|Motto: Nicest Town Around|
Location of Bruce County, of which Chesley is centrally located
|• Mayor of Arran-Elderslie||Ron Oswald|
|• MP||Larry Miller|
|• MPP||Bill Walker|
|Elevation||300 m (1,000 ft)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||226, 519|
Chesley (originally Sconeville) is a community in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada, located within the municipality of Arran-Elderslie. Its town slogan is "The Nicest Town Around." Chesley is located north of both Walkerton on Bruce Road 19 and Hanover on County Road 10.
Chesley originally developed around mills built on the Saugeen River around 1858. It expanded further when it was connected to the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1881. A great fire destroyed most of the original downtown core in 1888, and the destroyed wood buildings were replaced by brick and stone.
The town's major source of employment is commercial manufacturing. From 1886 to 1987, the Krug family operated the Krug Bros. furniture manufacturing business. Currently Crate Designs, a locally owned furniture manufacturing factory, is the only surviving furniture factory, following the recent downsizing of Durham Furniture (2007).
Chesley had a high school called the Chesley District High School, a community public school called Kinghurst Community School, an arena and community centre, and several small local stores. The schools were combined into a Junior Kindergarten - Grade 12 school called the Chesley District Community School in 2014.
The town is known for the statue of a giant bull on the north end of town, which is affectionately known as "Big Bruce."
Recently the town has begun to create a network of walking trails that encompasses much of the town's existing infrastructure of walking paths. Known as the heritage trail, it spans a large part of the town, and its waterside parks.
In 2005, Chesley was able to open a Heritage and Woodworking Museum due to a Trillium Foundation grant. The Museum was housed in the Dawson House on 1st Avenue, formerly the home of town doctors Stewart and Dawson. The building had been left to the town for public use in the 1970s; in 2013, Chesley put Dawson House up for sale.
- Tommy Burns (boxer), World Heavyweight Champion 1906–1908
- Paul MacDermid, NHL player 1981–1995
- Ryan MacDonald, former OHL hockey star and current member of the Lausitzer Füchse
- Mickey MacKay, Hockey Hall of Fame, played 1914–1930
- Jim McDonald, medalist in the Special Olympics
- Victoria Pratt, actress
- LIGHTS, a Juno Award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter
- Keith Benninger- Last baby born in Chesley. Legendary member of the 1990 Championship Volleyball Team
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