Unique Ways to Experience Halton in the Summer of 2016

Posted on 2016-07-12 in Blog

We are well into summer now, and the weather has been hot and dry, just ask our lawns!

Many are retreating to their cottages for summer vacations, and if you are cottage-bound, tell the lake we said hi. But, for those of us who are staying in town for the summer, we thought you might appreciate our personal list of some different things to see and do in an around Milton and Halton.

  • Go to the Halton County Radial Railway. The Halton County Radial Railway, located at 12629 Guelph Line, Milton Ontario (www.hcry.org) is a person favourite of ours. It features a full-size operating electric railway and a museum. Kids and adults love riding the old streetcars and exploring the Rockwood Station. The train ride is 2kms long and stops at an ice cream shop – can it get any better? Admission is reasonable, between $10-$14 depending on your age, and $40 for an entire family (two adults).
  • Spend a Day at the Track. This is more of an adult activity, but many forget that the Mohawk Raceway is in Milton located at 9430 Guelph Line, Milton Ontario (www.woodbineentertainment.com/Mohawk). You don’t need to break the bank to bet on horses, and even if you go just for the fun of it, it’s something different to try. The sounds and excitement of the racetrack make this a well worthwhile experience. You can also do some pre-reading on how to bet on horses by visiting Mohawk’s website (http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Mohawk/Betting/howtobet/Pages/Betting101.aspx) so you don’t feel like such a novice.
  • See a Tractor Pull. Tractor pulls are fun! The Country Heritage Park is hosting a Super Pull on July 16, 2016 from 11:00am-11:00pm. Tickets are $10 before 3pm and $15 after. Like horse racing, a tractor pull is an experience and a very unique one at that. Country Heritage Park is at 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton Ontario (www.countryheritagepark.com) and offers regular programming and is worth a trip.
  • Meet a Raptor. The Toronto Raptors are done their season, but there are plenty of raptors, or birds of prey, to meet at Mountsberg. Mountsberg is at 2259 Millburough Line, Campbellville Ontario (http://www.conservationhalton.ca/park-details?park=mountsberg). The park is beautiful and quiet and is a great spot to bring small children because there is a lot of room to roam around. You can also bring a picnic to eat by the reservoir or go fishing, but we really like the bird of prey shows which are held twice daily on weekends at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.
  • Eat Local. The Milton Chamber of Commerce has been putting on Milton’s Farmers’ Market for decades. Main Street is shut down every Saturday morning from May through October and farmers sell what is fresh and in season. There’s lots for kids to take in as well, not just with the bushels of fresh food, but also face painting, artisans and the Scholarship Café (which funds six $1,000 scholarships for local high school students every year). You can try and go with a grocery list, but your stomach will take over so be sure to bring lots of small bills so you can you’re your purchases (most vendors are not equipped with point of sale terminals). Check out the Farmers’ Market website for full details: http://miltonfarmersmarket.ca/about. One final thing about the Farmers’ Market – it’s free, so even if you go to walk around, it’s a nice way to spend a Saturday morning.
  • Take a Drive. The escarpment is beautiful and the country roads in and around the Campbellville area of Milton offer some scenic driving and beautiful views. Our favourite is our own road, Twiss Road, and driving south towards Derry Road.

There are many other things to see and do in and around Halton, including visiting Hilton Falls, Kelso, Rattlesnake Point, the Milton Classic Car Show or berry picking at Andrew’s Scenic Acres. Pick something, anything, and get active and outside in your community this summer!

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