Georgian Bay, Ontario

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Georgian Bay
Township (lower-tier)
Township of Georgian Bay
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Georgian Bay is located in Ontario
Georgian Bay
Georgian Bay
Coordinates: 44°59′N 79°49′W / 44.983°N 79.817°W / 44.983; -79.817Coordinates: 44°59′N 79°49′W / 44.983°N 79.817°W / 44.983; -79.817
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Regional municipality Muskoka
Government
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Larry Braid
 • Governing Body Georgian Bay Township Council
 • MP Tony Clement (CPC)
 • MPP Norm Miller (OPC)
Area[1]
 • Land 546.97 km2 (211.19 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 2,482
 • Density 4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span L0K
Area code(s) 705
Website www.township.
georgianbay.on.ca

The Township of Georgian Bay is an area municipality of the District Municipality of Muskoka, in south-central Ontario, Canada. It is located on the Severn River, where it empties into the eponymous Georgian Bay. The municipal offices are at Port Severn.

This township is the administrative centre of the Moose Deer Point First Nations reserve.

Communities[edit]

The township contains the communities of Bayview Park, Big Chute, Cedar Nook, Crooked Bay, Franceville, Go Home, Honey Harbour, Macey Bay, MacTier, Moon River, Potters Landing, South Bay, Wolverine Beach and Wood Landing.

Honey Harbour serves as a launching point to the "30,000 Islands" that make up the Georgian Bay geography. The islands that are accessible from Honey Harbour are dotted with hundreds to thousands of cottages. The cottages serve mostly as summer residences. Many very large cottages have been built recently, which has resulted in an increase in the property values. The economic cycle of Honey Harbour is tied to the cycle of the cottagers. Honey Harbour has a small grocery store ("Towne Centre" and Picnic Island Resort, which features its own general store and gas bar), a post office, a liquor store, a bakery, a Catholic church and school, a public elementary school, several small craft stores, a large resort (the "Delawana Inn", which has recently been placed under receivership and closed until further notice[3] ) and several marinas. In addition to cottages, there are multiple waterfront trailer park resorts available as well. There are also numerous clean beaches lining both the shore and islands, inhabited by the diverse Ontario wildlife.

Honey Harbour's founder's name was Harvey Hewitt from Pasadena, California. The double H's were a play off of his name. He was also the original pioneer and co-developer of "Woolite."

Demographics[edit]

Water bodies[edit]

Culture[edit]

Library[edit]

Library branches are in Honey Harbour and MacTier and there is a satellite library branch in the new Township Community Services Building in Port Severn. The library is a popular destination for recreational reading materials, DVDs and tourist information. The services include Information and reference services; Access to full text databases; Community information; Internet access; Reader's advisory services; Programs for children, youth and adults; Delivery to homebound individuals; Interlibrary loan and Free downloadable audiobooks.

Items within its collection are business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Georgian Bay census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "Corrections and updates: Population and dwelling count amendments, 2011 Census". Statistics Canada. February 14, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Rob. "Delawana Inn placed in receivership". CTV. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 

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