Along the picturesque fields and rising hills of Dufferin County lies the Township of Amaranth. At the heart of this enchanting small town is a community with a distinctive and timeless charm. It also neighbours the Town of Orangeville with its countless everyday conveniences and amenities, as well as other nearby townships including Grand Valley and Erin. For Summerhill Homes’ upcoming estate community, Farmstead, a focus on family and community-living is integral. In this first blog in a series about life and amenities in Amaranth, we explore the area’s education system and available recreation opportunities. For families old and new, discover what Amaranth and its neighbouring communities have to offer:
Living at Farmstead in Amaranth places you in a well-situated location with a myriad of education options for families. Local schools are easily accessible by car and bus, welcoming students from all backgrounds and focusing on an inclusive learning environment. As well, having multiple post-secondary institutions nearby also positions Farmstead as a convenient place to raise a growing family and prepare them for every kind of future with both college and university as viable options.
Education in the Amaranth area consists of a variety of schools from elementary to secondary. Both Laurel Woods Elementary and The Maples Academy—a private International Baccalaureate (IB) school—are located within the township, but other options are available nearby in Orangeville, Erin, Hillsborough, Grand Valley and more, most only 15-20 minutes from Farmstead. The public schools in the region are part of the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), whose emphasis on inclusivity, diversity and quality education are evident in their evolving curriculum and student population. The school board provides options for Special Education as well as French Immersion and provides a curriculum acknowledging First Nation, Métis and Inuit histories and perspectives, as part of their Board Action Plan for Indigenous Education.
For post-secondary students living in Amaranth, local options in neighbouring Orangeville and surrounding cities like Guelph and Waterloo are available. These colleges and universities offer an extensive variety of programs ranging from liberal arts to life sciences and much more, with easily accessible campuses and year-round courses and programs for every kind of student. Georgian College Orangeville Campus is only 15 minutes from Farmstead, making a morning class commute more convenient than ever. For local universities, the nearest campuses are at the University of Guelph (45 min), Wilfred Laurier University (53 min) and the University of Waterloo (55 min).
Education in Amaranth and surrounding areas is easily accessible and of great quality, ensuring students from kindergarten to university can have safe access to any school of their choosing, meeting the needs of today’s students while preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow.
Community is a large part of any town or city, bringing residents together in fun and engaging ways. Living at Farmstead in Amaranth provides residents, young and old, with plentiful opportunities from sports and outdoor activities to lessons and family-friendly events.
One of the township’s enduring community programs is Camp Amaranth—an annual day-camp occurring every summer for kids. Its goal is to provide campers with a lifelong love for sports, healthy active living and an appreciation for the great outdoors. A passion for sports and an active lifestyle is also woven into the culture of Amaranth. Summer soccer clubs are available everywhere from Amaranth and Orangeville to Erin, Grand Valley and beyond. Families can also enrol their children in swimming and skating lessons as well as sports programs including hockey, baseball and more
Unique to this area of Dufferin County, are the abundance of farms and ranches, offering equine training and horseback riding. New residents can learn to ride at places such as Shady Pines Farm, Equus 3D Equestrian Centre, and Hockley Hills School of Horsemanship—most of which are only 10-15 minutes away from Farmstead. Learning to ride in this scenic part of the countryside is an exciting activity for both kids and adults and encourages an appreciation and love for animals. And for golf enthusiasts of all ages, the county’s scenery is the ideal backdrop for acres of pristine courses like Lynbrook Family Golf, Orangeville Golf Club, Hockley Valley Resort and more.
Education and family recreation forms a significant part of the Amaranth community, where growth is cultivated, and the future is made. Farmstead is a welcome addition to the township as it continues to thrive and evolve in the years to come.
Registration is OPEN for Farmstead! For more information on this community and to register for updates, visit our website.