Hills of Headwaters
Alton is located in the southern part of the Hills of Headwaters , a unique getaway destination less than an hour north-west of Toronto and 10 minutes south of Orangeville . The Niagara Escarpment , a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, crosses through the scenic farmland, carving out a magnificent landscape of hills, valleys, streams and rivers.
Beyond the spectacular rural landscape, the region resonates with a proud history and vibrant culture. While you meander through our historic towns and villages you will discover world-class artisans , championship golf , luxurious spas, exceptional accommodations, award-winning cuisine , and unique antique and retail shops . Or make it an art day trip to six unique galleries with the work of hundreds of artists, many working in their studios.
The Alton Mill provides the perfect place to start (or end) your hike. The Alton Side Trail is the link between the easterly terminus of the 280 km long Grand Valley Trail , and the Bruce Trail (map #15) at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park . The trail meanders through the Alton Mill property up to the Alton Pinnacle, a scenic outlook providing a spectacular view of the rolling Caledon hills. ( click for PDF map )
Head to the Hills of Headwaters and experience this hidden region of Ontario, just steps outside Toronto’s back door!
Millcroft Inn and Spa
Just minutes west of the Alton Mill in another magnificently-restored stone mill, the Millcroft Inn & Spa is a refreshing blend of rural serenity and sophisticated hospitality. The Millcroft is known for its “four-diamond” cuisine and its uniquely comfortable accommodations. The Inn’s 100 acres of riverside woodland and meadow provides excellent hiking and cross-country skiing, including a trail directly connected through the woods to the Alton Mill.
Osprey Valley Golf
One of Canada’s top-rated golf resorts is just minutes away from the historic Alton Mill. Osprey Valley Golf , designed by renowned golf architect Doug Carrick, features three visually stunning, challenging courses: Heathlands, Hoot, and Toot. Designed in the tradition of the world’s finest courses, Osprey puts the golfer’s game to the supreme test.
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
On your way to or from Alton, visit the Spirit Tree Estate Cidery , a wonderful farm emporium featuring fresh-pressed sweet apple cider, vintage "hard" cider, hearth-baked breads and other baked goods, plus many more gourmet products. Located 20 minutes due south of Alton at 1137 Boston Mills Road, just east of Mississauga Road.
Rays 3rd Generation BISTRO BAKERY
Rays Bakery was already an Alton tradition when the business was taken over by Ray's grandson, Jason Perkins. A gourmet chef, Jason has transformed the bakery into a casual chic gourmet bistro restaurant. Combine your visit to the Alton Mill with a leisurly lunch or supper. Dinner reservations are recommended. For more information, visit their website .