Far North of Ontario

Information about the Far North of Ontario and how to view the boundary in detail.

About the Far North

The Far North covers 42% of Ontario’s land mass. About 3 times the size of Lake Superior, it stretches from Manitoba in the west to James Bay and Quebec in the east.

It is home to:

  • 24,000 people (90% of them First Nations)
  • 31 First Nations communities
  • 2 municipalities (Pickle Lake and Moosonee)
  • 1 community with a Local Service Board (Moose Factory)

The Far North has 2 distinct ecological regions, which play a key role in helping reduce global warming:

  • the bogs and fens of the Hudson Bay Lowlands
  • the boreal forest of the Canadian Shield

They also provide essential habitat for:

  • more than 200 sensitive species, including species at risk like woodland caribou and wolverine
  • Ontario’s only populations of polar bears, beluga whales and snow geese

Economic development

Economic development in the Far North is limited, but the natural resource potential is great and the demand is growing.

To help ensure sustainable development, the Ontario government and First Nations are working together on community based land use planning.

Learn more about community based planning

Far North boundary

View the location of the southern boundary of the Far North.

Click on one of the boxes along the boundary below and follow the link to show greater detail of the Far North boundary.

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Name/LinkFile TypeFile SizeDescription
Far North Index - Sheet 1PDF2.2 MbOverview map of the Far North boundary, showing the location of each sheet.
Far North Index - Sheet 2PDF915 KbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.33N, -95.56E to 51.41N, -94.80E
Far North Index - Sheet 3PDF1.8 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.41N, -94.80E to 51.19N, -94.02E
Far North Index - Sheet 4PDF1.4 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.19N, -94.02 to 51.45N, -93.26E
Far North Index - Sheet 5APDF3.4 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.45N, -93.26E to 51.45N, -92.49E
Far North Index - Sheet 5BPDF3.4 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.45N, -92.49E to 51.41N, -91.94E
Far North Index - Sheet 6PDF2.3 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.41N, -91.94E to 51.11N, -91.52E
Far North Index - Sheet 7APDF2.0 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.11N, -91.52E to 51.02N, -90.76E
Far North Index - Sheet 7BPDF2.0 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.02N, -90.76E to 51.00N, -90.00E
Far North Index - Sheet 8PDF1.8 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.00N, -90.00E to 51.27N, -89.25
Far North Index - Sheet 9PDF1.6 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.27N, -89.25 to 51.50N, -88.49E
Far North Index - Sheet 10APDF1.7 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.50N, -88.49E to 51.37N, -87.79E
Far North Index - Sheet 10BPDF1.7 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.37N, -87.79E to 51.21N, -87.29E
Far North Index - Sheet 11PDF1.5 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 51.21N, -87.29E to 50.87N, -86.55E
Far North Index - Sheet 12PDF1.6 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.53N, -86.00 to 50.22N, -85.50E
Far North Index - Sheet 13PDF1.5 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.22N, -85.50E to 50.05N, -84.75E
Far North Index - Sheet 14PDF3.4 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.05N, -84.75E to 50.10N, -84.00E
Far North Index - Sheet 15PDF3.9 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.10N, -84.00E to 50.18N, -83.25E
Far North Index - Sheet 16APDF3.9 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.18N, -83.25E to 50.12N, -82.49E
Far North Index - Sheet 16BPDF2.0 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.18N, -82.49E to 50.12N, -82.50E
Far North Index - Sheet 17PDF2.2 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.12N, -82.50E to 50.36N, -81.75
Far North Index - Sheet 18APDF2.2 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.36N, -81.75 to 50.50N, -81.00E
Far North Index - Sheet 18BPDF2.2 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.35N, -80.50E to 50.12N, -79.27E
Far North Index - Sheet 19PDF2.2 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.50N, -81.00E to 50.35N, -80.50E
Far North Index - Sheet 20PDF2.2 MbMap of the Far North boundary line from 50.13N, -80.02E to 50.12N, -79.27E

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Far North Strategy
Far North Act
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