Township of Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards
Updated: 5 years ago - Created: February 25th, 2012
Our township was incorporated on July 1st 2000, as the result of the amalgamation of the former Township of Hagarty & Richards and the former Village of Killaloe.
This area was first settled in the middle of the 19th century by Irish immigrants. As time went on, Irish, German, Kashub, Polish and Wendish settlers arrived by way of the Opeongo colonization road. That road is now known locally as the "Opeongo Line".
Logging was responsible for the initial economic development of the area, with timber being harvested in the interior and transported down streams like the Bonnechere River and Brennan's Creek in Killaloe to the Ottawa River.
At present, logging and tourism are our primary industries. Timber is harvested on private and crown land, and much of it is processed in local mills. Our lakes and forests provide a peaceful retreat for visitors who enjoy swimming and boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting. In winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing are popular activities. Bonnechere Provincial Park, located in our township, and Algonquin Provincial Park, located 45 minutes away, attract thousands of visitors each year.
We are also home to a thriving community of artists, musicians, and performers, who display their talents at local galleries and venues. The Madawaska Valley Studio Tour showcases some of the best artists in Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards and neighbouring townships.
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County Council Member
Mayor Janice Visneskie is truly one of the veterans of County Council. Mayor Visneskie was first elected to serve at the County of Renfrew in 1988. As Janice points out, the number of changes and responsibilities that the County now administers is staggering. Janice has served on a number of committees over the years, and she has always strived to find the mostfiscally responsible solution to a problem. Janice currently serves as Chair of the Health Committee that oversees Miramichi Lodge, Bonnechere Manor and the Emergency Services Department. Janice served as the Warden of the County of Renfrew from 2007-2008 and was the first woman to hold the Office of Warden for two consecutive years. In her spare time, Janice works in her family’s forestry business.
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