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Port Elgin

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Things to do: wildlife areas, golf
Port Elgin is a community in the Ontario municipality of Saugeen Shores. Close to MacGregor Point Provincial Park and Southampton in Bruce County, the community has several beaches on Lake Huron.The community was named after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, a former Governor General of the Province of Canada, in 1873. Originally, the village was named Normanton. In the 1990s, Port Elgin was merged into the town of Saugeen Shores.EconomyThe original economic development of Port Elgin during the 19th century was based on its harbour facilities on Lake Huron constructed in 1857–1858. This made the village a distribution centre for the surrounding agricultural region. The increasing urbanisation of 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.Notable ResidentsNotable citizens who have at one point called Port Elgin home: Kevin Czuczman - NHL hockey playerBarbara Underhill - Olympic figure skaterNorm Locking - NHL hockey playerLouie DeBrusk - NHL hockey playerCameron Mackay - Moved away, then backBrett MacLean - NHL hockey playerJosh Cassidy - Paralympian and record holder for wheelchair race at Boston MarathonAdam Mitchell - Professional hockey playerRoy Roedger - Professional hockey player
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