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Hometown Heroes: Artists and Inventors in Brantford

Start your day mid-morning by visiting the Bell Homestead National Historic Site, where in 1874, Alexander Graham Bell conceived the invention of the telephone and made the first long-distance call from Brantford to Paris. You will enjoy stepping back in time to see how the Bell family lived and worked. Guided walking tours take about 1 hour. Be sure to visit The Phone Booth Museum Store for some fun vintage and Bell Homestead keepsakes and gifts.

Visit the Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre, where you can gather some ideas and information to plan your next visit to Brantford and enjoy some local memorabilia displays. You can shop from a wide variety of merchandise and souvenirs. Pick up a memento to commemorate your trip to Brantford or a unique gift for your loved ones.

Treat yourself to lunch at a nearby restaurant, The Sherwood Restaurant, a dining landmark in Brantford for over five decades. Inspired by the English Folklore tale of Robin Hood and his friends in the Sherwood Forest, you can order from “Friar Tuck’s List” or “Sherif Men’s Feast.” Many murals and paintings done by Mr. Ernest Duce, who designed, built, and decorated The Sherwood Restaurant, are on display to admire during your meal.

Take a driving tour of two of Lawren Harris’ (Group of Seven artist and founder) childhood homes on your way to Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. You will spend the rest of the afternoon at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant with exciting contemporary fine art exhibitions and a permanent collection of over 600 artworks. Relax in The Golden Teapot Tea Room, offering English High Tea, Low Tea and the Royal Kensington Tea, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Glenhyrst Gardens.

Before dinner, pay a visit to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre to see “The Great One”, a beautiful public art piece outside the main entrance. You will admire the twelve-foot sculpture of Wayne Gretzky, cast in bronze, hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head in victory and a life-size depiction of Wayne as a child with parents Walter and Phyllis Gretzky standing as a family looking on. The inspirational statues provide an unforgettable photo op to commemorate your trip to Brantford.

Travel to Sociable Kitchen & Tavern for dinner where the focus of this restaurant is on the enjoyment and the experience of the meal. Their breads and buns are baked in-house daily and they feature an extensive craft beer list. The spacious rustic style dining room has a variety of seating options to host a quiet meal or accommodate larger parties.