Otonabee–South Monaghan

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Otonabee–South Monaghan
Township (lower-tier)
Township of Otonabee–South Monaghan
Municipal office in Keene
Municipal office in Keene
Otonabee–South Monaghan is located in Southern Ontario
Otonabee–South Monaghan
Otonabee–South Monaghan
Coordinates: 44°14′N 78°14′W / 44.233°N 78.233°W / 44.233; -78.233Coordinates: 44°14′N 78°14′W / 44.233°N 78.233°W / 44.233; -78.233
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Peterborough
Incorporated January 1, 1998
 • Type Township
 • Reeve Dave Nelson
 • Federal riding Peterborough
 • Prov. riding Peterborough
 • Land 347.58 km2 (134.20 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,660
 • Density 19.2/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code K0L 2G0
Area code(s) 705
Website www.osmtownship.ca

Otonabee–South Monaghan is a township in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, in Peterborough County. The township, located along the Trent-Severn Waterway, was formed on January 1, 1998, through the amalgamation of Otonabee and South Monaghan Townships.


The township comprises the communities of Assumption, Bailieboro, Bensfort, Bensfort Bridge, Blezard, Cameron, Campbelltown, Drummond, Hall Landing, Indian River, Jermyn, Keene, Lang, Mathers Corners, Pengelly Landing, Pleasant Point, Stewart Hall, Villiers, Wallace Point and Zion.

Keene was ranked "prettiest town in Canada" by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine. It has interesting shops, artisans, gardens, and history, with fishing and camping or resorts close at hand.


The main attraction in the area is the Serpent Mounds Campgrounds and Historical Site. It has an effigy mound in the shape of a snake, constructed as an earthwork nearly 2,000 years ago by indigenous peoples of the Hopewell culture. Formerly a Provincial Park, the government returned the site to the Hiawatha First Nation as a historically significant burial ground for the Native people.

In addition to the mounds and campgrounds, the park also has a groomed beach for swimming and several kilometers of walking and biking trails. Another popular pastime in the area is fishing. Rice Lake is known to many as a great spot for some boating and fishing. There are also several resorts with water access points.


Keene has a school of approximately 600 students called North Shore Public School. This school is the main elementary school for families in Keene, as well as those on outlying farms. North Shore is a feeder school for Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. South Monaghan Public School, located in Bailieboro, is another elementary school in the township. A feeder school of Crestwood Secondary School is in Peterborough.


The area is served by the small Keene/Elmhirst's Resort Airport and Keene/Elmhirst's Resort Water Aerodrome.


Lang Pioneer Village Museum is a living history museum located in the hamlet of Lang. Lang Pioneer Village is owned and operated by the County of Peterborough and is open to the public from approximately mid-May to mid-September. In addition to the regular season, Lang Pioneer Village offers various education programs and hosts a number of popular special events throughout the summer and fall seasons.


Mother tongue:[2]

  • English as first language: 93.1%
  • French as first language: 0.9%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 6.0%

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 6660
  • Population in 2006: 6934 (or 6812 when adjusted for 2011 boundaries)
  • Population in 2001: 6669
  • Population in 1996:
    • Otonabee (township): 5447
    • South Monaghan (township): 1302
  • Population in 1991:
    • Otonabee (township): 5368
    • South Monaghan (township): 1259

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Otonabee-South Monaghan census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census