Municipality of Shuniah

A Superior Living Experience

The Municipality of Shuniah lies along the pristine shores of Lake Superior, just east of the City of Thunder Bay. Shuniah is a vast expanse of undisturbed Canadian wilderness, rivers and lakes abound, making Shuniah an iconic Canadian Municipality.  In this quiet and peaceful community our residents enjoy a variety of organized recreation programs for children, adults and seniors, as well as…

  • Parks to camp, play and swim
  • Golf 
  • Tennis
  • Down hill and cross country skiing
  • Local schooling
  • Restaurants
  • Craft and gift shops
  • Variety stores
  • Bed and breakfast lodging
  • Motels and parks
  • Boat launches

Lake Superior provides our residents an amenity like no other. Besides it grandeur and breathtaking views, it is a mecca for kayaking, canoeing, sail boating, fishing and water skiing. Our inland lakes and rivers exemplify the rugged Northwestern Ontario landscape and provide a base for many different recreational activities; hunting, fishing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, skiing and hiking.

Shuniah means “silver” in Ojibwa. This precious ore was extensively mined over 100 years ago in Shuniah. Much of the terrain is a result of the glaciers that covered this region 15 million years ago. The deposit that the glacier left is known as the Mackenzie Moraine, an area rich with aggregate deposits. Amethyst is a semi-precious stone found throughout Shuniah and is commercially mined and utilized in many of the jewellery, craft and local gifts shops.

The Municipality of Shuniah provides both a social forum and fitness prospects for its residents that promote and encourage well being as well as strong neighbourhood ties. This vibrant sense of community and beautiful environment promote a full and healthy lifestyle. Shuniah continues to be rich in both heritage and culture: a real Northwestern Ontario gem.


Shuniah borders on the easterly limits of the City of Thunder Bay and has a full time resident population of 3,000. Full time residents make up about 2/3 of all the property owners in Shuniah and the other 1/3 of property owners are primarily made up of what we refer to as “Camp” owners. Camp or cottage, cabin or lodge, whatever you call it, these recreational properties take advantage of stunning views along the shoreline of Lake Superior and several other inland lakes in Shuniah. Shuniah is home to quaint cottages, stately homes, log cabins as well as rural homesteads.

The Municipal roads are very well maintained on a year-round basis making travel in Shuniah trouble-free. Shuniah is well serviced by Highway 11/17 traversing east/west through the Municipality. There are several arterial highways extending to the northern Wabikimi Wilderness areas, south to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and Silver Islet on the Sibley Peninsula. The Municipality of Shuniah offers residents and visitors a laid back lifestyle far removed from the hustle and bustle of larger urban centres, yet is only minutes away from the City of Thunder Bay and its International airport.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) provide policing services to the Municipality of Shuniah. The Community Officer and the Community Policing Office is located at the McGregor Recreation Centre on Lakeshore Drive. The Community Policing Officer is very involved in community events and education programs for youth.

The Shuniah Volunteer Fire Department includes 3 fire stations and has some of the most advanced and up to date fire fighting equipment. The Department employs approximately 30 volunteers that are on call in the event of a fire or other emergency. Under a mutual aid agreement with the Pass Lake Fire Department additional emergency services are provided to Shuniah residents if the need arises.

Ambulance services are provided to Shuniah through EMS Superior North and are stationed at the Fire Hall on Lakeshore Drive. A Heli-Pad landing area for air ambulance is located just east of the Mackenzie River.


Like other municipalities that are located close to the City of Thunder Bay, a large number of Shuniah residents choose to work in the city. In just a short 15 minutes drive, residents can be downtown in Thunder Bay’s north core or at the busy Intercity, where a large number of businesses are located. At the end of a long work day, residents look forward to the short commute home to be lakeside once again.

For those residents who prefer to work closer to home, Shuniah does have a number of local businesses and amenities, largely in the tourism and hospitality sectors, including:

  • Thunder Bay Adventure Trails (snowmobile trails)
  • MacKenzie Public School
  • St. Marks Catholic Church
  • KOA Campground and driving range
  • Amethyst Mine Panorama
  • Mirror Lake Resort and Campground
  • Gateway to the “Giant”
  • Terry Fox Courage Highway
  • Wild Goose Park
  • Silver Harbour Conservation Area (Boat Launch on Superior)
  • Eldorado Beach Bed and Breakfast
  • Grann Motel
  • Thunder Bear Kennel
  • Green Valley Gardens
  • Pass Lake Corner Service and Store
  • Pass Lake Truck Stop and Plaza
  • Crystal Beach Roadhouse
  • Blue Point Amethyst Mine
  • Bayview Golf Course
  • Lakeshore Variety
  • Bear’s Bees and Honey
  • The Fish Shop
  • Crystal Beach Variety
  • Mt Baldy Ski Club

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It takes a village to raise a child and the local public school is committed to quality education while protecting the village atmosphere.

McKenzie Public School located on Lakeshore Drive holds classes for those in Junior Kindergarten through to grade 6 with excellent teacher to student ratios, which provides more one to one learning for students.

Bussing to Thunder Bay Sr. Elementary and High Schools - Most bussing for students is provided to the end of the child’s driveway. Claude E. Garton Public School is located at the easterly limit of the City of Thunder Bay and is only a 5 minute drive to the border of Shuniah. Generally, High School students attend the newly built Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute or St Ignatius Roman Catholic School.


Municipal leaders in Shuniah are dedicated to working with and promoting new and existing businesses.  We have the lowest housing, commercial and industrial tax rates of any Municipality in this region.  Large undeveloped areas of land in Shuniah present excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in starting or expanding their business

Most importantly, the longest highway system in Canada, Hwy 11/17, and the Canadian Pacific Railway cut directly through the middle of Shuniah. The City of Thunder Bay is also home to one of the largest shipping ports in Canada, and the United States border is less than a one hour drive to the south.

Shuniah is a growing and diversified community eager to work with local, national or international business owners to grow and develop commercial endeavours.


There are two recreational facilities within Shuniah. The MacGregor Recreation Centre on Lakeshore Drive offers a drop in program for Youth in grades 4 and up. There are weekly scheduled events including soccer, skating, youth and teen dances, cooking classes and movie nights. Playgroups, yoga, and senior’s activities are also scheduled throughout the week. The Centre is available to rent so you can hold your own event or get together! A newly refurbished McTavish Recreation area located in the Pearl district boasts a new baseball field, outdoor skating rink and heated change room.

Get back to nature and get outdoors. Shuniah has everything an outdoor enthusiast could ever want. So the only thing holding you back is deciding what to do! More information about the great outdoor adventures available in Shuniah can be found at our municipal website.

Excellent restaurants and bars, theatres, a symphony orchestra and a full service community auditorium are just minutes away in the City of Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario’s major service centre.

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