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. As part of the closure the Brent rail yard was dismantled along with the yards' twin 125 KW generators that supplied power to Brent. Brent is too remote to be connected to the main hydro power grid so the remaining dwellings requiring power use either generator, solar or use no power at all.

The Brent village at its' peak, circa 1930, had a school house, hotel, restaurant, post office, train station, round house, coal tower, water tower, saw mill and houses to accommodate around 200 people both railway and saw mill employees.

Brent today is basically a recreational camp site with some park services and is an access point to the interior of Algonquin Park (Brent access point). Brent operates seasonally with no permanent population. The village of Brent consists of 19 seasonal dwellings 14 of which are located in the east end (the rail yard) and the 5 in the west end (logging mill). A well preserved ranger station is located on the peninsula found at the eastern most edge of the village and a graveyard located beside the present day western most campsite number 2. There is no telephone or cellular phone access as it is too far to connect to the telephone system and is out of range of any cellular network. For travelers driving to Brent be sure to fill up your vehicle before making the voyage as there is no fuel station close by (nearset is Mattawa 100 Km away). Fuel in Brent if available is between $5.00 to $10.00 per litre. Brent is a no smoking village.

The Brent crater is located north of the village.


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