|• Mayor||Tom Bain|
|• MP||Jeff Watson (CONS)|
|• MPP||Taras Natyshak (NDP)|
|• Land||530.32 km2 (204.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||65.1/km2 (169/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Lakeshore is a town in Essex County, Ontario, Canada, on Lake St. Clair. The town was incorporated in 1999 by amalgamating the Town of Belle River with the townships of Maidstone, Rochester, Tilbury North, and Tilbury West. It is part of the Windsor census metropolitan area.
Lakeshore has a significant concentration of Franco-Ontarians, and is one of only three communities in Southern Ontario (excluding Eastern Ontario) where francophones, as a percentage of the community's population, exceed the provincial average of five per cent (the other two are Welland and Penetanguishene). In the 2011 census, 7.7% of the population reported French as their mother tongue, and 17.2% reported knowledge of both official languages. Lakeshore is also the site of a historic black community along the Puce River.
The town comprises the communities of Belle River, Comber, Deerbrook, Elmstead, Emeryville, Haycroft, Lighthouse Cove, North Woodslee, Pike Creek, Pleasant Park, Puce, Ruscom Station, South Woodslee, St. Joachim, Stoney Point and Strangfield, as well as the far eastern section of Tecumseh.
Essex County resident James Scott Cooper, a well known local entrepreneur, built mansions in Walkerville and Belle River. The Cooper Court Motel and Bar in Belle River, built in 1920, still operates today as a local favourite. Cooper was known to have been a philanthropist, contributing greatly to the construction of Belle River's first high school, Belle River District High School.
Belle River was a well known for bootlegging during Prohibition in the United States. The Wellington was a hotel once located on Notre Dame, the town's main street, which began exporting booze to the United States along with many American owned cottages on Charron Beach Rd.
Belle River is the birthplace of retired NHL player Tie Domi.
Since 1989, Belle River has been known as the "Jet Ski Capital of Canada" due to the number of personal watercraft riders and racers in the town, many of which are American visitors. The community's racing team is named after the URL: www.belleriver.com which successfully competed on the Midwest Watercross Tour.
- "Lakeshore census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
- The Times - James Scott Cooper
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