Johnson, Ontario

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Township (single-tier)
Township of Johnson
Municipal building in Desbarats
Municipal building in Desbarats
Johnson is located in Ontario
Coordinates: 46°20′N 83°56′W / 46.333°N 83.933°W / 46.333; -83.933Coordinates: 46°20′N 83°56′W / 46.333°N 83.933°W / 46.333; -83.933
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Algoma
 • Type Township
 • Mayor Ted Hicks (2010-Present)
Edith Orr (2006-2010)
 • MP Bryan Hayes (CPC)
 • MPP Michael Mantha (NDP)
 • Land 120.38 km2 (46.48 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 750
 • Density 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code P0R 1E0
Area code(s) 705 and 249

Johnson is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located within the Algoma District. The township had a population of 750 in the Canada 2011 Census, up from 701 in the 2006 census.


Desbarats, the main community in the township, is located on Highway 17, 54 kilometres (34 mi) east of Sault Ste. Marie.

Located in Desbarats is Central Algoma Secondary School, a high school of 250+ students which serves a catchment area extending from Echo Bay to Thessalon. In 2013 a grade 7 and 8 program was put into place in CASS.

Ripple Rock

West of Desbarats on Highway 17 is Ripple Rock, a unique rock cut that was uncovered with the blasting of the rock cuts through northern Ontario for the creation of the Trans-Canada Highway. The ripples in the rock were created two billion years ago by waves in a shallow body of water. It was buried and through pressure it became sandstone.

Puddingstone Road in Johnson Township was named for the geological phenomenon of puddingstone, found in the area as well as at nearby St. Joseph Island. Puddingstone is a mixture of different sized grains and pebbles held together by finer sand. The type found in this area is St. Joseph Island Puddingstone, which contains red and brown pieces of jasper.

Since the early 2000s, about 20 Mennonite families from Southern Ontario moved to the Desbarats area. Along with other local farmers, they sell their produce at the Desbarats Farmers' Market on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.


Canada census – Johnson, Ontario community profile
2011 2006
Population: 750 (7.0% from 2006) 701 (6.5% from 2001)
Land area: 120.38 km2 (46.48 sq mi) 119.67 km2 (46.20 sq mi)
Population density: 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi) 5.9/km2 (15/sq mi)
Median age: 44.5 (M: 45.2, F: 43.5)
Total private dwellings: 408 449
Median household income: $48,771
References: 2011[2] 2006[3] earlier[4]

Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2011: 750
  • Population in 2006: 701
  • Population in 2001: 658
  • Population in 1996: 729
  • Population in 1991: 685

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Johnson census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  2. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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