The four western townships of Dufferin County are covered by gently undulating till plains, which make the Townships of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, East Luther, and Melancthon ideally suited for agriculture. The Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, has its headwaters in the north-west corner of Melancthon Township, and is the dominant river system in this part of Dufferin County. The Grand drains an area of 6,734 square kilometers , the largest cachment basin in southwestern Ontario. Its main tributaries are the Conestogo, Nith, and Speed. Luther Lake, a man-made reservoir for the Grand River system, is on the boundary between the Township of East and West Luther. The Lake covers 25 square miles and provides a wide variety of unique wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
The land area defined as the corporation of the Township of Amaranth is occupied by a diversity of landscape features; rivers, wetlands, wildlife and most importantly, residents with a strong pride in the sustainability of their community. Bounded on the west by Luther Lake, one of the largest wetlands in Southern Ontario, a different variety of wildlife can be enjoyed from the 32km of trails, winter and summer. An old rail line that crosses Amaranth provides a variety of recreational activities, especially snowmobiling along well-groomed trails.
East Luther Grand Valley Township
The Corporation of the Township of East Luther Grand Valley is the result of an amalgamation effective January 1,1995. It is comprised of the former Township of East Luther, a rural farming area and the former Village of Grand Valley, an urban area supported by four surrounding rural townships. The Township is truly nature’s playground with the Luther Marsh and its wildlife. The marsh covers 13,000 acres with a 3500 acre lake within it. The picturesque Grand River recently designated as a Heritage River flows from the northern boundary serenely winding through the farm country and village. It provides the setting of beautiful scenery and a peaceful existence in which our citizens feel relaxed and secure.
The Township encompasses approximately 31,264 hectares. Within the Township, there are three hamlets, Riverview, Corbetton and the largest being Horning’s Mills. A well known characteristic of Melancthon Township is the unique manner in which it was originally surveyed. The main occupation in the Township is farming. The growing and marketing of potatoes is a major industry. There is limited beef, dairy, sheep and horse farming carried out in the Township.
East “Gary” as it’s known to locals is home to a variety of small businesses, agricultural pursuits and the hamlets of Marsville and Orton. It is situated to the south-west of Dufferin County allowing an easy commute to the south to Brampton, Mississauga, but also to Fergus, Guelph and the Waterloo Region. The Grand River flows through the Township giving the local artists inspiration and the local farmers ample water.