Kingsville, Ontario

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Kingsville
Town
Coat of arms of Kingsville
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Canada's Southernmost Town
KingsvilleOntLocation.PNG
Coordinates: 42°6′N 82°43′W / 42.100°N 82.717°W / 42.100; -82.717Coordinates: 42°6′N 82°43′W / 42.100°N 82.717°W / 42.100; -82.717
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Essex
Incorporated 1901
Government
 • Mayor Nelson Santos
 • MP Jeff Watson (CONS)
 • MPP Taras Natyshak (NDP)
Area[1]
 • Land 246.84 km2 (95.31 sq mi)
Elevation [2] 200.00 m (656.17 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 21,362
 • Density 86.5/km2 (224/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Website www.town.kingsville.on.ca

Kingsville is located in Essex County in southwestern Ontario, Canada, and is Canada's southernmost municipality with town status. The town had a population of 21,362 in the Canada 2011 Census,[1] up from 20,908 in the Canada 2006 Census.[3]

History[edit]

Kingsville was incorporated as a town in 1901.

Geography[edit]

Kingsville is west of the Municipality of Leamington, south of the Town of Lakeshore and southeast of the Town of Essex and north of Lake Erie.

The geography of Kingsville is typical of most of Essex County. The terrain is generally flat, and consists of glacial drift which is a mixture of various rocks, sand and clay. The town is approximately 570 feet above sea level.

In addition to the primary settlement at Kingsville, the municipality also includes the smaller communities of Cedar Beach, Cedar Island, Cedarhurst Park, Cottam, Klondyke, Linden Beach, North Ridge, Olinda, Ruthven and Union. The community of Albuna is located on the boundary between Kingsville and Leamington, and the communities of Arner and Elford are located on the boundary between Kingsville and Essex.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kingsville (1981−2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.0
(59)
16.0
(60.8)
24.5
(76.1)
27.0
(80.6)
31.0
(87.8)
37.5
(99.5)
36.5
(97.7)
36.0
(96.8)
34.5
(94.1)
26.5
(79.7)
20.0
(68)
16.0
(60.8)
37.5
(99.5)
Average high °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
1.0
(33.8)
5.7
(42.3)
12.4
(54.3)
19.0
(66.2)
24.3
(75.7)
26.8
(80.2)
25.8
(78.4)
21.8
(71.2)
15.1
(59.2)
8.3
(46.9)
2.3
(36.1)
13.5
(56.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.7
(25.3)
−2.5
(27.5)
1.7
(35.1)
7.9
(46.2)
14.4
(57.9)
19.9
(67.8)
22.5
(72.5)
21.6
(70.9)
17.7
(63.9)
11.1
(52)
5.0
(41)
−0.6
(30.9)
9.6
(49.3)
Average low °C (°F) −7.1
(19.2)
−6.1
(21)
−2.3
(27.9)
3.4
(38.1)
9.8
(49.6)
15.6
(60.1)
18.3
(64.9)
17.3
(63.1)
13.5
(56.3)
7.1
(44.8)
1.8
(35.2)
−3.6
(25.5)
5.6
(42.1)
Record low °C (°F) −29.0
(−20.2)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−22.0
(−7.6)
−13.0
(8.6)
−2.0
(28.4)
3.9
(39)
6.0
(42.8)
6.0
(42.8)
−0.6
(30.9)
−5.0
(23)
−11.5
(11.3)
−23.0
(−9.4)
−29.0
(−20.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 61.2
(2.409)
59.0
(2.323)
65.0
(2.559)
86.7
(3.413)
84.2
(3.315)
73.3
(2.886)
84.1
(3.311)
81.1
(3.193)
87.9
(3.461)
71.9
(2.831)
79.0
(3.11)
67.3
(2.65)
900.5
(35.453)
Rainfall mm (inches) 32.9
(1.295)
36.8
(1.449)
49.7
(1.957)
84.3
(3.319)
84.2
(3.315)
73.3
(2.886)
84.1
(3.311)
81.1
(3.193)
87.9
(3.461)
71.9
(2.831)
76.4
(3.008)
51.9
(2.043)
814.2
(32.055)
Snowfall cm (inches) 28.3
(11.14)
22.2
(8.74)
15.3
(6.02)
2.4
(0.94)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
2.5
(0.98)
15.5
(6.1)
86.3
(33.98)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 10.7 9.5 11.4 13.0 12.3 10.0 9.3 8.9 9.7 10.7 11.9 12.0 129.3
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.6 5.3 8.5 12.4 12.3 10.0 9.3 8.9 9.7 10.7 11.3 8.2 111.1
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 6.5 4.7 3.8 0.73 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.08 0.96 4.6 21.4
Source: Environment Canada[2]

