One hundred and fifty years ago Brampton consisted of no more then a tavern named Buffy’s Corners, at two intersecting dirt roads. Today Brampton boasts a population of over 325,000 people. When John Elliot and John Scott arrived from England in the mid 1800’s they opened a mercantile store, a copper shop, a distillery and a potashery and named the new community Brampton after Elliot’s hometown in Northern England. The coming of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856 aided Brampton's economic development. A foundry, established in 1849, and a horticultural business, started in 1860 and later internationally known, became important industries.
Brampton has historically been known as the "Flowertown of Canada". For much of Brampton's history, hundreds of acres of land were filled with greenhouses growing prize orchids, famous roses and many other quality flowers. Bramptons’ reputation as a flower-growing centre is well deserved.
Brampton has many rivers and lakes to enjoy. The Credit and West Humber Rivers flow through Brampton, which made the land very attractive to early settlers. Lakes such as Heart Lake, Professor's Lake, and Loafer's Lake have provided popular leisure activities for both visitors and residents alike.
Chinguacousy Park is a 99 acre park, home to many events and celebrations; a ski hill for skiing, snowboarding, snowblading, tubing and tobogganing; a curling rink with licensed lounge; volleyball courts; tennis courts; skateboard park; sports fields; paddleboats; a farm complete with a petting zoo and pony rides; mini golf; batting cage; tennis courts; children's splash pool; picnic shelters; a band shell for concerts and a renowned greenhouse, chapel and botanical garden. Professor’s Lake offers groomed sandy beaches, waterslides, windsurfing, canoeing, and paddle boating.
In 2006 Brampton’s fabulous new Performing Arts Centre opens to the public. Spend an evening in Brampton and take in a show at the Heritage Theatre. With over 350 restaurants, shops & services, flavours from the world can be found clustered over just a few blocks in the scenic & historic Downtown.