Acton is one of the last small towns in the GTA with a population of approximately 10,000.
Surrounded by greenbelt, farms and rural properties, Acton is located at the intersection of Highway 7 and Halton Regional Road 25; just 15-20 minutes north of the 401. This location and proximity to highways, makes it an easy commute to Brampton, Guelph, Georgetown, Milton, Mississauga & Toronto.
As of 2013, two weekday round-trip trains stop at the new Acton GO station, located at 45 Eastern Avenue.
Founded in 1844, the town's location was chosen because of its proximity to good source of water power. Part of Acton's Charm is its proximity to the Niagara Escarpment & various hiking trails including the Bruce Trail.
Acton was first named Danville when Settler Wheeler Green opened a dry-goods store in 1828. It was later called Adamsville, after three settlers from a family of that name. In 1846, the postmaster named the community after the area of Acton in West London, England. Originally part of Esquesing Township, Acton was incorporated as a village in 1874, and was erected into a town in 1950.
Tanning has been an important industry in Acton since 1844, when the first tannery was established, as the area was attractive to the leather industry because of the large numbers of trees. The tannery was subsequently purchased by Beardmore & Co. in 1865, and over time became the largest tanner in Canada. It was sold to Canada Packers in 1944, and continued in operation until its closure in September 1986.
Because of the extensive tanning industry that was located in the area during the 19th Century and early 20th Century, the area has earned the nickname of Leathertown. The industry continues today in diminished form at The Olde Hide House and Superior Glove Works Ltd.
Today, Acton has much to offer including the newly renovated Library and Acton Community & Rec Centre with skate park, soccer pitches, arena, meeting rooms & senior's centre. There are currently 2 ice surfaces, plus a new one under construction to be completed in the fall of 2015.
Fairy Lake & Prospect Park, consist of a beach, picnic areas, ball diamonds and tennis courts. There's also an indoor soccer centre that's also used for fitness walking and pole walking. The park is a great place for fishing, leash free park, swimming, tennis, baseball, picnics, yoga in the park, and movie nights.
You’ll love the charm of Main Street with plenty of unique shops, along with a great selection of restaurants, pubs & cafés.
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