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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

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Niagara-on-the-Lake (2001 population 13,839) is a town where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario in Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. It is located across from Youngstown, New York.

First known as Butlersburg, Niagara-on-the-Lake was incorporated in 1781 as the Town of Newark when Loyalists fled the United States during the American Revolution.

In 1792 the newly renamed Niagara was named the capital of Upper Canada, but lost that distinction to Toronto as Niagara-on-the-Lake's proximity to the United States presented a danger. During the War of 1812, American forces captured and later destroyed the town before they withdrew. The British rebuilt, however, and today it has retained much of its historical charm. The present name was adopted around 1880 to distinguish the town from Niagara Falls.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, said to be the prettiest town in Canada, is now a tourist magnet. Most of the former military sites have been restored, and there are also many wineries, inns, B&Bs, and spas in the area. It is the home of the Shaw Festival.

Niagara-on-the-Lake was the site of the 8th World Scout Jamboree held in 1955. Over 11,000 Scouts from 71 countires attended the Jamboree. It was the first Jamboree to be held outside of Europe and had the theme Jamboree of New Horizons. World Jamboree 1955 - 50th Anniversary (http://wj55.org)

Demographics

Racial make-up

  • White: 97.8%
  • All others: 2.2%

Religious make-up

Only 15% of the population is under 14 years of age. Those over 65 years of age number 22.6% and constitute a fast growing population. The city has seen growth of almost 1% yearly, but that is due to a large number of pensioners moving to the city.

Communities

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North: Lake Ontario
West: St. Catharines
Niagara-on-the-Lake East: Niagara River
South: Thorold, Niagara Falls
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