Bordères (French)
博登 (Chinese)
—  Ville  —
Motto: Notre acceuil
Kingdom Wiki Nicholasland
Autonomous country Gravenhurst
Metropolitan Area Archemedes
 - Maire Jean-Luc Périphique
Language groups
 - Cantonese 4 077 (9.7%)
 - English 3 531 (8.4%)
 - French 34 133 (81.2%)
 - Other 295 (0.7%)
 - Ville 981.3 km²
Elevation 185.6 m
Population (2015)
 - Total 42,036
 Density 42.8/km2 (110.9/sq mi)
Demonym Bordois
Time zone Gravenhurst Standard (UTC+11)
 - Summer (DST) Gravenhurst Daylight (UTC+12)

Borden, or commonly referred as Bordères in French (Traditional Chinese: 博登市), is a city west of Archemedes in central Gravenhurst of Nicholasland. Borden is one of the suburbs of Archemedes, the largest city in the region, and is an integral part of its metropolitan area. Borden has the largest proportion of francophone population in the region, and is the principal city of the French Cultural Hub (UCF).

Initially, Borden was a part of the British Central Pacific Company. Following the Siege of Borden in 1702, the French culture and language was introduced to the area. Throughout the years, Borden has developed into the largest population centre and historical hub for the French population in Gravenhurst Region. It is notable that Borden is the only city with a designation of "ville" rather than "city" in the region.


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The City of Borden is one of the largest in the region, and covers most area of the Borden Purchase Agreement. Most of the city is uninhabited, except for the area along the Highway 505. The city's limit is formed by Minister Creek to the north, City Line Road to the east, Borden - Lydia Line to the south, and Iqaluit Line to the west.

With the significant French population in the city, many of the geographic features are named in French.


The city generally has the same climate as the city of Archemedes, only about one to two degree cooler on an average day.


Borden generally has three neighbourhoods, including Borden City Centre, Willowdale, and Iqaluit.

Borden City Centre contains most of the historical buildings. Borden City Centre also contains most of the commercial buildings, the town hall, and the city park.

Willowdale (Val-du-Saule in French) used to be a hamlet, containing no more than 20 houses, but with the new houses in Willowdale built, Willowdale is now a large community home to the thousands.

Iqaluit is a community off in the west end of the city, with about 50 homes. While large portions of the community is within Borden's city limits, about 20 homes is within the adjacent Arithmetic boundaries.


Historical population
Year City Metro Region 10-yr City
1801 47,030
1821 52,394 Increase 5.70%
1831 58,929 Increase 12.47%
1861 64,371 193,844 Increase 3.08%
1880 39,291 183,838 Decrease 19.48%
1890 22,391 203,981 Decrease 43.01%
1900 15,491 248,140 Decrease 30.82%
1910 4,592 284,140 404,648 Decrease 70.36%
1920 2,191 318,491 426,526 Decrease 52.29%
1930 1,993 309,141 445,694 Decrease 9.04%
1940 1,910 302,481 520,149 Decrease 4.16%
1945 8,946 333,149 576,398 Increase 736.75%
1960 9,476 392,303 625,047 Increase 3.95%
1970 10,082 422,382 726,893 Increase 6.40%
1980 12,030 910,095 Increase 19.32%
1990 13,479 1,009,092 Increase 12.04%
2000 14,182 1,128,382 Increase 5.22%
2010 37,019 632,631 1,221,306 Increase 161.03%
2015 42,036 Increase 27.11%
Data Sources:

Up to 1940: Family Register Office
1945 - 1990: Provisional Statistics Council
From 2000: Statistics Imaginary

The last complete census suggests that there are 42,036 people living in the City of Borden, making Borden the second biggest suburb in Archemedes CMA, behind the Town of Donsley.

Over the years, Borden remains a traditional hub for the French culture to prosper, and therefore home to many native French speaking population throughout the years. The French-speaking population consists of more than 80% of the entire city's population.

Recent rapid growth in the City of Archemedes has prompted the City of Borden in becoming more of a bedroom community, resulting in Borden's economy to be dependent on Archemedes. In addition, population are rising rapidly due to the need of suburban housing in the Archemedes Census Metropolitan Area, though most of the new residents are non-French speaking.

In the 2005 Interim Census, French still remains to be the largest language group in the city, with 22,908 speakers, constituting to 72% of the total population, and an addition 1,909 claims to have knowledge of the language, or uses it as a second language. English is the second largest language group, with 6,939 speakers, about 21% of the total population. Cantonese, the most popular language of the region, has 1,341 speakers, about 4% of the total population, though this figure is on the rise due to Borden's suburban developments. Mandarin and other languages have 300 speakers respectively, each constitutes about 1% of the total population.


Borden is primarily served by Gravenhurst Regional Transit (GRT), which operates about 13 bus routes within the city. Borden also has two GO Transit Stations within the city, Borden GO Station and Iqaluit GO Station. A proposed GO Station, Willowdale to serve the new community of North Willowdale.

There is a proposed and under construction subway line stretching through the middle of the city, and is planned to serve Borden City Centre by 2012.

There is currently only one bus terminal in the city, located within Borden GO Station. However, this terminal is proposed to move north to the present Essa Outlet Mall, namely Essa Outlet Terminal, to serve the nearby Essa Outlet Mall and the new community of North Willowdale.

Borden has a grid like system of arterial roads. The grid-like road system is paid for and maintained by Gravenhurst Region, and each is assigned a number. The square grid of major city streets was laid out by the concession road system.

The local road system is paid for and maintained by the city itself.

With the city's enlarging surplus, the largest in history, the city is planning to use the surplus to build the freeway Borden - Manhatten Link. The freeway is expected to be completed in early 2010.

Borden is also served by Highway 505 (Al G. Bra Expressway) and Crowfoot Ring Highway (Maintenance and Construction Paid by Archemedes, as a friendship gift welcoming Borden returning to Gravenhurst Region).

Borden is currently the only suburb of Archemedes without toll booth restrictions to enter the city. The planned extension of the 505/506 Corridor Line of The Linx is scheduled for completion by 2016.

Nearby MunicipalitiesEdit

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Municipalities in Gravenhurst Region
Capital city: Archemedes
Metropolitan Areas (CMA)
(Core city with population 10,000 +)
Agglomerations (CA)
(Core city with population 1,000 +)

Archemedes CMA

ArchemedesBordenCournersDevonshireDixie - Dundas - Lloydminster1Donsley1Guelph SouthMuskoka LakeOld Minister

Caledonia CA

ArithmeticCaithness - CaledoniaDever - DovercourtEugene - EuridiceFontinahas

Brock CMA

AshtonberryBrockFiestaHanlon Village

Fort Erie CA

Algonquin WoodsClifton IslandFort ErieHydrogen FallsMillennium Point

Lethbridge CMA

GuelphLethbridgeMedicine HatPuffleton1Sydenham1Warshaw

Garneau CA


Lisi CMA

Airborn - OppelLisiManchotWellingtonWilliamson2

Lydia CA


Mapleview CMA

Lacroix - LansingMapleviewNazarethNobleton - Nouveauville

Manhatten CA

Iranquay - Manhatten - KanataLloydminster2Mississauga2

Sussex CMA


Bolded municipality is the core municipality (capitol) of the CMA / CA.

1 - There are certain parts of this municipality that do not belong to this CMA / CA.

2 - Italics indicate that this is a community, not a municipality, and belongs to another CMA / CA.

Topsity CMA

Topsity - ZephyrYoli - Yaritown

Vandehogan CMA

HearstSandy PointWater Lea2Vandehogan

Gravenhurst, Unorganized
(Areas that have yet to be incorporated)