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Explore Elgin

Situated just off Highway 15, in the heart of corn country, Elgin offers many services for both the visitor and local residents. The local population is about 300 but, in the summer, Elgin serves as the hub for several thousand cottage residents. The land on which the community of Elgin grew was first settled in the very early 1800s by the Halladay family. For its first decades, it was called “Halladay’s Corners.” Even though the Rideau Canal was constructed some distance away, its development brought dozens of quarrymen and teamsters to a camp near Halladay’s Corners where they quarried thick strata of Cambrian sandstone. These ashlars were transported to Jones Falls for the construction of the great dam and locks, as well as the locks at Davis and Chaffey’s. In 1850 a post office was established, and the growing farming community was officially named after the Eighth Earl of Elgin, James Bruce, Governor General of Upper Canada, 1847–1854. Throughout the latter Summers Rd half of the 19th century, Elgin prospered to become the most prominent village in South Crosby Township. It was, and remains, a thriving service centre for farmers, commuters, summer residents and visitors to the surrounding lakes. The Elgin branch of the Rideau Lakes Public library offers public washrooms and free wifi. Be sure to see the Red Brick School and Heritage Park when in Elgin.

 

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Did you Know?

The secret is in the stones...it was the magnificent sandstone found on Halladay’s farm that was selected to build nearby Lockstations along the Rideau Canal, resulting in the founding of Halladay’s Quarry, and present-day Elgin.

Learn more at rideaulakes.ca/Elgin

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