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.
Mother's Day is a celebration of women who devote so much of their effort and energy to their families. Celebrating Mom on Mother's Day lets her know all of her efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Mothers may perform similar tasks, but no two moms are the same. Finding ways to celebrate Mom's uniqueness can make the day that much more meaningful and memorable.
Mothers who are avid crafters may enjoy a craft-themed Mother's Day. A family crafting project can make for a fun afternoon and produce mementos that Mom will cherish for years to come. Dads and kids can plan the project in advance without Mom's knowledge, arranging all of the materials ahead of time and setting up the crafting station the night before or while Mom is relaxing on Mother's Day morning. Kids can even get a head start on the day by making their own craft for Mom and giving it to her as a Mother's Day present. Dads can keep the craft theme going at dinner and get a laugh out of Mom by pouring her a craft beer when dinner is served.
A 2017 survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that women read more than men. Women read an average of 19.8 minutes per day, which can make a Mother's Day focused on Mom's love of books an ideal and unique way to spend the day. Kids can write Mom their own books, and Dad can help put them together. Dads can visit rare bookstores and look for original copies of Mom's favorite books that she might not find elsewhere.
The Nature Lover
Fishing and other outdoor activities might have a reputation as predominantly male hobbies, but studies show that's not really the case. A 2016 report from the Outdoor Foundation found that 46 percent of people who participated in outdoor activities were women. If Mom is a nature enthusiast, families can plan a Mother's Day enjoying the great outdoors, even giving Mom a new fishing pole, hiking gear or other items that align with her favorite nature activity.
The Relaxation Specialist
Of course, some mothers may want to simply unwind with a relaxing morning at the spa on Mother's Day. A relaxing morning at the spa can be the perfect way for moms to begin Mother's Day before they enjoy a brunch of dinner out with their families.