Whitestone, Ontario

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Whitestone
Municipality (single-tier)
Municipality of Whitestone
Whitestone municipal office in Dunchurch
Whitestone municipal office in Dunchurch
Whitestone is located in Southern Ontario
Whitestone
Whitestone
Coordinates: 45°41′N 79°59′W / 45.683°N 79.983°W / 45.683; -79.983Coordinates: 45°41′N 79°59′W / 45.683°N 79.983°W / 45.683; -79.983
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Parry Sound
Incorporated 2000
Government
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Chris Armstrong
 • Federal riding Parry Sound—Muskoka
 • Prov. riding Parry Sound—Muskoka
Area[1]
 • Land 957.52 km2 (369.70 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 918
 • Density 1.0/km2 (3/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code P0A
Area code(s) 705
Website www.whitestone.ca
Dunchurch

Whitestone is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, as well as the name of a community within the township.

The township, located in the Parry Sound District, had a population of 918 in the 2011 Canadian census.

History[edit]

In 2000, the Municipality of Whitestone was formed out of Unorganized Centre Parry Sound District and incorporated by the Parry Sound District Restructuring Commission. The new municipality includes the geographic townships of East Burpee, Burton, McKenzie, Ferrie, Hagerman, and part of Croft, as well as the communities of Ardbeg, Dunchurch, Maple Island, and the village of Whitestone.

A popular attraction was once the Ardbeg fire tower, which was one of the last remaining manned towers in Southern Ontario until the early 1970s when aerial forest fire detection took over. It stood on a small hill where the road meets the railway.

Communities[edit]

The township comprises the communities of Ardbeg, Boakview, Bolger, Burton, Dunchurch, Fairholme, Lorimer Lake, Maple Island, South Magnetawan, Sunny Slope, Wahwashkesh, and Whitestone.

Geography[edit]

The municipality's vegetation is dominated by white pine trees, and the area is dotted with many lakes, including Wahwashkesh Lake, Shawanaga Lake, Whitestone Lake, and Lorimer Lake. The three major rivers are Magnetawan River, Shawanaga River, and Naiscoot River, all flowing west into Georgian Bay.

Demographics[edit]

Population trend:[2]

  • Population in 2011: 918 (2006 to 2011 population change: -10.9 %)
  • Population in 2006: 1030
  • Population in 2001: 853
  • Population in 1996: 802 (adjusted for 2001 boundaries)

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 416 (total dwellings: 1093)

Mother tongue:[3]

  • English as first language: 88.4%
  • French as first language: 2.9%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 8.7%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2011 Census Profile
  2. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profile". 

External links[edit]