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Bruce County
—  County  —
Location of Bruce County In Ontario
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County seat Walkerton, Ontario
Settlements
Area
 - Total 4,155.53 km2 (1,604.5 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 65,349
 - Density 16/km2 (41.4/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Primary Highways 21, 9, and 6

Bruce County is a county in western Ontario, Canada, and includes the Bruce Peninsula. As of 2006, the population was 65,349. The area was 4,155.53 square kilometres (1,604 sq mi). The county seat is Walkerton, Ontario. It is located at 44°30′N 81°15′W / 44.5°N 81.25°W / 44.5; -81.25Coordinates: 44°30′N 81°15′W / 44.5°N 81.25°W / 44.5; -81.25.

The name of the county is linked to the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Peninsula, which the trail runs through. Officially, Bruce County is named for James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine, sixth Governor General of the Province of Canada.

The county contains the Bruce Peninsula National Park. Notable towns include Tobermory and Wiarton, home of the weather predicting groundhog Wiarton Willie.

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Historic Townships

Attractions

Bruce County Museum and Archives
  • Algonquin Brewery (South Bruce)
  • Arabia Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Avalon Voyageur II Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Big Tub Light (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Bluewater Summer Festival Theatre (Kincardine)
  • Bruce County Museum (Saugeen Shores)
  • Bruce Trail
  • Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (Kincardine)
  • Cabot Head Light and Heritage Museum (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Cascaden Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Cassel's Cove Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Chantry Island Light (Saugeen Shores)
  • Charles P. Minch Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • China Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Cove Island Point (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Devil's Monument (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Flowerpot Island Light (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Flowerpot Rocks (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Forest City Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Gargantua Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Gat Point Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Gillies Hill Ghost Town (Arran-Elderslie)
  • Hanover/Saugeen Airport (Brockton)
  • Indian Head Cove Caves and Grotto (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • James C. King Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • John Walters Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Kincardine Airport (Kincardine)
  • Kincardine Rear Range Light and Museum (Kincardine)
  • Lady Dufferin Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Larkwhistle Garden (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Malcolm Ghost Town (Brockton)
  • Marble bedded lake (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Marion L. Breck Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • M.S. Chi-Cheemaun (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Newaygo Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Philo Scoville Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Point Clark Lighthouse Museum (Huron-Kinloss)
  • Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site (Huron-Kinloss)
  • Points West Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Port Elgin Airport (Saugeen Shores)
  • Sauble Beach Amusements (South Bruce)
  • Sauble Speedway (South Bruce)
  • Saugeen Amphitheatre (Saugeen 29)
  • Saugeen Trail (Saugeen Shores)
  • Sweetwater Cruise (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • The Peninsula and St. Edmunds Museum (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • The Scenic Caves (Northern Bruce Peninsula)
  • Tobermory Airport (Northern Bruce Peninsila)
  • Treasure Chest Museum (Arran-Elderslie)
  • Wiarton Willie (South Bruce)
  • W.L. Wetmore Shipwreck (Northern Bruce Peninsula)

Protected Areas

  • Arran Lake Conservation Area
  • Black Creek Provincial Park
  • Brucedale Conservation Area
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park
    • Cyprus Lake
  • Cabot Head Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Chantry Island National Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Denny's Dam Conservation Area
  • Fathom Five National Marine Park
    • Flowerpot Island
  • Glammis Bog Conservation Area
  • Greenoch Swamp Wetland Complex Conservation Area
  • Hardwood Hills Conservation Area
  • Hope Bay Forest Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Inverhuron Provincial Park
  • Johnston Harbour Pine Tree Point Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Lion's Head Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Little Cove Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Lockerby Conservation Area
  • MacGregor Point Provincial Park
    • Algonquin
    • Huron
    • Nipissing
  • McBeath Conservation Area
  • McMaster Island Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Rankin Provincial Resource Management Area
  • Sauble Falls Provincial Park
  • Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area
  • Smoky Head - White Bluff Provincial Nature Reserve
  • Spirit Rock Conservation Area
  • Stoney Island Conservation Area
  • Tara Conservation Area

Highways

Highways in Bruce include:

  • Primary Highways: 21, 9, and 6

Demographics

(Statistics Canada, 2006)

  • Population change (2001-2006): 2.3
  • Dwellings: 38,432
  • Density: 16 /km2 (41.4/sq mi)
  • National rank in terms of population: 91
  • Provincial rank in terms of population: 36

People

Surrounding Counties

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