What is now the City of Brampton started out as a trading hub in the 1800s. Notably, a lot of the city’s buildup into the city we know today, happened in the 1960s and ’70s with the development of Bramalea, one of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods. So what was the city like back then? Check it out below.

Brampton was one of the most idyllic places to live in the GTA at the time

Bramalea is one of Canada’s first satellite cities and was developed as a separate community from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the time the innovative new city drew people from Toronto offering a calmer, more quiet lifestyle.

Houses sold like hot cakes

People lined up to snag one of the homes being built in the Bramalea area, which isn’t too far off from the current housing market in the city.


Houses were also hella cheap

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, it really did cost $71000 for a 2,000 square foot home.

The population was a quarter of the size

Brampton was nowhere near its current 598,000 population size.

The Bramalea City Centre area was just under construction

Construction kicked off in the 1960s by Bramalea Limited, the same builders who built the houses in the area.


Skating at the Civic Centre was one of the most popular activities

Once the Bramalea Civic Centre and Bramalea City Centre were built, they became a hub. Lots of people flocked to the area for weekend skating and hot chocolate.

Bramalea City Centre had a movie theatre

When the mall was built it had a cinema.

And the cost to see a movie was pretty affordable too

Back in the day a movie at the theatre would set you back about $2.

Brampton Transit buses were magenta

Brampton Transit buses have undergone a bunch of different iterations. Back in the 1970s they sported a bright magenta.

You could call a bus to pick you up at home

In the 1970s GO Transit introduced dial-a-bus service in the Bramalea area to connect people to major bus routes — it was basically like UberPOOL. When you needed a ride, you’d call the bus to pick you up and drop you off at a few main areas of the city.

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