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Township of Assiginack
The SS Norisle at the Manitowaning Heritage Complex
The SS Norisle at the Manitowaning Heritage Complex
Assiginack is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 45°44′N 81°48′W / 45.733°N 81.800°W / 45.733; -81.800Coordinates: 45°44′N 81°48′W / 45.733°N 81.800°W / 45.733; -81.800
Country Canada
Province Ontario
 • TypeTownship
 • ReeveDavid Ham
 • MPCarol Hughes (NDP)
 • MPPMichael Mantha (NDP)
 • Land227.87 km2 (87.98 sq mi)
 • Total960
 • Density4.2/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)705

Assiginack is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located on Manitoulin Island. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected on the grounds of the Assiginack Museum by the province to commemorate the Manitoulin Treaties' role in Ontario's heritage.[2]


The principal community in the township is Manitowaning. Smaller communities in the township include Bass Creek, Bidwell, Clover Valley, Eagles Nest, Hilly Grove, The Slash, Squirrel Town and Vanzant's Point.


Manitowaning was founded in 1836 as a centre of the island's Aboriginal education.

Manitowaning Bay is an excellent natural harbour, the community has a marina with good docking facilities. From its early history, Manitowaning was a regular port of call for schooners and steamboats from many points on the Great Lakes. Manitowaning was the first and last scheduled stop on Manitoulin Island, for the ships of the Owen Sound Transportation Company Limited. The old steamboat wharf is now part of the community's Museum Heritage Complex, home of the SS Norisle. Cardwell Street in Manitowaning continues east of the community, becoming the primary access road to the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve.


Canada census – Assiginack community profile
2011 2006
Population: 960 (5.0% from 2006) 914 (-1.8% from 2001)
Land area: 227.87 km2 (87.98 sq mi) 227.44 km2 (87.82 sq mi)
Population density: 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi) 4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
Median age: 48.5 (M: 46.4, F: 49.7)
Total private dwellings: 707 709
Median household income: $51,039
References: 2011[1] 2006[3] earlier[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  2. ^ Ontario Plaque Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.

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