Unorganized Thunder Bay District

Unorganized Thunder Bay District is an unorganized area in northwestern Ontario, Canada in Thunder Bay District. It comprises all parts of the district that are not part of an incorporated municipality or a First Nations reserve.

Unorganized Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Unorganized
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Coordinates: 50°00′N 88°00′W
Country Canada
Province Ontario
DistrictThunder Bay
  Federal ridingAlgoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing
Thunder Bay—Rainy River
Thunder Bay—Superior North
  Prov. ridingAlgoma—Manitoulin
Kenora—Rainy River
Thunder Bay—Atikokan
Thunder Bay—Superior North
  Land97,007.34 km2 (37,454.74 sq mi)
  Density0.1/km2 (0.3/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code FSA
Area code(s)807

Most of the territory is within the Eastern Time Zone, but the part west of the 90th meridian is in the Central Time Zone.

Local service boards

Other communities


Canada census – Thunder Bay, Unorganized community profile
2011 2006
Population: 5909 (-10.3% from 2006) 6585 (5.8% from 2001)
Land area: 97,007.34 km2 (37,454.74 sq mi) 97,000.41 km2 (37,452.07 sq mi)
Population density: 0.1/km2 (0.26/sq mi) 0.1/km2 (0.26/sq mi)
Median age: 44.7 (M: 45.2, F: 44.1)
Total private dwellings: 5782 6655
Median household income: $59,153
References: 2011[2] 2006[3] earlier[4]

Population trend:[5]

  • Population in 2011: 5909
  • Population in 2006: 6585
  • Population in 2001: 6223
  • Population in 1996: 8460 (or 6534 when adjusted to 2001 boundaries)
    • Land area: 105,454.69 square kilometres (40,716.28 sq mi)
  • Population in 1991: 8168

Parks in Unorganized Thunder Bay

Provincial parks in Unorganized Thunder Bay include:

It is also home to one National Park of Canada: Pukaskwa National Park.


Gold was noted in the area since 1869, but it wasn't until Peter Moses from Heron Bay, discovered additional gold that prospectors flocked to the area. In 1947, Dr. J. Williams and Moses staked 11 claims, which became the Lake Superior Mining Corporation. However, not much development took place until 1979, when Don and David McKinnon, along with John Larche, staked claims in Hemlo and the Manitouwadge area. The Williams Mine started operation in 1985, and produced 445,320 ounces of gold from a 2.45 meter wide ore body. The Golden Giant Mine produced 446,858 ounces in 1994 from a quartz sericite schist host rock. The David Bell Mines produced 204,251 ounces in 1994. The Hemlo gold mines had produced more than 6,000,000 ounces of gold by 1992.[6]

See also


  1. "Thunder Bay, Unorganized census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  2. "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  3. "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  4. "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  5. Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  6. Barnes, Michael (1995). Gold in Ontario. Erin: The Boston Mills Press. pp. 91–94. ISBN 155046146X.
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