Clearview, Ontario

Coordinates: 44°23′53″N 80°04′27″W / 44.39806°N 80.07417°W / 44.39806; -80.07417
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Township of Clearview
Beautiful Landscapes, Friendly People
Clearview is located in Simcoe County
Clearview is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°23′53″N 80°04′27″W / 44.39806°N 80.07417°W / 44.39806; -80.07417[1]
Country Canada
Province Ontario
EstablishedJanuary 1, 1994 (1994-01-01)
 • MayorDoug Measures
 • MPsTerry Dowdall (C)
 • MPPsJim Wilson (PC)
 • Land557.10 km2 (215.10 sq mi)
Elevation221 m (725 ft)
 • Total14,151
 • Density25.4/km2 (66/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Time Zone (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern Time Zone (EDT))
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)705, 249

Clearview is a rural incorporated township in Simcoe County in Central Ontario, Canada,[1] west of Barrie and south of Collingwood and Wasaga Beach in Simcoe County.


Human occupation of the area is evident starting in as early as the Paleo-Indian period.[5]: 419 

Before the arrival of European settlers, the area of Clearview Township was part of the territory of the Petun, a confederation of Iroquoians who were closely related to the Huron and Neutral peoples. The Petun were ravaged by disease epidemics in the early 17th century and victim to raids by the Iroquois Confederacy (a part of the Beaver Wars), with much of their remaining population fleeing as refugees and vacating the territory. There are abundant archaeological remains in the township from the Petun period.[5]: 1–2 

Early settlement on the site of Stayner coincided with the construction of the Toronto, Simcoe and Huron Railway between 1851 and 1855. The community of Stayner, which was originally called Nottawasaga Station, developed into a significant agricultural and lumbering centre.[6] Stayner was incorporated as a village in 1872,[7] and as a Town in 1888.[8] The Village of Creemore was incorporated effective 20 November 1889.[9]

Before incorporation, New Lowell was the site of a timber plant owned by Jacques and Hay.

Clearview Township was established on January 1, 1994, when the Town of Stayner, the Village of Creemore and the Townships of Nottawasaga and Sunnidale were amalgamated.[10] The Townships of Nottawasaga and Sunnidale had been incorporated in 1851[11] and 1858,[12] respectively.


The township comprises the communities of Avening, Batteaux, Brentwood, Cashtown Corners, Creemore, Dunedin, Duntroon, Glen Huron, Maple Valley, New Lowell, Nottawa, Pretty River Valley, Singhampton, Smithdale, Stayner, Sunnidale, Sunnidale Corners and Websterville.

It borders on the following municipalities:

Clearview (and Simcoe County in general) is part of Central Ontario as well as the Georgian Triangle. The climate in the area is classified as Humid Continental (Warm Summer Subtype).

Located in the Great Lakes lowlands, it has fertile soil quite suitable for farming. As a result of the proximity to the Great Lakes it suffers from Lake Effect.



In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Clearview had a population of 14,814 living in 5,570 of its 6,296 total private dwellings, a change of 4.7% from its 2016 population of 14,151. With a land area of 556.37 km2 (214.82 sq mi), it had a population density of 26.6/km2 (69.0/sq mi) in 2021.[13]

Canada census – Clearview community profile
Population14,814 (+4.7% from 2016)14,151 (+3.0% from 2011)13,734 (-2.5% from 2006)
Land area556.37 km2 (214.82 sq mi)557.10 km2 (215.10 sq mi)557.44 km2 (215.23 sq mi)
Population density26.6/km2 (69/sq mi)25.4/km2 (66/sq mi)24.6/km2 (64/sq mi)
Median age44.8 (M: 43.6, F: 45.6)45.3 (M: 44.4, F: 46.0)
Private dwellings6,296 (total)  5,570 (occupied)6,040 (total)  5,852 (total) 
Median household income$97,000$78,519
References: 2021[14] 2016[15] 2011[16] earlier[17][18]


As of 2006, compared to Ontario as a whole, Construction, Agriculture, and Manufacturing industries employ a greater than average percentage of the workforce (Business, Finance and Real Estate employ smaller than average).[19] The employment rate was 67.1% (62.8% for Ontario) and the unemployment rate was 4.5% (6.4% for Ontario). 40% of the workforce worked outside the municipality and 13% worked from home.

The well-known Creemore Springs Brewery is located in Creemore.

Health Canada medical marijuana licensed producers The Peace Naturals Project and Agripharm Corp. produces their medicinal Cannabis in Clearview Township.

The Stayner Sun is the township's newspaper of record. It has published continually since 1877. The newspaper is owned by Metroland Media Group.


Creemore was one of the original claimants for the location of Ontario's smallest jailhouse. Its jailhouse, with dimensions at 4.5 metres by 6 metres, make it smaller than the other early claimants, Tweed, Ontario, and Coboconk; however, others in Rodney, Ontario, Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Providence Bay, Ontario, and Berens River are smaller. Today, the jail has been converted into a museum.

