For travellers looking for the perfect blend of country and small town, Halton Hills delivers just the right balance. The area of Halton Hills offers a unique combination of two urban centres and several hamlets surrounded by rural countryside and natural attractions, including portions of the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail. A short distance from Toronto, Halton Hills serves as a great little getaway trip, with hiking opportunities, farmers’ markets, boutique shopping and casual dining.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Halton Hills, scroll down or visit the town's tourism website.
Where is Halton Hills?
Halton Hills is a community in southern Ontario, directly north of Milton and only a 30-minute drive east of Guelph. It's about a 40-minute drive from downtown Toronto and roughly the same length of time from Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ).
Things to Do in Halton Hills
Over 30 km of multi-use trails connect conservation areas, parks, forests and towns throughout Halton Hills.
The Bruce Trail, southern Ontario’s most iconic hiking trail, stretches between Niagara and Tobermory, loosely following the dramatic Niagara Escarpment. A portion of the Bruce Trail crosses through Halton Hills into the Limehouse Conservation Area, leading to an old powderhouse and “Hole in the Wall,” where ladders cut through fissures in the escarpment rock.
Explore the trails and landscapes of two other conservation areas also situated within Credit Valley and within Halton Hills. Silver Creek Conservation Area off Highway 7 is popular for its peaceful, wooded walking trails and birdwatching opportunities. Equally beautiful, Terra Cotta Conservation Area features a number of trails, including dog-friendly routes.
Several local farms open their gates to visitors on a seasonal basis. Scottsdale Heritage Farm is a working farm on the Niagara Escarpment, with historical buildings and barns, hay fields, forests and wetlands and evidence of Indigenous settlements. The farm features clearly marked hiking trails throughout the property. Chudleigh’s is a family-friendly institution, famous for its apple orchard and pick-your-own seasons, as well as foodie events, summer music nights, and the Blossom Café.
If you’re into antiquing or even thrifting, there are plenty of shopping opportunities. Halton Hills has two unique downtown retail areas in Acton and Georgetown with a rich variety of galleries, craft stores and ceramic studios. Acton has a long history of leather crafting, leading to the unforgettable slogan ‘It’s worth the drive to Acton’ for the Hide House, a successful leather fashion and furniture emporium.
For those who enjoy the arts, the Halton Hills Cultural Centre in Georgetown contains the John Elliott Theatre, which hosts concerts and performances by touring theatre companies, and the Helson Gallery, which features a seasonal roster of exhibits.
Halton Hills Neighbourhoods & Districts
Halton Hills is known for rolling farmland, along with two urban communities:
Things to Know About Visiting Halton Hills
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Halton Hills, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend around the city.
Where to go for brunch
Favourite local beach
Part of a 35-hectare lake, there is plenty of space to splash around with the kids, set up beach chairs, sunbathe on the sand and play a game of beach volleyball at Kelso Conservation Area in nearby Milton.
Where to see local art
Where to see the holiday lights
Last updated: October 12, 2021