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The Town of Mono (2006 population 7,071) is situated in south-central Ontariomarker, at the south-east corner of County of Dufferinmarker, just north of Caledonmarker and northeast of Orangevillemarker. It stretches from Highway #9 along its southern border to Highway #89 along its northern bordern. Its border to the west is with the Township of Amaranth and in the east it is bordered by the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio. It was previously known as the Township of Mono.

Mono is a rural community in both geography and character. It has a great deal of change in the topography, being composed of mostly rolling, tree-covered hills. It holds many streams and creeks which form the headwaters of three rivers - the Humber River, Nottawasaga River and Credit River and most of the town is located on high land relative to the rest of Southern Ontario. This leads to its current slogan of 'the heart of the headwaters'.

Mono's residents live on farms, rural estates and in small settlements. Mono Centre, Hockley Village and Camilla are just some of the small communities which exist within the Town of Mono.

Mono's population represents many different backgrounds, including the farming community, local businesses, numerous artists and artisans, commuters to neighbouring towns and cities, and weekend escapees from the urban bustle.

Recreation and tourism

Mono Cliffs Provincial Parkmarker is one place where the Niagara Escarpment puts out a dramatic appearance. The dominant features of the park are three Escarpment outcrops known as the Mono Rocks. The TDSB operates an outdoor education and conference centre located within the park.Also, the Bruce Trail goes through this area, linking it to the nearby Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reservemarker.

The Hockley Valley itself is a popular destination for tourists in the fall wishing to take in the changing colours of the leaves in autumn. Outside of the Bruce Trail, there are several parks and the Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCOmarker protected Biosphere reserve, one of only 12 in Canadamarker.

There are several recreational attractions in the region as well. The Hockley Highlands Innmarker and the Hockley Valley Resort are both located on the 3rd Line of Mono. The Hockley Valley Resort has both a golf course for activities in the summer and a popular ski resort for winter get-aways. There are also cross country skiing trails at Monora Park, as well as a disc golf course. There is much debate between residents and non residents as to the correct way to pronounce the name Mono, the correct way is mow-no.

References in popular culture

James Cameron, the director of the 1997 film Titanic, spent time in his childhood in the Caledon region to the south and still has family there. As a tribute to his youth, he named the villain in Titanic, Caledon Hockley, after both Caledon and the Hockley valley area.

Dan Needles, a playwright, has created a series of plays based on the fictional adventures of Walt Wingfield. The plays have been running for over 2 decades and appeared at venues including the Royal Alexandria Theatre in Torontomarker and the Stratford Festival of Canada. In the plays, the main character lives in Persephone Township... pronounced 'Purse - a - phone'. As Dan Needles grew up just north of Mono Township, it is generally thought that this is a shot at the residents of Mono who pronounce Mono as 'Mo - no' as opposed to how one would pronounce the illness of the same name.

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Northwest: Shelburnemarker North: Mulmur Northeast: Allistonmarker
West: Amaranthmarker Mono East: Adjala-Tosorontio
Southwest: Orangevillemarker
South: Caledonmarker Southeast: Caledon Eastmarker



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