- Belleville, Ontario
official_name = City of Belleville
imagesize = 240px
image_caption = Belleville City Hall
dot_mapsize = 250px
dot_map_caption = Location of Belleville, Ontario
dot_x = 213 |dot_y = 180
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name2 = Hastings
leader_name = Neil Ellis
established_title = Settled
established_title2 = Named
area_total_km2 = 246.76
area_urban_sq_mi = 740.61
population_as_of = 2006
Statistics Canada[http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CMA&Code1=522__&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=Belleville&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= City of Belleville 2006 Census Profile] ]
population_total = 48821
population_density_km2 = 197.8
population_metro = 91518
population_density_metro_km2 = 123.6
timezone = EST
utc_offset = −5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = −4
latd= 44|latm= 10|lats= |latNS= N
longd= 77|longm= 23|longs= |longEW= W
postal_code_type = Postal Code FSA
postal_code = K8N, K8P
area_code = 613
website = http://www.city.belleville.on.ca/
2006population 48,821, metropolitan population 91,518) Statistics Canada[http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CMA&Code1=522__&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=Belleville&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= City of Belleville 2006 Census Profile] ] is a city located at the mouth of the Moira Riveron the Bay of Quintein southeastern Ontario, Canada, in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. It is the seat of Hastings County. The current mayorof Belleville is Neil Ellis.
Originally the site of a Native settlement known as Asukhknosk, the future location of the city was settled by
United Empire Loyalistsin 1789, after which it became known as Meyer's Creek after prominent settler and industrialist John Walden Meyers. It was renamed Belleville in honour of Lady Arabella Gore in 1816, after a visit to the settlement by Sir Francis Gore and his wife. Belleville became an important railway junction with the completion of the Grand Trunk Railwayin 1855. In 1858 the iron bridge over the Moira at Bridge Street became the first iron bridge in Hastings County. Belleville's strikingly beautiful Gothic city hall was constructed in 1872. The City Hall tower stands some 185 feet above street level.
In 1998, the city was amalgamated with the surrounding Township of Thurlow to form an expanded City of Belleville as part of Ontario-wide municipal restructuring. The city also annexed portions of Quinte West to the west.
Geography and climate
Belleville is located at the mouth of the
Moira Riveron the Bay of Quintein southeastern Ontariobetween the cities of Quinte West to the west and Napanee to the east. These cities are connected by both Ontario's Highway 2 and the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway (Highway 401); The city is also served by Highway 37, running north-south from Belleville towards Tweed to the east of the Moira River; and Highway 62 (once Highway 14 south of 401), northwards towards Madoc, and southward to Prince Edward County over the Bay Bridge.
Belleville is located in a transitional zone which may be considered part of the
Central Ontarioor Eastern Ontarioregions by different sources. By the official definition of these regions, however, Belleville is more properly considered part of the Central Ontario region as it is located "west" of the St. Lawrence River's starting point.
*192km (119 miles) from Toronto, ON.
*221km (137 miles) from Ottawa, ON.
*356km (221 miles) from Montreal, QC.
Belleville's climate has four distinctive seasons. The summer season has comfortable temperatures and modest rainfall. The winter season is not exceedingly cold and the average snowfall is lower than in many other parts of Canada and north-east United States. The City's traditional continental climate (hot summers, cold winters) is moderated somewhat by its location near the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. The lakes moderates temperature extremes, cooling hot summer days and warming cold days during the fall and winter. fact|date=March 2007
*Mean Daily Temperature - Annually = C to F|7.5
*Mean Maximum Highest Temp. - Summer = C to F|26.5
*Mean Minimum Lowest Temp. - Winter = C to F|-11.9
*Growing Degree-Days = 2239
*Growing Season = 190-200 days
*Mean Annual Precipitation = 85 cm (33.5 in)
*Mean Annual Snow Fall = 151 cm (59.5 in)
*Average Number of Days with Precipitation = 141 days
*Average Number of Days with Snowfall = 42 days
*Average Number of Days with max. temperature > 0°C (32°F)= 304 days
Procter & Gamble, Lipton, Wilson Sports, Sears and Nortelare among the internationally known companies with industrial operations in Belleville. The central Canadian Forces Post Office (CFPO) is located here. As this post office is the gateway between the civilian and military postal systems of Canada, Belleville serves as the mailing address for Canadian Armed Forces Bases and Ships abroad.
Many other companies in the manufacturing sector formerly operated plants in Belleville, including Mead Johnson, Westwood-Squibb and Union Carbide. Prior to the Nortel downturn there was a large workforce of skilled workers at two of its plants, formerly known as Northern Telecom and prior to that, Northern Electric. Federal Signal remains one of Belleville's largest employers manufacturing Air Raid and Tornado Sirens for the North American and Western European market.
The City of
Belleville, with the amalgamation of the Township of Thurlow, and the annexation of a portion of the City of Quinte West, has a population of approximately 46,000 people. Belleville is the largest urban centre in a much larger market area generally known as the Quinte Region. The Quinte Region extends approximately 25 miles in all directions from Belleville's City centre, and has an estimated population of approximately 173,000 people.
Belleville's population is projected to increase by 7,500 people by 2021 to approximately 54,000 inhabitants, a growth rate of roughly .7% per year. However, two trends may result in a growth rate up to twice the above rate. The two trends include:
*expansion of smaller urban communities within easy traveling distance to large metropolitan urban centres.
