We would like to take this opportunity to thank our residents for their vigilance; for staying in isolation where required and staying home unless necessary. This is our best defence in keeping our community safe. While rural communities may be hit later than urban areas, we could be hit harder—with older populations, thinner resources and limited local health care access.
We would also, again, like to thank our essential service providers. This includes, but is not limited to, our municipal staff, public health workers, fire fighters, paramedics, clinic personnel, grocers, suppliers, retailers, food services, postal workers, highway maintenance, financial service workers and more; those who cannot stay home, but leave the safety of their residences and their loved ones to provide us all with necessary goods and services.
Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls Council and Administration are continuing to communicate seven-days per week to map the way forward. This includes weekly web conferencing with the Northwestern Health Unit and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, as well as regular web conferencing with peer municipalities, district and provincial Chief Administrative Officers, Mayors, our Provincial Member of Parliament, local and regional Economic Development agencies and more.
Our offices and facilities remain operating on a modified pandemic schedule. The office is closed to the public, but our main switch board remains available during regular business hours by calling 807-226-5241 ext. 201 or emailing [email protected]. Our landfill sites remain open, our public works department remains working on facilities and roads and our clinic remains operating on a modified basis. The following facilities remain closed by order of the Province: Public Libraries, Fitness Centres, Community Centres, Parks, Provincial Parks, Sports Fields/Grounds, Playgrounds, Golf Course, Beaches, Community Gardens and other outdoor recreational areas. As well, there is no outdoor burning permitted in Ontario until further notice.
The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is located along the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods, nestled in Mother Nature. Lake of the Woods is one of the world’s largest inland, freshwater lakes with over 14,000 islands and 65,000 miles of shoreline. As a small municipality, we pride ourselves on community spirit, environmental stewardship, and forward thinking. Spend your summers on the lake, in the sun and on the water or cozy up to a fire in a rustic cabin enjoying our winter wonderland.
We are a full service community marked by a quaint and charming lifestyle while surrounded by an abundance of natural resources. There are over 60 customer service facilities offering a wide range of retail, hospitality, personal, financial and many other services.
The eastern shores of Lake of the Woods offer you a wide range of attractions and experiences that will help make your holiday a memorable one. Many of our area’s assets are tucked away on side roads or in scenic bays and woodlands that are just waiting for you to find and explore. Let this website be your guide to many days of discovering our natural playground. Our region is noted for its hiking trails, provincial parks, fishing, kayaking adventures, and our inland lakes and pristine beaches offer fun for the whole family.
In the early days, the lake was vital to the early settlers as it provided a means of transportation and livelihood. So, too, did the gold mines, fisheries, and woodlands. For decades, logging fueled the economy of this area as horse carts loaded with timber made their way to sawmills and paper mills affording the locals with the necessities of life.
Old logging roads made way for camps, cabins, resorts and lodges. We invite you to our quaint and small towns, and come see why we say “bigger isn’t always better”!