Northwestern Ontario is diverse in every sense of the word. It is a large and distinct region in Ontario that borders the shores of Lake Superior; the world’s largest body of fresh water and home to the prestigious Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Northwestern Ontario covers 526,371.87 km² and is made up of 3 census divisions
; Kenora District
, Rainy River District
and Thunder Bay District
. The City of Thunder Bay
are the urban centres with the largest populations. Other parts of Northwestern Ontario are largely rural with populations of less than 10,000.
This region has always been a meeting place. For centuries, different groups of people have come together here to live and work. From migratory First Nations tribes and the 19th century arrival of European immigrants, to more recent newcomers from parts of Africa and South America, Northwestern Ontario today is made up of people from diverse backgrounds and varied cultures.
The communities in this region are as diverse as their residents. Here you’ll find lively urban cities, fishing villages, farming communities, market towns, First Nations and lakefront resorts set among boreal forests, rugged coastlines and mountain ranges. Add a distinct, four season climate and you’ll find the perfect combination for a healthy, outdoor lifestyle.
Whether you want to be part of a fast-paced city scene or find a quiet lakeside hideaway, there is a community choice for you here in Northwestern Ontario.