Puslinch, Ontario

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Township (lower-tier)
Township of Puslinch
Coat of arms of Puslinch
Coat of arms
Location of Puslinch within Wellington County
Location of Puslinch within Wellington County
Puslinch is located in Southern Ontario
Location of Puslinch within Wellington County
Coordinates: 43°27′N 80°10′W / 43.450°N 80.167°W / 43.450; -80.167Coordinates: 43°27′N 80°10′W / 43.450°N 80.167°W / 43.450; -80.167
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Wellington
Incorporated January 1, 1850
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Dennis Lever
 • Governing Body Township of Puslinch Council
 • MP Mike Chong (Con)
 • MPP Ted Arnott (PC)
 • Land 214.61 km2 (82.86 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,029
 • Density 32.8/km2 (85/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code FSA N0B
Area code(s) 519, 226 and 905
Website www.puslinch.ca

Puslinch is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada, in Wellington County, surrounding the south end of Guelph. The area is rich in natural gas resources. The main source of production is agricultural, bottling and mining. Mining has been dominant throughout the county. About half of the township is forested, and a conservation area lies to the southwest. Near the western edge of the township, just outside Cambridge, Ontario is Puslinch Lake, the largest kettle lake in North America. It is part of the Guelph census metropolitan area.

The township was named after Puslinch House in Devon, England, where Elizabeth Yonge, the wife of Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada Sir John Colborne, was born. Records from 1846 indicate a population in the township of 1500, most of whom were "Highland Scotch".[2]



The township includes the communities of Aberfoyle, Aikensville, Arkell, Badenoch, Barbers Beach, Corwhin, Crieff, Killean, Little Lake, Morriston and Puslinch.


Aberfoyle house

Aberfoyle is the administrative centre for Puslinch Township and is home to the municipality's administrative offices and fire station. It is located at the headwaters of Mill Creek, approximately three kilometres south of Guelph city limits on Brock Road, formerly a portion of old Hwy 6. Aberfoyle was first settled in the 1840s and is named for Aberfoyle, Scotland. In 1869, the population was only 100.[3]

It is famous for its spring water Aberfoyle Spring Water, which is bottled from Aberfoyle (formerly Aberfoyle Spring Water Company). Nestlé bought the company in 2002.

Other features include an elementary school (Aberfoyle Public School) and the Aberfoyle Mill, a popular restaurant.


Arkell , pronounced like "Ar-Kell", has a long relationship with beer brewing. Arkell was founded in 1830 by John Arkell, an Englishman who returned to the UK and founded Arkell's Brewery.[4][5] Just north and east of the village runs the Arkell Spring Aquifer, renowned for its fresh spring water which has brought many beverage companies to the area, including Sleeman Breweries, Wellington Brewery, and F&M Brewery. Wellington Breweries named one of their most popular beers Arkell Best Bitter in honour of the prized water they use in their brewing. The Arkell Springs also provide much of the municipal water for the city of Guelph.

Arkell is a popular stopping point for cyclists and hikers to take a break when touring the country-side roads the surrounding city of Guelph, or the popular hiking trails at the Starkey Hill loop just east of the village, or the Arkell Springs trail which stretches along the Eramosa River from Watson Rd. It is home to many beautiful houses, and picturesque settings. Just north of Arkell, east to nearby Eden Mills near the Eden Mills outdoor education centre and south-east to Arkell Rd. at the Nassagaweya-Puslinch Townline Rd. intersection, opened in 1974 by the Guelph Hiking Club.[6]


Population trend:[7]

  • Population in 2011: 7029 (2006–2011 population change: 5.1%)
  • Population in 2006: 6689
  • Population in 2001: 5885
  • Population in 1996: 5416
  • Population in 1991: 4943

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2534 (total dwellings: 2619)


The main thoroughfares in the area include:

GO Bus Service[edit]

  • GO Bus 29: to Mississauga (Square One GO Bus Terminal and Cooksville GO)
  • GO Bus 48: to York University and Guelph University
  • GO Bus 25 to Mississauga (Square One GO Bus Terminal), Milton, Cambridge, and Kitchener (Downtown, Wilfred Laurier University, and University of Waterloo)


Aberfoyle Mill Restaurant

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