ARTS | CULTURE | HERITAGE | ENVIRONMENT
Standing proudly over falls that were harnessed by pioneering settlers 130 years ago, the Alton Mill is now a vibrant arts centre featuring some 20 artists and artisans in working studios, 4 art galleries, hand-crafted jewellery and wood products, a heritage exhibit and café.
The magnificent restoration, completed in 2009, earned the Heritage Canada Foundation’s National Achievement Award for Adaptive Re-use along with a slew of other national, provincial and regional awards. The melding of thick stone walls and timber structure with modern architectural elements make the Alton Mill the perfect venue for art lovers from every walk of life.
Discover painters, potters & photographers, jewellery, glass & textile artists and galleries featuring contemporary Canadian and international art. You can buy a gift or a work of art for your home or office, or exercise your own creative juices in our many classes and workshops ranging from acrylic or encaustic painting, to pottery or jewellery making. You can even go for a hike on the Bruce Trail that meanders through the property. All in an idyllic waterside setting, less than an hour northwest of downtown Toronto. The mill is open to visitors year-round Wednesday to Sunday and Holiday Mondays 10-5.
PRIVATE EVENT BOOKINGS
The Alton Mill is also an ideal location for a private party, meeting or event. Imagine your guests or colleagues in a restored historic building filled with beautiful art, set on a millpond with spectacular views of the surrounding Caledon Hills.
Whether you’re looking for an inspiring setting for corporate meetings, workshops or presentations, or for an elegant backdrop for a private party, fundraiser or wedding, the Alton Mill offers a variety of unique indoor and outdoor spaces including the Millrace Room, Waterfall Courtyard and the spectacular waterfall viewing platform.
Space is available for gatherings of 8 to 120 people indoors and even more outdoors under a marquee tent. Whether you need one room or a variety of spaces, the Alton Mill provides a creative venue limited only by your imagination.
A creative recipe for a perfect weekend:
Take one historic mill, combine with an enviable art culture, mix in gifted artists, passionate local chefs, food producers and an array of exciting entertainment and merchants and what do you get? The annual Cuisine–Art festival at the Alton Mill.
This spectacular summer weekend is designed to celebrate the Mill’s fabulously diverse resident artists and their work while sampling a range of amazing food and drink from local producers and chefs. Whether you’re a stick-to-what-you-know type or a culinary adventurist, you’ll not only see something thing brilliantly creative but you’ll taste it! Plus, you’ll be helping to revitalize the Mill Pond and improve the water quality of Shaw’s Creek and the Credit River Systems.
Cuisine-Art gives the perfect opportunity for the curious to roll up their sleeves and enjoy a sample workshop from our resident artists as well as experience a food or drink sample from the nutritional & healthy, to the indulgent naughty but nice while wandering through art studios. Then hang on to your apron during the hourly live cook-offs where chefs are given a black box of secret ingredients and compete against the clock. There is even a chance to get those burning culinary questions answered at the many cooking demo’s offered.
WEDDINGS AT THE ALTON MILL
The warmth, charm and heritage of the wonderful 19th century Alton Mill and its magnificent setting provides a breathtaking and romantic venue for your wedding day! Take advantage of the spectacular indoor and outdoor facilities to make your special day truly magical. Our staff is pleased to work with you to make your wedding a one-of-a-kind experience!
The Falls Gallery, Bridge Workshop and other spaces are available for temporary exhibitions and workshops on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly rental basis. Occasionally one of our studios or retail/gallery spaces comes available for longer-term lease.
For more information on leasing or event bookings visit www.altonmill.ca, email [email protected] or call 519-940-0935 and they will put you in touch with the right person.