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This article is about the northern Ontario town. For the incorrect but common anglicization of the Greek city, see Thessaloniki. For the nearby First Nations reserve, see Thessalon 12, Ontario.
Town (single-tier)
Town of Thessalon
Thessalon waterfront
Thessalon waterfront
Thessalon is located in Ontario
Coordinates: 46°15′N 83°33′W / 46.250°N 83.550°W / 46.250; -83.550Coordinates: 46°15′N 83°33′W / 46.250°N 83.550°W / 46.250; -83.550
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Algoma
 • Type Town
 • Mayor Jamie Orlando
 • MP Carol Hughes (NDP)
 • MPP Michael Mantha (NDP)
 • Land 4.37 km2 (1.69 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,279
 • Density 292.4/km2 (757/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code P0R 1L0
Area code(s) 705

Thessalon is a town in the Canadian province of Ontario, located at the junction of Highway 17 and Highway 129 on the north shore of Lake Huron. It is surrounded by but not part of the municipality of Huron Shores, and is part of Algoma District. The main industries are timber and tourism. The town is a popular retirement community. It is the administrative headquarters of the Thessalon Ojibway First Nation reserve.


The region was first surveyed in 1869. The survey was done to determine if the area could support viable lumber industry. By the winter of 1870 the beginnings of a lumber camp had taken root and in 1877 a more permanent settlement was established. Thessalon was incorporated in 1892.[2] Nathaniel Dyment of Barrie, Ontario, the owner of Dyment Co. one of the earliest and most prominent lumber companies in the area is considered the founding figure of Thessalon.


There is an arena, a curling club and one primary school in the town. The town was also home to the Thessalon Flyers. The Voyageur Hiking Trail passes near the community.[3] The town also hosts the area for the famous Camp McDougall, founded in 1969. Ranging from ages 5-14 throughout different camps. This unique camp holds some of the highest qualifying staff in Ontario, and gives students opportunities to create unforgettable summers.

The Thessalon River flows through the town and into Lake Huron at Water Street. Fishing is excellent in the river: yellow perch, pickerel, bass, northwater salmon and muskie.

Famous Residents[edit]


Canada census – Thessalon community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1279 (-2.5% from 2006) 1312 (-5.3% from 2001)
Land area: 4.37 km2 (1.69 sq mi) 4.37 km2 (1.69 sq mi)
Population density: 292.4/km2 (757/sq mi) 299.9/km2 (777/sq mi)
Median age: 47.2 (M: 45.0, F: 49.3)
Total private dwellings: 594 583
Median household income: $48,768
References: 2011[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]

Population trend:[8]

  • Population in 2011: 1279
  • Population in 2006: 1312
  • Population in 2001: 1386
  • Population in 1996: 1485
  • Population in 1991: 1543


  1. ^ a b "Thessalon census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "History". Thessalon Public Library. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Thessalon Section". Voyageur Trail Association. 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online: Angelina Napolitano. By Franca Iacovetta. University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2004. page accessed June 2008
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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