Heritage Tours and Attractions

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Gaze upon our historic architecture . . . tread the very path walked upon by Bramptonians more than a century ago ….journey through time and experience Brampton’s past.


The City of Brampton has inherited a rich legacy of cultural heritage resources. Much of Brampton's heritage is linked to its historical roots as the “Flowertown of Canada” which has been revived and re-established under the City’s Flower City Strategy. Another important piece of Brampton's history is its past role as the capital or county seat of the former Peel County.
 
Heritage Guide CoverGet a first-hand look at our history, and explore a thriving modern downtown, with the Downtown Heritage Walking Tour!  Pick up a hard copy of the tour guide from the tourism kiosk at Brampton City Hall (2 Wellington St. W.), Historic Bovaird House, or the Information Kiosks at the Chinguacousy Wellness Centre, and the following library branches: Four Corners, South Fletcher's, Cyril Clark, Mount Pleasant and Chinguacousy/Civic Centre. The online version is now available. Click here for the PDF.
 

Historic Bovaird House

hbh image563 Bovaird Dr. E.   
905.874.2804  
 
Built c.1840, Historic Bovaird House is an excellent Canadian example of a Georgian-style brick farmhouse. Restored to the mid-to-late 19th century appearance, the house is operated as a museum and craft shop.
Open mid-February to mid-December, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-4pm.
Please book ahead for group tours.
 

PAMA - Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

phc image9 Wellington St. E.   
905.791.7800                   
 
A must-see for visitors and residents alike, PAMA is the place to go to explore and learn about the art, culture and heritage of Peel Region.  PAMA consists of three facilities in one - an art gallery, museum and archives and it is one of only three facilities of its kind in Canada.

Museum

Partially housed in what was a former 1800s jail, complete with three original cells, prisoner  and staff memorabilia, and partially within the old Land Registry Building, the PAMA Museum offers visitors a rare and authentic glimpse into the past and present, exploring the very personal lives and stories of the people of the Region of Peel.
 
The museum features 7,000 square feet of exhibition space, including:
The Peel Gallery, showcasing Peel's unique land and people;
The Connections Community Gallery, highlighting the history and culture of Peel's diverse community;
Manning Square, with almost 1,300 square feet of family friendly space where kids of all ages are invited to touch, feel and experiment with interactive activities and historical artifacts.  History and technology meet in the square on PAMA's multi-touch table.  Explore historic maps, photos, and documents;
We are Here has over 1,000 square feet dedicated to the history of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) people in Peel.

Archives

Land and property records, early census records, maps, letters, photographs, documents, newspapers and other items of historical and personal significance . . . PAMA's Archives house important records and artifacts documenting the extensive settlement and development history of the Region of Peel.
Located in the former Peel County Jail, the Archives give visitors an opportunity to explore things such as:
  • newspapers from a hundred years ago;
  • historic maps of the community;
  • photographs of special events;
  • letters from people who lived in Peel Region in the past; old business and government records
 
If you're researching your family history, the PAMA Archives is the best way to start.