Whitefish River Valley
The Whitefish River Valley is located in the unorganized area of Thunder Bay District, Ontario, and is named for the Whitefish River that flows through it. The valley is home to several small communities that developed when land was opened for homesteading along the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway line at the turn of 20th century and many people, particularly those from Finland, settled in the area. Today it has a population of approximately 1,362.
Communities in the Whitefish River Valley include Flint, Harstone, Hillside, Hymers, Leeper, Nolalu, Sellers, and Silver Mountain. Part of the valley is located in the municipalities of O'Connor and Gillies. The remainder is located in the local services board of Nolalu.
Hillside is a hamlet on Highway 588. It was settled by homesteaders from Finland in the early 1900s. There were many small dairy farms and fields in Hillside until the 1950s. Hillside had its own train platform along the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway, as well as its own school built in 1914.
Nolalu is a village located on Highway 588. It is located in Lybster geographic township. The term "Nolalu" is an abbreviation of "North Land Lumber" and is also used to describe a wide area around the village, as well as the local service board that oversees roads and services in much of the valley. The Whitefish River flows through the village on its way toward the Kaministiquia River.
Cities Towns Townships First NationsAroland • Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnabek (Rocky Bay) • Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point) • Fort William • Ginoogaming • Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay) • Lac Des Mille Lacs • Long Lake 58 • Namaygoosisagagun • Saugeen (Savant Lake) • Pays Plat • Pic River • Pic Mobert • Red Rock (Lake Helen) • Seine River • Whitesand Indian Reserves Unorganized areas Ghost townsSee also: Communities in Thunder Bay District • Census divisions of Ontario
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