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Belleville, Ontario (2006 population 48,821, metropolitan population 91,518) is a city located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quintemarker in Southern Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. It is the seat of Hastings Countymarker. The current mayor of Belleville is Neil Ellis.

History

Originally the site of a Native settlement known as Asukhknosk, the future location of the city was settled by United Empire Loyalists in 1789, after which it became known as Meyer's Creek after prominent settler and industrialist John Walden Meyers. It was renamed Belleville in honour of Lady Arabella Gore in 1816, after a visit to the settlement by Sir Francis Gore and his wife. Belleville became an important railway junction with the completion of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1855. In 1858 the iron bridge over the Moira at Bridge Street became the first iron bridge in Hastings Countymarker. Belleville's strikingly beautiful Gothic city hall was constructed in 1872. The City Hall tower stands some 185 feet above street level.

In 1998, the city was amalgamated with the surrounding Township of Thurlow to form an expanded City of Belleville as part of Ontario-wide municipal restructuring. The city also annexed portions of Quinte West to the west.

Geography and climate

Belleville is located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quintemarker in southeastern Ontariomarker between the cities of Quinte West to the west and Napaneemarker to the east. These cities are connected by both Ontario's Highway 2 and the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway ; The city is also served by Highway 37, running north-south from Belleville towards Tweed to the east of the Moira River; and Highway 62 (once Highway 14 south of 401), northwards towards Madoc, and southward to Prince Edward Countymarker over the Bay Bridge.

Belleville is located in a transitional zone which may be considered part of the Central Ontario or Eastern Ontario regions by different sources. By the official definition of these regions, however, Belleville is more properly considered part of the Central Ontario region as it is located west of the St. Lawrence Rivermarker's starting point.

Distance statistics

  • 192 km (119 miles) from Toronto, ON.
  • 221 km (137 miles) from Ottawa, ON.
  • 356 km (221 miles) from Montreal, QC.


Climate

Belleville's climate has four distinctive seasons. The summer season has comfortable temperatures and modest rainfall. The winter season is not exceedingly cold and the average snowfall is lower than in many other parts of Canada and north-east United States. The City's traditional continental climate (hot summers, cold winters) is moderated somewhat by its location near the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. The lakes moderates temperature extremes, cooling hot summer days and warming cold days during the fall and winter.

  • Mean Daily Temperature - Annually =
  • Mean Maximum Highest Temp. - Summer =
  • Mean Minimum Lowest Temp. - Winter =
  • Growing Degree-Days = 2239
  • Growing Season = 190-200 days
  • Mean Annual Precipitation = 85 cm (33.5 in)
  • Mean Annual Snow Fall = 151 cm (59.5 in)
  • Average Number of Days with Precipitation = 141 days
  • Average Number of Days with Snowfall = 42 days
  • Average Number of Days with max. temperature > 0°C (32°F)= 304 days


Economy

Procter & Gamble, Kellogg's, Lipton, Wilson Sports, Sears and Nortel are among the internationally known companies with industrial operations in Belleville. The central Canadian Forces Post Office is located here. As this post office is the gateway between the civilian and military postal systems of Canada, Belleville serves as the mailing address for Canadian Armed Forces Bases and Ships abroad.

Many other companies in the manufacturing sector formerly operated plants in Belleville, including Mead Johnson, Westwood-Squibb, Union Carbide,Stewart Warner,Corbin Lock, American Optical,Bakelite and Deacon Brothers. Prior to the Nortel downturn there was a large workforce of skilled workers at two of its plants, formerly known as Northern Telecom and prior to that, Northern Electric. Federal Signal remains one of Belleville's largest employers manufacturing Air Raid and Tornado Sirens for the North American and Western European market.

Demographics

Bridge Street United Church.
The City of Belleville, with the amalgamation of the Township of Thurlow, and the annexation of a portion of the City of Quinte West, has a population of approximately 46,000 people. Belleville is the largest urban centre in a much larger market area generally known as the Quinte Region. The Quinte Region extends approximately 25 miles in all directions from Belleville's City centre, and has an estimated population of approximately 173,000 people.

Belleville's population is projected to increase by 7,500 people by 2021 to approximately 54,000 inhabitants, a growth rate of roughly .7% per year. However, two trends may result in a growth rate up to twice the above rate. The two trends include:
  • expansion of smaller urban communities within easy traveling distance to large metropolitan urban centres.
  • expansion of Belleville as the regional employment and service centre for the Quinte Region and areas.


Population statistics

  • Population: 48,821
  • Population Within Of City Centre: 172,625
  • Population Density Within 25 Mile Radius Of City Centre:
  • Average Population Per Dwelling Within 25 Mile Radius Of City Centre: 2.61


Education

Belleville offers a number of options at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

Post-secondary

Loyalist Collegemarker is the local public college.

Public schools

The Public school system is served by the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board.

Public Secondary schools
Bayside Secondary School
Centennial Secondary School marker
Moira Secondary School
Quinte Secondary School


Public Elementary schools
Susanna Moodie Elementary School
Parkdale Public Elementary School
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School
Prince of Wales Elementary School
Harry J. Clarke Elementary School
Queen Victoria Elementary School
Chase Maracle Elementary School
Sir John A Macdonald School
Sir Mackenzie Bowell School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Prince Charles Elementary School
Foxboro Public Elementary School


Special education schools
William R. Kirk School for developmentally disabled,multiple disabilities, and special education.Serving elementary and secondary students.


Separate schools

The Separate school board is served by theAlgonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Separate board Secondary schools
Nicholson Catholic College
St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School


Separate board Elementary schools
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School
St Michael's Elementary School
St Joseph's Elementary School
Georges Vanier Elementary School
Holy Rosary Elementary School


Provincial schools

Provincial Demonstration schools
Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf
Sagonaska School


Private schools

Private schools
Albert Collegemarker
Quinte Ballet School of Canada
Quinte Christian High School
Belleville Christian School
Belleville Montessori School


Sports teams

Belleville is home to the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. They play at the Yardmen Arenamarker, located on Cannifton Road. Belleville was previously home to two senior hockey teams, the Belleville Macs and the Belleville McFarlands. The McFarlands won the Allan Cup in 1958, and the World Championship in 1959. Belleville is also home the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, which challenged for the America's Cup in 1881.

Media

Print



Internet

Quinte Frontpage

Radio

See also List of radio stations in Ontario.

Television





Sister cities

  • Lahrmarker, Germany - Established in 1971
  • Kunpowmarker, South Korea - Established in 1996
  • Zhuchengmarker, People's Republic of China - Established in 1996


Notable residents



References

  1. CANOE - CNEWS - Canada: New Miss Universe studied in Ont


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