Situated on the picturesque Grand River, the city of Brantford is located in the heart of Southern Ontario, with direct access to Hwy. 403 and close proximity to other major highways, rail lines and three major Canadian ports of entry (Windsor, Toronto and Niagara Falls). For visitors Brantford is an easy-to-find destination for day trips and weekend getaways.
Brantford is known as the Telephone City. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell brought fame to Brantford when he invented the telephone here on July 26th, 1874, and made the first-ever long distance call on August 10th, 1876. The Homestead, which provided the stage for this invention, is a National Historic Site. It has been restored to appear as it was in Bell’s day, and has welcomed visitors from around the world - including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II- since 1910.
Proud to be the hometown of “the Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, Brantford is a city where amateur and minor sports are an integral part of community life. Wayne’s father, Walter Gretzky, still lives here in the city he's always called home.
Brantford boasts over 40 kilometres of natural trails, including a four-season stretch of the Trans Canada Trail. This network of beautifully maintained trails links us to the cities of Cambridge and Hamilton, and provides a great place for hikers, bikers and nature enthusiasts. Also a city known for gorgeous gardens and lush park settings, Brantford is a proud winner of the ‘Best Bloomin’ City Award,’ and is committed to keeping the city in full bloom from spring through fall.
The City of Brantford is host to some of the longest-running festivals in Canada. Visit us each summer and experience the International Villages Festival, a local celebration of various countries around the world, and a Brantford tradition for over 30 years.
Local and national parks provide great, often awe-inspiring respites from more developed areas. According to the National Park Service, the United States is home to 59 protected areas designated as national parks, and the NPS encompasses hundreds of additional national park sites as well. In Canada, more than 30 national parks attract millions of visitors each year, supporting the notion that national parks are a global attraction worthy of governmental protection.
National parks have made headlines in 2017, as debates about oil drilling in parks in the United States drew the ire of environmentalists and outdoorsmen alike. While such debates can make everyday citizens feel helpless in regard to protecting the parks they love, the following are a handful of simple ways ordinary men and women can chip in to protect local and national parks.
· Contact your local government representative. Whether you live in the United States, Canada or another country where parks are vulnerable to drilling or other potentially harmful activity, contact your local government representative to voice your concerns. One person acting alone can feel insignificant, but if enough citizens voice their concerns, they can compel their representatives to make changes that protect parks for years to come.
· Obey the rules. The opportunity to explore is a great reason to visit parks, but it's important that park visitors adhere to park rules by hiking and camping in only those areas designated as hiker- and camper-friendly. By veering off course, park visitors may inadvertently disturb local plant and wildlife.
· Leave nothing behind. Memories are not the only things park visitors should take with them when they leave the park. Estimates suggest that as much as 100 million pounds of garbage are generated at California's Yosemite National Park each year. Significant damage can result if even a tiny fraction of that garbage is left behind. In addition, park officials forced to expend their limited resources on garbage pickup may not have enough resources left to address other issues, further threatening the park. Whether you're hiking or camping, make sure everything you take into the park comes with you when you leave. If you have trash, make sure it's deposited into the appropriate receptacles.
· Encourage activism. Outdoors enthusiasts who want to protect their beloved parks can encourage activism in their communities. Work with park officials to organize trash pickup days at the park or organize activities for school-aged youngsters that teach them the importance of conservation and respecting the environment.
Protecting parks is the responsibility of governments and their citizens. While everyday citizens may see protecting parks as a daunting task, there are many simple ways they can protect parks and preserve them for decades to come.