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Township (lower-tier)
Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
Motto: Welcome home.
Adjala-Tosorontio is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°08′N 79°56′W / 44.133°N 79.933°W / 44.133; -79.933Coordinates: 44°08′N 79°56′W / 44.133°N 79.933°W / 44.133; -79.933
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Simcoe
Settled 1820s
Formed January 1, 1994
 • Mayor Mary Small Brett
 • Federal riding Simcoe—Grey
 • Prov. riding Simcoe—Grey
 • Land 372.34 km2 (143.76 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 10,975
 • Density 29.5/km2 (76/sq mi)
 • Growth 3.5% (2,011-2,016)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 705

Adjala–Tosorontio is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada, in the County of Simcoe. It was created in 1993 when the County of Simcoe Act merged the townships of Adjala and Tosorontio. The amalgamation took effect on January 1, 1994.

A predominantly rural area, Adjala–Tosorontio contains numerous small villages and hamlets. Many communities were started in Adjala by Irish Catholics who named their hamlets after their home towns in Ireland, or after prominent pioneer families who first settled the area. The municipality has increasingly become home to residents who commute to the Greater Toronto Area.

Geographically the area is rolling countryside below the Niagara Escarpment to the west, with the Nottawasaga River cutting through it.

"Tosorontio" is a Huron word meaning "Beautiful Mountain", and Adjala was the name of the wife of Chief Tecumseh, for whom the neighbouring township (now called New Tecumseth) was named.[2]


The township comprises the communities of Achill, Airlie, Athlone, Ballycroy, Cedarville, Colgan, Connor, Everett, Glencairn, Hockley, Keenansville, Lisle, Loretto, Rosemont, Sheldon, Tioga and Tuam.


Loretto (44°03′00″N 79°53′25″W / 44.05000°N 79.89028°W / 44.05000; -79.89028) is one of the oldest communities in Adjala–Tosorontio. It has one of the oldest and most famous taverns in Simcoe County, the Loretto Inn. Highway 50 runs through the town and it is currently home to the Adjala–Tosorontio Volunteer Fire Fighter Department.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 9,359 —    
2001 10,082 +7.7%
2006 10,695 +6.1%
2011 10,603 −0.9%
2016 10,975 +3.5%

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