The Miltonvale Park area, particularly the area adjacent to the North River, was first settled by the French in the late 1600s and early 1700s and then by the English in the early 1800s. Agriculture has been the main factor in the community’s development and continues to be a prominent activity today.
Miltonvale Park stayed almost entirely as a farming community until the early 1970s when suburban-type development began to occur. The proximity of Miltonvale Park to Charlottetown, the low cost of land and the peace and tranquility of the surrounding countryside were strong selling points. Developers, farmers, and other land owners took advantage of the “housing boom” and developed several small subdivisions and sold building lots off the front of their farms and other land holdings. The result of this activity is that the majority of the population is no longer involved in the agricultural sector but, are rural residential in nature.
The community has also experienced some light industrial and institutional grow since the first official plan was completed in 1981. Charlottetown Metal Products and Island Breweries (no longer operating) both started in the area of an old fertilizer plant at the intersection of the Warren Grove Road and Highway 2. Several businesses have located there in a light industrial area. In the Sleepy Hollow area there is the P.E.I. Firemen’s Training Centre, the Provincial Correctional Facility, the Community Park and the former Queen’s County Landfill site.
Miltonvale Park has evolved primarily as a rural resource community. In recent years, substantial residential and non-residential development has somewhat changed the nature of some parts of the community. With that in mind, the Council and Planning Board have developed the following goal: The goal of the Rural Municipality of Miltonvale Park is to continue to be primarily a rural community while allowing properly planned and environmentally sound development to occur in designated areas and to ensure recreational opportunities and institutional facilities are accessible to residents.
In 2018, Memories of Miltonvale Park, was published. Many community seniors came together to document some of the memories and history of Miltonvale Park. Copies are available from the Council Office, located at the Milton Community Hall, at a cost of $10. This project was funded by the Government of Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors program.