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Township of McNab/Braeside
Countryside near Braeside
Countryside near Braeside
"Fair Is The Land, Strong The People"
McNab/Braeside is located in Renfrew County
McNab/Braeside is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 45°27′N 76°30′W / 45.450°N 76.500°W / 45.450; -76.500
Country Canada
Province Ontario
IncorporationJanuary 1, 1998 (1998-01-01)
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorMark Mackenzie
 • Land255.74 km2 (98.74 sq mi)
 • Total7,178
 • Density28.1/km2 (73/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)613, 343
Burnstown along the Madawaska River.

McNab/Braeside is a township in eastern Ontario, Canada, on the south shore of Chats Lake (part of the Ottawa River), straddling the lower Madawaska River in Renfrew County.

The township was created on January 1, 1998, when the Village of Braeside amalgamated with McNab Township.


McNab township was created in 1825, comprising roughly 80,000 acres of unsettled land, covering the current Town of Arnprior and Township of McNab/Braeside. It was granted by the government ("Family Compact") to Archibald 13th Laird of McNab (1779-1860), who had fled from his debts in Scotland. He promised to settle it with Highland clansmen, and the first group of eighty-four settlers arrived the same year, 1825. McNab ruled with an iron fist over the Scottish settlers. Only after eighteen years of petitions, court battles, and appeals was his grip loosened when the government finally began issuing Crown grants to the settlers. His feudal powers removed, the Laird eventually sold his lands to the government and returned to Europe in 1852, never to return.

Braeside was named in 1872 by W.J. McDonald probably for Braeside, Greenock in Inverclyde, Scotland.[2]


In addition to the main town of Braeside, the township also comprises the communities of Burnstown, Clay Bank, Clay Valley, Dewars, Glasgow Station, Goshen, Lochwinnoch (partially), Lundys Corners, Pine Grove, Sand Point, Stewartville, Rhoddy’s Bay, Waba and White Lake.


  • Mark MacKenzie (2022-see note re:self suspension ) [3]
  • Lori Hoddinott (2022-2026) Deputy Mayor
  • Tom Peckett (2014–2022)[4]
  • Mary M. Campbell (2006–2014)[4]

In December 2023, the township's council voted to suspend Mayor Mackenzie's pay for 60 days following a report by the integrity commissioner that found Mackenzie had threatened and intimidated both staff and council colleagues. On April 16, 2024, Mackenzie decided to suspend himself for 60 days, stating he is no longer comfortable being the face of the township.[5]


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, McNab/Braeside had a population of 7,591 living in 3,036 of its 3,235 total private dwellings, a change of 5.8% from its 2016 population of 7,178. With a land area of 255.28 km2 (98.56 sq mi), it had a population density of 29.7/km2 (77.0/sq mi) in 2021.[6]

Canada census – McNab/Braeside community profile
Population7,591 (+5.8% from 2016)7,178 (-2.6% from 2011)7,371 (2.1% from 2006)
Land area255.28 km2 (98.56 sq mi)255.76 km2 (98.75 sq mi)255.74 km2 (98.74 sq mi)
Population density29.7/km2 (77/sq mi)28.1/km2 (73/sq mi)28.8/km2 (75/sq mi)
Median age48.0 (M: 46.8, F: 48.4)47.5 (M: 46.9, F: 48.1)
Private dwellings3,235 (total)  3,036 (occupied)3,125 (total)  3,061 (total) 
Median household income$99,000$81,067
References: 2021[7] 2016[8] 2011[9] earlier[10][11]
historical populations

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "McNab/Braeside census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  2. ^ Rayburn, Alan (1997). Place names of Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 41. ISBN 0-8020-7207-0. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Mayor Mark MacKenzie - Township of McNab/Braeside".
  4. ^ a b Carter, John (2014-10-27). "McNab-Braeside council ousted". Arnprior Chronicle-Guide. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
  5. ^ Mills, Stu (April 16, 2024). "Back from suspension, rural township's mayor says he's now suspending himself". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  7. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  10. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "McNab/Braeside census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  13. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996 census
  14. ^ Lecocq, Thelma (April 1, 1944). "D.C.C. of the C.P.R." Maclean's. Archived from the original on July 5, 2020. Retrieved July 5, 2020.

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