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Overview of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Sarnia is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. It is the largest city on Lake Huron. The city`s natural harbour first attracted the French explorer La Salle, who named the site 'The Rapids'. The name 'Sarnia' was the Latin name for Guernsey in the Channel Islands just off the coast of Normandy, France. The Sarnia port is still an important centre for lake freighters and 'salties' carrying cargos of grain, ore, and petroleum products.

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  • Population: 70 876 (2001)
  • Population Density: 430.5 /km²
  • Area: 164.62 km²
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Sarnia, Ontario

The early growth of Sarnia was stimulated by the wealth of adjoining stands of timber, by the discovery of oil nearby and by the arrival of The Great Western Railway in 1858 and the Grand Trunk Railway in 1859. These rail lines were later linked directly to the United States by the opening of a rail tunnel under the St. Clair River at Sarnia in 1889. A convenient link for vehicular traffic was provided when the Bluewater Bridge was opened in 1938. Sarnia became a prominent deep water port during the 1920s when many of the shipping facilities that exist today were constructed, including the winter harbour, the elevator slip and the large grain elevators.

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Sarnia's Demographics

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Sarnia's Climate

The temperature range is about 23.5 EC and the annual precipitation is around 824 millimeters, which occurs fairly evenly throughout the year. T he presence of the Great Lakes moderates the temperatures in the summer time while in the winter they aren't a significant factor in moderating temperature.

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Education in Sarnia, Ontario

The Lambton Kent District School Board is responsible for the 13 elementary and four secondary public schools located within Sarnia`s boundaries. The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is responsible for the city`s seven elementary and two secondary Catholic schools. Both boards also provide French immersion education. Lambton Transit currently operates bus service Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. and on on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the City of Sarnia.

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Tourism and Attractions of Sarnia

With a wide range of accommodations and dining opportunities, combined with first class entertainment and attractions, visiting Sarnia will be memorable. No matter what you are looking for, chances are that Sarnia will have it!

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Surrounding Communities

  • Sarnia
  • Point Edward
  • Corunna
  • Courtright
  • Ladysmith
  • Waubuno
  • Kimball
  • Moore Centre
  • Colinville
  • Lucasville
  • Bunyan
  • Osborne
  • Sykeston
  • Petrolia
  • marthaville
  • Wyoming
  • Reece's Corners
  • Camlachie
  • Blue Point Bay
  • Blue Point
  • Bonnie Doone
  • Beverly Glen
  • Errol
  • Wellington Beach
  • Huron Heights
  • Brights Grove
  • Blackwell
  • Vyner
  • Mandaumin
  • Brigden
  • Cromar
  • Fourth Line
  • Seckerton
  • Gallimere Beach
  • Glendale Beach
  • Forest
  • Aberarder
  • Uttoxeter
  • Oil Springs
  • Bradshaw
  • Bickford
  • Kertch
  • Oil City
  • Hillsborough Beach

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Geography of Sarnia, Ontario

The City of Sarnia is located in the southwestern region of the Province of Ontario, on the Canada-U.S. international border in the County of Lambton. The City is bordered by Lake Huron to the north and by the St. Clair River to the west. Sarnia also surrounds the small Village of Point Edward.

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Sarnia's Government

Sarnia is governed by City Council and consists of nine elected members, including the Mayor, four City and County Council members and four City Council members. City and County Council members are elected to serve on both the City of Sarnia and Lambton County Councils, along with the Mayor. All Council members are elected for 3 year terms

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Sarnia's Economy and Industry

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Sarnia's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Sarnia, Ontario

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Media of Sarnia

The city`s main daily newspaper is the Sarnia Observer. Sarnia Sun is a free daily paper, which features local news and sports. Sarnia Sun this Week is a weekly paper, which also distributes the advertising publication Penny Saver. Sarnia also has an AM radio station and several FM stations as well.

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