Jarvis, Ontario

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Village of Jarvis
Village of Jarvis is located in Southern Ontario
Village of Jarvis
Village of Jarvis
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 42°53′04″N 80°06′50″W / 42.88444°N 80.11389°W / 42.88444; -80.11389Coordinates: 42°53′04″N 80°06′50″W / 42.88444°N 80.11389°W / 42.88444; -80.11389
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Haldimand
Elevation 184 m (604 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 2,303
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N0A 1J0
Area code(s) (519)

Jarvis is a small community in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.

This community is located near the towns of Simcoe, Townsend, Cayuga, Port Dover and Hagersville. Major highways Highway 3 and Highway 6 form a crossroads near the centre of the community. Jarvis is home of the famous annual summer Cornfest. Jarvis also is the home of the Jarvis Travelers Fastball team, winner of the ISC World Tournament of fast-pitch softball (fastball) in 2010. Possibly named after the notorious William Jarvis family of Toronto whose patriarch was very incompetent and selfish during his tenure as a government official,[2] this community offers a traditional rustic small town ambience. Mr. William Jarvis himself was a member of the defunct Family Compact clique which believed in arch-conservative values that directly opposed democracy.

Facilities[edit]

Businesses in the town of Jarvis include a gas station and several restaurants, two convenience stores, beer and wine can be found. There is also a Sears catalogue store and car dealership that also sells motorcycle trikes, a flower store, a new and gently used children's clothing shop, also a butcher shop. There is only one bank in Jarvis (CIBC). Schools include: Jarvis District Christian School (a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools) and Jarvis Public School. Jarvis also has a tennis court, baseball diamond and a community centre that holds Jack and Jills along with weddings and other events.

Jarvis also hosts a festival in the month of August called "Cornfest", which has tonnes of fresh buttered corn to eat, as well many musical acts come to Jarvis to play at the festival. The main musical act for Cornfest 2010 was The Road Hammers. A notable Cornfest performance by the Canadian country rock music band Blue Rodeo was considered to be a high-profile event for a small community festival.

Royal Canadian Air Force Station Jarvis[edit]

Historical plaque at the site of No. 1 Bombing & Gunnery School

During World War II the Royal Canadian Air Force built and operated No. 1 Bombing & Gunnery School as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan [3] on a 600 acre site 6 kilometers southeast of Jarvis. An historical plaque on Concession 2 Walpole marks the location, and the reverse side of the plaque lists the names of the thirty-eight Commonwealth airmen and one civilian who died while serving at No. 1 B&GS.

The air station appears in the 1942 Hollywood movie Captains of the Clouds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolfram Alpha City Profile: Jarvis, Ontario". Wolfram Alpha. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  2. ^ "William Jarvis information". schools.tdsb.on.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ Hatch, F. J. (1983). The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. Ottawa: Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. ISBN 0660114437.