HISTORY

The townships of Albion, Caledon and Chinguacousy were opened for settlement in 1820.

Early settlement came from Irish and Scottish settlers who built and settled around water-powered mill sites on the Credit and Humber rivers and at various crossroads.

The arrival of the Toronto Grey and Bruce, Hamilton and North Western and Credit Valley railways in the 1870s spurred further settlement in the region. Development was also influenced by the Peel Plain, Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine. While some historic hamlets have disappeared over time, Caledon’s present communities continue to reflect early settlement patterns.

Caledon became a village in 1957. In 1974, the town of Caledon was created with the amalgamation of the townships of Caledon and Albion, part of Chinguacousy, and the villages of Bolton and Caledon East. Caledon East was originally named Tarbox Corners after a Loyalist family.

Caledon Township was likely named by settlers, like Edward Ellis or by public voting. Many settlers had come from the area around Caledon, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. In 1845, the population of the Township was 1,920. Today the region stands at a population of just over 82,000. The crime rate is 47% lower than the average rate in Ontario and has become a top-choice destination for young families, empty nesters and the wealthy seeking a quieter, more serene yet modern style of life. 

The Strawberry Fields community, recently renamed SouthField Villages, is a popular destination for new developments that offer a work and play lifestyle. The region, attracting families and young couples, has a population of just over 5K  – a true small town with all the modern conveniences of densely populated urban regions. This residential region is home to parks, pathways, shops, and over 1,000 detached homes.

SouthFields Village was created to form a picture perfect urban village community that is self-sufficient, surrounded by country roads and corn fields, where children grow up with a green thumb and residents know each other’s first names. Residents display pride in ownership and young, upwardly mobile families are living the Canadian dream.

Caledon is best known for its spectacular landscape and dazzling topography. Caledon’s beauty stems from its two dominant landforms, the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine which converge in the Caledon Hills to form a landscape aesthetic that is unparalleled in the Greater Toronto Area. 

Come see for yourself why Caledon is truly a “hidden secret” in the GTA region.