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This page is about the Municipality of Tweed, for the village see Tweed, Ontario (village).
Tweed
—  Township  —
Main street in Tweed
Tweed is located in Ontario
Tweed
Coordinates: 44°36′N 77°20′W / 44.6°N 77.333°W / 44.6; -77.333
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Hastings
Settled
Incorporated 1998
Government
 - Type Municipality
 - Reeve Jo-Anne Albert
 - Federal riding Prince Edward—Hastings
 - Prov. riding Prince Edward—Hastings
Area [1]
 - Land 896.98 km2 (346.3 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 5,614
 Density 6.3/km2 (16.3/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code K0K
Area code(s) 613
Website twp.tweed.on.ca

Tweed is a municipality and a village located in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, in Hastings County.

The Municipality of Tweed is an amalgamated municipality comprising the former Village of Tweed and the former Townships of Hungerford and Elzevir & Grimsthorpe. The Municipality was officially incorporated on January 1, 1998, as a lower tier municipality within the County of Hastings two tier governing system.

As of 2004, the total land area was approximately 230,000 acres (930 km²), 30% of which was Crown land. Lakes, rivers and streams account for approximately 4,650 acres (18 km²). There are approximately 600 kilometers (370 mi) of roads throughout the Municipality. The total 2004 property assessment for the Municipality of Tweed was $309,000,000. Its composition was 84% residential, 7% farm, 6% commercial and industrial, and 3% other categories.

Lake Stoco, which borders the town of Tweed, is home to a popular and uncommon sport-fish, the muskellunge or Muskie (Esox masquinongy). The Black River joins the Moira River near the Village of Tweed.

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Demographics

Population trend:[2]

  • Population in 2006: 5614 (2001 to 2006 population change: 0.0 %)
  • Population in 2001: 5612
  • Population in 1996:
    • Elzevir and Grimsthorpe township: 854
    • Hungerford township: 3280
    • Tweed village: 1572
  • Population in 1991:
    • Elzevir and Grimsthorpe township: 781
    • Hungerford township: 3085
    • Tweed village: 1626

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2283 (total dwellings: 2709)

Mother tongue:[1]

  • English as first language: 95.8 %
  • French as first language: 0.8 %
  • English and French as first language: 0.4 %
  • Other as first language: 3.0 %

Forest fire protection history

The Tweed Forest Fire District was founded by the former Ontario Department of Lands and Forests (now the MNR) in 1922 as one of 17 districts to help protect Ontario's forests from fire by early detection from fire towers. The headquarters for the district were housed at Hungerford Road in town. It was the central headquarters for 21 fire lookout towers. When a fire was spotted in the forest a towerman would get the degree bearings from his respective tower and radio back the information to headquarters. When one or more towermen from other towers in the area would also call in their bearings, the forest rangers at headquarters could get a 'triangulation' read and plot the exact location of the fire on their map. This way a team of forest firefighters could be dispatched as soon as possible to get the fire under control. In 1958 the 100-foot (30 m)-tall Hungerford firetower was erected beside the station. However, in the 1970s all the towers had been decommissioned as aerial fire fighting techniques were employed. The Hungerford tower was disassembled in 1996 and placed behind the Tweed Heritage Centre.

Notable stories

  • One of Tweed's former claims to fame was that it had the smallest jailhouse in the province. Although its jail (4.9 metres x 6.1 metres) is indeed one of the smallest, other towns in the province have come forward with similar or smaller dimension jails. These include: Berens River, Providence Bay, Ontario, Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Rodney, Ontario, Coboconk and Creemore, Ontario. Today, the Tweed jail has been converted into a community police station.
  • In 1996 the town made news when it applied for a CFL team, in an attempt to become the Green Bay of Canada. Had the attempt been successful, the team would have been known as the Tweed Muskies.
  • In 1989 the Ottawa branch of the Elvis Sighting Society declared Elvis was alive and well and living in Tweed. For several years after that an Elvis is Alive festival was held in July. More recently Tweed and Elvis made the headlines when a reporter from the Toronto Sun came to investigate if there was truth to the rumours. The only evidence that remains now that Elvis may have ever been in the community is a very short road now called Elvis Lane. Oddly enough not far from the proposed site of the Tweed Muskies stadium.

Communities

Approximately 30% of the population resides the Village of Tweed, the only urban centre. The remainder of the Municipality consists of five hamlets (Actinolite, Marlbank, Queensborough, Stoco, and Thomasburg) and a large rural area which reaches from Wadsworth Lake in the north to Roslin in the south. The residents of the hamlets and the rural area comprise the other 70% of the population. As of 2004, there were approximately 2870 households.

References

  1. ^ a b c Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Tweed community profile
  2. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  3. ^ Thomasburg, ON, Community Demographics

External links

Coordinates: 44°36′N 77°20′W / 44.6°N 77.333°W / 44.6; -77.333








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