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Port Elgin is a community in Bruce County, Ontario located on Lake Huron. It is now part of the town of Saugeen Shores. It is the largest community in the town with a population of over 7,000 people.

There is an excellent public beach on the lake. Port Elgin is renowned for its beautiful sunsets. The best viewing period is September and October. The town is close to MacGregor Point Provincial Park. A Pumpkinfest festival is held there on the first weekend in October. In 2004, a new record for the world's largest pumpkin (656 kg) was set at the festival.The General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce is Joanne Robbins, who until her recent promotion organized this festival.

The original economic development of Port Elgin during the 19th century was based on its harbour facilities on Lake Huron which made the village a distribution centre for the surrounding agricultural region. Increasing urbanization in Ontario and the increased importance of the road network for transporting goods resulted in a declining economy and population. More recently, recreation and the nearby Bruce Nuclear Generating Station have dominated the local economy.

The community was named after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, a former Governor General of Canada in 1873. Originally, the village here was named Normanton.

  • Last visit to Port Elgin: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 23, 2006
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