Does Pinewood exist? Staring at the maps I always wondered, but I now know.
Thanks to emails from Richard and Katie, I’ve been informed that Pinewood is a hamlet of about 30 houses 18 kilometres east of Rainy River.
Although the town used to support farming and the railway, when the trains stopped stopping it seems Pinewood went the way of many small towns in northern Ontario.
There doesn’t seem to be many services in town – the old hotel and shops have closed. Pinewood has quite a large baseball diamond which sees quite active use in the summer. The town has a post office (in a resident’s home, no less), a cemetery and a playground. Nearby, the community of Dawson continues farming.