Selwyn, Ontario

Township of Selwyn
Selwyn is located in Peterborough County
Selwyn is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 44°25′N 78°20′W / 44.417°N 78.333°W / 44.417; -78.333Coordinates: 44°25′N 78°20′W / 44.417°N 78.333°W / 44.417; -78.333
Country Canada
Province Ontario
FormedJanuary 1, 2001
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorAndy Mitchell
 • Federal ridingPeterborough—Kawartha
 • Prov. ridingPeterborough—Kawartha
 • Land315.69 km2 (121.89 sq mi)
 • Total17,060
 • Density54.0/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
K0L 2H0 & K0L 1H0 & K0L 1T0 & K9J 6X5
Area code(s)705, 249
Chemong Lake with Bridgenorth in background

Selwyn is a township in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, located in Peterborough County.

Formerly known as Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, the township passed a by-law changing its name to Selwyn in 2012.[2] The change became official on January 15, 2013.[2]


On January 1, 1998, Ennismore and Smith Townships were merged to form the Township of Smith-Ennismore. On January 1, 2001, a Minister's Order created the township in its current form by amalgamating the formerly independent Village of Lakefield with the Township of Smith-Ennismore and part of Douro–Dummer Township.

On December 11, 2012 the township council voted to select a new name after Canada Post notified many residents that addresses would have to be changed to reflect the municipality due to a phasing out of its rural route system. By a vote of 3 to 2, the township council voted to adopt the new name of Selwyn.[2]


The township comprises the communities of: Bridgenorth, Chemong Heights, Chemong Park, Connaught Shore, Deer Bay, Emerald Isle, Ennismore, Fife's Bay, Flood's Landing, Fowlers Corners, Gannon Beach, Gannon Village, Kawartha Park, Kimberley Park, Lakefield, Selwyn, Selwyn Shores, Stewart Heights, Tera View Heights, Tindle Bay, Victoria Springs, Village Meadows, Windward Sands, Woodland Acres, Young's Cove, Young's Point and Youngstown.

The township is 67 percent rural including small villages and hamlets, along with the urban areas of Lakefield, Bridgenorth - Chemong Park, and Woodland Acres (part of the urban area of Peterborough). Farms have been established on most of the flat areas, which are intermixed between the rolling hills and lakes. The Trent-Severn Waterway passes through the township.


Canada census – Selwyn, Ontario community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 17,060 (+1.3% from 2011) 16,846 (-1.1% from 2006) 17,413 (+6.1% from 2001)
Land area: 315.69 km2 (121.89 sq mi) 315.64 km2 (121.87 sq mi) 318.77 km2 (123.08 sq mi)
Population density: 54.0/km2 (140/sq mi) 53.4/km2 (138/sq mi) 54.6/km2 (141/sq mi)
Median age: 51.4 (M: 51.0, F: 51.7) 46.2 (M: 45.8, F: 46.6)
Total private dwellings: 8,404 8,006 7,988
Median household income: $79,349 $63,632
References: 2016[3] 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]

Mother tongue:[5]

Selwyn historical populations

Population prior to amalgamation (2001):


The region is in the heart of Ontario's eastern cottage country, where urban residents (mostly from the Toronto region) have cottages on many of the small lakes. Many of the retail and services offered in the region cater to this seasonal market.

Small scale farms are a large industry, and dairy and meat production are some of the notable goods.


In the 2010 municipal election, Mary Smith won the position of reeve (now mayor) from former reeve Ron Millen by 1,355 votes. Former federal Member of Parliament Andy Mitchell succeeded Smith as deputy reeve.


Near the village is Lakefield College School which Prince Andrew, Duke of York attended in 1977. The campus was the filming location for the 1977 Canadian film Age of Innocence/Ragtime Summer.[9] In the village itself is the Lakefield District Public School,[10] which opened in 2018 after the Ridpath Junior Public School, named after James William Ridpath, publisher in the late 19th century and early 20th century of the Lakefield News, local businessman, sportsman and dignitary, was closed. LDPS took over the building formerly used for the now closed Lakefield District Secondary School. St. Paul's Catholic School, which is situated very close to the high school, is the area parochial school.

In fiction[]

In Paul Nicholas Mason's novel Battered Soles (2005), Lakefield is the site of a pilgrimage, begun in July 1997, which sees thousands of pilgrims from all over the world walk from Peterborough along the Rotary Greenway Trail to St. John's Anglican Church in the village. The focus of the pilgrimage is a life-sized statue of a blue-skinned Jesus in the basement of the church. Mason's second novel, The Red Dress (2008), is also set in Lakefield, although this time the community is thinly-disguised as Greenfield.

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  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Selwyn, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township to be renamed Selwyn Township". Peterborough Examiner, December 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  5. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006
  8. ^ "Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  9. ^ Age of Innocence/Ragtime Summer (1977)
  10. ^ "Principal says students are buzzing with Lakefield District Public School finally expected to open Monday". 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  11. ^ "There's a new name (that you've never heard of) in Canadian running - Canadian Running Magazine". 20 January 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-28.

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