Welcome to BRANDON…a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Brandon is in the enviable position of being able to offer the best of both worlds, opportunity and sophistication of metropolitan life within a stone's throw of quiet country living. The City of Brandon is a full service centre boasting amenities and conveniences generally found in much larger centers including daily air service to and from Calgary, Alberta via WestJet. Five minutes away, the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis provides a tranquil setting for those who desire a rural livestyle but want quick and easy access to city amenities and opportunities.
The decision to relocate is often a difficult one. Rest assured, if you choose or have recently chosen Brandon or the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis as your new home, we are confident you will grow to love and cherish your new community as others have. If you have any questions about Brandon, please email Economic Development Brandon or call the office at 204-729-2132 or toll free at 1-866-729-2132. Questions pertaining to the RM of Cornwallis can be directed to 204-725-8686.
Brandon is a sports oriented city full of top-notch recreation facilities with everything from hockey to English equestrian sports. Consequently, the city boasts a vast selection of team-oriented individuals full of community spirit.
Brandon is the regional center of Western Manitoba with a population over 48,000 and a trading area of 180,000. Situated in the southwest corner of the province of Manitoba, Brandon covers approximately 74 sq. km and is located 197 km west of Winnipeg, 365 km east of Regina and 100 km north of the United States border. Please visit the following website if you are looking for Manitoba maps. www.gov.mb.ca/tgs/map/index
Nicknamed “The Wheat City” in honor of its rich agricultural heritage, Brandon is a progressive community with a quality of life that must be experienced to be appreciated. Brandon’s economy is stable and poised for growth.
A Bit of History
In May of 1881, General Thomas Rosser chose a location for a major divisional point of the Canadian Pacific Railway and named this new town site “Brandon” for the nearby Brandon Hills. With that, hundreds flocked to Brandon to gain a foothold in the new development and to reap the benefits of the rich and abundant farmland. They came quickly and before they could put up permanent structures, new habitants arrived and pitched their tents, sure to be charter participants in the new West. It grew so rapidly that it never attained the status of a village or a town, but became a city overnight. Brandon was officially incorporated as a city on May 30, 1882.
Brandon is a progressive community nestled along the Assiniboine River in the heart of Southwestern Manitoba. Brandon continues to prosper without forsaking the high “Quality of Life” residents work diligently to maintain. Advances in transportation and technology have created an enormously enticing situation for the city's residents.
Career training is readily available through one of the several training institutions located in Brandon: Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College, The Manitoba Emergency Services College and The Learning Company.
Brandon boasts an excellent array of shopping facilities with two major shopping centres, including stores such as Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, SportChek, Staples, Home Depot, Best Buy, Michaels, Winners, Ashley Furniture, Leons, Penningtons, The Body Shop, Michael Hill, Charm Diamond Centre, Spencer's, Stoke's, Foot Locker, OshKosh B'Gosh, Giant Tiger, Superstore, Safeway, Sobey’s, Landmark Cinemas just to name a few and an extensive mix of smaller unique shops. With over 25 bars and lounges and over 100 restaurants, some of the finest in Manitoba, there is something for all tastes and budgets. There are over 2000 businesses operating within the city of Brandon.
Cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities abound. Indulge your cultural tastes with a theatre or concert visit, maybe even a stroll around the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. The gallery presents national and international exhibitions and works by regional artists featured in the gift shop.
Brandon is great for the outdoor enthusiast. The Assiniboine Riverbank winds its way through the City. The “Red Willow Trail” pedestrian bridge links together a mixture of attractive walkways, cycling routes, nature reserves and picnic spots.
Ask any new resident of our city to describe why they chose Brandon. You will find the most frequently used terms are opportunity, quality of life, value, competitive advantage, friendly and diverse.
Brandon is not modeling itself after any other community. Innovation and foresight exist throughout the community, allowing us to stand above other centres of comparable size.