Coldwell Banker Around the World: September 2023
Conveniently located between the major, multicultural hub of Toronto and the mid-sized city of Kitchener is a beautiful area of Ontario called Halton Hills. Surrounded by a scenic countryside of farms that yield incredible produce is the community of Georgetown.
Conveniently located between the major, multicultural hub of Toronto and the mid-sized city of Kitchener is a beautiful area of Ontario called Halton Hills. Surrounded by a scenic countryside of farms that yield incredible produce is the community of Georgetown. Home to Coldwell Banker Canada’s Broker-Owner Suzanne Clarke and her Coldwell Banker Fieldstone Realty office, Georgetown includes many of her favorite (let’s go with our neighbours’ favourite spelling) things: quaint, local bed & breakfasts, artisan and farmers’ markets and beautiful wildlife on the Bruce Trail.
Georgetown is a picturesque destination for a long weekend getaway or to put down roots.
“’Small-town feel’ and ‘country living with urban amenities’ are two phrases that best describe why Georgetown is a great place to live, work, and play,” says Clarke. “Small communities like ours allow you to know your neighbours and to walk to schools, through parks and along trails. There are markets, community centres and theatre to explore.” As Clarke notes, the small-town feel is there, but so is the big city. Many international corporations are headquartered in Halton Hills, providing ample job opportunities and more amenities than one might expect from a country community. Read on to learn more about Georgetown and Suzanne’s favourite parts of living there.
Where do you live? I live in Georgetown, Halton Hills, Ontario.
What is the perfect weekend day like? The perfect weekend starts with a trip to the Farmers’ Market, located in historic Downtown Georgetown, followed by a bike ride, stopping off at local artisan shops and galleries and ending the day with outdoor movies or a barbecue with friends.
What are the common modes of transportation there? There are many ways to get around Georgetown. Many people travel by car. We also have a bus and GO Train, and for those who like to be active, there is biking and walking.
Tell us about the foods your area is known for. Halton Hills is surrounded by local farms and orchards. Fresh vegetables, corn, apples, berries, local meat, fresh from farm-to-table are all readily available for home cooking or at any of our local restaurants.
What is your favourite meal, at home or at a restaurant? Georgetown offers a variety of restaurants to choose from, including Greek, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Portuguese and Mediterranean. My favourite meal is dinner on the patio of Lily Thai Cuisine restaurant. Thai spring rolls, curry pumpkin soup, fresh mango salad, Bangkok street-style Pad thai and South Thai fried rice. Located in historic Downtown Georgetown, the restaurant is wonderful and the street and people watching is great.
Where do you recommend someone vacation in your region and why? Local B&Bs in the area provide a great opportunity to experience our warm and friendly people as well as experience the rural surroundings. Additionally, Georgetown is home to great golf courses and spas. While staying in a local boutique hotel, play 18 holes followed by relaxing treatments at the spa and an evening in the hamlet of Glen Williams. Walk through the Williams Mill and see local artisan work followed by dinner at the Glen Tavern or a drink at the Copper Kettle Pub. Spend the next day biking or trail running through Halton Hills.
What is your favourite recreational or leisure time activity? Hiking and biking the great trails in Georgetown, as well as the trails in surrounding area, which includes the Bruce Trail. With more than 900 km of main trail and 450 km of side trail, the Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. It offers myriad ways reasons—cobble beaches, open meadow, waterfalls, rocky crevices, old growth forest, awe-inspiring views—to explore on foot the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail plays a crucial role in protecting and preserving the Escarpment, which is one of Canada’s irreplaceable natural wonders. The Bruce Trail has introduced thousands of people to its diverse landscapes, unique geology and biological treasures. The Bruce Trail runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. A must do if you are in the area.
Is there a specialty your area is known for? Georgetown and the surrounding area of Halton Hills are known for the great outdoors: hiking, biking, fishing, tubing, skiing, camping, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hockey, lacrosse, soccer. Great local artists, craft breweries, festivals and events, shopping and restaurants. We have it all.
Share a little known but interesting fact about the area/region: Agri-tourism is a growing sector and Halton Hills hosts some of the most popular visitor farms in the province. Chudleigh’s, Andrew’s and Allison’s Farms, sheep and trout farms, lavender farms and garden centres. Fun and experience for the whole family. https://www.visithaltonhills.ca/en/sip-and-savour/farm-experiences.aspx
If you were to live in any other region where we have a Coldwell Banker presence, where would it be and why? Canada has so much to offer from the west coast of British Columbia to the Prairies, Northern and Southern Ontario Quebec and Eastern Canada and the North. Each region is unique. I would live in any of these Canadian regions to experience what is has to offer.
Georgetown (in the Town of Halton Hills) is conveniently located between Toronto and Kitchener, with easy access to major highways and right on the GO Train route. Surrounded by rolling hills and countryside, Georgetown offers country living with urban amenities. Halton Hills has more than 1,400 businesses that provide 23,000 jobs right in the community. Several international companies have selected Halton Hills for their head office. This makes Georgetown a great place to live, work and play.
- Population: 64,000
- Language(s) Spoken: English
- Climate: Humid continental with four distinct seasons
- Currency: CAD
- Types of Architecture: Mixture of heritage and new
- Average Sale price: $1,100,000 (CAD)
- Average years in house/apt: 8 years
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