Head, Clara and Maria
is a township
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in eastern Ontario
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, in the County of Renfrew
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on the Ottawa River
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. It is on the northern edge of Algonquin Park.
Virtually all the communities and activities are along Highway 17
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, the rest of the township is mostly wilderness
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The township of Head was named in honour of Sir Edmund Walker Head, 8th Baronet who served as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick 1847-1854 and Governor-General of Canada 1854-1861. The township of Maria was named in honour of his wife, Lady Anna Maria Head (Nee Yorke) (1808-1890).
The township includes the communities of Bissett Creek, Deux-Rivières,Mackey and Stonecliffe. The municipal offices are located in Stonecliffe.
Deux-Rivières has seasonal ferry access to the province of Quebec
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, which is often used by people coming from eastern Ontario and Quebec. Deux-Rivières is home to Antlers King Fisher Lodge, and Deux-Rivières Hotel
According to the Canada 2006 Census
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- Population: 228
- % Change (2001-2006): 0.0
- Dwellings: 279
- Area (km².): 727.96
- Density (persons per km².): 0.3
Notable citizens from Pembroke
Michael James Heney
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, a railroad contractor of international renown, best known for his work on the first two railroads built in Alaska, the White Pass and Yukon Route
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and the Copper River and Northwestern Railway
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, was born in Stonecliffe.