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Greater Napanee
Town (lower-tier)
Town of Greater Napanee
Dundas street
Dundas street
Greater Napanee is located in Southern Ontario
Greater Napanee
Greater Napanee
Coordinates: 44°15′N 76°57′W / 44.250°N 76.950°W / 44.250; -76.950Coordinates: 44°15′N 76°57′W / 44.250°N 76.950°W / 44.250; -76.950
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Lennox and Addington
Incorporated 1999
 • Type Town
 • Mayor Gordon Schermerhorn
 • Land 461.31 km2 (178.11 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 15,892
 • Density 34.5/km2 (89/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal Code K7R
Area code(s) 613

Greater Napanee is a town in Southeastern Ontario, Canada, approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi) west of Kingston and the county seat of Lennox and Addington County. It is located on the eastern end of the Bay of Quinte. Greater Napanee municipality was created by amalgamating the old Town of Napanee with the townships of Adolphustown, North and South Fredericksburgh, and Richmond in 1999. Greater Napanee is co-extensive with the original Lennox County.

The town is home to the Allan Macpherson House, a historic 1826 property that is now a museum. Macpherson was a major in the Lennox militia, operated the town's grist and saw mills, as well as the distillery and general store. He served as post master and land agent, operated the first local printing press and helped fund the establishment of many local schools and churches. The home sits on the banks of the Napanee River, which runs through the town.

The largest employer is a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant.[2]

The main streets are Dundas Street (east-west) and Centre Street (north-south). Dundas Street is part of former provincial Highway #2, also known as Kingston Road, and travels through downtown from Toronto in the west and onward to Kingston in the east. Centre Street travels through the centre of the town from the modern commercial area close to Highway 401 to the downtown and onwards, as County Road 8 to Lake Ontario.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Historical sites
  • 3 Annual town events
  • 4 Demographics
  • 5 Schools
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 Sports
  • 8 Shopping
    • 8.1 Downtown Napanee
    • 8.2 Uptown
  • 9 Media
  • 10 Live Theatre
  • 11 See also
  • 12 References
  • 13 External links


The first recorded settlement in the area of Greater Napanee is Ganneious, an Iroquois village, settled temporarily by the Oneida from approximately 1660 to 1690. The village was located on or near the Hay Bay area and is one of seven Iroquois villages settled on the northern shores of Lake Ontario in the 17th century. The exact location of the village has not been determined.[3]

The area was settled by Loyalists in 1784 and Napanee was first incorporated in 1854. The first Loyalists settlers arrived at Adolphustown on June 15, 1784. Their landing spot and site of the first Loyalist cemetery in the area has been preserved by the Loyalists.[4] The original hamlet of Napanee was located at the site of a waterfall on the Napanee River, and was first known as Clarksville after Robert Clark, who built a grist mill there. Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, practised law in Napanee.[5]

Historical sites[edit]

  • Allan Macpherson House:[6] (c. 1826) Built for Allan Macpherson, agent for the influential Richard Cartwright family, the house is a Georgian design with neo-classical elements (note the entrance’s rectangular transom and radiating muntin bars). The Lennox and Addington Historical Society restored the house to its early 19th century elegance. It now operates as a museum.
  • Old Hay Bay Church:[7] (c. 1792) Situated in Adolphustown, Canada’s oldest surviving Methodist Church was created in 1792. It now operates as a museum but still hosts an annual service in August.
  • County of Lennox & Addington Museum and Archives:[8] (c.1864) The changing exhibits displayed at the Museum allow visitors to step into the County’s past, while the papers and documents found in the reading room of the Archives inspire guests to dive into their own family’s history as well as the Town’s. The Museum also hosts many events for people of all ages to enjoy.
  • UEL Heritage Park Centre and Park:[9] (c. 1784) Located at the place where the first United Empire Loyalists landed, this heritage site is now a museum and camping ground perfect for all ages.
  • Loyalist Memorial Church:[10] This church, located in Adolphustown, was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first landing of the United Empire Loyalists. Services are still held at this site on Sundays.
  • Town of Greater Napanee Town Hall: (c. 1856) Designed by architect, Edward Horsey, this structure was built as a town hall and market combination in the centre of Napanee.

