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.
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
122 well appointed guest rooms, upgraded Business Class Rooms and Royal Host Executive Room guarantees the elegant views of Lake Ontario and the famous Spencer Smith Park. 5,000 square feet of meeting space
Oakville's premier conference facility with 13,000 sq. ft. divided into 9 rooms. Enjoy heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness centre or enjoy a selection from the hotel room service menu
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.
• 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
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
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:
Located in the scenic landscape of Millcroft, this North Burlington course offers 18 holes with a 119 slope rating, throwing in large ponds as well as various creeks winding through several holes.
National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.
Deerfield offers some of the finest amenities available at a semi-private facility in the area. Fully equipped Golf Shop is staffed by helpful CPGA Professionals
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Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.
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