Stan Gorecki, Owner of Heron Head Bikes

Discover Brantford’s outdoor adventure opportunities with Stan Gorecki, a passionate outdoor enthusiast and the owner of Heron Head Bikes.

Heron Head Bikes is a one-stop shop that services, sells and rents bicycles. Located minutes from Brantford's Rotary Bike Park and the City's extensive trail system, Heron Head Bikes can help you explore all the great things that Brantford has to offer, by bike. 

Man cycling on the trails in the fall

Tell us a little about yourself:

I married into Brantford in 1988 and have enjoyed living here. Getting involved in the community right away, though volunteering helped me meet many people I never would have met. One thing I love about Brantford is how close we are to everything. From the awesome trails along the Grand River, to other larger cities – Brantford has been a great home.

Favourite activities in Brantford in the fall and winter?

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is a small but wonderful place to visit, both inside and out. Be sure to check out The Golden Teapot when you're there too, they have fantastic treats to enjoy as you relax with a cup of tea. From Glenhyrst, it’s a short walk, bike ride or cross country ski (when we have snow) to the trail by the Grand River. 

Three interesting places that I like to visit in the Eagle Place neighbourhood are the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Canadian Military Heritage Museum and, for lunch, Wingmaster. Awesome historical displays and delicious wings, sounds like a great afternoon. 

Four people walk along trails covered in snow

What are some of your favourite trails in Brantford to explore in the fall/winter?

My favourite trail for exploring, especially in the winter by snow shoe or cross country ski, is the Grand Valley Trail from the Northwest pedestrian bridge towards Paris. Lots of side trails to discover.

Learn more about Brantford’s beautiful trail system and trail access points.

What are some of your favourite trail-side businesses in Brantford?

An unexpected prize along the trails in Holmedale is Vic’s Variety - good coffee and an awesome deal on ice cream! A little further down Grand River Avenue is Nu-U Health Bar, a delicious juice bar.

Speaking of food, not far from Brant’s Crossing is the Brantford Farmers' Market. If you’re in town when it’s open, it’s well worth checking out. Fantastic cheeses from Jensen Cheese including many of their own cheeses. Be sure to check out Karl’s Schnitzel House too.

There are a number of trail-side businesses in Brantford that have been certified as bicycle-friendly by Ontario by Bike. 

Two people drinking smoothies inside a cafe while playing chess

What are your favourite places in Brantford to bring family and friends?

When we have friends visit, we always try to get out to see some of the special events like The Brantford International Jazz Festival and the Holmedale Art Crawl.

Aerial image of the Grand River in the winter