Shuniah, Ontario

—  Township  —
Shuniah is located in Ontario
Coordinates: 48°35′N 88°50′W / 48.583°N 88.833°W / 48.583; -88.833Coordinates: 48°35′N 88°50′W / 48.583°N 88.833°W / 48.583; -88.833
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
District Thunder Bay
Settled 1860s
Incorporated 1873
 – Reeve Maria Harding
 – Federal riding Thunder Bay—Superior North
 – Prov. riding Thunder Bay—Superior North
 – Land 569.18 km2 (219.8 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 – Total 2,913
 – Density 5.1/km2 (13.2/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code FSA P0T
Area code(s) 807

Shuniah (play /ˈʃnjə/) is a municipal township bordering the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on the east. Shuniah was incorporated by an act of the Ontario legislature in 1873, and at that time included much of present-day Thunder Bay and its predecessor and surrounding municipalities. Shuniah, named after the Ojibwa word "zhooniyaa" for "money" or "silver" (see the French argent), was settled largely due to silver mining potential identified in the mid-19th century.

The township is part of Thunder Bay's Census Metropolitan Area, and consists of the communities of Amethyst Harbour, Ancliff, Bowker, Loon, Mackenzie, Navilus, Pass Lake, Pearl, Silver Harbour and Wild Goose.

Serving today primarily as a rural bedroom community to Thunder Bay, Shuniah is also a popular cottaging locale with 40 kilometres of Lake Superior's northern shoreline. The township was home to the Lake Superior Trout Hunt during the 1970s and 80s. In 2006, the population stood at 2,913.

Since 1994 the township reeve has been Maria Harding.


Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2006: 2913
  • Population in 2001: 2466
  • Population in 1996: 2346
  • Population in 1991: 2182


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