The Municipality of Sioux Lookout is located in northwestern Ontario, nestled within a network of lakes, endless forest and the rugged Canadian Shield.
Known as the Hub of the North, our municipality connects 29 remote northern communities to healthcare and essential services. With the 4th busiest airport in Ontario and a major VIA Rail stop, our central location connects over 30,000 northern Ontarians in our surrounding communities to our state-of-the-art hospital, excellent social services as well as the rest of Canada.
Our population of about 5,600 people lives over an area of 536 square kilometres, about a third of which is water.
Here in sunset country, as our area is also known, we embrace community, diversity and our beautiful outdoors, Ontario's north preserved from an earlier time. Sioux Lookout is special, not only because of what we have, but because our community forms deep connections between places and people, truly making us the Hub of the North.
The rich history of life here began over 5,000 years ago when this land was Ojibway territory. Our name Sioux Lookout comes from this area's use as a strategic vantage point where guards could see far away canoes approaching on the English River system and is rooted in the legend of a battle between the Ojibway and Sioux First Nations.
The Town of Sioux Lookout was incorporated in 1912 when it was connected to the rest of Ontario via the railway. It went from being a railway terminal point in the early 1900s to a gold and iron mining town as well as a leading aviation centre. From the 1950s until 1987, our Pinetree Radar Base was a key employer. Since then, Sioux Lookout has become a hub of forestry, health care and social services and tourism in Ontario's north.
The people who live here are diverse, vibrant and progressive. We embrace new technologies, our rich natural resources and we provide advanced health and social services to all members of our community. We have close connections with our neighbouring First Nations communities and work together to strengthen our economy and quality of life.
Our Key Industries
Our state-of-the-art Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a staple of our community and a major employer, serving the 29 northern First Nations communities and 3 nearby municipalities. The McKenzie Forest Products sawmill in Hudson is a major contributor to our economy and several Tribal Councils and First Nations agencies are also based in Sioux Lookout.