Simply fresh. Simply fun. Simply local.

Halton Region is home to a thriving agricultural industry. One of the great things about living in a community with a strong and diverse agricultural sector is the ability to travel a short distance to buy fresh, local produce. Halton Region is proud to support this vibrant industry by working with community partners to ensure farming land and practices are sustainable and are here to enjoy for generations to come.

The Simply Local program is a great example of how Halton supports local agri-businesses, many that are family-owned. Simply Local also encourages healthy eating and helps connect Halton residents with local farms.

Plan your agri-venture using our Simply Local map.

Halton’s Simply Local interactive map makes it easy for you to discover Halton’s local farms, farmers’ markets and agri-businesses. This summer, explore Halton’s thriving agricultural industry and visit:

I encourage you to show your support for our agricultural community and local economy by buying, eating and visiting local. Check out halton.ca/simplylocal and start exploring today! Halton’s vibrant and diverse agricultural sector is just one of the many reasons why Halton is 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”.

Welcome to Halton (video)

Whether you enjoy the rural backdrop of the Niagara Escarpment or the picturesque views of a charming downtown street, Halton Region maintains a diverse landscape for both residents and visitors looking for the perfect blend of urban and rural scenery.

Did you know that Halton has over 25 kilometres of waterfront property and is home to Canada’s largest botanical garden? Also, did you know that there are only 16 classified UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in Canada and the Niagara Escarpment is one of them? Or, were you aware there are over 10 kilometres of natural footpaths to uncover at Bronte Creek Provincial Park? These are only some of the many offerings that contribute to Halton Region’s rich quality of life.

Located less than an hour’s drive from Toronto and Niagara, we are fortunate to experience the shift of the seasons and enjoy the many activities that go along with a new time of year. In Halton you can visit a local farm in the fall and go apple picking, enjoy exceptional winter skiing and snowboarding at Glen Eden, spend a spring afternoon shopping and dining along the lakeshore or take in a summer festival under the sun. No matter what your preference, there’s something for everyone in Halton.

I invite you to check out our recently updated Welcome to Halton video and see why Halton is such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For more information on the many things to do and see in Halton, please visit www.halton.ca. Or follow Halton Tourism on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and get connected to discover more of what our dynamic community has to offer.

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

Fall Fairs in Halton

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Fall Fairs in Acton, Georgetown and Milton.  The Fall Fairs provide a great opportunity for residents to come together and celebrate our agricultural traditions. The Fairs also offer the chance for our younger generations and families new to this area to learn why agriculture is such as critical part of this community.

It takes a great deal of planning and coordination to pull off events of this size so I would like recognize the Georgetown Agricultural Society, Acton Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society for once again bringing these events to our community.

I hope you had a chance to stop by the Halton Region booth and pick up some information and speak with one of our Fall Fair ambassadors.  This year, our booth featured Simply Local, your guide to finding all of the farm-fresh produce, nursery products and recreational activities that Halton farms have to offer.  We also had copies of Halton’s Cycling Map, information about recycling and waste, air quality, well water testing, West Nile virus and more.  If you missed us, you can always dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca to request a brochure or learn more.

Through the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan, Halton Region is committed to supporting and promoting our agricultural community.  A healthy agriculture sector is vital to a healthy and sustainable Halton and this sector has great potential for sustainable growth over the next 10 years and beyond.

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.”