Situated on the picturesque Grand River, Brantford is known as the “Telephone City” and is dotted with historic Alexander Graham Bell landmarks. Feed goats at a family-friendly zoo, browse World War II artifacts in a local museum and camp overnight at a leafy park.
Things to do in Brantford
Learn about Brantford’s rich history at The Bell Homestead National Historic Site, which tells the story of how a young Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Take a tour of the homestead with staff dressed in 19th-century costumes and watch audio-visual presentations showcasing various household activities, then step outside for a picnic in the four hectares of land or grab a drink at the Homestead Cafe.
Marvel World War II aircraft at The Canadian Military Heritage Museum, then take a break with a Eureka Cream Ale at Bell City Brewery. If you’re traveling with the kids, visit the cuddly goats and deer at Brantford Twin Valley Zoo.
Walk along The Grand River, as the Canadian Heritage offers fishing, paddling, rafting and bird watching. Brant Park Conservation Area is another hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts, known for its family-friendly campsites, canoeing, swimming, hiking and cycling.
Looking for evening entertainment? Catch a live performance at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which presents a full season of shows, including the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Brantford Downtown Jazz and various comedy festivals. If you prefer art exhibitions, browse the Glenhyrst Art Gallery to see notable pieces of contemporary fine art.
Getting around Brantford
You can fly into John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, then drive 30 minutes into Brantford’s city center. Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport are just 1.5 hours away. In town, the best way to get around is by car.