Opened in 1903, Gage Park offers visitors a serene and tranquil nature escape in the heart of the metropolitan city of Brampton. Holding onto its heritage, the park has a distinctly Victorian vibe, with lush landscaped gardens, a beautiful gazebo and a fountain.
Half an hour from downtown Toronto, Gage Park offers a relaxing taste of the outdoors in every season. It has a wading pool for cooling off in those hot summer months, ice-skating trails in winter, and jogging and inline skating trails and even a pump track for cyclists for everything in between. During the summer, it also plays host to a variety of festivals, concerts and shows, including food fairs and classic car weekenders.
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Named after school textbook publisher Sir William J. Gage, who donated some land and spearheaded the creation of Brampton’s first public park, Gage Park was actually a joint effort between Gage and the community, who raised funds to buy neighbouring plots for a bigger park.
Since then, it has evolved into a much-loved city hub, home to summer and winter activities, events and festivals and it’s certainly a nice place to relax and while away a few hours in nature. This park has everything: lush lawns, flower gardens, a historical fountain, a veterans’ monument, a bandstand, a splash pool and winding paths slinking past shady trees and greenery. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic or a stroll.
During the summer months, the park and its historical bandstand play host to an array of events. Winter in Gage Park is just as magical. The walkway is transformed into an outdoor ice rink under the stars, and all the trees are illuminated with lights. To complete the evening, you can also grab dinner and snacks from food trucks and rent skates on-site. There is also a Winter Lights Festival every year and outdoor Christmas markets.
Gage Park is also home to the Alderlea, a 19th century Italian-style villa-mansion that was once home to Sir Gage, as well as accommodating soldiers returning home from WWII. Now owned by the City of Brampton as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations, the Alderlea is usually rented as a private venue, but its impressive exterior is still worth checking out.