Township Of Terrace Bay

Welcome To The Township Of Terrace Bay

Lake Superior's Playground

Besides healthcare, Terrace Bay is also a great place on a cultural level. Despite a lower percentage of Francophones (10%) than its neighbours Marathon and Manitouwadge, the Township of Terrace Bay can count on the presence of a French-speaking social club organizing many activities almost everywhere in the Lake Superior region. The club’s history traces back to when the pulp and paper mill first opened. Back then, many French speakers migrated to Terrace Bay for the employment opportunities, explaining why today we can still hear people speaking the language of Molière in the township.

The effervescent activity in this community is showing tangible results so far. For example, starting in 2016, the Franco-Ontarian flag will be permanently flown in this small community. The Township thus recognizes the contribution of Francophones to the development of the community, and despite an exodus of French speakers after the mill closed, the Township is witnessing the strong will of the Francophones to remain an important part of the fabric of Terrace Bay

The Franco-Terrace Catholic Elementary School also plays an important role in the community and enables many families to pass on their mother tongue to their children. Outside school, the Francophone Club carries the torch to ensure that the French language is not confined to within the school’s walls, but is lively in recreation and social activities. Terrace Bay hosts Superior North Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) which offers its services in French throughout the Lake Superior region. It is a well-welcomed resource for French-speaking entrepreneurs, among others.



Homes in Terrace Bay are very affordable with average prices from $80,000 - $100,000. Large lot sizes and spectacular views characterize many properties, offering families the opportunity to stretch their legs in their back yards without sacrificing other aspects of a comfortable lifestyle. Mortgages can be arranged at local financial institutions and taxes are approximately $1,500 - $3,000 a year based on assessment and size. Apartments are available for rent with monthly costs ranging from $300-$500.


Despite its small size, Terrace Bay offers residents an excellent healthcare program.  A full complement of physicians and experienced nurses serve the general needs of the community out of the medical clinic and the modern hospital. Upon visiting the Medical Clinic in Terrace Bay, new residents are immediately assigned a family Doctor and appointments are usually available for same day service.

The McCausland Hospital in Terrace Bay is a 45-bed facility which includes the attached 22-bed Wilkes Terrace long-term care facility. As with Terrace Bay’s general practice services, the emergency department boasts excellent response times.

Residents also have access to specialists and state-of-the-art technology at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre which is less than two hours’ drive from Terrace Bay or through tele-health videoconferencing in Terrace Bay.

Exterior of McCausland Hospital Building

McCausland Hospital


Terrace Bay’s downtown caters to a wide range of shopping interests, serving the day-to-day needs of residents and businesses. Residents enjoy walk-to convenience in an attractive small-town setting featuring a post office, a large grocery store, a hardware store, a bank and a car dealership. Various restaurants, gas stations and hotels service residential and tourist traffic year round.

Young boy smiling and holding a Popsicle outside of Simcoe Plaza

The newly renovated Downtown Business Area

Stewart Pharmacy Staff, smiling in uniforms against a stone wall

Friendly Steward Pharmacy Staff

new residents

New Terrace Bay residents are welcomed into the community by friendly neighbours and local volunteer groups that offer opportunities to meet new people. Establishing relationships with other community members is made easy by the variety of special interest groups and service clubs that are constantly seeking new members. A community greeting handbook can be downloaded from the Municipal website to help guide newcomers through the relocation process.

For more information on Terrace Bay and what life would be like as a new resident, please visit Our website is in three sections designed for new residents (the LIVE section), new business startups (the WORK section), and tourists (the PLAY section). If you would like a hard copy of information materials to consider in your decision to relocate please contact or our toll-free number of 1-800 968-8616.

We hope to welcome you into the Terrace Bay family.


Opportunities for Jobs and Businesses

Terrace Bay's economy is growing and has available jobs and opportunities to start your own business.  The $250 million investment by the Aditya Birla Group in the local AV Terrace Bay Inc. mill will make the Town a very busy place.  The company is an important driver of the Terrace Bay economy and offers positions based on a variety of skills.  New residents can check the job bank at for information on potential new job openings.

