Canada’s Crossroads to Land and Lake
Nipigon’s central geographic position favors strong ties with surrounding communities, and despite the fact that it has a smaller number of French speakers compared to its neighbour Terrace Bay, 6% of its inhabitants speak French, some of whom act as champions to promote the language.
There is no organized Francophone club, but with Nipigon being halfway between Terrace Bay and Thunder Bay, the people from this township usually participate in the activities taking place in either of these two communities close-by. Thankfully, some businesses and professionals offer services in French and for the past couple years, the Franco-Ontarian flag has been proudly raised to acknowledge the French heritage of the township that dates back to the explorers that first built the Sainte-Anne Fort. Other proof of the long-lasting history of the French language in this area is the name Pays-Plat that was given to the Aboriginal community nearby.