It takes an average of eight hours to drive from Ottawa to a variety of destinations in this riding. Kapuskasing is 849 km away from Parliament Hill, Manitoulin is 644 km and Algoma District is 969 km away. The drive takes about nine hours.
Algoma is home to the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve. At over two million acres, it is the largest game preserve in the world. Spot timber wolves, lynx, beavers, bald eagles, and several species of owl here.
Manitoulin Island tops the list for the largest freshwater island in the world. St. Joseph’s Island also ranks high on the list.
About 4% of the riding’s population are immigrants.
Approximately 19% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $39,379.
Pukaskwa National Park, the only wilderness national park in Ontario, occupies 1,878 km2 of Algoma. There are also provincial parks to enjoy: Lake Superior, Algoma Headwaters, Nagagamis, North Channel Islands, and more.
Sport fishers will find gold here, with thousands of lakes, streams and rivers made for anglers.
Professional hockey player Tim Horton was born in Cochrane.
Kapuskasing is the birthplace of filmmaker James Cameron, known for films such as “Titanic,” “Avatar,” and the “Terminator” franchise.
Neil Young referenced Algoma’s Blind River in his song “Long May You Run.”
The riding shares an international maritime border with the United States at Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The border is shared with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula.
Top industries are health care and social assistance, retail trade, and manufacturing. Almost 14% of the riding’s workforce is employed in the health care and social assistance sector.
About 46% of the riding’s labour force has some sort of post-secondary education.
Windular Research and Technologies Inc., a Manitoulin-based business, developed the first renewable energy technology of its kind, where small wind or solar systems can be attached to telecommunications towers and power themselves.
The City of Elliot Lake has a “Municipal Clean-Up Week” that provides residents an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronic waste.
Fort St. Joseph possessed both trade and military significance at the outset of the War of 1812. At the time, it was the most westerly British outpost in North America. When the British army, along with First Nations allies, left to capture another fort, the Americans arrived to find it vacant and burned it down. Fort St. Joseph was restored in the 1970s.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Nokiiwin Tribal Council Inc.
Matawa First Nations Management
Wabun Tribal Council
Mamaweswen, The North Shore Tribal Council
MNO Chapleau Métis Council
MNO North Channel Métis Council
Chapleau Cree First Nation
United Chiefs and Councils of Minidoo Mnising
M'Chigeeng First Nation
Zhiibaahaasing First Nation