Otonabee–South Monaghan

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Otonabee–South Monaghan
Township of Otonabee–South Monaghan
Municipal office in the hamlet of Keene[1]
Municipal office in the hamlet of Keene[1]
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
IncorporatedJanuary 1, 1998 (1998-01-01)
 • TypeTownship
 • ReeveJoe Taylor [2]
 • Federal ridingPeterborough
 • Prov. ridingPeterborough
 • Land347.13 km2 (134.03 sq mi)
 • Total6,670
 • Density19.2/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
K0L 2G0
Area code(s)705

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.

The hamlet of Keene was ranked "prettiest town in Canada" by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine.[citation needed] 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.


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.


Canada census – Otonabee–South Monaghan community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 6,670 (+1.4% from 2011) 6,660 (-2.2% from 2006) 6,934 (+4.0% from 2001)
Land area: 347.13 km2 (134.03 sq mi) 347.58 km2 (134.20 sq mi) 349.22 km2 (134.83 sq mi)
Population density: 19.2/km2 (50/sq mi) 19.2/km2 (50/sq mi) 19.9/km2 (52/sq mi)
Median age: 49.6 (M: 49.6, F: 49.6) 44.3 (M: 44.5, F: 44.2)
Total private dwellings: 2,944 2,851 2,851
Median household income: $79,760 $58,767
References: 2016[4] 2011[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]

Mother tongue:[6]

  • 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%
Otonabee–South Monaghan historical populations
2006 population would have been 6,812 using 2011 boundaries

Population prior to amalgamation (1998):

  • Total population in 1996: 6,749
    • Otonabee (township): 5,447
    • South Monaghan (township): 1,302
  • Population in 1991:
    • Otonabee (township): 5,368
    • South Monaghan (township): 1,259

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Keene". Natural Resources Canada. October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Otonabee South Monaghan Township election results 2018". Global News. October 13, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Otonabee-South Monaghan, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006
  9. ^ "Otonabee-South Monaghan census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved February 22, 2012.