Harrow, Ontario

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Harrow is a community located in the town of Essex, Essex County, Ontario, Canada.


First known as Munger's Corners after John Munger, the first postmaster, the town was renamed by John O'Connor in 1857 for the exclusive Harrow School in London.[1]

Hiram Walker, of Canadian Club Whisky fame, is credited with putting Harrow on the map. Walker built the railway, which brought grain from the south end of the county into the city for use in his distillery. The tracks remained for over 100 years, and were removed in 1992. The line became the Chrysler Canada Greenway, part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Walker's distillation operations remained in Harrow until 2009, when the Canbar, Inc cooperage closed.


Though early settlers were mostly German, a thriving community of Portuguese came later and still remain. Today Harrow is a community situated along scenic County Road 20 that offers shops and places for antique hunters. Attractions include Colio Winery and historic John R. Park Homestead.

Harrow has organized and hosted an annual agricultural fair every Labour Day weekend for over 150 years, and many people from Essex County and other parts of Ontario attend. Highlights of the fair include a mom calling contest, a pie auction, "bossy" bingo and a tractor pull. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre is also located in Harrow. Atlas Tube, a unit of Zekelman Industries, owned by the Zekelman family,[2] is located on the outskirts of town.


The 2001 Census was the last Canadian census to record demographic statistics for Harrow as a separate community. In the 2006 Census, statistics were published only for Essex.

For 2001 census:[3]

Population: 2,935 (+4.6% from 1996)
Land area: 2.75 km²
Population density: 1,067.3 people/km²
Median age: 35.6 (males: 34.2, females: 37.1)
Total private dwellings: 1,075
Mean household income: $29,932


  1. ^ Rayburn, Alan (1997). Place names of Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 151. ISBN 0-8020-7207-0. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Business sale makes Zekelman a billion-dollar man". The Windsor Star. August 14, 2008. Archived from the original on August 18, 2008.
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2010-09-10.

Coordinates: 42°02′N 82°55′W / 42.033°N 82.917°W / 42.033; -82.917