Napanee's downtown core (along Dundas Street) is also lined with historical buildings dating back to the 1800s. The Town of Greater Napanee's Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour provides locations and information on these sites as well as other historical locations nearby.

Annual town events[edit]

Some annual events are the Napanee Riverfront Festival and the Multicultural Festival, Music By The River, the Scarecrow Festival, the Downtown Shopping Party and the Big Bright Light Show, as well as an annual art exhibition and sale in Conservation Park, Art in the Park. Napanee also hosts a bi-weekly Hometown Market in the summer months.


Canada census – Greater Napanee community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 15,892 (2.5% from 2011) 15,511 (0.7% from 2006) 15,400 (1.8% from 2001)
Land area: 461.17 km2 (178.06 sq mi) 461.31 km2 (178.11 sq mi) 459.71 km2 (177.50 sq mi)
Population density: 34.5/km2 (89/sq mi) 33.6/km2 (87/sq mi) 33.5/km2 (87/sq mi)
Median age: 45.7 (M: 44.6, F: 46.8) 44.4 (M: 43.3, F: 45.5)
Total private dwellings: 6580 6885 6695
Median household income: $50,281
References: 2016[11] 2011[12] 2006[13] earlier[14]
Census Population
1841 500
1871 2,967
1881 3,680
1891 3,434
1901 3,143
1911 2,807
1921 3,038
1931 3,497
1941 3,405
1951 3,897
1961 4,500
1971 4,638
1981 4,803
1991 5,179
Greater Napanee
2001 15,132
2006 15,400
2011 15,511
2016 15,892


  • Population in 2006: 15 400 (2001 to 2006 population change: 1.8%)
  • Population in 2001: 15 132
  • Population total in 1996: 14 994
    • Adolphustown: 946
    • Napanee: 5 450
    • North Fredericksburgh: 3 258
    • Richmond: 4 143
    • South Fredericksburgh: 1 197
  • Population in 1991:
    • Adolphustown: 886
    • Napanee: 5 179
    • North Fredericksburgh: 3 183
    • Richmond: 4 037
    • South Fredericksburgh: 1 222

Mother tongue:[16]

  • English as first language: 94.8%
  • French as first language: 1.8%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 3.4%


  • Southview Public School
  • The Prince Charles Public School
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • J. J. O'Neill Catholic School
  • Selby Public School
  • Napanee District Secondary School

Some students commute a short distance to Ernestown Secondary School to the east in Loyalist township, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School further east in Kingston, or Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute for the LEAP and Challenge Program in Kingston. A bus also takes students to Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute for the International Baccalaureate program.

Notable people[edit]

