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The City of Brantford

Beautiful Brantford is located along the picturesque Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River which flows majestically through this south central Ontario community only one hour southwest of Toronto. Brantford is a vibrant, historic city of over 87,000 with its roots based upon Native and European settlement.

Brantford is named after Captain Joseph Brant, leader of the Six Nations, who forded the Grand in 1784. Their rich culture and heritage is presented at St. Paul's, Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, the first Royal chapel in the world belonging to the native people.

In the summer of 1874, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone at his family's Brantford homestead, which was designated a national historic site in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Brantford is also the home town of famous people, such as aboriginal poet Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), actor Phil Hartman, Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris, electron microscope inventor James Hillier, Olympic runner Kevin Sullivan, professional golfer David Hearn, and Wayne Gretzky, the world's greatest hockey player.

The Six Nations 40, Ontario Native Reserve is adjacent to Brantford and is the largest in Canada.

With its glorious gardens, beautifully maintained parks and spectacular floral displays, Brantford is extremely proud to be recognized internationally as the "Best Bloomin' City in Canada" and the first Canadian "Nations in Bloom" world champion. Brantford's official flower is daffodil, which was adopted by the city in 1919. Every spring, through the millennium beautification program - "A Bloomin' Gold Rush", Brantford will be blooming with spectacular masses of daffodils.

Brantford's warm hospitality is experienced year round. Citizens and visitors enjoy the simple pleasures the area has to offer - beautifully maintained parks, nature trails, canoeing and fishing, fall county fairs, historical attractions, great dining, and many fun-filled, family-oriented special events.

The friendship and beauty of this small town in Canada makes Brantford truly a "Best Bloomin Community".

Take a step back in time and learn about The History of Btantford and Brantford's Historical Attractions.

Brantford-Brant is comprised of two municipalities; the City of Brantford and the Corporation of the County of Brant, which includes the towns and villages of Paris, Burford, Oakland, Scotland, Mt. Pleasant, St. George, Glen Morris and Onondaga.

The city of Brantford enjoys an excellent network of road systems with good access to major centers, also by rail and air. 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.

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. However, Wescast recently relocated their local foundry to China, although their headquarters and research facility remains in the city.

Visit official Web site for the city of Brantford if you need more information or visit our Brantford Links page and Community Index page.

Brantford's high-schools are Pauline Johnson Collegiate, North Park Collegiate, Brantford Collegiate Institute, Assumption College School, St. John's College and Tollgate Technological Institute (formerly known as Herman E. Fawcett).

Visit Grand Erie District School Board Web site for more information about schools in Brantford and the Counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

For information about Catholic Schools in the area visit Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

The W. Ross Macdonald School for blind and deafblind students is also located in Brantford.

Mohawk College has large satellite campus in Brantford. Wilfrid Laurier University offers several undergraduate courses in their downtown campus. Wilfrid Laurier offers a joint program in education with Nipissing University.