Schreiber is a municipal township in the Canadianprovince 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 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.