  • Aaron Doornekamp, professional basketball player, member of the Canadian national men's basketball team.
  • Alan Aylesworth Macnaughton, Senator and former Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Mount Royal between 1949-1966. Speaker of the House of Commons (1963–1966), founder of the Canadian branch of the World Wildlife Fund and Officer of the Order of Canada (1995). Born in Napanee on July 30, 1903. The Senator was the grandson of a former mayor of Napanee, Jehiel Aylesworth.[17]
  • Albert Schultz, Gemini Award winning actor, he starred in the CBC Television hit drama Street Legal and the medical drama Side Effects. His theatre career includes leading roles at the Stratford Festival and as Founding Artistic Director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Schultz moved to Napanee at an early age and he attended elementary school there.[18]
  • Andrew Martin, multi GMA Canada winning recording artist, handed out annually by the GMA Canada. His album Departures is his debut mainstream album and features a collection of original songs and classic favorites in the Popera genre.[19]
  • Arthur Eyguem De Montaigne Jarvis, World War I flying ace. As a member of the Royal Flying Corps scored seven victories [20] while serving with 17 Squadron. Awarded the United Kingdom's Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). Also decorated by the government of France with the Croix de Guerre with Palm.[21] Jarvis was born in Napanee and spent his childhood there. His father was the deacon of the Anglican church in Napanee.
  • Avril Lavigne, musician, grew up in Napanee. She sang about the town in her song "My World" from her debut album, Let Go. Avril Lavigne has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.
  • Britt Benn, athlete, member of Canada’s gold medal winning team in Rugby Women’s Sevens at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Benn was also a bronze medal winner at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the same event.
  • Deborah Kimmett, writer and comedian and former member of The Second City's Toronto cast
  • Donald "Red" Stokes, Canadian Football League guard for the Edmonton Eskimos (1949).[22]
  • Edmund James Bristol, Born (September 4, 1861) and raised in Napanee. Member of Parliament (MP) serving the electoral district of Toronto Centre in the Canadian House of Commons (1905 by-election and re-elected in 1908, 1911, 1917, 1921, and 1925). In 1921, he served as Minister without Portfolio in Prime Minister Arthur Meighen's cabinet.[23] An avid sportsman, Edmund Bristol won the Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Prince of Wales Cup in 1895.[24]
  • George Sproule, a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. George played with the Brampton OALA senior champions of 1912, 1913, 1914, 1926, 1930 and 1931. The 1930 and 1931 teams were also national Mann Cup Champions. Sproule was the first recipient of the Jim Murphy Memorial Trophy as the Ontario Association's most valuable and most sportsmanlike player.[25]
  • Kathleen Frances Daly, painter. Born in Napanee on May 28, 1898. Closely associated with the Group of Seven, her works can be found in many major Canadian exhibitions as well as in exhibits in London, England.[26]
  • H. Bedford-Jones, born in Napanee, Henry James O'Brien Bedford-Jones (1887–1949) was a Canadian historical adventure fantasy and science fiction writer. He wrote over 100 novels and was considered one of the leading pulp fiction writers of the 20th century.[27]
  • Harry Ham, born in Napanee, Harry Breden Ham (1886–1943) was an early silent screen actor in Christie and Mutual comedies from the mid-1910s. Perhaps his most famous role was that of leading man, Harry Faversham in the UK release of The Four Feathers (1921 film).[28]
  • Jason Germain, co-lead singer and chief songwriter for multi-Juno Award winning contemporary Christian recording artists, downhere. Born in Napanee, Germain began singing in the town's Baptist church. His most recent win was at the 2009 Juno Awards with downhere's album Ending is Beginning. downhere were also Juno winners in 2002 and 2007.[29]
  • John Gibbard[30] founded the Gibbard Furniture Company in Napanee in 1835. The company operated for 173 years and was the oldest furniture maker in Canada and one of the oldest continuously operating companies in North America at the time of its closing. Gibbard's furniture can be found in many Canadian embassies around the world.[31]
  • Sir John A. Macdonald, lawyer, businessman, politician, first Prime Minister of Canada. At age 17, Sir John A. managed a branch legal office in Napanee (1832–1834). As Prime Minister he would bring Manitoba, BC and PEI into the confederation of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald was the architect of the transcontinental railway that united the West Coast with the rest of Canada. This critical rail link was a condition for B.C. joining the confederation.[32]
  • Leroy Blugh, Former Canadian Football League defensive lineman who played fifteen seasons in the CFL including eleven seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos. Two-time CFL West Division All-Star and Grey Cup Champion (1993). In 2014, Blugh was named defensive line coach for the CFL's, Ottawa Redblacks. Later in 2014, Blugh was named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[33]
  • Lesley Thompson, Five-time Olympic medalist, including winner of an Olympic Gold Medal in the Women's Eights Rowing event in Barcelona, Spain, 1992. Upon winning a silver medal in the same event at the London 2012 games, she became the first Canadian to win medals at five different Olympic Games.
  • Michael Breaugh, Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons (1990–1993) representing the electoral district of Oshawa. Prior to that Breaugh served as Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Oshawa in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1975 to 1990).[34]
  • LCol Michael Sweeney, Commanded 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (1993). Later commanded northern sector of United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission at Umm Qasr, Iraq (2000). Appointed Chief of Staff of the Canadian Forces Support Training Group, CFB Borden (2007), subsequently appointed interim commander, CFB Borden (2008).[35]
  • Murray Edgar Hogarth, (1930–2014) founded Pioneer Energy (formerly ‘Pioneer Petroleums’) in Hamilton, Ontario in 1956. Today, Pioneer is Canada’s largest private independent retail petroleum marketer with 140 locations operating in Ontario.[36]
  • Ralph McCabe, former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians (1946)[37]
  • Reginald Aldworth Daly, (1871–1957) geologist; taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1907–12) before joining Harvard University (1912–42). He was an authority on igneous rocks and the geological structures of the Earth's crust and independently developed the theory of magmatic stoping. Daly was awarded the Penrose Medal in 1935, the Wollaston Medal in 1942[38] and the William Bowie Medal in 1946. Craters on Mars and the Moon are named in his honor. His home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, (the Reginald A. Daly House) is now an American National Historic Landmark.[39]
  • Scott Finlay, former member of the Canadian National Ski team. Finlay won the overall points honours at the Pontiac Cup Ski Championship in Mont Tremblant, Quebec on March 7, 1976. On February 24, 1978, at age 21, Finlay suffered a career ending, debilitating head injury at the Canadian Men's Downhill Ski Championships at Lake Louise, Alberta when he veered off course at high speeds and crashed into a wooded area 200 meters from the finish.[40][41]
  • Stuart Wood, was born in Napanee on October 17, 1889, served as the ninth Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, from March 6, 1938 to April 30, 1951. He was a CMG (Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) and the great-great grandson of U.S. President Zachary Taylor.[42]
  • William Sexsmith, was born in Napanee on October 23, 1885 and served as a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1933 to 1943.[43] William Sexsmith also served as president of the Canadian Hockey Association known today as Hockey Canada.[citation needed]


