Milton Ontario was named Canada's fast growing community upon the release of the 2006 census results. Located 40 km West of Toronto, the 71.4% reported growth between 2001 and 2006 garnered the town a huge amount of publicity. The town is perfectly located for commuters to Toronto and other surrounding areas and is picturesquely situated on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Milton's history dates back to the year 1818 when town founder Jasper Martin emigrated from from Newcastle, England with his wife and two sons. In 1820, the Crown granted Martin 100 acres of land in the township of Trafalgar, Halton County. It was here that Jasper Martin built a grist mill and created Mill Pond which powered the Mill and became the centre of the town for other settlers. By 1837, the area was populated by approximately 100 people and was named Mill Town - shortly thereafter becoming known as it is today - "Milton". Some say however that the name was actually a tribute to Jasper Martin's favourite author John Milton (Paradise Lost). Main property owners in the community were the Martins and the Fosters; Milton's town hall was in fact donated by Hugh Foster. 1857 brought about Milton's incorporation as a town, as it was chosen for Halton as a county seat. Milton expanded, combining with parts of Esquesing, the village of Campbellville and other surrounding areas. Milton later annexed parts of Burlington and Oakville as well.
With one of the lowest tax rates in the Greater Toronto Area and its easy access to all realms of transportation, it's no wonder Milton is the fastest growing community in Canada. Every lifestyle is represented here; from beautiful classic Victorian homes to new and modern subdivisions. You don't run out of things to do here and if you're a nature lover you've found your town. Perched on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton has many wonderful conservation areas and is a great place for horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Fresh produce can be picked at pick-your-own farms (including the famous Chudleigh's Apple farm), and Milton is also home to the annual Steam Era festival, showcasing steam engines from the turn of the century, antique cars and agricultural displays. In the fall, the Milton Fall Fair is a great time had by all, with the popular Demolition Derby being a local favourite. Famous Miltonians include Chris Hadfield (NASA Astronaut), John Tonelli (retired NHL player) and David James Elliott (actor of TV's JAG).
Town signs report Milton's 2007 population as being approximately 75,000 people. Many singles live here and are wanting to settle down and start families of their own. A great way they can do this is by attending a 25dates.com singles speed dating event. 25dates.com holds their events a short distance away - in downtown Toronto as well as Mississauga. By signing up online, participants get to choose which event they'd like to attend depending on their age group and sexual preference. After signing up, they attend the event which takes place at a restaurant or lounge, and here they meet up to 25 people in one night for three minutes each. They can pick as many people as they'd like, and if those people reciprocate, (called a match), their contact info gets exchanged for them by 25dates.com. It's a safe, no-pressure environment that's more effective than online dating (you meet face to face right off the bat), and the best part is, if you don't get a match, you get to come back for free.