Is your future in Northern Ontario?

Paddle to the Sea Park in Nipigon
Paddle to the Sea Park in Nipigon

NIPIGON – Have you ever wanted to run your own business? Across Northwestern Ontario there are many communities which have some unique opportunities. In many communities in the region, there are businesses that have owners who are retiring, and those businesses are for sale. In other cases, there are properties for sale at prices that people from areas like Toronto and other larger centres across Canada would find incredible.

The opportunities are as widespread as you would like them to be.

In Nipigon right now, there is a bright yellow opportunity staring potential business owners in the face. Commonly known as Doc’s, the bright yellow building in this photo is in a prime location in downtown Nipigon and is currently available. There are, of course other opportunities in the town of Nipigon too. The Nipigon Drive Inn, owned by Bridgitte Tremblay, and River’s Bend Bed and Breakfast operated by owners Roma and Joel Dupuis are selling their businesses as well.

Docs in Nipigon
Docs in Nipigon
Yellow Building in Nipigon
The old theatre in Nipigon is also for sale

Nipigon? Northwestern Ontario? Why not?

In the case of Nipigon, this small community located just north of Thunder Bay offers amazing sailing, hiking, fishing and outdoor adventures. Plus for people from the ‘so-called big city’ there is the beauty of a small community where people care. With the expansion of Porter Airlines into Thunder Bay, it is also possible for people to hit Toronto or Chicago in less time than it would take for the average cottager from those large, hot noisy summer cities to make it to the lake for a weekend’s relaxation.

Nipigon Economic Development Officer (EDO) Sarah Lewis states, “Running a successful rural business takes a creative and innovative approach to constantly reach new markets and keep customers coming back. In return for creating unique value for customers, our lifestyle entrepreneurs enjoy the personal relationships they build with their customers. In a small community, every business makes a difference, and every entrepreneur is important”.

Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis, Nipigon Economic Development Officer

“Our entrepreneurs also tell me they enjoy a higher quality of life. The pace of life in a small community, affordable cost of living, and the world class outdoor recreation opportunities are advantages to taking on a business in the Nipigon area,” adds Lewis.

“In Nipigon, we see opportunities for increased national and international tourism visitation developing around the establishment of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, and an increased interest from nearby Thunder Bay residents in exploring the great outdoors east of the city”, concludes Lewis.

Many Northwestern Ontario communities have opportunities, the communities are reaching out world-wide via the Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal as well as our region shifts into the future. Taking the time to explore the region on the Immigration Portal, or the community websites will allow you to discover all that the region has to offer.

The potential of the region has been enhanced with the mining opportunities offered by the Ring of Fire. The chromite deposits, chromite being a key ingredient in the manufacture of stainless steel, are offering the possibility of a massive economic boost to the region.

The history of our region has been made by immigration and the influx of new people, ideas and dreams. Is your dream awaiting you? If your future is in Nipigon, find out more at or

Many expatriate residents from Northwestern Ontario are returning to the region as well. For more information visit

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