The municipality of Thorne, nestled in the Gatineau Hills, is located a short hour car ride from Canada's capital Ottawa. With its many lakes, vast forests, and acres of green space, Thorne is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Thorne offers quietness and space, and it also provides many local businesses and services which either the permanent resident or the weekend visitor will find useful.
The township of Thorne was proclaimed in 1861. Still the township was too small to form its own municipality since the requirement was a population of 300.
Thorne thus became annexed to the municipality of Leslie, but by 1867 a new arrangement was made, Leslie went its own way, and Thorne formed the United Townships of Thorne and Cawood. Finally, it obtained its full municipal status in 1877. Today, the municipality of Thorne still leads a healthy existence despite its age. Families, many of German origin, have lived here for generations.
People still return to the area whether to be a permanent resident or to visit other relatives in this area. The family ties to this municipality are strong. The municipality has also welcomed new residents to the area who have chosen Thorne to settle in. Besides, the beautiful crystal clear spring fed lakes in the area have also led to a large growth in the number of cottages in the area. Many people cottage here during the summer months because of the clear lakes and the peace and quiet which the area provides, not to mention that Thorne is close to the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.
Thorne is an ideal destination if you are looking for a place to vacation, live or retire. The tax rate is one of the lowest you will find and real estate is very affordable whether you want to buy in the area or just rent.