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Township of Cramahe
Township hall in Colborne
Township hall in Colborne
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Cramahe is located in Northumberland County
Cramahe is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°05′N 77°53′W / 44.083°N 77.883°W / 44.083; -77.883Coordinates: 44°05′N 77°53′W / 44.083°N 77.883°W / 44.083; -77.883
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • MayorMandy Martin
 • Federal ridingNorthumberland—Quinte West
 • Prov. ridingNorthumberland—Quinte West
 • Land202.16 km2 (78.05 sq mi)
 • Total6,355
 • Density31.4/km2 (81/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
K0K 1S0
Area code(s)905, 289, 365, and 742

Cramahe is a rural township located in Northumberland County in central Ontario, Canada. It is situated just off Ontario Highway 401 approximately 140 km East of Toronto. It was named for Hector Theophilus de Cramahé, who was Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Quebec. The seat of the Township and largest town is Colborne.

Joseph Keeler opened a store on the site of present-day Colborne about 1819. A community began to grow as other small businessmen followed suit. With the opening of harbour facilities in the 1840s and the arrival of the railway in the 1840, Colborne became an important service centre for the region.[2] Cramahe was incorporated as a township in 1850. In 1858, the village of Colborne seceded from the municipality as a separate township. In 2001, the two municipalities were re-amalgamated to form an expanded Township of Cramahe.


The township of Cramahe comprises a number of communities, including the following communities such as Castleton, Colborne, Dundonald, East Colborne, Edville, Greenleys Corners, Griffis Corners, Loughbreeze, Morganston, Purdy Corners, Salem, Shiloh, Tubbs Corners, Victoria Park; Banford Station, Browns Corners, Ogden Point, Spencer Point, Victoria Beach


Originally named Keeler's Creek, Colborne (44°00′20″N 77°53′20″W / 44.00556°N 77.88889°W / 44.00556; -77.88889) is the largest and main population centre of the township. It was named after Sir John Colborne, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, by Joseph Abbott Keeler in 1829. Colborne was incorporated as a village in 1858 with a population of approximately 700 people. In 2001, Colborne and Cramahe Township were amalgamated as part of municipal restructuring to form an expanded Township of Cramahe. At the time of dissolution, Colborne Village had a population of 2,040 over an area of 5.2 square kilometres (2.0 sq mi).

Colborne is the home of the Big Apple, a tourist attraction located along Ontario Highway 401. With a height of 10.7 metres (35 ft) and diameter of 11.6 metres (38 ft), the Big Apple is billed as the largest apple in the world. There is an observation deck on top of the apple, a restaurant and other amenities on the premises.[3]


Canada census – Cramahe community profile
Population6,355 (+4.6% from 2011)6,073 (+2.1% from 2006)
Land area202.16 km2 (78.05 sq mi)201.98 km2 (77.98 sq mi)
Population density31.4/km2 (81/sq mi)30.1/km2 (78/sq mi)
Median age48.4 (M: 47.9, F: 48.9)
Total private dwellings2,7802,676
Median household income$70,505
References: 2016[4] 2011[5] earlier[6]

According to the Canada 2011 Census:[7]

  • Mother tongue:
    • English as first language: 92.4%
    • French as first language: 0.9%
    • English and French as first language: 0.2%
    • Other as first language: 6.5%
Cramahe population history

Prior to amalgamation (2001):

  • Population total in 1996: 5,474
    • Cramahe (township): 3,420
    • Colborne (village): 2,054
  • Population in 1991:
    • Cramahe (township): 3,108
    • Colborne (village): 2,001

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Cramahe, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2011-03-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Founding of Colborne
  3. ^ "The Big Apple". Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Cramahe census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 Census

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