Other major employers include Canadian Pacific Railway which has operations throughout the region and The McCausland Hospital.  The Hospital is well represented with most modern healthcare occupations including administration, nursing, personal support workers, lab services, and more.  Other large employers include the Municipality of Terrace Bay and the Superior Greenstone and Superior North Catholic School Boards.  

The Municipality is committed to assisting new business start-ups and offers residents a fully-staffed economic development office with access to a variety of Provincial and Federal resources.


A Safe and Caring Learning Environment for Families

Terrace Bay is serviced by both the Superior Greenstone and Superior North Catholic School Boards.  The Town offers excellent schools with smaller class sizes and caring staff who are fully invested in their students. Daycare services for children from 18 months to 11 years of age are provided by the Kids’ Corral Centre. The Terrace Bay Public School, St. Martin Catholic School, and École Catholique Franco Terrace offer primary school education up to grade 8. Lake Superior High School provides secondary school education for teenagers to prepare them for entering the workforce or going on to college or university. Residents rest easy knowing their children are receiving excellent care and instruction, often within walking distance from home. 

Adult education is also available through distance education options like Contact North, offering residents opportunities for further education or retraining for a specific career.

Doing Business 

A Great Place to Do Business

The Terrace Bay economy is growing with the investments by the forestry and healthcare industries.  The Township has invested in water and sewer infrastructure with additional capacity for businesses to expand.

Additionally, These Are Some of the Benefits of Investing in Terrace Bay:

  • Terrace Bay is known for encouraging economic growth, as shown by the 2010/2011 Entrepreneurial Community of the Year Award by the Northern Ontario Business Awards.
  • Terrace Bay is strategically located in the centre of Canada and the U.S
  • Low worker health benefits in comparison to the US and other countries
  • Stable major employer with a $250 million investment by the Aditya Birla Group
  • Investments in the local economy with over $8 million invested in the McCausland
  • Hospital Long-Term Care Project in 2009, $44 million invested in the pulp mill for an electricity cogeneration turbine and restart guarantees in 2010, $5.5 million for a new primary school and daycare in 2007 and $13 million in water infrastructure from 2005-2009.
  • Promising recently completed economic development initiatives including the $3 million Downtown Revitalization Project and the $2 million Cultural Centre project.
  • Available, affordable commercial/industrial land.
  • Available, affordable residential real estate.
  • High potential for renewable energy alternatives.
  • Excellent transportation options through highway, railway and access to Lake Superior.
  • Excellent regional trades labour.
  • Strong regional education options through Lakehead University and Confederation College


Residents in Terrace Bay enjoy access to an incredible variety of recreation opportunities year-round. The community itself offers numerous recreation facilities.

The Terrace Bay Recreation Centre provides a full fitness room, squash and badminton courts, a curling rink and a bowling alley, in addition to housing the community’s public library. A heated outdoor swimming pool gives residents a great place to unwind on hot summer days, and three playgrounds and a skateboard park offer kids a variety of safe places for healthy play. Golfers can hone their skills at the challenging 9-hole course operated by the volunteer-based Aguasabon Golf Club.

The Terrace Bay Memorial Arena becomes a major community focal point in the winter, seating 1,000 spectators and hosting Figure Skating, Minor and No Body Contact Hockey, various community leagues and daily public skating. The volunteer-operated Trestle Ridge Ski Hill offers nine runs ranging from Beginner to Advanced-Intermediate skill levels and is within walking distance of the town centre.

Along with the formidable list of organized facilities and activities, residents enjoy life among some of the world’s most remarkable outdoors. Terrace Bay offers access to large and small-game hunting and freshwater fishing on both inland lakes and Lake Superior. The area is renowned for its hiking, including the 52-km system of the Casque Isles hiking trail, Aguasabon Falls and Gorge and the Slate Islands Provincial Park. Many residents enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter and boating, kayaking and swimming from the various sandy beaches in the warmer months. Terrace Bay also boasts some of the best surfing in North America, attracting surfers from as far as Hawaii to test their skills against seasonal 15-foot breakers on Lake Superior.

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