|Township of Puslinch|
Location of Puslinch within Wellington County
|Incorporated||January 1, 1850|
|• Mayor||Dennis Lever|
|• Governing Body||Township of Puslinch Council|
|• MP||Mike Chong (Con)|
|• MPP||Ted Arnott (PC)|
|• Land||214.61 km2 (82.86 sq mi)|
|• Density||32.8/km2 (85/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Postal Code FSA||N0B|
|Area code(s)||519, 226 and 905|
Puslinch is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada, in Wellington County, surrounding the south end of Guelph. The area is rich in natural gas resources. The main source of production is agricultural, bottling and mining. Mining has been dominant throughout the county. About half of the township is forested, and a conservation area lies to the southwest. Near the western edge of the township, just outside of Cambridge, Ontario is Puslinch Lake, the largest kettle lake in North America. It is part of the Guelph census metropolitan area.
The township includes the communities of Aberfoyle, Aikensville, Arkell, Badenoch, Barbers Beach, Corwhin, Crieff, Killean, Little Lake, Morriston and Puslinch.
Aberfoyle is the administrative centre for Puslinch Township and is home to the municipality's administrative offices and fire station. It is located at the headwaters of Mill Creek, approximately three kilometres south of Guelph city limits on Brock Road, formerly a portion of old Hwy 6. Aberfoyle was first settled in the 1840s and is named for Aberfoyle, Scotland. It is famous for its spring water Aberfoyle Spring Water, which is bottled from Aberfoyle (formerly Aberfoyle Spring Water Company). Nestlé bought the company in 2002.
Other features include an elementary school (Aberfoyle Public School) and the Aberfoyle Mill, a popular restaurant.
Arkell has a long relationship with beer brewing. Arkell was founded in 1830 by John Arkell, an Englishman who returned to the UK and founded Arkell's Brewery. Just north and east of the village runs the Arkell Spring Aquifer, renowned for its fresh spring water which has brought many beverage companies to the area, including Sleeman Breweries, Wellington Brewery, and F&M Brewery. Wellington Breweries named one of their most popular beers Arkell Best Bitter in honour of the prized water they use in their brewing. The Arkell Springs also provide much of the municipal water for the city of Guelph.
Arkell is a popular stopping point for cyclists and hikers to take a break when touring the country-side roads the surrounding city of Guelph, or the popular hiking trails at the Starkey Hill loop just east of the village, or the Arkell Springs trail which stretches along the Eramosa River from Watson Rd. It is home to many beautiful houses, and picturesque settings. Just north of Arkell, east to nearby Eden Mills near the Eden Mills outdoor education centre and south-east to Arkell Rd. at the Nassagaweya-Puslinch Townline Rd. intersection, opened in 1974 by the Guelph Hiking Club.
- Population in 2011: 7029 (2006–2011 population change: 5.1%)
- Population in 2006: 6689
- Population in 2001: 5885
- Population in 1996: 5416
- Population in 1991: 4943
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2534 (total dwellings: 2619)
The main thoroughfares in the area include:
GO Bus Service
- GO Bus 29: to Mississauga (Square One GO Bus Terminal and Cooksville GO)
- GO Bus 48: to York University and Guelph University
- GO Bus 25 to Mississauga (Square One GO Bus Terminal), Milton, Cambridge, and Kitchener (Downtown, Wilfred Laurier University, and University of Waterloo)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Puslinch, Ontario.|
- Puslinch Township
- Township of Puslinch
- Wellington Guelph Community Portal
- Ontario Plaques - The Settlement of Puslinch
- Puslinch Lake Conservation Association
|North Dumfries||Hamilton (Flamborough)|