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Overview of Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Inventor Alexander Graham Bell brought fame to Brantford when he invented the telephone here on July 26th. This is why Brantford is called The Telephone City. 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.

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  • Population: 86,417 (2001)
  • Latitude: 43°14008” N
  • Longitude: 80°28122” W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Brantford, Ontario

The city was first settled in 1784 when Captain Joseph Brant and the Six Nations Indians left New York to settle in Canada. As a reward for their loyalty to the Crown, they were given a large land grant on the Grand River. By 1847, European settlers began to settle further up the river at a ford in the Grand River and named the village Brantford. It was then incorporated as a city in 1877.

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Brantford's Demographics

The racial makeup of Brantford consists of approximately 91.8% Caucasian, 2.9% Aboriginal, 1.5% South Asian and 1.3% Black.

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Brantford's Climate

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Education in Brantford, Ontario

With many elementary schools and six secondary schools Brantford has many educational options. Mohawk College also has a large satellite campus located in Brantford The W. Ross Macdonald School for blind and deafblind students is located in Brantford.

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Transportation around Brantford, Ontario

Brantford Transit operates and maintains 24 buses over nine fixed routes from 6AM to 11:30 PM Monday through Saturday and 9AM to 6:30 PM on Sundays. In addition the City provides Dial-a-bus service from 7 PM to midnight on Mondays through Saturdays and 9 AM to 7:30 PM on Sundays.

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Tourism and Attractions of Brantford

There is always something to do in Brantford. With festivals and events, studio art tours, one-of-a-kind shops, various sports tournaments, world-class theatre and dining.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Brantford
  • Glen Morris
  • Paris
  • Pinceton
  • Richwood
  • Canning
  • Drumbo
  • Etonia
  • Falkland
  • Bishopsgate
  • Burford
  • Mount Vernon
  • Mount Vernon Station
  • Harley
  • Northfield Centre
  • Four Ponds Corners
  • Wilsonville
  • Lutesville
  • Boston
  • Victoria Mills
  • Smith Corners
  • Sour Spring
  • Burtch
  • East Oakland
  • Newport
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Maple Grove
  • Onodaga
  • Cainsville
  • Langford
  • Lynden
  • Harrisburg
  • St. George
  • Osborne Corners
  • Wyndham Hills
  • Bruces
  • Scotland
  • Wrigley
  • Troy
  • Cathcart
  • Pinehurst Park
  • Lockie

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Geography of Brantford, Ontario

Brantford is connected to London in the west and Hamilton in the east by Highway 403 and to Cambridge to the north by Highway 24. 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 to the cities of Cambridge and Hamilton, and provides a great place for hikers, bikers and nature fanatics.

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Brantford's Government

The city council was elected to a three-year term in November, 2003, and is headed by Mayor Mike Hancock. Two councillors were elected to represent each of the five wards.

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Brantford's Economy and Industry

Brantford was an important Canadian industrial center for the first half of the 20th Century, and was once the third largest city in Ontario. The completion of the Brantford to Ancaster section of Highway 403 in 1997, provided an increased incentive for business to locate in Brantford because of easy access to Hamilton and Toronto, as well as being along the quickest route through southern Ontario between Detroit and Buffalo. In 2004 Procter & Gamble and Ferrero SpA chose to locate in the city. Although, Wescast recently relocated their local foundry to China, their corporate headquarters will remain in Brantford.

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Brantford's Culture and Significant Events

Langley is the home of a very large annual car show, the ' Langley Cruise-In'. This event is held each September. Langley is also home to the renowned Arts Alive Festival in August.

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Sports in Brantford, Ontario

Sports are a big part of life for the people of Brantford with such teams as The Brantford Red Sox (intercounty baseball league), Brantford Blast (major league hockey) and the Brantford Golden Eagles (Ontario league hockey).

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Media of Brantford

Brantford is home to the Brantford Expositor, a local newspaper that brings local and world news, current events and sporting information to its residents. It is also the home of CKPC FM and 1380 AM, both radio stations playing hits from the years past.

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