Bonnechere Valley, Ontario

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Bonnechere Valley
Township (lower-tier)
Township of Bonnechere Valley
Community of Eganville in Bonnechere Valley.
Community of Eganville in Bonnechere Valley.
Bonnechere Valley is located in Ontario
Bonnechere Valley
Bonnechere Valley
Coordinates: 45°32′N 77°06′W / 45.533°N 77.100°W / 45.533; -77.100Coordinates: 45°32′N 77°06′W / 45.533°N 77.100°W / 45.533; -77.100
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Renfrew
Established 2001-01-01
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Jennifer Murphy
 • Federal riding Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke
 • Prov. riding Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke
 • Total 593.19 km2 (229.03 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,763
 • Density 6.3/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code K0J 1T0
Area code(s) 613
Website www.bonnecherevalley

Bonnechere Valley is a township in Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada. It had a population of 3,665 in the Canada 2006 Census. It was established in 2001 by amalgamation of the village of Eganville and the townships of Grattan, Sebastapol and South Algona.[2]


The administrative and commercial centre of Bonnechere Valley is Eganville, a small community occupying a deep limestone valley carved at the Fifth Chute of the Bonnechere River.

The township also comprises the smaller communities of Augsburg, Castile, Clontarf, Constant Creek, Cormac, Dacre, Donegal, Esmonde, Grattan, Lake Clear, McGrath, Perrault, Ruby, Silver Lake, Scotch Bush, Vanbrugh, Woermke and Zadow, as well as the ghost towns of Newfoundout, Balaclava and Foymount.


The power of the Bonnechere River has been harnessed since 1848 but it was John Egan's grist mill that gets credit for stimulating the area's economic growth.

In 1911, the Great Fire destroyed many of the buildings in Eganville. 75 homes were lost in all along with schools, churches and industries along both sides on the Bonnechere River. This fire was started by two teenagers smoking cigarettes in a shed. A year later, the Municipal Building was erected, and served as the village post office for almost a century. This building has since become the home of the Bonnechere Museum and one of the most well known symbols of Eganville.


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  1. ^ a b "Bonnechere Valley census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Restructuring Activity Summary Table". Government of Ontario. 
  3. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 

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