The Napanee Raiders Jr. C hockey club joined the Empire B Junior C Hockey League in 1989. In that time they have claimed eight league championships. In 1993 they went on to capture the All-Ontario, Clarence Schmalz Cup as the Ontario Hockey Association's Junior "C" ice hockey champions by defeating the Hanover Barons of the Western Ontario Junior C Hockey League. The Raiders used to be the only EBJCHL team to ever capture the All Ontario title up until the Picton Pirates accomplished the task in 2013. Their home games are played in the Strathcona Paper Centre, which opened in 2004. Prior to the Raiders, Napanee played in the Quinte-St. Lawrence Junior C Hockey League as The Napanee Kelly Tiremen. Their uniform resembled the green, yellow and white uniform of the Minnesota North Stars formerly of the NHL. In 1980, the Kelly Tiremen were rebranded as the Napanee Warriors. The Warriors and the league ceased operation in 1986.

Napanee made one appearance in the Ontario Junior "B" Provincial hockey championship playoffs during the 1934-35 season. They defeated Kingston, 13-10 in a two-game, total goals series, second round playoff. They were eliminated from the Sutherland Cup playoffs by Peterborough in the next round.

The Napanee Comets were a successful Ontario Major Intermediate A Hockey team that won three consecutive Ontario championships in 1958, 1959 and 1960 and provincial Intermediate B championships in 1971 and 1972.

The Lennox & Addington Lynx floor hockey team took the gold medal at the Special Olympics Canadian National Winter Games in Quebec City in 2008, defeating teams from across the country.

Napanee is also well known for its success in both boys and girls softball. The Napanee North Key Express won the 2010 Canadian Junior fastball championship defeating the host Nova Scotia Eagles 6-1 in the national final. The Napanee (Junior) Express boys claimed a National Junior Fastball title in 1996 while Napanee Midget boys fastpitch teams have won national championships on three occasions. The Napanee Legionnaires captured the Canadian title in 1982 and the Napanee (Midget) Express took top honours in 1997 and 2005.[44] Also in 2008, the Napanee (Bantam) Express girls fastball team captured the provincial tier II title defeating Oakville 7-4 in the final.[45] The girls also became the first team in Napanee history to qualify for the Eastern Canadian Championships where they finished in second place.[46]

The Napanee Golf and Country Club was established in 1897. The course has nine holes, with different tees for the front and back nine. The course record is 62 set by local amateur Josh Whalen, breaking the previous record of 63 after it had stood for 58 years and 30 days.[47]

The Napanee Curling Club was established in 1957 and numerous teams have captured Zone and District titles.[48] Napanee was selected to host the 2010 Ontario Tankard, the annual men's curling championship that sends its winner to the Canadian championship. The event was held February 1–7 at the Strathcona Paper Centre. Glenn Howard, representing Coldwater and District Curling Club, completed a perfect week by defeating Bryan Cochrane of the Rideau Curling Club 5-3 in the final, to capture his fifth straight title.

