- Ignace, Ontario
official_name = Township of Ignace, Ontario
pushpin_label_position = none
pushpin_mapsize = 180
subdivision_type = Country
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Lionel Clouthier
established_title = Founded
established_date = 1879
established_title2 = Incorporated (town)
established_date2 = 1908
area_land_km2 = 72.66
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 1431
population_density_km2 = 19.7
latd= 49|latm= 25|lats= 0|latNS=N
longd= 91|longm= 40|longs= 01|longEW=W
postal_code_type = Postal code
postal_code = P0T 1T0
area_code = 807
website = [http://town.ignace.on.ca/ Township of Ignace]
Ignace is a township in the Kenora District of
Northwestern Ontario, located at Highway 17 ( Trans Canada Highway) and Secondary Highway 599, and on the Canadian Pacific Railwaybetween Thunder Bay and Kenora. It is on the shore of Agimak Lake, and, as of 2006, the population of Ignace was 1,431.
The town was named after Ignace Mentour by Sir
Sandford Flemingin 1879. Ignace Mentour was the key aboriginal guide through this region during Fleming's 1872 railway survey, recorded in George Monro Grant's journal of the survey, "Ocean to Ocean". Mentour had also served with Sir George Simpson in Simpson's final years as governor of Rupert's Land.
During Ignace's early days, there was a settlement of railway boxcars used by the English residents there called "Little England."
Although Ignace was incorporated in 1908, it was something of a latecomer to some modern conveniences, such as rotary dial telephoning, which did not arrive to the town until 1956.
Lumbering and tourism support Ignace's economy, today, and one attraction is the 3-storey log
White Otter Castle, located on White Otter Lake, and built by James Alexander McOuat between 1903 and 1914.
In the 1950s, Ignace saw its first newspaper, the "Village Tattler", started there to serve the town, published by the local
YMCA. In 1971, Dennis Smykstarted the " Ignace Driftwood", which was suspended two years later, but was revived in 1979 and still serves the town today. During "Driftwood"'s suspension, the "Ignace Courier" was published for the town's local news.
In 1971, Dennis Smyk started the Ignace Driftwood, which was suspended two years later, but was revived in 1979 and still serves the town today. During Driftwood's suspension, the "Mattabi Memo" and the "Ignace Courier" was published for the town's local news.
* [http://www.town.ignace.on.ca/ Ignace Website]
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