A Day in Brookfield Residential West Communities

Brookfield Residential builds new home communities all across 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).

Today, we’re exploring our communities in the western portion of Southern Ontario.

For previous blog posts in this series, check out A Day in Brookfield Residential North Communities and A Day in Brookfield Residential Central Communities.

Brookfield Residential’s west communities, found in the more western part of Southern Ontario, include Pathways in Caledon East, 50 Ann (coming soon to Bolton), and Pinehurst in Paris, ON. These communities are found beyond the GTA and extending toward the western edge of the golden horseshoe, making them famous for their fresh air and natural beauty.

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

Nature and recreation

Caledon East and Bolton are both located within the Town of Caledon, a growing town in the Regional Municipality of Peel that’s just northwest of Brampton. Caledon is known as one of Ontario’s most sought-after areas above the hustle and bustle of the city, and as a shining example of a balanced and beautiful suburban way of life. Paris also offers a stunning natural environment with its unique setting and distinct natural features.

As the name of our Pathways community suggests, Caledon has an impressive amount of trails and pathways throughout the area (260 kilometres of them!) that can be hiked, biked, or cross-country skied. The Caledon Trailway runs directly south of Pathways, and it bisects all of the major landscape features in Caledon, including the Humber and Credit Rivers, the Oak Ridges Moraine, and the Niagara Escarpment. It also crosses the Trans Canada Trail (now known as The Great Trail), with this new connection having been commemorated in 2017 with a new pavilion and commemorative stone. The Trans Canada Trail pavilion itself is located in Caledon East at Cheltenham Stationlands Park.

Caledon also boasts the Island Lake Conservation Area, the Glen Haffy Conservation Area (open seasonally from late April to early October), and Albion Hills Conservation Area, all of which are incredible wilderness areas full of opportunities for recreation and exploration. The area is full of soccer fields, baseball fields, hockey arenas, and more, making it every athlete and outdoor enthusiast’s dream community. In Bolton, the Humber River Heritage Park is a beautiful park with a kiosk containing panels telling the story of the Humber River and the development along it over the years – a fun, interactive, and educational activity the whole family will enjoy.

Meanwhile, Paris – located in the County of Brant – is known for its setting along the famous Grand River. Besides its impressive presence and beauty, the river is a popular setting for hiking, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, and even tubing.

There are many accessible cycling trails throughout Paris and around the Pinehurst community. There are also many parks and conservation areas in the area. Barker’s Bush is a favourite amongst locals. Located in Paris along the Grand River watershed and frequently accessed via Lion’s Park, it’s a forest permeated with extensive hiking and biking trails. The Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area offers camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, bird watching, hiking, biking, picnicking and more in the summer months, and snow shoeing and ice fishing in the wintertime, as does the nearby Brant Conservation Area.

Golfers will find plenty of great spots to hit the links in both Caledon and Paris, including at The Oaks of St. George or Northridge Municipal Golf Course in Paris, Devil’s Paintbrush or Glen Eagle in Caledon East, and Copper Creek Golf Club in Bolton.

Arts and culture

Caledon has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with a wide assortment of art galleries, studios, theatre, dance classes, and more. The town also has a rich cultural and historic heritage, giving it a unique character.

The Caledon Art Gallery, located within the Town Hall, allows visitors to see various works of art from local artists, while the Alton Mill Arts Centre hosts 25 studio artists, galleries, a heritage museum, a café, and several unique shops. Art lovers will appreciate the Headwaters Arts Festival, an annual fall art show and sale featuring concerts, a talent contest, and workshops for kids and adults alike. Enjoy live theatre? Check out the Caledon Townhall Players or Blackhorse Theatre for the latest shows and performances.

Caledon has an interesting history. For example, did you know that there was a gold rush in Caledon in the 1800s? People believed there was gold in the Credit River Valley. Learn more about Caledon’s history by taking one of the town’s designated self-guided heritage walking tours.

To experience the best of Caledon, make sure to check out the annual Caledon Fair and Caledon Day.

Paris also has a distinct historic and cultural feel, and a renowned appeal. Voted the “Prettiest Little Town in Canada,” Paris is known for its charming cobblestones and for the assortment of architectural styles in its historic downtown, including Edwardian, Gothic, and Post-Modern. You can learn about Paris’ history and heritage at the Paris Museum and Historical Society.

For the arts, Paris has a growing music scene and a number of museums and art galleries. To see some local theatre, Paris residents can check out the Paris Performers’ Theatre or venture to Brantford to catch a show at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.

Paris is also known for its various cultural events, including the Maple Syrup Festival, Springtime in Paris, the Paris Drinks Fest (new in 2019!), and the annual Paris Fair.

Points of interest

Caledon has a Walk of Fame, and it’s located at the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion in Caledon East near our Pathways community. Each year during the annual Fall Fest, a stone is placed at the Walk of Fame in honour of each recipient during a formal ceremony. The Walk of Fame is accompanied by an arboretum and extensive gardens.

The Cheltenham Badlands are another famous attraction in Caledon. Once closed extensively from visitors for environmental protection purposes, the Badlands recently re-opened in September 2018 so you can explore them at your leisure in the spring and summer months.

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery is a beloved destination in the Caledon area, doubling as a cidery and a bistro with a delicious farm shop, tours, and apple picking as well. Enjoy the bounties of local fields and delicacies prepared by local chefs.

In Paris, many popular points of interest are buildings in the town’s historic downtown, including the Paris Old Town Hall and the historic Arlington Hotel (built in the 1850s!) as well as the Paris branch of the County of Brant Public Library. The Paris Fairgrounds, home of the Paris Fair, is a popular event venue with year-round events. The Paris Speedway Track is a speed demon’s dream, with regular races including some national events held there.

Lastly, Penman’s Dam is one of Paris’ most famous points of interest. In a partnership with the Paris Firefighter’s Club, the dam is lit up each evening, giving nearby riverside restaurant and café patrons a dazzling view.

Stay tuned for our next post in this series to discover a day in one of Brookfield’s communities. Make sure to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram for the latest news and updates!