Both Georgetown, Ontario and Acton, Ontario, as well as the smaller communities in the town of Halton Hills, have histories which go back nearly 200 years. The settlement of the area now known as Halton Hills began in the 1820s.
Halton Hills was established in 1974 through the amalgamation of the former Towns of Georgetown and Acton, together with much of the former Esquesing Township, and a small portion of the Town of Oakville lying north of Ontario Highway 401.
Some Interesting Facts about Halton Hills:
The town is bisected by the Niagara Escarpment from southwest to northeast, and a significant portion of the rural area is located within the provincial Greenbelt. Above the Escarpment, a large proportion of the rural area is classified as environmentally sensitive wetlands, and there are several sites that are licensed for aggregate extraction, for which expansion requires detailed environmental assessment. Below the Escarpment, the rural area is mainly agricultural, with the exception of an industrial area currently being development between Highway 401 and Steeles Avenue.
The town also forms part of three watersheds: