Brampton had its start as Canada’s premier ‘Flower Town,’ in the late 19th century. This came from Brampton’s thriving greenhouse industry, which exported roses, orchids and cut flowers all over the world. In more recent years, Brampton has blossomed into a vibrant city full of colourful gardens, public art and multicultural festivals celebrating its diverse population.
Brampton is also home to several conservation areas that shelter diverse local flora and fauna. Go birdwatching in the Claireville Conservation Area or observe plants and flowers used in Anishnawbe Nation traditions in the Heart Lake Conservation Area.
Brampton’s lush scenery is also a popular location for film and TV productions. Its experience gracing the silver screen has made Brampton one of the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) foremost entertainment arts hubs, even hosting film festivals many times of the year.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Brampton, scroll down or visit the city's tourism website.
Where is Brampton?
Brampton is located in Southern Ontario and is a part of the Peel Region. It is Canada’s ninth most populous municipality, with a population of over 600,000 people. To travel to Brampton, you can fly into the Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), take a 34-minute drive from Toronto, or ride a bus, train or subway from Toronto.
Things to Do in Brampton
Get to know Brampton’s colourful origins by taking a stroll in Gage Park, its oldest municipal park. Open to the public since 1903, the park is home to a multitude of floral gardens, trails (temperature-controlled ice skating trails are open in winter) and evening concerts in summer.
Explore Brampton’s past by visiting its many varied museums. Brampton is home to Canada’s only Great War Flying Aircraft Museum, filled with an assortment of vintage airplanes, uniforms and memorabilia.
Brampton is also the place to be for festivals. Every September, Brampton celebrates “Doors Open Brampton,” where more than a dozen historic locations are open to the public for free, like the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) and the Bovaird House, a 19th-century Georgian style Ontario farmhouse. Visitors can also immerse themselves in Brampton’s diverse community by participating in the Carabram Festival, an annual multicultural festival that takes place every July. Eat, dance, learn, and explore the many cultures that call Brampton home in venues all over the city. You’ll get a taste of countries like India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Ukraine, Italy, Poland, the Philippines and more.
Lovers of the great outdoors can also enjoy Brampton’s many lakes and recreational activities. Eagle-eyed visitors can take a stroll in the Claireville Conservation Area and watch out for northern orioles, red-winged blackbirds, and rare white deer that can be spotted in some trails. Visitors can also sit back and relax in Brampton’s very own beach on the east side of Professor’s Lake, a man-made lake where locals go to fish, sail and windsurf.
Brampton Neighbourhoods & Districts
Owing to its beginnings as a collection of farming hamlets, Brampton now consists of a collection of laid-back neighborhoods that stay loyal to their rural roots. Brampton also looks to the future by incorporating a modern urban landscape that attracts and accommodates its growing population, considered to be among the youngest in Canada.
A picturesque neighborhood located in the Credit River Valley, through which the eponymous Credit River flows.
Known among Brampton residents as a “lost village,” this rural neighborhood still houses the city’s last remaining nursery greenhouses and apple orchards.
Things to Know About Visiting Brampton
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Brampton, you'll appreciate what the locals recommend around the city.
Where to grab fresh produce
Where to go ice skating
Where to go horseback riding
Where to see local art
Where to see live music
Where to go for a hike
Where to see spring blossoms
Located in Brampton’s south end, Joyce Archdekin Park is the best spot to admire the beauty of spring during the short, but magical period when the cherry trees blossom.