Situated along the picturesque Grand River in southwestern Ontario, Brantford boasts countless historic and cultural experiences. Learn how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site or catch a live performance in the city’s historic vaudeville theater, the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the Brant Park Conservation Area, the city’s many pristine parks, trails, and gardens that come alive with color in the spring, and all the possibilities of the Grand River, which offers excellent fishing, paddling, rafting, and bird watching. And when the weather turns cool, there’s still plenty to do, including a stroll through the stunning Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, housed in a former estate home on a 16-acre park.
Or spend an afternoon of waterslide fun at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre or trying games of chance at the OLG Casino Brantford. If you’re a shopper on a quest for locally sourced gifts you won’t find anywhere else, pay a visit to Iroqrafts, where you can explore native crafts and supplies unique to the Six Nations of the Grand River area. There’s also the Brantford Artisans Village, a non-profit community art center consisting of an art gallery and gift shop.