Schreiber, Ontario

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Isbester's Landing
Township (single-tier)
Township of Schreiber
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Schreiber is located in Ontario
Coordinates: 48°49′N 87°16′W / 48.817°N 87.267°W / 48.817; -87.267Coordinates: 48°49′N 87°16′W / 48.817°N 87.267°W / 48.817; -87.267
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Thunder Bay
Settled 1883
Incorporated 1901
Named for Sir Collingwood Schreiber
 • Mayor Mark Figliomeni
 • Federal riding Thunder Bay—Superior North
 • Prov. riding Thunder Bay—Superior North
 • Land 36.79 km2 (14.20 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,126
 • Density 30.6/km2 (79/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code P0T 2S0
Area code(s) 807
Highway 17 through Schreiber

Schreiber is a municipal township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located on the northernmost point of Lake Superior along Highway 17. The town, with a population of approximately 1100 people, is almost completely located inside the geographic township of Priske, with a small western portion of the town in the southeast of Killraine Township.

The town was named after Sir Collingwood Schreiber, a railway engineer, founding member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, and deputy minister of Railways and Canals 1892-1905.

The town is near the main exposure of the Gunflint chert, which contains rare single-celled proterozoic fossils. The Voyageur Hiking Trail passes through the town.


The place was founded in 1883 as a construction camp for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Steamships loaded with supplies for building the railway would dock at what was then known as "Isbester's Landing", named for railway contractor James Isbester, who in partnership with Robert Gillespie Reid was responsible for building many of the railway bridges along the north shore of Lake Superior. Isbester's Landing grew from construction camp to railway division point. A station, roundhouse, car shops, icehouse and stock yard soon followed.

The town was renamed Schreiber in 1887. On July 13, 1901, the township was officially incorporated. The C.P.R. moved the divisional office from White River to Schreiber in 1912, and thereafter remained as one of the town's biggest employers. The town's economy is also sustained by a pulp mill in Terrace Bay, which is located 15 minutes away.

During World War II, Schreiber was the site of one of the four work camps established for Japanese-Canadian internees. Several Prisoner of War camps for Axis soldiers, sailors and air force personnel were also built nearby.

Many railroaders settled in Schreiber and later started families. Many immigrants soon came to Schreiber. A large percentage of these immigrants were from Italy. Many others came from Poland, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, other countries in Europe as well as other parts of Canada.


Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 1126
  • Population in 2006: 901
  • Population in 2001: 1448
  • Population in 1996: 1788
  • Population in 1991: 1903

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Schreiber census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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