Hensall, Ontario

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Hensall is a community in Bluewater, Ontario, Canada with a population of 1,173 (2011 Census). It is located in the centre of Huron County's agricultural land, and is home to three large processing facilities: Thompsons Limited, Hensall Co-op and Cook's Division of Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., where thousands of tons of beans are annually processed, packaged and shipped worldwide.

Hensall is known as the White Bean Capital of Canada, built on growth and development that began in the 19th century with traditional farming methods.

Hensall is named after the village of Hensall in Yorkshire, England. Hensall, Ontario was founded by two brothers from Hensall, Yorkshire, (George and James Petty), in 1851.

In 1876 a railway station was built to transport people around the area. In 1896, Hensall had a recorded population of 898. In 1876, Hensall got its first post office.


Hensall is located where Huron Road 84 running east from Zurich bisects Highway 4 running north from Exeter.

The community is served by the North Link scheduled bus service to Owen Sound and London, operated by Aboutown Transportation.[1]


Hensall has one church, the Hensall United Church, belonging to the United Church of Canada established around 1887; the church was under the imminent risk of closing and sale in November 2018, but the Hensall Pharmacy store owner, an Egyptian-Canadian Maronite named Michel (Michael) Haddad, bought the church for a reported C$250,000 and allocated further amounts to renovate it and to develop its activities, thus saving the church from closing. His wife Asteir Hanna runs a pharmacy in nearby London, Ontario; as part of the agreement, Haddad and his wife will bequeath the property to their 20-year-old son, Andrew. If their son has no interest in maintaining it, or dies himself, the church will return to the congregation; the church will be renamed Hensall Community Church and will remain open to Christians of all denominations.[2]


  1. ^ "ABOUTOWN North Link Bus Schedule". Aboutown Transportation Ltd. Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2011-07-14.
  2. ^ Paul Hunter (23 December 2018). "A small Ontario town welcomed this Egyptian immigrant. Now he's buying its church — to save it". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  • James Scott. The Settlement Of Huron County.

Coordinates: 43°26′N 81°30′W / 43.433°N 81.500°W / 43.433; -81.500

External links[edit]

Official website