Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:45

Business Directory

Located one kilometre south of the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway 17 and Highway 6, and 45 minutes from the City of Greater Sudbury, Espanola, Ontario is a great place to live, work and play.

Espanola is a dynamic northern community that serves as a hub for business, retail, medical, government, transportation and distribution for the LaCloche/Manitoulin area.

To be listed in our Business Directory, please complete the Business Registry Application Form (pdf)

Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:44




Hotels & Motels


Alta Vista
381 Hwy 17
McKerrow, ON P0P 1M0
PH (705) 869-2520

Clear Lake Inn
995 Hwy 6
Espanola, ON P5E 1N9
PH (705) 869-1748

Goodman's Motel / J&E Restaurant
381 Hwy 17
McKerrow, ON P0P 1M0
PH (705) 869-1020

Marshall's Hotel / Bar and Grill
585 Centre Street
Espanola, ON P5E 1J9
PH (705) 869-1441

Pinewood Motor Inn
378 Centre Street
Espanola, ON P5E 1G3
PH (705) 869-3460 / 1-800-361-3460
Bed & Breakfasts


Quiet Waters Bed n' Breakfast
55 Dumont Street
Nairn Centre, ON P0M 2L0
PH (705) 869-2766




Chutes Provincial Park
700 Imperial Street North
P.O. Box 37
Massey, ON P0P 1P0
PH (705) 865-2021

Hilly Acres Camp & Trailer Park
1049 South River Road
Whitefish Falls, ON P0P 2H0
PH (705) 285-4226

Lodges & Resorts
Agnew Lake Lodge
847 Agnew Lake Road
Webbwood, ON P0P 2G0
PH (705) 869-2239 / 1-877-229-6098
Lake Apsey Resort
400 Lake Apsey Road
Espanola, ON P5E 1T1
PH (705) 869-1718
Bay Villa Lodge
1079 South River Road
Whitefish Falls, ON P0P 2H0
PH (705) 285-4266
Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters
1068 Lake Street
P.O. Box 152
Whitefish Falls, ON P0P 2H0
PH (705) 285-4540
Bear Lake Wilderness Camp
P.O. Box 5262
Espanola, ON P5E 1S3
PH (705) 866-7100 May - Oct
Cell PH (502) 648-2758 All Year

Black Bear Camp
P.O. Box 280
Webbwood, ON P0P 2G0
PH (705) 869-6060/1-888-440-2887

Charlton Lake Camp
1086 Willisville Lake Road
Willisville, ON P0P 2H0
PH (705) 285-4281

Forbes Holiday Resort
1077 North River Rd.
P.O. Box 67
Whitefish Falls, ON P0P 2H0
PH (705) 285-4251

La Cloche Lake Camp
P.O. Box 10
Site 3, RR# 2
Massey, ON P0P 1P0
PH (705) 865-1521

Lang Lake Resort
1454 Lang Lake Road
Whitefish Falls, ON P0P 2H0
PH (705) 285-4241 / 1-800-593-LANG

Widgawa Lodge
1047 Widgawa Rd.
P.O. Box 19
Whitefish Falls, ON P0P 2H0
PH 1-800-562-9992

Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:14

Our Heritage

The Town of Espanola originated as a company-owned town. In 1899 the Ontario government signed the Espanola Agreement with the Spanish River Pulp and Paper Company, which gave the company the authority to begin logging operations over a 5,600 km area for the next 21 years. Under the agreement, a pulp mill capable of employing 250 people was to be constructed. A company-owned town site was established which stretched from the Spanish River to where Second Street is today.
In 1903 construction began on houses within the company-owned town site of Espanola.

In 1911 construction began on the Manitoulin and North Shore Railways. As a result of this, a number of construction workers began to settle in the area just south of the company town site (south of Second Street). This area was known as Frenchtown or Espanola South.

