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Why Living in Bradford is Great for Kids



If you’re looking for the best city to raise a family in Ontario, consider putting down roots in Bradford West Gwillimbury. It’s a place with fresh air, beautiful landscapes and kind neighbours who help each other. 

For example, the town’s volunteer program “Snow Angels” brings neighbours together to shovel driveways for those who need assistance. These wonderful people generously donate their time while making the community safe during the winter. 

Heartwarming cases like this make Bradford the perfect place for a family. After all, wouldn’t you want to live in a town where you can depend on the kindness of your neighbours? Imagine what the world would be like if everywhere had such amazing people. 

Not only does Bradford have welcoming residents, but it also has top-rated schools, fun kids programs and entertaining events that will keep your children busy all year long. 

Keep reading to learn more about the best city to raise a family in Ontario. You’ll discover a place where children are encouraged to follow their dreams. 

The best schools in Bradford

Give your kids a chance at a successful future but enrolling them in one of Bradford’s excellent schools. Experience Simcoe County’s finest academic institutions like the Honourable Earl Rowe Public School and St. Charles Elementary.

Or, choose an independent institution like the nearby Kempenfelt Bay School (KBS). Here, academics and arts are combined for a well-balanced education. This school’s high standards, small class sizes, and commitment to specialty programming in art, music and French make it an ideal environment to shape young minds.

Fun kids programs in Bradford

The state-of-the-art BWG Leisure Centre is fun for the whole family with a fitness centre, swimming pool, gymnasium and two NHL sized ice rinks. It’s packed with things to do and so many great kids programs that you’ll have trouble deciding which to choose.

Preschool programs like Funkey Kids give children under 3 an opportunity to learn motor skills through a range of activities. Another program is the Lots for Tots class where kids can explore the world through storytime, arts and crafts. 

Teach your young adult how to be self-sufficient by enrolling them in a Teen Cuisine cooking class. Your child might become an amazing chef after they start learning how to bake, cook and read recipes.

For athletic youth with lots of energy, there’s fencing, gymnastics, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, hockey and more. Kids more interested in the arts? Encourage self-expression by enrolling them in drama, drawing or dance class. 

The variety at the BWG Leisure Centre is incredible. Your children will never be bored while they’re having fun at this complex, located right in the heart of the community. 

Community events in Bradford your kids will love

When you live in Bradford, you’re treated to special events that are fit for the whole family all year long. 

Start your spring by planting vegetables and flowers in the town’s Community Garden Project​​. It’s your chance to teach your children about the science and beauty of nature. This season also features the fourth oldest Marathon Canoe Race in Ontario, the Marsh Mash Canoe and Kayak Race. 

Jump into summertime fun at Music In The Park, Outdoor Movies and one of Ontario’s top 100 events, Carrot Fest. This festival celebrates Bradford’s place as one of Canada’s biggest carrot-producing regions. Guests can take advantage of a huge vendor market, see professional wrestling events, witness BMX bike stunts, visit the Kids Zone, enjoy live stage entertainment and more.

Fall features the chance to find your perfect jack-o'-lantern at Pumpkin Fest. Start trick or treating early by taking your children to this autumn festival with an inflatable corn maze, fire truck slide, tractor rides and, of course, pumpkin carving!

Celebrate winter by bringing your kids to Bradford’s Santa Claus Parade and see St. Nicholas live in person. Then, finish your year with the people that you love most at the town’s New Year’s Eve event, Family First Night. Enjoy a relaxing swim at the BWG Leisure Centre followed by a race through the inflatable obstacle course and watching dazzling fireworks.

If your family is growing and you’re searching for a charming town with kind people and lots to do, Bradford is the place for you. Find your new home in CountryWide Homes’ Dreamfields community and live the dream today. Click here to see spacious 45’ homes with luxurious features and finishes. We hope that you love this beautiful neighbourhood as much as we do.