Grand River - Bloom Town
The flowering of an old-style Ontario Town
Brantford likes to boast that it has the "best blooming streets" in Canada.
One reason for the profusion of flowered gardens is the mild climate. Brantford is tucked
between the Great Lakes which act like a huge, automatic climate control. In summer, the
Great Lakes absorb heat keeping the air temperature cool. In winter, they give the heat back
by warming frigid air blowing in from the north and west.
Brantford has grown up gracefully from beginning as a mill town serving surrounding farms.
Its shaded streets of well-maintained red-brick homes make Brantford a cultural anchor in
a sea of economic and social change.
Another of its proud claims is the conception of the telephone in 1874 by a resident teacher
of the deaf, Alexander Graham Bell. While Bell actually made and first tried his device while
living in the United States, Brantford boasts that he developed the idea at the Bell family
homestead, the city's best-known tourist attraction.
Rapid economic growth and immigration have changed the physical appearance and cultural
definition of southern Ontario. Brantford, while prospering from that development and enrichment,
is unique in retaining the visual character of old Ontario, neat, sure of itself, and in
no great hurry to change. Brantford's Loyalist roots are still firmly in place.
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