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Bradford West Gwillimbury
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Old Town Hall
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A Growing Tradition
Bradford West Gwillimbury is located in Simcoe County
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Location in Simcoe County
Bradford West Gwillimbury is located in Southern Ontario
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Location in Southern Ontario
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Simcoe
Incorporated 1991
 • Total 201.04 km2 (77.62 sq mi)
 • Total 35,325
 • Density 175.7/km2 (455/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s) 289, 905, and 705

Bradford West Gwillimbury is a town in south-central Ontario, in the County of Simcoe in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area on the Holland River. West Gwillimbury takes its name from the family of Elizabeth Simcoe, née Gwillim.

The former Town of Bradford was amalgamated with portions of the former Townships of West Gwillimbury and Tecumseth to become the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury on January 1, 1991.


Bradford West Gwillimbury consists of the town of Bradford and the former Township of West Gwillimbury, and includes the communities of Bond Head, Coulson's Hill, Deerhurst, Dunkerron, Green Valley, Newton Robinson and Pinkerton.


The town is served by Highway 400 and Highway 9 at the southern border. It is also served by a number of Simcoe county roads, including 88 (Holland Street West), 4 (Bridge Street, Holland Street East, and Barrie Street), 27, 41 (Simcoe Road), and 8 (Canal Road).

The town is also located on a bus and commuter train route, served by GO Transit. Bradford GO Station is located in the community of Bradford and is on the Barrie line. The station had been the northern terminus of the line until its extension opened in December 2007.

Bradford West Gwillimbury operates a local transit service, BWG Transit, which operates two routes primarily around Bradford. The routes provide a local transit connection to the town's railway station, and the bus system operates six days a week.


Bradford / Bradford West Gwillimbury Historical Population
Year Pop. ±%
1871 1,130 —    
1911 948 −16.1%
1921 961 +1.4%
1931 972 +1.1%
1941 1,033 +6.3%
1951 1,483 +43.6%
1961 2,342 +57.9%
1971 6,903 +194.7%
1981 7,370 +6.8%
1991 17,702 +140.2%
2001 22,228 +25.6%
2006 24,039 +8.1%
2011 28,077 +16.8%
2016 35,325 +25.8%

Town of Bradford up to 1981, Bradford West Gwillimbury from 1991 onward

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Bradford West Gwillimbury had a population of 42,880 living in 13,415 of its 13,907 total private dwellings, a change of 21.4% from its 2016 population of 35,325. With a land area of 200.68 km2 (77.48 sq mi), it had a population density of 213.7/km2 (553/sq mi) in 2021.

Canada census – Bradford West Gwillimbury community profile
2016 2011
Population: 35,325 (+25.8% from 2011) 28,077 (+16.8% from 2006)
Land area: 201.04 km2 (77.62 sq mi) 201.03 km2 (77.62 sq mi)
Population density: 175.7/km2 (455/sq mi) 139.7/km2 (362/sq mi)
Median age: 37.1 (M: 36.6, F: 37.6) 37.2 (M: 36.5, F: 38.0)
Total private dwellings: 11,918 9,979
Median household income: $93,254
References: 2016 2011 earlier

Notable people

Also see Notable people from Bradford, Ontario

  • William Osler, called the "most influential physician in history", was born on July 12, 1849 at Bond Head, Canada West (now Ontario).
  • Newton Robinson was the birthplace of NHL Hall of Famer, Bob Pulford.
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