A Day in Brookfield Residential North Communities

Brookfield’s communities span a good portion of Southern Ontario. From central (Woodhaven and Timberlane in Aurora) to west (Pathways in Caledon East, 50 Ann in Bolton, and Pinehurst in Paris) to east (New Seaton in Pickering and Newbrook in Newcastle) to north (Treetops in Alliston and Willow Glen in Tottenham) – our communities cover a lot of ground and represent many different parts of beautiful Southern Ontario.

In this new series, “A Day in Brookfield Residential Communities,” we’ll be exploring these distinct locations one by one, and highlighting some of the best ways to spend the day in our featured spot.

First up are Brookfield Residential’s north communities, found in the more northern end of Southern Ontario. These include Treetops in Alliston – where everything is just beyond your backyard – and Willow Glen in Tottenham – a community of unparalleled beauty and charm. Alliston and Tottenham are part of the Town of New Tecumseth, an area with notable historical and heritage significance which has been called one of the safest places to live in Canada.

Spend a day in Brookfield’s north communities by choosing your favourite attractions and hot spots from these enticing options:

Nature and recreation

The Town of New Tecumseth is rich in natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Make the most of the day by getting outside to explore or to enjoy some sporting activities.

The Tottenham Conservation Area is a great place to start – with 41 acres of prime parkland and a large pond with a sandy beach, it’s the perfect spot to kick back and relax on a hot summer day. Pack a picnic, fish or paddle in the pond, play a game of beach volleyball, or see if you can spot some wildlife.

Near Treetops, the Riverdale Park and its kid-approved Rotary Splash Zone are a great place to cool off, and the park also hosts outdoor concerts each Sunday throughout the summer. The nearby Earl Rowe Provincial Park offers a large outdoor swimming pool, magnificent hiking trails, the Earl Rowe Lake (perfect for canoeing, swimming, and fishing), and a wide variety of camping sites.

In the winter months, you can explore the parks and trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis, or try downhill skiing or snowboarding at nearby Mansfield Ski Club or Snow Valley Ski Resort.
The Tiffin Centre for Conservation is a 300+ acre property that has environment-focused recreational and educational events all year long. You can explore the many accessible trails on your own, or pop into the centre to take part in one of their many family-friendly events.

New Tecumseth is a golfer’s paradise, and there are many beautiful courses sprinkled throughout the area. Near Willow Glen in Tottenham, the Canadiana Country Club and Golf Course, Woodington Lake Golf Club, Cardinal Golf Club, and The Club at Bond Head are all great options. The Nottawasaga Inn Resort is conveniently located just next door to Treetops, and has a beautiful golf course that is the only golf course in Ontario where you can play 45 holes. The resort also has a driving range, the Centre Ice Sportsplex arena for hockey, and a Sports and Leisure Dome with a fitness club, pool and waterslide, indoor tennis and squash, mini golf, arcade, and more.

Arts and culture

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and historical fabric of New Tecumseth. Learn about the area’s history and take a look at a collection of household, agricultural, industrial, and archival artifacts from the days of the early settlers at the Museum on the Boyne. With a variety of exhibits and children’s programs, the museum offers an excellent learning opportunity and place of discovery.

For arts and entertainment, check out the South Simcoe Theatre, the Gibson Centre for Community, Arts and Culture, or The Blackhorse Village Players Theatre. All offer a selection of modern, local theatre with many award-winning productions amongst them.

Points of interest

Alliston received its first train in 1878, and today you can take a scenic journey on a historical excursion train at the South Simcoe Railway near Tottenham. Travel from Tottenham to Beeton and back again in a restored coach from the 1920s while learning about the history of the railways.

Meanwhile, the Thornton-Cookstown Trans Canada Trail near Treetops is a great reminder of the location’s railway heritage, and today serves as a shared use scenic trailway that’s perfect for walking, biking, or cross-country skiing.

The Sir Frederick Banting Homestead is an interesting historical site to check out. Home of Sir Frederick Banting – a great Canadian and medical giant who was the co-discoverer of insulin – the homestead is a unique heritage farmhouse that gives you a glimpse into the past.

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