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Municipality of Brighton
Motto: "Where the past greets the future"
Coordinates: 44°02′00″N 77°44′00″W / 44.0333333°N 77.7333333°W / 44.0333333; -77.7333333Coordinates: 44°02′00″N 77°44′00″W / 44.0333333°N 77.7333333°W / 44.0333333; -77.7333333
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Northumberland
 - Mayor Chris Herrington
 - Land 222.52 km2 (85.9 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 10,253
 Density 46.1/km2 (119.4/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code K0K 1H0
Area code(s) 613
Post Office

Brighton is a town in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of Toronto and 100 km (62 mi) west of Kingston. It is intersected by both Highway 401 and the former Highway 2. It is on the West end of the Bay of Quinte on the entrance of the Murray Canal.

Brighton was 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 steadily removed, to make way for hastily constructed sub-divisions, 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 (formerly the Town of Brighton and Brighton Township) is home to approximately 10,200 inhabitants[1], with a higher than average percentage of those retired. This is normal, 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. Many small hamlets surround the town, including Codrington, Carman, Hilton, Spring Valley and Smithfield.

Presqu'ile Provincial Park, just south of the town, is one of Brighton's most popular attractions. The park is noted for birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.



Some light controversy extends to the original founders of the town in the mid 1800s. Although there is a monument commemorating the founding of Brighton to the surnamed Simpson families of the area, there is a great deal of counter-evidence pointing to the presence of the Scottish Thayer settlers in the area for some years before the arrival of the Simpsons. The Thayers, it is said, were harvesting apples from the fertile soil around the Brighton area well before the Simpsons had even arrived. Some also believe that the first family to found Brighton were the Tremayne-Pengelly family. These early settlers are known to have been looking for a suitable harbour-front location, and that they started farming apples after they settled. Descendants of all of these families live in the town to this day. The original Simpson house, is located on 61 Simpson Street, over 150 years old.

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2006 Census Community Profile for Brighton retrieved 2007-10-30

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