Renfrew County

For the historic County of Renfrew in Scotland, see Renfrewshire.
Renfrew County
County (upper-tier)
County of Renfrew

The administration building of the county government

Location of Renfrew County
Coordinates: 45°40′N 77°15′W / 45.667°N 77.250°W / 45.667; -77.250Coordinates: 45°40′N 77°15′W / 45.667°N 77.250°W / 45.667; -77.250
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Established 1861
County seat Pembroke (independent)
  Land 7,419.00 km2 (2,864.49 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
  Total 107,169
  Density 22.7/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 613 and 343

Renfrew is a county in the Canadian province of Ontario. There are 17 municipalities in the county.


The seat of county government is in Pembroke, a city that is politically independent of the county. In 2006, the county – along with Pembroke – was represented at the Canadian House of Commons as part of the riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke.


Renfrew County is known for its lakeside cottages and white-water rafting along the Ottawa River, and has more than 900 lakes.[2] It is located in the subregion of Southern Ontario named Eastern Ontario. Renfrew County is also the largest county in terms of area in Ontario, ahead of Hastings County.


The county seat, the city Pembroke, is politically independent.

Original townships


The figures below are for the Renfrew census division, which combines Renfrew County, Pembroke and the Pikwakanagan First Nations Reserve.

Canada census – Renfrew County community profile
2011 2006 2001
Population: 101,326 (3.9% from 2006) 97,545 (2.5% from 2001) 95,138 (-1.1% from 1996)
Land area: 7,440.81 km2 (2,872.91 sq mi) 7,403.46 km2 (2,858.49 sq mi) 7,403.60 km2 (2,858.55 sq mi)
Population density: 13.6/km2 (35/sq mi) 13.2/km2 (34/sq mi) 12.9/km2 (33/sq mi)
Median age: 42.1 (M: 41.1, F: 43.1) 39.2 (M: 38.3, F: 40.1)
Total private dwellings: 48,229 46,533 44,528
Median household income:
References: 2011[1] 2006[3] 2001[4]

Arts and culture

At Wilno, Ontario Canada's Kashubian community celebrates their heritage.


The county is home to CFB Petawawa and gives its name to The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Renfrew County census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
  2. Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada located in the Ottawa Valley, County of Renfrew
  3. "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
  4. "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
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