Sioux Lookout, Ontario is comprised of the settlement of Alcona, the town of Sioux Lookout, and the hamlet of Hudson. Sioux Lookout covers a land area of 379 square kilometres, with a population of approximately 5,600 people. The rich history of these communities began with the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, now the Canadian National Railway (CNR) in early 1900s. During the Gold Rush Hudson was claimed to be the second busiest water base in North America. The history for the area, however, reaches further back as our municipality is located on traditional lands of the Ojibway. Artifacts have been discovered that date back as far back as 5000-7000 years ago.
The primary lure of Sioux Lookout, whether to visit or to live, is the opportunity to experience the untarnished nature of the Canadian Shield. The Boreal Forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including timber wolf, coyote, moose, deer, bear, beaver and owl. The English River water system creates lakes and marshes that are home to walleye, lake trout, muskellunge, small and large mouth bass and pike, as well as ducks, Canada geese and grebes. You will be awestruck by the natural landscapes as you explore the area by your chosen mode of transportation boat, canoe, snowmobile, cross-country skis, snowshoes, skates, float plane or even dogsled. Organized sport opportunities include curling or hockey in the winter and lob ball or golf in the summer, with course rules regarding golf balls lost to foxes or ravens! Be sure to glance up at the sky to catch a glorious sunset, a falling star or the northern lights.
Sioux Lookout prides itself on having a healthy economic base. The Sioux Lookout municipal airport is recognized as being the 4th busiest airport in Ontario handling over 100,000 passengers per year, with 200 scheduled flights per week to northern communities, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and southern destinations. VIA Rail continues to include Sioux Lookout as a major stopping point. In addition, there are several Tribal Councils and First Nation agencies based in Sioux Lookout to address the diverse needs of the area. McKenzie Forest Products sawmill is located in Hudson and employs more than 360 residents. Hudson is also home to two floating lodges companies, and there are over thirty tourist outfitters within the Sioux Lookout area.
The Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre will serve the municipality, neighbouring communities and 29 Northern First Nations, covering an area the size of France! Sioux Lookout is an important education center and offers continuing education opportunities. There are several hotels and restaurants with plenty of character to choose from, and a variety of retail stores to meet your shopping needs.
The most enduring characteristic of the municipality is the genuine warm welcome you will receive from the residents. As you can gather, Sioux Lookout is on the map as a prime destination for any activity you can imagine.