Small Town Charm

With a population of just under 30,000, the idyllic town of Bolton is surrounded by pastoral farmland, yet located only 30 miles northwest of Toronto. History buffs will appreciate the number of heritage buildings still remaining from its original beginnings as Bolton Mills nearly 200 years ago, when it was the site of the first flour mill along the Humber River. Take a self-guided walking tour to see where it all began – and make sure you fit in time for a stroll along the river on the Humber Valley Heritage Trail. In the summertime, you’ll want to pack a picnic for an idyllic afternoon at Dick’s Dam Park, where outdoor performances of Shakespearean theatre, beach volleyball courts, and soccer fields are sure to keep the family busy.

The conservation area of Albion Hills is a favourite destination for tobogganing, cross-country skiing, and fishing. And, true to the community’s agricultural roots, the town’s largest one-day event for families is the annual Truck and Tractor Pull at Albion Bolton Fairgrounds. You also won’t want to miss sampling local bounty at the farmers market every Saturday from June to October or the annual fall fair in September, which hosts highly anticipated events such as an arm-wrestling competition, a milking contest, and an antique tractor show