Armstrong, Thunder Bay District, Ontario

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For the township in Timiskaming District, see Armstrong, Ontario.
compact rural community
unincorporated place
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Armstrong is located in Ontario
Location in Ontario
Coordinates: 50°18′18″N 89°02′31″W / 50.30500°N 89.04194°W / 50.30500; -89.04194Coordinates: 50°18′18″N 89°02′31″W / 50.30500°N 89.04194°W / 50.30500; -89.04194[1]
Country Canada
Province Ontario
District Thunder Bay
Time zone Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern Time Zone (UTC-4)
Postal Code P0T 1A0
Area code(s) 807

Armstrong is a compact rural community, unincorporated place, and divisional point on the Canadian National Railway transcontinental railway main line in the unorganized portion of Thunder Bay District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.[1] The Whitesand First Nation's Armstrong Settlement is coterminous to this community. The Armstrong area is a popular tourist destination in the summer for fishing and hunting.

The community is not part of an incorporated municipality, but is administered by a local services board.[2]

Armstrong is accessible via Highway 527, which extends 235 kilometres (146 mi) north from Highway 11/17 near Thunder Bay. It takes about three hours to get to Armstrong by car from Thunder Bay.

According to the Canada 2011 Census, the community had a population of 220, down from 276 in 2006, a decrease of 20.3%. There are 184 dwellings of which 91 are occupied by usual residents.[3]

Canadian Forces Station Armstrong, located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) east of Armstrong, was closed in 1974. Later that year the base was sold to private owners and turned into a popular gathering area for the town that included a restaurant and bar, hotel, multiple apartments, grages, and a curling rink. The area, known as D&L, was closed and abandoned in 1993 and remains that way today.

The town of Armstrong currently has two restaurants, a Canada Post post office, a clinic, a Mini Mart gas station and motel, and the Armstrong General store (formally J&J General store 1961-2015).

Armstrong Airport is located 4.5 nautical miles (8.3 km; 5.2 mi) east southeast of Armstrong.

The VIA Rail Canadian train travels through and stops on request in Armstrong.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Armstrong". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Local Services Boards - Armstrong". Northern Services Boards Act / Loi sur les régies des services publics du nord - R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 737. Canadian Legal Information Institute. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Armstrong, Ontario (Code 350028) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ "The Canadian westbound schedule" (PDF). Via Rail. Retrieved 2014-03-24.