Photo of ruins
Remains of log homes
©Jeri Danyleyko

Newfoundout, located on the Opeongo Road in Renfrew County, was never an actual town site, but rather a settlement comprised of 13 families. The group chose to farm along the rocky hills located on a road opposite a settlement known as Davidson’s Corners.

There were no amenities or services in Newfoundout. The closest schools and churches were located along the Opeongo Road, which was a 6-kilometre trip on foot down the winding, rocky road from the farm sites. A post office, known as Donohue, opened in 1914.

The families braved it out for almost 100 years until the mid-1940s, when most gave up the struggle. Newfoundout’s status officially changed to “abandoned” in 1948;

Today local owners still use the area for farming and cattle grazing. Numerous shells of log cabins and other farm buildings are scattered along the side of the road. Learn more

How to get there

Newfoundout lies on Newfoundout Rd. which runs south off the Opeongo Rd. just west of Esmonde. Drive up the mountain face for about 1 1/2 kilometres. You’ll see the first of the ruins on your left, a fence and roofless cabin. As you continue on, you’ll see more ruins on each side of the road. When you reach the ‘T’ at the end of the road turn left. The final ruin, a barn, is just off to your left. The road is drivable as long as it is dry.

NOTE: The property is privately owned and still used for cattle grazing. Do not open any gates or the cattle may escape.

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Nearby centre: Renfrew, 13 kilometres

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