Bradford West Gwillimbury (2016 population 35,325) is a town in Simcoe County in south-central Ontario. Located on the Holland River, West Gwillimbury takes its name from the family of Elizabeth Simcoe, née Gwillim. The former Town of Bradford was amalgamated with portions of the former Townships of West Gwillimbury and Tecumseth to become the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury on January 1, 1991.

One of its famous historical landmarks that still operates to this day is the Village Inn Hotel. Its architect was E.J. Lennox, one of Toronto’s foremost architects who also built Toronto’s Old City Hall, the West Wing of the Ontario Legislature – Queens Park, and the King Edward Hotel. The Village Inn is situated at the crossroads of Highway 88 and Highway 11, and is the landmark at the four corners of Bradford. Food, lodgings, and hospitality serve as its trademark. This history goes back to the 1900s, to horse and buggy days, when the Village Inn was a favourite meeting place for local residents and travelers en route for other parts of the country.



There are 12 schools in Bradford West Gwillimbury, including two secondary schools; Bradford District High School (Public) and Holy Trinity High School (Catholic).



One of Bradford’s main attractions each year is Carrot Fest! The event takes place in the downtown area and at the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre and is consistently voted as one of the Top 100 events in Ontario by the Festival & Events Ontario. It includes a large vendor market with hundreds of vendors, Kids Zone, live stage entertainment and more!

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury hosts entertainment in the park every Thursday throughout the summer. The schedule alternates between Music in the Park one week and an outdoor movie the next. Music in the Park features a live musical performance each week, bringing a variety of music genres to town throughout the summer. Outdoor movie nights feature family friendly movies on a large screen under the stars.



Although there are several recreation facilities in Bradford West Gwillimbury, the BWG Leisure Centre is the largest facility and includes a fitness centre, aquatic centre, gymnasium, and two NHL sized rinks.

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury manages over 100 acres of 26 parks and parkettes for all residents to enjoy. Many of the Town’s parks include features such as accessible picnic tables, wider pathways and curb cuts for ease of access for wheelchairs and strollers. The town also has a series of well-developed urban trails with organized trails hikes taking place each spring.

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