Following World War I, an improved economy resulted in the expansion of the paper mill and an influx of new people. Two new schools and a community centre were built. The mill now employed almost 700 people. Unfortunately, this economic boom was short-lived and by 1924 the pulp and paper industry had become somewhat depressed, resulting in a number of people leaving town. In 1928 the Abitibi Power and Paper Company merged with the Spanish River Pulp and Paper Mills Company. Abitibi had overextended its finances and was forced to begin laying off employees. On December 31, 1929 the Espanola mill was closed permanently. A small maintenance crew was kept on to provide public utility services to the town site. The company provided food, fuel and other necessities until relief payments from the provincial government replaced this. Since Espanola was at this time a company town, when the mill ceased functioning, the town also stopped functioning. Some people left the town, but a number of people remained realizing that the possibility of employment elsewhere was also limited. Many of the residents in Espanola South also remained since many of these houses were owned and it was impossible to sell them, whereas the houses in the company town site were all leased. In total there were 1,925 residents living in the company town site and Espanola South.

During World War II, Espanola became the site of a prisoner-of-war camp for German soldiers. The war prisoners were housed in the old mill buildings and the Guards assigned to watch over them moved into some of the abandoned houses in the company town site. A map of the world, drawn by one of the German prisoners-of-war, is still visible on one of the mill's walls today. In 1943, the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company of Michigan purchased both the mill and the company town site and restarted the mill operations. A Canadian subsidiary company, the KVP Company, was formed to handle the Espanola mill operations. By the mid-1940's both the mill and the town were in need of modernization and repairs. In 1946 the KVP Company established the Espanola Development Company as a wholly-owned, privately incorporated subsidiary to administer the town. This was an attempt to separate the town business from the business of the pulp and paper mill.
By the mid-1950's, a movement had begun in Espanola South to incorporate the Town of Espanola. Despite the freedom from Company controls and building codes that Espanola South had enjoyed, much of this area had been without water, sewers and had limited electrical supply since its origins. On March 1, 1958, Espanola was incorporated as a Town with a population of 5000.
Since its inception as a municipality, Espanola has continued to expand and improve itself as a community The pulp and paper mill, under the ownership of E.B. Eddy since 1969, and now Domtar Inc. has seen several large-scale capital investments in recent years, such as a new electrical generator and a new pulp bleaching process which eliminates the use of chlorine.
In 1988 a new Multi-Care Facility and hospital was constructed in the south end of Town.
In 1994 a new water tower was constructed in the community and in 1996 improvements were made to the quality of the town's drinking water with the construction of a new water treatment facility. In 1995 construction on a secondary sewage treatment facility was completed. The 1990's have also seen an increase in commercial development with the construction of several new retail stores at the south end of the town, across from the Espanola Mall. In 1999, the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex opened.
The 2000’s continued to witness an increase in commercial activity with the Espanola Mall reaching almost full capacity. Additionally, the town completed several improvements related to infrastructure, such as upgrading the water lines and the lift station and the development of new residential lots. In 2008, the development of a fully serviced Light Industrial park was completed. The year 2009 marked the establishment of a 22-foot high LED message board sign at the south end of town, used to promote community events.

 Espanola 1889

 Espanola 1940s

Espanola Logo 1958

Espanola General Hospial Aerial View 1988

Independent Grocer and Espanola Mall Signage 1990s

Water Tower 1994

Water Treatment Plant 1996

Domtar 1998


LED Sign 2009

Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:01

Welcome to Espanola

We invite you to experience a mix of leisure and recreational opportunities set against a bounty of lakes, rivers, forests and the picturesque Lacloche Foothills.

Enjoy your stay! 


Wednesday, 10 August 2011 09:21

Invest in Espanola

Located one kilometre south of the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY. 17) and Highway 6, and a mere 45 minutes from the City of Greater Sudbury, Espanola, Ontario is a great place to live, work and play.  The Espanola Light Industrial Park features acres of fully serviced affordable lots, in an area with excellent transportation links and available skilled workers.  Espanola is a dynamic northern community that serves as a the centre for business, retail, medical, government, transportation and distribution for the LaCloche/Manitoulin area.

Town Brochure


Wednesday, 10 August 2011 07:47

Living in Espanola

Experience the comfort, convenience and affordability of our friendly spirited community.  We are a regional hub offering full service benefits in a caring and safe community setting.

Espanola is ideal for commuters working in neighbouring cities such as Sudbury, Blind River and Elliot Lake.  Leave work for the pleasures, relaxation and activities of retirement in Espanola. active, engaged community focused on health, leisure and accessibility.

