WELCOME TO WATERDOWN!
Waterdown really has it all! Perched atop the Niagara Escarpment, residents live an idyllic lifestyle of small-town warmth mixed with modern conveniences. Casual & fine dining, spas, specialty shops, goldsmiths, products from local family farms, pastries & baked goods can all be found in the quaint owner-operated shops in the heart of the village. From the Farm Crawl and the Farmers’ Market to the Oh Canada Ribfest and the Santa Claus Parade, Waterdown is home to fun events and festivals throughout the year. Several golf courses, boutique wineries and the famous African Lion Safari are practically on your doorstep.

Parks, Trails & Waterfalls
Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or a quiet nature walk, Waterdown offers something for everyone to enjoy. It’s many parks, recreational trails, country roads, conservation areas and its state-of-the-art outdoor ice-skating loop encourage hikers, cyclists, rock climbers, skaters and nature lovers to enjoy the natural landscapes of the escarpment. The Smokey Hollow trail with its lookout over Great Falls provides access to Canada’s oldest and longest footpath: the Bruce Trail.

Recreation, Arts & Culture
The YMCA and Waterdown’s brand new Youth Center offer a wide range of facilities and programs to serve you and your family. With the recent construction of the Harry Howell Arena and the opening of the brand new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre, residents of Waterdown benefit from ultramodern community-focused spaces, built for all ages to enjoy. Waterdown is also the home of the Village Theatre where people have been enjoying plays over the past 40+ years.

Education
The public and Catholic boards in Waterdown both provide elementary & secondary school education, some with French immersion programs. Waterdown is also home to the Waterdown Montessori School delivering a Montessori program to Toddlers, Preschoolers and children of JK & SK ages on the beautiful grounds of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. McMaster University, which has gained an international reputation for the innovative educational programming offered by each of its six faculties, is only a short drive from Waterdown.


WELCOME TO BURLINGTON!
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and conveniently located between Toronto & Niagara Falls, Burlington is surrounded by the tranquil beauty of parks, gardens and its downtown waterfront. The outdoor adventurers can hike the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath with over 890 km of nature waiting to be explored, scale the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment or cycle through the scenic rural or city routes. If you are looking for a more leisurely pace, enjoy the Waterfront Trail, window shop in Burlington’s quaint downtown boutiques or get pampered at a one of the local spas. Along the way, savor the best culinary delights that local chefs are offering at the many cafés, chic eateries and fine dining restaurants.

Parks, trails & waterfront
Explore 1100 hectares of gardens and nature reserves at the Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the birds and wonderful views along the Niagara Escarpment, take part in the waterfront activities along Lake Ontario. Rock climb, ski, snowshoe or participate in the making of maple syrup at one of seven local conservation areas. Swim at one of North America’s largest man-made outdoor swimming pools at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Play a round of golf at one of the many picturesque courses or just relax in a neighborhood park. Whatever your pleasure, you will find something to keep you active in Burlington!

Recreation, arts & culture
Residents can experience Burlington’s history in the Museums of Burlington, take a tour of the many exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington and take in a musical performance or a touring theatre event at the state-of-the-art Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Many annual free festivals take place in Spencer Smith Park, including Canada’s Largest Ribfest and the Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day, Children’s Festival, as well as the winter and holiday Lakeside Festival of Lights. Give your taste buds a treat at Burlington’s biannual prix fixe Taste of Burlington dining events.

Education
Elementary schools and high schools in Burlington are a mix of private and public schools. Burlington is covered by the Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Trillium College, one of the largest diploma schools in Ontario, offers a wide range of career-oriented programs related to industries, such as healthcare, social sciences, business and technology. Burlington is also home to the McMaster University DeGroot School of business.

WELCOME TO OAKVILLE!
There's always something great happening in Oakville! With pristine harbours, excellent Lake Ontario sport fishing, historic and cultural attractions, exquisite dining and unique downtown shopping districts, Oakville’s distinctive neighbourhoods boast an array of activities and amenities. From the Polar Bear Dip and Maple Syrup Festival, to the Family Rib Fest and the Jazz Festival, Oakville is home to fun events and festivals throughout the year.

Parks, trails & waterfront
The Town of Oakville offers 1,420 hectares of parkland, over 300 kilometres of trails, and more than 200 parks, garden plots, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbors and 31 waterfront parks. A number of parks are available to residents & visitors to host special events, such as ceremonies, photography and sporting events.

Recreation, arts & culture
Residents of all ages have easy access to recreational, cultural and artistic programmes & events, such as classes held at various Oakville facilities, including the brand new Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, exhibits at the Oakville Museum, as well as performances at the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts. The Oakville Public Library and Oakville Galleries also offer programs and services for all ages. A wide variety of exciting camps for children aged 4 to 14 are available during P.A. Days, March Break, summer, or holidays.

Education
Elementary schools and high schools in Oakville are a mix of private and public schools, with one of the highest ratios of private schools to student population in the country. Oakville is covered by the Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. The city is home to Appleby College, a private school for grades seven to twelve, established in 1911. Oakville is also home to Sheridan College, one of Ontario’s leading postsecondary institutions, educating students in the fields of arts, business, community service, health, technology, and the skilled trades.

