Kincardine, Ontario

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Kincardine
Municipality (lower-tier)
Municipality of Kincardine
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Flag of Kincardine
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Kincardine is located in Southern Ontario
Kincardine
Kincardine
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°10′N 81°38′W / 44.167°N 81.633°W / 44.167; -81.633Coordinates: 44°10′N 81°38′W / 44.167°N 81.633°W / 44.167; -81.633
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Bruce
Settled 1848
Formed January 1, 1999
Government
 • Mayor Larry Kraemer
 • Federal riding Huron—Bruce
 • Prov. riding Huron—Bruce
Area[1][2]
 • Land 538.02 km2 (207.73 sq mi)
 • Urban 9.99 km2 (3.86 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1][2]
 • Municipality (lower-tier) 11,174
 • Density 20.8/km2 (54/sq mi)
 • Urban 6,725
 • Urban density 673.2/km2 (1,744/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code N2Z
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Website www.kincardine.net

Kincardine is a municipality located on the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County in the province of Ontario, Canada. The current municipality was created in 1999 by the amalgamation of the Town of Kincardine, the Township of Kincardine, and the Township of Bruce.

The municipality had a population of 11,174 in the Canada 2011 Census.[1]

Communities

In addition to the main population centre of Kincardine itself (population 6,725),[2] the municipality also contains the smaller communities of Armow, Baie du Dore, Bervie, Glammis, Inverhuron, Millarton, North Bruce, Tiverton, and Underwood.

Twin City

Since 1991, Kincardine (then the Town of Kincardine) has been twinned with the Harbour Beach, Michigan.

History

In 1998, the Village of Tiverton lost its separate incorporation, and became part of the Township of Bruce.

The Town of Kincardine, the Township of Kincardine, and the Township of Bruce were then amalgamated to form the Township of Kincardine-Bruce-Tiverton on January 1, 1999, with boundaries identical to those of the municipality that had existed in 1855. After the first election of the new municipal council, a plebiscite was conducted, and the name changed to the Municipality of Kincardine. In an interesting twist, one of the defeated options on the plebiscite was the name Penetangore.

Government

Council

The municipal government is overseen by a council of nine. The council consists of a mayor elected at large, two councillors elected from Ward 1 (the former Town of Kincardine), one from Ward 2 (the former Township of Kincardine), one from Ward 3 (the former Township of Bruce), and three elected at large.

Mayor Larry Kraemer

The council currently consists of:

  • Larry Kraemer, mayor
  • Anne Eadie, deputy mayor
  • Jaqueline Faubert, councillor for Ward 1
  • Mike Leggett, councillor for Ward 1
  • Candy Hewitt, councillor for Ward 2
  • Randy Roppel, councillor for Ward 3
  • Kenneth Craig, councillor at large
  • Maureen Couture, councillor at large
  • Ron Coristine, councillor at large

Municipal Departments

The Municipality Administration Office
  • Building & Planning
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Clerks Department
  • Chief Administration Office
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Department
  • Information Technologies
  • Treasury Department
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Works
  • Economic Development (Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC))

Climate

Kincardine has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with cold, snowy winters and warm summers.

Climate data for Kincardine, Ontario (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.1
(61)
18.5
(65.3)
23.3
(73.9)
28.9
(84)
35.0
(95)
36.1
(97)
37.2
(99)
35.0
(95)
35.0
(95)
31.1
(88)
21.7
(71.1)
17.0
(62.6)
37.2
(99)
Average high °C (°F) −1.0
(30.2)
0.0
(32)
3.9
(39)
10.3
(50.5)
17.1
(62.8)
22.8
(73)
24.6
(76.3)
24.1
(75.4)
20.9
(69.6)
14.0
(57.2)
7.4
(45.3)
1.8
(35.2)
12.2
(54)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.4
(24.1)
−3.9
(25)
−0.3
(31.5)
5.5
(41.9)
11.9
(53.4)
17.6
(63.7)
19.8
(67.6)
19.3
(66.7)
16.0
(60.8)
10.0
(50)
4.2
(39.6)
−1.1
(30)
7.9
(46.2)
Average low °C (°F) −7.7
(18.1)
−7.7
(18.1)
−4.4
(24.1)
0.6
(33.1)
6.6
(43.9)
12.4
(54.3)
14.9
(58.8)
14.4
(57.9)
11.1
(52)
5.9
(42.6)
1.0
(33.8)
−4.0
(24.8)
3.6
(38.5)
Record low °C (°F) −29.0
(−20.2)
−27.8
(−18)
−25.5
(−13.9)
−12.2
(10)
−3.9
(25)
0.0
(32)
3.3
(37.9)
3.9
(39)
−0.6
(30.9)
−6.1
(21)
−17.5
(0.5)
−25.0
(−13)
−29.0
(−20.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 118.6
(4.669)
79.8
(3.142)
67.9
(2.673)
62.9
(2.476)
87.4
(3.441)
69.6
(2.74)
67.8
(2.669)
71.5
(2.815)
101.3
(3.988)
88.5
(3.484)
106.7
(4.201)
110.1
(4.335)
1,031.8
(40.622)
Rainfall mm (inches) 32.9
(1.295)
31.8
(1.252)
35.4
(1.394)
55.2
(2.173)
87.4
(3.441)
69.6
(2.74)
67.8
(2.669)
71.5
(2.815)
101.3
(3.988)
87.4
(3.441)
79.8
(3.142)
35.5
(1.398)
755.5
(29.744)
Snowfall cm (inches) 85.6
(33.7)
48.0
(18.9)
32.4
(12.76)
7.8
(3.07)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
1.1
(0.43)
26.9
(10.59)
74.6
(29.37)
276.4
(108.82)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 20.4 16.5 13.2 13.2 13.8 11.9 11.3 10.6 13.9 16.6 19.9 18.9 180.3
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 5.2 5.2 6.5 11.0 13.8 11.9 11.3 10.6 13.9 16.5 13.9 7.4 127.2
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 16.4 12.7 8.1 3.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.38 7.5 13.4 61.6
Source: Environment Canada[3]

