The town of Milton was founded in approximately 1820 by immigrants from England, and was named after the poet John Milton. They built a grist mill along the creek and created a pond, now known as Mill Pond. You’ll still find elements of 19th century charm in and around Milton, from its mills, barns, farm fields and markets to the locally-owned shops and bistros welcoming visitors with a warm, small-town hospitality. Just beyond downtown, the Niagara Escarpment offers amazing hiking trails to stunning lookouts and vistas.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Milton, scroll down or visit the town's tourism website.
Where is Milton?
Located in southern Ontario, the town of Milton is under an hour’s drive from Kitchener/Waterloo, Hamilton and Toronto. Milton is just minutes off of the Highway 401 Expressway and accessible from the Queen Elizabeth Way, Highway 407 and Highway 403 via Bronte Road/Highway 25 north. GO Transit also provides train service to Milton.
Things to Do in Milton
Milton offers many unique heritage sites and natural wonders worth exploring. One of the most celebrated is Crawford Lake Conservation Area with numerous outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, moonlit snowshoeing, hiking, wildflower and wildlife observation and picnicking, plus views of the lake itself where turtles, fish and other waterlife abound. Explore a recreated Iroquoian village and learn about local Indigenous history. The Nassagaweya Canyon Trail is a popular trail between Crawford Lake and Rattlesnake Point, a gorgeous conservation area known for stunning cliffs and equally amazing views. Another great spot is Kelso Conservation Area, perfect for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and features a conservation centre to learn more about the wildlife and plantlife in the region.
Within the town of Milton, Country Heritage Park, recreates rural life with hands-on experiences and education programs on farming, raising animals, tools and crafts, and hosts events like Summer Fair and Art in the Park.
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm is one of the prettiest destinations in Milton. Take a tour of the farm and lavender fields, pick up aromatic lavender products including essential oils and cosmetic products, and taste lavender ice cream, which is like nothing else you’ve had before.
The Woodbine Mohawk Park is a harness horse racing track that was opened in 1963 by the Ontario Jockey Club and has been host to many organised races, including the North America Cup, Maple Leaf Trot and the Metro Pace.
History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Milton Historical Society and Waldie Blacksmith Shop. It’s one of the oldest operating blacksmith shops in the province and remains in its original location since 1865. The shop was dormant for nearly 30 years, but has been up and running again since 1999 thanks to volunteers and the Milton Historical Society who restored the shop and turned it into a living history museum dedicated to the ancient art of blacksmithing.
Combine rural experiences and shopping excursions at the Springridge Farm. Browse the 19th century barn market for curated clothing and trending styles, home decor, books, housewares, gifts, jewelry and accessories. Visit the bakery for a variety of locally made preserves and honey.
Train enthusiasts and rail buffs are in for a treat at the Halton County Radial Railway. Experience historic streetcar rides along 2 km of scenic track with a stop at the ice cream shop, explore the museum grounds and visit the railway themed gift and snack shop.
Milton Neighbourhoods & Districts
Due to its favourable location and rural charm, the town of Milton is growing quickly. It’s largest neighbouring community is Campbellville.
Just west of Milton, you’ll find Woodbine Mohawk Park, as well as ice cream parlours, Cristello’s Village Market, Mennonite furniture shops and The Stonehouse of Campbellville, the world’s largest antique stained glass window store and museum.
Things to Know About Visiting Milton
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Milton, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend around town.
Great place to see the fall colours
Head up to Buffalo Crag Lookout Point in Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area to see some of the most stunning views of fall foliage.
Where to go for local shopping
Where to see local art
You’ll find a mix of original fine art and prints, plus a selection of garden sculpture art at The Gallery Upstairs.
Where to get great ice cream
Jay’s Ice Cream & Sunshine’s Gelato serves daily-made Italian gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt all in retro cones.
Last updated: January 5, 2023