Oakville, Burlington, and Milton—all great places to live and raise a family. All three of these areas are part of the emergent Halton Region, which now boasts a large area legally protected by Ontario’s Greenbelt. Recently, Milton also became home to one of our offices—located in the old Puslinch Township Hall at Country Heritage Park (the Town Hall building was moved from Puslinch and relocated to the Park as a historical preservation measure).
As a young chemistry student, I worked in Milton at Roxul, the insulation manufacturer. Almost 30 years ago now, it was during a time where I hadn’t realized all the Region’s green treasures. To be fair, it was winter time and my job in Milton was only a four-month co-op placement. Add that my spare time was mostly focused on social ventures and I had enough excuses not to venture outside much.
That being said, it’s been within the last decade that I’ve come to appreciate the green paradise that is the Halton Region. By now, I’ve hiked just about all of the trails there including the wonderful Oakville ravines. Mount Nemo,Rattlesnake Point, and Crawford Lake are just a few examples of the great outdoor areas available there, all of which allow us to bike, hike, ski, and enjoy good times with family and friends.
The Halton Region was also the first to expand the Greenbelt. The Glenorchy lands in northern Oakville were added to the Greenbelt last year reflecting Halton’s leadership in land protection. In fact, Gary Carr, Halton’s Regional Chair, has in the past reminded me that in surveys of why people move to Halton, they usually mention the beautiful landscape, with comments such as, “It is green and pretty here.”
Regardless of how busy life gets and whether or not you are a student doing co-op or a family making the move to the Halton Region, it’s reassuring to know that the Greenbelt will keep it that way—thriving, green, and beautiful.