Algoma District

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Algoma District
District d'Algoma
Location of Algoma District in Ontario
Location of Algoma District in Ontario
Coordinates: 48°00′N 84°30′W / 48.000°N 84.500°W / 48.000; -84.500Coordinates: 48°00′N 84°30′W / 48.000°N 84.500°W / 48.000; -84.500
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Northeastern Ontario
Created 1858
 • Land 48,814.88 km2 (18,847.53 sq mi)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 114,094
 • Density 2.3/km2 (6/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 705
Seat Sault Ste. Marie
Website Algoma District Services Administration Board

Algoma District is a district and census division in Northeastern Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Algoma was created by proclamation in 1858[3] as a provisional judicial district of the Province of Canada comprising territory north of the French River as far west as Pigeon River (Minnesota-Ontario), including all Canadian islands in Lakes Huron and Superior. The authorizing act of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada was An Act to provide for the Administration of Justice in the unorganized Tracts of Country within the limits of this Province (known by its short title as The Temporary Judicial Districts Act, 1857).

The district seat has been Sault Ste. Marie since 1858.

As the population grew and the northern and northwestern boundaries of Ontario were determined by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Algoma shrank. Other districts were created from it by the provincial government of Ontario:

The rugged scenery of this region has inspired works by Canadian artists, particularly the Group of Seven. They rented a boxcar from the Algoma Central Railway to travel on excursions through this region.


Communities within these subdivisions are added in parentheses.






Unorganized areas[edit]


Canada census – Algoma District community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 114094 (-1.5% from 2011) 115870 (-1.4% from 2006) 117461 (-0.9% from 2001)
Land area: 48,814.88 km2 (18,847.53 sq mi) 48,810.68 km2 (18,845.91 sq mi) 48,734.66 km2 (18,816.56 sq mi)
Population density: 2.3/km2 (6.0/sq mi) 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi) 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi)
Median age: 45.0 (M: 44.4, F: 45.5)
Total private dwellings: 60,324 59,149 58,742
Median household income:
Notes: Excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves. – References: 2016[4] 2011[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]


King's Highways[edit]

Secondary highways[edit]

Tertiary highways[edit]

  • #821

Protected areas[edit]


In the Algoma section, the characteristic forest mixture consists of yellow birch, white spruce, balsam fir, sugar maple, hop-hornbeam, and eastern white cedar. Eastern white pine and occasional red pine (Pinus resinosa) dominate on the upper, steep south-facing slopes; white spruce, eastern white cedar, and balsam fir occupy the middle and lower slopes. A white spruce–balsam fir association, which usually includes white birch and black spruce, is prominent on the river terraces and adjoining flats in the northern part of the Section (Rowe 1972).[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Algoma District census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Algoma District census profile". 2016 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2017-02-08. 
  3. ^ Proclamation to take effect 1 May 1858, Canada Gazette (April 17, 1858), p. 676-677. New Proclamation to take effect 1 Oct 1859, Canada Gazette (Sept 10, 1859), p. 2226.
  4. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". Canada 2016 Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Rowe, J.S 1972. Forest regions of Canada. Can. Dep. Environ., Can. For. Serv., Ottawa ON, Publ. 1300. 172 p.

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