Township of Armstrong

Welcome To Armstrong, Ontario

The Gateway to Wabakimi Provincial Park

Armstrong is a small, rural community located 250 kilometres north of Thunder Bay at the end of Highway 527 and northwest of Lake Nipigon – Ontario’s largest inland lake. It is accessible by road but also by Via Rail and charter air services to the Armstrong airport.

The community of Armstrong is the gateway to Wabakimi Provincial Park; a world-class canoeing and recreational wilderness park in the heart of Northwestern Ontario. The area is made up of large Boreal Forests and fresh water lakes and rivers – a natural environment to explore while camping, hunting, canoeing and fishing.

There are approximately 300 people living in Armstrong and another 400 residents on the Whitesand First Nations reserve, directly adjacent to the town. Local residents enjoy a quiet rural lifestyle, surrounded by pristine nature and incredible beauty.  The way of life is relaxed and friendly. Above all, Armstrong is a multicultural community that welcomes new people and businesses who want to ensure a vibrant future for the area and its residents.


About 300 people live in Armstrong with another 400 people living in the neighbouring First Nation of Whitesand. It is a peaceful place where land is very affordable, taxes are low and local infrastructure is modern. The town is run by a group of volunteers organized into a Local Services Board.

There are more amenities and services in Armstrong than you might expect from a community of this size.  You can find shopping, places to eat, tourism operators, churches, health and social services, recreation facilities, a school, a virtual library and annual events. In addition, local utilities including water, telecommunications and hydro-electricity are up to date and well maintained.

Armstrong is a popular stopover for tourists and workers who are headed into the remote north by air.  It is a significant hospitality and service centre for many remote outposts and First Nations; increasing the demand for high quality amenities.

Major community facilities and services include:


Health Services:

  • 24 hour paramedics service
  • Emergency land, air or helicopter services to take acute care patients to Thunder Bay
  • Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
  • Mobile Breast Screening Unit
  • Norwest Community Health Centre (Nurse Practitioner 5 Days a Week)

Police & Fire Services:

  • 24 hours Ontario Provincial Police
  • Volunteer Fire Department
  • Ministry of Natural Resources Fire Fighters

Employment opportunities in Armstrong can be found in the natural resource industries as well as public service sectors. There are also casual and temporary jobs in seasonal industries. This is definitely a community where work-life balance is valued and a variety of family friendly working environments are available.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is a seasonal employer that hires individuals on an annual basis to work in Provincial Parks as well as to help manage forest fires and other forestry and water conservation programs. Hunting and fishing camps also provide a source of summer employment.

Public sector employment is provided through government jobs at the provincial and local level as well as in education and health care fields.

When it comes to private sector employment, there is a Canadian National Rail (CNR) bunkhouse in Armstrong and an increasing number of jobs opening in mining and energy sectors. As mining operations continue to expand and other transmission and hydro electric projects develop, there will be many more employment opportunities available in Armstrong both directly and through spin-off businesses.


Students attending the Armstrong Public School are provided with a safe and enjoyable learning environment that is cooperative and respectful to all cultures and faiths.

The school provides classroom teaching from Junior Kindergarten (SK) to Grade 8. With modern and well-equipped facilities such as a large library, gymnasium and classrooms, students are able to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to become successful in their future education.

The Ni-Gik-Keam Drop In Centre also offers 2 hour drop off day care services for preschool aged children. At the centre, children receive social interaction and creative programming such as cooking lessons, painting, story time and more.

In addition to traditional classroom teaching, the Armstrong landscape offers fantastic opportunities for natural learning in the great outdoors including unique practical experiences and education with an environmental focus.

The Wabakimi Provincial Park supports a rich natural heritage, culture and environment; allowing students to explore the important forces of nature, wildlife, geology and history in their own backyards. The Virtual Library available at the Armstrong Resources Develop Corporation also provides access to a world of information and resources for learners of all ages.

Doing Business 

Armstrong successfully merges the friendliness and atmosphere of a small community with the convenience of a growing service centre. If you are interested in doing business in Armstrong, there are supports and services available to help your business succeed.

As one of the fastest growing service communities in the rural north, Armstrong is well positioned for substantial economic growth. Mining, energy and transportation initiatives in the remote north all present new business potential for the Armstrong area. Affordable and fully serviced land, low taxes and competitive costs, a skilled workforce as well as easy access to road, rail and air transport, are all available and waiting for development.


With the Wabakimi Provincial Park and Lake Nipigon on the doorstep, Armstrong residents have no reason to stay indoors. The area is a very beautiful place to live and play in year round.

Outdoor adventures and wilderness experiences are based in and around the endless forests and lakes, with their spectacular views and clean fresh air. The landscape provides enormous scope for activities to suit all levels and all ages from canoeing, camping and fishing to hiking, wildlife photography. In the winter time, the area is a popular destination for snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snow shoeing among many other activities.

The most popular activities in Armstrong are undoubtedly fishing and hunting adventures in the Wabakimi Park, Albany River and Ogoki Reservoir areas.  There are several outfitters in the area that operate guided visits, fly-in lodges and wilderness outposts. Moose, caribou, bear and eagles are just some of the unique wildlife species that you might see on a remote north adventure. If you are looking for a place where tranquility is guaranteed, then the Armstrong area is exactly what you need to get away from it all.

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