There are two arenas (Stayner, Creemore), 3 Baseball Parks (Nottawa, Stayner, with the largest being in New Lowell) and 3 Golf Courses (Duntroon Highlands, Batteaux Creek Golf Club, Mad River Golf and Country Club) in Clearview. The Bruce Trail runs along the Niagara Escarpment in the western part of the township, and there is a cross-country skiing centre in Duntroon. Devil's Glen Provincial Park, Nottawasaga Lookout and Noisy River Provincial Nature Reserves, and Nottawasaga Bluffs, New Lowell, and Carruthers Memorial Conservation Areas as well as the Mel McKean Memorial Park, Gowan Memorial Park, Ives Park, Kinsmen Participark, and Legion Park are all green spaces located within the township. The Stayner hay monster is located at Fernwood Farm & Market. It is a monster made of hay.

The Great Northern Exhibition is held annually in Clearview Township.


The township is administered by a Town Council with one member from each of the seven (numbered) wards, a mayor and deputy-mayor.

The administration of the town is divided into the Departments of Finance, Planning and Development, Public Works, an Administration staff as well as the Public Library and Fire Department.[20] All the main administrative buildings of Clearview are located in Stayner.

The 2019 approved budget for the township was $28.98 million.[21]



Major roads in Clearview include Highway 26, County Road 124, (formerly Highway 24, and a part of Hurontario Street), County Road 42 (formerly a part of Airport Road), as well as other county roads such as 7, 9, 10, and 91. Despite its name, Collingwood Airport is also located in Clearview.

Clearview Public Transit is a small system that runs in the Clearview Township operating one route that connects in Wasaga Beach. The system started November 21, 2016, and is operated by Sinton-Landmark.

The Simcoe County LINX inter-community bus service's 2 Wasaga Beach to Barrie route has stops in Clearview at the Brentwood Community Centre in Brentwood and the Clearview Administration Centre in Stayner.[22]


Clearview is served by Collingwood General And Marine Hospital in Collingwood. Policing services are provided by the Huronia West detachment of the OPP out of Wasaga Beach. Fire protection is provided by volunteer fire stations located throughout the township.[23]


Clearview township is served by the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDS) and the French Catholic School Board Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir. A number of schools, although located in other municipalities (specifically Collingwood, Essa Township and Wasaga Beach), have catchment areas that extend into Clearview.

Name Type Location Board Municipality
Byng Public School Primary Stayner SCDSB Clearview
Clearview Meadows Elementary School Primary Stayner SCDSB Clearview
Duntroon Central Public School Primary Duntroon SCDSB Clearview
New Lowell Central Public School Primary New Lowell SCDSB Clearview
Our Lady of Grace School Primary Angus SMCDS Essa
Nottawa Elementary School Primary Nottawa SCDSB Clearview
Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School Primary Creemore SCDSB Clearview
Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School Secondary Angus SCDSB Essa
St. Mary's School Primary Collingwood SMCDS Collingwood
St. Noel Chabanel Primary Wasaga Beach SMCDS Wasaga Beach
Stayner Collegiate Institute Secondary Stayner SCDSB Clearview
Collingwood Collegiate Institute Secondary Collingwood SCDSB Collingwood
Our Lady of the Bay Catholic High School (previously Jean Vanier) Secondary Collingwood SMCDS Collingwood

While there is no post-secondary education in Clearview itself, the main campus of Georgian College is in nearby Barrie with a satellite campus in Collingwood nearby.

The Clearview Public Library maintains branches in Stayner, Creemore and New Lowell.

Notable people[edit]

  • Tony Burgess (born 1959), Canadian novelist and screenwriter
  • Newt Randall (1880–1955), professional baseball player from New Lowell, Ontario

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Clearview". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  2. ^ "Clearview census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ Elevation taken from Google Earth at geographical coordinates, accessed 2014-05-20.
  4. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Clearview, Township". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Garrad, Charles (2014). Pilon, Jean-Luc; Fox, William (eds.). Petun to Wyandot: The Ontario Petun from the Sixteenth Century. Mercury Series. University of Ottawa Press. ISBN 978-0-7766-2144-9.
  6. ^ "Founding of Stayner, The". Ontario Heritage Trust. Retrieved July 5, 2019. Ontario Heritage Trust Founding of Stayner
  7. ^ Simcoe County By-Law No. 211, 26 June 1872
  8. ^ 51 Victoria [1888] Chapter 61
  9. ^ Simcoe County By-Law No. 466
  10. ^ "Welcome to Clearview Township". Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  11. ^ Simcoe County By-Law No. 8; 31 August 1850
  12. ^ Simcoe County By-Law No. 79, 23 June 1858
  13. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  14. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  15. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  16. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  17. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  19. ^ "2006 Community Profiles - Community highlights for Clearview". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  20. ^ "Town Hall - Staff". Retrieved 2008-06-13.
  21. ^ "2019-2023 Corporate Budget Overview and Highlights" (PDF). Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  22. ^ "Routes/Schedule". Simcoe County. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Clearview Township - Fire - Stations". Retrieved 2010-11-28.

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