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Sarnia, Ontario is a city on the Lake Huron waterfront in Lambton County. It is located an equal distance between London, Ontario to the East and Detroit, Michigan to the Southwest. The settlement was formally named Port Sarnia in 1836, later being incorporated as the town of Sarnia in 1856. In 1991, Sarnia and nearby Clearwater merged together, increasing the city’s area and population. Since that point, Sarnia has grown steadily into the 21st century, now sitting at a population of over 70,000 people.
Real Estate for sale in Sarnia, Ontario
Sarnia’s biggest perk is its location, being directly on Lake Huron helps the city in a number of ways. In terms of transportation, Sarnia is directly across the border from Port Huron, a lakeside Michigan city about an hour away from Detroit. The pair are connected by Blue Water Bridge which links the 400-series to the American Interstate system and is key for commerce and travel. The climate of Sarnia is largely influenced by the nearby lakes as well. The waters of Lake Huron balance out the temperature of the region, providing one of Ontario’s warmest winter spots. Residents of Sarnia have been known to experience lake-effect snow despite not being included in the Southwestern Ontario snow belt because of the lakes.
Real Estate in Sarnia has been experiencing the same growth as the other similar cities in Southwestern Ontario. With an average sale price in the low-to-mid $300,000s for 2019, Sarnia has seen this value increase drastically since 2015 when the average was still in the low $200,000s. That being said, the market is flexible with some older properties flying under the average and new developments far exceeding it.
Living in Sarnia, Ontario
With the help of a convenient transportation network, Sarnia is well connected with the rest of Ontario and the United States. The popular Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was born in Sarnia and is the namesake of the city’s airport. The Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport offers connecting flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport. For local travel, Sarnia Transit provides public bus service throughout the city. Sarnia Transit runs on 17 routes and operates daily with modified hours on the weekend.
Education in Sarnia is covered by the Lambton Kent District School Board, St. Clair Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, and Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Between the four boards are 19 elementary and 7 secondary schools in Sarnia. In addition to those, Lambton College is the city’s post-secondary institute, offering a variety of programs to fit diverse student needs.
Natural attractions are another big part of Sarnia’s appeal with both Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair to enjoy nearby. Residents and visitors can experience the clear waters of Lake Huron at Canatara Park and Beach, also a key destination for family fun with trails, perfect picnic spots, a local animal petting farm, and playgrounds. Other features include city events, the Stones ‘N Bones natural history museum, and local retail and dining. Since it’s so close to the border, why not hop over the lake and see what Michigan has to offer as well?