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Encyclopedia > Simcoe County, Ontario

Simcoe is a county located in central Ontario, originally established as "Simcoe District" in 1843 by the Legislature of Upper Canada[1]. According to Statistics Canada (2006), the population is 422,204. The population grew 12.0% from 2001 to 2006, making it one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario, after York Region and Peel Region. The area of the county is 4,840.54 square kilometres. It is between Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. The elevated Niagara Escarpment runs through sections of the western part of the county. The county seat is Barrie, the largest city within the county. Image File history File links Ontsim. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... Statistics Canada is the Canadian federal government bureau commissioned with producing statistics to help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... York Regional Municipality, also called York Municipality or York Region, is a municipality in south-central Ontario, between Lake Simcoe and Toronto. ... Motto: Working for you Area: 1,241. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Georgian Bay (French: baie Georgienne) is a large bay of Lake Huron, located in Ontario, Canada. ... Lake Simcoe is a lake in southern Ontario, Canada, the fourth largest lake in the province. ... Rattlesnake Point near Milton, Ontario. ... Motto: The People are the City, Barrie Means Business (advertising campaign) Location of Barrie, Ontario Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario Established (town) 1837 Established (city) 1853 Government  - Mayor Dave Aspden  - Council Barrie City Council  - MPP Joe Tascona (PCO)  - MP Patrick Brown (CPC) Elevation 76 m (249. ...

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History

Simcoe County was established by the Governor-General's Proclamation on January 11, 1843. (Source: The Orangeville Banner, March 8, 1951)


The county was initially divided into the following historical 18 townships: Adjala, Essa, Flos, West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, Mara, Matchedash, Medonte, Nottawasaga, Orillia, Oro, Rama, Sunnidale, Tay, Tecumseth, Tiny, Tosorontio and Vespra. (Tay, Tiny and Flos were named after Lady's Maitland's dogs).


Adjala township, an Indian proper name. Opened in 1822, the first settlers were largely from Irish Catholic background.


Essa Township, named after a mythical wife of Tecumseh. (Tecumseh was said to have only one wife, Mamate, who died in her youth). This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


Flos township, opened in 1822 and named after one of Lady's Maitland's dogs.


West Gwillimbury township, opened in 1798 and named in honour of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe (Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim Simcoe), who's maiden name was Gwillim. Johnny the guy Simcoe John Graves Simcoe (February 25, 1752 – October 26, 1806) was the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada (modern-day southern Ontario plus the shoreline of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior) from 1791-1796. ...


Innisfil township, opened in 1822, the name is a poetical appellation for Ireland.


Matchedash Township, opened in 1822. The name is Indian and means marshy land.


Medonte Township, opened in 1822. The name may be a corruption of an Ojibway word meaning "I carry on my back.". The township lies on an old trail from Orillia to Coldwater. For other uses of Chippewa, see Chippewa (disambiguation). ... The Welcome sign to Orillia Orillia, pronounced ōrĭlēə, is a city located in Simcoe County in south-central Ontario, Canada, on Lake Couchiching. ... Coldwater is a municipal community with a population of 1,195 (1997), located on Ontario provincial highway 12 between Orillia and Midland, on the Coldwater River in Medonte Twp. ...


Nottawasaga township, opened in 1832 and named form Indian words meaning, in Algonquin, "the Iroquois River." That was the enemy's route to Georgian Bay. The first settlers in the area came around 1834 and were Highlanders, about Duntroon, Irish Catholics on the Fourth Concession and Germans, near Batteau. This article is about the Native American tribe. ...


Orillia township, opened in 1822. The name is Spanish for border, margin or shore. The town of Orillia was originally the headquarters of the Ojibway Indians.


Oro township, on the north shore of Lake Simcoe on Shanty Bay. Oro was set apart in 1820 as a colony for liberated black slaves. Since the Gold Coast of Africa was a celebrated slave-market, the Spanish name for gold was given to the Township. Only about twenty black families settled, and the colony did not prosper.


Sunnidale Township opened in 1823, however the first settlers arrived in 1833. It is said that the Township was named by one of Sir Peregrine Maitland's staff who was lost in the woods and finally happened upon an inhabited shanty in a "Sunny Dale." Sir Peregrine Maitland (July 6, 1777–May 30, 1854) was a British soldier and colonial administrator. ...


Tay township, (named after Lady's MAitland's dog). Located in this township are the ruins of the Jesuit Fort of St. Marie, abandoned in 1649


Tecumseh township, opened in 1822 and named in honour of Tecumseh, This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


Tiny township, opened in 1822 (named after Lady's Maitland's dog). The first modern settlement followed the migration of French-Canadian voyageurs form Drummond Island in 1828.


Tosorontio township, opened in 1822. Name is said to be from the Huron, meaning "beautiful mountain." Wyandot is the Iroquoian language traditionally spoken by the people known variously as Wyandot, Wendat, or Huron. ...


