Shop local. Eat local. Support local – Halton’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is back!

P2PTrail1Fall is here and that means it’s time for Halton’s annual Pumpkins to Pastries Trail! This year’s Trail runs from September 18 through to October 31 and we have a great line-up of local vendors who are excited to showcase their local produce, products and experiences. Residents and visitors are invited to experience local food, products and events and to explore the connections between farms, markets, restaurants and shops here in Halton. Participating Trail vendors will be partnering to offer local, seasonal offerings – such as delicious pumpkin-themed sweets and harvest-themed events.

I’m excited to let you know that this year you can find the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail map and new features on the OneHalton App! Residents are invited to download the app and use it to find participating vendors and map locations. You can also find coupons from your favourite shops and restaurants – they may even entice you to try something new!

P2PTrail2And, back for another year is the popular Pumpkins to Pastries Trail Selfie Contest! Simply snap a selfie on the Trail and post the picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #p2ptrail to enter for a chance to win a prize basket of fantastic local offerings. Prizes will be awarded weekly and your picture could be featured on Halton’s Trail gallery. Visit halton.ca/p2ptrail for contest rules and details.

Helping local business and agriculture thrive

Not only does the P2P Trail showcase local vendors, but it also provides a way to support Halton small businesses. Halton Region is committed to helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Through programs like the P2P Trail, we offer a venue to help promote small, local businesses and a way for these businesses to showcase what they do best.

The P2P Trail also gives participants a glimpse into how agriculture is thriving in Halton. We’ve also teamed up with local libraries this year to promote the Trail and teach our young community members about local growers, and why supporting local is good for all.

From innovative tasting experiences to on-farm stores and markets, Halton’s P2P Trail truly has something for everyone. With this guide to the community’s local farms and markets, family-friendly attractions, boutique shopping and gourmet restaurants, you can discover everything our region has to offer this fall.

P2PTrail3Look for the Pumpkins to Pastries logo at participating vendor locations and remember to ask about their featured products and the Selfie Contest. To view the interactive map visit halton.ca/p2ptrail or you can download the OneHalton app to find locations and vendor coupons.

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

 

Explore Halton Region this Family Day

To celebrate Family Day on February 20, 2017, bundle up and get outside and enjoy the many activities and adventures Halton Region has to offer. Take in the beauty of our natural surroundings and the wide variety of activities available to us in our own backyard. There is something for every member of your family to see, do and experience across Halton Region.

It may be chilly outside, but it’s the perfect time to enjoy Halton’s stunning landscapes. Explore Conservation Halton for an active, fun day of sleigh rides at Mountsberg to skiing and snowboarding at Glen Eden. If snowshoeing or hiking is your thing, visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park or Crawford Lake to explore the many trails in the area. Halton Region is also home to a large portion of the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath. The region offers a number of hiking trails and skating rinks for you to enjoy.

If the great outdoors is not your thing, take in a show at one of Halton’s great theatres. Find a performance at:

If shopping is on your list of things to do, explore the Toronto Premium Outlets, downtown areas and shopping districts in each of our municipalities. Visit local shops and see what unique finds await you.

In addition to the various outdoor activities, each of Halton’s municipalities has plenty of fun planned. For local schedules and events visit your municipality’s website:

Halton is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire, and is a perfect destination for your Family Day activities. For a complete listing of all winter activities, visit halton.ca/winter. Also, a reminder for residents that all Halton essential services will remain available on the Family Day holiday. For more information, please visit halton.ca/closures or dial 311.

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

Happy Holidays!

Family having fun in winterOn behalf of Regional Council and staff, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and wonderful holiday season!  The holidays give us a chance to reconnect with family and friends, participate in festive traditions and create memories for years to come

Over the holidays, all our essential and 24-hour Regional services will remain available. If you require assistance from Halton Region during this time, please visit halton.ca or dial 311.

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Some public facilities will be closed from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23 until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 2. For more information about holiday hours at our public facilities, visit halton.ca/closures.

If you are staying in town for the holidays, there are so many great things to see and do in Halton. Family-friendly events and activities take place throughout the winter season in Halton’s local municipalities—Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville—and at Conservation Halton parks. Click on the links to find out more details.

It is my wish that your holidays are filled with peace, joy and good company. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

Fall fun in Halton

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy and in attracting visitors to the region. The harvest season provides us with wonderful opportunities to showcase our local farmers, retailers, restaurants and attractions. This fall, explore all that Halton has to offer by experiencing the best local food and farms in Halton. From fall fairs to Harvest Halton and the new Pumpkin to Pastries Trail, Halton has something for everyone.

Pumpkins to Pastries Trail

Cute Little Girls Pulling Their Pumpkins In A Wagon

Halton’s new Pumpkins to Pastries Trail profiles the people and places that produce and offer local food in Halton. Explore themed events, on-farm markets, restaurants, specialty shops and local attractions for a taste of the harvest season.

Join us from September 12 to October 31 on Halton Region’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail and explore the best local food, farms and fall experiences around Halton! Visit halton.ca/pumpkinstopastries for more details.

Fall fairs

farmfairFall fairs have been a favourite tradition of Halton residents for over a century, offering a variety of exhibits, events and attractions for the entire family to enjoy.

Check with your local fair to see the entire list of events:

I would like to thank the three committees – Georgetown Agricultural Society, Acton Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society – who work tirelessly year after year to ensure the fairs are a success.

