Quinte West

Quinte West
City (single-tier)
City of Quinte West

Dundas Street in Trenton
Quinte West
Coordinates: 44°11′N 77°34′W / 44.183°N 77.567°W / 44.183; -77.567Coordinates: 44°11′N 77°34′W / 44.183°N 77.567°W / 44.183; -77.567
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Hastings
Settled 1780s
Incorporated 1998
  Type City
  Mayor Jim Harrison
  Federal riding Bay of Quinte
  Prov. riding Northumberland—Quinte West
  Land 494.15 km2 (190.79 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 43,086
  Density 87.2/km2 (226/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code FSA K0K, K8V
Area code(s) 613
Website www.city.quintewest.on.ca

Quinte West is a city, geographically located in but administratively separated from Hastings County, in Southern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the western end of the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario. The Lake Ontario terminus of the Trent–Severn Waterway is located in the municipality.[2]

Quinte West was formed through the amalgamation of the city of Trenton, the village of Frankford and the townships of Murray and Sidney on January 1, 1998. Trenton is the largest community and serves as the administrative and commercial centre.


In addition to Trenton and Frankford, the district of Quinte West, also includes the communities of Barcovan Beach, Batawa, Bayside, Chatterton, German's Landing, Glenn Miller, Glen Ross, Halloway, Johnstown, Lovett, Madoc Junction, Maple View, Mount Zion, Oak Lake, River Valley, Roseland Acres, Spencers Landing, Stockdale, Tuftsville, Twelve O'Clock Point, Wallbridge and Wooler.

Frankford was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s when settler Abel Scott built a grist mill along the Trent River. The settlement went under a number of names, including Scott's Mills, Cold Creek and Manchester. The settlement was named Frankford after Sir Francis Bond Head, the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. Frankford was incorporated as a village in 1920.


Quinte West is home to 8 Wing Trenton, the Canadian Armed Forces primary air transportation hub. Many of Canadian military operations in Afghanistan are carried out from this base. It also serves as the area's biggest employer. 8 Wing CFB Trenton is the largest Air Base for the Royal Canadian Air Force and is available for commercial flights for passenger and cargo uses, by prior arrangement with DND. There is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) office located on site for international flights. Airport facilities include snow removal, crash response, fire fighting and rescue services, 24-hour-a-day air traffic control tower, fully equipped airfield navigational and visual approach to a paved runway of over 10,000 feet which can accommodate 747 and C5A classes of aircraft. Quinte businesses can use 8 Wing CFB Trenton as a convenient way to access customers, head office officials, suppliers and other business contacts.

In May 2010, Quinte West formally welcomed Toronto-based Metro Paper Industries Tissue Group set up a manufacturing facility of converted paper products at Quinte West. Earlier, this facility was operated by Pepsi Quaker Oats which was subsequently shut down.

Quinte West is also home to Nestle Canada Inc., Electro Cables Inc., Globamed Inc., Canadian Blast Freezers, Trenton Cold Storage Group, Deca Cables Inc., Domtech Inc., Drossbach North America, Fracan Ltd., L3 Communications Spar Aerospace Ltd., L3 Communications- CMRO, Norampac Inc., Quality Custom Blending, Research Casting International, Saputo Foods, and Quinn & Quinn Inc., just to name a few.


The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are the local law enforcement authority. The current mayor of the city is Jim Harrison.


Census Population
1871 1,796
1881 3,042
1891 4,364
1901 4,217
1911 3,988
1921 5,902
1931 6,276
1941 8,183
1951 10,085
1961 13,183
1971 14,589
1981 15,085
1991 16,908
2001 41,409
2006 42,697
Canada census – Quinte West community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 43,086 (0.9% from 2006) 42,697 (3.2% from 2001) 41,409 (-0.6% from 1996)
Land area: 494.15 km2 (190.79 sq mi) 493.85 km2 (190.68 sq mi) 499.14 km2 (192.72 sq mi)
Population density: 87.2/km2 (226/sq mi) 86.5/km2 (224/sq mi) 83.0/km2 (215/sq mi)
Median age: 41.2 (M: 40.5, F: 41.7) 38.3 (M: 37.8, F: 38.9)
Total private dwellings: 18,236 17,612 16,946
Median household income: $55,564 $46,696
Notes: 2001 population adjusted for 2006 boundaries is 41,366. – References: 2011[3] 2006[4] 2001[5]

Religion and language

Christ Church (Anglican), Glenn Miller

The population of Quinte West is largely Christian, although a small Jewish community exists in Quinte West and the surrounding area, with a synagogue operating in neighbouring Belleville. There is also a small Muslim community, again, with the mosque in Belleville.

Quinte West is predominantly English speaking, but because of the military base bringing in families from the French-speaking parts of the country, there is a fairly large French-speaking neighbourhood in Trenton.

Public schools

The Public school system is served by the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB), which classifies Bayside Secondary School (Quinte West) and Bayside Public School in Belleville, but they are actually geographically located in Bayside, which is a borough of Quinte West.

Public secondary schools:

Public elementary schools:

French Catholic elementary school:


Trenton is the official community of license for one radio station, CJTN-FM, although the station broadcasts from studios in Belleville. The city has its own edition of the regional community newspaper EMC, Osprey Media publishes the community newspaper The Trentonian, and CFB Trenton has its own Canadian Forces newspaper, the Contact.

Emergency services

Quinte West is served by 1 EMS station by Hastings-Quinte EMS in Trenton, Ontario.


  1. 1 2 "Quinte West census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  2. Angus, James T. A Respectable Ditch: A History of the Trent-Severn Waterway 1833-1920. McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 1988.
  3. "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  4. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  5. "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
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