Copyright (c) 2008 Wes Fernley
A number of transportation outlets service the Brantford, Ontario community. Following is a list of the major transportation centres, to help in moving around the city and getting from Brantford to other locales in southern Ontario, across the country or even around the world.
Brantford, Ontario has its own airport: Brantford Airport. This is a small municipal field which has been in operation since 1940, and owned by the city since 1970. Although a small airport, it does serve international traffic and has been declared an airport of entry by NAV Canada. It is serviced by the Canada Border Services Agency for this purpose.
Along with its normal functions, Brantford Airport hosts an air show every year. The annual show features the popular Snowbirds, along with many other airplanes which come from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. These planes include one of the only two Lancaster Bombers still airworthy in the world. Brantford Airport has also been the site for filming of several movies, including in more recent years “Welcome to Mooseport” and “Where the Truth Lies.”
Other airports within the general area of Brantford are the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Hamilton International is located about 20 minutes drive away from Brantford, while Toronto Pearson is about an hour’s drive away.
Just north of Brantford, Ontario’s downtown is the Brantfor Train Station. It is a part of the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. There is only one passenger rail which runs through the station: VIA Rail. It makes daily runs between Brantford and Union Station in Toronto, Ontario.
For intercity travel, Brantford, Ontario is serviced by Greyhound, Canada. Its service provides transit between Brantford and surrounding cities of London, Hamilton, Toronto, Windsor and others. From there transit can also be made to further destination across Canada and the United States. There is also a Paris/Brantford shuttle bus which is provided by All Around Transportation company.
Local bus transportation is provided by Brantford Transit, which has been serving the city since 1940. Operated by the Transit Services Department of the City of Brantford, Ontario, it serves almost 1.3 million passengers a year. It has a total of 9 different routes, in addition to industrial and school services.
The 9 routes which Brantford Transit provides are: 1 Eagle Place, 2 West Street – Brier Park, 4a Mall Link , 4c Mall Link , 5 West Brant – Oakhill, 6 West Brant – Shellard, 7 East Ward – Braneida, 8 Holmedale – Mayfair, 9 Echo Place – Lynden Rd. There is also a special route for the Northwest Industrial Area and the Red, Blue and Green evening and Sunday services, which are handicapped accessible (as are routes 4a and 4c Mall Link routes). Bus services are also provided for several schools and colleges in the greater Brantford area: Assumption College, Brantford Collegiate Institute, North Park Collegiate & Vocational School, Pauline Johnson Collegiate, St. John’s College, Tollgate Technological Skills Centre, Mohawk College and Wilfrid Laurier University.