Sioux Lookout, Hub of the North
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout with a population of approximately 5,600 is located on Pelican Lake, part of the English-River - Lac Seul water system. Its rich history began with the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, now the Canadian National Railways (CNR) in the early 1900's. The history of the area, however, dates back even further, as the municipality is located on traditional lands of the Ojibway First Nations.Historically, Sioux Mountain was the site of a battle between the Ojibway and the invading Sioux Indians in the 1700's, from which it derives its name. It is believed that the Ojibway camped at the Peak of Sioux Mountain to see approaching Sioux canoes and set up an ambush. Hiking trails lead to the Peak of Sioux Mountain today, and artifacts have been discovered that date back 5000- 7000 years.
Organized sport opportunities include curling in the winter and golf in the summer, with course rules regarding golf balls lost to fox or raven! Access to the English River system provides opportunity for boating, canoeing and camping. During the winter an extensive ski trail system is groomed, and snowmobile trails link to neighbouring communities. The Cedar Bay complex is available for community use, and an ideal location for outdoor education and overnight getaways.
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout airport has been recognized as being the 4th busiest airport in Ontario, providing service to northern communities and southern destinations. VIA Rail continues to include Sioux Lookout as a major stopping point. In addition, there are several Tribal Councils and First Nations agencies based out of Sioux Lookout, to address the diverse needs of the area. McKenzie Forest Products sawmill is located in Hudson and employs many residents. Hudson is also home to two Floating Lodges companies, and there are over 30 long-standing tourist outfitters in the Sioux Lookout area.
The Meno- Va- Win Health Centre is located in Sioux Lookout and is currently planning a new 60 bed facility. The hospital serves three municipalities and 29 First Nations communities, covering an area the size of Francel Sioux Lookout is an important education centre and offers continuing education opportunities. There are several hotels and restaurants, each with a distinct character, and a variety of retail stores to meet your shopping needs. It is said that because of the 29 northern communities, Sioux Lookout has many more amenities than one would find in a community of 5,600 people. The Travel Information Centre is open year round and has information for many visitors. It also hubs the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Blueberry Festival office. The Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the businesses of Sioux Lookout. The Blueberry Festival is a 10 day festival full of various activities for the entire family to enjoy.