Sundridge, Ontario

Sundridge is a village in central Ontario, Canada, approximately 75 km south of North Bay, Ontario along Highway 11, on the shore of Lake Bernard. Sundridge is a tourist destination in both winter and summer, with boating and snowmobiling providing the main attraction. Algonquin Provincial Park is accessible nearby. Cities within a reasonable driving distance include Toronto (approximately 275 km south) and Ottawa (approximately 400 km east.) The village has long been known as "The Pearl of the North" to residents of central and northern Ontario. The village is located in the Almaguin Highlands region of Parry Sound District. And located on the traditional lands of the Huron-Wendat and the Anishinabewaki nations.[3]

Village of Sundridge
Highway 124 through Sundridge close to Highway 11.
Highway 124 through Sundridge close to Highway 11.
Sunny Sundridge
Sundridge is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 45°46′N 79°24′W / 45.767°N 79.400°W / 45.767; -79.400Coordinates: 45°46′N 79°24′W / 45.767°N 79.400°W / 45.767; -79.400
DistrictParry Sound
IncorporatedMarch 23, 1889
 • TypeVillage
 • MayorLyle Hall
 • Federal ridingParry Sound—Muskoka
 • Prov. ridingParry Sound—Muskoka
 • Land2.25 km2 (0.87 sq mi)
 • Total938
 • Density417.7/km2 (1,082/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal Code
Area code(s)705
Steirerhut Restaurant along Highway 11


Originally it was supposed to be named Sunny Ridge, but when the name was applied for in the late 1800s, an error at the post office department resulted in the name becoming Sundridge.

Sundridge developed largely as a result of the extension of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) northward. The first settler in the area – usually considered the village's founder – was James Dunbar in 1876. The CNR route in the area was completed in 1885, and the Village of Sundridge was incorporated in 1889. Protestant churches (Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian) were established in the mid-1880s, and in 1897 the first municipal library was established. During World War I, Sundridge was the location for basic training for the 162nd Canadian Battalion.

The post office dates from 1879.[4]


Sundridge historical populations

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Sundridge had a population of 938 living in 436 of its 458 total private dwellings, a change of -2.4% from its 2016 population of 961. With a land area of 2.25 km2 (0.87 sq mi), it had a population density of 416.9/km2 (1,079.7/sq mi) in 2021.[7]

Mother tongue:[8]

  • English as first language: 90.9%
  • French as first language: 1.1%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 8.0%

Notable peopleEdit

Local politicsEdit

The municipality is governed by a five-member council consisting of a mayor and four councillors, each elected at large every four years. Many local services (such as the library and arena) are run by committees jointly established by Sundridge and its surrounding townships. The current mayor of Sundridge is Lyle Hall.


  1. ^ a b 2011 Census Profile
  2. ^ "Census Profile, 2021 Census: Sundridge, Village". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
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  4. ^ Hamilton, William (1978). The Macmillan Book of Canadian Place Names. Toronto: Macmillan. p. 173. ISBN 0-7715-9754-1.
  5. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021
  6. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Sundridge, Village". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Ontario". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profile". March 13, 2007.
  9. ^ "In Memoriam". Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association. Retrieved June 26, 2019. member of the 1953 Grey Cup, Don Beatty has passed away. Don played Defensive End for the Tiger-Cats in 1952-53
  10. ^ "Obituary for Donald Beatty". Opatovsky Funeral Home. Retrieved June 26, 2019.

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