Searching for an interesting weekend getaway, I have been studying a map of Ontario, looking for places that are just an hour or two outside of Toronto. One place that jumped out at me was Brantford, a community of around 90000 residents about 110 kilometres west of Toronto So a few weeks ago I contacted Brantford Tourism to find out more about this city and they sent me an entire information package about the local attractions and activities. On October 9, 2009 I set off with a friend on a two-day first-hand discovery of Brantford to see for myself what this city has to offer. Finally around 2:30 pm we arrived in Brantford and stopped off at the modern tourism information office, just off Highway 403. We were meeting Melissa Stephens, our local tourism expert, who was going to show us around her home town. On this rainy afternoon we made a stop at the Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant, a public, non-profit art gallery housed in a striking historic mansion surrounded by extensive manicured grounds that house a sculpture garden. Karen Bell, the gallerys educational coordinator, showed us around the property which was featuring an exhibition by local artist David Hind. This artist uses reclaimed material such as coloured aluminum siding to create oversized canvases using coloured aluminum pieces that are cut out and pasted or riveted onto canvas. Also on display were several unique pieces of furniture made of reclaimed wood. The physical facilities of the gallery are stunning. The

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