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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 Manitoulin District
Assiginack is located in 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
 • TypeTownship
 • ReeveDavid Ham
 • MPCarol Hughes (NDP)
 • MPPMichael Mantha (NDP)
 • Land226.72 km2 (87.54 sq mi)
 • Total1,013
 • Density4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code FSA
Area code(s)705 Edit this at Wikidata

Assiginack (/əˈsɪɡɪnæk/)[3] is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located on Manitoulin Island. An Ontario Historical Plaque was built on the grounds of the Assiginack Museum by the province to commemorate the Manitoulin Treaties' role in Ontario's heritage.[4]


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 is the administrative centre of Assigniack township. The town was founded in 1836 as a centre of the island's Aboriginal education.[5] Manitowaning Bay is a 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. The town is home to the De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Creation Centre. Cardwell Street in Manitowaning continues east of the community, becoming the primary access road to the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve.


Canada census – Assiginack community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 1,013 (+5.5% from 2011) 960 (+5.0% from 2006) 914 (-1.8% from 2001)
Land area: 226.72 km2 (87.54 sq mi) 227.87 km2 (87.98 sq mi) 227.44 km2 (87.82 sq mi)
Population density: 4.5/km2 (12/sq mi) 4.2/km2 (11/sq mi) 4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
Median age: 50.3 (M: 50.1, F: 50.5) 48.5 (M: 46.4, F: 49.7)
Total private dwellings: 730 707 709
Median household income: $63,189 $51,039
References: 2016[6] 2011[1] 2006[7] earlier[8]
Historical population

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Assiginack, Township". Statistics Canada. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (2017), The Canadian Press Stylebook (18th ed.), Toronto: The Canadian Press
  4. ^ Ontario Plaque Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Manitowaning". Manitoulin Tourism. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Statistics Canada: 2001, 2006 census

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