Bradford is a quiet, mostly rural town with a lot of heart, located a little less than an hour north of Toronto.
Residents there are friendly, honest, hardworking and happy to open their arms to newcomers. The population sits at around 29,000 people and is growing at a steady rate.
Hundreds of people are moving to Bradford every year for its idyllic, small-town sentimentality mixed with its convenient location near the Toronto metropolitan area. Anyone making the move to Bradford will be happy to become a contended member of the town’s spirited community.
Living in Bradford
Bradford has been rapidly expanding with a number of high-end communities to cater to well-paid workers who want to live outside of the urban Toronto area. The median home price was $449,000 for a three bedroom, although much cheaper properties are available — as are plenty that are more expensive for families with bigger needs.
An influx of wealthier residents has spurred the growth of many upscale community businesses, such as the Bradford Highlands Golf Club. Residents can send their children to one of many excellent public and private schools, including Sir William Osler, Fieldcrest Elementary, St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic School and Bradford District High School.
Things to do in Bradford
There is a mix of rich tradition and culture in Bradford, owing to the population’s diverse European ancestry. Residents hail from a mixture of backgrounds including Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Portugal, Italy and many more.
The town grew out of a combination of farmers and businessmen, who were helped in part by the Northern Railway of Canada train station built around 1857. The Village Inn Hotel is a holdover from this time, charting its history back to the early 20th century.
Situated now at the crossroads of Highway 11 and Highway 88, the hotel was a favourite meeting place for locals as well as travellers. Much of the original building still stands today after surviving two major fires.
More modern businesses include Heavy Throttle Powersports, Bare Beaunz Inc. Skateboard Shop and popular chains like Shoppers Drug Mart, Fresh Food Convenient and M&M Meat Shop.
Local businesses like Bradford Smoke Shop have persisted for decades. An imaginative “indoor playground” named Kidergy is one of the most popular businesses in town, hosting birthdays and party events.
Just north of Bradford you can still find farmers on the Holland Marsh tilling the soil to grow fresh produce and agricultural products, most of which are available to purchase at the farm stand on Canal Road.
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