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Wallaceburg is a community in the northwestern corner of the Chatham-Kent municipality in southern Ontario. It is located on the Sydenham River, due south of Sarnia and west of its smaller neighbour in the municipality, Dresden. From haunted beginnings to growth through agriculture and industry, Wallaceburg has a deep pool of local mystery and history to uncover. These days, the town is known for a massive antique transportation festival that is the highlight of the summer for residents and visitors.
Real Estate for Sale in Wallaceburg, Ontario
With a population of just over 10,000, Wallaceburg is one of the larger communities in the Chatham-Kent municipality outside of Chatham itself. Wallaceburg has easy access to the border with the United States, being a 40 minute drive along Highway 40 to Sarnia, Ontario. Likewise, the commercial centre of the municipality in Chatham is only about 30 minutes away by following Highway 40 to the south.
In 1998, Wallaceburg and the other communities in the former Kent County area merged together with the town of Chatham to form the new Chatham-Kent municipality. Because of that, Wallaceburg’s real estate statistics are tied to those of the whole municipality. In recent years, real estate in Chatham-Kent has been heating up, the average list price of $250,000 in 2019 marking a 20% increase up from 2018 values. Many of the homes in Wallaceburg are listed in the $200,000 range with some listed below the regional average. The homes are mostly single family, detached properties, but there are occasional condo listings for less than $150,000.
Living in Wallaceburg, Ontario
Wallaceburg has a nice mix of local and big-box chain retailers and restaurants for a blend of charm and convenience. For those looking to explore the rest of the municipality, Wallaceburg is a stop on Route A of the Chatham-Kent inter-community transit system. The public transportation system links Wallaceburg with Dresden, Chatham, and the city bus there.
Education in Wallaceburg is covered by the Lambton Kent District School Board and the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. Between the two of them, there are two public elementary schools, three catholic elementary schools, and one public high school, Wallaceburg District Secondary School. Outside of those boards, there are several private school options for elementary and secondary students.
Wallaceburg has a rich, if not a little spooky, local history. The town is actually best known for a 19th century Canadian folk tale called the Baldoon Mystery. During the area’s original settlement, settler John T. McDonald reported fallen beams, fires, broken windows, and other strange incidents. This story and other accounts of early Scottish settlers are celebrated during the Selkirk History Faire, a living history exhibit that takes place in August. In addition to meeting the “Baldoon Witch”, visitors to the fair can participate in authentic costumes, food, and activities to experience Wallaceburg’s fascinating history.
Another perk of Wallaceburg’s location is the Sydenham River and nothing takes advantage of river access quite like WAMBO. WAMBO - or Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing - is a large transportation show taking place in the summertime. The show displays antique and classic cars, fire trucks, and motorcycles on land and antique boats docked along the Sydenham River. In addition to showing off the vehicles, the festival also features derbies, parades, and musical acts for entertainment.