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Township (lower-tier)
Township of Scugog
Port Perry and Lake Scugog
Port Perry and Lake Scugog
Location of Scugog in Durham Region
Location of Scugog in Durham Region
Scugog is located in Southern Ontario
Location of Scugog in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°05′24″N 78°56′10″W / 44.09°N 78.936°W / 44.09; -78.936Coordinates: 44°05′24″N 78°56′10″W / 44.09°N 78.936°W / 44.09; -78.936
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Regional Municipality Durham
Established January 1, 1974
 • Mayor Tom Rowett
 • Council Betty Somerville (Ward 1), Janna Guido ( Deputy Mayor and Ward 2 councillor), Don Kett (Ward 3), Wilma Wotten (Ward 4), Jennifer Back (Ward 5) Bobbie Drew, (Regional councillor)
 • MP Erin O'TooleDurham
 • MPP Granville AndersonDurham
 • Land 474.65 km2 (183.26 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 21,617
 • Density 45.4/km2 (118/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 289 / 905

Scugog is a township in the Regional Municipality of Durham, south-central Ontario, Canada. It is northeast of Toronto and just north of Oshawa. Due to its location in the Greater Toronto Area, many residents commute to Toronto for work on a daily basis. The anchor and largest population base of the township is Port Perry. The township has a population of roughly 22,500. A smaller Scugog Township was also a historic municipality and geographic township prior to the amalgamation that formed the current municipality.


The original township of Scugog used to be divided between Reach and Cartwright townships in Ontario County and Northumberland and Durham County, respectively. When Lake Scugog was created by a dam in Lindsay in 1834, flooding created an island known as Scugog Island. The island was separated from Reach and Cartwright to form Scugog Township in 1856. In 1872 George Currie built a grain elevator which is currently Canada's oldest grain elevator. The new township was part of Ontario County.

According to Alan Rayburn's Place Names of Ontario, the name Scugog is derived from the Mississauga word sigaog, which means "waves leap over a canoe." This refers to the creation of Lake Scugog. Other sources indicate that it is a native word meaning swampy or marshy land.

The creation of the Regional Municipality of Durham in 1974 resulted in municipal restructuring of the various townships in Ontario County. The current township of Scugog was created through the amalgamation of the original townships of Scugog, Reach and Cartwright and the town of Port Perry.

Current municipality[edit]

Port Perry is the chief commercial and administrative centre of the municipality. The township also includes the communities of:

  • Aldreds Beach – east side of Scugog Island at the eastern end of Demara Road
  • Blackstock – east of Port Perry on Old Scugog Road between Church Street and Highway 7A
  • Cadmus – east of Blackstock on Egerton Road at Cartwright East
  • Caesarea – opposite of Aldreds Beach on Lake Scugog on Scugog Road
  • Carnegie Beach – northeast end of Scugog Island on Carnegie Beach Road
  • Cedar Shores – opposite Honey Beach on Lake Scugog on Island Road at Pine Point Road
  • Epsom – west of Port Perry and north of Utica on Reach Street at Marsh Hill Road
  • Fralicks Beach – northwest side of Scugog Island on Mississauga Trail north of Hood Drive
  • Gerrows Beach – opposite of Highland Beach on Scugog Island
  • Greenbank, Ontario – northwest of Port Perry
  • Highland Beach – located just north of Port Perry
  • Honey Beach – east side of Scugog Island at end of Whitfield Road
  • Lakeside Beach- opposite of Honey Beach on Lake Scugog
  • Manchester – southwest of Port Perry on Highway 12
  • Marsh Hill – northwest of Greenbank
  • McLaren's Beach – north of Pine Point
  • Nestleton – north of Nestleton on McLaughlin Road
  • Nestleton Station – northeast of Blackstock on Highway 7A near Nestleton Road
  • Pine Point – south of Aldreds Beach on Point Point Road east of Mississauga Trail
  • Port View Beach – opposite of Port Perry on Scugog Island
  • Prince Albert – located southwest of Port Perry at King Street and Simcoe Road
  • Prospect – southwest of Port Perry on Highway 7 and Scugog Line 2
  • Purple Hill on Shirley Road and west of Cartwright West Quarter Line
  • Saintfield – north of Greenbank on Highway 7/12 at Saintfield Road
  • Saint Christopher – due east of Scugog Point
  • Scugog – at Island Road and Chandler Road just north of Scugog Centre
  • Scugog Centre – east of Lakeside Beach at Island Road and Demara Road
  • Scugog Point – north of Nestleton Station on east shore of Lake Scugog
  • Seagrave, Ontario – north of Port Perry on Simcoe Street
  • Shirley – southeast of Port Perry on Shirley Road at Sandy Road
  • Strattonville – west of Epson and due east of Uxbridge
  • Sunrise Beach- east side of Scugog Island at east end of Chandler Drive
  • Sunset View – opposite of Honey Beach on Lake Scugog
  • Utica, Ontario – west of Port Perry and south of Epson on Regional Road 21 and Marsh Hill Road
  • Victoria Corners – northwest of Greenbank and near Leaskdale on Victoria Corners Road and Lake Ridge Road
  • Williams Point – southwest of Scugog Point along east shore of Lake Scugog near Nestleton Road and Scugog Road