For more information contact:

Town of Espanola
PH (705) 869-1540
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Tuesday, 09 August 2011 12:39

Available Property

Property for Sale

Industrial - Serviced  

Municipal Lots in Plan 53R19737       
Parts 4, 5, 7 - Zoned M2
One Acre Serviced Industrial Lots


Policy on Municipal Land Disposition (pdf)



Tuesday, 09 August 2011 11:57

Industrial Park

• Affordable fully serviced lotsDevelopers in Industrial Park• No development fees
• Located just off of Hwy 17 on Hwy 6

Espanola Light Industrial Park
Key features of the Espanola Light Industrial Park:

• Serviced
• Industrial Tax Rate of 5.582033% in 2012
• The park is zoned as M2 - Light Industrial
• See Available Property for more information.
• The municipally-owned Light Industrial Park features 6 acres of fully serviced property located on Panache (Penage) Lake Road, which is less than 2 kilometres from Highway 6.

Permitted uses in an M2 Zone are:

• Commercial garages, automobile service stations;
• Construction equipment yards;
• Custom workshops;
• Farm machinery sales and service;
• Heavy equipment sales and service;
• Manufacturing, processing, assembling, warehousing, or wholesaling use in wholly enclosed buildings which do not emit obnoxious sounds, odour, dust, vibrations, fumes, or smoke;
• Mobile homes and modular homes construction and sales;
• Public utility service yard, or electric generating, receiving, or transforming station;
• Recreational vehicles sales and service;
• Restaurants;
• Restaurants, Drive-In;
• Restaurants, Take-Out;
• Service industrial uses such as building supply centre, building contractor shops, feed and fuel yards, machine shops, bulk storage, nursery or garden supply centre, printer or publisher, dry cleaning outlet or plant;
• Transport terminals, trucking yards;
• One (1) dwelling unit, either attached or detached, accessory to and on the same lot as a permitted industrial use
• Uses accessory to the foregoing

For additional information, contact:

Economic Development Officer
The Town of Espanola
100 Tudhope Street, Suite 2
Espanola, ON  P5E 1S6
PH (705) 869-1540
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Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:13

Mayor's Message

Welcome to the Town of Espanola’s website.  

We have a lot happening in our community and so much to offer!  Espanola is an excellent place to live and do business, raise a family and retire! As the service hub for the LaCloche Manitoulin region, our community offers a full range of recreation, culture and health service amenities.

Espanola is a great place to do business!  We have no development fees and the Town offers incentive programs to encourage affordable and senior housing development and business improvements.  Espanola has a balanced inventory of stable businesses and is buzzing with new developments in the commercial, residential and institutional sectors. 

Our most valued asset is our residents! We are an inclusive and welcoming community with friendly and caring neighbours.  Our volunteers unite the community and provide wonderful opportunities for everyone to enjoy.  These active volunteers are hosts to many service organizations as well as organize leagues, run programs and provide events such as community breakfasts, the Annual Fibre Arts Festival, Knight Cruisers Car Show, Lobsterfest, ATV Run and the Annual Slo Pitch Ball Tournament. If volunteering is your calling, I encourage you to reach out to one of the groups to explore your options.  I can ensure you the benefits are priceless!

I would be happy to meet with you and welcome you personally to our community.  Our friendly and professional staff are also available to answer any questions you may have regarding our community and services.

We look forward to meeting you to showcase Espanola, a wonderful community we call home.

Jill Beer

Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:11

Council / Committee Meetings

Regular Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Municipal Office in Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 100 Tudhope Street.

Corporate Services Committee Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm at the Municipal Office in the Main Level Boardroom 100 Tudhope Street.

Community Services Committee Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm at the Municipal Office in the Main Level Boardroom 100 Tudhope Street.

Police Service Board Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00pm in the Main Level Boardroom at the Municipal Office, 100 Tudhope Street.

Library Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm in the Library Boardroom.

Ad Hoc/Special Purpose Committee/Others:

Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Library Boardroom

The Inaugural Splash Pad Sub-Committee Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 6:30pm.

Committee of Adjustment -As Required

View the Procedural Bylaw for the Terms of Reference for each Committee.

The public is welcome to attend Council and Committee meetings.

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