Restoule

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Restoule
Designated place with Local Services Board
Restoule welcome sign
Restoule welcome sign
Official seal of Restoule
Seal
Location of Restoule Local Services Board in Parry Sound District
Location of Restoule Local Services Board in Parry Sound District
Restoule is located in Ontario
Restoule
Restoule
Location of Restoule in Ontario
Coordinates: 46°01′40″N 79°43′08″W / 46.02778°N 79.71889°W / 46.02778; -79.71889Coordinates: 46°01′40″N 79°43′08″W / 46.02778°N 79.71889°W / 46.02778; -79.71889[1]
Country Canada
Province Ontario
District Parry Sound
Government
 • Chair Burkhard Porter
 • Governing body Restoule Local Services Board
 • MPs Tony Clement
 • MPPs Norm Miller
Area
 • Total 122.42 km2 (47.27 sq mi)
Elevation 235 m (775 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 440
 • Density 3.6/km2 (9/sq mi)
  Canada 2011 Census
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Restoule is a community and designated place in geographic Patterson Township[2] in the Centre Unorganized Part of Parry Sound District in Central Ontario, Canada.[1] It is situated on the Restoule River between Commanda Lake, and Restoule Lake and is part of the Almaguin Highlands region.

Restoule has a local services board that covers the main community of Restoule and the small communities of Carr and Farley's Corners in neighbouring geographic Pringle Township. Along with the nearby communities of Loring and Port Loring and other smaller hamlets, the area promotes itself as the Loring-Restoule tourist area.

Restoule is located south of Lake Nipissing, and north of Ontario's famous cottage country. Despite being north of this area, Restoule is a major centre for cottages, as is the entire Loring-Restoule region. Due to location and distance from Toronto, Restoule is not as popular as regions such as Muskoka to the south. The largest nearby city is North Bay 65 kilometres by road northeast of Restoule.

View of Commanda Lake from a cottage in Restoule

Restoule is located on Ontario Highway 534 and is a 9 kilometre drive southeast of Restoule Provincial Park. There is only one way to get into Restoule, and that's on Highway 534 from the east. There's a secondary route from the west from Dokis territory and leads into town on Hawthorne Rd. Entering the village, one can see the main General Store off the highway on the right. The main centre of the community however can be found off Highway 534, across the Restoule River. On this side of the river, there is a Royal Canadian Legion (Branch #639), a Lion's Club, Community Centre, Outdoor Hockey Rink, Play structures, a United Church and an Anglican Church. There is a Pentecostal Corner Gospel Church 5 km east of the village at the intersection of Hwys. 524 and 534. There are several housekeeping cottages, camps and lodges.

Cottages dot the shores of both Restoule Lake north of town and Commanda Lake south of town. Also dotting the rolling countryside are various farms. Most of all, the scenery is dominated by majestic forests on the Canadian Shield.

Restoule country side in autumn

Restoule residents elect three local government organizations to manage their affairs: The Restoule Local Services Board, Patterson Township Local Roads Board and Restoule Sanitary Landfill Committee.

Restoule has broadband Internet access and cell phone service provided by Bell. As of Apr. 30, 2014 Rogers has not co-located on the Bell tower so there is little to no Rogers coverage.

Etymology[edit]

This place in Parry Sound District, 30 km west of Powassan, was named in 1878 after Ojibwa chief Joseph Restoule, who was still alive when the postmaster provided details to the chief geographer of Canada in 1905.[3]

Other places of the same name in Ontario[edit]

There is also a geographic Restoule Township in Algoma District, Ontario, on the Algoma Central Railway.[4][5]

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2011 Census:

  • Population: 440
  • % Change (2001-2006): -10.9
  • Dwellings: 589
  • Area (km²): 122.42
  • Density (persons per km²): 3.6

Politics[edit]

Politically, Restoule, as with most of rural Parry Sound District leans Conservative.

Election results in Restoule[edit]

Federal

Canadian federal election, 2006
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Conservative Tony Clement 111 46.84 40.10
     Liberal Andy Mitchell 69 29.11 40.04
     New Democratic Party Jo-Anne Boulding 40 16.88 11.85
Green Glen Hodgson 17 7.17 8.02


Canadian federal election, 2004
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Conservative Keith Montgomery 116 53.21 36.35
     Liberal Andy Mitchell 63 28.90 43.86
     New Democratic Party Jo-Anne Marie Boulding 22 10.09 11.77
Green Glen Hodgson 17 7.80 8.02


Canadian federal election, 2000
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Canadian Alliance George Stripe 118 54.13 25.38
     Liberal Andy Mitchell 59 27.06 47.51
     Progressive Conservative Keith Montgomery 29 13.30 18.71
     New Democratic Party Joanne Bury 10 4.59 4.41
Green Richard Thomas 2 0.92 3.96


Canadian federal election, 1997
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Progressive Conservative Lewis MacKenzie 81 33.75 26.79
     Reform Peter Spadzinski 72 30.00 25.56
     Liberal Andy Mitchell 62 25.83 41.59
     New Democratic Party Carl Wirth 22 9.17 3.98
Green Glen Hodgson 1 0.42 1.20
     Canadian Action Party Jackie Raney 1 0.42 0.55
     Natural Law Rick Alexander 1 0.42 0.31

Provincial

Ontario general election, 2003
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Progressive Conservative Norm Miller 118 55.40 48.51
     Liberal Dan Waters 55 25.82 34.44
     New Democratic Party Jo-Anne Boulding 23 10.80 9.92
Green Glen Hodgson 16 7.51 5.88
Family Coalition Charlene Phinney 1 0.47 1.25
2001 by-election
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Progressive Conservative Norm Miller 58 49.15 49.30
     Liberal Evelyn Brown 31 26.27 34.31
Green Richard Thomas 23 19.49 12.34
     New Democratic Party Joanne Bury 3 2.54 3.39
     Independent Anne Marsden 2 1.69 0.43
     Independent John Turmel 1 0.85 0.23
Ontario general election, 1999
Restoule polls

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves 137 57.32 57.68
     Liberal Isabel Doxey 68 28.45 27.55
     New Democratic Party Dan Waters 31 12.97 13.42
     Natural Law Iris Tamssot 3 1.26 0.85
Ontario general election, 1995
Restoule polls

Parry Sound (electoral district)

Party Candidate Votes Restoule  % riding %
     Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves 181 67.54 65.47
     New Democratic Party Dan Reed 57 21.27 14.20
     Liberal Mark Fisher 30 11.19 20.33

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Restoule". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/unique.php?id=FCKRW&output=xml. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  2. ^ "Patterson" (PDF). Geology Ontario - Historic Claim Maps. Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  3. ^ Rayburn, Alan (1997). Place Names of Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 289. ISBN 0-8020-7207-0. 
  4. ^ "Restoule". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/unique.php?id=FDNJG&output=xml. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  5. ^ "Restoule" (PDF). Geology Ontario - Historic Claim Maps. Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 

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