Nipigon

Nipigon is a township of 1,600 people (2011) on the north shore of Lake Superior in Northern Ontario.

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View of Nipigon from the lake

Nipigon is a small village on an isolated section of Trans-Canada Highway which follows the sparsely-populated north shore of Lake Superior between Thunder Bay and Sault Sainte Marie (Ontario). There is little population and few services outside the few villages on this lengthy stretch of highway. The local economy of Nipigon Township depends primarily on forest products, fishing, and tourism. Multiply Forest Products, a hundred-worker sawmill which was the largest employer in Nipigon, burned to the ground on February 6, 2007.

Nipigon’s population declined by over 25% between 1991 and 2011.

Nipigon is a departure point for fishing excursions onto Lake Superior, the Nipigon River system and Lake Nipigon. Common fish varieties include Atlantic salmon, lake trout, speckled trout, rainbow trout, walleye, northern pike, bass, and perch.

In Jan 2016, the Nipigon River Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge in Ontario, failed weeks after it opened. Traffic was rerouted through the United States, and road transportation between eastern and western Canada was not possible for a period of 17 hours. A pair of two-lane cable-stayed bridges opened in Nov 2018.

  • Nipigon Tourist Information Centre, 453 Trans-Canada Hwy, +1 807 887-3188. Late May to mid-Oct: M–F 8:30AM–4:30PM, in the summer open M-F until 8PM and Sa Su 10AM-8PM. Interactive historical displays about the area, clean washrooms. (updated Dec 2018)

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