City of Brantford
The Telephone City
|Established||May 31, 1877|
|• Mayor||Kevin Davis|
|• Land||72.47 km2 (27.98 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,073.11 km2 (414.33 sq mi)|
|Elevation||248 m (814 ft)|
|• Independent city||93,650 (54th)|
|• Density||1,292.3/km2 (3,347/sq mi)|
|• Metro||135,501 (30th)|
|• Metro density||126.3/km2 (327/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Postal code span|
N3P, N3R, N3S, N3T, N3V
Brantford is near Hamilton.
Brantford is sometimes called The Telephone City, because the inventor of the telephone lived in Brantford. Hockey player Wayne Gretzky was born in Brantford.
History[change | change source]
Business[change | change source]
From 1900 until 1950, Brantford had many companies that made equipment and machinery. Those items were sold in Canada and many other countries. Having the river and a railroad for transportation made it easier to ship the items made in Brantford. That helped Brantford change from a farming town to an industrial city.
By the 1980s and 1990s, business in Brantford was dropping and some companies like White Farm Equipment, Massey-Ferguson, Koering-Waterous, Harding Carpets, and others stopped making products. Many people lost their factory jobs.
A new piece of highway (Highway 403) was built in 1997. The new highway made it easier to drive Hamilton and Toronto, and also to Detroit and Buffalo. So, in 2004, Procter & Gamble and Ferrero SpA moved to Brantford. Now other companies set up in Brantford because it is a good location for shipping products to eastern North America.
Education[change | change source]
40% of people in Brantford did not finish high-school. In the rest of the province of Ontario, this number is 33%.
People in Brantford earn 9% less than people in the rest of Canada.
Universities and colleges[change | change source]
- Wilfrid Laurier University has a campus and offers programs in Brantford.
- Nipissing University offers a program with Laurier Brantford 
- Conestoga College offers a Bachelor of Education program with Laurier Brantford.
Politics[change | change source]
The city council was elected on October 27, 2014, and is led by Mayor Chris Friel. The city council, in addition to Friel, includes Larry Kings and Rick Weaver (Ward 1), John Sless and John Utley (Ward 2), Greg Martin and Dan McCreary (Ward 3), Cheryl Antoski and Richard Carpenter (Ward 4), and David Neumann and Brian Van Tilborg (Ward 5). There are municipal elections every four years across the province of Ontario. The next election will be in October 2018.
Newspapers, radio and television (TV)[change | change source]
The Brantford Expositor, which began in 1852, is printed six times a week (everyday except Sunday). The Brant News is published weekly in Brantford.
Filming in Brantford[change | change source]
Brantford has been used to film parts of the Murdoch Mysteries television series because it has lots of old architecture that fits with the years that the stories take place.
Movies like Welcome to Mooseport and Where the Truth Lies were partly made in Brantford. Part of Due South, "Dr. Long Ball", was made at Arnold Anderson Stadium in a park in Brantford. Also, Weirdsville, was made in Brantford in 2006. "Silent Hill" was made in the downtown in 2005.
Airports, trains, buses and roads[change | change source]
Airports[change | change source]
Brantford Municipal Airport is in the west end of the city. It has an air show and sometimes the Snowbirds perform. The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton is about 35 km east of Brantford. Toronto Pearson International Airport is in Mississauga, about 100 km north and east of Brantford.
Trains[change | change source]
Buses[change | change source]
Brantford Transit has nine bus routes that go every half-hour from the middle of the city on Darling Street. There are other buses for school times.
Greyhound Canada has buses that go to Toronto, Hamilton, London, Windsor, and other cities.
Main roads[change | change source]
Things to see and do[change | change source]
- There are lots of parks and trails in Brantford
- Brantford's parks are known for their beautiful gardens
- Trails from the Hamilton, Simcoe and Cambridge areas all join up in Brantford so it is called the "Hub of Ontario Trails"
- Brantford has almost 70 kilometres of trails that can be used for walking or biking
- Harmony Square has lots of events all year 'round
- Outdoor skating in the winter with family movies at the nearby Brantford Public Library
- Festivals and shows
- Summertime splash pad
- Movies and music on summer evenings
- Outdoor exercise sessions with yoga and Zumba
- Brantford Public Library has more than books - it has programs for all ages
- Membership is free for all Brantford residents
- Free music downloads for members
- Free reading and craft programs for kids
- Computers to use at the library
- A 3D printer
- Brantford has a Casino Brantford OLG Casino
- The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts has live shows that include music, comedy and plays.
