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Sarnia covers over 164 square kilometres along the Canada/United States border in the province’s southeastern portion. Located on the southern shoreline of Lake Huron, the city is home to more than 72,000 people and is near the communities of Lambton Shores, London, Chatham-Kent, and Strathroy. Sarnia shares the border with Port Huron, Michigan, allowing residents easy access to explore the state’s eastern communities. Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie are all nearby, offering plenty of recreation such as fishing, boating, and wildlife watching.
House prices in Sarnia tend to be reasonable, with averages ranging from $130,000 to $300,000.
Sarnia’s northern section has a mix of newer and older homes, with larger, more expensive homes found mostly along the lakeshore and on the outskirts of the city in the east. Vacant land is also available in this section. The central section of Sarnia has mostly older single-family homes, with some condo options along Sarnia Bay, as well as commercial space and vacant land. Older single-family homes, small condo buildings, and commercial space can all be found in the city’s southern section.
The vacancy rate in Sarnia has been decreasing over the past several years, but still remains among the highest rates in the area at 5% to 6%. One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments have seen the highest vacancy rate decreases, while three-bedroom apartments tend to have the lowest vacancy rate overall. Average rent costs in Sarnia are around $620 for a bachelor apartment, $730 for a one-bedroom apartment, $890 for a two-bedroom apartment, and $1,200 for a three-bedroom (or more) apartment. Overall, the average rent in the city is $820. Rent costs have been increasing over the past few years, with three-bedroom apartments seeing the highest increase.
The largest industries in Sarnia include healthcare and social work, manufacturing, retail, construction, accommodation and food services, educational services, natural resources (agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting), and professional services. Manufacturing in the city includes oil refining and petrochemical production, chemical manufacturing, and rubber products. Some of the major employers in the manufacturing industry include Shell Canada, Imperial Oil, Suncor Energy, NOVA Chemicals, Bayer, Cabot Corporation, Lanxess, and BioAmber. Large employers in other industries include Bluewater Health, Lambton Mall, Bayside Centre, and Enbridge. Sarnia’s unemployment rate has been decreasing slightly over the past few years, and now sits around 7%, which is slightly higher than the national rate.
Sarnia Transit operates public transportation services in the city. The agency has 25 buses that service about a dozen routes around Sarnia and smaller communities just outside of the city, such as Point Edward and Brights Grove. Buses are accessible for those with mobility issues or who have baby strollers, but the agency also operates six Care-A-Van vehicles that provide transportation for those with disabilities. Residents can also travel by VIA Rail (train) and the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport, which provides service to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Four boards operate schools in the city: the Lambton Kent District School Board, the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, the Conseil scolaire catholique de Providence, and the Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Examples of schools in the city include Confederation Elementary, Errol Road Elementary, Hannah Memorial Elementary, Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School, Great Lakes Secondary School, Holy Trinity Elementary, St. Anne Elementary, St. Patrick’s Catholic High School, and École élémentaire Les Rapides. Private school options are also available. Lambton College is the main post-secondary institution in the city and offers programs in business, design, languages, health sciences, technology, and community services. Other post-secondary options can be found in nearby communities.
Stones ‘N Bones Museum has a collection of over 6,000 objects including fossils, historical artifacts, gemstones, minerals, shells, butterflies and insects, wildlife specimens from around the world, and Native Canadian tools and artifacts. The onsite gift shop has a variety of unique items for purchase such as handmade goods, toys, books, and jewelry. The Wawanosh Conservation Area has a 2.5 kilometre nature trail along a marshy wetland area. Many varieties of plants, birds, mammals, fish, and amphibians can be found here, and it is a popular spot for many migratory waterfowl. The trail leads to a higher area, which provides fantastic views of the wetlands.