately for many campers Conrad was allergic to hay. That quickly ended their farming career.

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Oakville-Burlington Travel & AttractionsBirthday Parties Oakville

Seeking Birthday party places? Planet Laser provides Birthday Party venues for Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington. Make you Kid's Party more Entertaining. Call us now for your next reservation!

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Oakville-Burlington Travel & AttractionsBudget Car And Truck Rental

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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Oakville-Burlington Travel & AttractionsHidden Lake Golf Club

Qualifying Course For Canadian Open, with two courses. The Old Course measures 6622 yards, with lush, tree-lined fairways and extremely small greens (and water is non-existent). The par 4, 1st hole has trees lining both sides of the 397 yar

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Oakville-Burlington Travel & AttractionsEnterprise Rent A Car

Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.

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Oakville-Burlington Travel & AttractionsOakville Museum at Erchless Estate

Set on the shores of Lake Ontario, Erchless Estate is the perfect place to relax in the gardens, connect with family and friends, and stir special memories. Take a tour, attend an event, or explore inspiring exhibits.

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