The North Shore, Ontario

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The North Shore
Township of The North Shore
North Shore municipal offices.
North Shore municipal offices.
The North Shore is located in Ontario
The North Shore
The North Shore
Coordinates: 46°14′N 82°38′W / 46.233°N 82.633°W / 46.233; -82.633Coordinates: 46°14′N 82°38′W / 46.233°N 82.633°W / 46.233; -82.633
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • TypeTownship
 • MayorRandi Condie
 • Governing BodyNorth Shore Township Council
 • MPCarol Hughes (NDP)
 • MPPMichael Mantha (NDP)
 • Land238.94 km2 (92.26 sq mi)
 • Total509
 • Density2.1/km2 (5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)705

The North Shore is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located in the Algoma District. The township had a population of 549 in the Canada 2006 Census. It is along the north shore of the North Channel of Lake Huron (hence its name), with its main communities all along Highway 17.


Algoma Mills[edit]

Algoma Mills is located between the North Channel and Lauzon Lake, near the township's western boundary with Blind River. The Algoma Mills Water Aerodrome serves the community.

Moiles Mills[edit]

Moiles Mills is a ghost town. It was established as a lumber town in April 1889 and burned down in 1918. The former townsite is now the site of John Island Camp, a children's summer camp operated by the YMCA.

Serpent River[edit]

Serpent River is located at the junction of highways 17 and 108.


Originally known as Cook's Mills, in 1882 the Cook Brothers Lumber Company established a sawmill at this location on the north shore of Lake Huron. The mill operated until 1906 when it was sold to Waldie Brothers Lumber Company. With the mill no longer in Cook's ownership, Spragge (the original name of the township in which it is located), was adopted as the name of the community. Waldie Brothers in turn sold the mill to McFadden and Malloy in 1913.

Over time a small village with a school, hotel, barbershop, general store was created, and by 1926 the community had a population of about 300 people. Sawmill activity was terminated in Spragge in the early 1930s following a disastrous fire, which eliminated the mill, lumber inventory, docks and most of the town. The town subsequently revived with the discovery of uranium and copper deposits in the area, leading to a thriving mining industry.


Canada census – The North Shore, Ontario community profile
2011 2006
Population: 509 (-7.3% from 2006) 549 (0.9% from 2001)
Land area: 238.94 km2 (92.26 sq mi) 230.79 km2 (89.11 sq mi)
Population density: 2.1/km2 (5.4/sq mi) 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi)
Median age: 56.2 (M: 56.8, F: 55.9) 53.5 (M: 55.2, F: 52.3)
Total private dwellings: 370 342
Median household income: $45,809
References: 2011[1] 2006[2] earlier[3]

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 509
  • Population in 2006: 549
  • Population in 2001: 544
  • Population in 1996: 678
  • Population in 1991: 729


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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