Baden, Ontario

Baden, Ontario

Baden is a community in the Township of Wilmot, Ontario, Canada. It has a population of less than 1000 and was named after Baden-Baden in Germany.

Baden is home to the historic Castle Kilbride, built in 1877 by James Livingston, co-founder of a successful linseed oil company who went on to represent the area in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Canadian House of Commons. In 1993, Castle Kilbride was purchased and restored by Wilmot Township, which spent $6.2 million on the project -- amassing a debt that isn't scheduled to be fully paid until 2013. The castle was designated a site of national historic significance in 1994 and Wilmot Township's administrative offices and council chamber are housed in an addition to the original building.

The area is the site of the Baden Tower, a huge television, radio and communications tower located on top of a kame known as Baden Hill. This is where CKCO-TV (CTV Southwestern Ontario) transmits its signal.

Much of the area consists of farmlands and there are pine forests in the area. The local high school, Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School, is located just outside of the town.

Baden was also the hometown of Sir Adam Beck who went on to pioneer hydro-electric power, the visible results being the hydro-electric generation plants located in Niagara Falls. Beck has a park named after him in his hometown.

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