Lifestyle

Can you imagine a place where nature is right outside your front door, waiting for you to explore?

Living in Sioux Lookout, there are so many opportunities to experience the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled wilderness. Surrounded by Pelican Lake, Abram Lake, Lac Seul, and numerous trails, paths, and forested areas, Sioux Lookout is an ideal town for anyone who loves to get outside. Every season you’ll see people engaging with nature, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, quadding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, as well as many other exciting activities.

There are also a variety of service clubs and organizations within Sioux Lookout, including: Kinsmen Lions, Rotary, Sparks, Girl Guides, Brownies, Pathfinders, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. Sioux Lookout also has entertainment groups, sports clubs, two senior citizens centres, singing groups, parent-teacher associations, a historical society, a hospital auxiliary, a literacy council, a tourism association, and much more.

Events such as the annual Blueberry Festival, and The Sioux Mountain Music Festival, as well as fishing derbies, trade/craft shows, farmers markets, and hockey tournaments bring our tight-knit community together with visitors from all over the world.

Sioux Lookout is a thriving, energetic hub of activity – clean, pretty, and welcoming. It is steeped in tradition and history and offers a blend of interesting cultures which continue to change and grow, providing a richness few towns can come close to matching.

Sioux Lookout is a great place to call home!

Nestled within a network of lakes, forests, and the rugged Canadian Shield, sits the beautiful Northwestern Ontario town of Sioux Lookout. Known as the Hub of the North, Sioux Lookout connects 31 remote northern communities (over 30,000 people) to healthcare, protective services, and other essentials such as education.

Sioux Lookout’s population is approximately 5,600 people over an area of 536 square kilometres, of which about a third is water. In Sioux Lookout we embrace community, diversity, and the beautiful outdoors. Our community is special because it forms deep connections between places and people, which we feel makes us truly the Hub of the North.

The people who live in Sioux Lookout and the surrounding area are diverse, vibrant, and progressive. Our region embraces new technologies, provides an abundance of natural resources, and focuses on the beneficial relationship between western medicine and more cultural and traditional medical practices. Our connections with neighbouring First Nations communities are strong, and we work together to consistently improve both our economy and quality of life for everyone.

Sioux Lookout has experienced significant growth, with money being invested into capital projects around the municipality. Several capital projects have been completed, including: the Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Heritage Railway Station Redevelopment, MNR Fire Management Centre, Airport Expansion, and a state-of-the-art Secondary School. We have experienced an increase in serviced residential, commercial, and industrial land.

Sioux Lookout is a year-round tourist destination. Visitors and residents take advantage of a wide variety of outdoor recreational and sporting opportunities including water sports, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and incredible fishing.

There are several Tribal Councils and First Nations agencies that are based in Sioux Lookout such as Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA), Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC), and Tikinagan, among others. The Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a staple of our community and is a major employer serving 31 northern First Nations communities as well as 3 nearby municipalities.

Whether you are considering a visit to our region, or a permanent move, Sioux Lookout welcomes you to our charming and unique community.

Communities

There are 31 First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout area. You can read more about each community by visiting their webpage through the links provided below.

Amenities

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre

Incorporated in 2002, the doors to the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) opened in 2010. This building visually and functionally integrates the rich history, traditions, and cultural backgrounds of the First Nations and non-native people of our area. The design opens in the four cardinal directions, welcoming all peoples and communities, and emphasizing the unifying relationship between both modern and traditional approaches to medicine.

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a fully accredited 60-bed hospital and a 20-bed extended care facility, providing health services to approximately 30,000 people living in 31 First Nations communities and four other communities including Sioux Lookout, Hudson, Pickle Lake, and Savant Lake. Meno Ya Win, in the Anishinaabe language means health, wellness, and well-being, and SLMHC strives to embody that ideal of whole and holistic healing. The care at our health centre recognizes the relationship between the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of a person. Patients have the option to integrate traditional and modern medical practices.

SLMHC provides a broad range of basic and specialized services. These services include diabetes care, stroke prevention, mental health counselling and addiction services, and acute and outpatient programs. The Centre also has two OR suites, occupational therapy/physiotherapy support, dialysis, and a CT scanner.

To learn more about the Meno Ya Win Health Centre please follow this link: https://slmhc.on.ca/

The Jeremiah McKay Hostel

The Jeremiah McKay Hostel opened in February 2011. The vision of the hostel is to create a warm, welcoming, and secure residence for clients who require travel to Sioux Lookout to attend medical appointments. This is a 100-bed facility with food services, a family lounge, games area, and a play area for kids. It is conveniently attached to the Meno Ya Win Health Centre, allowing patients to safely and easily attend to medical needs, rest, and recuperate.

Northern Clinic

Our Northern Clinic is open Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are many services available through the Northern Clinic including: glucometer, punch biopsies, diabetic filament, IUDs, and many other services. Many of our physicians who work at the Northern Clinic help serve our remote First Nations communities.

Hugh Allen Clinic

Recreation Centre

The Sioux Lookout Recreation and Culture Department understands the importance of offering a wide range of programs and services that promote healthy and active living, as well as support relationships within families and the community.

We have a multipurpose facility that includes an arena, fitness center with a gymnasium, weight room, cardio room, indoor walking track, sauna, and squash courts to fill all your recreational needs. We have the Sioux Lookout Minor Hockey Association, Skating Club, Gymnastic Club, and the Sioux Lookout Hockey League that is supported by the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and neighbourhood associations.

