Howick, Ontario

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Township (lower-tier)
Township of Howick
Howick is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 43°54′N 81°04′W / 43.900°N 81.067°W / 43.900; -81.067Coordinates: 43°54′N 81°04′W / 43.900°N 81.067°W / 43.900; -81.067
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Huron
Settled 1851
 • Reeve Art Versteeg
 • Federal riding Huron—Bruce
 • Prov. riding Huron—Bruce
 • Land 287.18 km2 (110.88 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,856
 • Density 13.4/km2 (35/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code N0G
Area code(s) 519 and 226

The Township of Howick is a municipality in Huron County, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the northeast corner of Huron County near the Bruce County border, east of Wingham.

Its largest communities are Fordwich, Gorrie and Wroxeter. Smaller hamlets include Belmore and Lakelet. Rural areas comprise the remainder of the township. The township's municipal offices, road works facility, public school, arena and library are located between Fordwich and Gorrie on Huron Road 87 (formerly Ontario Highway 87).


Although Howick Township was one of the four Huron County Townships created out of the Queen's Bush by the Wilkinson survey of 1847, the first settler did not arrive until 1851, and the next in 1853. The township was named after George Grey who entered Parliament in 1829 as Lord Howick, taking the name from Howick Hall, his family's estate in England.[2]

In 1854, the lots in the township were put up for sale, resulting in a wave of settlement. During a series of municipal amalgamations in Ontario through the 1990s and ending in 2001, the Township of Howick boundaries remained unchanged. The Township celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006.[2]


Population trend:[3]

  • Population in 2011: 3,856 (2006 to 2011 population change: -0.7%)
  • Population in 2006: 3,882 (2001 to 2006 population change: 2.7%)
  • Population in 2001: 3,779
  • Population in 1996: 3,685
  • Population in 1991: 3,461

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 1253 (total dwellings: 1323)


A very small distance of Highway 9 travels through the extreme northeast corner of Howick Township. Otherwise, no provincial highways serve the township.

Huron Road 86 (formerly Highway 86) travels along the southern border of Howick.

Gorrie and Wroxeter are located on Huron Road 87 (formerly Highway 87), a significant east–west route through Howick. Fordwich is on Huron Road 30, a short distance from Huron Road 87.

Huron Road 12 on the western end of Howick serves Wroxeter and Belmore.

The remaining county roads in Howick are Huron Road 7 (east–west, through Lakelet) and Huron Road 28 (north–south, through Gorrie).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Howick, Ontario (Code 3540046) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Community Profile". Township of Howick. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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