Bradford West Gwillimbury

Bradford West Gwillimbury is a town in south-central Ontario, in the County of Simcoe in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area[3] 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.[4]

Bradford West Gwillimbury
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Bradford, Ontario
A Growing Tradition
Bradford West Gwillimbury is located in Southern Ontario
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Coordinates: 44°08′N 79°38′W / 44.133°N 79.633°WCoordinates: 44°08′N 79°38′W / 44.133°N 79.633°W
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • MayorRob Keffer
 • MPsPeter Van Loan
 • MPPsCaroline Mulroney
 • Total201.04 km2 (77.62 sq mi)
 • Total35,325
 • Density175.7/km2 (455/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)289, 905, and 705


Holland Marsh, a region of #9 humus soil, is located partly in Bradford West Gwillimbury. The town, along with the Township of King is the governing body responsible for the maintenance of the drainage system of this source of Canada's produce supply. In 2007 a Holland Marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal Board was created in response to a crisis of maintenance of the Holland Marsh Drainage System.[5]

The Holland River flows through the middle of the southernmost Holland Marsh polder and eventually flows out to Lake Simcoe. Geographically, the area is north of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Bradford West Gwillimbury consists of the town of Bradford and the former Township of West Gwillimbury, and includes the communities of Bond Head, Coulson's Hill,[6] Deerhurst, Dunkerron, Green Valley, Newton Robinson and Pinkerton.


Court House and Council Chambers 2017
Old Town hall in Bradford

The current mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury is Rob Keffer, who defeated the previous and two term mayor, Doug White, in the election of October 2014. The first mayor was Bill de Peuter, who was mayor of Bradford from 1986 to 1990.

The municipality has a mayor, a deputy mayor, and seven councillors. The administration is led by a town manager and has the following departments: clerks, building, planning, human resources, recreation, finance, engineering, facilities and parks, fire and IT. Council shared space with a courthouse at 57 Holland Street East.

Bradford West Gwillimbury and the neighbouring town of Innisfil share the South Simcoe Police Service. The town also incorporates the YNOT Bradford West Gwillimbury Youth Council, an assembly of teens, into its town discussions. The non-governmental group works to create social opportunities, including recreation facilities; enhance environmentalism; and create a political voice for the town's youth.

Federally, the town is part of the riding of York—Simcoe, represented by Peter Van Loan of the Conservative Party, who was first elected in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006. Provincially, it is part of the riding of York—Simcoe, represented by Tory MPP Caroline Mulroney.

Fire & Emergency Services

Fire & Emergency Services has vastly evolved from the traditional functions of fire suppression and fire prevention. In addition to structural fire calls, the Fire Suppression division responds to calls such as residential and commercial fire alarms, motor vehicle collisions, vehicle fires, specialized rescues such as technical rope, confined space, and ice-water rescues, tiered medicals (ambulance assists) hazardous material responses (HAZMAT), mutual aid requests, as well as assistance during times of natural and/or man made disasters.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire & Emergency Services Headquarters is located at 75 Melbourne Drive, and currently has a fleet of 6 frontline apparatus, a fire prevention van, 2 Fire Chief vehicles, and a specialized response trailer.

Even though Bradford West Gwillimbury is part of Simcoe County, the station number and apparatus numbers are based on the York Region Fire Services numbering system, thus, Bradford is District 10, Station #1 (Station 10-1).


The town is served by Highway 400 and Highway 9 at the southern border. It is also served by a number of Simcoe county roads, including 88 (Holland Street West), 4 (Bridge Street, Holland Street East, and Barrie Street), 27, 41 (Simcoe Road), and 8 (Canal Road).

The town is also located on a bus and commuter train route, served by GO Transit. Bradford GO Station is located in the community of Bradford and is on the Barrie line. The station had been the northern terminus of the line until its extension opened in December 2007.

Notable people

Also see Notable people from Bradford, Ontario

  • William Osler, called the "most influential physician in history", was born on July 12, 1849 at Bond Head, Canada West (now Ontario).
  • Newton Robinson was the birthplace of NHL Hall of Famer, Bob Pulford.