The Sioux Lookout Regional Physician Services has purchased passes for use by our locums and our students. We will provide the Recreation Centre with a list of our staff visitors each month. If you want to use the Recreation Centre all you will need to do is sign in at the front desk and mention that you are with SLRPSI. The Recreation Centre is located at 85 King Street and they can be reached at 737-1994.

If you have any questions please feel free to discuss them with your mentor, secretary, or the physician recruiter.

To learn more about the Sioux Lookout Recreation Centre please follow this link: https://www.siouxlookout.ca/en/living-here/recreation-centre.asp

Annual festivals

The Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival has been around for 38 years and is celebrated by residents and visitors to the town. This ten-day long festival features over 100 events, and it has become a summer celebration that attracts thousands of visitors from the region and across the world. Several of the events that take place feature the beauty of the area, allowing participants and spectators to enjoy the gorgeous lakes and beaches. There is something for everyone at the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival.

To learn more about this festival please follow this link - https://www.blueberrybert.com/

Ojibway Provincial Park

Ojibway Provincial Park is located approximately 20km outside of the town of Sioux Lookout on Little Vermillion Lake. The park offers a sandy beach ideal for swimming, water sport activities, boat launches, playground area, and approximately 11km of nature trails to explore. It is also a good spot to try your luck fishing for smallmouth bass.

To find out more information about Ojibway Provincial Park follow this link: http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/ojibway

The Sioux Lookout Public Library

The Sioux Lookout Public Library is a central spot for various events that happen in town. The library sponsors a local adult book club as well as a preschool story hour. Supporting a collection of more than 30,000 materials, the library often brings in popular Canadian authors for book readings. The Sioux Lookout Public Library is continuously changing and growing, thanks to the support of town council, a dedicated library board, the employees of the library, and all the patrons who visit it. Our library is an inviting place where all members can gather to learn, share stories, and discover more about their world.

If you want to find out more information you can follow the link below: http://www.slpl.on.ca/

The Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club

The Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club features a 9-hole golf course rated top 13 in Reader’s Digest’slist of “Canada’s Best Golf Courses for Under $100.”There are many tournaments sponsored by local businesses including the Men and Ladies Twilight Nights. One of the most popular golfing events held happens during Blueberry Festival, and is the Open Women’s and Men’s Golf Tournament.

Our Curling Club does have a curling league and is open to everyone. Tournaments happen throughout the curling season and include the Hope Classic Bonspiels for Breast Cancer.

For more information about the Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club please follow this link: http://slgcc.com/

Schools and Day Care Centres

Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School is part of the Northwest Catholic District School Board and serves kindergarten through to grade 8. Monthly masses are held for students and staff at Sacred Heart Church which is located just down the street from the school.

To learn more about Sacred Heart School please follow this link: https://www.tncdsb.on.ca/school/sacredheart/Pages/default.aspx#/=

Sioux Mountain School

Sioux Mountain School is part of the Keewatin Patricia District School Board and goes from kindergarten through to grade 8. Students participate in monthly assemblies and attend various special events hosted by the school, including concerts and productions. Sioux Mountain is also unique in that it offers a Hockey Canada Skills Academy for all interested students in grades one to eight.

To learn more about Sioux Mountain School please follow this link: http://siouxmountain.kpdsb.on.ca

Sioux North High School

Newly built in March 2019, Sioux North High School runs from grade 9 through to grade 12. Serving approximately 500 students, Sioux North High School has 23 classrooms which include facilities for woodworking, automotive, food safety, music classes, and a cafetorium.

To learn more about Sioux North High School please follow this link: http://siouxnorth.kpdsb.on.ca/

Employment

Sioux Lookout offers a variety of job opportunities for incoming professionals. We have many large employers in Sioux Lookout, especially in the health services field. Sioux Lookout is always looking for qualified physicians to come to our region, but there are other industries that offer great opportunity as well. Some of our employment sectors include: Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Indian and Northern Affairs, and others.

Housing

With multiple lakes, lush forests, and picturesque beauty, Sioux Lookout and the surrounding area is an ideal place to call home.

Sioux Lookout has plenty of short-term and long-term housing options available, both in town, and within a 15 to 20 minute drive. Depending on your preference you can be walking distance to all amenities, or live the remote lifestyle while still being close enough to be on-call.

Our housing market is serviced by several real estate agencies who can help with purchasing a new home or assist you with the location of rental units. See below for agencies that can help:

Gina McFee-Bernier, Royal LePage Realty – http://ginamcfee-bernier.com/

Latitude 50 Realty – http://www.latitude50.on.ca/Sioux_Lookout_Listings/page_1659042.html

Sioux Mountain Realty – http://www.siouxmountainrealty.com/

Services

Sioux Lookout offers many conveniences. Please visit the Services Page for a full list of services and their contact information.

Services Page

Families

Sioux Lookout offers a welcoming atmosphere and an abundance of services and activities that will be sure to make your family feel at home. We also have great schools for children, and many job openings for other family members. Our strong community spirit is evident in the organizations, family supports, and opportunities for fun that exist in our beautiful town. To us, culture is important, and we strive to be a place where all residents are respectful and engaged in working to create a place rich with arts, crafts, sports, music, recreation, and community togetherness.

Sioux Lookout Regional Physician Services Inc.
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Phone: (807) 737-6117
Toll Free: 1-800-842-0681
Fax: (807) 737-4349
recruitment@slfnha.com

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