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Claremont
—  Unincorporated community  —
Coordinates: 43°58′21″N 79°07′45″W / 43.9725°N 79.12917°W / 43.9725; -79.12917
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Durham
City Pickering
Established 1955
Area
 - Total 5 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Elevation 200 m (656 ft)
Population (2006)Community Profile
 - Total 2,779
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area L1S, L1T, L1Y, L1Z
Area code(s) 905[1]
NTS Map 030M14
GNBC Code FARBB

Claremont is a Southern Ontario community located in the north part of the City of Pickering, Ontario, Canada.

It is one of many rural villages with suburban type housing mixed with older, historic buildings in the Greater Toronto Area. Brock Road, the main north-south Regional road in the area was realigned to bypass the village to the east in 1970. Claremont is situated in the hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Typical of the moraine countryside, around 50 to 70% of the land area around Claremont is forested. The remaining land around the village is wooded farmland and streams.

Until the establishment of regional government in 1974, the municipal offices of the former Township of Pickering were located in Claremont.

Access to and traffic through Claremont increased greatly with the completion of the eastern extension of the 407 ETR highway, terminating at the Brock Road exit which opened in 2001.

The Havelock Subdivision of the Canadian Pacific Railway runs through Claremont. This line is presently used for freight traffic, but there have been proposals for the return of passenger service as part of a GO Transit expansion to Peterborough.

Claremont is located 20 km NW of Oshawa and about 55 km northeast of downtown Toronto.

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Geography and information

  • Population: approximately 2,779 (2006) [2]
  • Name of inhabitants: - sing., -s pl.

History

In 1972, the Government of Canada expropriated 7,530 ha of land just west of Claremont for a possible future airport.

Indeed, by the late-1990s, the GTAA there were plans iniated to build the airport, to be named the Pickering International Airport which would be constructed to relieve congestion at Pearson Airport, located some 70 km to the southwest. This new airport was also going to become the main cargo facility for the Greater Toronto Area.

But air traffic at Pearson declined in the years to follow and is only slowly returning (although it has not reached) to previous passenger volumes.

Also, terminal expansion at Pearson and the massive Cargo infield development by the GTAA have further delayed Pickering Airport from becoming a reality, at least in the near future. But in 2005, there has been discussion about airport construction going ahead as early as 2010.

The current landholders, mostly rural farmers are leasing the land from the federal government. Claremont is the closest community to the future airport/terminal building locations.

The Claremont General Store was destroyed by fire in July 2009. The building was built in 1847 and had been operated as a General Store since it was originally built - one of the longest operating General Stores in Canada.

Community features

Claremont has a gas bar and auto repair shop, a fire station and community hall, two churches, a Royal Canadian Legion hall (Branch 438), cafe (Old Brock Cafe), community co-op (which also servers as an LCBO and Beer Store outlet), an elementary school (Claremont Public School), and a branch of the CIBC which has served the community for over 100 years.

Claremont was also the hometown of Legendary Group of Seven Painter Tom Thompson, who was born Claremont August 5, 1877. He died July 8, 1917 at Canoe Lake in Algonguin Park. His death is still a mystery today.

Community events

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Town Sale

Claremont is well known in the local area for its annual "Town Sale", an event where all residents are invited to host simultaneous garage/yard sales. The sale is typically held on the second or third Saturday of June and has been known to draw well over 1000 visitors and bargain hunters to the small hamlet. Due to its popularity, the annual event also spawns fundraisers, BBQs, and other community gatherings.

Winter Carnival

Claremont remains a vibrant and active community even through the cold of winter with its annual Winter Carnival that marks a week's worth of events in January or February. The most popular of these events include a winter parade through town, a teen dance at the local community centre, karaoke at the Legion, and the highly anticipated Trapper's Ball, along with a host of traditional winter activities including snowshoeing, tobogganing, family skates at an outdoor community rink, and a neighbourhood snow sculpture contest.

Local government

Claremont is part of the City of Pickering which is governed by an elected city Council consisting of six councillors and one Mayor. The City of Pickering is divided into 3 wards, each ward electing a City Councillor and a Regional Councillor. Claremont is part of Ward 3

As of 2008 the councillors represending Ward 3, which includes Claremont, are City Councillor Dave Pickles and Regional Councillor Rick Johnson, who also sits on Durham Region Council.

The current council was elected in November 2006. The members of the council are: Mayor Dave Ryan Ward 1 (South West Pickering) City Councillor Jennifer O'Connell Ward 1 (South West Pickering) Regional Councillor Bonnie Littley Ward 2 (South & Central Pickering) City Councillor Doug Dickerson Ward 2 (South & Central Pickering) Regional Councillor Bill McLean Ward 3 (South East & Northern Pickering) City Councillor Dave Pickles Ward 3 (South East & Northern Pickering) Regional Councillor Rick Johnson

References

  1. ^ "Claremont, ON". http://www.localcallingguide.com/lca_exch.php?exch=153030.  
  2. ^ Industry Canada Community Demographics

External links

Coordinates: 43°58′21″N 79°07′45″W / 43.9725°N 79.12917°W / 43.9725; -79.12917


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