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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Welcome to Cataract, ON, Canada!

Cataract is a hamlet located in south central Ontario, Canada named after the local waterfall. The Cataract is a popular destination for cyclists, hikers and Nordic skiers. The eastern section of the Elora Cataract Trailway begins in the hamlet of Cataract located in the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail has a section that will bring the hiker to a bridge and platform to view the waterfall.

The Elora Cataract Trailway is a 47 km linear greenland and section of the Trans Canada Trail system which follows an historic railway line joining two major watersheds, the Credit River and the Grand River. The Elora Cataract Trailway was originally the route of the Credit Valley Railway. The main line was constructed in 1879 between Toronto and Orangeville. The Cataract to Elora branch line was also built in 1879. In 1883, the Credit Valley Railway was incorporated into the Ontario and Quebec Railway, and the following year it was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway. It operated as the CPR's Elora subdivision until 1988, when it was abandoned.

The Cataract waterfall plunges 21 metres and is located on the Credit River within the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. According to Mark Harris "The waterfall is a nice example of the plunge class, with a resistant caprock projecting well over top of the weaker rock layers below. " Visitors can view the ruins of the concrete remains of the old hydro-electric power plant and grist mill. According to Stephen Wagner "A stairway takes you down to the top of the falls, and a platform gives you a somewhat obstructed views of the falls. They are trying to fight erosion and the area around the platform is closed off, so trying to get a closer view would be inconsiderate."

Events Near Cataract,Ontario,Canada

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Government of Cataract,Ontario,Canada

Cataract, Ontario is part of the municipality of Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

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History of Cataract,Ontario,Canada

Cataract, Ontario,Canada has an interesting history because of the many individuals and groups who settled the area.

Established in 1855, the hamlet of Cataract had a woollen mill, sawmill, grist mill, broom factory, stave and barrel plant, a brewery and two hotels. One of the hotels was a four star restaurant in the 1980's and 1990's providing accommodations called the Cataract Inn. The building is now privately owned by Garth Turner.

Cataract was booming in the late 1800s thanks to three quarries employing 400 men to extract stone that was used in several noteworthy structures, including Toronto's Casa Loma, old City Hall, the provincial legislature at Queen's Park and some of the buildings of the University of Toronto. Some local residents call the waterfall Churches Falls.

The Cataract is also called Churches Falls.(photo © Mark Harris, Waterfalls of Ontario)


Map of Cataract,Ontario,Canada

Find a map of Cataract here.

Latitude: 43.82131

Longitude: -80.02238

Waypoint: 43.82131N 80.02238W

Population of Cataract,Ontario,Canada

Population: 40?

Population density: (per square kilometre)

Land area (square km):

Total private dwellings:

(Statistics for Caledon the governing town of Cataract from StatCan in 2006)

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