Brigden, Ontario

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Brigden as seen from the air.
Name origin: Named after William Wharton Brigden, engineer-surveyor on the Michigan Central Railroad
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Southwestern Ontario
County Lambton
Township St. Clair
Elevation 191 m (627 ft)
Coordinates 42°48′45″N 82°16′58″W / 42.81250°N 82.28278°W / 42.81250; -82.28278Coordinates: 42°48′45″N 82°16′58″W / 42.81250°N 82.28278°W / 42.81250; -82.28278
Timezone Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) Eastern Time Zone (UTC-4)
Postal code N0N 1B0
Area code 519, 226
Location of Brigden in Ontario.

Brigden is a community in the township of St. Clair, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada. The community is located at the crossroads of Courtright Line and Brigden Road, between Kimball to the west and Oil City to the east, and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of the city of Sarnia. Brigden has a population of about 500 and is the centre of a thriving agricultural district.

The community is situated on the former Michigan Central Railroad line and thus is named after William Wharton Brigden, one of the engineers who surveyed the railway in 1936. Brigden died of a heart attack on May 26, 1939 in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he was the superintendent of the city waterworks.[1]

Brigden was a Police village governed by a Village Chairman and a Board of Trustees.

The annual Brigden Fair is the last fair of the season in Lambton County occurring on Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. Other annual events include the Brigden Community Fest.

It is also the birthplace of businessman JR Shaw, founder and executive chairman of Shaw Communications.


  1. ^ Founder William Wharton Brigden Passes A-90, May 26, 1939. The Sarnia Observer