Bridgenorth is a community that is part of
Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, Ontario, previously Smith Township. It sits on the eastern shore of Lake Chemong. It is located north of Peterborough, east of Lindsay, south of Buckhorn and west of Lakefield. The geographyis surrounded by pine forests in the southwest and east and the rest is agricultural. The only road going over Chemong Lake connects to Ennismore and Lindsay. The community has a shopping centre, and a school, a church and a library. Its postal codeis K0L 1H0 and the post office is located on Ward Street, which services residents with lock boxes and one rural route. The name of the school is Chemong P.Sand it has about 600 students.In the town of Bridgenorth, there are annual events, such as the Polar Plungeand the Fishing Derby.
Samuel de Champlainstayed in Bridgenorth, which was a portageused by the Hurons to travel between Chemong Lake and Little Lake in Peterborough. Chemong Road now follows the portage route.
There exist historical images of the floating wooden bridge connecting Bridgenorth to Ennismore across Chemong Lake. In the mid 1950's, stones were assembled from a nearby quarry to construct a more permanent bridge. It is now known as the
James A. Gifford Causeway.
List of communities in Ontario
* [http://sehs.on.ca/ History of Smith township]
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