Other Historic Attractions
Favorite thing: Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead
- The birthplace and co-founder of the Women's Institute and former president of the YMCA among other notable accomplishments.
359 Blue Lake Road
RR1 St. George
Canadian Military Heritage and Vintage Motorcycle Museum
- Experience Canada's Military Heritage and view artifacts from the War of 1812, South African War, both World Wars and many others. Vintage motorcycles and research library are also on site.
347 Greenwich St., Brantford
Myrtleville House Museum
- Built in 1837, Allen and Eliza Good's homestead is one of the oldest original homesteads in Brant County. It has been restored to reflect the early 19th century.
35 Myrtleville Drive, Brantford
Favorite thing: Brantford is famous for their flowers and foliage and is even the past award winner of the nationwide, "Communities in Bloom" projects.
A compliment to our gorgeous trails with bridges and winding paths, our parks are filled with rose gardens, lush greenery and an amazing array of flowers in every colour during the spring, summer and fall.
Lorne Bridge Park in West Brant is always adorned with some of the most impressive open gardens around that flies the provincial flags during the summer.
"Poutine Eh!" & Other Canadian Words.
Favorite thing: "Canadian Tire Money" - Is not Canada's national currency but Canadian Tire is a large franchise store throughout. This money can only be used at Canadian Tire stores and gas stations, although some stores will accept it.
"Pogey" - A term used to describe collecting Employment Insurance.
"Poutine" - No nutritional value whatsoever, Poutine is comprised of french fries, a particular sort of gravy; and mozarella cheese, fattening but amazing.
"Toonie" - The Canadian $2 coin.
"Loonie" - The Canadian $1 coin.
"Toque" - Like the American knit hat.
"Two-four" - As in a 24 case of beer. Which reminds me, our beer is much more potent than in America and more expensive.
"Timmy Hos" or "Tims" - As in Tim Hortons Coffee.
"Kraft Dinner" - a.k.a. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese to Americans. No difference between what's in the boxes, just what's on them. Canadians eat a lot of KD. Referred to in some areas as "rubber bullets."
"Timbits" - from Tim Hortons, are round balls of doughnuts.
"Eh" - has no meaning really. Often is at the end of sentences, as in, "So you're from the South Eh?"
Easy Access to Other Great Cities.
Favorite thing: When coming to southwestern Ontario there really is so much to see and do here.
Brantford is conviently located to some of Ontario's most amazing places.
Within a one and a half hour drive you can get to the following major cities:
-Toronto, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, St. Catherines, Buffalo New York, Six Nations and more.
Favorite thing: Little Known Facts:
People who have lived or otherwise had significant involvement in Brantford & Area:
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless (Activist - first president of the YMCA)
Wayne Gretzky (Hockey Player - Born and raised here)
Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor of the telephone - Homestead here)
Jay Silverheels (Tonto on the Lone Ranger)
Joseph Brant (Native Mohawk leader)
Phil Hartman (Actor-http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/6422/phcredit.html)
Emily Pauline Johnson ( Poet )
Lawren Stewart Harris (Artist - Group of Seven born in Brantford)
Emily Howard Jennings Stowe (First woman to openly practice medicine in Canada)
Tom Longboat (Athlete - Won the Boston Marathon in 1907)
James Hillier - (Inventor noted for his contributions to the development of the electron microscope)
Graham Greene (Actor - http://www149.pair.com/marilynn/greene.htm)
Among many others. Not bad for a little city that today, still has under 85,000 residents.
Aphrodite21's General Tip
Fondest memory: One of my favourite memories of Brantford is of last year. My brother has his pilot's lisence and we went flying over Brantford. It was a beautiful day and I got some great pictures, which you can view in my 'Flying Over Brantford' travelogue.