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.
This will be the fourth annual “Inukshuk Challenge”. This fun and creative contest is being held Saturday, August 11, 2018 during Rockhound Family Day at Robert Hall Originals in St. George. Families and individuals are invited to use their imaginations to build an innovative Inukshuk. “I will be providing wheelbarrows full of rocks to choose from. There will be quartz, granite, amethyst, iron ore and more.” says Robert, owner of Robert Hall Originals. The contest will begin at 10:00 am on August 11. There will be a designated outdoor area to assemble the Inukshuk creations. At 1:00, staff will begin judging the pieces and will select one winner who will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for Robert Hall Originals – Ontario’s largest pewter studio & rock shop. Inukshuks (pronounced ih-nook-suuks) were traditionally used by the Inuit in the north. These men-like stone sculptures were symbols erected as navigational markers to guide the way. The skill of building an Inukshuk was passed down from one generation to the next, with each Inukshuk having a specific purpose and meaning. Today, the Inukshuk symbol has become a universal symbol of friendship. Find your way to Rockhound Family Day to enjoy exploring the massive outdoor piles of rock from all over the world.