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, a fountain and a stunning indoor tropical garden.
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.
Flora lovers won’t want to miss the famous Gage Park Rose Garden and Gage Park Tropical House. This popular spot has palm trees and tropical plants from around the world along with flowers, lily ponds with turtles and fish and even little waterfalls. Opened in 2019, the tropical garden is free to enter and is open all year round, providing a steamy escape on cold days. It also houses different floral displays throughout the year, including the Spring Tide Show and the Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show, which has been a Gage Park staple since the 1920s.
During the summer months, the park and its historical bandstand play host to an array of events, including the annual Brampton Global Jazz and Blues Festival and the Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll Festival. There are also free Thursday Night Concerts, where you can bring a picnic and a lawn chair and kick back on the grass.
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.
Serving the community as well as being a gorgeous spot for visitors, the southwestern part of the park houses the Rosedale Tennis Club, the Rosedale Lawn Bowling Club and the Gage Park Cycling Pump Track. The park also has two kids’ playgrounds and the Children’s Museum.
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 WW2. 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.
Just 30 minutes from central Toronto and 15 minutes from the Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ, ICAO: CYYZ), it’s easy to get to Gage Park on public transport. Public parking is also available under City Hall or on the street.