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invest local bannerLocated in the heart of the LaCloche Foothills, Espanola is surrounded by pristine lakes, old growth forests and the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield. