Bonnechere Valley

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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 Southern 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
 • 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 3,674 in the Canada 2016 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.


Canada census – Bonnechere Valley community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 3674 (-2.4% from 2011) 3763 (2.7% from 2006) 3665 (2.1% from 2001)
Land area: 593.75 km2 (229.25 sq mi) 593.19 km2 (229.03 sq mi) 589.87 km2 (227.75 sq mi)
Population density: 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi) 6.3/km2 (16/sq mi) 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
Median age: 47.6 (M: 46.8, F: 48.5) 46.9 (M: 46.8, F: 47.1)
Total private dwellings: 2226 2195
Median household income: $42,856
References: 2016[3] 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]


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