Clarington is a municipality in Ontario, Canada in the Regional Municipality of Durham. It was created in 1973 with the merging of the Town of Bowmanville, and the townships of Clarke and Darlington. It took its present name in 1994 after having been known as the Town of Newcastle from 1974-93. The name change was made to alleviate long-standing confusion between the municipality as a whole and the included village of the same name. Bowmanville is the largest community in the municipality and is the home of the municipal offices. The name “Clarington” is a portmanteau of the names of the two historical townships, Clarke and Darlington, that made up the majority of the geographic area.
Bowmanville is the largest community in the Municipality of Clarington (formerly known as the Town of Newcastle) in Durham Region, Ontario. Settlers were attracted to the area by the farmland, and creeks for water mills, first (including one still standing, now called Vanstone’s Mill) at Bowmanville (originally Barber) Creek. The lands which would later become Bowmanville were first purchased by John Burk, who later sold it to Lewis Lewis. Lewis opened the first store in what was then called Darlington Mills. The store was purchased in about 1824 by Charles Bowman (for whom the town was eventually named) who then established the first post office. Bowmanville was incorporated as a village in 1852 and as a town in 1858. By 1866, Bowmanville was a Town with a population of about 3,500 in the township of Darlington, County Durham. It was a station of the Grand Trunk Railway. It was established on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It possessed a good harbour and there was extensive water power in the vicinity. The surrounding country was fertile. The success of the Vanstone Mill, fueled by the machinery of the Crown’s land grant program, led to the rapid expansion of the Bowmanville settlement in the early years of the 19th century.
The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway) which hosts both minor grand prix races and major racing events by CASCAR, the SCCA, NASCAR, and the American Le Mans Series annually is located about 25 kilometres north of Bowmanville.
Bowmanville is home to the oldest private zoo in Canada, the Bowmanville Zoo.
Other Useful Links
Durham Region Newspaper http://www.durhamregion.com/clarington-on/
Clarington Public Library http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/
Natural Gas Enbridge https://www.enbridgegas.com
Hydro One http://www.hydroone.com/
Water & Sewer Region of Durham http://www.durham.ca/works.asp?nr=/departments/works/sewer/sewerinside.htm
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board http://www.kprschools.ca/
PVNC Catholic District School Board http://www.pvnccdsb.on.ca/
Trinity College School http://www.tcs.on.ca/
Columbus Private School http://www.columbusprivateschool.com/
Colleges & Universities
Cobourg Campus Fleming College http://flemingcollege.ca/campus/cobourg-campus
Health Care Connect
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor. People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community. Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ or call their info line at 1-866-532
Region of Durham Health http://www.durham.ca/
Hospitals & Clinics
Northumberland Hills Hospital http://www.nhh.ca/
Lakeridge Health http://www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca/