Wainfleet, Ontario

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Wainfleet
Township (lower-tier)
Township of Wainfleet
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Wainfleet is located in Southern Ontario
Wainfleet
Wainfleet
Coordinates: 42°55′30″N 79°22′30″W / 42.92500°N 79.37500°W / 42.92500; -79.37500Coordinates: 42°55′30″N 79°22′30″W / 42.92500°N 79.37500°W / 42.92500; -79.37500
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Niagara
Formed 1970
Government
 • Mayor April Jeffs
 • Federal riding Welland
 • Prov. riding Welland
Area[1]
 • Land 217.29 km2 (83.90 sq mi)
Elevation 177 m (581 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,356
 • Density 29.3/km2 (76/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code L0R, L0S
Area code(s) 905, 289, 365
Website www.wainfleet.ca

Wainfleet is a rural township in southern Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada.

There is a small and growing tourist industry, near and on Lake Erie at the southern area of Wainfleet called Long Beach. Wainfleet is also the home of the Marshville Heritage Village, a living history museum, recreating life in Ontario c. 1850-1910.[2]

Communities[edit]

The township includes the communities of Attercliffe, Beckett's Bridge, Belleview Beach, Burnaby, Camelot Beach, Chambers Corners, Long Beach, Morgan's Point, O'Reilly's Bridge, Ostryhon Corners, Perry, Wainfleet (known until the 1920s as Marshville), Wellandport (which straddles the border with the neighbouring Township of West Lincoln), Willow Bay and Winger. Wainfleet is near Willow Bay.

Coat of Arms[edit]

Wainfleet Township’s Coat of Arms consists of a white shield depicting a red cross, which symbolizes the arms of Lincoln, England, with a maple leaf in its centre. The maple leaf represents Canada and divides the shield into four quarters.

Two of the quarters are filled with blue wavy lines symbolizing water.

One has a wagon wheel and the other a harrow.

Anglo-Saxon meaning of Wain "a wagon" and Fleet "a creek - a river" is "a creek through which a wagon can pass."

The Harrow represents development of agriculture in the area.

A cranberry bush crest is indicative of the natural flora in Wainfleet.

Two men stand on either side of the coat of arms: a Mississauga Native who represents the tribe that settled a long Lake Ontario and a Franciscan Priest who represents Father Daillon, the first European among the priests that established the settlement in 1626-1678.

Demographics[edit]

The township's 2011 population of 6,356 was a decrease of 3.7 per cent compared to its population of 6,601 in the Canada 2006 Census. There were 2337 private dwellings occupied by usual residents, out of a total of 2937 dwellings.[1]

There are approximately 29 people per square km dwelling in Wainfleet, as opposed to the 232 people per square km in the Niagara Region [3]

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 6356 (2006 to 2011 population change: -3.7%)
  • Population in 2006: 6601
  • Population in 2001: 6258
  • Population in 1996: 6253
  • Population in 1991: 6203

This population is diverse in age: the largest population bracket is the 45-49 age range with 595 residents, and the smallest is 85 and older with only 65 residents.[5]

Census Population
1991 6,203
1996 6,253
2001 6,258
2006 6,601
2011 6,356

People[edit]

Tony Dekker, singer/songwriter/guitarist for indie folk band Great Lake Swimmers, grew up on a farm in Wainfleet. A&E Network personality Tanya Memme is also a native of Wainfleet.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2011 Census Profile
  2. ^ Marshville Heritage Society & Village
  3. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Statistics Canada: 2011 Census Profile". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  5. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Statistics Canada: 2011 Census Profile". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 

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