Strange, Ontario

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Strange
Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 43°56′16″N 79°35′1″W / 43.93778°N 79.58361°W / 43.93778; -79.58361
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional Municipality York
Township King
Government
 • Township mayor Steve Pellegrini
 • MP Deb Schulte
 • MPP Helena Jaczek
 • Councillor Peter Grandilli (Ward 2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area L0G
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 030M13
GNBC Code FCTBF

Strange is a hamlet on the western outskirt of King City located in King Township, Ontario, Canada. It is directly north of Laskay to the west of Highway 400, and is a sparsely populated agricultural area.

Strange was founded as Williamstown in 1841, founded by William Wells who opened a general store. He abandoned his plans to expand the community into a town in 1853 when the Toronto, Simcoe & Lake Huron railway was built through the community of Springhill (now King City) instead of Williamstown. In 1854, the community's first post office closed, but another opened on 1 March 1880 through the efforts of Frederick William Strange, for whom the post office and the community were renamed. Today, only a few residential buildings remain, and only the Presbyterian Church and two graveyards provide links to its past.

Ecology[edit]

The Strange Till Plain is a flat ground moraine with underlying glacial till. It was formed by the Ontario ice lobe during the Port Huron Stadial. It is believed that this till plain exhibits the original surface; very little erosion or surface deposition is observable throughout its 3 square kilometre range.

This Till plain is located between and within the Albion and Uxbridge wedges of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and is a constituent part of that moraine.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 43°56′9″N 79°34′55″W / 43.93583°N 79.58194°W / 43.93583; -79.58194