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The Township of Bonfield was established by an Act in Parliament sometime in 1886 and the Former Town of Bonfield was established in 1906. In 1975 the Township of Bonfield and the former Town of Bonfield amalgamated forming the Corporation of the Township of Bonfield.The Township of Bonfield consists of a vast rural area and the Hamlets of Bonfield and Rutherglen. Forestry and farming were the roots of our community while today, although there are some small farming operations the main industry is forestry, logging and tourism.
The Township of Bonfield was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame on October 8th, 2002. Bonfield is the Location where the First Spike was driven in the CPR Transcontinental Railway which would link the East Coast to the West Coast, the great Canadian Dream.
Our population is 1975 with a total of 1052 households and numerous cottages. There a 120 kilometres of Township roads. The Township of Bonfield covers an area of 208 square Kilometres or 20,876 hectares. There are several picturesque lakes including Talon Lake and Turtle Lake to the North and Northeast and Lake Nosbonsing to the West. Public Access with docking facilities are available on both Talon Lake and Lake Nosbonsing.