Severn, Ontario

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Township of Severn
The Trent-Severn Waterway in Port Severn.
The Trent-Severn Waterway in Port Severn.
Severn is located in Simcoe County
Severn is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°45′N 79°31′W / 44.750°N 79.517°W / 44.750; -79.517Coordinates: 44°45′N 79°31′W / 44.750°N 79.517°W / 44.750; -79.517
Country Canada
Province Ontario
IncorporatedJanuary 1, 1994
 • MayorMike Burkett
 • MPsBruce Stanton
 • MPPsJill Dunlop
 • Land549.75 km2 (212.26 sq mi)
69 m (226 ft)
 • Total13,477
 • Density24.5/km2 (63/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)705

Severn is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada, located between Lake Couchiching, and the Severn River (both are part of the Trent–Severn Waterway) in Simcoe County.


The township comprises the communities of Amigo Beach, Ardtrea, Buckskin, Buena Vista Park, Burnside, Carlyon, Coldwater, Cumberland Beach, Fesserton, Hamlet, Hampshire Mills, Happyland, Hawkins Corner, Hydro Glen, Lovering, Maple Valley, Marchmont, Menoke Beach, Mordolphin, Mount Stephen, Port Severn, Port Stanton, Scarlet Park, Severn Bridge, Severn Falls, Sparrow Lake, Swift Rapids, Uhthoff, the Uhthoff Hunt Camp, Wilson Point, and Washago.


Chief John Aisance and his band of Chippewas (also known as Ojibwa) settled along the Coldwater River in 1830, calling the place Gissinausebing, which means "cold water." They built a grist mill on the site in 1833, which the Native people owned until 1849. In 1835 a post office was established, and the community was called Coldwater.

Coldwater was opened to European settlement in 1836, and was incorporated as a village in 1908. Three weekly newspapers have been published in the community: the Coldwater Planet (1896 to 1928), the Coldwater News (1895 to 1956); and the Coldwater Canadian in 1956.

At the mouth of the Severn River, another community sprang up. The residents called it Severn Mills after a sawmill was built there around 1850. Lumber from this area was sent out on ships. The village was renamed to Port Severn in 1868. In 1875, the Georgian Bay Lumber Co. was formed, soon to become the major lumber producer in the Severn River watershed.

The settlement expanded rapidly over the next 20 years. In 1896, the mill was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Since the timber supply in the area had been greatly reduced, the mill was not rebuilt and the population of the village began to decline. With the completion of the Trent–Severn Waterway in this area in 1915, economic activity shifted from lumber to tourism.

The current township of Severn was founded on January 1, 1994, as part of the restructuring of Simcoe County, by amalgamating the village of Coldwater with the townships of Matchedash and Orillia, plus portions of the townships of Medonte and Tay.


Canada census – Severn, Ontario community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 13,477 (+8.9% from 2011) 12,377 (+2.9% from 2006) 12,030 (+8.0% from 2001)
Land area: 549.75 km2 (212.26 sq mi) 549.90 km2 (212.32 sq mi) 534.78 km2 (206.48 sq mi)
Population density: 24.5/km2 (63/sq mi) 22.5/km2 (58/sq mi) 22.5/km2 (58/sq mi)
Median age: 49.1 (M: 48.8, F: 49.3) 44.3 (M: 44.5, F: 44.1)
Total private dwellings: 6,927 6,643 6,491
Median household income: $77,009 $57,638
References: 2016[3] 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Severn Ontario
Historical populations

Notable people[edit]

In film[edit]

  • The television series, Paradise Falls, was shot in the township between 2001–2008. Port Stanton, Severn Falls and various locations around Sparrow Lake were used.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Severn census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Severn, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.

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