Southgate, Ontario

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Southgate
Township (lower-tier)
Township of Southgate
Dundalk
Dundalk
Southgate is located in Southern Ontario
Southgate
Southgate
Coordinates: 44°06′N 80°35′W / 44.100°N 80.583°W / 44.100; -80.583Coordinates: 44°06′N 80°35′W / 44.100°N 80.583°W / 44.100; -80.583
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Grey
Formed January 1, 2000
Government
 • Mayor Anna-Marie Fosbrooke
 • Federal riding Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
 • Prov. riding Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Area[1]
 • Land 644.35 km2 (248.78 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,190
 • Density 11.2/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code N0C 1B0
Area code(s) 519 and 226
Website www.southgate.ca

Southgate is a township in western Ontario, Canada, in the southeast corner of Grey County. Southgate was formed on January 1, 2000, when the Village of Dundalk, the Township of Proton and the Township of Egremont were amalgamated. The headwaters of the South Saugeen, Beatty Saugeen and Grand Rivers are located in Southgate.

Communities[edit]

Dundalk welcome sign.

The township comprises the communities of Bethel, Birdell, Boothville, Cedarville, Conn, Dromore, Dundalk, Egerton, Gildale, Holstein, Hopeville, Keldon, Kingscote, Landerkin, Proton Station, Robbtown, Signet, Swinton Park, Tartan, Thistle, Varney, Ventry and Yeovil. The largest communities are Dundalk and Holstein.

Infrastructure[edit]

The former rail line roadbed has become a snowmobile trail sponsored by the federal government. Dundalk's three elementary schools are Egremont Community School, Dundalk & Proton Community School and Highpoint Community School. The high school is Grey Highlands Secondary School, which is located in the nearby town of Flesherton.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is the dominant sector of the economy in Southgate. Many of the farms in Southgate have secondary businesses on the farm to service the rural farm community.For the last 20 years, Mennonites have been purchasing farmland in Southgate and have expanded the landbase available for agriculture.

The industrial sector is concentrated in Dundalk. The largest manufacturer is in the auto parts sector Metal Systems of Canada. There are also many small rural industries in Southgate in the metal fabrication especially on Mennonite farms on the eastern side of Southgate.

The Township of Southgate has developed a 220 acres (89 ha) Eco Park which is 65% sold out. The Park has 2 industries involved in the environment sector: Lystek which produces liquid fertilizer and Gro-Bark which produces soil from compost and wood chips. Currently 35 acres are available for industrial development.

Most of the commercial retail businesses are located in downtown Dundalk. There are over 30 businesses in the downtown and another 10 outside the downtown or near Hwy. 10.

The Tourism economy is growing in Southgate focused on the many events held in Holstein and Dundalk. A new tourism experience was developed in 2016 called Butter Tarts & Buggies: Explore the Simpler Life in partnership with Wellington North and Minto. It combines the former Horse & Buggy Trail with The Butter Tart Trail. It includes the Mennonite culture of Southgate with butter tarts and the local food experience.<Township of Southgate Economic Development>

Culture and Tourism[edit]

Southgate was settled in the 1850's as a farming area spreading from the settlement roads of Hwy 10 and Hwy 6. The original settlers were from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and other European countries. Soon after 2 rail lines were built running north-south near Hwy 10 through Dundalk and Proton Station and Hwy 6 through Holstein. The most recent arrivals in Southgate are Mennonites mostly from the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Southgate has several churches representing Catholic, Anglican, Protestant and Mennonite denominations.

Dundalk is the starting point of the Grey County CP Rail Trail, a multi-purpose trail which runs through downtown Dundalk on the old railline to Owen Sound. Dundalk is the hub of the regional ATV and snowmobile networks in the region.

The Highpoint Campground is a muncipally-owned campground in downtown Dundalk in Dundalk Memorial Park.

The town of Dundalk hosts many tourism events including the Dundalk Fair and Canadian Open Dance Competiton, Music Jamborees, Horse Shows, Family Recreation Weekend, Portuguese Bull Fights, Automotive Swap-Meet & Flea Market and Santa Claus Parade.

The Dundalk Fair and Canadian Open Dance Competition is held the 2nd weekend of September. The Dance Competition includes step dancing, clogging, square dancing and group step dancing. The Fair is a traditional fall fair which has been held for over 160 years. It includes saddle horse shows, harness racing, demolition derby, tractor pulls, classic car show, garden tractor races, Ambassador of the Fair crowning, amusement rides and over a hundred competitions judging jam to livestock.

The village of Holstein hosts many events each year including: the Holstein Maple Fest, a Canada Day Fireworks display, the Holstein Rodeo, Holstein Santa Claus Parade and annual drama productions. Landmarks and businesses in Holstein are the Holstein General Store, Holstein Feed Mill, Holstein Park and Dam, Egremont Optimist's Community centre, Holstein Cenotaph, Knox Holstein Presbyterian Church and Egremont Community School. The Holstein Dam is on the Waterfalls of Grey County Tour.

Holstein's Maple Fest is hosted at Love's Sugarbush each April and has displays of pioneer activities, modern production of maple syrup, games, booths from local merchants, artists and local community groups and has live shows and children's entertainment.

The Holstein Rodeo Expo is hosted at the Foster Ranch near Holstein each July. It is the largest rodeo in Ontario. It is a 3-day event with live rodeo events, live country music concerts, booths for local vendors and community groups and food trucks.

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 7190
  • Population in 2006: 7167 (or 7072 when adjusted to 2011 boundaries)
  • Population in 2001: 6907
  • Population total in 1996: 6449
    • Village of Dundalk: 1776
    • Township of Egremont: 2679
    • Township of Proton: 2005
  • Population total in 1991: 6012
    • Village of Dundalk: 1677
    • Township of Egremont: 2485
    • Township of Proton: 1850

Subdivisions are currently being developed for over 600 new houses catering to commuters to the Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. As a result, the population of Dundalk is expected to increase by over 1,000 over the next decade.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Agnes Campbell Macphail (March 24, 1890 – February 13, 1954) was the first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons, and one of the first two women elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Active throughout her life in progressive Canadian politics, Macphail worked for two separate parties and promoted her ideas through column-writing, activist organizing, and legislation.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Southgate census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-15.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  5. ^ Wikipedia - Agnes Campbell Macphail

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