Brantford, Ontario – My Top 5 Picks

Brantford is located on the Grand River in Southern Ontario. Brantford is connected to Woodstock in the west and Hamilton in the east by Highway 403 and to Cambridge to the north and Simcoe to the south by Highway 24. Brantford is known by the nickname The Telephone City as former city resident Alexander Graham Bell conducted the first distant telephone call from the community to Paris, Ontario in 1876. It is also the birthplace of hockey player Wayne Gretzky.

In 1784, Captain Joseph Brant and the Six Nations Indians of the Iroquois Confederacy left New York State for Canada. As a reward for their loyalty to the British Crown, they were given a large land grant on the Grand River. The original Mohawk settlement was on the south edge of the present-day city at a location favorable for landing canoes. Brant’s crossing of the river gave the original name to the area: Brant’s ford. By 1847, European settlers began to settle further up the river at a ford in the Grand River and named their village Brantford. It was incorporated as a city in 1877.

Laurier Brantford – Ionic capitals on pillars, pediment

SC Johnson Building – corner Dalhousie & Market Streets, mansard roof with dormers with triangular window hoods

26 Lorne Crescent – Italianate – 1875 – dichromatic brickwork, paired cornice brackets, bay window on side

#30 – 1896 – Queen Anne style – round turret

#102 – Italianate, hipped roof, paired cornice brackets, corner quoins