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Shuniah /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.

Municipality (single-tier)
Municipality of Shuniah
Township hall
Township hall
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 (Township) 1873
Incorporated (Municipality) 2011
 • Mayor Wendy Landry
 • Federal riding Thunder Bay—Superior North
 • Prov. riding Thunder Bay—Superior North
 • Land 570.98 km2 (220.46 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,737
 • Density 4.8/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code FSA P0T
Area code(s) 807

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 1980s.

From 1994 to 2014, the township reeve has been Maria Harding. On October 27, 2014, Wendy Landry was elected as Reeve and as of January 26, 2015 the title of the Head of Council was changed from Reeve to Mayor.



Canada census – Shuniah community profile
2011 2006
Population: 2737 (-6.0% from 2006) 2913 (18.1% from 2001)
Land area: 570.98 km2 (220.46 sq mi) 569.18 km2 (219.76 sq mi)
Population density: 4.8/km2 (12/sq mi) 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Median age: 51.7 (M: 52.6, F: 50.7) 48.4 (M: 48.6, F: 48.0)
Total private dwellings: 2156 2106
Median household income: $61,970
References: 2011[1] 2006[2] earlier[3]

Population trend:[4]

  • Population in 2011: 2737
  • Population in 2006: 2913
  • Population in 2001: 2466
  • Population in 1996: 2346
  • Population in 1991: 2182
Thunder Bay of Lake Superior at Shuniah Township

See alsoEdit

  • List of townships in Ontario


  1. ^ a b c "Shuniah, Ontario (Code 3558028) census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-29.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

External linksEdit

  • Township of Shuniah