Cheltenham was founded by Charles Haines in the early 1820’s; he named the quaint hamlet after his home in England. Some of the Haines family descendents still live in Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is a quiet village with an all purpose general store and hair stylist. It is best known, however, for the Cheltenham Day Soap Box Races where older children and young teens get to pit their home-made soap boxes against their friends to see who can tear down the “Cheltenham Hill” the fastest.
The Cheltenham Country Store is a meeting place for locals with a Sunday afternoon music jam session in the back or outside in the summer. The store features a deli that serves Free-Trade Coffee, sandwiches & ice cream. They offer an array of grocery items plus a wall of freezers & fridges with frozen pies, quick frozen meals and h’orves d’erves for last minute guests. They also offer frozen, organic meats that people come from far & wide to savour. The post office is also found in the store.
Just outside Cheltenham, on Boston Mills Road is the new local hot spot – Spirit Tree Estate Cidery. Spirit Tree Estate Cidery is a combination apple orchard, farmers’ market and coffee bar offering light meals, artisan breads & Parisian-based pasteries. Friday & Saturday are Pizza Nights – woodstove baked pizza are added to the scrumptious menu. It is a short side-trip off the Caledon Trail and well worth the effort.
Cheltenham has the distinction of being the village in Caledon with the most number of heritage designated buildings, most of which are residential homes. Because Cheltenham was established as a farming community, you will find that individual properties are a generous size. The grand old Victorian “farm houses” anchor the village with more modern homes filling the spaces in between.
The homes in the village are single detached; you will also find older, charming, cottage-like homes, split levels and bungalows from the late 70’s and early 80’s, as well as the upscale bungalows that are so popular right now. Prices for real estate in the Village of Cheltenham, start around $600,000 and have topped the $2,000,000 for acreages. Fernadale Park, which is a co-operative just at the border of Cheltenham, offers cottages starting in the $250,000 range.
Children in Cheltenham are bused to their home schools, Credit View Public School, from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and to Mayfield Secondary School for Grades 9-12. French Immersion, from Grade 1 to Grade 8, is close by at Herb Campbell School, with the Humberview Secondary School in Bolton offering High School French Immersion.
St. Cornelius and Robert F. Hall, both in Caledon East, are part of the Catholic school system and offer Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs.
Cheltenham also has an active Area Residents Association that was founded by volunteers in order to ensure the residents’ say in development within the community. The Cheltenham Area Residents’ Association (CARA) also hosts Cheltenham Day, which is a fun-filled day that includes: children’s play area, street vendors, lots of great food, with the highlights being the youth soap box race, down the hill into the village core, plus an outdoor dinner and dance for the whole family!
Like so many Caledon villages, recreational pursuits are easy in Cheltenham. The Caledon Trail runs through the village, as does the Credit River. The trail is used for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, bird watching and anything else that does not include a motorized vehicle. The trail is 35 km long and is accessible year round.
There are excellent fishing holes along the Credit River, but you will also find people canoeing, kayaking and “tubing” down the river. On hot sunny days, it is not unusual to see small and large groups of people floating down the river on inner tubes! River activity has gotten so frequent that the Cheltenham General Store built a dock on the river to allow people to tie up their floatation device while they go into the store for ice cream or coffee! Click on the picture to bring the giggles to life!
Cheltenham has a community centre that offers classes & camps during school breaks. Cheltenham also has an adult slow pitch league that plays on Friday nights during the summer.
As most people only leave Cheltenham when their families have grown and they are ready to downsize, homes do not come up for sale very often, but there is a new real estate development of approximately 33 homes on ½ acre lots that is in the final planning stages within The Village of Cheltenham.
If Cheltenham looks like the kind of neighbourhood you would like to live in, please contact me by phone or press the “contact me” button at the top right hand side of this site: www.LiveinCaledon.ca
The following are within walking distrance of the village:
The Cheltenham Country Store – Post office, groceries & gifts
- Roots by the River – Hair Stylist
Cheltenham Community Centre & Pavillion
Caledon Trail also part of the TransCanada Trail – hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing…
Within 10 minute drive:
- The Cheltenham Clay Hills or Badlands – natural erosion has carved these intriguing hills
- The Spirit Tree Estate Cidery – hard cider, delicious treats, breads & pizza made in their wood stove
- Lloyd Wilson Arena – ice rink, baseball diamonds & children’s playground
- Inglewood Public Library & Community Centre
- Caledon Hills Cycle Shop & home to the Caledon Cycle Club
- Riverdale Fitness Mill – Top of the line equipment in a charming riverside century building
- Caledon Fly Fishing
- Caledon Country Club & Golf Course
- Caledon Ski Club
- Archers of Caledon
- Brampton Flying Club
- Horseback Riding – lessons & hacking
- Caledon Hunt Club