Demographics[edit]

Census Population
1871 800
1901 1,537
1911 1,427
1921 1,783
1931 2,174
1941 2,317
1951 2,631
1961 3,041
1971 4,076
1981 5,134
1991 5,716
2001 19,619
2006 20,908
Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[5]
South Asian 0 0%
Chinese 30 0.1%
Black 190 0.9%
Filipino 20 0.1%
Latin American 395 1.9%
Arab 80 0.4%
Southeast Asian 15 0.1%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 0 0%
Japanese 0 0%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 10 0%
Total visible minority population 740 3.6%
Aboriginal group
Source:[6]
First Nations 105 0.5%
Métis 75 0.4%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 180 0.9%
White 19,580 95.5%
Total population 20,500 100%

Education[edit]

Kingsville has three elementary schools, Kingsville Public School, Jack Miner Public School and St. John de Brebeuf Catholic Elementary School. A fourth school, Ruthven Public School, was closed in the summer of 2013 due to overall declining enrollment. Students from Ruthven were assigned to Jack Miner Public School.

Kingsville District High School (KDHS) has a student population of roughly 600.

Attractions[edit]

Kingsville is home to the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary. Jack Miner was awarded The Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his achievements in conservation in the British Empire. It was awarded June 23, 1943, by King George VI, as King of Canada. Jack Miner is considered "the father of the conservation movement on the continent".

Kingsville is home to Colasanti's Tropical Gardens which attracts people from all over Ontario. The gardens have many varieties of tropical plants and animals. Kingsville is also home to the Kingsville Folk Festival which is directed by Michelle Law. It began in early August 2014 and hopes to continue each year with headliners like Bruce Cockburn.

Sports[edit]

Kingsville was, for 26 years, the home town of the Great Lakes Jr. C team Kingsville Comets. The team was sold and moved to Amherstburg in 2013, becoming the Amherstburg Admirals. The town was among the top 5 places in Canada chosen for CBC's Kraft Hockeyville 2008, and finished in 2nd place in the competition with over 1.5 million votes.

Team Canada women's ice hockey player Meghan Agosta is from the Ruthven community in Kingsville. Agosta scored a hat trick on her birthday during the 2006 Winter Olympic games in Turin Italy.

Former major league baseball pitcher, Paul Quantrill, although born in London Ontario, grew up in Kingsville.

Twinning[edit]

On March 8, 2012, the Windsor Star reported that Westlake, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio), and Kingsville were considering twinning with each other, due to their proximity (separated by Lake Erie), cultural connections (Jack Miner set up his bird sanctuary in Kingsville, but was born in Westlake), and similar sizes and economic status.[7] On October 20, 2012, Kingsville and Westlake executed a Sister City Alliance and are now officially twinned.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Statistics Canada. 2012. Kingsville, Ontario (Code 3537013) and Essex, Ontario (Code 3537) (table). Census Profile. 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-XWE. Ottawa. Released February 8, 2012. (accessed May 15, 2012).
  2. ^ a b "Kingsville MOE". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Kingsville community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  5. ^ [1], Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
  6. ^ [2], Aboriginal Peoples - Data table
  7. ^ Santos wants to twin with Miner's hometown. Windsor Star, March 8, 2012.

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