Gaelic: Siorramachd Bhruis
|County of Bruce|
Motto: "In Deo Imperium Sed Populus Administrat" (Latin)
Location of Bruce County In Ontario
|County seat||Walkerton, Ontario|
|• Warden||Mitch Twolan|
|• Chief Administrative Officer||Kelley Coulter|
|• Land||3,978.76 km2 (1,536.21 sq mi)|
|• Density||16.7/km2 (43/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Primary Highways||21, 9, and 6|
Bruce County, located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, is named for James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine, sixth Governor General of the Province of Canada. The Bruce name is also linked to the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Peninsula. The best way to describe the Bruce is geographically. It has three distinct areas all featuring unique attributes. The Peninsula is part of the Niagara Escarpment and is known for its breathtaking views, rock formations, cliffs and hiking trails. The Lakeshore includes nearly a hundred kilometers of fresh water and soft sandy beaches. Finally, a strong history in farming exists in the Interior Region, also known as the bread basket.These three areas come together to make the County appealing to a diverse market with strengths in tourism, agriculture and energy.
- 1 History
- 2 Subdivisions
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Environment
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
It was originally part of the Huron District, which was constituted as the United Counties of Huron, Perth and Bruce in 1850. The County of Perth was given its own Provisional Municipal Council at that time, and was separated from the United Counties in 1853. The United Counties was dissolved in 1867, with the subsequent separation of Bruce County.
Bruce County comprises eight municipalities (in population order):
- Town of Saugeen Shores
- Municipality of Kincardine
- Municipality of Brockton
- Town of South Bruce Peninsula
- Township of Huron-Kinloss
- Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
- Municipality of South Bruce
- Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Two First Nation communities are also included within the Bruce census division, but are separate from the county administration:
These First Nations maintain reserves that have never been ceded to the Crown:
- Cape Croker Hunting Ground 60B
- Chief's Point 28
- Neyaashiinigmiing 27
- Saugeen 29
- Saugeen and Cape Croker Fishing Islands 1
- Saugeen Hunting Grounds 60A
Figures below are for the Bruce census division, which consists of Bruce County and two First Nations reserves.
|Canada census – Bruce County community profile|
|Population:||66,102 (1.2% from 2006)||65,349 (2.3% from 2001)|
|Land area:||4,087.76 km2 (1,578.29 sq mi)||4,079.17 km2 (1,574.98 sq mi)|
|Population density:||16.2/km2 (42/sq mi)||16.0/km2 (41/sq mi)|
|Median age:||45.1 (M: 44.5, F: 45.7)|
|Total private dwellings:||40,033||38,342|
|Median household income:||$54,403|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
The County of Bruce is governed by a council consisting of a warden and mayors of the area municipalities. County council meetings are held in the Bruce County Administration building in Walkerton, Ontario.
Business to Bruce
The function of the Business to Bruce Program is to support business development, business recruitment and business enhancement. This program focuses on inspiring, attracting and supporting business owners and entrepreneurs by engaging and mobilizing the local business communities and municipalities while using County level resources to give the project reach and scale.
Explore the Bruce
Explore the Bruce, a tourism sub-brand of Bruce County, markets and promotes the area as a place to visit.
Explore the Bruce runs the annual Adventure Passport program. This program is a Bruce County-wide scavenger hunt that takes participants off the beaten track in Bruce County. It takes place from May 1st until October 31st each year and families, couples, and individuals of all ages can participate. In 2015, the Adventure Passport program was presented with a Tourism Marketing Campaign Award at the Ontario Tourism Summit in Toronto.
Spruce the Bruce
Spruce the Bruce supports local community efforts to facilitate long-term downtown revitalization plans, bringing together stakeholders to build community capacity and assist with strategic policy and capital investment. The program provides communities with the resources to develop strategies and implementation methods necessary to maintain and grow healthy commercial areas in association with the County and various partners.
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Black Creek Provincial Park
- Bruce County Municipalities
- List of municipalities in Ontario
- Bruce County municipal elections, 2010
- Ontario municipal elections, 2010
- Bruce Peninsula
- List of counties and districts of Canada
- List of townships in Ontario
- Sauble Beach
- Sum of Bruce County municipalities from 2016 Census Profile
- "Bruce County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- An Act to divide the District of Huron, in the Province of Canada, and for other purposes therein mentioned, S.Prov.C. 1849, c. 96
- 1849 Act, s. 3
- An Act to authorize to Governor General to issue a Proclamation to declare the County of Perth to be separated from the United Counties of Huron, Perth and Bruce, and for other purposes therein mentioned, S.Prov.C. 1852, c. 31
- "Proclamation". Canada Gazette. 25 (48): 4606. December 1, 1866.
- "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport launched | Kincardine News
- "Bruce County Wins Tourism Marketing Award". Blackburn News, By John Chippa November 13, 2015
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