Regional Municipality of Niagara


Regional Municipality of Niagara
Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario
—  Region  —

Flag
Motto: Unity, Responsibility, Loyalty
Location of Niagara within Ontario
Country Canada Flag of Canada.svg
Province Ontario Flag of Ontario.svg
Formed 1970 (from Welland and Lincoln Counties)
Government
 - Chair Gary Burroughs
 - Governing body Niagara Regional Council
 - MPs Dean Allison, Rick Dykstra, Malcolm Allen, Rob Nicholson
 - MPPs Jim Bradley, Kim Craitor, Tim Hudak, Peter Kormos
Area
 - Total 1,852 km2 (715.1 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 427,421
 - Density 223.5/km2 (578.9/sq mi)
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Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
Website Regional Niagara

The Regional Municipality of Niagara (2006 population: 427,421), also known as the Niagara Region, or, colloquially, "Regional Niagara", is a regional municipality comprising twelve municipalities of Southern Ontario, Canada.

The region occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula. Its eastern boundary is the Niagara River, which is also the border with the United States. It is bounded on the north by Lake Ontario and on the south by Lake Erie.

Unique natural landscapes make the Niagara Region an important centre for agriculture and tourism in Canada. The most important agricultural enterprise in Niagara is viticulture, or winemaking. The Niagara Wine Route, which connects visitors to dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw while the internationally-renowned Niagara Falls is one of Canada's major tourist attractions. Along with Shaw Festival, held annually in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Welland Canal, the Regional Municipality of Niagara receives up to 12 million visitors each year.

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Geography

Cities

Towns

Townships

In total, the region has an area of 1850 square kilometres. The regional seat is in Thorold, where the Niagara Regional Council meets.

Demographics

Data from the Canada 2001 Census.

Racial groups

Religious profile

Top ten largest ethnicities

  • Canadian - 121,660 (those who are most likely of British/French origin whose ancestors have been in Canada for many generations)
  • English - 108,425
  • Scottish - 66,385
  • Irish - 56,640
  • German - 49,435
  • French - 48,155
  • Italian - 44,645
  • Dutch - 23,805
  • Ukrainian - 16,735
  • Polish - 16,295

Features

Airports

Education

Festivals and major events

  • Festival of Lights
  • Niagara Food Festival
  • Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
  • Serbian Day (Vidov Dan)
  • FISA World Rowing Championships - 1970 & 1999
  • St. Catharines Wine Tasting of 2005
  • Canal Days
  • Niagara Folk Arts Festival
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
  • Shaw Festival

Health care services

History and trails

Other

  • Clifton Hill (Niagara Falls)
  • Lundy's Lane Tourist District (Niagara Falls)
  • Niagara Olde Town (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
  • Welland Canal Centre (St. Catharines)

Protected areas

  • Short Hills Provincial Park
  • Wainfleet Bog Provincial Wildlife Preserve
  • Ball's Falls Conservation Area
  • Chippawa Creek Conservation Area
  • Long Beach Conservation Area
  • Morgan's Point Conservation Area
  • Cave Springs Conservation Area
  • St. John's Conservation Area
  • Rockway Conservation Area
  • Louth Conservation Area
  • Mountainview Conservation Area
  • Beamer Memorial Conservation Area
  • Woodend Conservation Area
  • Woolverton Conservation Area
  • Wainfleet Wetlands
  • Humberstone & Willoughby Wetlands
  • Mud Lake Wetlands
  • E.C. Brown Conservation Area
  • United Empire Loyalist Conservation Area
  • Port Davidson Weir Conservation Area
  • Sugar Bush Conservation Area
  • Stevensville Conservation Area
  • Virgil Dams Conservation Area
  • Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary

Wineries

West Niagara

East Niagara

Highways

400-Series expressways

Other highways

Surrounding census divisions

References

External links

Coordinates: 43°02′33″N 79°18′02″W / 43.0425°N 79.30056°W / 43.0425; -79.30056


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