Explore Halton this summer!

Halton Region is a great place to live and also a great place to visit. The summer season offers both residents and visitors a wide variety of things to see and do including cycling, rock climbing, shopping, arts and culture, farmers markets, concerts and festivals and so much more!

There is always something great happening in Halton. Our region boasts beautiful vistas and landscapes with easy access to Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Our communities have small town charm, but offer big city shopping and dining experiences. Residents and guests can also visit our unique festivals and events for the whole family throughout the year. For complete listings and calendars of festivals and events taking place this the summer season, I encourage you to visit each of our local municipalities to find out what is going on throughout Halton.

For those who are looking for a little adventure, Halton has a rich and diverse landscape with many outdoor attractions and natural and man-made activities for the whole family. Halton is the home of cycling in Ontario, from biking along the waterfront to riding our vast network of trails and rural routes – there is something for all levels of cyclist. For young families and recreational cyclists, we have safe multi-use paths and a number of dedicated on-road bicycle lanes. For more committed cyclists, we offer beautiful views along challenging routes on the Niagara Escarpment. You can also check out the new Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, which will be used this July and August for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. To learn more about cycling in Halton or to view a copy of the Halton Region Cycling Map, visit halton.ca/cycling.

Summertime is also a great time to take full advantage of all the fresh produce our local farmers have to offer. Simply Local – Your Guide to Halton Farms is an excellent resource for mapping out your tour of farmers and farmer’s markets throughout the region. Many farms offer various goods for sale as well as special events and activities to keep the entire family entertained. Buying local is good for our economy, good for the environment and good for your health. For more information, visit halton.ca/simplylocal.

This summer, why not invite a friend or family member to Halton and share your favourite spot? For more fun activity ideas, visit halton.ca/tourism.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “the Carr Report”.