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Located on Ballarat's eastern edge, Canadian's
story dates back to the earliest days of Ballarat.
Canadian Gully was among the first areas to be
worked on the Ballarat goldfields. Like a number
of other places in the Ballarat area, its unusual
name reflects the nationality of the miners who
sought their fortunes there, and proudly flew their
flags above the leads they worked.
With Canadian Creek at its heart, the suburb
includes areas of longstanding residential land
in the north. At its southern edge, the Canadian
Lakes Estate was developed in recent years and
has proven popular with new home buyers.
The hum of light industry can also be heard in
Canadian, with a range of business located there.
The suburb is the home of Sunicrust Bakeries'
The area is serviced by the Canadian Lead
Primary School on Otway Street South. The
school was born from the merger of four other
local schools in 1993. Eureka Street, Golden
Point, and Richards Street and Millbrook Primary
Schools came together to create Canadian Lead.
Cyclists can enjoy one of Ballarat's prettiest rides
in Canadian. The 5km Canadian Trail is
part of the Yarrowee River Trail Network, which is
comprised of 14km of tracks along the Yarrowee
River and its tributaries, Pennyweight Gully,
Warrenheip Gully and Specimen Vale Trails.
The Canadian Trail connects Ballarat East with
Mount Clear College, and beyond to Damascus
College, the University of Ballarat Mount Helen
campus, and on to Buninyong. The path follows
the Canadian Creek along a green corridor,
passing across wetlands, through areas of new
native plantings and bushland. The continuation
to Buninyong offers views over the rural areas
separating Ballarat from Buninyong. The return
ride is fairly hilly but riders are rewarded with
excellent views of Ballarat.
A Safer Neighbourhood
Canadian Lakes is one of five
Neighbourhood Safer Places or Places of
Last Resort within the City of Ballarat.
The NSP is located on Canadian Lakes
Boulevard - near the intersections of
Canadian Lakes Boulevard and Carnaby
Way and Canadian Lakes Boulevard
and Provincial Way. NSPs are identified
buildings or spaces within the community
that may offer some protection from radiant
heat, the biggest killer during bushfire.
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