Friday, March 7, 2008

Port Stanley, Ontario

Port Stanley, OntarioPort Stanley, Ontario is on the north shore of Lake Erie in Elgin County. The founder of the community Lieut-Col. John Bostwick (1780-1849) was granted 600 acres here in 1804. Port Stanley is now part of the Municipality of Central Elgin (2006 pop. 12,723).

Location of Port Stanley, OntarioCol. Bostwick gave the land for Christ Anglican Church, Port Stanley, Ontario in 1826. A ferry service between Port Stanley and Buffalo was established in 1832. The London and Port Stanley Railway began operations in 1856. Its main business was shipping coal from Pennsylvania and carrying tourists to and from the lakeshore. In the early 1900s, Port Stanley was the main tourist attraction on the lake.