Black River-Matheson

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Black River-Matheson
Township of Black River-Matheson
The Vernon L. Miller Memorial Bridge taking Highway 101 across the Black River into Matheson
The Vernon L. Miller Memorial Bridge taking Highway 101 across the Black River into Matheson
Black River-Matheson is located in Ontario
Black River-Matheson
Black River-Matheson
Coordinates: 48°32′N 80°28′W / 48.533°N 80.467°W / 48.533; -80.467Coordinates: 48°32′N 80°28′W / 48.533°N 80.467°W / 48.533; -80.467
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorGilles Laderoute
 • Governing BodyBlack River-Matheson Township Council
 • MPCharlie Angus (NDP)
 • MPPJohn Vanthof (NDP)
 • Land1,163.41 km2 (449.20 sq mi)
 • Total2,410
 • Density2.1/km2 (5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)705

Black River-Matheson is a township in the Cochrane District of the Canadian province of Ontario. The municipality is astride the Black River, for which it is partly named. The Matheson railway station was serviced by the Northlander until 2012.

Mining, forestry and farming are some of the principal industries in the area, augmented by outdoor tourism in the summer, such as fishing and hunting. There are three elementary schools within the municipality.


The communities in the township are Holtyre, Matheson, Ramore, Shillington, Val Gagné and Wavell. The main community of Matheson is located at the intersection of highways 11 and 101.


Prospecting started in 1909. The Croesus Mine (1914-1918) became "one of the richest mines in Canada," according to Barnes. Gold was like "plums in pudding" and "one gold nugget was egg shaped, two inches long and one and a quarter across." A total of 16 companies operated in the Harker Holloway area from 1917 to 1925, including Harker Gold Mines. P.A. McDermott found a gold-bearing zone in 1922, which became American Barrick's Holt-McDermott Mine in 1988. Located in the Abitibi greenstone belt, the mine produced 60,000 ounces of gold in 1994.[2]

The Great Fire of 1916 left 243 dead.[2]


Canada census – Black River-Matheson community profile
2011 2006
Population: 2410 (-8.0% from 2006) 2619 (-9.3% from 2001)
Land area: 1,163.41 km2 (449.20 sq mi) 1,161.67 km2 (448.52 sq mi)
Population density: 2.1/km2 (5.4/sq mi) 2.3/km2 (6.0/sq mi)
Median age: 44.8 (M: 44.2, F: 45.5)
Total private dwellings: 1172 1249
Median household income: $54,794
References: 2011[3] 2006[4] earlier[5]

Population trend:[1][4][5][6]

  • Population in 2011: 2410
  • Population in 2006: 2619
  • Population in 2001: 2912 (or 2886 when adjusted for 2006 boundaries)
  • Population in 1996: 3220
  • Population in 1991: 3451

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  1. ^ a b c "Black River-Matheson census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Michael (1995). Gold in Ontario. Erin: The Boston Mills Press. pp. 95–100. ISBN 155046146X.
  3. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  4. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  5. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Statistics Canada 1996 Census - Community Highlights for Black River-Matheson
  7. ^ "BRIGHTWELL, A.H. Harry, D.V.M." Library of Parliament. Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Bob Lomer McCord". Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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