Kincardine is proud of its Scottish heritage and the community continues to celebrate that heritage
today with Scottish themes evident in the town’s events and celebrations.
Kincardine’s love and respect for its history is evident throughout the town, from its architecture, to
its lighthouse and the historic Walker House.
The first settlers arrived in 1848 aboard the sailing ship The Fly and one of the first to arrive was
William Campbell who opened a hotel.
His brother-in-law, William Withers, built a dam and opened a sawmill and the tiny community, then
known as Penetangore after the river that flows into lake Huron, was begun. Penetangore was the
location of the first post office opened in Bruce County
For the first few years the settlement was known interchangeably as both Penetangore and
Kincardine, which was also the name of the surrounding township, named for Governor General
James Bruce, the 12th Earl of Kincardine.
In 1858 the town was incorporated and officially became Kincardine. In 1999 the town and the
township amalgamated into one municipality.
Kincardine bills itself as the gateway to the Sunshine Coast, to the Bruce Peninsula and cottage
country. It celebrates the natural beauty of the shoreline and surrounding countryside in its
promotion of its beaches and shoreline boardwalk, and of the year round recreational opportunities
The nuclear power development plant just to the north is important to the local economy and has
supported the establishment of the many hotel and B and B accommodations that exist, along with a
large number of restaurants that offer a range of menus to appeal to all tastes.
There is a strong, historic downtown with a blend of boutiques and specialty shops, as well as a
large commercial area on the eastern edge of the community.
Kincardine offers a wide range of residential neighbourhoods including historical homes and new
subdivisions, appealing to residents of all generations, from young families to retirees.
There is a strong sense of community and a well-established recreational program centered around
the Davidson Centre, a community complex offering an indoor pool, ice rink, basketball court and
running track, as well as meeting rooms, facilities for seniors, and a banquet hall. In addition, the centre offers an outdoor track, soccer fields and a bike park.
Kincardine celebrates its strong sense of community with a number of events and festivals, live
theatre performances, cultural activities, and a feeling of pride.
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