Treasure in the Heart of Halton Hills

Glen Williams is a historic hamlet located in the Credit River valley, along the base the Niagara Escarpment. Founded in 1825, many of the buildings in the hamlet are original and date back to the 1840s and ‘50s.

Along with its picturesque rural setting along the Credit River, the distinctive character of the hamlet is largely defined by its heritage buildings.

Life in Glen Williams is reminiscent of earlier times. Residents still gather at their local town hall, churches and schools for neighbourhood celebrations, meetings and important occasions. It is very much an involved, close knit and cohesive community.

Things to do in The Glen


“Williamsburgh… is situated on the banks of the Credit, between the ‘everlasting hills’, on a beautiful flat. The business of this village is carried on principally by the sons of the first settler, old Mr. Williams, after whom the place is named.”  (Canada Christian Advocate, Hamilton, 19 September 1848)


Glen Williams is an oasis where nature-lovers can enjoy walks along its many trails, woodland areas and rural roadways. In the spring you will often see fisherfolk casting their lines in the fast moving waters of the river, hoping to catch a Rainbow Trout. The Credit River and its watershed not only serves as “lungs” for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it provides rich habitat for a wide variety of species of plants, birds, mammals, turtles, amphibians and fish.

Town Hall

In 1870 The Good Templars of Royal Oak Temple approached Charles Williams for a piece of land; they wanted to build a community hall which they could also use for their temperance society meetings. Charles Williams deeded the land to nine trustees to be held in trust for the community and the Glen Williams Town Hall was officially opened on May 24th, 1871.

Over the years, the town hall has housed various societies, church functions, dances, and political meetings; Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery even staged many works in the Town Hall with her Union Dramatic Players. It continues to play an important role in community life, including hosting annual Canada Day celebrations and the Children’s Christmas party.

Arts & Culture

Glen Williams is home to many talented musicians, performers and visual artists. Coffee Houses, Concerts and Pub Nights showcase local residents and their musical talents. Community plays, ghost walks and murder mystery nights delight audiences. And, if that weren’t enough, for over 20 years the original buildings and site of the Williams Mill have been home to a varied collection of artists and artisans. The Williams Mill Art Centre comes complete with a working glassblowing studio and visitors are invited year round to come and watch professional artists at work and to buy their creations.


Three Churches serve the hamlet of Glen Williams. Our churches have active congregations who share in providing care and support to the community at large. Their presence over the last century has helped Glen Williams to withstand grave losses experienced through two world wars and to share joy in times of celebration. They play a vitally important role in building a strong sense of community to all who live here.


Glen Williams Public School is an Elementary School located in the heart of the village and governed by the Halton District School Board with input from the local Glen Williams Parent Council. It is home to about 200 children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5.

The village is also home to a true Montessori Toddler program as well as Casa and School Age programs operating out of St. John’s United Church.

Local Businesses

Almost 200 years after Benajah Williams opened up the first sawmill in the hamlet, Glen Williams continues to support a thriving and vibrant business community. Businesses in the heart of the hamlet are based out of historically significant buildings and provide services, employment for residents, and meeting places for socializing.

While other rural communities struggle for survival in this fast paced world, Glen Williams residents and business owners have continued to add to and build upon the strong sense of community established all those years ago.

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