Alliston

What you need to know to move there:

Alliston is a fast growing community located within the New Tecumseh Township border. Located just 1 hour and 36 minutes northwest of Toronto with a population of over 19 000 people (2016 consensus). By fast growing they mean a 25% growth since 2011.

The average selling price for New Tecumseh between Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019 was $553k. A far cry from the Fletcher family that bought the land originally to start up grist mill in 1853 near the Boyne River. William, John & Dickson Fletcher moved to Toronto from England seeking new opportunity. Once they began & continued to thrive; Alliston came to be. It was soon a bustling village which then turned town in 1891.

As far as education, the town now consists of three public elementary schools, two catholic schools, one public high school. Catholic secondary students attend St. Thomas Aquinas located in Tottenham.

There is one hospital (Stevenson Memorial) working in partnership with Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.

The people:

To live in Alliston is to be an Allistonian. Novelist and Canadian poet Margaret Attwood lived on a farm near Alliston between 1973-1980. Sir Frederick Banting the co-discoverer of insulin was born in Alliston (1891). Deanne Rose one of Canada’s Olympic soccer players was born in Alliston (1999). Young actress/dancer Khiyla Aynne is also from this wonderful town landed the role as ‘Trish’ on Ponysitter’s Club (2018) to name a few.

Beyond some of the famous people, there are many small businesses and entrepreneurs. At ‘The Modern Market’ you will find true healthy organic consumable products. Sadelmager Design House is a Canadian maker of leather goods one can contact for wholesale and custom designed leather goods. You just need to walk up and down the main street (Victoria Street)/Hwy 89) to discover more hidden gems.

If you look at any map of the area you will noticed a massive industrial area which is HONDA. Honda consists of 3 plants servicing vehicles and parts for the Americas. There are 4600 employees, so many live in and around Alliston. Some commuting from out of town, including Barrie residents.

Where to go:

As mentioned there are many interesting spots to be discovered in the downtown area. Alliston is most famous for its Potato Festival that takes place in August of every year. There is actually a committee of people that work to promote the town to make it the best it can possibly be.

The new and modern New Tecumseh Recreational Centre is a must see. You will find various sports and activity programs open to the public to watch and/or participate. TNT Express Football uses this facility for their Winter Skills program in February and then they move the game to The Mel Mitchell Field in the Spring. You will also see a lot of hockey action over the season.

If you want to venture out for name brand shopping; Tanger Outlet Mall in Cookstown is only a few minute to drive away. Located right at Hwy 89 & 400. It is no secret either that residents travel to Barrie to shop as well, but one could quite easily remain in Alliston and have all they need at their fingertips.

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