Alexandria has a population of about 3,300 people. Alexandria and its nucleus Priest's Mill, built in 1819, were named for the Catholic priest Alexander Macdonell, who resided at St. Raphael's and later became the first bishop of Kingston.
The area was settled in 1792 as part of the historic Glengarry County in which many Scottish emigrants settled from all over the Scottish Highlands due to the Highland Clearances. This first wave of heavy migration lasted till 1816, emigration continued afterwards into the early 20th century but in a slower pace. Many of these migrants came from the Inverness-shire area of Scotland specifically. Canadian Gaelic/Scottish Gaelic has been a spoken language in the area since then.
Development in the region was significantly spurred by the development of a railway link between Ottawa and Montreal in the early 1880s. Maxville, Alexandria and Glen Robertson, in particular, became key railway hubs for farmers in the area.
1 Alexandria train station, 45 McDougald Street E (north end of town, turn east on McDougald Street). Station opens 60 minutes prior to train arrival and remains open for 30 minutes after train departure. This is an unstaffed station with a ticket kiosk. Train operator:
- VIA Rail Canada, toll-free: . Operates train routes across Canada. Operates a route between Quebec City and Ottawa including stops in Drummondville, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Lambert, Montreal, Dorval, and Alexandria. Multiple trains per day travel the entire route and some additional trains travel between Montreal and Ottawa.
Regional Road 34 runs through Alexandria on its way between Highways 401 and 417.
- Glengarry Golf & Country Club, 20511 McCormick Road, ☏ . May-October. An 18-hole course. The 15th hole - "The Monster" - is a 477-yard par 4.
- Fauxmagerie Zengarry, 209 Main Street North, ☏ . W-F 9AM-4PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Vegan "cheese".
- Georgian House Restaurant and Day Spa, 146 Main Street South, ☏ .
- The Quirky Carrot, 1 Main Street South, ☏ . M-F 7:30AM-3:30PM, Sa 7:30AM-2:30PM. Café and cookery school.
- White Rock Motel, 169 Main Street North, ☏ .
- 2 Glengarry Pioneer Museum, 1645 County Road 30, RR #1 Dunvegan, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. A regional history museum.
- Glengarry Highland Games. Nearby Maxville hosts one of North America's largest festivals of Scottish culture, on the first long weekend in August. The Glengarry Highland Games include traditional Scottish events such as the caber toss, tug of war, and the sheaf toss.
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|Ottawa ←||W E||→ Dorval → Montreal|