Inverhuron, Ontario

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Inverhuron is a community located within the Municipality of Kincardine in the Canadian province of Ontario. The community includes approximately 200 permanent residents and 400 seasonal cottagers.

Inverhuron is located on the shore of Lake Huron, at the west end of County Road 15, just west of Highway 21 and the town of Tiverton. The village is located about halfway between Port Elgin and the town of Kincardine.

History[edit]

Inverhuron was first settled in the early 1840s. In 1851 Superintendent of Schools of Bruce County, William Gunn opened a general store and post office. Gunn quickly followed with a school and library. By the end of the decade Inverhuron boasted lime kilns, saw and grist mills, a quarry, numerous tradesmen including carpenters,and a blacksmith shop. During this time, Inverhuron had a peak population of around 500 people. A major shipping centre with three large grain warehouses was established in the 1870s.

The Inverhuron Fire[edit]

Inverhuron's days of success came to an abrupt stop on April 13, 1882 when fire struck the grain warehouses and the pier. The community experienced a devastating financial loss and many of the businesses shut down or relocated elsewhere. Another fire struck the community again in 1887. After the second fire, Inverhuron was finished financially and physically.

Inverhuron Today[edit]

The village is home to the Inverhuron Provincial Park, which in 2005 reopened its doors to overnight camping with over 125 new campsites. Prior to the reopening, the park was a day-use only site catering to hikers and naturalists.

Electrical Generation[edit]

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Coordinates: 44°17′15″N 81°35′15″W / 44.28750°N 81.58750°W / 44.28750; -81.58750