Our beautiful island is located comfortably between Manitoulin Island to the east and Drummond Island to the west. Roughly 30 km south of the town of Thessalon.
In 1881, with a growing constituency of homesteaders, fisheries workers, logging and saw mill workers, ‘Cockburn Island’ became a township. Early in the 1900’s, in its hay day, it boasted over 1000 residents. Four generations later it was considered a ghost town. (See Ghost Towns of Ontario).
When the islands remaining store shut down in the 1960’s and the ferry service stopped most of the remaining residents were leaving. The ‘Cockburn Island’ first nation residents left as well to a new reserve on Manitoulin Island. However, today they still have land and a spiritual centre on the western edge of Cockburn.
The township is seeking bids for its surplus 1980 Ford F800 fire tanker. To be sold "as is where is". It's located in Thessalon. Inquire with the Clerk-treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Must be removed by January 31 , 2022. No parts for sale. Payment upfront required.
The Council of the Township of Cockburn island is seeking volunteers for a course to be offered by the Township over a four-day period sometime in spring 2022. The trainer cost and reasonable participant expenses will be provided.
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