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North Middlesex is a municipality in Middlesex County, Ontario.

The restructured municipality of North Middlesex was incorporated on January 1, 2001. This amalgamation joined five municipalities — the townships of East Williams, West Williams and McGillivray, the town of Parkhill and the village of Ailsa Craig — to form one municipal corporation. North Middlesex has a population of about 6,980.

North Middlesex is located in the north of Middlesex County, north of London, Ontario.

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Ailsa Craig is a community in western Ontario on the Ausable River, often referred to as simply "AC" or "Craig" by the local residents. Ailsa Craig is best-known for its annual turtle racing event. The town is the birthplace and home of Earl Ross, the first non-American to win a NASCAR Nextel Cup race, which he did in 1974. Ailsa Craig was named by the Craig family after an island in the outer Firth of Clyde, Scotland, and the word is derived from the Gaelic, Aillse Creag, or Creag Ealasaid, meaning Elizabeth's rock.

Parkhill owes its beginning to the coming of the railway. In 1859, the Grand Trunk Railway completed a line from St. Mary's to Sarnia. The following year the first Post Office and store were opened at the present site of Parkhill.

Parkhill was originally known as Westwood, named Swainsby in 1861 and finally Parkhill in 1863. Parkhill's growth was slow at first until a grist mill was constructed in the community. Other industries including saw mills, a foundry, a flax mill and a woollen mill became a part of Parkhill. By 1871, the community had a population of 1500. Parkhill was incorporated as a village in 1872 and as a town in 1886. Many fine old Victorian commercial buildings such as the Cheapside Block and Gibbs Block can be found located along Main Street. Parkhill also has many handsome churches and houses throughout the town.

The township also contains the communities of Beechwood, Bornish, Bowood, Brinsley, Carlisle, Corbett, Greenway, Hungry Hollow, Lieury, Moray, Mount Carmel, Nairn, Sable, Springbank, Sylvan and West McGillivray. The communities of Clandeboye, Lucan Crossing, Mooresville are divided by the municipal boundary with Lucan Biddulph.

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Coordinates: 43°08′46″N 81°32′02″W / 43.146°N 81.534°W / 43.146; -81.534

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