2001 population: 70,876
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Sarnia is a city in Lambton County, in the province of Ontario. It is on the Saint Clair River.
One tradition says the community was named for Sir John Colborne, Governor of Canada who was once the Governor of the Channel Island of Guernsey, also known as Sarnia.
Former and merged community names include:
· Les Chutes
· Port Sarnia
· The Rapids
Oil was discovered to be a natural resource in this community and the oil refinement industry was important to local economy. Other major industries have included the petro-chemical and salt mining industries.
Received national attention for a 1953 tornado that killed 5 and caused more than $4 million in damages.
Filming location for 2002 movie, "Bowling for Columbine" and 1994 movie, "Renaissance Man"
Well-known residents have included:
· Alexander Mackenzie, prime minister
Local festivals include:
· Highland Games - Aug. 15-16, 2007
· Hobbyfest - July 15, 2007
· Brigden Fair - Oct. 5-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Sarnia web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Sarnia Museum, Discovery House Museum, Gallery Lambton, Stones 'n Bones Museum
Colleges and universities: Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology