Bronte is a scenic lake front neighbourhood located in the southwest corner of Oakville. The quaint waterfront community has one of the best harbours on Lake Ontario with several picturesque parks located along the water. In recent years, Bronte has become an exceedingly popular neighbourhood for people looking for a more relaxed area outside of the bustling urban centre in Downtown Toronto. The neighbourhood is especially popular with young families due to its beautiful house, safe tight-knit community feel, and great school system.
Where is Bronte?
Bronte sits between Burloak Drive and Third Line with Rebecca Street as the northern boundary of the neighbourhood and Lake Ontario as the southern border. As the name suggests, the neighbourhood is bisected by the Bronte Creek.
A brief history of Bronte
Bronte Village was originally settled by United Empire Loyalist who were granted parcels of land by the British Crown to build homesteads and a community. These first settlers immediately built saw and grist mills along Bronte Creek, which became the first industry in the area. By the 1850s, the Bronte harbour was dredged and made suitable as a port. This coincided with the emergence of shipbuilding and commercial fishing, which would become the lifeblood of this community for many years. The Sovereign House located at 7 West River Street was constructed in 1846 and is on of the oldest buildings in Oakville. The building is now a historical site and museum detailing the lives of Bronte’s earliest settlers. Bronte Village would become part of Oakville Township in 1962, however; it retains its unique character as a peaceful waterfront community.