Napanee District Secondary School is the home of the Golden Hawks. The Golden Hawks field teams in various sports including hockey, football, basketball, rugby, gymnastics, volleyball, swimming and track. The Golden Hawks compete against high schools teams in the "Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association" (KASSAA). In 2008, the Napanee girls rugby team and the boys junior and senior squads all won league championships. In 2009, the girls gymnastics team earned the bronze medal for their overall result at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association's (OFSAA) provincial gymnastics championship meet held in Windsor, Ontario.


Downtown Napanee[edit]

The downtown area of Napanee has experienced a recent revival and the gorgeous historical buildings are taking on a whole new life. Downtown Napanee is home to a number of boutiques such as October's Clothing, Starlet, April's Image, A Touch of Class, Sand n' Sea and Deadleaf Distinguished Gentleman (Men's Shop & Barber). There have been multiple massive revitalization projects like The Waterfront River Pub and Terrace, a complete reworking of an abandoned limestone brewery right on the Napanee river. There is also Len's Bakery and the New York Cafe that have been open in Napanee for a long time now. In addition, there are some newer restaurants: Ellena's, Gibson's Restaurant, The Loaf N' Ale, Seasons Fine Foods & Cookery School, Sushi Nori, and a gourmet coffee shop, Coffee Cravings. Wallace's, the oldest continuously operating drug store, is located on the corner of Dundas and John Streets. It has been in the same location under the same name since it was established in 1854.

Napanee is also the home of "La Pizzeria", made famous by Avril Lavigne's declaration to Rolling Stone Magazine that her "favorite pizza" was served there.[49]

There is a bi-weekly Hometown Market with locally made and homegrown items that runs in Market Square in the summer months.


Giant Tiger can be found at the corner of Industrial Boulevard and Centre Street North, in the uptown core. The store features a 200-foot mural by Pierre Hardy. The community also includes a Walmart, a Canadian Tire, and a Home Hardware. A No Frills grocery store is located in the Napanee Mall, and there is a Metro grocery store, (formerly the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, known as the A&P), down the road from the Napanee Mall. Uptown is also home to several big name restaurants, including Wendy's, McDonald's, Tim Horton's, Dairy Queen, Harvey's and Swiss Chalet, and A&W. There are also several local restaurants uptown including Spud's Restaurant and Catering, Brenda's Pizza Factory, Paul's Pizzeria and the Itty Bitty Diner and other locally owned stores including Wendalyn's Fashions and Nailology.

A Flying J gas station and truck stop is located off Highway 401 on Highway 41.


Napanee is home to the oldest independently owned newspaper in Canada, The Napanee Beaver. It is distributed weekly along with the "Napanee Guide" on Thursdays.

In 2007, a new radio station, CKYM, opened in Napanee on 88.7 FM. The station broadcasts adult contemporary music, sharing a transmitting antenna with Deseronto's CJOH-TV-6. 88.7 MyFM has provided OHL Kingston Frontenacs Hockey coverage since 2009. Napanee is also served by radio and television stations from the larger Kingston market.

A 100% volunteer-run community radio station, Island Radio CJAI 92.1 FM, serves Napanee from nearby Loyalist Township.

Live Theatre[edit]

Greater Napanee is home to Lennox Community Theatre (formerly Lennox Theatre Guild) which operates from The Village Theatre in the village of Selby. The theatre seats 80 and mounts five productions annually from September through June.[50] A historical collection of programs stored at the theatre shows that Avril Lavigne performed on stage there as a child in productions of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Godspell.

See also[edit]

  • List of townships in Ontario


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External links[edit]

  • Town of Greater Napanee