City of Brandon, Manitoba - 2023 National Finalist
Brandon was once a small service junction along the Canadian Pacific Railway but has grown to a city that offers a wealth of urban facilities for the region including a university, community college, a health care complex and a wide range of recreational facilities. The City of Brandon’s population in the 2021 Census was 51,313, just over a 5% increase from the 2016 Census. Brandon’s growth has kept pace with the fastest growing cities in Canada and demonstrates the opportunities available for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and succeed. Summer in Brandon brings festivals and gardening programs. Our numerous public gardens and greenspaces are held in high regard by Brandon residents. The Communities in Bloom program provides inspiration for Brandon to take on new programming that helps create our picturesque neighbourhoods and provides opportunities for community engagement, empowerment and pride. Hundreds of volunteers take part in making our city beautiful through environmental initiatives, and community pride events. And we take special pride in our floral displays nurtured throughout the winter months and showcased all summer.
The City of Brandon aims to continue to recognize and engage these residents as we all do our part to keep Brandon flourishing. Winter in Brandon allows people to get out and enjoy the crisp weather through festivals, holiday celebration, outdoor skating rinks, toboggan hills, and snow shoe and cross country ski trail that are groomed and maintained by City of Brandon staff. Recognizing the importance of sustainability, environmental initiatives, keeping a keen eye trained on our growth and opportunities in the region keep Brandon a vital community adding beauty to the western Manitoba landscape.