- Renfrew, Ontario
official_name = Town of Renfrew
mapsize = 230px
map_caption = Location of Renfrew in the province of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Renfrew
leader_title = Mayor
Sandra J. Heins(2007) [http://www.renfrewontario.com/clerk/council/council.htm Town Council of Renfrew, Ontario] ]
leader_title1 = Reeve
established_title = Established
established_title2 = Incorporated
July 27, 1858
unit_pref = Metric
area_total_km2 = 12.77
area_footnotes = cite web | url = http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/profiles/community/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3547048&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=Renfrew&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All
title = Statistics Canada 2006 Community Profiles - Renfrew (Town)
Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population
accessdate = 2007-04-13]
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 7,846
population_density_km2 = 614.4
population_blank1 = 3,686
population_blank2_title = Pop. Growth
population_blank2 = -1.7% in 2001
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
postal_code_type = Postal code span
postal_code = K7V
area_code = (613)-432, 433, 570
website = [http://www.renfrewontario.com/ renfrewontario.com]
latd=45 |latm=28 |lats=18 |latNS=N
longd=76 |longm=40 |longs=59 |longEW=W
Ontario, Canadais a townon the Bonnechere Riverin Renfrew County, located in Eastern Ontario.
Named after the town of Renfrew in
Scotland. Renfrew was settled largely in part to logging in the area in the early 1800s, and used the river in order to drive the lumber to locations such as Ottawa. This heritage was once celebrated every July with the Lumber Baron Festival until recent years.
Renfrew and the surrounding Township of Horton is at the intersection of the
Bonnechere Riverand the Ottawa Riverin the Ottawa Valley. Renfrew is at the intersection of provincial Highway 17, Highway 60, and Highway 132. Renfrew is also a stop on the Greyhound Busroute between Ottawa and North Bay.
Much of Renfrew's current prosperity comes from being the commercial centre for over 30,000 residents of the surrounding small towns and rural region, with over 450 small service or commercial businesses in the 2001 municipal census [http://www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/municipalities/renfrew.htm Renfrew County Fact Sheet – Renfrew] ] . In addition, Renfrew is an easy rest or activity stop for Ottawa-based cottagers and outdoor enthusiasts passing by on their way to nearby
whitewater rafting, boating, camping, hunting, golfing, fishing, snowmobiling, down-hill skiing, and cross-country skiing. However, the area's largest single employers are the Renfrew Victoria Hospitaland the Bonnechere Manor, and additional retirement facilities have opened since the census. In addition to numerous small employers, there are also several moderate sized manufacturing facilities employing several hundred people; Scapa Tapes Renfrew, formerly Renfrew Tapemakes products such as hockey tape that is used across North America and the duct tapebrand featured on the discontinued Red Green Show. In addition, Times Fibre Canadaand Madawaska Hardwood Flooringhave manufacturing facilities in town, and recently Teletechopened a large North America-wide call centre in the former Renfrew mall. Renfrew is also home to many successful small businesses. Between 2000 and 2005, a major portion of Refrew's retail business, and the associated customer services jobs, shifted from the west-end Renfrew mall to the east-end formally-industrial park due to the opening of several major big-box and smaller retail stores just off Highway 17.
Despite the apparent prosperity, Statistics Canada reported the average earnings of Renfrew residents in 2000 as $35,811, or roughly 31% lower than the provincial average and 5% lower than the county average [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/profil01/CP01/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=3547048&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=Renfrew&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= Statistics Canada Community Profile - Renfrew - 2001] ] . Further, the town reports, relative to the population size and compared to the province as a whole, fewer positions in management, business, finance, administration and natural or applied sciences, while there was greater than the provincial rates of occupation in sales and service, trades, transport and equipment operators, processing, manufacturing and utilities .
* The Renfrew Mercury
* The Renfrew Weekender
* My FM ( [http://www.myfmradio.ca/ external link] )
* Valley Heritage Radio ( [http://www.valleyheritageradio.ca/ external link] )The
O'Brien Theatrewas a balconied and elegantly decorated town landmark that was converted from a live theatre to a movie theatre, then upgraded in the 1990s to accommodate two screens, but maintains much of the original appeal.
* Renfrew is the annual host and sponsor of the
Ottawa Valley Lumber Barron Festival, a celebration of the towns roots in the logging industry. The Lumber Barron Festival would later become known as Valleyfest, dropping its historical roots.
* The Renfrew Fair has been drawing mixed crowds for decades with its rides, competitions, demolition derby, musical acts and livestock showcase. The fair takes place one the second weekend of every September and lasts from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.
*In recent years local farm-owner Andy Taylor has hosted
FarmJam, a twelve-hour festival featuring varying musical acts.
*In 2008 Renfrew will be 150 years old.They will celebrate with a year-long celebration.Begins on January 1,2008.Ends on December 31,2008.
*In 2009 Renfrew will host the 18th annual Ontario Swingers Festival.
Famous people from Renfrew
*Professional ice hockey player, member of NHL, Hall of Fame inductee "Terrible" Ted Lindsay
*Professional NHL ice hockey players
Lorne Anderson, Archie Brydonand Bill Brydge
W. H. Daviesfamous Welsh "tramp-poet" lost his foot trying to jump a freight train at Renfrew on the evening of March 20 1899. He was subsequently cared for at the local hospital, to which he was forever indebted.
Renfrew's museum, the McDougall Mill Museum
John Lorn McDougall, politician and fur trader, built the mill in 1855 by the
Bonnechere Rivernear the town landmark Swinging Bridge and overlooking natural rapids below the Ontario Hydrogenerating station. It has been converted into a museum, sometimes referred to as 'Renfrew Museum', not to be confused with museums of that name in Pennsylvania and Scotland. The [http://www.renfrewmuseum.ca/content.htm McDougall Mill Museum] houses pioneer tools and machinery, a military section, a doll exhibit, as well as toys, Victorian clothing and household items. [ [http://www.ottawavalleyguide.ca/mcdougallmill.html Ottawa Valley Guide: McDougall Mill.] Retrieved 21 August 2007.]
Michael John O'Brien
*The Story of Renfrew. From the Coming of the First Settlers about 1820 to 1928. By W. E. Smallfield, Rev. Robert Campbell, D.Sc., William Smallfield, ISBN 1-894378-42-3
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