Old Lumber Camps

Northern Ontario, Canada

(Sault Ste. Marie Area)


The focus of this website is Old Lumber Camps.  The area covered includes Elliot Lake Ontario to the East and Batchawana Bay Ontario to the West.

To-date, I have visited 59 old lumber camps, some dating back to the 1880's.


In the southern half of the Algoma District (Sault Ste. Marie & Area), commercial lumbering started in the latter half of the 1800's. Villages like Blind River, Iron Bridge and Thessalon were key locations in the rise of lumber demand for the US market.  By the early 1900's, many other areas were also active including Bruce Mines, Echo River, Garden River, PoplarDale, Searchmont, Wabos and Batchawana.  On my wall map (12 maps combined - 108 townships), I have dotted and detailed more than 220 historic lumber camps, ranging in location from Elliot Lake to Batchawana.  Some of the major lumber companies are listed below.  There were also many jobber loggers of which I have not listed. 


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Lumber Companies

Beck Lumber

Bishop Lumber

Carpenter Hixon

Cook Brothers

Dyment Lumber

Eddy Brothers

Georgian Bay Lumber

Graves and Bigwood

Hope Lumber Company

Lake Superior Paper



McFadden & Malloy

Midland Lumber

Serpent River Lumber

Thessalon Lumber

Waldie Brothers 

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About the Author

Dan Kachur

Dan Kachur is a Professor @ Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Canada.  His educational expertise is Information Technology and GIS Studies.  Dan is also a researcher and technology innovator.



"Over the years, my colleagues and I have spent a tremendous amount of time in the back-country of North-Eastern Ontario.  We have had the opportunity to explore many areas and accumulate a significant amount of knowledge in the history of mining, lumbering and fire towers in our region."  


"As an advocate for back-country exploring, I have had the opportunity to be an advisor to: Provincial and Federal government departments, Ontario and Michigan universities (faculty and researchers), film production companies, junior mining companies, prospectors, students working on thesis', heirs to estate stocks, non-profit organizations and outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the region."