Walkerton, Ontario

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Walkerton, Ontario
Coordinates: 44°07′52″N 81°09′02″W / 44.13111°N 81.15056°W / 44.13111; -81.15056
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Bruce County
Municipality Brockton
 • Total 8.74 km2 (3.37 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,967
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N0G
Area code(s) (519) and (226)

Walkerton is a community in the Canadian province of Ontario, located within and governed by the municipality of Brockton. It is the site of Brockton's municipal offices and the county seat of Bruce County. It is located on the Saugeen River, at the junction of King's Highway 9 and Route 4, and is 75 km southwest of Owen Sound.

The town was incorporated in 1871 and was named after Joseph Walker, who settled in this area in 1850. On January 1, 1999, it became part of the Municipality of Brockton.

2000 Fatal Water Supply Contamination[edit]

Main article: Walkerton Tragedy

In May 2000 the water system in Walkerton became contaminated with the highly dangerous O157:H7 strain of E. coli bacteria. Nearly half the population fell ill, and seven people died as a result.[2]

Famous people From Walkerton[edit]

  • Samuel Lewis Honey, VC, DCM, MM (9 February 1894 – 30 September 1918) was a soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War. Honey was a graduate of Walkerton District High School.
  • David Milne, considered to be one of Canada's foremost painters, was a graduate of Walkerton District High School.
  • William Bertram (January 19, 1880 – May 1, 1933) Hollywood actor and film director during the silent-film era
  • Canadian National softball player and two-time Olympian Alison Bradley was almost a graduate of Walkerton District Secondary School.
  • Singer-songwriter Esthero lived in Walkerton.
  • Greg McNeish, wrestling analyst and critic, appeared on shows such as The Friday Fishbowl and The Wrestleview International Desk
  • Percy Roy Shannon, Lieutenant in the First World War, Physician, Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Michael Adams, pollster and co-founder of the Environics Research Group
  • Laryssa Biesenthal, Canadian rower
  • Kyle Verrips, Lead singer of the Veraps Paps and noted Canadian lounge crooner and opening act for The Tea Party and the Northern Pikes


Walkerton has two high schools: Walkerton District Community School (K-12), and Sacred Heart High School.

Minor Sports[edit]

Walkerton is home to a Junior C hockey team, the Walkerton Hawks, and a Senior A hockey team, the Walkerton Capitals.


The town was rumored to have been placed in the Guinness World Records for having a church on each corner of the jail and courthouse complex. This is proven, and it has been covered by Ripley's Believe It or Not![3]


Sister City[edit]

Walkerton, Indiana[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 44°08′N 81°09′W / 44.133°N 81.150°W / 44.133; -81.150