Historical Population

According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census:[2]

  • 2016 Population: 35,325
  • 2011 Population: 28,077
  • % Change (2011–2016): +25.8
  • Dwellings: 11,918 (19.4% higher than 2011 (9,979))
  • Area (km²): 201.04
  • Density (persons per km²): 175.7
  • Latitude: 44.1149
  • Longitude: -79.563

See also


  • "(Code 3543014) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-01.


  1. ^ Statistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 census, Bradford West Gwillimbury". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006". Archived from the original on 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  4. ^ "Living Here". Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. Retrieved 2006-08-04.
  5. ^ "Welcome and Project Updates". Holland Marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal Services Board. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  6. ^ Cottrell Lake - Courtland, GeoNames Index, Ontario Terminology

External links

2010 Simcoe County municipal elections

Elections were held in Simcoe County, Ontario on October 25, 2010 in conjunction with municipal elections across the province.

2014 Simcoe County municipal elections

Elections were held in Simcoe County, Ontario on October 27, 2014 in conjunction with municipal elections across the province.

2018 Simcoe County municipal elections

Elections were held in Simcoe County, Ontario on October 22, 2018 in conjunction with municipal elections across the province.

Auld Kirk Scotch Settlement

The Auld Kirk Scotch Settlement is a historic settlement located in the former township of West Gwillimbury (now Bradford West Gwillimbury). It is located on the 6th Line, west of the 10th Sideroad, street number 3380. The church is one of several old Presbyterian churches that merged to form St. John's Presbyterian Church in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Barrie (electoral district)

Prior to the 2015 election Barrie was a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2004. It consisted of the City of Barrie in the County of Simcoe. It was created in 2003 when its predecessor, Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford, was redistributed. Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford consisted of the City of Barrie and the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil. It had been formed in 1996 as Barrie—Simcoe from Simcoe Centre and York—Simcoe ridings, but its name was changed before an election was held.

Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford (provincial electoral district)

Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford was a provincial electoral district in central Ontario, Canada that elected one Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It was created in 1999 from Simcoe Centre and a small part from Simcoe West. It was abolished in 2007 into Barrie, Simcoe—Grey and York—Simcoe.

The riding included the municipalities of Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Bradford, Ontario

Bradford is the primary country urban area of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario, in Canada. It overlooks a farming community, known as The Holland Marsh, located on the Holland River that flows into Lake Simcoe.

Bradford Times

The Bradford Times was a weekly community newspaper founded in October 1991 and terminated in November, 2017.

Canal Road

Canal Road is a street name in various locations, including the following:

Canal Bank Road, Lahore, Pakistan

Canal Road, Bradford West Gwillimbury in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada

Canal Road (Washington, D.C.), U.S.A.

Canal Road (Hong Kong)

Canal Road (Pune)

Cook's Bay

Cook's Bay is the southernmost bay of Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada. It was named by John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, for James Cook, who had served as master aboard HMS Pembroke in 1759 under the command of Captain John Simcoe, the Lieutenant-Governor's father. Most of the southern part of the bay is within the jurisdiction of Georgina, a town in the Regional Municipality of York. Its western end is in Simcoe County, and a small portion from the mouth of the Holland River to the Simcoe County border is within Bradford West Gwillimbury. The largest community on the shores of the bay is Keswick.

The bay is used for fishing, and is especially known for yellow perch. It attracts windsurfers and kitesurfers throughout the year, and its northern end features many cottages that are part of Ontario's cottage country. Marinas and motel accommodations are available.

Holland Marsh

The Holland Marsh is a wetland and agricultural area in Ontario, Canada, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Toronto. It lies entirely within the valley of the Holland River, stretching from the northern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine near Schomberg to the river mouth at Cook's Bay, Lake Simcoe. In its entirety it comprises about 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares), with two distinct divisions. Historically it has simply been referred to as "the marsh".

