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Canada's First Polish Settlement

Leaving behind the adverse social and political conditions of their partitioned homeland, some 300 Polish immigrants came to Renfrew County in 1864 and rapidly established a thriving agricultural community. Wilno was augmented by a second wave of Polish immigration in the early 1900s and still retains much of its distinctive cultural heritage.

Location

On Shrine Hill Drive, near Our Lady Queen of Poland Roman Catholic Church, off Highway 60 about 1 km east of Wilno

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Renfrew

Municipality: Township of Madawaska Valley

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