Central Almaguin was established as a region in the mid 2000’s when the looming Highway by-pass was finally being realized. The region brings together five distinct municipalities who each have their own unique attributes and qualities. The area was first settled due to the logging impact on the area. At one time, the area also boasted the largest charcoal plant in Canada.
There is a rich history of arts and culture within the region, especially due to our proximity to Algonquin Park. Tom Thomson was well known in the South River area, and directly influenced the artists who came to be known as The Group of Seven, although he passed away prior to the groups formation. The arts culture is still vibrant in Central Almaguin, which is encompassed by the Almaguin Highlands Arts Council, and has many artists and studios in the area.
Central Almaguin is an area that has an abundance of natural beauty. With the many lakes and trails in the area it is not hard to guess as to why there are many participants in all of our year round activities. In the summer swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating and fishing (particularly in Mikisew and Algonquin Provincial Parks) are popular activities. In the winter people enjoy ice fishing, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and hockey.
Hockey is so popular in this area that it is arguable that Sundridge is the home of the largest percentage of NHL players to share a hometown of less than 1000 population. Players include Wilfred “Bucko” McDonald, Bill McCreary, Bill McCreary Jr, Keith McCreary, Ron Attwell, Bob Attwell, Greg Theberge, and Greg deVries. Eagle Lake is also the home of the Hockey Opportunity Camp where kids from around the world are able to participate in summer camp, while gaining skills and coaching for the hockey season.
The region boasts many unique restaurants and shops that draw people in on an international scale, manufacturers that produce goods that are sent globally, and provides all of the services that anyone living here, visiting here, or doing business here would need.
For our complete Community Profile, click here: CAEDA Community Profile 2013