Hastings Highlands

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Hastings Highlands
Municipality of Hastings Highlands
Hastings Highlands is located in Southern Ontario
Hastings Highlands
Hastings Highlands
Coordinates: 45°14′N 77°56′W / 45.233°N 77.933°W / 45.233; -77.933Coordinates: 45°14′N 77°56′W / 45.233°N 77.933°W / 45.233; -77.933
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Hastings
Established January 1, 2001
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Vic A. Bodnar
 • Federal riding Prince Edward—Hastings
 • Prov. riding Prince Edward—Hastings
 • Land 972.35 km2 (375.43 sq mi)
 • Total 4,078
 • Density 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
K0L 2S0
Area code(s) 613 and 343
Website www.hastingshighlands.ca

Hastings Highlands is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Located in the northernmost portion of Hastings County, the township had a population of 4,078 in the 2016 Canadian census. Big Mink Lake is one of many lakes located in Hastings Highlands.


The township's administrative and commercial centre is the community of Maynooth, located at the junction of Highway 62 and Highway 127 north of Bancroft.

The township also comprises the communities of Baptiste, Bell Rapids, Birds Creek, Centreview, Graphite, Greenview, Hickey Settlement, Hughes, Hybla, Lake St. Peter, Maple Leaf, Maynooth Station, McAlpine Corners, McGarry Flats, Monteagle Valley, Musclow, Purdy, Scotch Bush, Scott Settlement and York River.


CNR station at Maynooth Station, c. 1971

Maynooth Station was a railway station built in 1907 by the Central Ontario Railway to serve the Maynooth area. The railway was acquired by Canadian Northern Railway which later became part of the Canadian National Railway. There are a few residences near the station. This section of railway was abandoned in 1984. Maynooth Station was 15.83 rail miles north of Bancroft and 7.91 miles by rail, northward to Lake St. Peter, and 15.87 miles to end of track.

The current municipality of Hastings Highlands was incorporated on January 1, 2001, by amalgamating the former townships of Bangor, Wicklow and McClure, Herschel and Monteagle.


Canada census – Hastings Highlands community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 4,078 (-2.2% from 2011) 4,168 (3.3% from 2006) 4,033 (1.0% from 2001)
Land area: 972.35 km2 (375.43 sq mi) 972.54 km2 (375.50 sq mi) 967.34 km2 (373.49 sq mi)
Population density: 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi) 4.3/km2 (11/sq mi) 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi)
Median age: 54.9 (M: 55.0, F: 54.9) 48.5 (M: 48.6, F: 48.4)
Total private dwellings: 3,684 3,522 3,671
Median household income: $55,552 $43,151
References: 2016[3] 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 3,829 —    
2001 3,992 +4.3%
2006 4,033 +1.0%
2011 4,168 +3.3%
2016 4,078 −2.2%

Prior to amalgamation (2001):

  • Population total in 1996: 3,829
    • Bangor, Wicklow and McClure: 1,154
    • Herschel: 1,407
    • Monteagle: 1,268
  • Population in 1991:
    • Bangor, Wicklow and McClure: 1,066
    • Herschel: 1,263
    • Monteagle: 1,273

Mother tongue:[8]* English as first language: 94.0%

  • French as first language: 1.0%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 5.0%


Each year on the Labour Day weekend Maynooth hosts a festival called 'Maynooth Madness' which includes the loggers games featuring local talents such as log-slicing with chainsaws and skidder operating competition. Also very popular is the 'Mud Dawg' competition involving a race through man made mud bogs. This event is usually held on the Sunday of the Labour Day Weekend. Maynooth has also become a destination for tourists as well as area residents for its myriad of downtown antique, gift, upcycle, art and artist shops. The Arlington Hotel boasts an International Hostel and is alive with music and various events year round.

In 2008, a group has formed with the intent of restoring the Maynooth Station and creating an interpretive centre therein. Fundraisers are held several times a year to make this dream a reality.

Lake St. Peter's economy is primarily based on tourism. One of the OFSC snowmobile trails passes through the community.[9]

The lakes also bring tourism to the area in the summer. Currently the community supports one restaurant, two churches, Lake St. Peter Provincial Park,[10] a general store and a post office.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Hastings Highlands census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Hastings Highlands, Municipality". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  8. ^ Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Hastings Highlands community profile
  9. ^ "OFSC District 6 Trail Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-03.
  10. ^ Lake St. Peter Provincial Park Archived 2008-08-06 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • Municipality of Hastings Highlands
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