If you called Mono home, this is what you would get to see every morning: the rolling green hills of the Niagara Escarpment, virgin forests and nature reserves, fields dotted with barns and picket fences, and horses in the fields, nibbling on clover as the sun rises.
Residents of Mono enjoy a truly idyllic lifestyle with access to many beautiful natural areas, such as Mono Cliffs Provincial Park which attracts many day trippers particularly in the fall when the forests become a sea of wild reds and oranges. If you love hiking, you’ll want to explore the trails in Monora Park as well as the Bruce Trail which meanders through Mono Cliffs and the Hockley Valley Nature Reserve. Mono is horse country, which means you’ll have to share the trails with four-legged hikers too.
Hockley Valley Resort offers a fabulous and challenging 18-hole round of championship golf, and boasts many amenities such as a spa and three stylish restaurants. At the nearby Adamo Estate Winery you can sit back on the expansive patio overlooking the vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting session before having dinner.
One of Mono’s favourite local restaurants is the Mono Cliffs Inn, with a farm-to-table menu and a cosy atmosphere, plus a hidden pub in the cellar. The Black Birch restaurant on Hockley Road is the perfect blend of fine dining and a country setting.
The hills of the Hockley valley have long attracted a wide variety of creative artists, and you’ll find the country roads dotted with charming galleries such as Farmhouse Pottery, Florigin, Arnold De Graaff and Glen Cross Pottery.
Winter in Mono means heading out to enjoy all the snow, including downhill skiing at Hockley Valley Resort and cross country skiing in Monora Park. If you’ve got little ones, they’ll love the tobogganing hill and ice skating on the community ice rink in Mono Centre.
For day to day life including supermarkets, rec centres, medical needs and shopping, most Mono residents will drive into Orangeville or Shelburne, both of which are only 15 minutes away. This makes Mono an ideal place to live, as you can enjoy the pleasures of a countryside lifestyle while still having easy access to town centres.
Situated at the south-eastern corner of Dufferin County, the Town of Mono stretches from Highway #9 north about twenty kilometres to Highway #89 and about sixteen kilometres from east to west. Mono’s rolling tree-covered hills, farms and small settlements are criss-crossed by creeks and streams which form the headwaters of the Nottawasaga, Humber , Grand and Credit rivers. The landscape is spectacular where the Niagara Escarpment breaks through on its way from Niagara to the Bruce Peninsula. Glacial deposits of the Oak Ridges and Orangeville Moraines have also contributed to the contours of this small section of south-central Ontario which some 9,300 people call home. The Hockley Valley, running north-east from Highway #10 right across the municipality, is well-known for its natural beauty.