Bronte is one of the oldest communities in the Burlington-Oakville Area. Founded by United Empire Loyalist in 1834, it began as a small fishing village. One of the early industries in Bronte was stonehooking. Boat ‘hooked’ large stone slabs from Lake Ontario to be used in construction. The first marina was built in 1856, and continues to this day as Bronte Outer Harbour Marina – a full service marina & boatyard.
Today the urban communities are in north, east and southwest. The north-central part is industrialized while the west is mixed with farmland, and the former Petro-Canada refinery – which has been reclaimed and is home to a Skateboard park. Bronte has many parks with numerous amenities including Coronation Park which hosts the annual Waterfront Festival.
Downtown Bronte or Bronte Village extends along Lakeshore Rd. W, complimented by a number of shopping malls throughout the neighourhood.
An ideal commuters homebase, the rail and bus service operate from Bronte GO Station (with over 1,700 parking spaces). As part of the Lakeshore West line connecting Bronte to communities along the shore to Toronto and Hamilton.
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