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Port Colborne, Ontario has a population of over 18,000 people and is located on Lake Erie in the Niagara Region of southern Ontario.
The city covers 121.97 square kilometers and is situated near the communities of Welland, Burnaby, and Fort Erie.
Settlers have lived at the site since 1832, and the city was named after Sir John Colborne, a British war hero and, at one time, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada.
Four school boards operate eight elementary schools in the city, as well as two high schools.
Vale Limited’s metal refinery is one of the largest employers in Port Colborne, but other industrial businesses such as flour mills, a grain elevator, and a cement plant also contribute to the local economy.
Land: 121.97 km2
Vale Limited’s metal refinery is one of the largest employers in Port Colborne, but other industrial businesses such as flour mills, a grain elevator, and a cement plant also contribute to the local economy. Agro-businesses that process plant material into other products also operate in Port Colborne, as well as Marine Recycling Corporation, a ship recycling firm that has been in operation since the 1970s.
Newer industries such as tourism and recreation are becoming large contributors to Port Colborne’s economy, as visitors flock to the area to enjoy the lakeshore.
The city has an economic development officer who provides information, resources, and a strategy and action plan for economic development and business support in the area.
An annual Canal Days festival is held each year to celebrate the importance of the Welland Canal, a ship canal that runs through Port Colborne and connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The festival features live music, a classic car show, food, and other events and activities including a closing fireworks display. Over 100,000 people attend the festival each year at the beginning of August.
Port Colborne has a number of family-friendly activities and venues, including the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, which has a collection of local historic building and artifacts; the Showboat Festival Theatre and the Port Colborne Operatic Society, which feature annual productions; and parks such as Lock 8 Gateway Park, with gardens and fountains, and H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, close to the Sugarloaf Marina.
The main sections of the city are the North, the West and the East.
The north section of Port Colborne is a mix of residential and commercial. Businesses can be found on the main roadways running through the area, and these provide amenities such as restaurants and retail stores. There are many parks in this section of the city, as well as The Island, a section of land surrounded by water in the canal.
The city’s west section is mainly residential, with some commercial space closer to the city centre. The city centre offers many dining, retail, and entertainment options, some of which are located along the waterfront of the canal. There are a few parks and marinas, as well as Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area farther west.
In the east section of the city, there are mostly residential areas, as well as beaches on the waterfront and a few parks. The area is also home to a large sports complex, and farther east, there is a large golf club.
The north section of the city includes vacant land, industrial properties, and single-family homes. The single-family homes are mostly affordable, with large lots and at least a single garage. There are also some smaller multi-family buildings.
In the west section, there are many commercial properties available, including in and around the city centre. They range in size from smaller buildings to larger ones with additional property/ parking lots. Smaller, more affordable single-family homes on smaller lots are also found in this area, as are vacant lots.
A mix of single-family homes, commercial properties, and vacant land can also be found in the city's east section. The single-family homes in this area tend to be smaller, older homes on smaller lots, which makes them more affordable. There are also some multi-family options in the area.
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The table above is based on data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available). Median prices are based on data from www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca.
Four school boards operate eight elementary schools in the city, as well as two high schools. Children can attend English or French schools. There is one private school in the city, which offers classes for grades 1 to 6.
Residents must look outside of the city for post-secondary options.
Niagara College has a campus in nearby Welland (20 minutes from Port Colborne) and offers programs in a large number of fields, including culinary arts, business, dentistry, medicine, engineering, and trades. Brock University in St. Catharines (40 minutes from Port Colborne) provides courses in business, health sciences, arts, and education, to name just a few.