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Highgate, ON

Contributed by sculptor, an ePodunk user.

May 3, 2008

Pluses:  Highgate is a quiet rural community of 500 people. It has a balance of individuals in various age groups, and its quiet setting is attracting more families, despite a slow growth of new construction.
Urban development experts and the municipality of Chatham Kent have cited Highgate to be a growing the artistic niche of the municipality, and already is home to internationally renowned sculptors, Dam de Nogales. Highgate is also the original hometown to John B. Lee, one of Canada's most renowned poets.
Among other businesses, Highgate houses a municipal library, a post-office, a park with several baseball diamonds, a variety-store-restaurant, a gas station, and auto repair/body shop. Two churches have sizeable congregations.
Its location, just off 401 and being midway between Chatham and London, makes it uniquely located between two bustling city centres, while still being only 10 minutes from Lake Erie. It is the south-eastern gate to Chatham Kent.

Minuses:  Due to provincial financial pressures to number crunch within primary and secondary school systems, the primary school closed a few years ago, which is a lifeline for many small communities. Fortunately, there are three primary schools, a secondary school, and a branch of the university of Guelph, in the neighbouring community of Ridgetown, a mere 8 km away.

Like much of the Chatham, it is difficult to attract doctors, and Highgate, must rely on doctors in neighbouring communities. Family dentists are present in Highgate, with a beautiful rural setting. The location of the village allows for emergency care choices from hospitals in Chatham (25 min), Newbury (25 min) or London (38 min) depending on needs. Most residents have home doctors in neigbouring Ridgetown.
Like much of southern Ontario, the land is relatively flat, making it good for farming, bad for skiiing. It is one of the few places that still has a traditional country fair. Clearview forest boasts hiking trails.

A good place to...  overall it is a good place to invest in a home within a carrying community--or if visiting it is a good place to have an ice-cream while seated in the Highgate Piazza in the centre of town... Highgate boast two public sculptures...

 Approx. 500 residents -- 75 minutes to the Windsor-Detroit Border -- 40 minutes to downtown London -- 25 minutes to downtown Chatham -- 10 minutes to Lake Erie -- 2+1/2 hours to downtown Toronto...


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