Hudson, Kenora District

Coordinates: 50°05′28″N 92°10′08″W / 50.09111°N 92.16889°W / 50.09111; -92.16889
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Rolling Portage
Hudson is located in Ontario
Location of Hudson in Ontario
Coordinates: 50°05′28″N 92°10′08″W / 50.09111°N 92.16889°W / 50.09111; -92.16889
RegionNorthwestern Ontario
MunicipalitySioux Lookout
372 m (1,220 ft)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Time Zone)
Postal code FSA
Area code807

Hudson is an unincorporated place and community in the municipality of Sioux Lookout, Kenora District in northwestern Ontario, Canada.[1][2] It is located on Lost Lake on the English River in the Nelson River drainage basin.


The National Transcontinental Railway was built through the area in the 1900s and the railway station at Hudson opened in 1910. It was originally called Rolling Portage (referring to freight that was portaged across Hudson from Lost Lake to Vermilion Lake)[3] and the first post office was established there in 1919.

In 1911 or 1912, the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) opened a fur-trade outpost and store in Hudson, which became a full post in 1915. The store became part of the HBC Northern Stores Department in 1959, and was replaced by a new building in 1964. In 1987, HBC divested the Northern Stores Department to The North West Company.[4]

Before roads were built to Red Lake, Hudson was a transportation hub for transshipment, first between trains and boat traffic going north, and later for air cargo as well. By 1929/1930, Hudson had the second busiest cargo airport in North America (after Chicago). Once the roads reached Red Lake by 1948, Hudson began to decline and forestry became the main economic activity.[3]


Hudson is on the Canadian National Railway transcontinental main line,[5] between Webster to the west and Pelican to the east, and is passed but not served by Via Rail transcontinental Canadian trains.

It is also the western terminus of Ontario Highway 664, which connects to Ontario Highway 72 southwest of the town centre of Sioux Lookout.



Hudson is the location of two radio station repeaters: CBLS-FM (Sioux Lookout), a repeater of CBQT-FM, CBC Radio One in Thunder Bay, and CKDR-3, a repeater of CKDR-FM in Dryden.


  1. ^ "Hudson". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  2. ^ "Sioux Lookout Boundary Map" (PDF). Town of Sioux Lookout. October 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  3. ^ a b "The History of Sioux Lookout & Hudson". Municipality of Sioux Lookout. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Hudson's Bay Company: Hudson". Archives of Manitoba - Keystone Archives Descriptive Database. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  5. ^ Map 13 (PDF) (Map). 1 : 1,600,000. Official road map of Ontario. Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2011-08-15.

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