The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury offers numerous leisure and recreational facilities.A description of the programs available can be found in our Leisure Guide, which is published by the Leisure Services Department on a quarterly basis.
Situated in Simcoe County, on the Holland River leading to Lake Simcoe, Bradford West Gwillimbury is a gateway to the region’s beaches, hiking and cycling trails, skiing, championship golf, waterways and fishing, snowmobiling, shopping, antiques and scenic drives.
Visitors can tour the Holland Marsh, the heart of Canada's vegetable industry, and take a stroll through the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area and enjoy nature's tranquillity. The Town is well positioned for tourism development, with many visitors are attracted to our parks, waterways and recreation facilities. There are several special events that combine rural charm with urban amenities and bring in thousands of people. Below is a small sampling of what we have to offer.
The Scanlon Creek Conservation area is part of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and located on Line 9 in Bradford West Gwillimbury. The 300-hectare property contains a trail system that allows hikers the chance to explore forests, marshlands and glacial erratics. In the spring, wildflowers and migrating birds are plentiful, and the fall colours are spectacular. During summer months picnicking in the four-hectare reservoir make Scanlon a great place to spend a few hours or an entire day.
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Coulson Hill is a cross-country and mountain biking trail that is free to use. During spring and summer months there are weekly mountain biking races with loops ranging from 5-9km.
Started in 1979, the Marsh Mash is a canoe and kayak race through the canals located throughout the Holland Marsh. The race is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association and serves as a Provincial World Team Qualifier. The 36th annual race in 2014 had 17 race classes with distances ranging from 5 km to 24km.
The Office of Economic Development works in partnership with various organizations to increase the profile of Bradford West Gwillimbury and its many tourist attractions. A variety of events and activities showcase unique aspects of the Town, its businesses and its residents including agri-tourism, sports & recreation and arts & culture.