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Astorville on Lake Nosbonsing


East Ferris is a township in northeastern Ontariomarker, Canadamarker located between Trout Lakemarker and Lake Nosbonsing in the District of Nipissingmarker. West Ferris has long been annexed into the city of North Baymarker.

Communities

The main communities within East Ferris are Astorville and Corbeil. There are also smaller residential areas in the township, known as Derland Road and Lake Nosbonsing.

In July 2005, Astorville hosted the first Northern Ontario Ball Hockey Championship. In November 2005, Astorville was one of nine communities that voted on whether to accept private funding for a health centre.

Corbeil is located on the La Vase River, at a turn in Highway 94 south of its terminus at Highway 17. The township's municipal office is located in Corbeil.

Economy

East Ferris is largely a commuter community of North Bay, with most residents working in this city.

Culture

The township's public library is located in Astorville.

A famous store in Corbeil is the "Voyer's Red and White Store". It is presently owned by Mike Voyer but has been in his family for over four generations. In 2005, it underwent renovations to house a small family restaurant. It is called "Leo's Restaurant". Leo was the name of Mike's father. Around Canada Day 2006, an LCBO franchise was awarded to Voyer's.

The township holds an annual winter carnival, as well as town picnics in the summer.

Astorville is home to the Nosbonsing Curling Club.

Notable people

Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston lives and works in Corbeil.

The Dionne Quintuplets were born on a farm near Corbeil. Corbeil was also the home of Marie-Louise Meilleur, a supercentenarian who was 117 years old when she died in 1998. She was the oldest living person in the world for the eight months preceding her death, and remains both the oldest verified person in Canadian history and the fifth oldest verified person in the world. She lived at the Nipissing Manor Nursing Home, which was once the mansion that housed the Dionne Quintuplets.

Demographics

According to the Canada 2006 Census:
  • Population: 4,200
  • % Change (1996-2001): -2.1
  • Dwellings: 1,700
  • Area (km².): 149.76
  • Density (persons per km².): 28.0


References

  1. "Northern ball hockey championship planned," North Bay Nugget, May 3, 2005, pg. B.6.
  2. "Ball hockey tournament entry deadline Friday," North Bay Nugget, July 7, 2005, pg. C.2.
  3. Brandi Cramer, "Plebiscite draws thousands- organizer," North Bay Nugget, November 21, 2005, pg. A.1.Fro.


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