|Town of Midland|
Statue of a trumpeter swan in downtown Midland.
|• Mayor||Gord McKay|
|• Governing Body||Midland Town Council|
|• MPs||Bruce Stanton|
|• MPPs||Garfield Dunlop|
|• Land||35.37 km2 (13.66 sq mi)|
|• Metro||199.94 km2 (77.20 sq mi)|
|• Town (lower-tier)||16,572|
|• Density||468.5/km2 (1,213/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||177.2/km2 (459/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Postal code FSA||L4R|
Situated at the southern end of Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands, Midland is the economic centre of the region, with a 125-bed hospital and a local airport (Midland/Huronia Airport). It is the main town of the southern Georgian Bay area. In the summer months, the area's population grows to over 100,000 with seasonal visitors to more than 8,000 cottages, resort hotels, provincial and national parks in the surrounding municipalities of Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay.
The town of Midland was founded when, in 1871, the Midland Railway of Canada selected the sparsely populated community of Mundy's Bay as the new terminus of the Midland railway. At that time the Midland railway ran from Port Hope to Beaverton. The town site was surveyed in 1872–3 and the line to the town was completed by 1879. Settlers, attracted by the convenience of rail service, soon began to move into the area.  The company sold off lots in town (Midland City) to help finance the settlement. The village (incorporated in 1878) thrived based on Georgian Bay shipping and the lumber and grain trade. Incorporated into a town in 1890, a number of light industrial companies have established themselves in the area and tourism in the southern Georgian Bay area also contributes to the economy.
On June 23, 2010, Midland was struck by an F2 tornado, causing $15 million in damage. The most significant damage was reported at Smith's Camp, a trailer park at the south end of the town, where several mobile homes were completely destroyed. At one point for the first time in 25 years, Emergency Management of Ontario upgraded Environment Canada's Tornado warning to an extreme severe weather warning called "Red Alert" which was issued for most of Southern Ontario's cottage country due to the approaching severe weather and the possibility of violent tornadoes, therefore asking residents in the area to seek shelter. In addition, a State of emergency was also declared in Midland. While electrical service was knocked out for a time, there were no fatalities caused by the storm.
In and around the centre of Midland there are a number of murals most of which were painted by now deceased artist Fred Lenz. The largest, depicting a meeting between a local native and Jesuit Missionary Jean de Brebeuf is on the silos overlooking the main harbour. This work was completed by Lenz's sons following his death in 2001.
Notable sites in or near Midland include the Jesuit mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, which is now a living museum depicting missionary life in the 17th century. The Martyrs' Shrine is a Roman Catholic church commemorating the Canadian Martyrs, eight missionaries from Sainte-Marie who were martyred during the Huron-Iroquois wars; it also operates as the Huronia museum. Pope John Paul II held a pastoral meeting at this site in September 1984.
The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is nearby. The marsh provides habitat for trumpeter swans, black terns and least bitterns. The trumpeter swan is considered a symbol of Midland and a large statue of one has been erected by the harbour.
In early June there is an annual Butter tart festival. This year Midland hosted its third annual Butter tart festival, selling around 70 thousand butter tarts. Many tourists flock to Midland during the festival. There are two divisions: amateur and commercial. The day after the Butter tart festival is the Butter Tart Trot, a 5-km fun run for older people and a 2.5-km run for children under 5 years old.
Boating, both power and sail, is very popular with a number of marinas and a sailing club based in the town. The town has easy access to the relatively sheltered waters of south eastern Georgian Bay. Among the marinas nearby are Bay Port Yachting Centre on the northwest side of the bay, and Wye Heritage Marina along the southeast shore. There is also good fishing.
Midland also has an ever growing and active cycling base. The Midland Tri Club has increased the number of road riders in the area. Many of these riders also participate in the popular weekly Time Trial series and group rides that run throughout the summer months. Mountain view Ski Center has also encouraged the growth of mountain bikers, with an extensive trail system in town. The Center hosts a variety of races, including a summer long weekly series, as well as a night race, high school event, and 9 hour relay. Also, an MTB club has been borne of the Center, and is expanding its breadth into competition and other pursuits.
In the winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing are popular activities. Mountain-view Ski Center has a modest elevation but usually a large base of all-natural snowfall and 6 runs and has 25 kilometres (16 mi) of cross country ski trails.
- Elise Andrew, blogger
- John W. Bald, photographer
- Born Ruffians, indie rock band
- Mark Bourrie, author
- Sarah Burke, freestyle skier, three-time Winter X-Games gold medalist
- George Chuvalo, heavyweight boxer
- Adam Dixon, paralympian (sledge hockey)
- Herbert Drury, former NHL and Olympic hockey player
- George Dudley, treasurer of the Ontario Hockey Association, and the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation
- Glenn Howard, world champion curler
- Russ Howard, Olympic champion curler
- Alex McKendry, former NHL Hockey player
- John Muckler, NHL coach
- David Onley, former CITY-TV reporter and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
- Mike Robitaille, former NHL hockey player
- Susan Swan, writer
- Richard B. Wright, writer
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- Midland storm was an F2 tornado, experts confirm CTV News, June 24, 2010 (access date November 10, 2015)
- Story of the painting of Fred Lenz last mural
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- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
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