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Sixteen Mile Creek (Halton Region)

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Sixteen Mile Creek is a river in Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.[1] It is in the Great Lakes Basin, and flows from the Niagara Escarpment through the towns of Milton and Oakville to Lake Ontario.[2]

Sixteen Mile Creek
Rivière de Gravois ("gravelly river" in French)
Sixteen Mile Creek Milton.jpg
Sixteen Mile at Milton, Ontario
Sixteen Mile Creek (Halton Region) is located in Southern Ontario
Sixteen Mile Creek (Halton Region)
Location of the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek in southern Ontario
Native nameniizhozaagiwan ("having two outlets" in Mississauga)
Location
CountryCanada
ProvinceOntario
RegionGreater Toronto Area
Regional MunicipalityHalton
MunicipalitiesOakville, Milton
Physical characteristics
Sourcewetland
 ⁃ locationMilton
 ⁃ coordinates43°35′08″N 80°02′34″W / 43.58556°N 80.04278°W / 43.58556; -80.04278
 ⁃ elevation365 m (1,198 ft)
MouthLake Ontario
 ⁃ location
Oakville
 ⁃ coordinates
43°26′22″N 79°39′57″W / 43.43944°N 79.66583°W / 43.43944; -79.66583Coordinates: 43°26′22″N 79°39′57″W / 43.43944°N 79.66583°W / 43.43944; -79.66583
 ⁃ elevation
74 m (243 ft)
Basin size372 km2 (144 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemGreat Lakes Basin

The creek is named for the distance from the river's mouth to the western end of Lake Ontario.[3] It was previously known to the Mississauga Indians in their language as Ne-sauga y-onk or niizhozaagiwan ("having two outlets")[4] and to the French as Rivière de Gravois ("gravelly river").[5]

Like many creeks draining into Lake Ontario, Sixteen Mile Creek has cut a deep valley that is home to a broad range of wildlife, including whitetail deer, raccoons, foxes, opossum, and squirrels.[6] The forest contains tree species typical of the Carolinian forest habitat,[7] although since this is close to the northern limit of this zone, some are poorly represented. The total area of the drainage basin is 372 square kilometres (144 sq mi).[8]

In Oakville, it also forms part of Glen Abbey Golf Course[9] and is home to the Oakville Yacht Squadron.[10]

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TributariesEdit

  • East Sixteen Mile Creek (left)
  • Middle Sixteen Mile Creek (left)

Invasive SpeciesEdit

Giant hogweed is a non-native invasive plant that is most widely distributed in Halton Region along Sixteen Mile Creek. Contact with this plant can cause serious burns to the skin and temporary or permanent blindness.[11][12]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Sixteen Mile Creek". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. ^ Dunn, p. 4-6.
  3. ^ "Sixteen Mile Creek: Heart of the Halton Region". Oakville Conservation Association. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ FREELANG Ojibwe-English and English-Ojibwe online dictionary
  5. ^ "French Sketch Map, c. 1760". Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  6. ^ Dunn, p. 110-112.
  7. ^ Dunn, p. 52.
  8. ^ Dunn, p. 4.
  9. ^ Witteveen, Gordon (2001). A century of greenkeeping. Chelsea, Mich: Ann Arbor Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-57504-161-2. OCLC 46364702. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Unknown title". Inland seas. Great Lakes Historical Society. 18: 59. 1962. ISSN 0020-1537. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?pageId=47106
  12. ^ http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/5766594-giant-hogweed-continues-to-sprout-in-milton/

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