Carlisle ONTARIO is a small community located about 7 km north of Waterdown.  There are approximately 930 homes, housing about 2800 people.  Carlisle is a wonderful place to raise children.  Every subdivision within Carlisle has play parks for the kids and the village is surrounded by farmland and forest with Bronte Creek running through.

The downtown of Carlisle is located at the crossroads of Carlisle and Centre Roads. The downtown area includes: Two corner-stores, Zoro’s Dry Cleaners, a flower shop, dvd rental store, LCBO/ Beer Store, The Carlisle Bakery, Edward Jones, Cascata Bistro, Bates and Green Napa Auto Parts Dealer and Garage, the Community Hall (which currently hosts yoga classes) and Canada Post. Just outside the “downtown” area is the Carlisle Medical Centre and pharmacy, two private chiropractic offices, a hair salon and the Carlisle Community Centre.

The Community Centre includes an ice rink, where many events and fundraisers are held by both local churches and the Optimist Club. The Ice Rink host the local Flamborough Hockey Team as well as many minor league teams.  The Optimist Club runs a Learn to Skate program for children from October to March. The surrounding grounds include a baseball diamond, tennis court, swings and a play structure. The Hamilton Public Library, Carlisle Branch shares the same parking lot.  The Community Center also houses the ABC Nursery Co-Op School for daycare.

To the east of the crossroads on Carlisle Road is the well-loved Dutchman’s Gold [1] honey company where all natural honey is cultivated and sold, along with maple syrup and related products like candles.

On the nearby 8th Concession Road, just off Centre Rd. lies Somerset Farm Store where locals and visitors can pick up fresh produce and homemade pies. West Avenue Cider is part of the Somerset Orchard family.  West Ave. Cider Co. is located on Concession 8 and offers Cider on Tap on Fridays to Sundays in the off season before opening full time during the summer with a back patio and pizza oven overlooking the orchards.  The also have a small farmers market and bakery on site.

The Carlisle Golf & Country Club [2] is a 27-hole public golf course that is part of the KANEFF group which also has various golf courses across the Golden Horseshoe, including Lionhead, Royal Niagara, Century Pines, and Royal Ontario.  The other local golf course is Dragon’s Fire, which is considered one of the most challenging courses in Ontario.

Carlisle also has Bronte Creek which winds its way as a river from Courtcliffe Park, through Carlisle and onto Progreston Falls under the old train bridge.  It’s a very scenic and beautiful spot.

Parks and Recreation

Carlisle has numerous soccer fields, parks, baseball diamonds, and small forests.  Children can join a league in the summer and play weekly at the park.  Carlisle is also home to the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides that have programs at various age levels.

Courtcliffe Park is a naturalized area with streams, bridges, walkways and trails. There are four middle-sized soccer fields and one mini soccer field in the park, as well as ample parking. This park also contains swings, and non-traditional play equipment designed for 5-12 year olds, although 9-14 year olds find it particularly attractive because it challenges them.[4]

The Carlisle Conservation Area is located within the Village of Carlisle along Bronte Creek, east and west of Centre Road, and is administered by Conservation Halton. Trout and other species of fish are being restocked. Existing fishing opportunities are pumpkinseed, creek chub and white sucker but also including large mouth bass, northern pike and brown trout may also be angled in the slow-moving waters. Extensive work has been done to dredge the creek and make it deeper to encourage a more active water flow and increase the local fish populations.

A parking lot to the north of Bronte Creek, off Centre Road, provides excellent access to this area [5] where you can easily drop your canoe or kayak in the water, or simply fish off the bridge.

Carlisle also has it’s own Tennis Club located in the Palamino Subdivision.  It is a private members only club with 2 courts that functions from May to October with access via lockbox.  It is open to anyone to join and they have lessons for adults and kids and they hold regular tournaments and weekly round robins.


Two elementary schools serve the students of Carlisle, both of which are located at the intersection of Centre Road and Concession Road 10 E, just north of the town proper.

Balaclava Elementary School [6] is a K-8 public school administered by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School [7] is a pre K- grade 8 catholic school and daycare center with year round care. It is administered by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board 

Upon graduation, students from these schools may go on to attend Waterdown District High School,  St. Mary Catholic Secondary School (Hamilton, Ontario).

Hillfield-Strathallen College is a prestigious private school in Hamilton that teaches children from 18 months to Grade 12.   The Lynden School is a prestigious private school in Lynden, with a team of elite teachers to facilitate individuals progress, promote balanced development and enhance interpersonal skills. Teacher and student ratio at Lynden School is kept at 1:5.

All of the above schools offer bus service throughout Carlisle. Hillfield and Lynden have limited pick ups.

There are many community events throughout the year, such as the Duck Dash, The Valentines Dance, Two Community Pancake Breakfasts, The Easter Egg Hunt, Santa Night, The Fun Fair, The Community BBQ, the skating program, community golf tournament and more.

Homes and Real Estate

The community dates back to the 1850’s but was redeveloped in the 1980’s with luxury homes and bungalows.  Homes are priced anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million on half to 2 acre lots.

We can provide you with a custom spreadsheet of homes for sale as well as a spreadsheet of homes that have sold in the past year.  We sell about 45-55 homes per year, and we know about all the homes on the market AND we know about all the homes coming on the market.  It is a small community.  Everyone knows us and we know them.

If you are thinking of buying a home in Carlisle, then you should let us show you around.  This is our community and pays to deal with the local Realtor that can get you settled faster, give you a tour of the surrounding area, help settle any children and introduce you to other people and families where you might have something in common.

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