Wedding in Milton
Milton (2006 census population 53,939) is a town in southern Ontario, Canada, about 40 km west of Toronto on Highway 401, and is the western terminus for GO Transit's Milton Line commuter train and bus corridor.
Milton received a tremendous amount of publicity following the release of the results of the 2006 Census, which indicated that Milton was the fastest growing community in Canada, with a 71.4% increase in population between 2001 and 2006.
According to the Canada 2001 Census there were 31,005 people living in Milton. (The population of Milton as of 2006 is 53,939). As of 2001 there were 10,933 Housing units.
Every labour day weekend in Milton the annual Milton Steam-Era takes place. Steam-Era is the annual show produced by the "Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association" held at the Milton Fairgrounds. Steam engines from the turn of the century silently puff their way around the grounds. Hundreds of tractors and stationary engines along with antique cars, models and agricultural displays recreate life in the rural country a 100 years ago.
The Milton Fall Fair happens every year on the last weekend of September. The Fall Fair has been a tradition in the town for over 60 years. Events include: Agricultural show, midway, livestock, entertainment, the Demolition Derby and other traditional county fair events. The event takes place at the Milton Fairgrounds located in the historic subdivision area of Milton.
A farmer's market operates on Main St. in downtown Milton on Saturdays 8:00am - 12:00pm from May through October. The section of Main St. that hosts the market is closed off to vehicles during the event. Local Farmers proudly display "picked fresh this morning" produce and the streets come alive with artisans and flower vendors.
The town has very easy access throughout the GTA by Highways 401 and 407 towards Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton on the town, or by the former Ontario Highway 25 (Halton Road 25). There are two key freight railway routes ( both by CN and CP ), passenger services from GO Transit, and VIA Rail passenger connections in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor in both neighbouring Oakville and Georgetown. There is close proximity to Toronto Pearson International Airport along Highway 401 (under 40 km from 401/Halton 25 exit).
Milton Transit was reorganized in 2004, to provide public transportation service throughout the urban centre, as well as a feeder route for GO Transit trains and buses. Milton is currently renting buses from Oakville Transit.
While most of the development is suburban in nature, larger lots are being developed closer to the Escarpment. The major industries in Milton are automotive, advanced maufacturing, distribution and food production.
Residential growth has increased substantially over the past several years due to completion of "The Big Pipe" project; designed to deliver water to the town from Lake Ontario. Since this time, Milton has developed 4 new subdivisions and several new ones are under development by Mattamy Homes and various other builders. Two new grade schools have been built as well as the Crossroads Centre shopping plaza that includes a Wal Mart, a Canadian Tire, a Montana's Cookhouse restaurant and several other smaller scale stores. An eight screen movie theatre is operated by Cineplex Entertainment under their Galaxy Cinemas brand and opened on June 30, 2006. The population in Milton continues to rise. It has been forcasted that by 2021, the population of Milton will have risen to 106,000.