Searchmont is a community with a local services board in the Canadian province of Ontario. The services board covers the unincorporated townships of Deroche, Gaudette, Hodgins and Shields in the Algoma District northeast of Sault Ste. Marie. It includes the communities of Searchmont, Northland and Glendale.
The town of Searchmont received its name in honor of T.C. Search, the treasurer of the consolidated Lake Superior Company. Searchmont was once a bustling community built around the forestry industry. The local sawmill was the livelihood of most of the residents. When the mill closed in the early 1990s, much of the population moved away. Some now consider Searchmont to be a ghost town in comparison to what it once was.
The Searchmont Community Centre recently was renovated in 2002 with the aid of a SuperBuild grant provided by the Ontario government. Part of the newly renovated Searchmont Community Centre has been named after Walter Senko, a recently deceased school teacher in the area.
The town of Searchmont is serviced with respect to Fire Response and Emergency First Response services by the Searchmont Community Volunteer Fire Department. The original Searchmont Fire Brigade was formed in 1976 with a grant of $15,000 from the Isolated Communities Assistance Fund along with $8,000 raised by the community. The brigade was able to purchase a pumper truck, 2 portable fire pumps, protection clothing and breathing apparatus at that time. The current SCVFD hosts an annual Fireman's Ball each spring as a local fundraiser and to provide an opportunity for the community to recognize the individual volunteer efforts provided.
At one of the town's stores, you can purchase the locally infamous "Battle Axe Burger", consisting of three 6 ounce patties with three slices of cheese and bacon, between two pieces of Texas Toast.
- Local Services Boards, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 737. Canadian Legal Information Institute.
- Searchmont Resort
- Community of Searchmont website
- Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2006 and 2001 censuses
- Searchmont Community Volunteer Fire Department website
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