Welcome to Brandon!
A great place to live, work, and raise a family.
The decision to relocate is often a difficult one. Rest assured, if you choose or have recently chosen Brandon as your new home, we are confident that you will grow to love Brandon as others have. 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, friendly and diverse. Nicknamed “The Wheat City” in honour of its rich agricultural heritage, Brandon offers a quality of life that must be experienced to be appreciated.
Brandon is a progressive community nestled along the Assiniboine River in the heart of Southwestern Manitoba. The City continues to prosper without forsaking the high “Quality of Life” residents work diligently to maintain. Brandon is in an enviable position to offer the best of both worlds, the opportunity and sophistication of metropolitan life within a stone’s throw of quiet country living.
Brandon is the regional center of Western Manitoba with a population of approximately 46,000 and a trading area population 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. Brandon’s economy is stable and poised for growth.
Brandon boasts amenities, services, and educational and employment opportunities generally found in much larger centres, including daily passenger flights to and from Calgary, Alberta via WestJet. Brandon is the only Canadian City with a population of our size that offers a University, a regional Community College and an Emergency Services College.
Money Sense magazine has ranked Brandon consistently in the top 10 best places to live in Canada for good reason. Five minutes away, the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis provides a tranquil setting for those who desire a rural lifestyle but want quick and easy access to city amenities and opportunities.
A sports-oriented city full of top-notch recreation facilities, Brandon has everything from skiing to soccer to equestrian sports. Additionally, the city is home to a multitude of arts and cultural offerings, featuring visual exhibits as well as musical performances in a variety of genres. A diverse offering of concerts is available at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba features national and international exhibitions, and works by regional artists. Brandon’s growing newcomer population is adding an exciting cultural dimension to the community.
Brandon boasts an excellent array of shopping facilities with two major shopping centers, including big establishments such as Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, SportChek, Staples, Home Depot, Best Buy, Michaels, Winners, Carters, Ashley Furniture, Leon’s, Pennington’s, The Body Shop, Michael Hill, Ben Moss, Giant Tiger, Superstore, Safeway, Sobeys, Good Life Gym, The Keg, Browns Social House, Montana’s, Applebee’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Landmark Cinemas and an extensive mix of smaller unique shops & other big chains. 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!
With the Assiniboine River winding 17 km through the heart of Brandon, over 40 km of paved walking, biking & hiking trails, and countless parks, forests, rivers, and lakes within a short drive of Brandon, the area is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. The Red Willow Trail pedestrian bridge links together a mixture of attractive walkways, cycling routes, nature reserves and picnic spots.
Below is everything you need to know about getting settled in our beautiful city!