Renfrew County

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Renfrew County
County (upper-tier)
County of Renfrew
The administration building of the county government
The administration building of the county government
Location of Renfrew County
Location of Renfrew County
Coordinates: 45°40′N 77°15′W / 45.667°N 77.250°W / 45.667; -77.250Coordinates: 45°40′N 77°15′W / 45.667°N 77.250°W / 45.667; -77.250
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Established 1861
County seat Pembroke (independent)
 • Land 7,419.00 km2 (2,864.49 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 107,169
 • Density 22.7/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 613 and 343

Renfrew is a county in the Canadian province of Ontario. There are 17 municipalities in the county.


The seat of county government is in Pembroke, a city that is politically independent of the county. In 2006, the county – along with Pembroke – was represented at the Canadian House of Commons as part of the riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke.


Renfrew County is known for its lakeside cottages and white-water rafting along the Ottawa River, and has more than 900 lakes.[2] It is located in the subregion of Southern Ontario named Eastern Ontario. Renfrew County is also the largest county in terms of area in Ontario, ahead of Hastings County.


The county seat, the city Pembroke, is politically independent.

Original townships[edit]

Entering Renfrew County from Quebec on QC148
  • Admaston (Now part of Admaston Bromley)
  • Alice (Now part of Laurentian Valley)
  • Bagot (Now part of Greater Madawaska)
  • Blythfield (Now part of Greater Madawaska)
  • Bromley (Now part of Admaston Bromley)
  • Brougham (Now part of Greater Madawaska)
  • Brudenell (Now part of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan)
  • Buchanan (Now part of the Town of Laurentian Hills)
  • Burns (Now part of Madawaska Valley)
  • Clara (Now part of Head, Clara, and Maria)
  • Fraser (Now part of Laurentian Valley)
  • Grattan (Now part of Bonnechere Valley)
  • Griffith (Now part of Greater Madawaska)
  • Hagarty (Now part of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards)
  • Head (Now part of Head, Clara and Maria)
  • Horton (Still exists)
  • Jones (Now part of Madawaska Valley)
  • Lyndoch (Now part of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan)
  • Maria (Now part of Head, Clara and Maria)
  • Matawatchan (Now part of Greater Madawaska)
  • McKay (Now part of the Town of Laurentian Hills)
  • McNab (Now McNab/Braeside)
  • North Algona (Now part of North Algona-Wilberforce)
  • Pembroke (Now part of Laurentian Valley)
  • Petawawa (Now the Town of Petawawa)
  • Radcliffe (Now part of Madawaska Valley)
  • Raglan (Now part of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan)
  • Richards (Now part of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards)
  • Rolph (Now part of the Town of Laurentian Hills)
  • Ross (Now part of Whitewater Region)
  • Sebastopol (Now part of Bonnechere Valley)
  • Sherwood (Now part of Madawaska Valley)
  • South Algona (Now part of Bonnechere Valley)
  • Stafford (Now part of Laurentian Valley)
  • Westmeath (Now part of Whitewater Region)
  • Wilberforce (Now part of North Algona-Wilberforce)
  • Wylie (Now part of the Town of Laurentian Hills)


The figures below are for the Renfrew census division, which combines Renfrew County, Pembroke and the Pikwakanagan First Nations Reserve.

Canada census – Renfrew County community profile
2011 2006
Population: 101,326 (3.9% from 2006) 97,545 (2.5% from 2001)
Land area: 7,440.81 km2 (2,872.91 sq mi) 7,403.46 km2 (2,858.49 sq mi)
Population density: 13.6/km2 (35/sq mi) 13.2/km2 (34/sq mi)
Median age: 42.1 (M: 41.1, F: 43.1)
Total private dwellings: 48,229 46,533
Median household income:
References: 2011[1] 2006[3] earlier[4]

Arts and culture[edit]

At Wilno, Ontario Canada's Kashubian community celebrates their heritage.


The county is home to CFB Petawawa and gives its name to The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Renfrew County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-19.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada located in the Ottawa Valley, County of Renfrew
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 

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