The residents of Bradford love their community.
It’s continuing to grow, which makes Bradford the place to be. With such a diverse population, Bradford has everything to fit everybody’s wants and needs. For people wanting to start a business, Bradford is a great location to do so. It is known to be one of the top locations to start or grow a company in Southern Ontario.
Bradford is a great place to work, visit and raise a family, and with easy access to the major highways, Bradford is a great place to live for those looking for easy access to both Barrie or Toronto.
Bradford has everything you need to live an active healthy life. Residents enjoy Bradford's swimming pools, fitness classes, skating arena and gymnasiums. If people prefer an active outdoor lifestyle, Bradford is home to many walking trials, a great way to enjoy the fresh air and surround yourself by nature.
In August, the public can head down to the worlds greatest carrot festival located on the streets of downtown Bradford. It was voted one of the top events in Ontario, with a street market with over 300 vendors, a dog competition, pro wrestling, CarrotFast five kilometre charity run, midway, inflatable amusement rides for children, main stage with live music and much more!
The first and only indoor playground in the Bradford area.
Kidergy is the most popular place to be if you’re a kid. Over 7400 square space containing a 3-level 2200 sq. ft. play structure with slides, climbers and mazes. It also has four party rooms and a cafe where parents can sit and watch over their children. There are also a variety of healthy snacks to choose from.
Bradford was first established as a village in 1857, with a population of only one thousand, a few years after the Northern Railway of Canada was built through the area. It wasn't until 1960 that Bradford officially became a town.
Downtown Bradford has survived two major fires. The first, on May 23, 1871, destroyed up to one hundred homes and all businesses except for two hotels. The second fire took place in the 1960s, luckily it only damaged the northwest corner at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Hwy 88.
The Village Inn, Bradford’s most famous historical building that is still open and popular to this day.
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