Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island

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Bonshaw
Rural Municipality of Bonshaw
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Bonshaw in Prince Edward Island
Coordinates: 46°11′22.5″N63°20′37.3″W / 46.189583°N 63.343694°W / 46.189583; -63.343694 Coordinates: 46°11′22.5″N63°20′37.3″W / 46.189583°N 63.343694°W / 46.189583; -63.343694
CountryCanada
Province Prince Edward Island
County Queens County
Incorporated (community) [1] 1977
Incorporated (rural municipality) [2] January 1, 2018
Amalgamated [2] September 1, 2020
Population
 (2011) [1]
  Total218
Time zone AST
  Summer (DST) ADT
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchange887

Bonshaw is a former rural municipality in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island within Queens County. [3]

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History

The Municipality of Bonshaw was originally incorporated in 1977. [1] It incorporated as a rural municipality on January 1, 2018. [2] The Strathgartney Homestead in Bonshaw, the remnants of a former estate, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1996 in recognition of the absentee landowner problem that persisted in Prince Edward Island until the passage of the Land Purchase Act of 1875. [4] The province designated a rock in Bonshaw with etchings from the 1880s as a heritage site on February 2, 2015. [5]

On September 1, 2020, the Rural Municipality of Bonshaw amalgamated with the rural municipalities of Afton, Meadowbank, New Haven-Riverdale, and West River. [2] The amalgamated municipality was named the Rural Municipality of West River. [6]

Geography

Bonshaw is located near the province's south shore on the Northumberland Strait.[ citation needed ] It is located in the valley of the Bonshaw River, also known as the Tjigaoegatig (Miꞌkmaq for 'bass place') River or West River and is surrounded by low rolling hills colloquially referred to as the Bonshaw Hills.[ citation needed ] The freshwater portion of the river at the tidehead offers trout fishing.[ citation needed ] Localities within Bonshaw include Bonshaw and Crosbys Mill. [1]

Attractions

Bonshaw has hiking and biking trails.[ citation needed ] Bonshaw Provincial Park is on the eastern edge of Bonshaw.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "PlaceFinder: Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island". Government of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names: From January 2nd, 2016 to January 1st, 2021" (PDF). Statistics Canada. November 17, 2021. pp. 24–25. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  3. "Municipal Councils and Contact Information" (PDF). Government of Prince Edward Island. January 27, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  4. Strathgartney Homestead . Canadian Register of Historic Places . Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  5. "Big rock with 1880s etchings made official heritage site".
  6. Kerry Campbell (August 17, 2020). "P.E.I. cabinet approves West River amalgamation". CBC News . Retrieved January 8, 2022.