||November 6, 2009
A Trip to Chisholm Township
The other day I was questioned, in a friendly way, about
why I wrote about many places in the Community Voices area but never much about
Chisholm Township where I live. So here is a short trip through the township.
Wikepedia states that Chisholm , according to the 2006
Census, has 1318 people up 7.2% from 2001, has 573 dwellings and an area of
205.26 square kilometres .
Chisholm is hugged by East Ferris on the north with Nipissing and Bonfield
Townships touching briefly on the north end. To the west is Powassan (formerly
South Himsworth) and to the east is Boulter Townhip. Ballantyne Township is
on the south end. Boulter and Ballantyne are unorganized townships. The
Algonquin Park boundary touches the eastern half of the Balantyne/Chisholm
boundary. Chisholm like many other townships is named after a former MPP-Kenneth
Life in Chisholm
There is no longer a central gathering place with a store,
post office, church etc. as was the case in the past. People head for Powassan
or Astorville or on to North Bay for for their needs Many work outside of the
|Cutting the ribbon on one of Chisholm Township’s road and
bridge improvement projects. Cec Reid MC (L) ,MP Anthony Rota, Mayor
Barb Groves, MP Monique Smith, Powassan Mayor Bob Young , Nipisssing
Councillor Lee Straus, Steve Boyle, Dave Wills from Wills Engineering
and Roger Bolton from Bolton Construction
There are still many regular farms and hobby farms but many
homes just enjoy their acreage with gardens and trees. Recreational vehicles
abound. Many of the homes and many summer cottagers are located on Wasi Lake in
the north end of the township.
The south end of the township has the Almaguin Highlands with high rolling hills
and minimal population. I live on a hill on lot 6 concession 3 on Bear Mountain
Road which puts me about 3 kilometres from Algonquin Park which provides for
some interesting over flow animal life of all sorts. My property and a
neighbour's are the farthest south in the Township. There is a summer road to
Powassan but I usually take the 20 km. long way to town. I bought 86 acres of
recreational property on Concession 2 in 1972 and built a log cottage with two
of my sons. When I retired in 1989 I bought 46 acres on Concession 3 on a
maintained road (Bear Mountain). The property was originally the Bear Mountain
Canoe Company which produced and continues to produce (in Peterborough)
beautiful canoes. My daughter and her husband and two children moved on from a
second house on the property after my daughter and her husband graduated from
NipissinU and my wife and I are very content with lots of peace and quiet and
lots of good neighbours and many local festivities.
The Township website (www.chisholm.ca ) profiles some of the “Things To Do” in Chisholm –
all terrain vehicles, summer beach program, camp grounds and cottages, Clear
Springs Golf Course, tennis courts, equestrian facilities etc.. Chisholm is a
partner in the excellent Library in Powassan and some northern residents pay a
small fee to join the East Ferris Library in Astorville where there is a post
The Chisholm Council is a hardworking and progressive group under Mayor Barb
Groves, and Councillors Heather Ward, Cec Reid, Doug Penny and Steve Boyle. The
office staff under Clerk Treasurer Linda Ringler and Deputy Lorena Thompson and
the receptionist/ secretary Alice lauzon provide excellent service as does the
Public Works Department under Murray Rose.
A current Council crisis with Barb Groves resigning as of
December 31 for health reasons and Doug Penny moving to another community is
being dealt with. Leo Jobin, a former Councillor has come back to fill out the
last year of the 4 year term in one of the positions. Heather Ward is on sick
leave as well and will be back in the new year.
Chisholm has an excellent 5 year plan and has done well on
acquiring Federal and Provincial funding for road and bridge projects. Chisholm
is on the Wasi River Watershed which requires over 20 bridges on our roads On
October 23 MP Anthony Rota and MPP Monique Smith and others cut the ribbon on
two great improvements in Chisholm. River Road has been widened and paved which
helps the locals but also those heading to the golf course from out of the
Township. The bridge and several miles of road has been improved on Memorial
Park Drive and with the million dollar rebuild on Alderdale road last year and
the new paving to Powassan it is a pleasure to travel in Chisholm now.
About 10 years ago some of the dying farms and others
facing retirement caught the eye of Amish people looking to establish a new
community Since then some 20 families have arrived and have changed the
community in a very positive way. New businesses, homes, a school and many farm
improvements have activated the community . I hope to do a profile of the
Chisholm Amish here soon.A photo of them haying was on the cover of Community
Voices earlier this month.
The past 10 days have been exciting as the feature film
Oliver Sherman has been shot in Chisholm primarily on the Tran farm on Pioneer
Road. Dozens of cars, trucks, vans, tents, lights etc created a whole new
community while the actors did their thing. Can’t wait to see the film about
two veterans who get together after many years and spin out their lives.
|Director Ryan Redford (R) goes over the next
scene in the Oliver Sherman movie at the Tran farm in Chisholm.
Shooting a scene in the Oliver Sherman movie at Norval Rose’s farm.
More on Chisholm
I will update the Council membership and other Chisholm
information in the near future. As a follow up on my column on heritage
restoration I will give a report on the log house I built 37 years ago which has
been completely refurbished this summer. It’s too late for the fall colours but
don’t hesitate to make a trip to Chisholm some time soon and see some fine
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