Canada 150

Message from the Chair

On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to wish you a happy Canada 150! All of Halton's local municipalities—Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville—have joined the celebration, inviting residents to experience art exhibitions, special events, commemorative tree plantings and gardens, recreational activities, festivals and much more. I hope you are able to come out and enjoy the events and activities with family, friends and neighbours all summer long.

The local Canada 150 festivities profile our rich heritage, showcase our inclusive communities and celebrate our bright future. By coming together this summer, we live the Canadian values that help make Halton great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Local events

Enjoy leisure and entertainment, unwind in bustling downtown cores or explore outdoor markets, farms and green spaces. With events and activities for everyone in your family, there's so much to see and do for Canada 150.

You can also explore more local attractions throughout the year with Halton's tourism map.

Halton's story

  • Halton's heritage predates Confederation, and its historic settlements dotted the countryside when Halton County was created in 1816.
  • Part of Upper Canada's Gore District, Halton County was named for William Halton, who served intermittently as Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1806 to 1816.
  • Until 1853, Halton County and the neighbouring Wentworth County were united under the Gore District.
  • By 1855, the counties separated, changing Halton's governance and borders to include the Nelson, Trafalgar, Esquesing and Nassageya Townships.
  • Canadian Confederation occurred in 1867, creating the Dominion of Canada and Province of Ontario we know today. Halton County continued to thrive as part of this new nation.
  • On January 1, 1974, the Province dissolved Halton County and established the Regional Municipality of Halton.

In the 43 years since, the Region has worked in partnership with its local municipalities (City of Burlington and the Towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville) to enhance the quality of life for all people of Halton.

To learn more about Halton's heritage, visit Heritage Services.