Bolton is Caledon’s largest urban centre with a population of just under 30,000, approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Downtown Bolton (at King St and Queen St) is where the Village started – once known as Bolton Mills – named after George and James Bolton who built the first water-powered grist mill in 1822 on the Humber River.
By 1857, Bolton was a village with a population of 700 in the Township of Albion County Peel. It was established on the Humber River on the line of the proposed Toronto Grey and Bruce Railway. The average price of land was $40 to $50 an acre.
The downtown and area that historically defined the village is in a valley, through which flows the Humber River. The current village extends on either side of the valley to the north and south. Farmland and the protected Oak Ridges Moraine dominate the landscape surrounding the village. A number of the historic buildings remain.
There are two 400-series highways nearby, including Highway 427, about 15 km southeast (by Highway 7), and Highway 400, about 14 km east (exit at King Road).
Grab a meal or an ice cream at the ever popular Happy Days and stroll along the river on the Humber Valley Heritage Trail or make your way up to Dick’s Dam Park, a scenic gem.
Keeping true to the agricultural roots of the community you won’t want to miss the Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning, June to October, the Truck and Tractor Pull in June and the demolition derby at the Fall Fair in September.
Public Elementary Institutions:
- Allan Drive Middle School
- Ellwood Memorial Public School
- James Bolton Public School
- Macville Public School (just outside Bolton located in Caledon)
Public Secondary Institutions:
- Humberview Secondary School
Catholic Elementary Institutions:
- Holy Family Elementary School
- St. John Paul II Elementary School
- St. John the Baptist Elementary School
- St. Nicholas Elementary School
Catholic Secondary Institutions:
- St. Michael Catholic Secondary School
- Bolton Montessori School
- King’s College School (Just outside Bolton located in Caledon)
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