Our township was incorporated on July 1st 2000, as the result of the amalgamation of the former Township of Hagarty & Richards and the former Village of Killaloe.
This area was first settled in the middle of the 19th century by Irish immigrants. As time went on, Irish, German, Kashub, Polish and Wendish settlers arrived by way of the Opeongo colonization road. That road is now known locally as the “Opeongo Line”.
Logging was responsible for the initial economic development of the area, with timber being harvested in the interior and transported down streams like the Bonnechere River and Brennan’s Creek in Killaloe to the Ottawa River.
At present, logging and tourism are our primary industries. Timber is harvested on private and crown land, and much of it is processed in local mills. Our lakes and forests provide a peaceful retreat for visitors who enjoy swimming and boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting. In winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing are popular activities. Bonnechere Provincial Park, located in our township, and Algonquin Provincial Park, located 45 minutes away, attract thousands of visitors each year.
We are also home to a thriving community of artists, musicians, and performers, who display their talents at local galleries and venues. The Madawaska Valley Studio Tour showcases some of the best artists in Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards and neighbouring townships.