Whether you want cultural experiences, outdoor adventure, fantastic family fun, sporting events, or culinary delights, Brantford has tons of tourist attractions that provide fun and memorable photo opportunities. We're highlighting 10 of our top picks for pics.
You can find Wilkes Dam along the 14 km SC Johnson Trail that runs between Paris and Brantford. There is limited parking available at Wilkes Dam, so you can park and hike or bike or just go down to the Dam for a quiet moment by the water’s edge. Enjoy the sights and sounds of running water, and you might even spot some fish! It’s a great spot to get family photos taken year round, and a nice place to just sit and relax.
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The Armoury was built in 1883 and was first used in 1891 as the headquarters of the 38th Batallion of the Dufferin Rifles of Canada. The Boer War Memorial is located in Jubilee Terrace Park, adjacent to the Brantford Armouries. The monument is the work of artist Hamilton MacCarthy of Ottawa, and was dedicated on Victoria Day in 1903. Also located in Jubilee Terrace Park is the Field Howitzer (1913). This cannon was captured during World War 1. The presence of the Boer War Memorial, the Howitzer, and the nearby Armouries are all designated as heritage property. The beautiful monuments and historic building also sit adjacent to the Lorne Bridge and overlook the flowing waters of the Grand River. It’s a picturesque spot in bustling downtown Brantford.
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Brantford Farmers’ Market
If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour in your photos, look no further than the Brantford Farmers’ Market. Established in 1848 in the downtown core and serving the Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River residents ever since, the market has a wide range of product offerings including: farm fresh produce, a complete range of meat and dairy products, delicious baked goods, fresh cut and dried flowers, handcrafted bird house feeders, and so much more. It’s the perfect spot to do a little local farm fresh shopping and also test out your camera. #nofilterneeded
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Brantford Twin Valley Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears…oh my! Located in the nearby County of Brant, you can experience the wonder of amazing animals up close and in person. Built on 25 beautiful acres, Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is a great place to observe a collection of native and exotic animals maintained in natural surroundings. Grab your safari hat and deck yourself out in camouflage clothing…just don’t forget your camera!
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Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks National Historic Site
Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks was built in 1784 as the first Protestant Church in Upper Canada and is now the oldest surviving church in Ontario. The Royal Chapel is the last remaining building of the Mohawk Village. It stands as a memorial and reminder of the important contributions Six Nations made in the history of Canada. Offering beautiful views inside and out, the chapel offers both self-guided and guided tours from May until October.
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Carnegie Building/Victoria Park
One of the most photographed buildings in our downtown core is the Carnegie Building, which used to be the Brantford Public Library until it was renovated and transformed into the Brantford Campus of the Wilfrid Laurier University. The renovated facility accommodates 400 students in an intimate learning environment while being respectful of the historic nature of the building. Standing in front of the building and looking up, one might think they’re on the campus of a movie set. If you stand on the steps, you have a brilliant birds-eye view of beautiful Victoria Park and the Joseph Brant Memorial in front of you, with picturesque City Hall to your right and St. Andrews Church to your left.
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Earl Haig Family Fun Park
Earl Haig Family Fun Park offers a wide variety of water attractions including splash pad, swimming pool, waterslide and lazy river. It also offers other fun activities including batting cages, mini putt, picnic areas, and a snack shack. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to make some fun family memories, look no further than Earl Haig—the ultimate summer fun destination in Brantford.
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Brantford Golf & Country Club
A popular wedding and event venue, the Brantford Golf & Country Club has been ranked 22nd on the list of Top Canadian Classic Courses in GolfWeek and 79th on SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Courses in Canada list. The picturesque course is situated along the Grand River and overlooks Brant Park Conservation Area. It’s the perfect backdrop to any photo whether you’re on the course or having a drink on the patio.
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Arnold Anderson Stadium/Cockshutt Park
It’s home to The Brantford Red Sox and the Brantford Kinsmen Annual Ribfest, but it’s also a popular venue for film rentals. In 2017, the Dairy Farmers of Canada shot a 30 second commercial at Cockshutt Park called “A Tall Cold One” to promote the refreshing taste of milk. The ad features a competitive baseball game among friends on the ball diamond at Cockshutt Park. Stand on the green fields, or take a scenic bike ride through the nearby trails and snap a pic of this spot that’s now recognized on a national level.
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Brant Park Conservation Area
Go for the day and enjoy sun and fun in the 1.25 acre swimming pool or camp out for a night or two and explore this historic part of Southern Ontario, popular for anglers, hikers, bikers and canoeists. The scenic Grand River and the heavily wooded areas make the perfect backdrop for your rustic family photos.
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