Maitland, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario
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Maitland is a community of approximately 1800 residents, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the city of Brockville, in Ontario, Canada. It is located on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River in the township of Augusta. The small village enjoys a rich history dating to the times of British colonialism. The village was founded as a small naval base and supply port in Upper Canada.
Today, the village is home to DuPont, Invista Canada, Nitrochem, Prax-Air and Andrews Family Music. While the village contains a wide range of citizens, most people in the community are from middle and high socio-economic classes. Currently several large construction projects are taking place in Maitland including the new Brock Landings development on the old Grenville Christian College Campus, Old Orchard Estates housing development phase 2, and the ramping up of production at DuPont Canada's Maitland site.
Maitland was the site of a shipyard during the latter half of the 18th century. The economic development of the community was enabled by a convenient point of access to the Rideau area. The community flourished during the construction of the canal between 1826 and 1832. The attractive village still contains many early buildings.
The "Iroquoise" and "Outaouaise", the last two French warships that navigated Lake Ontario, were built at Maitland, at a location then known as Pointe au Baril. The site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923, and is marked by a stone cairn.
The village has claimed a certain fame by the success of the young athletes in the community, especially running and rowing. Over 15 youths from the village have attained full NCAA scholarships to U.S. universities in Track & Field or Cross Country or Rowing. As well, Canada's top female marathoner and one of Canada's top female triathletes also were raised in the village. The top high school cross country runner in Canada also presently lives in the Kemp subdivision and attends high school in Brockville.
The village is also served by a convenience store, post office, seasonal chip stand and a private investigations firm.
- http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/Resources---Learning/Online-Plaque-Guide/Plaque-Information.aspx?searchtext=257 Ontario Heritage Trust - Plaque Information - Founding of Maitland
- , Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada
- Brown, Alan L. "Pointe au Baril". Ontario's Historical Plaques. Retrieved February 27, 2011.