Brighton is a lake-front municipality with room to grow, well-positioned off Highway 401.
From its location on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the municipality extends 30 kilometres north to the banks of the Trent River.
Located almost mid-way between Toronto and Kingston, this growing community has a population of almost 10,300. Regardless of where people reside, schools, playgrounds, churches, businesses and retail services are close by.
The intersection of County Road #2 and County Road #30 is Brighton's business and retail core.
A large Sobey's grocery store and a new No Frills are reflective of the confidence in the community's business sector.
There are three public elementary schools within the municipality and one Catholic elementary school located nearby in neighbouring Quinte West. East Northumberland Secondary School, located on the east end of the town of Brighton, is a modern and spacious facility with an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students. The school offers sports teams for badminton, hockey, soccer, rugby, basketball, curling, golf, volleyball, cross country, track and field and wrestling. Bands, choirs, drama productions and visual arts are programs for which the school continues to win awards and accolades.
The town is located less than 30 minutes away from Loyalist College in Belleville. Low-cost downtown apartment rents make for ideal living accomodations for students.
There are four excellent golf courses within minutes of downtown Brighton: Timber Ridge, Pine Ridge, Warkworth and Barcovan.
For summer entertainment, the Brighton Speedway Park has been a mainstay in the municipality for the last 35 years. The one-third-mile-long dirt track features primarily stock car races every weekend from late April until October. The track also features special sprint car races, endurance races and motocross events.
Presqu'ile Provincial Park is a popular summer camping destination, and a year-round draw for naturalists and bird-watchers. The town is a featured stop on the "Apple Route" which runs from Quinte in the east to Port Hope and Welcome in the west.
Brighton is known as a tourist destination. Rural spirit factors into community evens such as the annual Brighton Applefest in the fall.
Brighton's Murray Canal accesses Trent Severn Waterway and the Bay of Quinte, and is popular with boaters. Anglers rave about Brighton's excellent fishing. Outdoor enthusiasts can also find enjoyment in the 1,200 acre wildlife area.
An important part of the area's appeal is its rich history. Proctor House Museum displays artifacts of the area's past, close to the Proctor Park Conservation Area not far from Brighton's main business district.
Brighton offers more than tourism. The town offers promising industrial prospects. The segregated industrial park in the community's south end is home to a variety of small and medium sized businesses. The commercial area is close to both CN and CP rail lines. As a result of a thriving industrial landscape, the industrial park is quickly filling.
Within the municipality's industrial parks, the building heights and land use are regulated to achieve development that is in the best interests of other businesses, and the whole municipality.
On the east end of town is the King Edward Park and Arena which features two soccer fields, two baseball fields and an ice rink for hockey, figure skating and public skating. There is also a centre for alternative therapies on the eastern outskirts, Elemental Embrace, which is used by local residents and visitors from the GTA and border states.
Brighton's small town charm and ample opportunities for leisure and recreation offer residents a high quality of life within reach of major urban centres.