Brighton, Ontario

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Municipality of Brighton
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Coordinates: 44°01′51″N77°43′23″W / 44.03083°N 77.72306°W / 44.03083; -77.72306 Coordinates: 44°01′51″N77°43′23″W / 44.03083°N 77.72306°W / 44.03083; -77.72306 [1]
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Northumberland
FormedJanuary 1, 2001
  MayorBrian Ostrander
  Federal riding Northumberland—Quinte West
  Prov. riding Northumberland—Quinte West
  Land222.71 km2 (85.99 sq mi)
 (2021) [3]
  Density54.2/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
K0K 1H0
Area code 613
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Brighton is a town in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, [1] approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of Toronto and 100 km (62 mi) west of Kingston. It is traversed by both Highway 401 and the former Highway 2. The west end of the Murray Canal that leads east to the Bay of Quinte is at the east end of the town.


Brighton later developed into primarily an agricultural community, specializing in the farming of apples and production of new apple types. However, in recent years, many of the original orchards in the area have been partially removed, to make way for the steadily growing population, and more profitable agricultural produce, such as wheat, corn and soybeans. In late September, Brighton is host to Applefest, its largest yearly festival.

The Municipality of Brighton (formed on January 1, 2001, through an amalgamation of the former Town of Brighton and Brighton Township) is home to over 12,108 inhabitants, [4] with a higher than average percentage of those retired. This is common, as the quiet, clean and friendly atmosphere of many smaller towns near Lake Ontario tend to draw the elderly as popular places for retirement living.

Presqu'ile Provincial Park, just south of the town centre, is one of Brighton's most popular attractions. The park is noted for bird-watching and other nature-oriented activities. Memory Junction Railway Museum, located in a former Grand Trunk station, has a collection of rail equipment and memorabilia.


Besides the town proper of Brighton, the municipality of Brighton comprises a number of villages and hamlets, including the following communities such as Carman, Codrington, Hilton, Spring Valley, Smithfield (partially); Butler Creek, Cankerville, Cedar Creek, Gosport, Orland, Presqui'le Point, Wade Corners.


The village of Brighton was incorporated on January 1, 1859. On December 1, 1980, it became a town. [5]

The original Simpson house, at 61 Simpson Street, was built in 1850. [6]

The artificial island area of Brighton

Part of the current Municipality of Brighton is on a separate artificial island. This is a consequence of the borders chosen when the Township of Brighton was created in 1851, and the excavation of the Murray Canal across the historic Isthmus of Murray. The Murray Canal opened in 1889.


Brighton population history
1996 9,022    
2001 9,449+4.7%
2006 10,253+8.5%
2011 10,928+6.6%
2016 11,844+8.4%
[7] [2]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Brighton had a population of 12,108 living in 5,014 of its 5,392 total private dwellings, a change of 2.2% from its 2016 population of 11,844. With a land area of 223.24 km2 (86.19 sq mi), it had a population density of 54.2/km2 (140.5/sq mi) in 2021. [8]

Canada census – Brighton, Ontario community profile
2021 2016 2011
Population12,108 (+2.2% from 2016)11,844 (+8.4% from 2011)10,928 (+6.6% from 2006)
Land area223.24 km2 (86.19 sq mi)222.71 km2 (85.99 sq mi)222.76 km2 (86.01 sq mi)
Population density54.2/km2 (140/sq mi)53.2/km2 (138/sq mi)49.1/km2 (127/sq mi)
Median age56 (M: 53.6, F: 58)52.8 (M: 51.2, F: 54.3)
Total private dwellings5,0155,0994,825
Median household income$68,683
References: 2021 [9] 2016 [10] 2011 [11] earlier [12] [13]

Notable residents


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  2. 1 2 "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Brighton, Municipality". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
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