Bruce County

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Bruce County
Gaelic: Siorramachd Bhruis
County (upper-tier)
County of Bruce

Motto: "In Deo Imperium Sed Populus Administrat"  (Latin)
"Administration by the People, but under the authority of God"

Location of Bruce County In Ontario
Location of Bruce County In Ontario
Coordinates: 44°30′N 81°15′W / 44.500°N 81.250°W / 44.500; -81.250Coordinates: 44°30′N 81°15′W / 44.500°N 81.250°W / 44.500; -81.250
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County seat Walkerton, Ontario
 • Warden Mitch Twolan
 • Chief Administrative Officer Kelley Coulter
 • Land 3,982.52 km2 (1,537.66 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 68,423[1]
 • Density 16.2/km2 (42/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Primary Highways 21, 9, and 6

Bruce County is a county in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and includes the Bruce Peninsula. The county seat is Walkerton, Ontario.

The name of the county is linked to the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Peninsula, which the trail runs through. Bruce County is named for James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine, sixth Governor General of the Province of Canada.

The county contains the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Notable towns include Tobermory and Wiarton, home of the weather predicting groundhog Wiarton Willie.



  • 2016: 68,423
  • 2011: 66,102
  • 2006: 65,349
  • 2001: 63,892
  • 1996: 65,680

Figures below are for the Bruce census division, which consists of Bruce County and two First Nations reserves.

Canada census – Bruce County community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 66,102 (1.2% from 2006) 65,349 (2.3% from 2001) 63,892 (-2.7% from 1996)
Land area: 4,087.76 km2 (1,578.29 sq mi) 4,079.17 km2 (1,574.98 sq mi) 4,155.53 km2 (1,604.46 sq mi)
Population density: 16.2/km2 (42/sq mi) 16.0/km2 (41/sq mi) 15.4/km2 (40/sq mi)
Median age: 45.1 (M: 44.5, F: 45.7) 42.4 (M: 41.8, F: 43.0)
Total private dwellings: 40,033 38,342 36,864
Median household income: $54,403 $45,369
References: 2011[2] 2006[3] 2001[4]


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.

Economic Development[edit]

Business to Bruce[edit]

Business to Bruce is a sub-brand of the County of Bruce.

Explore the Bruce[edit]

Explore the Bruce is sub-brand of the County of Bruce.

The Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport an annual program that takes participants off the beaten track in Bruce County. It is a large-scale scavenger hunt which takes place from late spring to early fall. Families, couples, and individuals of all ages can participate.[5]

Participants pick up an Adventure Passport at a Bruce County Visitor Centre or download a copy online.[6] The passport gives clues to the locations of hidden "punch boxes", each with a specially shaped stamp. Adventurers must collect at least 7 out of the 12 stamps. After submitting a completed Adventure Passport, participants are entered in a draw for a variety of prizes.[7] The first 2000 people to submit their passports are also given a free “Explore the Bruce” t-shirt.

In 2015, the Explore the Bruce program was presented with a Tourism Marketing Campaign Award at the Ontario Tourism Summit in Toronto.[8]

Spruce the Bruce[edit]

Spruce the Bruce (STB) is a downtown improvement program created by the County of Bruce with its goal to enact positive change to support livable, economically viable communities. The STB program focuses on downtown cores, as main streets within Bruce County represent over 2/3 of our commercial assessment and are main point of contact with tourism dollars. The STB Program was initiated to assist communities with improvements that make them more attractive, pedestrian-friendly, and distinctive. The Spruce the Bruce program offers grants and organizational support to Bruce County communities in the form of design services, policy research and action plan development.


Protected Areas[edit]

National Parks[edit]

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Fathom Five National Marine Park

Provincial Parks[edit]

Inverhuron Provincial Park

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Sauble Falls Provincial Park

Black Creek Provincial Park

Conservation Areas[edit]

Bruce County is home to many conservation areas with the jurisdiction of Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.

Endangered Species[edit]

Massasauga Rattlesnake

Hungerford's crawling water beetle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bruce County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  2. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  5. ^ Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport launched | Kincardine News
  6. ^ "'iffy' answer to snow day questions". Owen Sound Sun-Times. By Scott Dunn, Owen Sound, January 13, 2016
  7. ^ "Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport prize winners named". Wiarton Echo, 2011 02 03
  8. ^ "Bruce County Wins Tourism Marketing Award". Blackburn News, By John Chippa November 13, 2015

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