Charlton and Dack

Charlton is a small anglophone village in Dack Township in the northern part of the Temiskaming Clay Belt, near Englehart.  Charlton is not on Highway 11, instead just west of it on Highway 547 by about five minutes.Charlton, ONtario jsut west of Highway 11The surrounding area is largely rural and agricultural, made up of beef and dairy farms. When the whole township is taken into account, the population of Charlton and Dack is about 600.

Charlton is a pretty tiny village, but it’s peaceful, quiet, and well-kept.
I’ve only been through Charlton once. There is a general store, a gas station, a United Church, the Timberline and Moose Haven Lodges for accomodations and activities, and the D&R Variety and the Burger Barn for food. There is also a local Legion, and, of course, some houses. There is also a nice little river and waterfall, with a commemorative plaque about the Charlton Powerhouse. There is also a nice waterfront park with boat luanch access, a playground, and a little beach.Charlton, in northern Ontario

I did some searching on Charlton and Dack Township history, but couldn’t find much. So I don’t have too much to say.

Oddly enough, I also found an online listing for the Charlton Medical Marijuana Club.

You can see some more photos here and here.  Email me to add to this page at info (at) highway11 (dot) ca.

Charlton River, northern ontario

Charlton River

14 thoughts on “Charlton and Dack

  1. Hi Michael. I know you posted this years ago but I came across your comments while researching the Charlton area. I am intrigued by your mention of “great spring water, if you know where to look”
    I would be interested in some hints on where I might find a spring in the area. I will be close to Moose Haven Lodge on Long Lake.
    Any information would be appreciated.

  2. My family settled in Charlton. There is a lake named for them close by…Hough Lake. They moved into Charlton across from what was the first school house, down the street from the general store and legion, in the other diretion, down from the school which is near the cemetery. The house was burned down during the Hailebury fire and my family spent the night standing in the White River. When the house was rebuilt it it began to sink into the claybelt underneath it. My father sold the property in about 1969 and the original building was torn down. There is also an Anglican Church there that burned down during the fire and was rebuilt, St. Faith’s. My Great Grandfather was warden there at the time. It is not an active Sunday congregation.
    I remember the Roman Catholic church bell ringing for mass on Sunday morning when we would stay there in the summer. It no longer exists but the bell is still there as a memorial I believe. The cemetery is an interesting place to walk and tells so much about the history of the place. My great grandparents are buried there as well as one of their children who was a twin and still born. Charlton was a big part of my growing up, and my extended family spent our summers there. A lot of good memories. I doubt anyone exists who still remembers the Hough family although my dad’s cousin Margaret Ham lives in Englehart.

  3. Hello, i came upon this blog and was very taken back, I was born and raised in Rural Charlton on Long Lake, via Gregory’s Narrows, my father had a sawmill there for years and my mother and many others worked along side of him creating history and memories for many. My fathers name was William Gregory and my mothers Dorothy Gregory, many new them in the community and were greatly respected people. I miss those days and miss all the people that made up that community and so I find myself in a small community now making new memories but not forgotten the old days of Charlton…

  4. Looking for info. re: family in Charlton/Savard during the 1920/21/22/23 era. The Mathews/Matwie family. Children went to the Savard School. Just visited the Charlton museum and the ladies there were very helpful, allowing us to look through the Tweedsmuir books that they have, but they are too new. Other books are away being copied. Went to the Englehart Museum and the ladies there were very helpful, but unfortunately a motion had been passed not allowing ANYONE

      • oops again, (don’t push enter) not allowing ANYONE to touch the archives. FOR A FEE someone will do research for you (SOMEDAY) and get back to you. Too bad they don’t have the allowances for people to come in to do research – for a small fee – while you are in the area – OR have someone do the research if you’re not able (for a larger fee) as all the other larger museums do. We were quite disappointed as we had driven 8 hours to stay in the area to do family research. People have donated materials over the years to the museum to allow others to enjoy it, not to be held, hidden from view.

  5. I spent every summer from the age of 3 till my early twenties on Lady Lake, Thynne’s Bay right off the narrows at Long Lake. The best years of my life…fishing with a simple casting rod and a red devil always quickly brought in a northern pike or pickerel…I was good in my row boat and later a five hp viking outboard….I would go to Moose Haven to get gas and chocolate bars…later cigarettes….One time as a teen I blew a gas tank on a big chevy and a local farmer fixed it for me for a case of beer…Great people, beautiful country and great spring water if you know where to look…..Even swimming with the leaches was kinda fun…we always had a salt shaker with us…..I miss it…and plan to go back one day!

  6. My grandfather Victor James Brace came from Cheltenham England as a steam fitter in 1907 moved to Charlton I think to assist the town in providing electric power at the Ryan-Farah sawmill. He then when to assisted in wiring the control panel for the Charlton power plant that was completed in 1914. He also served on the town council until the fire in 1922. I am hoping that there are some photos that served the fire in that period of time. I am also looking for Kevin Ryan who is the author of the book The Charlton Story 1902-!922 From sawdust to AShes

  7. I think if you want more history about Charlton and the surrounding areas there is a history somewhere. It is called the Tweedsmur History. I think I spelled it right.

  8. hello, i am originaly from the charlton are the best thing about the little town is the lake and the friendly people. the ake is nice to go fishing on, great to go swimming and there are a few lodges and a beach right in charton. the scenery is nice as well if you just go for a drive. it is a little town it may not seem like thereis much to offer but once you are there there are lots of thigs to do 🙂

  9. The Municipality of Charlton and Dack was created in 2003 by reuniting the former Town of Charlton with the Township of Dack into a single municipality. Charlton’s status as a Town was the result of its much larger population before the 1922 fire.

    • thanks for the tip , Bibi!by the way, surely some of my links are from you but i fiisnh putting in my links collection and forgot about from where i get so then i got to thank you for the great links you got(eu posso tratar de escribir en potugueis, mais eu lembro pouco do languagem seguramente, saldra um espantoso portunhol =) so, better continue writing in english =)keep up the good workroberto

  10. I am from a little town called Kenendy NY about 1 hour South of Buffalo, NY. I travel to Charlton about three times a year (10 hour drive both ways).This is where I bought the land and built my cabin although you have to travel through Charlton on some dirt roads to get to the narrows between Long Lake and Kinogami lakes, where the cabin is. I have been going up there for 11 years now and am very pleased with how we (Americans) are treated. The people in this region (Charlton and Englehart) are some of the most pleasant people I have ever met. The gentleman who runs the Pro Hardware in Englehart has saved our skins many times when we have needed a bolt or odd plumbing accessory for the cabin. The gentleman at the LCBO has always filled me in on what the weather will be like for our stay. People will go out of their way to show you where to go or what to see or to help with directions and are very friendly. Terry at Moose Heaven Lodge has been a great source of information concerning the surrounding lakes and wildlife as well. We always look forward to going and hate to leave.

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