Brussels is a community in Huron County, Ontario, Canada, located within the municipality of Huron East. It was originally called Ainleyville. The name was changed in 1872 when a branch line of the Grand Trunk Railway from Guelph came through the town. Brussels has seen the population grow over the years, in 1954, the population was 827.
The Ronald Streamer, a piece of firefight equipment, was made in Brussels. Brussels is 16 miles north of Seaforth and 5 miles north of Walton. Brussels was created as the village of Ainleyville in 1855, founded by William Ainlay (difference in spelling is due to clerical error).
Back in the late 19th century Brussels had a post office, a flour mill, a grist mill, a sawmill, a hair salon, and a fanning mill.
Built with a Carnegie grant of $7000, the Brussels Public Library opened on January 14, 1910. It is one of only six in Ontario to have a corner entrance, a feature deemed extravagant by James Bertram, Carnegie’s private secretary who ran the grant program.
- Harry Dean Ainlay, former mayor of Edmonton, Alberta
- Janet Cardiff, artist
- William J. L. Stevenson, scholar, Wilfrid Laurier University
- Frances Beatrice Taylor, poet, journalist
- Canada 2001 Census Community Profiles: Brussels, Ontario. Statistics Canada.
- "Apparatus". The Firefighters Museum, Winnipeg. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
- Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts (January 8, 2018). "Faculty of Arts: Dean's Honour Roll 2016/17". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- The Settlement Of Huron County by James Scott.
- Village of Brussels website
- Statistics Canada - Economic Regions 2001: Huron County
- Ontario Rural Routes: Brussels Fair
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