WallaceburgWallaceburg, Ont, urban area, population 10 163 (2011c), 10 703 (2006c). Wallaceburg is a community located on the Sydenham River. Formerly a town (incorporated 1896), Wallaceburg has now been merged into the new municipality of CHATHAM-KENT (1998).
In the 1830s Wallaceburg was founded by settlers of the failed BALDOON settlement and named for Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace. A community began to take shape in the 1850s with the development of the lumbering industry. As it was connected by water to the Great Lakes, boat building and lake freighter traffic also became important. At the end of the 19th century, logging declined and the town became known for its glass manufacturing and sugar-beet industry. Later the economy diversified into metal and plastic goods, auto parts and tool-and-die manufacturing.
Pleasure boat traffic during the summer has become an important part of the tourism sector.