Brandon is a city of 40 000 people in southwest Manitoba. Located about an hour north of the North Dakota border, Brandon is the second-largest city in the province, after Winnipeg. Brandon is known as a city that is not too big to be impersonal, but not so small that it lacks the amenities of large cities.
Although Brandon has a municipal airport, limited commercial passenger service is available. Perimeter Air is the only airline offering passenger service to Dauphin and Winnipeg. The Winnipeg International Airport is located approximately 200 km to the east of Brandon and is well connected with flights across Canada. Travelers can fly into Winnipeg and then transfer to ground transportation to reach Brandon. The Brandon Air Shuttle provides daily transportation from Winnipeg International Airport to locations in Brandon. The shuttle will pick up and drop off at any location in Brandon.
Greyhound and Grey Goose bus lines runs several bus routes through Brandon. The Brandon bus terminal is located at 141 6th Street in the downtown core and is open 7 days a week. Buses departed for destinations such as Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, and Vancouver. The bus terminal features a restaurant, locker storage, and vending machines.
Brandon is at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway and Highway 10. Highway 10 south is a direct connection to North Dakota (USA). The US and Canada customs offices on this highway operate 24 hours. The Trans Canada Highway that goes eastbound to Winnipeg or westbound to Saskatchewan. It is a four-lane highway.
VIA Rail [dead link]serves the city of Brandon through the train station in Rivers, located 30 km north of Brandon on Highway 10. The Via Station in Rivers is a limited stop service for trains on the Toronto-Vancouver line. Trains heading west depart on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 15:13 and trains heading east depart on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday at 16:30.
By public transit
Brandon Transit operates ten bus routes throughout the city. The Brandon Transit website provides a map of the routes. Buses depart every 30 minutes during peak times and every hour during non-peak times. Limited public transit is available on Sundays.
The city has no shortage of taxi companies. Fares are metered and based on rates set by the city.
By rental car
Two car rental agencies are located in the city and prices are approximately the same throughout the city. Many rental agency offices are not open on Sundays.
- Budget Rent-a-Car, 215 6th Street, 204-725-3550
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 759 1st Street, 204-725-1300
- Riverbank Discovery Centre, #1-545 Conservation Drive. Home to self-guided trails around the Assiniboine River, tourism information on the city, and canoe/kayak rentals. free.
- Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival, Keystone Centre. Annual event held in mid July on the grounds of the Keystone Centre. Opportunity to hear music from across many different genres. Family friendly event.
- Ag Days, Keystone Centre. Canada's largest indoor Agricultural Trade Show and Program. Held in mid January each year at Brandon's Keystone Centre.
- Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Keystone Centre. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is one of Western Canada’s largest agricultural events and the largest annual event to be held in Brandon. Held annually at the end of March.
- Manitoba Summer Fair, Keystone Centre. Fair is held annually in early June.
- Brandon Jazz Festival, Brandon University (270 18th Street). The Jazz festival brings over 3,000 performers to the city from across Canada and the USA. The day is dominated by high school performances and workshops while the evenings are concerts. Event held annually in mid March.
- Thunderbird Bowl. 8 lanes of fivepin and 12 lanes of tenpin bowling. Home of Huggy's Restaurant, Huggy's Lounge, and Pizza Place.
- Wheat City Golf Course. Brandon's most scenic golf course. 25.00.
- Shilo Country Club, Shilo, Manitoba (23 km east of Brandon on PR 457/340.). One of Western Manitoba's sternest tests of golf and home of many area tournaments. 25.00.
- Deer Ridge Golf Course, 8 Deer Ridge Road (Located just N of Trans Canada Hwy), ☎ . A nine-hole golf course with large greens, Deer Ridge offers one par 5 and two challenging par 3 holes. Easy to walk and can be played in under two hours, it is great for both local residents and travellers alike.
- Wheat King Hockey Games, Keystone Centre. The Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League play hockey games from October - April at the Keystone Centre.
- BU Bobcat Games, Brandon University (270 18th Street). The Brandon University Bobcats volleyball and basketball teams host games on weekends from October - March.
- Brandon Shopper's Mall, 18th Street and Richmond Avenue. Brandon's major shopping mall is anchored by Zellers and Safeway.
- The Corral Centre, 18th Street at Kirkcaldy Drive. Brandon's first power centre includes Wal-Mart, Safeway, Home Depot, Michael's, and Future Shop. There are several other shops and services.
- Dairy Queen, 18th St at Park Avenue. A rare vintage outdoor service Dairy Queen.
- Velvet Dip, Victoria Avenue at 9th St. One of Brandon's original ice cream shops.
- Twisters. A new ice cream bar in a retro 50's theme.
- Kam Lung Restaurant. Brandon's premier restaurant for Chinese food.
- Marino's. Home of the "Marino's Classic", Brandon's best pizza.
- Houstons Country Roadhouse, 3000 block Victoria Avenue. This country like bar features bands and a large dance floor.
- The Double Decker, 943 Rosser Ave. The Double Decker is a tavern featuring a large eating section and a menu full of pub food. They also have a bar section that often features live bands.
- Clancy's Eatery & Drinkery, 1133 Princess Ave. Clancy's is a two story eatery/pub. The upstairs and certain other rooms are designated for eating, while others are designated bar space.
- Canad Inns, 1125 18th Street (Keystone Centre). New hotel attached to the Keystone Centre. Convenient if you plan to attend an event at the Keystone. $120.
- Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Avenue (west end). Located in the west end of the city. ~$120.
- Royal Oak Inn and Suites, 3130 Victoria Avenue (west end). ~120.
Bed and Breakfasts
- [dead link]Casa Maley Bed and Breakfast, Victoria Avenue. Bed and breakfast centrally located. $50-70.
- Brandon University Campus Housing, 270 18th Street. During summer months, the university will rent out dorm rooms.
- Riding Mountain National Park: Located approximately 100 km north of Brandon. Greyhound bus provides daily buses between Brandon and Wasagaming (townsite located within the park).
- Spruce Woods Provincial Park: Located approximately 60 km south east of Brandon. No public transit is available to Spruce Woods.
- Souris: Approximately 40 km south of Brandon. Canada's longest Swinging Bridge is in Souris.
- Spirit Sands: [dead link]The featured destination of Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Home to Manitoba's only open sand dunes.
|Routes through Brandon|
|Calgary ← Regina ←||W E||→ Portage la Prairie → Winnipeg|
|Dauphin ← Minnedosa ←||N S||→ → becomes → Dunseith → Churchs Ferry|