East Garafraxa

East Garafraxa is a rural community to the west of Orangeville and is known for its scenic spots where many people travel to escape the city. The Township of East Garafraxa, situated predominantly in rural surroundings west of the Town of Orangeville and within commuting distance of urban hubs like Toronto, Brampton, Guelph, and Kitchener, holds its name with origins shrouded in mystery. Several theories attempt to explain its origin:

  • It could derive from an indigenous term signifying “panther country.”
  • It might commemorate an ancient Irish estate or castle.
  • Some suggest it could be linked to the Scottish stream, the Garry, held dear by Scottish settlers.
  • Another possibility is its association with the Gaelic “garry fraech,” translating to “rough heath.”
  • Alternatively, it may stem from local flora, namely Saxifrage or Sassafras.
  • An interpretation suggests its roots in Old English, where “gara” or “gar” referred to a small triangular piece of land or cloth, akin to a sail. In this context, the Township could be seen as a part (“fracta”) of the Gore or Gara.

Tourism Assets:

  • Agri-tourism
  • Farmland/Agriculture
  • Scenic Landscapes
  • Parks/Trails
  • Outdoor Activities/ Recreation
  • Cycling
  • Hiking

East Garafraxa Community Profile