*expansion of Belleville as the regional employment and service centre for the Quinte Region and areas.
*Population Within mi to km|25 Of City Centre: 172,625
*Population Density Within 25 Mile Radius Of City Centre: PD km2 to mi2|34.26|abbr=yes
*Average Population Per Dwelling Within 25 Mile Radius Of City Centre: 2.61
Belleville is part of two School Boards:
Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board,
Bayside Secondary School
Centennial Secondary School (Belleville)
Moira Secondary School
Quinte Secondary School
Susanna Moodie Elementary School
Parkdale Public Elementary School
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School
Prince of Wales Elementary School
Harry J. Clarke Elementary School
Queen Victoria Elementary School
Chase Maracle Elementary School
Sir John A Macdonald School
Sir Mackenzie Bowell School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Prince Charles Elementary School
Foxboro Public Elementary School
Sir James WhitneySchool for the Deaf.
William R KirkSchool for developmentally disabled, multiple disabilities, and special education.
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, the Roman Catholic, provincially funded "separate" board,
Nicholson Catholic College
St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School
St Michael's Elementary School
St Joseph's Elementary School
Georges Vanier Elementary School
Holy Rosary Elementary School
*Albert College, A private boarding school
Quinte Ballet School of Canada, One of the larger balletschools in Canada.
Quinte Christian High Schoolwhich opened in 1977 and moved into new facilities in September 2006.
Belleville Christian School, Grades J-K, S-K, 1-8.
Kidzstep Vocational Prepatory School, Grades 7-12
Loyalist Collegeis the local community college.
There is currently a grassroots effort underway to bring a university to the Quinte region. http://quinteuniversity.com, with a view to making the region more attractive to business, and keeping well-educated people in the region.
Belleville is home to the
Belleville Bullsof the Ontario Hockey League. They play at the Yardmen Arena, located on Cannifton Road. Belleville was previously home to two senior hockey teams, the Belleville Macsand the Belleville McFarlands. The McFarlands won the Allan Cupin 1958, and the World Championship in 1959.
Belleville Intelligencer- [http://www.intelligencer.ca/webapp/sitepages/ daily newspaper]
* AM 800 - CJBQ ("800 AM")
* FM 91.3 - CJLX ("91X")
Loyalist College campus radio
* FM 95.5 - CJOJ ("Classic Hits 95.5"),
* FM 97.1 - CIGL ("Mix 97"),
hot adult contemporary, top 40
* FM 100.1 - CHCQ ("Cool 100"),
* FM 102.3 - CKJJ, ("UCB")
* FM 103.5 -
MIXITUPFM("MixItUpFM.Com") [The top music of the year]
List of radio stations in Ontario.
*Channel 15: CBLFT-TV-13 - SRC
*Channel 53: CICO-TV-53 -
List of television stations in Ontario.
Lahr, Germany - Established in 1971
*flagicon|KOR Kunpo, South Korea - Established in 1996
Zhucheng, People's Republic of China - Established in 1996
Lee Aaron, Metal singer, now a Jazzsinger, born in Belleville
*Sir MacKenzie Bowell, Canada's fifth Prime Minister
Matt Cooke, hockey player
Bob Crawford, hockey player
Lou Crawford, former OHL and AHL head coach
Marc Crawford, former NHL head coach
Bobby Hull, Hockey Hall of Famemember
Brett Hull, son of Bobby, 2006 Inductee into Hockey Hall of Fame
Dennis Hull, Bobby's younger brother, member of 1972 Team Canada
Avril Lavigne, singer, born in Belleville, raised in nearby Napanee
Susanna Moodiemoved to Belleville with her husband in 1840, after several years spent "roughing it in the bush"
Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007spent her teenage years in Belleville, studying at Centennial Secondary School and at Quinte Ballet School of Canada[ [http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/05/29/4217363.html CANOE - CNEWS - Canada: New Miss Universe studied in Ont ] ]
Farley Mowat, author, born in Belleville, resides in Port Hope
Pete Quaife, bassist for The Kinksin the 1960s, lived in Qunite Region from 1980 to 2005
Andrew Raycroft, hockey player
Brad Richardson, hockey player
Mike Schad, National Football Leagueoffensive lineman who attended Moira Secondary Schooland played for Philadelphia Eaglesand the Los Angeles Rams
Jason Tam, Asian-American Civil Rights Attorney and author of "Stereotypes of an Asian Man"
animated movies director, Oscar Awardwinner ( 1979)
The Wilkinsons, country music group
* [http://www.city.belleville.on.ca/ City of Belleville website]
* [http://www.bellevilleontario.ca/ bellevilleontario.ca]
* [http://www.bellevillewaterfrontfestival.com Belleville Waterfront Festival]
* [http://www.hpedsb.on.ca Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board]
* [http://www.bellevillelibrary.com/ Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1696618632609922238&q=belleville+ontario&total=178&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=3 Historic Belleville through old postcards]
Canadian City Geographic Location (8-way)
Northwest = Stirling
North = Corbyville
Northeast = Plainfield
West = Trenton
Centre = Belleville, Ontario
East = Napanee, Kingston
Southwest = Brighton
South = Wellington
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Southeast = Picton
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