Vespra township, opened in 1820. Probably named from the Latin vesper, evening; Greek; Hesperos, the West.


Source: Province of Ontario -- A History 1615 to 1927 by Jesse Edgar Middletwon & Fred Landon, copyright 1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto; Chapter IV, History of Waterloo County by W.H. Breithaupt.


Government

The Corporation of the County of Simcoe comprises sixteen towns and townships. As an "upper tier" municipality, the County of Simcoe is responsible for municipal services which include social housing, land ambulance and emergency planning, environmental services (solid waste management), a County road system, Ontario Works, children's services, homes for the aged, a library co-operative, museum, archives, County forest management, tourism, a Geographic Information System (computer mapping) and land use policy planning.


The local, or "lower tier" municipalities are responsible for water and sewer services, local roads, public libraries, recreation services, fire and police services, land use development control and licensing and permitting services.


The cities of Barrie and Orillia, although separate politically and administratively from the County, are geographically and economically part of the County and send elected representatives to serve on County committees which provide services to the residents of the cities, including long term care facilities, social services, social housing, archives and Museum. They are counted within the census division. Motto: The People are the City, Barrie Means Business (advertising campaign) Location of Barrie, Ontario Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario Established (town) 1837 Established (city) 1853 Government  - Mayor Dave Aspden  - Council Barrie City Council  - MPP Joe Tascona (PCO)  - MP Patrick Brown (CPC) Elevation 76 m (249. ... The Welcome sign to Orillia Orillia, pronounced ōrÄ­lÄ“É™, is a city located in Simcoe County in south-central Ontario, Canada, on Lake Couchiching. ...


The Municipalities of Simcoe County are:

There are also three indian reserves: Bradford West Gwillimbury, town in south-central Ontario, in the County of Simcoe in the Greater Toronto Area on the Holland River. ... Map showing location of Collingwood in Ontario The town of Collingwood is located on the southern point of Georgian Bay, known as Nottawasaga Bay. ... Innisfil is a town located on the western shore of Lake Simcoe, immediately south of Barrie and 80 km north of Toronto, Canada. ... Midland (population 16,300, 2006 Canada Census) is a town located on Georgian Bay in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. ... New Tecumseth is a town in south-central Ontario, in the County of Simcoe. ... Penetanguishene Bay and the Town Docks Penetanguishene (pronounced: []  ) is a town in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. ... Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Adjala-Tosorontio, township in south-central Ontario, in the County of Simcoe is north of the Greater Toronto Area. ... Clearview is a township in central Ontario, Canada, west of Barrie in Simcoe County. ... Essa is a township west of the city of Barrie in the County of Simcoe. ... Oru-Medonte is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada on the northwestern shores of Lake Simcoe in Simcoe County. ... Ramara is a township in Simcoe County in south-central Ontario, Canada stretching along the northeastern shore of Lake Simcoe from Gambridge to Orillia, and along the entire eastern shore of Lake Couchiching from Orillia to Washago. ... Severn is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada located between Lake Couchiching, and the Severn River, (both are part of the Trent-Severn Waterway) in Simcoe County. ... Springwater is a township in central Ontario, Canada in Simcoe County between Barrie and Wasaga Beach. ... Tay is a township in Central Ontario, Canada located in the southern Georgian Bay region. ... Tiny is a township, part of Simcoe County in south-central Ontario, Canada. ... In Canada, an Indian reserve is specified by the Indian Act as a tract of land, the legal title to which is vested in Her Majesty, that has been set apart by Her Majesty for the use and benefit of a band. ...

County Council is composed of the mayors and deputy mayors of each of the sixteen towns and townships which comprise the County of Simcoe. The head of County Council is called the Warden, who is elected for a one-year term by the council members at an Inaugural Meeting, held each December. The Warden for the 2007 term is Tony Guergis, mayor of Springwater Township. The name Mnjikaning refers to the fishing weirs at the narrows between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and it means means “in/on/at or near the fence”. Mnjikaning sits on approximately 2,350 acres of land on eight separate parcels. ... Springwater is a township in central Ontario, Canada in Simcoe County between Barrie and Wasaga Beach. ...


Transportation

See Category:Roads in Simcoe County


Education

Education services for the county are administered by the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is one of Ontarios largest public school boards, serving Simcoe County. ... The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board administers and oversees Catholic education from Kindergarten through grade 12, in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka, in Ontario, Canada. ...


Post-secondary education is offered by Georgian College at its main campus in Barrie as well as in Orillia and Owen Sound. Georgian College is an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology. ... Owen Sound (2006 City population 21,753; UA Population 22,649; CA Population 32, 259), the county seat of Grey County, is a city in south-western Ontario, Canada. ...


The separate city of Orillia, within the county, also has a satellite campus of Lakehead University. Lakehead University is situated at the head of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario. ...


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