NAME: Rolphton
COUNTY: Rolph Twp., Renfrew Distrivt
CLIMATE: Snow in winter, warm summers
BEST TIME TO VISIT: April-November
COMMENTS: Rolphton still announced on Hwy 17 West of Deep River. The nUclear demo plant stands near the town site (1.5 km East near the river.
REMAINS: Paved strrets and overgrown yards, nuclear demonstration plant
It started as a farming community until Ontario Hydro built the Swish hydro station in 1948, a town site which housed construction crews, was established. After construction the town site came to house employees of the Nuclear and Hydro plants, besides the Hwy Businesses strung the hwy, with a post office (opened in 1948) 3 service stations, restaurants, O.P.P detachement, and stores. While the hydro towmsite was dismantled in the early 1980's the nuclear plant produced until 1988. Though small it was Canada's 1st nuclear reactor and produced 20 000 watts. In its peak 300 residents lived in the hydro settlement wihcih contained at one time over 60 homes. Submitted by: Yvan P.Charbonneau