Mississaugas of Scugog First Nations[edit]

Reserves # 34 consists of two tracts, east of Mississauga's Trail between Hood Drive and Pogue Road as well as west of Mississauga's Trail from Pogue Road to Seven Mile Island Road/Chandler Drive.

Great Blue Heron Casino is located on the reserve. A Health and Resource Centre and Reserves Administration Office are located on Island Road.


The largest private-sector employer in the area is the Great Blue Heron Casino, located on the Scugog First Nation on Scugog Island. Schneider Meats also has a facility in the Township. The Township is also a popular tourist destination due to the casino and recreational opportunities from Lake Scugog. Many residents also commute to other Durham Region communities and further afield by road.


  • Nonquon Provincial Wildlife Area – 1,120-hectare (2,800 acre) protected area located northwest of Port Perry and managed by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Ocala Orchards Farm Winery – 100 acre winery established in 1995 by Irwin and Alissa Smith south of Utica
  • Scugog Shores Museum
  • Oakridges Moraine Trail – located at south end of Scugog


Roads and highways[edit]

Main roads in Scugog are:


There are two airports in Scugog, both are public airfields used by small propeller aircraft:

Lakeridge Health Port Perry site has a helipad for air ambulance use only.


Scugog is led by a mayor and township councillors representing Wards:

  • Ward 1 – Greenbank, Seagrave, Epsom, Utica, Manchester, Port Perry
  • Ward 2 – Prince Albert and east south
  • Ward 3 – areas on Scugog Island
  • Ward 4 – Blackstock, Nestleton Station, Nestleton, Caesarea
  • Ward 5 – areas east of Port Perry and north of Prince Albert

Township Council sits at Town Hall in Port Perry.

At the Durham Regional Council it is represented by a regional councillor for Scugog.


According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census:[2]

  • Population:
    • 2006: 21,439
    • 2001: 20,173
  • % Change (2001–2006): 6.3
  • Dwellings: 8,345
  • Area (km²): 474.63
  • Density (persons per km²): 45.2
Historical populations
Racial makeup
Canada 2006 Census Population % of total population
Visible minority group
South Asian 75 0.4
Chinese 70 0.3
Black 70 0.3
Filipino 25 0.1
Latin American 15 0.1
Southeast Asian 0 0
Arab 0 0
West Asian 15 0.1
Korean 35 0.2
Japanese 45 0.2
Mixed visible minority 10 0
Other visible minority 35 0.2
Total visible minority population 395 1.9
Aboriginal group
First Nations 110 0.5
Métis 60 0.3
Inuit 0 0
Total Aboriginal population 180 0.9
White 20,580 97.3
Total population 21,155 100

In film[edit]

  • The 1973 film, The Thanksgiving Treasure, starring Jason Robards, was partially filmed at the general store in Seagrave, and at a farm on Old Simcoe Road just to the west of Seagrave.[5]
  • Parts of the 1996 film Fly Away Home were filmed in Scugog.
  • The downtown scenes from 2004's Welcome to Mooseport were shot in Port Perry.
  • The downtown scenes from Hemlock Grove were shot in Port Perry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada 2011 Census – Scugog community profile
  2. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census – Scugog community profile
  3. ^ [1], Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada – Census Subdivision
  4. ^ [2], Aboriginal Peoples – Data table
  5. ^

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Scugog at Wikimedia Commons
  • Township of Scugog
  • Downloadable 1:50 000 topographical map of Scugog (map 31D02)[permanent dead link], by the Ministry of Natural Resources