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Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

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Local Focus: Bradford West Gwillimbury & New Tecumseth

by Gale Beeby

A slower pace of life, lots of countryside, quality produce and fresh air are the main attractions


Primarily an agriculture area with a rich history of grist and lumber mills, the area has seen a recent growth spurt, mainly because of the province’s restrictions for building on the greenbelt. All the towns and villages have wonderful heritage homes, and the new offerings run the gamut from condos and townhouses to detached master-planned communities and large estate homes. To see a list of new homes for sale in these two communities please click on the links below.


One of Bradford West Gwillimbury‘s most famous historical landmarks is the Village Inn Hotel, which opened in the 1900s. It was designed by E.J. Lennox, one of Toronto’s foremost architects, who also built Toronto’s Old City Hall, the West Wing of the Ontario Legislature and the King Edward Hotel.

In New Tecumseth, the Museum on the Boyne features a 1914 Agricultural Fair building, an 1851 log cabin and a 1858 English barn. The Gibson Centre in Alliston offers a variety of live performances throughout the year. The restoration of the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting (who co-won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1928) at the 107-acre farm at what is now 5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road, has been undertaken by the town with private donations.


The area is serviced by many double-lane highways which connect to Highway 400 to the west and Highway 404 to the east. Public transit, however, is very limited. GO Transit runs bus and train service through the area, taking commuters north to Barrie and south to Toronto.


Parks, waterways and recreational facilities abound in the region. The Scanlon Creek Conservation Area allows visitors to explore forests, marshlands and glacial erratics via its 10-kilometre trail system that winds its way through the 750-acre property. The region also boasts several golf courses, cycling trails, skiing, fishing and snowmobiling.

In Bradford West Gwillimbury, there are 20 parks totalling 100 acres to enjoy with picnic areas, pathways, play areas, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, tennis courts and ice skating facilities.

New Tecumseth is closing the gap in the Trans Canada Trail between the Town of Innisfil and the Town of Caledon. The Tottenham Conservation Area boasts 41 acres of prime parkland, a magnificent pond with a large sandy beach, picnic areas and camping areas. While there you can fish, walk the nature trails, canoe or kayak, or play beach volleyball.


Oh the joy of a stroll through a historic Ontario town, where the stores offer unique crafts, interesting gourmet delights and amazing boutiques, restaurants and cafés, where quality rules over quantity. The farmers’ markets in the Holland Marsh are the ultimate in fresh and flavourful. However, if it is a big mall, outlet shopping or big box stores you’re after, you’ll have to go to Newmarket or Barrie … or Toronto.


Bradford West Gwillimbury population: 35,325

New Tecumseth population: 34,250

Bradford West Gwillimbury walk score: 37

New Tecumseth walk score: 37




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Discover the true meaning of resort-style living at Briar Hill – a vibrant active adult community that offers a range of amenities that will make everyday feel like a getaway.

Located in New Tecumseth, this established, award-winning community satisfies the desires of energetic homeowners who are looking for an all-encompassing lifestyle to help keep them active, healthy and happy, along with the freedom to enjoy it to the fullest.


Situated adjacent to the Nottawasaga Resort, Briar Hill homeowners can take full advantage of a comprehensive list of activities that rival any all-inclusive vacation destination.

New homeowners are offered a one-year golf membership to the resort’s award-winning golf courses, where 45 holes can be enjoyed. The resort provides plenty of fitness opportunities within their 70,000-square-foot fitness club, which features a fully equipped gym, an indoor pool with a sauna and whirlpool, indoor racquetball courts, spa services, as well as an outdoor pool and six kilometres of walking trails. An on-site arena, with two NHL-size hockey rinks, hosts organized leagues throughout the year. The resort also features a lounge and two inviting restaurants that range from casual to gourmet – perfect for an evening out or entertaining guests.

Within the Briar Hill community, the bustling 16,000-square-foot community centre is a social hub where homeowners can participate in daily events, enjoy a game of billiards or shuffleboard, or simply relax in the sunshine on the beautiful garden patio.


The newest Vista release is highlighted by stunning views of the rolling countryside and the Nottawasaga Valley. Homeowners can choose from fully detached layouts, semi-detached bungalows, bungalows with lofts and townhomes. Prices start in the $500,000s for these beautifully designed and well-crafted homes that boast open-concept floorplans, as well as superior features and finishes. At Briar Hill, luxury is standard and many elements that are often considered premium upgrades, such as granite kitchen countertops, oak stairs and railing systems, are included in the home price.

Available with golf course, courtyard or ravine views, homeowners can choose from walkout elevations that lead to a private patio, or outstanding sightlines from a raised deck. There’s no need to worry about lawn care, exterior upkeep, window cleaning or the maintenance of common areas, as all of this is looked after and included in the low monthly maintenance fee.

The charming town of Alliston is within minutes of Briar Hill and offers a wealth of local amenities, as well as health and medical services, including a hospital. Located just 15 minutes from Highway 400, off of Highway 89, homeowners have easy access to both Toronto and cottage country.


The Briar Hill Sales Office is located at 1A Briar Gate Way in Alliston, and is open daily. Call or visit the website for more information and business hours.

(705) 435-5503


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