Brantford, Ontario

Brantford (2021 population: 104,688) is a city in Ontario, Canada, founded on the Grand River in Southwestern Ontario. It is surrounded by Brant County, but is politically separate with a municipal government of its own that is fully independent of the county's municipal government.

Brantford is sometimes known as the “Telephone City”, as a former city resident, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone at his father’s home, the Bell Homestead, and conducted the first long distance telephone call from Brantford to Paris, Ontario in 1876.

Brantford is also the birthplace of hockey player Wayne Gretzky, comedian Phil Hartman, as well as Group of Seven member Lawren Harris. Brantford is named after Joseph Brant, a Mohawk leader. Many of his descendants live on the neighbouring reserve of Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation.

The Attawandaron, or Neutral Nation, lived in the Grand River valley area before the 17th century; their main village and seat of the chief, Kandoucho, was identified by 19th-century historians as having been located on the Grand River where Brantford lies today. This town, like the rest of their settlements, was destroyed when the Iroquois declared war in 1650 and exterminated the Neutral nation.

In 1784, Captain Joseph Brant and the Six Nations Indians left New York State for Canada. As a reward for their loyalty to the British Crown, they were given a large land grant, referred to as the Haldimand Tract, on the Grand River. 

The original Mohawk settlement was on the south edge of the present-day city at a location favourable 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 the village Brantford. The Mohawk Chapel, part of the original Mohawk settlement, is Ontario’s oldest Protestant church. Brantford was incorporated as a city in 1877.

The history of the Brantford region from 1793 to 1920 is described at length in the book At The Forks of The Grand.

Numerous works address the stories of former residents of Native American boarding schools in Western New York and Canada, such as Thomas Indian School, Mohawk Institute Residential School (also known as Mohawk Manual Labour School and Mush Hole Indian Residential School) in Brantford, Southern Ontario, Haudenosaunee boarding school, and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; the impact of those and similar schools on their communities; and community efforts to overcome those impacts. Examples include: the film Unseen Tears: A Documentary on Boarding School Survivors, Ronald James Douglas’ graduate thesis titled Documenting ethnic cleansing in North America: Creating Unseen Tears, and the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s online media collection: “Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools”.

Brantford’s cultural resources include an array of performing, literary, and visual arts organizations, multicultural groups, libraries, a large performance venue, galleries and museums, and an extensive number of independent artists and craftspeople. Brantford’s Municipal Cultural Plan is to be updated in 2014.

Local museums include the Bell Homestead, Brant Museum and Archives, Canadian Military Heritage Museum and the Personal Computer Museum.

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655 PARK Road N Unit# 5, brantford, Ontario

655 Park Road N Unit# 5

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1224
Royal LePage Crown Realty Services
For sale $399,900
111 GREY Street Unit# 211, brantford, Ontario

111 Grey Street Unit# 211

Brantford, Ontario

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1200.2200
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For sale $734,900
19 GRACE Avenue, brantford, Ontario

19 Grace Avenue

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1925
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.
For sale $999,900
36 ROSEHILL Avenue, brantford, Ontario

36 Rosehill Avenue

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1373
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For sale OPEN HOUSE $1,399,900
240 MOUNT PLEASANT Street, brantford, Ontario

240 Mount Pleasant Street

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 3348
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc. Brokerage-3
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.
For sale $899,900
91 LOCKS Road, brantford, Ontario

91 Locks Road

Brantford, Ontario

6 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2332.2600
Davenport Realty Brokerage - Brokerage 2
For sale $899,900
91 LOCKS Road, brantford, Ontario

91 Locks Road

Brantford, Ontario

6 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2332.2600
Davenport Realty Brokerage - Brokerage 2
For sale $649,900
6 GILLRIE Court, brantford, Ontario

6 Gillrie Court

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2001.2800
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.
For rent $2,400 Monthly
54 JUNE CALLWOOD Way, brantford, Ontario

54 June Callwood Way

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1560
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For sale $859,900
3 SHERMAN Drive, brantford, Ontario

3 Sherman Drive

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 1902
Keller Williams Innovation Realty
For sale $499,000
52 ABERDEEN Avenue, brantford, Ontario

52 Aberdeen Avenue

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1108
Keller Williams Innovation Realty
For sale $580,000
12 FLEET Street, brantford, Ontario

12 Fleet Street

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2118
Exp Realty Brokerage
Exp Realty
For rent $1,799 Monthly
38 WHITTON Drive Unit# BASEMENT, brantford, Ontario

38 Whitton Drive Unit# Basement

Brantford, Ontario

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 3700
Homelife Silvercity Realty Inc.
For sale $2,500,000
64-68 KING GEORGE Road, brantford, Ontario

64-68 King George Road

Brantford, Ontario

2386
RE/MAX Twin City Faisal Susiwala Realty
For rent $2,800 Monthly
21 GUNN Avenue, brantford, Ontario

21 Gunn Avenue

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1500
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc. Brokerage-2
For rent $2,250 Monthly
102 PARK Avenue Unit# Unit #1, brantford, Ontario

102 Park Avenue Unit# Unit #1

Brantford, Ontario

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1297
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For rent $2,300 Monthly
102 PARK Avenue Unit# 2, brantford, Ontario

102 Park Avenue Unit# 2

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1133
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For sale $949,000
82 BARRETT Avenue, brantford, Ontario

82 Barrett Avenue

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 3260
Easy List Realty
For sale $1,695,000
473 MOUNT PLEASANT Road, brantford, Ontario

473 Mount Pleasant Road

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 4139.1100
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For sale $1,599,900
11 ELLINGTON Place, brantford, Ontario

11 Ellington Place

Brantford, Ontario

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 4100
RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
For sale $679,900
68 WINDING Way, brantford, Ontario

68 Winding Way

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2262.5100
Shaw Realty Group Inc.
For sale $5,350,000
481 LYNDEN Road, brantford, Ontario

481 Lynden Road

Brantford, Ontario

3 Bedroom 5 Bathroom 5644.0300
Exp Realty
For sale $1,325,000
420 MOUNT PLEASANT Road, brantford, Ontario

420 Mount Pleasant Road

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1683
Royal LePage Crown Realty Services
For sale $120,000
671 COLBORNE Street, brantford, Ontario

671 Colborne Street

Brantford, Ontario

Solid State Realty Inc.
For sale $5,600,000
30 CHATHAM Street, brantford, Ontario

30 Chatham Street

Brantford, Ontario

26 Bedroom 22 Bathroom 17519
Homelife Power Realty Inc.
For sale $690,000
126 CHATHAM Street, brantford, Ontario

126 Chatham Street

Brantford, Ontario

6 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 2689
Exp Realty Brokerage
For sale $679,000
145 ERIE Avenue, brantford, Ontario

145 Erie Avenue

Brantford, Ontario

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2430
Exp Realty Brokerage
Exp Realty
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