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Bradford West Gwillimbury
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Bradford, Ontario(IMG 1627).JPG
A Growing Tradition
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.

The town lies within three telephone area codes: 905, 705 and 289 (only used by mobile phones). Telephone numbers begin with numerous prefixes, including: 456, 458, 551, 775, 778, 724, 729, and 939.

Holland Marsh, a region of #9 humus soil, is located partly in Bradford West Gwillimbury. The town, along with the Township of King is the governing body responsible for the maintenance of the drainage system of this source of Canada's produce supply. In 2007 a Holland Marsh Drainage System Joint Municipal Board was created in response to a crisis of maintenance of the Holland Marsh Drainage System.

The Holland River flows through the middle of the southernmost Holland Marsh polder and eventually flows out to Lake Simcoe. Geographically, the area is north of the Oak Ridges Moraine.


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.


Census Population
1871 1,130
1911 946
1921 961
1931 972
1941 1,033
1951 1,483
1961 2,342
1971 6,903
1981 7,370
1991 17,702
2001 22,228
2006 24,039
2011 28,077

According to the 2011 Statistics Canada Census:

  • 2011 Population: 28,077
  • 2006 Population: 24,039
  • % Change (2006–2011): +16.8
  • Dwellings: 9,979 (22.8% higher than 2006)
  • Area (km²): 201.03
  • Density (persons per km²): 139.7
  • Latitude: 44.1149
  • Longitude: -79.563

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