Demographics

Population trend:[6]

  • Population in 2011: 11,174
  • Population in 2006: 11,173
  • Population in 2001: 11,029
  • Population total in 1996: 11,908
    • Bruce (township): 1510
    • Kincardine (town): 6620
    • Kincardine (township): 2954
    • Tiverton (village): 824
  • Population in 1991: 12,134
    • Bruce (township): 1654
    • Kincardine (town): 6601
    • Kincardine (township): 3065
    • Tiverton (village): 814

Mother tongue:[4]

  • English as first language: 90.9%
  • French as first language: 1.7%
  • English and French as first language: 0.2%
  • Other as first language: 7.2%

Education

The Bluewater District School Board is the school board for the Kincardine area. Kincardine District Secondary School is the local high school for most students in the area. Approximately 800 students are attending in the 2007/2008 year. There are 5 local elementary schools, Elgin Market Public School, Huron Heights Public School, St. Anthony's Catholic School, Kincardine Township-Tiverton Public School (located in Kincardine Township), and Ripley Huron Community School (located in Ripley).[7]

Transportation

Kincardine is centrally located along Highway 21 and at the west end of Highway 9. There are two taxi companies in Kincardine. Kincardine Taxi and Fred's Cabs. Airplanes can land at the Municipal Airport, Kincardine/Shepherd's Landing or the Ellis Field located in Kincardine Township. The town of Kincardine also has a harbour for tourist who want to travel by their boats.

Industry

Bruce B Nuclear Generating Station

The economy of Kincardine is dominated by the Bruce Nuclear Power Development which is currently operated by Bruce Power, a private company under lease from Ontario Power Generation. There is also a thriving tourist industry, centered on its sandy beaches and Scottish cultural tradition.

Healthcare

The Kincardine and District General Hospital of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre is the hospital for the community. Further, the Kincardine Family Health Team, a Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care Initiative is located in the community offering programs and services surrounding health promotion and disease prevention. The Kincardine Family Health Team has locations in the Municipality of Kincardine and Township of Huron-Kinloss.

Recreation

Kincardine is home to many parks and trails that run throughout the town of Kincardine. Sports are a huge part of the community mostly focusing around hockey in the winter and soccer in the summer. The local community centre, The Davidson Centre is the central location for most recreation activities as it has a park, skate park, soccer fields, track (indoor & outdoor), swimming pool, gym, basketball court and hockey rink. There is also the Tiverton Sports Arena.

Sports Teams

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The Kincardine Bulldogs is the local hockey team. They compete in the Western Junior C hockey league. In the 2006-2007 and the 2007-2008 seasons the Bulldogs finished 1st in the WJCHL.

All the other hockey teams in town go under the name of "The Kincardine Kinucks".

Kincardine also has a rugby team, created several years ago. They are known as the Barbarians or "Barbs" and serve as the rugby team for Kincardine and surrounding areas.

The Kinetic Knights FIRST Robotics Team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team placed 2nd in the world in their 2011 season.

Culture & Events

Kincardine has a strong Scottish culture. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parades happens every Saturday night during the summer months ending Labour Day weekend. Also every night in the summer (except for Saturdays) the Phantom Piper (a bag piper) plays his bagpipes on top of the light house at sunset. To continue the Scottish culture in Kincardine, every year Kincardine holds the Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games.

Showcasing Kincardine's artistic side, Kincardine is also home to Bluewater Summer Playhouse (Drama Festival) and The Kincardine Summer Music Festival. Kincardine also takes part in Doors Open Kincardine showcasing Kincardine's heritage homes and buildings. Every Monday Starting on the May long weekend until the labour day weekend Kincardine has a "Market in the Square" a sort of flea market in the local park located beside the downtown.

Attractions

Known as the most historic street in Kincardine, Harbour Street gets its name from the harbour located to one side. The town's old lighthouse and museum are located on it, as well as The Erie Belle Restaurant and the Harbour Street Brasserie. Perhaps the most famous landmark on Harbour Street is the Walker House, the oldest building in Kincardine, which is now a museum. Kincardine is known for its beautiful and clean beaches, including Tiny Tot beach, Station Beach (Reunion Park), and Boiler Beach. Very popular among youth and adults alike are the two piers attached to the marina. Arguably one of the best spots to watch the internationally famous sunsets, the South Pier is also a very popular "cliff-jump" style swimming location for all.

Media

Kincardine has two newspaper companies, Kincardine News and the Kincardine Independent. The Kincardine Times, an online newspaper, is a third source of local news. Kincardine also has its own radio station, CIYN-FM.

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Kincardine, Ontario (Code 3541024) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kincardine (Population Centre), Ontario (Code 0412) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Kincardine, Ontario". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  7. ^ "Bluewater Elementary Schools". Bluewater District School Board. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Teen Ranch Board Bios". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 

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