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One of Canada’s fastest growing cities, the latest census records show that Brampton had a population of 523,911 in 2011, an increase of nearly 21 percent in just five years – the national average growth is just under 6 percent. It’s located just 28 miles west of Toronto and while it may not be a popular tourist destination, you’ll find a wealth of things to do while you’re here.
Visit the Great War Flying Museum
The Great War Flying Museum is an aviation museum that fascinates lovers of aircraft and history with its replicas of World War I airplanes and impressive, rare collection of period uniforms. You can also view artifacts that tell the stories of pilots during the war.
Enjoy a Tranquil Stroll and More at Gage Park
The city’s oldest municipal park is a great place for a tranquil stroll and other activities. It’s filled with floral beds and large trees for shade, and under winter’s chill, its circular pathway becomes an ice-skating trail. The park also hosts a swimming pool, picnic grounds and a play area as well as festivals and events throughout the year.
Splash Around at Wet ‘n’ Wild
Wet ‘n’ Wild features two swimming pools and 15 water slides, including the longest bowl slide in all of Canada and the world’s only Double Tipping Bucket Attraction, “The Big Tipper.” It offers other activities too, like a rock climbing wall, a miniature golf course and a zip line. It hosts frequent events as well, like music festivals, concerts and fitness training camps.
Explore Peel Art Gallery Museum
Learn more about Brampton by visiting this art gallery, museum and archives for the Regional Municipality of Peel which was previously housed in the Peel County Courthouse before reopening in 2012 with significantly more space. The museum collection includes some 12,000 artifacts that represent the county’s history from 4000 BC. One of the highlights include a vast collection of 19th-century stoneware and an extensive textile collection that features more than 18,000 pieces of clothing and locally-made quilts.
The art gallery’s permanent collection features more than 4,000 historic and contemporary works as the largest of its kind in the region, various major works by nationally known artists. The archives include municipal documents and material related to the history of Peel County.
Wander Through the Historic Bovaird House
History comes to life with a visit to the Historic Bovaird House. The mid-19th-century home belonged to pioneers William and Mossie Bovaird, who donated it to the city as a way to preserve its pioneer past. The circa 1852 classic five-bay Georgian-style farmhouse is located in a picturesque two-acre park-like setting and also includes an earlier log building, circa 1845, that was donated by a local developer who relocated the building to preserve its heritage.
Heart Lake Conservation Area
Come here to fish, take a refreshing dip in the pool, cool off on the splash pad, workout on the fitness trail, play aerial games or whiz across a zip line.