If you wish to live your life in French, search no more. This municipality boasts an impressive proportion of its inhabitants who have French either as their first or second language (35%). The vast majority of the Francophone community came to this area in the 1930’s, from Northeastern Ontario or the province of Quebec, following the mining and forest industry boom.
Its closeness with Hearst ensures that to this day, a strong link with the Franco-Ontarian community is maintained, which contributes to the vitality of the local French-speaking community. Many Francophone clubs and associations are still alive today and they ensure that the Franco-Ontarian culture and language are passed on to future generations. It is also worth mentioning that there is a French-language Community Center located in Geraldton serving as a real hub for the region’s Francophone community.
It is, in fact, in Greenstone that the Franco-Ontarian flag was first flown permanently in our region, and it is no surprise that the municipality has three French Elementary schools and one French High school. This is yet again more proof of the importance of the Francophone population in the history and the future development in Northwestern Ontario.
Visit the Greenstone Community Portal.