Brampton - For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Brampton is
offering free city tours for newcomers to Brampton, helping them get familiar
with all the City has to offer. The award-winning tours introduce new residents
to City facilities and places of interest, including heritage areas, parks,
libraries, community centres, and public transit services.
Tours will take place on August 7, 8, 13 and 14, from 10 am
to 1 pm. Tours begin and end at the Chinguacousy Branch of Brampton Library.
Space is limited and interested participants are asked to register by calling
the Brampton Library at 905.793.4636. Registration begins July 22.
A newcomer can be a new immigrant to Canada who is settling
in Brampton or a new resident in the city. These tours are not only a fun,
family-friendly event, but also an educational experience designed to introduce
newcomers to their local government and new community.
Themed as a Floral Tour, newcomers will have the opportunity
to learn about Brampton’s history as the Flower Town of Canada. Other
highlights of the tour include:
An educational presentation from Brampton Transit,
including a hands-on tutorial on how to use transit maps, PRESTO fare cards,
transfers and more.
A guided tour of a recreation centre to highlight programs
and services available at City recreation facilities, including instructions on
how to use the Recreation Program Guide.
A guided tour of the Chinguacousy Branch of Brampton
Library highlighting the no-cost family resources, including multilingual
collections and multimedia resources, and an opportunity to get a library card
on the spot.
A sumptuous snack, courtesy of the Mandarin Restaurant,
followed by a visit to the wonderful gardens surrounding the Mandarin.
The Newcomer Bus
Tours, which began in 2010, earned a 2012 Corporate Leadership Award from the
Canadian Urban Transit Association. The tours are conducted in partnership with
local businesses and community organizations.