Wingham, Ontario

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Wingham
Former municipality
Town hall
Town hall
Coordinates: 43°53′N 81°19′W / 43.88°N 81.31°W / 43.88; -81.31
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Huron
Municipality North Huron
Area
 • Total 2.57 km2 (0.99 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,875
 • Density 1,118.0/km2 (2,896/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code N0G 2W0
Area code(s) 519

Coordinates: 43°53′15″N 81°18′37″W / 43.887441°N 81.310415°W / 43.887441; -81.310415 Wingham (2011 census population 2,875) is a community located in the municipality of North Huron, Ontario, Canada, which is located in Huron County. Wingham became part of North Huron in 2001 when the Ontario government imposed amalgamation on the former township of East Wawanosh, the village of Blyth, and the town of Wingham.

Wingham is located at the intersection of County Roads 4 & 86. Most of Wingham is located between County Road 86 to the south and the Maitland River to the north.

Business and industry[edit]

Josephine Street

Wingham has a number of manufacturing businesses as well as a variety of retail and service businesses. Wingham supports two grocery stores as well as a main street with retail stores and restaurants. The town has branches of the Bank of Montreal, CIBC, TD Canada Trust banks, as well as a branch of Libro Financial Group credit union.

The industries with a presence in the town include:

Radio and television[edit]

Wingham has three radio stations CKNX 920, CKNX-FM 101.7, and CIBU 94.5 THE BULL!, all owned by Blackburn Radio. There is also a television station CKNX channel 8, owned by CTVglobemedia, it rebroadcasts the master signal of CFPL-TV from London, with the exception of local advertising. On April 9, 2007, it was announced that Rogers Communications has filed with the CRTC to purchase all of the A-Channel stations, including CFPL, CKNX, CKX-TV, Access Alberta and several cable channels being put up for sale by CHUM Limited in the wake of CTVglobemedia's pending acquisition of the CHUM group. CTV will not renew the licence for CKNX-TV in Wingham upon expiration at the end of August 2009.[1] On May 1, 2009, Shaw Communications offered to buy the station for $1 from CTV (along with other underperforming stations in Brandon and Windsor),[2] but scuttled the deal two months later.[3]

(Despite this reported 'shut-off', the station remains on the air pre digital transition (as of July 2011). It is unclear what will happen once larger metropolitan areas switch to Digital at the end of August. CKNX became merely a rebroadcaster of CFPL London on August 31, 2009.)

Wingham is also served by a CBC English outlet (Channel 45) and again, it is unclear what will become of this station post digital transition.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Wingham is located to the north of County Road 86 which connects to Kitchener-Waterloo to the east. The main thoroughfare is County Road 4, called Josephine Street within Wingham, which connects to London, Ontario to the south.

Wingham/Richard W. LeVan Aerodrome is a general aviation airport to the southeast of Wingham with fuel services and private hangars.

Wingham is served by scheduled bus service to London and Owen Sound, as well as Stratford.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Founding plaque

The North Huron Museum provides an overview of the history of the Township of North Huron beginning in the Paleolithic era and continuing into modern times.

Notable people[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The entire town is served by the single postal code of 'N0G 2W0'; a self-effacing mnemonic for the code reads as No 0ne Goes 2 (to) Wingham, 0ntario.

References[edit]

  1. ^ London Free Press, Wed, February 25, 2009 || CTV shuts A stations in Wingham and Windsor[dead link]
  2. ^ Shaw wins three CTV stations - for $1 each[dead link]
  3. ^ "Shaw cancels purchase of 3 CTV stations". The Star (Toronto). July 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ABOUTOWN NorthLink". ABOUTOWN. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  5. ^ "George Agnew Reid". Museum London. 

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