DescriptionIn 1784 Capt. Joseph Brant led the Six Nations Iroquois from northern New York to Canada, where they settled on a tract of land in south central Ontario in the Grand River area. The land was granted to them as a reward for their support of the British during the American Revolution; their allegiance to the British cost them their land in New York's Mohawk Valley. Brantford is named for this celebrated leader.
The city is in a valley region of the Grand River, in a pocket of Carolinian forest where popular recreational options include canoeing, rafting, fishing and bird-watching. The Trans Canada Trail meanders through Brantford along the Grand River, offering bicycling and hiking opportunities.
The city has won national and international awards for its beautiful municipal gardens and parks. The hometown of Wayne Gretzky, Brantford showcases memorabilia of the hockey great as well as other area athletes in the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition in the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, 254 N. Park St. The center is open to the public at no charge; phone (519) 756-9900.
Home to the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., offers entertainment year-round in a restored, 1919 vaudeville theater that seats 1,134; for information and tickets phone (519) 758-8090 or (800) 265-0170.
During the International Villages Festival held in early July, ethnic groups set up “villages” around town and offer traditional foods, entertainment and displays of arts and crafts. Later that month in nearby Ohsweken is the Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow, which celebrates native music, dance, art, and crafts.
The area's agricultural heritage is evident at the farmer's market held on Fridays and Saturdays year-round at Icomm Drive and Market Street South.
Visitor InfoTourism Brantford 399 Wayne Gretzky Pkwy. BRANTFORD, ON N3R 8B4. Phone:(519)751-9900 or (800)265-6299
ShoppingLynden Park Mall, 84 Lynden Rd., features more than 95 businesses, including Sears and Winners.
Things to SeeBell Homestead National Historic Site