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Scugog is a township in the Regional Municipality of Durham, south-central Ontario, Canada. It is northeast of Toronto and just north of Oshawa. The anchor and largest population base of the township is Port Perry. The township has a population of roughly 22,500. A smaller Scugog Township was also a historic municipality and geographic township prior to the amalgamation that formed the current municipality.
The original township of Scugog used to be divided between Reach and Cartwright townships in Ontario County and Northumberland and Durham County, respectively. When Lake Scugog was created by a dam in Lindsay in 1834, flooding created an island known as Scugog Island. The island was separated from Reach and Cartwright to form Scugog Township in 1856. In 1872 George Currie built a grain elevator which is currently Canada’s oldest grain elevator. The new township was part of Ontario County.
According to Alan Rayburn’s Place Names of Ontario, the name Scugog is derived from the Mississauga word sigaog, which means “waves leap over a canoe.” This refers to the creation of Lake Scugog. Other sources indicate that it is an Ojibwe word meaning swampy or marshy land. The existence of two other lakes by the same name (neither of which is artificial) lends support to the latter etymology.
The creation of the Regional Municipality of Durham in 1974 resulted in municipal restructuring of the various townships in Ontario County. The current township of Scugog was created through the amalgamation of the original townships of Scugog, Reach and Cartwright and the town of Port Perry.
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- Scugog has a Livability Score of 82/100, which is considered exceptional
- Scugog Crime Rates are 30% lower than the Ontario average
- Cost of Living in Scugog is 10% lower than the Ontario average
- Scugog Real Estate prices are 25% lower than the Ontario average
- Rental Prices in Scugog are 50% lower than the Ontario average
The #1 guide to living in Metro Toronto, ON for 2021, is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing, and weather.
The Regional Municipality of Durham, informally referred to as Durham Region, is located east of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York, Durham forms the east-end of the Greater Toronto Area and part of the Golden Horseshoe region.
The southern portion of the region, on Lake Ontario is primarily suburban in nature, forming the eastern end of the 905 area code belt of suburbs around Toronto. The northern area comprises rural areas and small towns. The city of Pickering, town of Ajax and the township of Uxbridge are part of the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area, while the communities of Oshawa, Whitby, and Clarington comprise the Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area.