North Glengarry, Ontario

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North Glengarry
Township of North Glengarry
North Glengarry is located in Southern Ontario
North Glengarry
North Glengarry
Coordinates: 45°20′N 74°44′W / 45.333°N 74.733°W / 45.333; -74.733Coordinates: 45°20′N 74°44′W / 45.333°N 74.733°W / 45.333; -74.733
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CountyStormont, Dundas and Glengarry
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorJamie MacDonald
 • Federal ridingGlengarry—Prescott—Russell
 • Prov. ridingGlengarry—Prescott—Russell
 • Land643.46 km2 (248.44 sq mi)
 • Total10,109
 • Density15.7/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)613 343 Edit this at Wikidata

North Glengarry is a township in eastern Ontario, Canada, in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. It is a predominantly rural area located between Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Cornwall.


The township of North Glengarry comprises a number of villages and hamlets, including the following communities:

  • Kenyon Township: Apple Hill, Dominionville, Dunvegan, Greenfield, Maxville (population 853); Athol, Baltic Corners, Dornie, Fiskes Corners, Fassifern, Guaytown, Laggan, McCrimmon, St. Elmo, Stewarts Glen; Fairview, Skye
  • Lochiel Township: Alexandria (population 3,287), Dalkeith, Glen Robertson, Glen Sandfield, Lochiel; Breadalbane, Brodie, Kirkhill, Lochinvar, Lorne, McCormick, Pine Grove

The township administrative offices are located in Alexandria.

Alexandria is served five or six times a day by the Montreal-Ottawa Via Rail trains which almost all stop at Alexandria station in each direction. Commuter buses provide daily services from Maxville and area to Ottawa-Gatineau. Maxville was served by Via Rail until October 2011.[citation needed]


The area was originally settled in 1792 as part of the historic Glengarry County in which many Scottish emigrants settled from all over the Scottish Highlands due to the Highland Clearances. This first wave of heavy migration lasted till 1816, emigration still continued afterwards into the early 20th century but in a slower pace. Many of these migrants came from the Inverness-shire area of Scotland specifically. Canadian Gaelic / Scottish Gaelic has been a spoken language in the area for over four centuries [1792?]. Kenyon, which was part of Charlottenburgh Township until 1798, was named for British judge and politician Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon, and Lochiel, which was part of Lancaster Township until 1818, was named for the Lochiels of Clan Cameron.

Alexandria and its nucleus Priest's Mill, built in 1819, were named for the Catholic priest Alexander Macdonell, who resided at St. Raphael's and later became the first bishop of Kingston.[3][4]

Development in the region was significantly spurred by the development of a railway link between Ottawa and Montreal in the early 1880s. Maxville, Alexandria and Glen Robertson, in particular, became key railway hubs for farmers in the area.

Maxville was first incorporated as a village separate from Kenyon Township in 1892, and Alexandria was separated from Lochiel Township in the early 1900s.

The township of North Glengarry was established on January 1, 1998, with the amalgamation of the former Townships of Kenyon and Lochiel, along with the Village of Maxville and the Town of Alexandria.


Historical census populations
1986 10,041—    
1991 10,675+6.3%
1996 10,801+1.2%
2001 10,589−2.0%
2006 10,635+0.4%
2011 10,251−3.6%
2016 10,109−1.4%
Population amounts prior to 2001 is total of Kenyon TP, Lochiel TP, Maxville VL, and Alexandria T.
Canada census – North Glengarry, Ontario community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 10,109 (-1.4% from 2011) 10,251 (-3.6% from 2006) 10,635 (0.4% from 2001)
Land area: 643.46 km2 (248.44 sq mi) 643.69 km2 (248.53 sq mi) 642.40 km2 (248.03 sq mi)
Population density: 15.7/km2 (41/sq mi) 15.9/km2 (41/sq mi) 16.6/km2 (43/sq mi)
Median age: 50.5 (M: 50.0, F: 50.9) 47.2 (M: 46.6, F: 47.8) 43.8 (M: 43.3, F: 44.4)
Total private dwellings: 4,658 4,610 4,553
Median household income: $71,605 $23,497
References: 2016[5] 2011[6] 2006[7] earlier[8]

60% francophones and 40% anglophones.


Massed bands at the Glengarry Highland Games

Maxville (population 853) hosts the annual Glengarry Highland Games, one of North America's largest festivals of Scottish culture, on the first long weekend in August. The Glengarry Highland Games include traditional Scottish events such as the caber toss, tug of war, and the sheaf toss.

Maxville hosts a country fair at the end of June that include a classic and new automobile show, homecraft prizes, Western performances, a holstein show including 4-H showmanship, a hunter horse and hunter pony show, a talent show, a midway, laser tag and a demolition derby.


The Alexandria Glens of the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 play out of the Glengarry Sports Palace (Billy Gebbie Arena) in Alexandria. The Glens Join the CCHL2 new league in 2015. The Glens played in the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League until 2014-15 Season.

The Glens won the 2007 EOJBHL Championship, defeating the Gatineau Mustangs in 7 games in the final. This marks the first time a team outside of the Metro Division of EOJBHL has won the Carson Trophy as league champions in over half a decade. This marks the Glens first Junior "B" Championship.

The Glens won the 2008 EOJBHL Championship, defeating the Ottawa West Golden Knights in 6 games in the final. This marks the first time a team the St-Lawrence Division has won the Carson Trophy back to back as league champions. This marks the Glens Second Junior "B" Championship.

The Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League used to play in Maxville.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics Canada. 2017. North Glengarry, TP [Census subdivision], Ontario and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, UC [Census division], Ontario (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017. (accessed February 23, 2019).
  2. ^ Statistics Canada. 2017. North Glengarry, TP [Census subdivision], Ontario and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, UC [Census division], Ontario (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017. (accessed February 23, 2019).
  3. ^ J. A. MacDonell: A Sketch of the Life of the Honourable and Right Reverend Alexander MacDonell, Alexandria ON 1890, p. 35, note
  4. ^ Main Street Glengarry County, p. 6, p. 13
  5. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.

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