Cavan Monaghan (known as Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan until 2007) is a township in Peterborough County in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the city of Peterborough.

Cavan Monaghan
Township of Cavan Monaghan
Municipal office in Cavan
Municipal office in Cavan
Cavan Monaghan is located in Peterborough County
Cavan Monaghan
Cavan Monaghan
Cavan Monaghan is located in Southern Ontario
Cavan Monaghan
Cavan Monaghan
Coordinates: 44°12′N 78°28′W / 44.200°N 78.467°W / 44.200; -78.467
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorMatthew Graham
 • Federal ridingHaliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
 • Prov. ridingHaliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
 • Land306.33 km2 (118.27 sq mi)
 • Total8,829
 • Density28.8/km2 (75/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
L0A 1G0
Area code(s)705, 249 Edit this at Wikidata



The original townships of Cavan and Monaghan were surveyed by John Deyell in 1817, and were named after County Cavan and County Monaghan in Ireland, from which many of its settlers had emigrated. By 1819, there were 244 settlers, and by 1861 the population had risen to 4,901, many of whom were descendants of United Empire Loyalists, veterans of the War of 1812 who had been granted land there, or the original and later settlers from Ireland. After Confederation in 1867, the population began to drop as many families left for Western Canada.[2]

The original Irish settlers were Protestants, and many of them were associated with the Orange Order. In the mid-19th century the "Cavan Blazers" were established as a fiercely Protestant vigilante group, who often burned down the farms of Catholic settlers.[2]

The Township of Cavan and the Village of Millbrook, previously part of Durham County, in 1974 became part of Peterborough County, and were amalgamated, along with North Monaghan, into one township — Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan — in 1998. In 2007, the township was renamed Cavan Monaghan,[3] as many thought the older name was too long.



The township of Cavan Monaghan comprises a number of villages and hamlets, including the following communities such as Carmel, Cavan, Cedar Valley, Five Mile Turn, Fraserville, Ida, Millbrook, Mount Pleasant, South Monaghan / Centreville (partially), Springville, Tapley; Bailieboro (partially), Cavan Station, Dranoel, Fairmount, Kendry, Murray Hill.

None are incorporated and a couple are relegated to just names on a map as cars made transportation easier and service areas concentrated in fewer nodes.



Millbrook is the township's population centre. The commercial businesses and services (banking, government) are found along King Street and County Road 10. County Road 10 provides Millbrook with convenient connections with Ontario Highway 115 and Ontario Highway 401.

It has been a filming location for several movie productions. Anne with an E (a 2017 CBC production), Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (a 2011 CBC production), The Music Man, Ice Princess, Let It Snow, Feel The Beat, The Town Christmas Forgot and A History of Violence were filmed in the town. In the latter film, Millbrook was depicted as the fictional town of Millbrook, Indiana.

The political cartoonist Sam Hunter was born and raised in Millbrook, along with award-winning filmmaker Jared Raab, esteemed Aquatic Science Biologist Dustin Raab with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Juno Award winning singer/songwriter Serena Ryder. Country music singer-songwriter Jade Eagleson was raised in Bailieboro.


Cavan Monaghan historical populations
1976 5,745—    
1981 6,037+5.1%
1986 6,540+8.3%
1991 8,068+23.4%
1996 8,252+2.3%
Population amounts prior to 1998 are total of Cavan TP, Millbrook VL, and North Monaghan TP.
Source: Statistics Canada[4][5][1]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Cavan Monaghan had a population of 10,016 living in 3,553 of its 3,704 total private dwellings, a change of 13.4% from its 2016 population of 8,829. With a land area of 306.39 km2 (118.30 sq mi), it had a population density of 32.7/km2 (84.7/sq mi) in 2021.[6]

Canada census – Cavan Monaghan community profile
Population10,016 (+13.4% from 2016)8,829 (+2.7% from 2011)8,601 (-2.6% from 2006)
Land area306.39 km2 (118.30 sq mi)306.33 km2 (118.27 sq mi)306.22 km2 (118.23 sq mi)
Population density32.7/km2 (85/sq mi)28.8/km2 (75/sq mi)28.1/km2 (73/sq mi)
Median age44.8 (M: 43.6, F: 45.6)46.1 (M: 45.6, F: 46.6)
Private dwellings3,704 (total)  3,553 (occupied)3,271 (total)  3,221 (total) 
Median household income$110,000$90,957
References: 2021[7] 2016[8] 2011[9] earlier[10][11]



Cavan is home to Alltech's corn feed facility under the Masterfeeds brand. It was formerly owned by Maple Leaf Foods which opened a feed facility on Peterborough County Road 10 just north of Ontario Highway 115. Opened in 1975, the facility was then owned by Maple Leaf Mills, which relocated from the Maple Leaf Mills Silos in downtown Toronto.[12]



Peterborough Speedway is a 1/3 mile motor racing oval which has been in operation since 1967.[13] The speedway hosts a weekly Saturday night stock car racing program from May to October each year including the annual Autumn Colours Classic. The weekend of races takes place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and is considered one of the most important stock car events in Ontario.[14][15]

See also



  1. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Cavan Monaghan, Township". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Home page". Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  3. ^ "By-law Number 2007-19" (PDF). Corporation of the Township of Cavan Millbrook=North Monaghan. 2007-04-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  4. ^ 2001, 2006
  5. ^ "Cavan Monaghan census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  7. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  8. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  12. ^ [bare URL PDF]
  13. ^ "Peterborough Speedway". March 29, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  14. ^ Meeks, Tim (September 11, 2019). "Plans for the 27th Autumn Colours Classic hit top speed". The Belleville Intelligencer. Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  15. ^ "Peterborough Speedway to host Autumn Colours Classic in October". September 4, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2021.