Trades in Brampton

As Brampton’s population began to grow in the 1860s and 70s a wide variety of trades people and skilled craftsmen began to move to Brampton and set up shop. These people ranged from photographers and doctors to blacksmiths and office workers. No single person can be credited with the invention of photography, however the earliest… Continue reading Trades in Brampton

Schools in Brampton

Since the establishment of Brampton as a municipality in 1853, education has been an important issue within the city. Even during this time, when education was offered for free to residents of Brampton, this belief in the importance of education was reflected in the complaints of city residents that people living outside of the municipality… Continue reading Schools in Brampton

Brampton’s Heritage Theatre

Built in 1922, the Heritage Theatre on Main Street North was originally known as the Capitol Theatre. The theatre was built by Tom Moorehead, who would later become a Peel County Court Magistrate. The Capitol Theatre was originally built to put on Vaudeville shows however, as Vaudeville acts began to become less popular in the… Continue reading Brampton’s Heritage Theatre

The Railroad in Peel: Part Two

Brampton’s original train station was made of wood and built with the arrival of the Credit Valley Railroad in 1879. The Canadian Pacific station was built in 1902 and was made of red brick. The original C.V.R station was moved to one side and turned into a freight shed for the storage of mail, farm… Continue reading The Railroad in Peel: Part Two

The Railroad in Peel: Part One

In a country as vast as Canada, with scattered settlements and diverse seasonal changes, a reliable transportation network is a necessity to curb isolation and encourage economic development. During the 19th Century the condition of Canada’s transportation and communication network was very poor. In 1809 it took a month to mail a letter from York… Continue reading The Railroad in Peel: Part One

The Region of Peel’s First Settlers

With the construction of Dundas Street, the area that was to become the Region of Peel was opened for settlement. The first immigrants were the United Empire Loyalists, who fled the United States after the American Revolution, fearing persecution for supporting Britain during the war. Following the War of 1812, the British actively encouraged immigration… Continue reading The Region of Peel’s First Settlers

The First Nations in the Region of Peel

The Region of Peel as it is known today sits on the Peel plain, 715 feet above sea level and is within sight of the Niagara Escarpment and is comprised of the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Township of Caledon. Today Peel is a center of industry and a regional transportation hub in… Continue reading The First Nations in the Region of Peel