Location of Kenora District in Ontario
|• MPs||Eric Melillo (CPC), Charlie Angus (NDP)|
|• MPPs||Greg Rickford (PC), Guy Bourgouin (NDP), Sol Mamakwa (NDP)|
|• Land||407,213.01 km2 (157,225.82 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||505 m (1,657 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||0.2/km2 (0.5/sq mi)|
|West of 90° west/Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (Central Daylight (CDT))|
|East of 90° west||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern Daylight (EDT))|
|Pickle Lake/Mishkeegogamang First Nation||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|Postal Code FSA|
|Largest communities||Kenora (15,177)|
Sioux Lookout (5,183)
It is geographically the largest division in Ontario: at 407,213.01 square kilometres (157,225.82 sq mi), it covers 38 percent of the province's area, making it larger than Newfoundland and Labrador, and slightly smaller than Sweden. Kenora District also has the lowest population density of any of Ontario's census divisions (it ranks 37th out of 50 by total population).
The district was created in 1907 from parts of Rainy River District. The northern part (north of the Albany River) only became part of Ontario in 1912 (transferred from the Northwest Territories). The separate Patricia District upon transfer, it was in 1937 annexed to Kenora District and known sometimes as the Patricia Portion.
As with the other districts of Northern Ontario, Kenora District has no equivalent to the county or regional municipality level of government that exists in Southern Ontario. All government services in the district are instead provided by the local municipalities, by local services boards in some unincorporated communities, or directly by the provincial government.
The climate is very harsh because of the influence of the cold waters of Hudson and James Bays: most of the region is taiga characterized by discontinuous permafrost, but on the extreme northern coast there are – remarkably for a latitude of only 54°N – patches of true Arctic tundra and continuous permafrost. This is the southernmost point in the Northern Hemisphere reached by the circumpolar line of continuous permafrost on any continent.
Kenora District is geographically extensive enough to share borders with both the contiguous United States (the boundary between it and the Northwest Angle is located in the Lake of the Woods) and the Canadian Arctic waters (Hudson Bay), the only district in Canada to do so.
|Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls||567|
First Nations reserves
|Attawapiskat||1,549||Northwest Angle 33||187|
|Bearskin Lake||461||North Spirit Lake||263|
|Deer Lake||763||Poplar Hill||473|
|Eabametoong||1,014||Rat Portage 38A||362|
|Eagle Lake 27||227||Sabaskong Bay 35D||387|
|English River 21||639||Sachigo Lake||443|
|Fort Albany 67 (part)||2,031||Sandy Lake||1,861|
|Fort Severn 89||361||Shoal Lake 39A (part)||388|
|Islington 29||832||Shoal Lake 40 (part)||101|
|Kasabonika||681||Shoal Lake 34B2||97|
|Keewaywin||340||The Dalles 38C||195|
|Kenora 38B||394||Wabauskang 21||75|
|Kingfisher Lake||462||Wabigoon Lake||184|
|Lake of the Woods 31G||N/A||Weagamow Lake 87||677|
|Lake of the Woods 37||46||Whitefish Bay 32A||670|
|Marten Falls||190||Whitefish Bay 33A||79|
|Mishkeegogamang||1,920||Whitefish Bay 34A||126|
|Muskrat Dam Lake||281||Wunnumin Lake||565|
- Kenora, Unorganized (including the local services boards of Greater Oxdrift, Melgund, Minaki, Redditt, Round Lake, and Wabigoon)
|Canada census – Kenora District community profile|
|Population:||65,533 (13.8% from 2011)||57,607 (-10.6% from 2006)||64,419 (4.2% from 2001)|
|Land area:||407,213.01 km2 (157,225.82 sq mi)||407,192.66 km2 (157,217.96 sq mi)|
|Population density:||0.1/km2 (0.26/sq mi)||0.2/km2 (0.52/sq mi)|
|Median age:||34.9 (M: 34.5, F: 35.2)|
|Total private dwellings:||31,191||29,606||30,940|
|Median household income:|
|Notes: Excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves. – References: 2016 2011 2006 earlier|
|Historical population figures|
Most of the population is concentrated in the district's extreme south where some agriculture is possible: the main crop is barley. Traditional native activities such as hunting and fishing dominate the north of the district outside of mining settlements.
The area near Lake Minnehaha saw a gold rush between 1902 and 1909. The settlement of Gold Rock served 14 area mines, which included the Big Master, Laurentian, Detola and Elora. According to Barnes, "Approximately 180,000 ounces of gold was won from 27 mines in the Kenora district from 1880 to 1976," with "over 331 known gold occurrences." The more successful mines included the Bully Boy, Cameron Island, Champion, Combined, Cornucopia, Gold Hill, Golden Horn, Kenricia, Mikado, Oliver, Olympia, Ophyr, Regina, Scramble, Severn, Stella, Sultana, Treasure and Wendigo.
Mining is currently extremely extensive in northern Kenora District, which contains some of the world's largest and highest-grade reserves of uranium and some of the world's major producers of nickel. A major mining exploration project is currently underway in the Ring of Fire region, centred on the district's isolated McFaulds Lake.
Permanent roads (Highway 599) only reach about halfway to the northernmost point of Kenora district, with the provincial highway network ending at Pickle Lake. Some more northerly communities connect seasonally through an ice/winter road network to the Northern Ontario Resource Trail.
Year-round air and summertime river transport are the only means of reaching the most remote parts of the district.
The major railroad lines between Toronto and British Columbia pass through the south of the district.
The Patricia Portion is the part of the Kenora District lying north of the Albany River, which was transferred from the Northwest Territories to Ontario on May 15, 1912, in The Ontario Boundaries Extension Act. This area was originally a separate division, Patricia District, but became part of Kenora District in 1937.
With the exception of a few communities along the northernmost ends of Highway 599 and the Highway 105/Highway 125 corridor, the Patricia Portion consists almost entirely of remote First Nations communities that are only accessible by float plane or winter road. Accordingly, the term "Patricia Portion" is still sometimes used to distinguish the region from the relatively more populated and road-accessible southern portion.
- "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017.
- Compilation of Northwestern Ontario's 2006 census data[permanent dead link]
- Highest elevation from MapArt 2003 Edition Ontario Provincial Map – G4 south of Willard Lake. Hudson Bay is at MSL
- The Ontario Boundaries Extension Act, S.C. 1912 (CA), 2 Geo. V, c. 40.
- Patricia Act, RSO 1937, c 5 (retrieved March 26, 2016).
- Caldera Volcanoes Retrieved on July 20, 2007
- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
- Barnes, Michael (1995). Gold in Ontario. Erin: The Boston Mills Press. pp. 23–26. ISBN 155046146X.
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