Drayton, Ontario

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Unincorporated community
The Drayton Festival Theatre.
The Drayton Festival Theatre.
Coordinates: 43°45′16″N 80°40′17″W / 43.75444°N 80.67139°W / 43.75444; -80.67139
CountyWellington County
 • Total3.78 km2 (1.46 sq mi)
 • Total1,880
 • Density496.9/km2 (1,287/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)519 and 226
NTS Map040P15

Drayton is a community in Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. It is a part of the township of Mapleton. The village is on the corner of Wellington Road 8 and Wellington Road 11, geographically northwest of Fergus and southwest of Arthur.


In 1851, the community was named after Drayton Manor in Staffordshire, England. Drayton Manor was the home of Robert Peel, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[2]


Drayton offers both a restaurant, The Drayton Chophouse and a café, à la mode.


Drayton is in the Upper Grand District School Board. Both Centre Peel Public School and Drayton Heights Public School (K-8) service students from the Drayton area; while high school students attend Norwell District Secondary School in nearby Palmerston, Ontario. Drayton is also the home of Community Christian School, formerly known as Calvin Christian School.


Drayton is home to the Drayton Festival Theatre, which is a renovated 1902 Opera House that seats 375 people, and has a rich history of entertaining audiences with the finest talent in professional theatre, including legendary performers as Beatrice Lillie. Alex Mustakas is the CEO and Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. Drayton hosts one branch of the Wellington County library system.[3]

County Road 11 in Drayton
County Road 11 in Drayton


Located downtown Drayton, the Mapleton Health Centre's eight primary care physicians and four nurse practitioners service 15,000 patients.[4]


Drayton is serviced specifically by a local newspaper The Community News, in addition to the Wellington Advertiser, a publication serving the entirety of Wellington County.[5]

Natural disasters[edit]

On June 23, 2017, Drayton and surrounding Wellington County towns declared a state of emergency due to flooding.[6] Over 100 mm of rain fell within 24 hours.[7] Many roads were closed and hundreds of basements were flooded.[8]


Drayton contains the PMD Arena as well as the agricultural fairgrounds, Kinsmen Park, Riverside Park, Centennial Park, and ABC Park. There are various soccer field and baseball diamonds located throughout Drayton.[9] Children can play in official Drayton soccer, hockey, or baseball leagues as well as on many intramural teams in school.


  1. ^ "Drayton, Ontario census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  2. ^ Rayburn, Alan (1997). Place names of Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 96. ISBN 0-8020-7207-0. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Moving to Mapleton". Mapleton Township. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Minto-Mapleton Health Team". Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Community News". The Wellington Advertiser. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Minto and Mapleton under state of emergency after heavy rainfall, flooding". CTV Kitchener. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Heavy rains prompt evacuations in communities around Waterloo region". 570 News. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Harriston, Drayton hit with massive flooding". Wellington Advertiser. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Parks & Recreation". Mapleton Township. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 43°45′16″N 80°40′17″W / 43.75444°N 80.67139°W / 43.75444; -80.67139