Downtown Brantford

  • Brantford is the home of legendary hockey player, Wayne Gretzky
  • Wayne's dad, Walter Gretzky, still lives here and is the ‘Lord Mayor' of Brantford
  • Brantford boasts 70km of natural trails to run, bike or hike
  • The beautiful Grand River, a designated Canadian Heritage River, runs through the City of Brantford
  • Nicknamed “The Telephone City,” it was here in 1874 that Alexander Graham Bell discovered the principle of which his most famous invention, the telephone, would work
  • The world's first long distance telephone call was executed from here in 1876
  • Brantford was officially declared “The Tournament Capital of Ontario” in 1998
  • Brantford holds a Guinness World Record for the largest street hockey tournament (Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament, 2010)
  • In 1869, Prince Arthur was inducted as an honorary Six Nations Chief when he visited Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks
  • For 46 years, the Brantford International Villages Festival has showcased cultural food and entertainment from around the world
  • Walk the streets where TV series The Handmaid's Tale, Murdoch Mysteries, and Schitt's Creek were filmed in Brantford, among many others
  • Brantford, and our surrounding communities of Six Nations of the Grand River and the County of Brant, is home to some of the largest remaining blocks of Carolinian forest