Thursday, November 10, 2011

Canada - Ontario - Belleville

Belleville, Ontario
Belleville is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of Moira River, with the Bay of Quinte at its doors. Belleville's excellent location makes it a perfect destination spot for many travellers.

Sent by Liz, a postcrosser from Canada.

This is from Wikipedia : Belleville (Canada 2006 Census population 48,821; census agglomeration population 91,518) is a city located at the mouth of the Moira River on the Bay of Quinte in Southern (Southeastern) Ontario, Canada, in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. It is the seat of Hastings County, but is politically independent of it. and the centre of the Bay of Quinte Region. The current mayor of 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 Loyalists in 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 Railway in 1855. In 1858 the iron bridge over the Moira at Bridge Street became the first iron bridge in Hastings County. Belleville's strikingly beautiful High Victorian Gothic city hall was constructed in 1872 to house the public market and administrative offices. 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.

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