LIVING IN MALTON
Malton is located in the northeast corner of Mississauga abutting the City of Toronto to the east and the City of Brampton to the north. Malton is situated adjacent to the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Malton is separated geographically from other Mississauga neighbourhoods. This has created a strong sense of community. Much of this community pride emanates from Malton Neighbourhood Services an organization that operates out of the Malton Community Centre, situated at 3540 Morning Star Drive. This organization provides support for newcomers, as well as adults, youth and seniors. Additional Malton landmarks include Westwood Plaza, Paul Coffey Arean and Park, Mimico Creek, Malton Creek, Malton Victory Hall, and Victory Park.
HISTORY OF MALTON
Malton was first settled in 1823 by Samuel Moore. Many of Malton’s first settlers are buried in Moore’s Cemetery which is located at 2030 Derry Road East on the south side between Bramalea Road and Torbram Road. The next prominent individual to settle here was Richard Halliday, a native of Malton in Yorkshire, England. Halliday was the only blacksmith in town and wielded great influence. In time this community would become known as Malton, a tribute to the Halliday ancestral home.
Malton developed around the “four corners” of Derry and Airport Roads. By the 1850s Malton resembled a small village and included a general store, a cobbler shop, a small hotel and Halliday’s blacksmith shop. Malton would rise to prominence in 1854 with the arrival of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1854 which turned Malton into a major grain depot.. Halton prospered and was awarded the county seat in 1859, which it held for just one year. Steady growth led to Malton being incorporated as a Police Village in 1914.
Malton was a major contributor to Canada’s war efforts. The former Malton airport (the forerunner to today’s Pearson International Airport) was a training base for pilots and was also the site where aircraft were manufactured; most notably the Lancaster Bomber. Following the second world war the A.V. Roe plant in Malton manufactured North America’s first jet passenger plane. The legendary Avro Arrow was entirely designed and built in Malton. When the Arrow’s production plans were suddenly grounded on February 29, 1959 that day would live in infamy in Malton as Black Friday. It was the end of an era. Sadly, a fire would destroy the old Malton Village in 1969 however this proud community would rebuild and is now home to new Canadians from all over the world whose hopes and dreams are just as strong as the first pioneers who settled here so many years ago.
HOMES IN MALTON
Malton’s wartime housing commonly known as Victory Village dates back to approximately 1952. These simple no-frills bungalow and one-and-a-half storey houses resemble miniature salt-box style homes with their steeply gabled roofs, white or pastel veneer siding and the occasional adornment such as window shutters. Victory Village consists of a half dozen or so streets and is located between Airport Road and Lancaster Avenue.
Malton’s other residential enclaves were built in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and include a mix of detached and semi- detached homes sometimes with a brick and siding exterior and sometimes all brick or all siding. There are also a large number of brink bungalows, ranch style homes, and split-level homes. There are also a number of high-rise apartment buildings located on the periphery of the neighbourhood.
LIFESTYLE IN MALTON
Westwood Square located at 7205 Goreway Dr is an indoor shopping mall. It has undergone recent improvements and receives generally favourable reviews from shoppers for its wide selection of shops and services. Multi-cultural stores featuring Asian, East Indian and African goods make Westwood Square an interesting place to shop as you never know what you might find.
RECREATION IN MALTON
Malton Community Centre located at 3540 Morning Star Drive, features a double gymnasium, expanded fitness area and completely redesigned change rooms with adjacent steam rooms. Malton Community Pool is a 25 metre, 4 lane, rectangular shaped pool located in the Malton Community Centre. There are also community meeting rooms. Outdoors amenities include a new splash pad, playground and basketball play pad which provide endless hours of summertime enjoyment. Cyclists and hikers will enjoy the Malton Loop trail which traverses a green corridor that follows the meandering Mimico Creek. Parking for this trail is provided at the dalton Community Centre.
Paul Coffey Park named after NHL Hall-of-Famer Paul Coffey; features an ice arena, playgrounds and sports fields. There is also a dramatic new children’s playground with a castle theme. The most notable landmark in this park is the real life moments that pays tribute to the Avro Canada CF-100 “Canuck” which was the first Canadian designed and built combat aircraft to engage in warmtime combat missions.. The “Canuck” played a critical role in Canada’s participation in the defence of North America and Europe during the Cold War.
ARTS IN MALTON
Malton has had community festivals and arts festivals. Check the NeighbourhoodGuide.com calendar for any upcoming events.