The Borders of Bramalea

There has been some discussion of late on this blog (The section without a letter) and on Facebook groups regarding the borders of Bramalea. I have always considered the borders to be HWY 410, Bovaird Drive, Airport Road and Steeles Avenue. This is based on maps from the 1958 and 1969 Master plans, both pictured below. That said, is this the way most people imagine the borders of Bramalea? As always, please feel free to post comments at the bottom of the post!

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The 1969 map below was copied in parts and then pieced together, so there are some parts missing in the middle:Map 1969

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4 thoughts on “The Borders of Bramalea

  1. The master plan maps prove the idea of 410/Bovaird/Airport/Steeles boundaries. Also minus the “section without a letter”, almost the rest of the residential areas within those boundary roads do follow the Bramalea naming theme, so to exclude certain areas within it does not make sense. There are a few other anomalies in the naming plan of Bramalea, such as Crescent Hill Drive, Browns Lane, and Ashton Crescent, to name a few off the top of my head.

    • some of the anomalies are due to areas being built after amalgamation with Brampton – such as the section without a letter (a probable cause that I’m not absolutely certain is true). in other instances, streets into townhouse complexes which were originally meant to be driveways into parking areas were given names at a later date and didn’t always conform to the Bramalea policy. Crescent Hill Drive is a special case, as it was originally named Crescent Hill (without the “Drive” in its name) as a switch on Hill Crescent. as it was the site for some of the biggest homes in town, some residents felt that the name was switched around to give it a more “glamourous” appearance (as Wikipedia would say “citation needed” lol). looking back on these things can be quite interesting, and I like seeing some of the little details that you never used to think about.

  2. My parents first moved to Bramalea A Section in 1958, then to C Section on Labour Day weekend 1965. I remember the big brown billboards with white Bramalea script, both at Airport Rd & Steeles and at Bramalea & Steeles … xx Minutes to Bramalea, Canada’s First Suburban City. The residential built area started where Avondale Boulevard met Bramalea Road, with the bungalow on the SW corner having belonged to Jack Sheard, whose farmland it at had been. Going south on Bramalea from Steeles the road turned from paved to gravel shortly after you crossed the railroad tracks at grade, so there was a boundary there; Queen Street/Hwy 7 (now Regional 107) was our northern-most built-up area until maybe 1967; the industrial section east of the A section (Simmonds, Wayne road-sweepers, etc.) went right down to Steeles east of Bramalea Road and eventually over to Airport Road along East Drive. Chinguacousy Township Public Library was in the basement of the building on the corner of East Drive with the Bank; Dixie Road was our west boundary except for Bramalea Woods (Crescent Hill); until Dominion Glass opened about 1969 or 1970, there was nothing between Dixie Road and Heart Lake Road. The Crawford farm was on the SW corner of Dixie and Queen. Lots of industrial development to support the population, but littler shopping, and if you weren’t a factory worker … – the only real weakness. ?Remember the ditches for drainage?

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