- There are many clubs and bars that have live bands and DJs
Brantford's Canada Day Festival[change | change source]
Brantford has a big Canada Day Festival on July 1. It has family events and Canadian music. More than 35,000 people come to the Festival.
In the past, these people have sung:
Sports teams[change | change source]
Local teams[change | change source]
- Brantford Red Sox
- Brantford Jr. Braves
- Brantford Posse (minor lacrosse teams)
- Brantford Intercity Soccer (Bics)
- Brantford Saints (hockey team)
- Brantford 99er's (hockey teams)
- Brantford Ice Cats (girls hockey team)
- Brantford Bisons (football team)
- Brantford Red Sox (baseball team)
- Brantford City Soccer Club
- Brantford Briers (basketball team)
- Brantford CYO (basketball team)
- Brantford Aquatic Club
Bigger teams[change | change source]
- Brantford Red Sox of the Intercounty Baseball League who play at Arnold Anderson Stadium
- Brantford Braves of the Junior Intercounty Baseball League who also play at Arnold Anderson Stadium
- Brantford Blast of the Major League Hockey who play at the Brantford Civic Centre
- Brantford Golden Eagles of the Ontario Hockey Association who play at the Brantford Civic Centre
- Brantford Harlequins of the Ontario Rugby Union
Teams that don't play anymore[change | change source]
- Brantford Alexanders (1978 to 1984), used to play in the Ontario Hockey League at the Brantford Civic Centre. They moved and became the Erie Otters.
- Brantford Smoke (1991-1998) of the CoHL, Colonial Hockey League who played at the Brantford Civic Centre. The team moved to Asheville until 2002.
- Brantford Blaze of the Canadian National Basketball League.
Tournaments[change | change source]
- The Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament is held in Brantford every year
- The Walter Gretzky House League Tournament is a tournament that is held every year
- Swim International is held every year in November
Other[change | change source]
- Brantford won the 2008 Allan Cup.
- The Brantford Golf & Country Club was started in 1879. It is the fourth oldest golf club in North America. It is 29th on Score Golf's "Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada" 2006 list.
- Brantford has two municipal golf courses, Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course and Northridge Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre
People[change | change source]
Service clubs[change | change source]
- Kinsmen Club of Brantford
- Kiwanis Club of Brantford
- Kiwanis Club of Grand River
- Rotary Club of Brantford
- Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise
- Brantford Lions Club
- North Brantford Lions Club
Religion[change | change source]
Brantford has many churches and religious temples. It is thought that there are over 35 churches in Brantford, including Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Presbyterian, United, Christadelphian, and Mormon. There are two mosques - a Sunni mosque and a Sufi[source?] mosque. There is also one Sikh temple.
Twin city[change | change source]
Brantford is twinned with:
Related pages[change | change source]
- Brant (electoral district)
- Brantford City Council
- List of mayors of Brantford, Ontario
- Service Clubs
References[change | change source]
- "Brantford, City Ontario (Census Subdivision)". Census Profile, Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- "Brantford Ontario (Census metropolitan area)". Census Profile, Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- "Census Profile". 6 May 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Wilfrid Laurier University - Laurier Brantford - Academic Information/Advising". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Brantford Campus". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Brantford". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "PARKS & TRAILS". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Harmony Square Downtown". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Brantford Public Library". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Home". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Welcome to Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "Welcome to Northridge Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- "City gets a twin". Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brantford, Ontario.|
- City of Brantford
- Brantford Heritage Inventory
- Brantford Kinsmen
- Brant Museum and Archives
- Brantford Public Library
- Laurier Brantford
- Assumption College School
- Brantford Collegiate Institute & Vocational School
- North Park Collegiate & Vocational School
- Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School
- St. John's College