Located in the County of Simcoe, Bradford West Gwillimbury was developed on January 1, 1991 by amalgamating the former Town of Bradford with portions of the former Townships of West Gwillimbury & Tecumseth. With its motto ‘A Growing Tradition’, the town offers its residents a combination of urban and rural environments as well as a wonderful sense of community and small town charm.
The rich history of Bradford West Gwillimbury began in 1791 with a settlement of log cabins by the Holland River. In 1857, Bradford,which was named after the Yorkshire town of Bradford, England was incorporated as a village and had grown to a population of about 1000 people. By that time, the village had developed with a church, six operating mills, a tavern, a post office, and the first railway built in Upper Canada had accessed Bradford. By 1960, the growth and expansion of Bradford lead it to be incorporated from a Village to a Town.
Devastated twice by fire and once by Hurricane Hazel causing an extreme flood, the Town places high priority on the protection as well as the enhancement of both its agriculture and natural environment, especially the Holland Marsh which defines the community. Through revitalization, Bradford West Gwillimbury has become an active and desirable place to live, work, and play.