Lucknow (2001 census population 1,136) is a community located in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. It is incorporated in the Township of Huron-Kinloss.
Map of Lucknow, ON, Canada
Lucknow boasts a strong Scottish heritage that reaches back to the late 1800s where the Lucknow Caledonian Games boomed for about 20 years. Lucknow's welcome sign honours Donald Dinnie a folk hero of Lucknow. This champion wrestler and heavyweight athlete of the world competed in the Games in Lucknow in 1882. Although he had no ties with the community he remains part of the lore.
The village was named after Lucknow, India where, the Indian Rebellion of 1857 took place between the Indian rebels and the East India Company army. Lucknow takes the name of "Sepoy" which refers to the Indian foot soldiers who fought on the British side in the Relief of Lucknow. There are two theories about the origin of the name of Campbell Street-one is that the main street was named after Sir Colin Campbell, leader of the relief forces. The other is that the street is named after Malcolm Campbell, the community's first merchant. Several Lucknow streets bear the names of some of the British generals involved in the Relief of Lucknow: Campbell, Ross, Outram, Havelock, Willoughby, Rose and Canning.
Eli Stauffer first settled the unnamed land that was to become Lucknow in 1856 where he constructed a dam and built a sawmill. In 1858, Ralph Miller purchased a parcel of Stauffer's land and built "Balaclava House", a log tavern. James Somerville purchased the Stauffer mill and land rights in 1858 and had village lots surveyed, earning Somerville the title of the "Father of Lucknow". With the "Gravel Road" open into Kinloss in 1866, the village continued to grow and had a population of 430 in 1868.
Lucknow hosts an annual Strawberry Summerfest on the fourth weekend of June. The event includes a youth soccer tournament, male and female Slow-Pitch tournament, beer tent, vendors market, street entertainment on Saturday and two dances. Past performers at the dances have included: The Trews, Trooper, Thornley and Kim Mitchell. This years dance features the Settlers Creek Band and DJ Lasse Jackobsen
Music In The Fields is an annual three-day Country Music Festival hosted by the Lucknow Kinsmen and local volunteers. The event is 100% charitable and has raised money for projects such as a new ice resurfacer for the local arena, and new tennis courts. The event has also raised over $100000 for Cystic Fibrosis ( the Kinsmen's national charity ). The event is in its 8th year. The event runs the last weekend in August and takes place at the Lucknow Soccer Fields. Music In The Fields (MITF) draws a crowd of approximately 8000 guests and has hosted such acts as: Blake Shelton, Dierks Bently, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Travis Tritt, Paul Brandt, Emerson Drive, Lonestar, Johnny Reid, George Canyon, Tim Hicks, Road Hammers & Jo Dee Messina. For more information visit: www.musicinthefields.ca
The local newspaper is the Lucknow Sentinel.
The Lucknow Lancers are a local hockey team which competes in the WOAA Sr.AA hockey league. They played in the Sr.B circuit until the 1996-97 season, where they won the Sr.B Championship and got upgraded to the Sr.A circuit. Before that they played in the Sr.D until 1988-89 season when they won the Sr.D Championship and went up to the Sr.B league. In the 2006–2007 season they had a record of 20-2-0-2 (w-l-otl-sol) for first overall. They hit the playoffs in full stride and easily won their first round series 4-0. Then came a bump in the road. They were eliminated by the Elora Rocks 4-1, with 4 of the games going to overtime and 3 of them going into more than one overtime period. In the 2007–2008 season they finished 5th in the South division. In the first round of playoffs the Lancers beat the Drayton Icemen 4 games to 1. In the second round they had a thrilling 7 game series with the Milverton 4-Wheel Drives in which Lucknow won the deciding game 7 to move on to the single 'A' finals. In the finals they were defeated 4 games to 2 by the Palmerston 81's. It was a very physical series on and off the ice.