Sioux Lookout Regional Physicians Services Inc.

Community

Sioux Lookout is a great place to raise a family.  The community offers a welcoming atmosphere and provides an abundance of services and activities to keep you and your family busy.   Our strong community spirit is evident throughout the community and is demonstrated through tireless resident volunteerism.

Sioux Lookout is an interesting blend of cultures and traditions, and residents pro-actively strive to respect the differences that inevitably emerge in lifestyle and outlook.  Sioux Lookout and the north are a treasure of arts, crafts, and music.  The area boasts many fine performers and much of this talent is showcased during the popular Sioux Mountain Music Festival held every summer.  Local musician Lawrence Martin even won a Juno for "Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording" in 1993, which is proudly displayed at the Municipal Office's Council Chambers.

The Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series sponsors performances of professional touring artists from dance to classical or popular music, to theatre.  Some favourite performances have included the Rankin Family, Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Chinese Magic Circus and the Toronto Dance Theatre. 

The Kids' Kaleidoscope Entertainment Series is another family favourite. 

Sioux Lookout presents several opportunities for individuals to become involved in music, for instance the community choir which performs an annual Festival of Carols during the Christmas season and Boreal Music which provides an opportunity for classical musicians to perform to a friendly, appreciative audience.

The area is also rich in artists and craftspeople.  Many regional Native artisans have gained international acclaim and have inspired many budding young artists across the district.  Several are featured in the National Gallery collection in Ottawa.  The area is also abundantly rich in talented crafts people.  Fine traditional apparel such as hand-stitched and beaded, fur-trimmed moccasins, mukluks, or gauntlets have made northern artisans a name for themselves.  The annual Sioux Lookout Christmas Craft Fair is a must-attend event for those on the lookout for unique northern or traditional arts and crafts.  Regular local artisans who market their work there include quilters, photographers, wood workers, and numerous other talented craftspeople.

Sioux Lookout is surrounded by plenty of fresh water lakes and nature creating a true northern experience.  The summers shine with beautiful blue skies and lots of water to accommodate water sports such as fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, and waterskiing.  The Town Beach located on Pelican Lake is where residents can drop in for a swim.  The beach also provides a great view of Sioux Mountain and is the location for many community activities.  

Sioux Lookout has plenty of recreational options. It has a 9-hole golf course (The Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club), two baseball diamonds, bocce ball courts, basketball courts and tennis courts. The indoor recreation centre has an ice rink as well as an inside gym and fitness centre. Another family-friendly area to check out is Cedar Bay, which has horse stables and hiking trails as well as cross country skiing and snowmobile trails in the winter months.

The annual Blueberry Festival, held every summer, is a collaborative effort of various people and organizations.  The event attracts people from other areas and has activities both adults and children.  An annual triathlon, outdoor music festival, a trade show, fastball and slow pitch tournaments.

The public and separate school systems in Sioux lookout offer junior kindergarten to Grade 8.  Queen Elizabeth District High School provides Grade 9 - OAC level courses.  The Cornerstone Christian School offers religious based education for Grades 1-12.  Fifteen miles out of town, the Pelican First Nations High School offers secondary classes in a residential setting for students from the northern communities that have progressed beyond the levels of education offered in their home communities.  A distance education network, Contact North, provides local access to secondary and post-secondary courses and programs not available at the community level.  Another unique education option for the northern communities is Wahsa Distance Education Centre provided through the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council.  The service offers accredited secondary courses through a radio network to groups of students in regional sites in the communities.  In addition, a Confederation College campus offers post-secondary education opportunities.

The Sioux Lookout Public Library is a focal point for cultural events in town.  It sponsors a local adult book club and a pre-school story hour.  It supports a collection of more than 30,000 materials, and is often acclaimed for bringing in popular Canadian authors for local readings. 

The community is a thriving, energetic hub of activity - clean, pretty, active and welcoming.  It is steeped in tradition and history and set amidst a blend of interesting cultures which continue to change and grow and provide a richness few towns can come close to matching.  Sioux Lookout is a great place to call home!