The first area to be drained and reclaimed for farming is a 7,200-acre (2,915-hectare) municipally drained polder south-west of the town of Bradford proper, of which 40% lies in King Township (York Region) and 60% in the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (Simcoe County).

The other 13,800 acres (5,585 hectares) lie north and east of Bradford, fringing Cook's Bay in the townships of Innisfil and East Gwillimbury. Portions of this area have been privately reclaimed for farming, such as the Ravenshoe Road and Bradford Marsh areas, and portions are recreational or undisturbed wetland. In some cases, recreational boating, wetland and agricultural areas intersect.

Holy Trinity High School (Bradford)

Holy Trinity High School is a small Catholic high school in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1985, at which time the "school" was spread over several buildings in Bradford. In January 1986, a new site was found in a building on the third floor of Bradford's Bank of Nova Scotia building, which meant Holy Trinity then had four classrooms in one building.

In September, 1986, the school was moved to "portable" classroom buildings at its current site. Construction of the current school building did not begin until 1991, and the building's official opening was May 24, 1992. The current student population is approximately 650.

List of numbered roads in Simcoe County

This is a list of numbered county roads in Simcoe County, Ontario.

Ontario Highway 88

King's Highway 88, commonly referred to as Highway 88, was a provincially maintained highway located in the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, which connected former Highway 27 in the village of Bond Head with former Highway 11 in the town of Bradford. It was established in 1938 and decommissioned in 1998, and has since been known as Simcoe County Road 88.

Pinkerton, Ontario

Pinkerton (also Pinkerton's Corners) is an unincorporated rural community in Bradford West Gwillimbury Township, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada.


PowerStream Holdings Incorporated was an electric utility servicing communities north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. Its service areas included Aurora, Alliston, Barrie, Beeton, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Penetanguishene, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan.

Powerstream merged with Enersource and Horizon Utilities to form Alectra on February 1, 2017. Through a partnership with the Town of Collingwood it owned a 50% share of Collus PowerStream which serves customers in Collingwood, Stayner, Creemore and Thornbury. The 50% ownership stake in Collus PowerStream was transferred to Alectra before being sold back to the Town of Collingwood in 2017.

Simcoe County

Simcoe County is located in the central portion of Southern Ontario, Canada. The county is just north of the Greater Toronto Area, stretching from the shores of Lake Simcoe in the east to Georgian Bay in the west. Simcoe County forms part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, a densely populated and industrialized region, centred on the Greater Toronto Area.

The land area of the county is 4,668.70 square kilometres (1,802.60 sq mi). The elevated Niagara Escarpment runs through sections of the western part of the county, and the Minesing Wetlands, a Ramsar Convention wetland of international importance, is located in the central area of the county.

The county administrative centre is on Highway 26 in Midhurst, outside Barrie.

South Simcoe Police Service

South Simcoe Police Service is a municipal police force in Ontario, Canada providing service to the municipalities of Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury. It came into existence on January 1, 1997, through the amalgamation of the Innisfil Police Service and Bradford West Gwillimbury Police Service. The neighbouring Barrie Police Service was part of the initial proposal but did not participate in the amalgamation.

South Simcoe Police has 74 officers and 43 civilian staff members. The police force also has a complement of 30 auxiliary officers.

The Chief of Police from 1997 to 2011 was Bruce J Davis. On April 16, 2012 Rick Beazley was appointed Chief and was the former Chief of Police for the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service.Municipal councillors for The Town of Innisfil have been critical of the 6.75% budget increase for 2011 - with at least one councillor calling for the municipalities to look at other policing options.

Bradford West Gwillimbury is also looking at other policing options - with council voting in favour of asking the Ontario Provincial Police for a proposal to provide policing.

York—Simcoe (provincial electoral district)

York—Simcoe is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since the 2007 provincial election.

It covers part of the region north of Toronto by Lake Simcoe. The riding includes the municipalities of Bradford West Gwillimbury, East Gwillimbury, Georgina and King north of Regional Road 31. It also includes the community of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Indian Reserve.

The provincial electoral district was created in 1999 when provincial ridings were defined to have the same borders as federal ridings.

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