Things to Do in Brampton
Want things to do in Brampton? You’re in luck! Enjoy gorgeous green spaces, indoor and outdoor art, and colorful cultural events — these are just a few of the best things to do in Brampton, the ‘Flower Town of Canada.’ Stroll through Gage Park and spend a romantic afternoon among its garden gazebos, or get to know Brampton’s history at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA).
Gaze in wonder at full-scale replicas of World War I aircraft in the Great War Flying Museum, or watch migratory birds take flight in the Claireville Conservation Area. Visitors can also cool down in the summer by visiting the Heart Lake Conservation Area, which is popular among locals for its variety of outdoor water-based activities like fishing, boating, and canoeing.
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Food and drink
Thanks to Brampton’s highly diverse population, the food here is varied and wonderful. Visitors can get a taste of Canada’s famous poutine, or immerse yourself into the expansive world of Brampton’s Indian cuisine. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are a plethora of outdoor things to do in Brampton. Camp out in the Claireville Conservation Area and wake up to the singing of its many local bird species like the northern oriole and red-winged blackbird. Enjoy a romantic afternoon overlooking the Heart Lake, an actual heart-shaped lake in the Heart Lake Conservation Area, or learn about Anishnawbe Nation traditions in its Medicine Wheel Garden. The fishing is wonderful here, too. More of a thrill-seeker? Then go treetop trekking or kayaking. Families with young children can also enjoy a picnic in Eldorado Park, with its expansive picnic area, or enjoy exploring the many things to do in Gage Park, the oldest park in Brampton.
Museums and heritage sites
Get to know Brampton by visiting during the Doors Open Brampton event, where several of Brampton’s most notable landmarks open their doors to welcome the visiting public. Visit the Rose, an iconic performing arts venue in downtown Brampton, or visit 19th century mansions like the Alderlea Mansion and Bovaird House. Visitors can also explore the heart of Brampton by joining the Brampton Downtown Heritage Walk to learn about its mysterious underground bank vaults and Vaudeville theatres. Train enthusiasts can visit the restoration of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station, which shipped millions of flowers by rail and is currently a popular community center in Brampton. Avid horticulturalists and garden enthusiasts alike will enjoy Brampton’s many Floral Tours, keep warm in the famous Chinguacousy Greenhouse or witness the 1 million flowers that bloom throughout the city in spring.
Leisure and sports
Sports lovers will be glad to hear that Brampton has a lively sports scene. It’s home to the Brampton Excelsiors, a senior “A” box lacrosse team, both of which play in the CAA Centre (formerly known as the Powerade Centre). Brampton is also home to multiple sporting venues, such as the outdoors skating trail in Gage Park, and multi-seasonal sports activities in Chinguacousy Park. Brampton also hosts the annual Brampton Canadettes Easter Tournament, dubbed ‘The World’s Largest Female Hockey Tournament.’ Teams of all ages and categories from Canada, the United States, England, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Russia participate in this international tournament.
Arts and culture
Brampton is known for its many public art installations and exhibits, with more than 30 public works of art scattered throughout the city. Art lovers will enjoy the best of Brampton’s contemporary local art indoors, in the Artway Gallery, the primary gallery space of Visual Arts Brampton. Visiting artists can drop by the Beaux Arts Gallery, a not-for-profit exhibition space run by local Brampton visual artists. Visitors can also participate in Carabram, Brampton’s annual multicultural festival, where its many diverse cultures are represented in booths at several venues all over the city.
Last updated: August 4, 2022