Discover Halton this summer!

There’s no better place to enjoy summer fun than Halton. This summer, stroll along Burlington’s Waterfront Trail or take part in the Joseph Brant Day Festival on August 6.  Enjoy first class jazz at Downtown Oakville’s Jazz Festival, August 10-12, or visit one of the Town’s many shops, galleries and restaurants.

Drop by a Farmers’ Market in Georgetown or Acton or participate in Acton’s Leathertown Festival on August 12. Take in a movie under the stars at Kelso Conservation Area or register for Alexander Family Farm Day at Halton Region Museum.  Experience life on the farm with antique tractors and steam engines at Country Heritage Park in Milton.

Halton offers countless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, education, relaxation and fun – truly something for everyone.  You can find a list of things to see and do in Halton on the Region’s tourism webpages, Discovering Halton.

We also recently released an updated 2012 Cycling in Halton map. This easy-to-use map not only includes a bird’s eye view of the entire Region, but also recommends seven loop rides with suggested routes that include urban areas and nearby scenic, rural roads suitable for cycling.

This month we are also releasing Simply Local: Your guide to Halton farms.  This resource lists farmers’ markets, nurseries, horse farms, pick your own and on-farm markets.

Whether you are planning a staycation, looking for ways to keep out-of-town guests entertained, or just want to help promote our wonderful community, I invite you to discover and share Halton on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.  And you still have one day left to enter our latest contest. Tell us about your favourite summer activity in Halton and/or send us your best summer photo to be entered into a draw to win great prizes courtesy of Conservation Halton.

To learn more, visit www.halton.ca/tourism, dial 311, 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833. Find Halton Tourism on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @HaltonTourism or on Pinterest at pinterest.com/haltontourism

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 on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

“Halton Recycles” – new online communities for Halton’s waste

You can now get the latest news about Regional waste management programs with the launch of two new social media tools, including a Twitter account (@HaltonRecycles) and a blog site (www.haltonrecycles.ca). Halton residents have long been enthusiastic participants in Halton’s waste management and 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) programs and eager to learn about related environmental information. The new social media tools will make it possible to continue the conversation in a timely, web-based manner.

Halton’s Waste Management experts will be available on weekdays on both sites to share information and engage with Halton residents who want to learn more about topics including waste diversion events and contests, environmental trends, waste collection notices, household waste diversion tips and how to correctly sort items into the Blue Box and GreenCart. Residents will also be able to share their own personal tips, stories and photos as they relate to waste diversion in their everyday life.

The “Halton Recycles” blog will also discuss current waste diversion trends, showcase the Halton community in action at various waste diversion events and profile community leaders of all ages doing their part to embrace the 3Rs. Watch for how-to videos, event footage and guest bloggers in the coming months.

These new online communities will provide another vehicle for residents to connect to staff and discuss all aspects of waste management. Take a moment to discover the new sites, share your thoughts and join in on the conversation.

Residents can continue to contact Halton Region by phone for waste related information by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information and service request tools are also available on the Region’s website at www.halton.ca/waste.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

This summer, discover Halton with Facebook and Twitter!

Halton’s tourism market is growing.

According to a tourism update (Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)131KB) presented to Regional Council in 2010:

  • 3.1 million tourists came to Halton Region in 2008
  • the $287.2 million spent by these visitors generated about $123.7 million in direct economic activity (GDP) in Halton
  • about 2,400 direct jobs in Halton were generated as a result of visitor spending here
  • visitor spending in Halton generates $131.1 million in taxes (direct, indirect, and induced) province-wide, including $4.2 million at the municipal level.

Tourism can make a strong contribution to community building and quality of life in Halton, so it makes good sense to use all of the tools at our disposal, including social media, to promote Halton’s tourism assets.

That’s why Halton Region’s Economic Development Division has just launched a tourism marketing campaign that features a number of new ways to spread the word about all there is to see and do in Halton. Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter are key components in the campaign.  

The new tools will:

  • promote upcoming festivals and events
  • share interesting facts and useful travel tips
  • allow visitors to share their own Halton travel tips, stories, photos and videos.  

The campaign follows on the work started by the Halton Tourism Advisory Committee (2008-2011) which was instrumental in launching a number of tourism initiatives including a new tourism portal called “Discovering Halton” on our website at www.halton.ca/tourism.

Halton offers countless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, education, relaxation and fun including:

Whether you are planning a staycation, looking for ways to keep out-of-town guests entertained, or just want to help promote our wonderful community, I invite you to discover and share Halton on Facebook and Twitter. Visit Halton Tourism on Facebook or Twitter and tell us your favorite summer spot in Halton. Post a photo if you have one.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”