Harvest Halton

Pumpkin pie on rustic background

Harvest Halton is an annual premier culinary event that brings Halton’s finest restaurants and local farmers together for an unforgettable farm-to-chef experience. This year, the celebration of local food and the autumn harvest will be held at two locations across Halton.

Each event will feature some of the region’s top chefs along with local farmers, breweries, and more. Come down and experience great food and entertainment:

  • Thursday, September 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Toronto Premium Outlets
  • Sunday, October 16 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Oakville

Visit halton.ca/harvest for more details and to see which farmers and restaurants will be featured at each event.

Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming industry. As part of the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018, Regional Council is committed to supporting the economic sustainability of our agricultural sector. Our fall events help to showcase this industry and provide us with excellent opportunities to support the residents who make it all happen.

To learn more about Halton’s agricultural industry, attractions and events, please 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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Summer Fun in Halton

Halton Region is not only a great place to live, it is also a great place to explore. As summer is fast approaching, Halton Region is packed with events and activities for the whole family. Over the summer months, Halton is home to the Sound of Music Festival, RBC Canadian Open, Strawberry Fair, Musictown and many more exciting events that are sure to make your summer one to remember.

Our region is the perfect destination for some of the finest shopping and dining throughout Halton’s Local Municipalities. Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville each host a wide array of events, festivals and attractions throughout the year, especially in the summer months. For a complete list of upcoming events and festivals, visit our Local Municipalities’ websites.

Halton has a rich and diverse landscape featuring beautiful waterfalls and outdoor attractions for people of all ages. Discover Halton by embarking on a hike, bike ride or walk along the Greenbelt Areas, Niagara Escarpment, Conservation Area, Bronte Provincial Park or on one of the region’s local trails. Discover what makes Halton the home of cycling in Ontario and download the Region’s Cycling Map.

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, Halton also offers a variety of summer water activities along 25 kilometres of waterfront. Visit the lakeshore, take a stroll along a waterfront trail, check out one of the local harbors and enjoy the view at a lakeside restaurant!

Halton’s strong agricultural sector and vibrant rural communities offer residents and visitors an opportunity to experience some of the best local food and farms in Ontario. To learn more about the farms and markets throughout the region, visit Simply Local – Your Guide to Halton Farms.

Beginning in June, Halton Heritage Services will host the Beyond Sit and Stay: Dogs in Our Service exhibitionat the Halton Region Museum located inside Kelso Conservation Area before the exhibit goes on the road travelling to other Halton locations September. Kids can also learn about the Escarpment and its ecosystem by visiting Heritage Service’s online exhibit, Jeff’s Home.

This summer season, choose Halton and discover everything that makes our region a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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

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”.

Discover Halton’s agricultural heritage with exciting fall events

One of the greatest things about living in Halton Region is that you get to experience our rich agriculture heritage either near or right outside your door. We are fortunate to live in a community where we have easy access to the freshest, quality ingredients grown by our local farmers and are surrounded by beautiful and lush scenery that makes it all possible.

With fall just around the corner, there’s no better way to experience the best our rural communities have to offer than to attend this year’s events celebrating Halton’s agriculture. Events include local Fall Fairs, Harvest Halton and the Halton Pumpkin Trail where you can meet local farmers and sample/buy their products; take part in fun activities for all ages such as tractor pulls, barrel racing, face painting, dancing and music; or sit back and enjoy the changing fall colours. There’s a lot to do this fall season, so I invite you to join me and discover more about Halton’s agriculture heritage.

Fall Fairs

A favourite tradition of Halton residents for over a century, this year’s Fall Fairs offer a variety of new exhibits, events and attractions for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include truck and tractor pulls, horse shows, demolition derbies, crafts, rides and live performances by local artists. Check with your local fair to see what they are offering:

I’d like to recognize and thank the three committees – Georgetown Agricultural SocietyActon Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society – who have worked very hard to organize the Fall Fairs to make them a success. The events planned by these committees bring us together as a community and celebrate an important part of our heritage.

Harvest Halton

A unique event you won’t want to miss this fall is Harvest Halton, a farm to chef experience taking place at Country Heritage Park in Milton on October 5.  Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming community and this annual event celebrates the great pride we take in our local food.  At this year’s event some of the Region’s farmers team up with award-winning chefs and restaurants to bring residents and visitors an amazing culinary experience.  Bring the entire family to Harvest Halton and take the opportunity to sample unique farm fresh dishes.

Pumpkin Trail

This fall you can also explore the Halton Pumpkin Trail, a self-guided map that connects residents and visitors to local events and products from mid-September to October 31.  The map guides you to where you can find pumpkin-themed activities, farms to sample and buy products, and restaurants to savour local cuisines. It’s a great way to find hidden (or not so hidden) gems within our great region with friends and family.

Agriculture is an essential industry in the Region and is a major reason why people enjoy living in and visiting Halton. These fall events connect us to the people and the products that drive this industry and they remind us of the importance of preserving and supporting it.  To learn more about Halton’s agricultural industry, attractions and events please visit halton.ca/simplylocal.

We also have another important event in the region this fall – Epic Tour Halton. This annual cycling event, happening September 7, tests an individual’s long distance endurance by choosing one of six distances to ride – 170km, 140kms, 110kms, 80kms, 50kms, or 10kms – all beginning and ending at Kelso Conservation Area. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 3,000 cyclists to Halton Region and we anticipate this year’s event will be even more successful. For more information, visit the event’s website at PwC Epic Tour Halton.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.” See you out at the events this fall!