Brantford is known as the "Telephone City" as the city's famous resident, Alexander Graham Bell, invented the first telephone at his father's homestead, Melville House, now the Bell Homestead, located on Tutela Heights south of the city. Brantford is also known as the hometown of Wayne Gretzky.
We have yet to visit it. It also served as a location for Schitt's Creek.
The biggest replica of a perch in Canada can be see at Glover Park, located on Bridge St, on the east side of the King George VI Lift Bridge. The perch is mounted on top of the Port Stanley Harbour sign in Glover Park.This intersection was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923, and was marked with a cairn.
In 1926, Port Stanley opened what was then called the L&PS Pavilion, but was renamed the Stork Club in the early 1950’s. With the largest dance floor in London-Port Stanley area measuring 13,000-square-feet (1,200 m2), the club was famous for swing dance and attracted some of the biggest bands in North America. It briefly closed between 1973 and 1974, but was reopened after massive renovations to bring the building up to code. The last event was a performance by Day Break on New Year’s Eve 1978/79. After that, a dumpster fire damaged the building too heavily to save it.
Located in the centre of town, on Bridge Street over the Kettle Creek, is the historic King George VI Lift Bridge, the oldest lift bridge in Ontario. Watching the boats pass under this bridge is a favourite attraction for both tourists and residents. During the boating season it opens every half hour to let through sail boats, fishing boats, and large motor yachts. Built in 1939, it is named for the ruling British Monarch of the day.
The building of the present bridge was not without tragedy. A coffer dam had been built to allow the construction of the cement pillars which would support the bridge. On the evening of December 19, 1937 13 men were working inside the coffer dam, 29 feet below the surface of Kettle Creek. According to a contemporary newspaper account they were all new on the job, having been hired in the previous three or four days to speed up construction. It was just after 9 p.m. on a Sunday, and the first indication that something might be wrong was, to quote the St. Thomas Times Journal account, “a thunderous roar that sounded like nothing more than the crashing of a hundred trees at once. It was an awful sound, full of ominous import and it took no time to realize that something had happened”. The coffer dam had collapsed, and the 13 construction workers found themselves surrounded by swirling water, chunks of ice and broken wood. Five of them were eventually rescued, but eight lost their lives, making this the worst Port Stanley disaster since the sinking of the Bessemer 18 years before.
If you are interested here is a video (50 minutes) recounting the history of the Bessemer. Or skip to the end 43:40 and hear the interesting story about the only passenger on board with $32.000 locked in the safe and the ship's safe also held $50,000. None of it was found.
The Olga, June 4, 1944. Seventeen men, women and children drowned when a tour boat capsized off Port Stanley.
The Great Wreck of 1887, July 15, 1887. Fourteen people including a city firefighter were killed when a passenger train from Port Stanley ran into a freight train at a crossing in St. Thomas.
Swan Boat Disaster, July 6, 1925. A woman and seven children were drowned on Pinafore Lake, St. Thomas when a paddleboat swamped.
We were walking across when the bell went and the cars stopped as it was about to be lifted. The harbourmaster just called out to us to cross the street.
You can watch John's video here.