Brantford is a city with a rich cultural and sporting heritage. It is known for the achievements of two extraordinary individuals—Alexander Graham Bell, who created the telephone in Brantford in 1874, and Wayne Gretzky, who was born here in 1961 and went on to become a legendary hockey player.

The city is also called “The Tournament Capital of Ontario” owing to its long tradition of hosting hundreds of local, regional and provincial tournaments annually.

Brantford is an exciting city with a host of natural attractions, sports events, cultural venues, family-friendly activities and a lively downtown.

Map of Brantford

Where is Brantford?

Brantford is located in southwestern Ontario along the Grand River.

It is approximately an hour's drive west of Toronto via Highway 403. Those travelling from north to south or vice versa can reach the town via Highway 24. Visitors can also travel by VIA Rail to Brantford Station or use GO Transit.

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton is the closest airport, located 35 kilometres west of Brantford.

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Things to do in Brantford

Visit a famous sports centre

The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre includes four NHL-sized ice rinks, a swimming pool, a sauna, a fully equipped weight room, a gymnasium and plenty of changing rooms with showers.

Pay tribute to hometown heroes

Located inside the sports centre, the Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition is a space that proudly recognizes the achievements of hometown heroes through memorabilia displays.

Learn about local history

The Bell Homestead National Historic Site is the birthplace of Alexander Graham Bell and his famous invention, the telephone. It also includes a museum, cafe and year-round tours.

Relax at a spa

Grand Wellness Centre specializes in an array of therapeutic treatments, such as acupuncture, aesthetics and a unique Beer Spa Treatment. They also host daily yoga classes.

Explore nature

Nestled in a bend of the Grand River, Brant Conservation Area features great hiking trails through nature areas that offer a chance for wildlife viewing and great photographs.

Experience art and culture

Glenhyrst Art Gallery has a collection of more than 650 artworks that go on exhibition annually. The gallery also includes an outdoor sculpture garden, created using organic materials.

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Last updated: April 11, 2024

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