Nanticoke, Ontario

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Nanticoke is an unincorporated community and former city located on the western border of Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada. Nanticoke is located directly across Lake Erie from the US city of Erie, Pennsylvania.


Unlike the majority of Haldimand or Norfolk County, Nanticoke is a highly industrialized community. Its industries supplied up to 4000MW of electric energy to Southern Ontario through the Nanticoke Generating Station. This community is southeast of Simcoe in neighbouring Norfolk County and south of Brantford. Nanticoke's residential area is bordered on the west by the Nanticoke Industrial Park, home to the U. S. Steel Canada Lake Erie Works and a number of smaller businesses, including Nelson Steel, Charles Jones Industrial, ESM, and Air Products. The neighbouring Esso Refinery Nanticoke on the northeast, and the Nanticoke Generating Station on the southeast are not part of the Industrial Park land, although this is frequently confused due to their proximity.

One of Nanticoke's natural landmarks is Peacock Point, which is surrounded by modest working class houses.[1] Camp Guinane is a camping spot that is located near the core of Nanticoke.[1] One of the closest communities to Nanticoke is Jarvis, which is only 11.4 kilometres or 7.1 miles to the north-northeast.[1] There are plenty of streams, valleys, and even a lake within a short driving distance from Nanticoke.[1] Selkirk Provincial Park is approximately 11 kilometres or 6.8 miles away and is the closest provincial park to Nanticoke.[1]

Nanticoke is also home to an active seaport, located at 42°47′09″N 80°04′41″W / 42.785764°N 80.078015°W / 42.785764; -80.078015 (Seaport of Nanticoke, Ontario).


Once considered to be a bustling farming and fishing community, and inhabited since the late 18th century,[2] Nanticoke adapted itself to the Industrial Revolution and became a desired spot for heavy industry to move in through the decades.

In 1974, Nanticoke was incorporated as a city within the Regional Municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk through the amalgamation of the towns of Port Dover and Waterford, the village of Jarvis, and parts of the townships of Rainham, Townsend, Walpole and Woodhouse. In 2001, the town and all other municipalities within the region were dissolved and the region was divided into two single tier municipalities with city-status but called counties. What was the city of Nanticoke is now split between Haldimand County (Ward 1) and Norfolk County (Wards 6 and 7).

Wind turbines were implemented in this community in November 2013.[3] [4]

Census Population
1981 19,816
1991 22,727
1996 23,485

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Nanticoke, Ontario at
  2. ^ Edward S. Rogers, Donald B. Smith (1994). "Aboriginal Ontario: Historical Perspectives on the First Nations". Dundurn Press. ISBN 9781554880638. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  3. ^ Daniel Pearce (2011). "Green projects receive go-ahead". Brantford Expositor. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-24. The big news, however, was in Haldimand County. That community was awarded a project that could see up to 100 wind turbines along the lake-shore in the Nanticoke area. As well, the proposal that includes the Port Dover windmills extends into Haldimand, where another 40 or more turbines could be located.
  4. ^ "Port Dover and Nanticoke Wind - Facility Information". 2016. Retrieved 2018-03-07.

Coordinates: 42°48′36″N 80°04′19″W / 42.810°N 80.072°W / 42.810; -80.072