WELCOME TO MILTON! 
Nestled in the foot of the scenic Niagara Escarpment, residents of Milton live a lifestyle of small-town warmth mixed with modern conveniences. Casual & fine dining, spas, specialty shops, pastries & baked goods can all be found in the quaint shops in the heart of the town. From the Farmers’ Market and the seasonal fairs to the Street Festival and the Santa Claus Parade, Milton is home to fun events and festivals throughout the year. Several golf courses, conservation areas and beautiful farms where you can pick your own fruits and get a taste of country life, are practically on your doorstep!

Parks, Trails & Waterfalls
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air with over 120 acres of woodlot, 380 acres of parks and 190 acres of open space featuring sports and skate parks, splash pads and swimming pools, hiking and biking trails, and much more! Explore the trails in Hilton Falls and you’ll come across stunning water features like the falls, the rivers, and the reservoir. There is also a little something for everyone at Kelso Conservation Area. Experience the beauty of seasonal changes or get ready for some camping, picnicking, mountain biking, skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, and even movies under the stars!

Recreation, Arts & Culture
Enjoy family-friendly fun and active living opportunities in Milton's full-featured facilities. Swim, skate, run and play in pools, arenas and active living space close to home. The Milton Centre for the Arts is the community’s cornerstone for creativity! This unique, state-of-the-art facility offers exciting performing, visual, media and literary arts experiences for all ages. The Centre offers diverse performances, individual and group art exhibitions in the gallery, and visual arts programs in the bright and airy arts studios.

Education
The Public and Catholic boards in Milton both provide elementary & secondary school education, some with French immersion programs. Milton has experienced exponential growth and is set to get five brand new schools (a public high school, public elementary school, Catholic elementary school, French elementary school and French Catholic elementary school). In October 2016, Ontario's Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development also announced plans to create a new university-led post-secondary site in Milton focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

WELCOME TO ANCASTER!
The Town of Ancaster is a picturesque and historic community located on the Niagara Escarpment within the greater area of the city of Hamilton and commuting distance of the greater Toronto area. This town was founded officially in 1791 and was one of the oldest European communities established in present day Ontario. The town is home to an abundance of natural beauty offering many enjoyable recreational activities, as well as an array of shopping and dining opportunities and is just a stone throw from Ontario’s most active wine region.

Recreation, arts & culture
Today, Ancaster has its old village charm from its historical village core, its abundant recreational walking trails and its unique variety of restaurants, pubs and shops. It is also a vibrant growing community with many modern recreational facilities, sports fields and amenities. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing a round or two at one of the nearby golf courses, while families have some fun taking a tour of a farmer’s corn maze or picking their own apples at the orchard. Ancaster also hosts a number of fun annual events throughout the year such as the Ancaster Heritage Days and Lobsterfest, where approximately 4000 lobsters are brought in fresh from the east coast and 14-ounce steaks are cooked on a number of large barbecues.

Parks, trails & waterfalls
Nature has given Ancaster some of the most beautiful conservation areas and trail systems to be found for hikers, walkers, bird watchers, nature lovers, runners and cyclists alike. The area contains numerous magnificent waterfalls, lush Carolinian forests, cold-water streams, geological formations, rare plants and wildlife, all to be enjoyed through the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and indeed a treasure.

Education
The Ancaster community has access to four school boards (public or catholic in French or English) with a number of alternative programs focusing on sports, academics, science, arts and language. In this area, a number of outstanding post-secondary institutions have been recognized internationally for their research and instructional strength. These include McMaster University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University College, Brock University, and College Boreal. In addition, Ancaster has access to many post-secondary institutions within a one-hour drive.

WELCOME TO CARLISLE!
Big stories can happen in small places! The small town of Carlisle has been used as a filming location for scenes from the Canadian comedy series The Red Green Show, as well as a few motion pictures. Carlisle is laid back, friendly, walkable, community –oriented and infused with nature. It balances small businesses, farms, century-old homes, modern subdivisions and estates nestled along Bronte Creek and woven throughout extensive conservation areas. The town’s two corner stores, dry cleaners, flower shop, medical clinic, just to name a few, serve the local population who seeks to the least busy commuter routes, while having an easy access to amenities, such as the bank or the LCBO.

Parks & trails
Residents of Carlilse live in a prime location for outdoor adventure or quiet nature walk. It’s many country roads & conservation areas in proximity encourage hikers, cyclists, rock climbers and nature lovers to enjoy the natural landscapes of the escarpment. Courtcliffe Park, features more than 40-hectares of naturalized area with streams, bridges, walking trails and is dotted with bluebird nesting boxes. Mountsberg Creek flows through naturalized lands and empties into Bronte Creek, which flows across the breadth of the park. Enjoy some lunch in the picnic shelter, play some sports in the open green space or just take a moment to stop and take-in the beauty of nature.

Recreation, arts & culture
Whether you are looking for an eclectic dining experience, a quick bite to eat or want to catch-up with a friend over a cup of coffee and pastries, Carlisle’s 4 corners has it all! You will also find the well-loved honey company where all-natural honey is cultivated & sold and a farm store where locals & visitors can pick up fresh produce and homemade pies. The Carlisle Community Centre includes an ice rink, where many events and fundraisers are held, a baseball diamond, tennis court, swings & a play structure. Golf enthusiasts have plenty of opportunities to enjoy playing a round or two at one of the many nearby golf courses.

Education
The Carlisle community has access to two school boards within the Hamilton Region (public and catholic) with a number of schools offering French Immersion and very close proximity to Balaclava Elementary and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic schools. McMaster University, which has gained an international reputation for the innovative educational programming offered by each of its six faculties, is only a short drive from the Town of Carlisle.

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