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About Hudson

Hudson lies on the shore of Lost Lake (gateway to Lac Seul), a 20 minute drive from downtown Sioux Lookout. As with the rest of Sioux Lookout, Hudson has a rich history as a former transportation hub that had, for almost a century, formed connections between Ontario's northern communities and the rest of the country. Our abundant natural resources and beautiful surroundings form the basis of our lifestyle.

A strongly bonded community of about 300, Hudson offers picturesque trails and beaches, small businesses and community amenities including an outdoor rink, ball diamond, seniors centre and post office, all within a few minutes' walk.

We welcome tourists from all over North America to visit us and enjoy the true northern Ontario experience. With Lac Seul and Vermilion Lake surrounding us, the hunting and fishing in Hudson is world class, and our winter snowmobiling trails link all the way to near Dryden.

Our community is also home to the late Honourable Leo Bernier, a former Conservative cabinet minister who lived in the area throughout his life, making our mark in Canadian political history by serving as Ontario’s first Minister of Northern Affairs.

Hudson's history

Hudson began as a railway town in 1910 when the local railway station opened. Commercial fishing started shortly after with boxcars of pickerel, whitefish, jackfish, sturgeon and lake trout shipped to market every other week through to the 1940s.

During the Red Lake gold rush of the 1920s, people used ferries, canoes and portaging to travel the local water system and access Red Lake.  Remnants of the boats and scows of the gold rush can be found in Second Boat Bay.   Our original name "Rolling Portage" comes from the freight portages that crossed this area between Lost Lake and Vermilion Lake. In the 1930s, a busy freighting airport made Hudson an important northern connector. By the 1940s freighting decreased and our economy started to focus on logging and saw mills.

Our logging tradition continues today as McKenzie Forest Products Inc. contributes to the local economy.

Hudson is the proud home to the Honourable Leo Bernier, the most powerful Minister for Northern Ontario.  


Our Organizations and Resources

The Ward 1 (Hudson) Advisory Committee is a group of residents appointed by Council who work together to improve and maintain our community.

The Lac Seul Training Centre of Excellence offers training and upgrading courses to the community and neighbouring Lac Seul First Nation.

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