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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'Toole
 • MPP Granville Anderson
 • Land 474.65 km2 (183.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 21,569
 • Density 45.4/km2 (118/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 289 / 905

Scugog is a township in the Regional Municipality of Durham, south-central Ontario, Canada. Scugog is located northeast of Toronto and just north of Oshawa. Due to its location in the Greater Toronto Area, many residents will 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 was originally 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, Blackstock, Cadmus, Caesarea, Carnegie Beach, Cedar Shores, Epsom, Fralicks Beach, Gerrows Beach, Greenbank, Highland Beach, Honey Beach, Lakeside Beach, Manchester, Marsh Hill, Nestleton, Nestleton Station, Pine Point, Port View Beach, Prince Albert, Prospect, Purple Hill, Saintfield, Scugog, Scugog Centre, Scugog Point, Seagrave, Shirley, Strattonville, Sunrise Beach, Utica, Victoria Corners and Williams Point.

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.


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
Year Pop. ±%
1991 17,810 —    
1996 18,837 +5.8%
2001 20,173 +7.1%
2006 21,439 +6.3%
2011 21,569 +0.6%
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. ^

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