The Corporation of the Township of East Garafraxa, is a predominately rural community to the west of the Town of Orangeville and within commuting distance of urban centres such as Toronto, Brampton, Guelph, and Kitchener.
How the name "Garafraxa" came to be is unknown, but a number of theories exist.

~ It is derived from an Indian word meaning "panther country"

~ Commemorating an old Irish estate or castle

~ From the beloved Scottish stream, the Garry

~ from the Gaelic "garry fraech" meaning "rough heath"

~ from local botany Saxifrage or Sassafras

~ Old English word gara or gar means either a small triangular piece of land or cloth as in a sail, and the Township could be considered part fracta of the Gore, or Gara

In East Garafraxa our future is built on a commitment to respect our rural heritage, our sense of community and the land, while enhancing our opportunities for growth. Our vision for the year 2010 is to be a vibrant and progressive community that is a desirable place to live, work and invest.
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