Beamsville, Ontario

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Beamsville
Unincorporated community
King Street in Beamsville.
King Street in Beamsville.
Beamsville is located in Ontario
Beamsville
Beamsville
Coordinates: 43°9′57″N 79°28′35″W / 43.16583°N 79.47639°W / 43.16583; -79.47639
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Regional Municipality Niagara
Town Lincoln
Founded 1788
Government
 • Governing Body Town of Lincoln Council
 • MP Dean Allison (CPC)
 • MPP Tim Hudak (OPC)
Area[1]
 • Total 8.69 km2 (3.36 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 10,679
 • Density 1,228.4/km2 (3,182/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area L0R
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 030M03
GNBC Code FEGRM

The community of Beamsville (2011 Urban area estimated population 10,679) is part of the town of Lincoln in the province of Ontario in Canada. It is located along the southern shore of Lake Ontario and lies within the fruit belt of the Niagara Peninsula. It contains century-old brick buildings, an old-fashioned downtown area with barbershops, women's dress shops, a bakery, a print shop, restaurants, banks, and other businesses, and plenty of orchards and vineyards.

The Queen Elizabeth Way - the main road that connects Toronto and Buffalo, New York has an interchange at Beamsville. Many tourists stop off at the highway exit for something to eat at the many fast food restaurants located nearby.

Industry[edit]

Alfred Peckham orchards 1924

Beamsville is in the heart of Ontario's wine country and contributes greatly to the wine industry in the Niagara Peninsula. Many wineries from the area have taken home top awards, including Grape King at the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival, as well as international awards. A short list of Beamsville wineries include; Malivoire, Fielding Estate Winery, Hidden Bench Estate Winery, Organized Crime Winery, Thirty Bench, Angel's Gate, Peninsula Ridge, Cave Spring Cellars, Daniel Lenko Estate Winery, Magnotta, Mountain Road Winery, Legends Estates, and Crown Bench.

History[edit]

Beamsville, Ontario was named after Jacob Beam (1728-1812), a United Empire Loyalist. Both of his homes — the original one located on the Thirty Mile Creek, as well as the one near downtown Beamsville — are still intact today.

Jacob and Catharine Beam (1737-1820), along with their daughter Catharine (Beam) Merrell (1766-1842), and son-in-law Samuel Merrell (1758-1833), emigrated to Canada from New Jersey in 1788, and founded Beamsville.

By 1869, Beamsville was a village with a population of 550 in the Township of Clinton, Lincoln County. It was on the Great Western Railway. The average price of land in vicinity was $45. [3]

In 1898, hockey players in the town of Beamsville were the first to make use of a hockey net.

In 1917 the Royal Flying Corps established a School of Aerial Fighting on the farmland immediately east of Beamsville. The school consisted of a camp, an airfield, and a gunnery range over Lake Ontario. Today an historical plaque at 4222 Saan Road marks the geographical centre of the 300 acre school property.[4] The building adjacent to the plaque is an original hangar.[5]

In 1970, the Town of Beamsville was amalgamated with Clinton Township and (half of) Louth Township to form the larger Town of Lincoln.

Education[edit]

There are five schools located in Beamsville: two secondary schools (grades 9-12), and three elementary schools (Kindergarten-Grade 8).

District School Board of Niagara[edit]

Beamsville currently has one public secondary school, Beamsville District Secondary School. Beamsville District Secondary School was first established in 1888 on the corner King and William Streets[6], and draws students from all over the Town of Lincoln. The current principal at BDSS is Ms. Zonneveld, and the current student population is just over 600 students[7]. BDSS currently ranks as the 451st-best secondary school in Ontario out of 740 according to the Fraser Institute[8]

There are two public elementary schools located in Beamsville, Senator Gibson Public School[9] and Jacob Beam Public School [10].

Niagara Catholic District School Board[edit]

The Niagara Catholic District School Board has one elementary school in Beamsville. St. Mark Catholic Elementary School was opened in 2001, and has recently undergone a large epansion, growing to 22 classrooms. The current enrollment at St. Mark is 497 students[11].

Private Schools[edit]

Great Lakes Christian College is a private, four year co-educational day and boarding Christian high school with a student population of 110. Located on King Street in Beamsville, the school was opened in 1952, and attracts students from both the local area and around the world[12].

People[edit]

The town is home to numerous Dutch and United Empire Loyalist families, as evidenced by the large number of Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches in the area. Other ethnic groups include Italians — one family of whom founded the Commisso's Supermarket and many more existing companies.

Bill Berg, formerly a hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and now an NHL broadcaster, was born, and continues to make his home in Beamsville. Paul Laus, a former Florida Panthers defenceman and Ryan Christie, who played seven games with the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are also Beamsville natives.

Another Beamsville native of note, Tonya Verbeek, earned an Olympic silver medal in women's wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and another silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Canada 2011 Census
  2. ^ Statistics Canada 2011 Census
  3. ^ The province of Ontario gazetteer and directory. H. McEvoy Editor and Compiler, Toronto : Robertson & Cook, Publishers, 1869
  4. ^ Town of Lincoln (1991), Royal Flying Corp Historical Plaque, 4222 Saan Road, Beamsville.
  5. ^ Chajkowsky, William E. (1979), Royal Flying Corps Borden To Texas To Beamsville, Cheltenham, Ontario, Boston Mills Press. ISBN 0-919822-23-1
  6. ^ Niagara This Week–May 9, 2013
  7. ^ BDSS home page
  8. ^ Fraser Institute Report on Ontario Secondary School Performance–2014 Report
  9. ^ Senator Gibson home page
  10. ^ Jacob Beam home page
  11. ^ St. Mark home page
  12. ^ Great Lakes home page

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°9′57″N 79°28′35″W / 43.16583°N 79.47639°W / 43.16583; -79.47639