About McDougall

By P199 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsMcDougall Township, adjacent to Parry Sound, was intended for farming, and settlers were lured to the area through the government's "Free Land Grant Policy" in the mid- to late- 1800's. Settlers soon found that the rock and scrub brush were not suitable for farming, and logging became their livelihood. The Municipality of McDougall was incorporated on May 1, 1872. In 1907, the rail line was extended and a small train station was built seven miles north of Parry Sound. The station was named Peart, and later, Ambo.

In 1913 construction began on the Canadian Explosives Limited plant that was named Nobel, after the Swedish scientist who invented dynamite. The plant became a part of Canada's wartime history. A nearby location later became a testing site for the Avro Arrow's jet engines, a space age effort that put Canadians at the forefront of modern aeronautics. Modern-day Nobel remains a popular area for cottagers along Georgian Bay and the inland lakes. As a year-round recreational destination, McDougall is the home to Deer Run Golf Club and the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club's 18-hole course and training facility. A well-groomed network of cross-country ski trails is maintained by the Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club at the club's base on Nine Mile Lake, off Highway 124. Depending on the season, visitors can also enjoy snowmobile trails, along with municipal parks and beaches.

  • Relevant Links:
About Alfred Nobel
The Avro Arrow
About William McDougall
A Short History of Nobel


Census references:

2011 McDougall Census
2011 Parry Sound Census
Stats Canada - McDougall Census Profile
Stats Canada - Parry Sound Census Profile