Brent, Ontario

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Brent station 02.jpg
Arriving by train CNR Brent, Ontario, in the 1970s
Name origin: Named for Brentwood, England
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Northeastern Ontario
District Nipissing
Part Nipissing, Unorganized South
Elevation 315 m (1,033 ft)
Coordinates 46°01′48″N 78°28′51″W / 46.03000°N 78.48083°W / 46.03000; -78.48083Coordinates: 46°01′48″N 78°28′51″W / 46.03000°N 78.48083°W / 46.03000; -78.48083
Timezone Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) Eastern Time Zone (UTC-4)
Postal code FSA K0J
Area code 705, 249
Location of Brent in Ontario

Brent is a community on Cedar Lake on the Petawawa River in northern Algonquin Provincial Park, and is located in geographic Deacon Township in the Unorganized south part of Nipissing District in Northeastern Ontario, Canada.[1]

It was originally a station and divisional point on the transcontinental main line of the Canadian Northern Railway, and was named for Brentwood, England, the home of Robert M. Horne-Payne, a director of the Canadian Northern. During the late 19th and early 20th century, a number of lumber companies operated at Brent. It later became a Canadian National Railway divisional point between the Alderdale Subdivision to the west and the CN Beachburg Subdivision to the east; the next railway points were Government Park to the west and Acanthus to the east. In 1995, Canadian National Railways decided to close the Northern Algonquin line to rail traffic, stating that operational costs were too high. With the railway went the electrical grid, and all power had to be supplied by generator. When this happened, most of the inhabitants left. Brent is now basically a recreational camp site with some park services and access point to the interior of Algonquin Park, it now operates seasonally with no permanent population.

The Brent crater is located north of the village.


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