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Nixon, Ontario
Unincorporated Hamlet in Norfolk County
Nixon, Ontario is located in Ontario
Nixon, Ontario
Nixon, Ontario
Location of Nixon in Ontario
Coordinates: 42°51′05″N 80°23′59″W / 42.85139°N 80.39972°W / 42.85139; -80.39972
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Amalgamated into Norfolk County2001 (Single-tier municipality)
Government
 • MayorKristal Chopp
 • Governing BodyThe Council of The Corporation of Norfolk County
 • MPsDiane Finley (Con)
 • MPPsToby Barrett (PC)
Elevation
224 m (735 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)519 and 226
Websitewww.norfolkcounty.ca

Nixon is a village in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada that is almost exclusively residential. This community is east of the town of Delhi, northwest of the town of Simcoe, southwest of the town of Waterford, and northeast of the hamlet of Pinegrove.

Nixon's earliest known inhabitants, from around the year 1000 until approximately 300–350 years later, were the Algonquin nation. They were noted flint-workers and evidence of their skill in crafting arrowheads is still to be found in open worked field areas surrounding the village. The next wave of inhabitants were the Attawandaron nation, the Neutrals, who occupied the region from about 1350 until their absorption by the Iroquois in the year 1651. The last significant native nation to occupy the area was the Mississaugas.

In 2001, Haldimand-Norfolk was dissolved into two separate single-tier counties. Nixon became part of the newly formed County of Norfolk.

Summary

Nixon has a municipal airport that is classified as a small general aviation aerodrome with no amenities for passenger flight airplanes. The local economy includes a variety of farms and a single office building where Nixon Public School was stationed from the 1950s until the early 2000s. Ever since Nixon Public School was closed due to the provincial government cutbacks on education, Nixon has become a bedroom community for people who can afford to live in a single-family house. No shops or grocery stores operate in this community; which means food must be either purchased directly from a farmer or from a grocery store in Simcoe/Delhi. Private automobiles and taxis are generally found in Nixon for the purpose of commuting as Ride Norfolk mass transit services don't have a bus stop in Nixon.

Most people get their television either through Shaw Direct, Bell Satellite TV or over-the-air. Five channels (CIII-DT, CITY-DT, CICO-DT, CITS-DT, and CKCO-DT) can be picked up reliably using an outdoor antenna while an additional five channels (WYNB-DT, CHCH-DT, CFPL-DT, WICU-DT, and CHCJ-DT) tend to not be as reliable to pick up through an outdoor antenna. There are at least 14 channels that can't be viewed on days that are cloudy, rainy, snowy, or during times of strong winds.[2]

This community is the westernmost community to receive water from the Lynn River; which flows directly into Lake Erie.[3] Water from the Lynn River is considered to be the purest water in Norfolk County because it isn't filtered out by the other creeks and rivers.

Trees surround the hamlet of Nixon help to play a vital role in shading the community from excessive wind and heat during the summer time. However, the forest has dangers of its own like swampland, poison ivy, poison oak and the local population of rattlesnakes.

A gas station was once operated just southeast of Nixon. It appeared to be run-down and operated solely as a private residence even back in the late 1980s. It was an independent gas station with the only little store owned by Mr. Bell.

New Limburg Brewing Company

The former public school was opened as a craft brewery and pub in September 2015. Norfolk County council personally had to approve the land's zoning change from educational to light industrial in order for Norfolk County's third microbrewery to be possible according to their set of by-laws.[4]

Some of the chalkboards from the old Nixon Public School have been preserved and service is available even in the coldest winter months. The beers served at this establishment range from being of average quality to excellent quality. Most customers spend less than 60 minutes in this establishment. Drinking different types of beer is possible in a sampler and the drinks have names like The Black Sheep. Most of the patrons come in during the daytime when the roads are easily navigable. There is an outdoor patio, in addition, to live music playing throughout the establishment.[5]

Climate

Throughout the history of the hamlet, Nixon has seen temperatures as cold as −10.2 °C (13.6 °F) and as warm as 26.3 °C (79.3 °F); although summers in Nixon have typically been around 20 °C (68 °F) in the past. March weather in Nixon was pretty much below freezing until the early-2000s when changing weather patterns replaced the March freezing rain with April-like rain.[6]

The winter of 1975 was the only unusually mild winter in the region from 1897 to 1977.[7] From the late 1990s onwards, winters have become more mild due to changes in climate brought on by global warming. Nixon traditionally belongs to the humid continental climate zone, even with the recent mild winters and warmer dry summers. As in all communities, towns and cities throughout the world, global warming due to human industrial activity has drastically altered the climate of Nixon over the decades.

The warmest summers that Nixon has witnessed occurred in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 (with the exception of the month of July[8]), 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[9]

Should the sea levels rise by 60 metres or 200 feet, Nixon would not be affected by flooding.[10] However, it may be affected by droughts as a by-product of the dislocation of available freshwater and may be forced to rely on desalinated salt water piped in from the Eastern United States. Constructing the proper infrastructure to carry the water hundreds of miles away would take considerable manpower along with significant economic costs and an unprecedented level of cooperation from multiple federal, state/provincial, and municipal governments.

References

  1. ^ "Woodstock community profile". 2006 Census data. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  2. ^ Over-the-air TV report for Nixon, Ontario at TV Fool
  3. ^ "Long Point Region SPA Updated Assessment Report" (PDF). Source Water. February 7, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Third microbrewery coming to Norfolk County Archived 2014-04-26 at the Wayback Machine at Norfolk Farms
  5. ^ New Limburg Brewing Company at Trip Advisor
  6. ^ "Weather statistics for Nixon, Ontario (Canada)". Yr.com. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  7. ^ Assel, Raymond A. (1980). "Maximum Freezing Degree-Days as a Winter Severity Index for the Great Lakes, 1897–1977". Monthly Weather Review. 108 (9). American Meteorological Society: 1440. Bibcode:1980MWRv..108.1440A. doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1980)108<1440:MFDDAA>2.0.CO;2. ISSN 1520-0493.
  8. ^ "Ontario Weather Review - July 2009". Environment Canada. 2009-09-01. Archived from the original on 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  9. ^ "Global Analysis - Annual 2016". NOAA. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Impact of global warming on Nixon, Ontario". Firetree. Retrieved 2012-07-02.