While Acton is
a small town it enjoys the benefits of being close to major population
centres like Brampton, Mississauga, Milton and Guelph. You can shop in
town for almost anything or head out on a small drive for all the shopping
that you might need. Later in the evening we roll up the sidewalks and
head to bed.
My dad was in
the army so we often moved across Canada to his various postings and Ann's
dad was with Hydro and she also had to move quite a bit - so we decided
to stay with the kids in a small town. Yes, a place where they could grow
up and walk where ever they wanted to go. Unfortunately they don't want
to walk, luckily they are not old enough to have cars so they don't have
While there are
no large malls to hang out in kids can still have fun working - just like
their parents. And besides that, they can always go to the arena - they
also put on a few teen dances during the year, the skateboard park (when
it is ready) the pool and the "Off the Wall" community youth centre. Movie
theatres are close by with the largest big box type in Milton at the Galaxy
Theatre (20 minutes away). They can also go outside and just get some fresh
Curling is a big
part of Canadian culture which I admit I did not participate in as a kid.
Ann has always wanted to play so we signed up at the Acton
Curling Club and we have had great time. We are slowly learning how
to play and have really enjoyed meeting all the people who show up to curl,
plus it is great excercise. We have even got Erin taking lessons with her
friend this year. Now I can even watch it on TV!
You can also feed
the ducks, geese and the occasional swans that make spend some time around
Fairy Lake. I feed the ducks and baby geese in the following videos.
King of Acton
Some of my best
memories of Acton are from taking my kids on adventure walks through the
undeveloped areas around the Black Creek (a
tributary of the Credit River) along the CN railway south of the Olde
Starting out on
the walks we past a pond hidden behind a large fence which I told the kids
was part of an old castle where the King of Acton used to live. I said
that there were alligators in the pond and threw rocks to fool them into
thinking the alligators where lurking in the water.
Part of the walk
was along an old railway bed that has long since been removed. The path
has a barrier at the bridge (see below) and large trees have fallen and
block the route. Acton needs to celebrate this area and turn it into a
conservation area with a path to let more people enjoy the beauty of the
the creek we walk past a large pond that has been which has been named
Frog Pond by the kids in the area.
A lot of the charm of Acton is found within Prospect Park and it's massive
body of water - Fairy Lake. The creek was dammed to provide the power of
water for the flour mill. The town has down some great work at the dam
and built a nice garden and a lookout platform where you can sit and enjoy
the afternoon or do some fishing.
The Millis still in operation and is doing very well.