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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Our Brantford campus is rooted in the downtown core, offering students a unique campus life experience. The campus is home to over 3,000 students and is one of the fastest-growing university campuses in Ontario. It’s close to shops, cafes, restaurants, great walking and biking trails, and a diverse arts and entertainment scene. Proud to be the hometown of hockey’s “Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, Brantford is a city where sporting events and recreational activities are an integral part of community life.

Brantford is approximately a one-hour drive along the QEW and Hwy. 403 from Toronto and the Niagara region. The city has a population of over 97,000, and feels like a small-town community with big-city amenities.

Brantford's Thriving Business Community

Due to its central and easily accessible location within Southern Ontario, as well as competitive operating costs, Brantford has become a destination for corporations to set-up shop. Large corporations, such as SC Johnson and Son Ltd., P&G, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, Pillers Fine Foods, Atlas Hydraulics and Ferrero Canada/Hersheys, use Brantford as a hub for the rest of Ontario. Brantford’s clean-tech industry has quickly grown over the past three years and is working towards a greener tomorrow.

Best of the City


  • Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
  • Earl Haig Family Fun Park
  • Grand River (fishing, kayaking and canoeing)
  • Harmony Square (skating rink and splash pad)


  • Galaxy Cinemas
  • Brant Museum
  • Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Lynden Park Mall
  • Twin Valley Zoo


  • Brantford Film Festival
  • What The Fest (WTFest) Music Festival
  • Brantford International Jazz Festival
  • International Villages Festival



Best of the City: Dining

  • wings at Wingmaster
  • poutine at Lonnie’s on Market
  • chow mein at Oriental
  • Italian at Gus & Guidos
  • burgers at Admiral Submarine

From Toronto/Hamilton

  • From Toronto, take QEW to 403 westbound (signs for Hamilton/Brantford).
  • Stay westbound on 403 for approximately 44 km.
  • From 403, take the Wayne Gretzky Parkway exit.
  • Turn left onto Wayne Gretzky Parkway.
  • From Wayne Gretzky Parkway, turn right onto Colborne St. (Brant County Highway 2/53).
  • Colborne St. becomes a one-way street, veer onto Dalhousie St. (also a one-way street).
  • From Dalhousie St., turn right onto George St. The Carnegie Building (73 George St.) will be on the right.

From London

  • Merge onto 401 eastbound via the ramp to Toronto.
  • Take the 403 eastbound exit (signs for Hamilton/Niagara Falls/Brantford).
  • Stay eastbound on 403 for approximately 34 km.
  • From 403, take the Paris Rd. exit (County Rd. 2).
  • Merge onto Paris Rd. Stay on Paris Rd. for approximately 4 km.
  • Follow Paris Rd. until it merges onto Brant Ave.
  • Turn left onto West St. (from Brant Ave.).
  • Turn right onto Wellington St. (from West St.).
  • Turn right onto George St. The Carnegie Building (73 George St.) will be on the left.
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Come Visit Us!

It's hard to explain what it means to be a Golden Hawk without meeting us in person. No matter which of our campuses you tour, once you come you'll immediately feel this "community" we keep talking about.


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