Bradford West Gwillimbury

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Bradford West Gwillimbury
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall
A Growing Tradition
Bradford West Gwillimbury is located in Simcoe County
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Bradford West Gwillimbury
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°W / 44.133; -79.633Coordinates: 44°08′N 79°38′W / 44.133°N 79.633°W / 44.133; -79.633
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • MayorJames Leduc
 • MPsScot Davidson
 • 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

Bradford West Gwillimbury is a town in south-central Ontario, in the County of Simcoe in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area[2] 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.[3]


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.[4]

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,[5] Deerhurst, Dunkerron, Green Valley, Newton Robinson and Pinkerton.


Farmhouses on the Holland Marsh

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 Scot Davidson of the Conservative Party, who elected in a by-election on February 25, 2019.[6] Provincially, it is part of the riding of York—Simcoe, represented by Tory MPP Caroline Mulroney.

Fire & Emergency Services[edit]

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.

Bradford West Gwillimbury operates a local transit service, BWG Transit, which operates two routes primarily around Bradford. The routes provide a local transit connection to the town's railway station, and the bus system operates six days a week.

Notable people[edit]

Also see Notable people from Bradford, Ontario

  • William Mulock, lawyer, businessman, educator, farmer, politician, judge, and philanthropist who is credited with the formation of the modern University of Toronto, was born on January 19, 1843, at Bond Head.
  • 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.


Bradford / Bradford West Gwillimbury Historical Population
Town of Bradford up to 1981, Bradford West Gwillimbury from 1991 onward

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Bradford West Gwillimbury had a population of 42,880 living in 13,415 of its 13,907 total private dwellings, a change of 21.4% from its 2016 population of 35,325. With a land area of 200.68 km2 (77.48 sq mi), it had a population density of 213.7/km2 (553.4/sq mi) in 2021.[8]

Canada census – Bradford West Gwillimbury community profile
Population42,880 (+21.4% from 2016)35,325 (+25.8% from 2011)28,077 (+16.8% from 2006)
Land area200.68 km2 (77.48 sq mi)201.04 km2 (77.62 sq mi)201.03 km2 (77.62 sq mi)
Population density213.7/km2 (553/sq mi)175.7/km2 (455/sq mi)139.7/km2 (362/sq mi)
Median age37.6 (M: 37.2, F: 38)37.1 (M: 36.6, F: 37.6)37.2 (M: 36.5, F: 38.0)
Total private dwellings13,41511,9189,979
Median household income$93,254
References: 2021[9] 2016[10] 2011[11] earlier[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 census, Bradford West Gwillimbury". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006". Archived from the original on 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  3. ^ "Town of BWG History". Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Welcome and Project Updates". Holland Marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal Services Board. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ Cottrell Lake - Courtland, GeoNames Index, Ontario Terminology
  6. ^ "February 25, 2019 By-elections Election Results". Elections Canada. February 28, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "2011 Census Profile: Bradford West Gwillimbury". Statistics Canada. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  9. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  10. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.

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