Just north of Toronto and 30-45 minutes from Pearson International airport lies the rolling hills and stately mansions and estates of the Town of Caledon, Ontario. For many years those looking for a home away from the hustle and bustle of the big city have opted for property in Caledon. It is home to a large number of spacious, treed lots with streams and horse farms, as a well as friendly neighbours and plenty of fresh air.
Although now known as the Town of Caledon, the area was once divided into the townships of Albion, Caledon and Chinguacousy which were opened for settlement in 1820. The townships first began to develop around water-powered mill sites on the Credit and Humber rivers as well as at various cross roads. When the Toronto Grey & Bruce, Hamilton & Northwestern and Credit Valley railways arrived in the 1870s, more settlements were formed.
On January 1st, 1974 the townships of Albion, Caledon and the northern half of Chinguacousy amalgamated to form the Town of Caledon -- the northern municipality of the present Region of Peel.
The Bad News
Sandy, who lived in Bolton, the most populated community in the town of Caledon, for over 15 years explains it is "a very basic commuter town with little urban planning, culture [and] restaurant choices. There is basic shopping and ongoing issues with trailer truck transport making its way through the middle of town." If you're used to some of the assets of a big city like public transportation and large malls, then living in Caledon may take some getting used to.
The Good News
However, these negatives aside, there are a lot of wonderful things about living in Caledon. Sandy goes on to discuss how it is "a family oriented community and one cannot say enough about the friendships, and village that is formed here within which to raise a family. Bolton is a sports oriented community with over 3000 children registered in soccer alone, not to mention basketball, baseball, volleyball, hockey, etc." Not only are there many activities for your kids to enjoy, but you too will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
At The Badlands by Ian Muttoo
"The larger environs of the Town of Caledon and its hamlets are breathtakingly beautiful and I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to live. [...] Rolling hills, clean air, gorgeous vistas... literally you leave your work and commute stress behind with every km you cover on the way home," says Sandy. Along with the beautiful views there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy: "coyote, red fox, blue heron, wild turkeys, rabbits, beaver, eagles, birds abound," says Sandy. Many commute to and from downtown Toronto and for Sandy it's "well worth the commute to work".
Homes, Architecture and Real Estate
Sandy explains there is "beautiful estate subdivision living (1/2 to 10 acre lots), many with mature oak ridges moraine forests, ponds and streams." So whether you're looking for a cozy few bedrooms or a luxurious estate, there are plenty of options for you to consider in the Town of Caledon. Two great properties in Caledon highlight just some of the diversity of the housing that exists there:
Villa FlorentineThe Gore Road, Caledon, ON
A formal, iconic, newly constructed custom-built estate that sits atop the sweeping hills of the Caledon countryside: 80 acres of land and your private lake below. This impressive 10,000 sq. ft. home features two luxurious coach houses, 6 garages and a fully outfitted equestrian facility. Exquisitely curated with the finest craftsmanship, both the main house and equestrian facility are built with concrete and steel-frame construction while design details like custom marble, crown mouldings and bamboo floors have been tuned to perfection.
The property has 4+1 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a gourmet kitchen, a library, a wine cellar, 3 fireplaces, an oversized terrace, guest and servant quarters, a 6 car garage, an outdoor infinity pool and pool house, a gazebo, a helicopter pad, access to a private wooded forest and trails, and for the savvy investor; the opportunity to create, build and sell 12 additional estate lots. The asking price is $19,995,000.
A less formal landmark property built as a spa retreat for the family that has everything. It consists of three buildings. The main is a 15,000 square foot West Coast Inspired Hilltop home with views over its rolling property and the City of Toronto. There is a second intimate staff or guest home that was originally attached to horse paddocks, now used as an artist's studio. The last is a charming historic two-bedroom square cut log cabin at the entry to the estate and close to the swimming pool and pond.
Originally conceived and built by the originator of the board game "Trivial Pursuit", Treetops has been owned by fitness guru Tosca Reno Kennedy and her family for over 10 years. It is the perfect home for an active large family with a professional gym, private screening room, great room/kitchen for a professional chef, and private pond. There is parking for a fleet of cars and it is priced at $5,250,000.
