Alton Mill Arts Centre

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Alton Mill Arts Centre
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Home to some 25 studio artists, galleries, a heritage museum, café and unique shops, The Alton Mill has been called "a jewel in the crown of the GTA art scene." With monthly gallery shows, a range of events and hands on workshops the Mill is has become a Southern Ontario destination that's not to be missed. The historic Alton Mill is in the village of Alton, in the rolling hills of Caledon, Ontario, just fifty minutes northwest of downtown Toronto. Come experience the Alton Mill Arts Centre and be inspired.
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Richard F
Brampton, Canada322 contributions
Oct 2020
An opportunity to see and buy local art from the local artists. Paint, ceramics, woodworking are all on display at this restored mill, in beautiful Alton. You can meet and talk with many of the artists while they work.
Written October 28, 2020
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dagsix
Bolton, Canada13 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
It's an amazing location. Rustic. Artistic. Wood. Stone. We liked it so much we got married here. A decision we have never regretted.
Written December 2, 2014
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travellinglandscaper
Milton, Canada295 contributions
Alton is a beautiful small town nestled in nature. The Mill has been brilliantly restored, giving an old building a new purpose in life.The amazing variety of art and working studios should mean that everyone will be pleased, no matter how varied their tastes.

I recently attended a wedding here and it was such a beautiful setting. You could stroll the gallery or the surrounding natural area or just enjoy the wedding itself and reception. It was the only wedding ever been to where they had a fire pit :-)

There's a nearby restaurant and it's only about a minute from the Millcroft Inn. It's a great getaway!
Written October 6, 2014
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Jennifer J
4 contributions
Jan 2015
We had our wedding planned here for 6 months ! And because of the lack of professionalism and follow up - the events cooredenator dropped the ball - we sent out all our invitataions and set up all plans around this venue only to be told we did not sign a contract and they will not honor our emails . What i think of this place is - a huge dissapointment ! Dont deal with Linda if you want something done right ! Pissed off bride to be!
Written January 10, 2015
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It is our practice to hold a date for a week or so after issuing a quote, to enable people to firm up their plans. But to hold the date beyond that, a client must confirm that they wish to proceed, sign a contract and submit a deposit. When we didn't hear back, we assumed Jennifer was no longer interested. We do apologize for just assuming and not following up ourselves. As a result of this experience, we tightened up our communication procedures. We have never had such a problem before or since.
Written April 2, 2018
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Diana G
Barrie, Canada6 contributions
This gallery is a magical place where everyone can find something to do. There were three stories of the gallery. The basement is where old machinery was left behind, parts that's made the Mill operate as well as tools that made clothing dated back to 1800's those tools that used fleece and wool to make clothing. The ground floor has paintings and drawings, upstairs too, you can also find hand made jewelery, sculptures and photography arts.

The greatest treasures are behind the mill. They are outdoor sculptures and hidden masks in the middle of the streams, so be sure to keep your eye out for them.

Have your camera ready.
Written August 18, 2014
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Deborah K
Toronto, Canada184 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
I see signs for the Alton Mills Art Centre but never thought much of it until I had some time to visit it and see what it was about. I wanted to see it before I made an effort to bring others out that way, from the city. What a wonderful surprise it was! The location is just picturesque, peaceful and magical place, hidden away from the main street of Alton. I have seen it on a normal weekend day and when they held their Cuisine-Art festival (festival costs money to eat/drink but not to browse--but you'll want to eat/drink!. The galleries etc all don't charge patrons). On both occasions, I had the opportunity to see a different light of the location. To think that the developers originally were considering to make it a condo is just mind-blowing because this is so much better.

If you like nature and/or art or even just looking for a nice quiet place to get away from the city, this is it. You can go and speak to the artists in their studios or you can sit and get something to eat in the cafe. You never feel pressured to buy anything or rushed through the studios/galleries. In addition, the Bruce Trail is just a stone's throw away so if you wanted, you could head out that way for a brief hike as well, or come on horseback. To visit the galleries, you might spend a couple hours but if you wanted to go hiking too, I'd book in more.

I would highly suggest anyone from the city, looking for a nice day trip, to go. And, if you're vacationing from further away or for longer, it's worth visiting because you can certainly go for as long as you want and several times for you'll find something interesting. I would also consider the venue for an event since it's well put together for something like that.
Written July 14, 2014
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Arlene P
7 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
Treat yourself to a day out. Plan to have a few hours to take in all that this beautiful historic mill has to offer. Incredible works of art, wonderful atmosphere, and a great place for a light lunch, and a relaxing walk around the grounds. Treat yourself!
Written October 1, 2017
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FullCleveland
Toronto, Canada169 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
The Art Centre has galleries/studios from a number of local artists. We found the visit very worth while as the selection of artists is quite broad, including painters using a variety of media, wood workers, jewelry artists and ceramic artists. Many of the artists were on site and more than willing to discuss their work - but no pressure to buy.

Much of the work was very unusual and interesting.

Prices are also quite reasonable.

There is a small café on site as well for snacks and light meals.
Written February 16, 2016
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Marie W
Caledon, Canada51 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
On a long and cool we came across the Alton Cold today we came across the Alton Mills Arts. Lovely place to spend a cold winters day. Also had a bit to eat & a great cup of coffee.
Written February 3, 2016
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Marie W
Caledon, Canada51 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
Found in the beautiful Village of Alton. This is a wonderful area just to sit and think and rekindle your love affair with mother nature
Written September 15, 2015
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