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A nation’s history is built story by story, and this website is
dedicated to the patchwork of wonderfully colourful tales that make up
the history of Buchanan Township, an early pioneer community along the
shores of the Ottawa River, 200 kilometers
west of Ottawa.
Canada was painstakingly forged by homesteaders who opened up modest
settlements while suffering against uncultivable land, treacherous winters,
and isolation in order to scratch out a subsistence living. The story
of Buchanan Township is, in many ways, the story of Canada.
Buchanan began in the 1830’s when square timbermen and their families
settled plots of land, and ended in 1944 when the community was dispersed
after His Majesty The King expropriated the township for a vital wartime
Today, many of the historic remains of the relocated
Buchanan residents lie quietly within the boundaries of the nuclear
research facility at Chalk River, and only a faint whisper attests that
this lively community once existed against all odds.