Who is your neighbour IN CALEDON?
"Ours is a town of friendly, warm and helpful neighbours," explains Sandy. "It’s quite typical to see gatherings in garages, and backyards, etc. Our children also enjoy close friendships – most remain friends from Kindergarten onwards. The volunteerism is also notably strong – with a large number of stay home moms, there is a strong community of volunteers in the schools and vibrant home and school associations. Many long term friendships formed here," says Sandy.
Parks and Green Spaces
One of the nicest aspects of being out of the city in a town like Caledon is the easy access to quiet green spaces where you can get away from busy life and enjoy some time in nature. Caledon has more parks, rivers and trails than you can count, so you'll just have to get out there and explore them for yourself! You can plan your outdoor adventure with the help of the Town of Caledon website's Interactive Trail Guide.
Recreation and Culture
Community Centres: Caledon has over a dozen community centres offering fitness facilities, pools, ice rinks, skateboard parks, meeting rooms and more so there's always something fun for your family and friends to do.
Spectacular equestrian facilities: The Town of Caledon is home to the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park, which hosted the equestrian competitions during the Pan American Games in July 2015.
The opportunity to get away: The Town of Caledon has some beautiful views and areas to explore, but if you want to relax somewhere new, you'll be happy to know it is also easily accessible to the Niagara region's wine country or the Muskoka Lakes.
Schools, Colleges and Universities
Arts and Entertainment
Alton Mill Arts Centre: For a beautiful, educational and fun day out, spend some time enjoying the galleries, studios and shops at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. There you can view the many art pieces on display, learn a bit about the history of Caledon at the Turbine Room Heritage Museum, or even take a class in painting, drawing, jewellery or pottery. (1402 Queen St., 519-941-9300)
Check out the Town of Caledon's community calendar to get a full list of all the events happening in the area.
There is a SMART center with some basic shopping such as Walmart, Reitmans, Pet Value and Sportcheck an there are also large chains like Winners, Giant Tiger, Home Depot and Canadian Tire located in Caledon, explains Sanndy. However, she suggests that "locals shop outside of the Town of Caledon for the most part en-route to and from work – mostly Vaughan Mills, Yorkdale Shopping Center, Sherway Gardens, etc."
According to TripAdvisor, these are some of the best restaurants in or near the Town of Caledon:
- Inaka (18492 Hurontario St., Caledon, 519-927-3133)
- Highpoint Cafe & Restaurant (20092 Hurontario St., Caledon, 519-942-2384)
- The Church Public Inn (17219 Hwy. 50, Palgrave, 905-583-2222)
- Millcroft Inn's Headwaters Restaurant (55 John St., Alton, 519-941-8111)
- Ray's 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery (1475 Queen St., Alton, 519-941-6121)
- Coffee Bean Cafe & Grill (15400 Hwy. 10, Caledon, 905-838-1087)
The one thing you will definitely need if you choose to move to Caledon is a car. There is a GO Transit bus from Hwy. 10 and Charleston Sdrd. that will take you to Union Station in downtown Toronto but there is no public transit within the town of Caledon. So if you don't have a vehicle you'll be doing a lot of walking or cycling or you'll need to rely on one of the local taxi services.
Medical Centres and Doctors
You can use Ontario's Health Care Connect program to search for a family doctor or nurse practitioner near you.
Although there are no hospitals in Caledon, the Ontario Hospital Association lists several nearby, including:
- Brampton Civic Hospital (2100 Bovaird Dr. E., Brampton, 905-494-2120)
- Georgetown Hospital (1 Princess Anne Dr., Georgetown, 905-873-0111
- Etobicoke General Hospital (101 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke, 416-401-8013)
Headwaters Health Care Centre (100 Rolling Hills Dr., Orangeville, 519-941-2410)
The Caledon O.P.P. Detachment administration office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday to Friday.
Address: 15924 Innis Lake Road, Caledon, ON
Phone number: 905-584-2241
More info is available on the O.P.P. section of the Town of Caledon website.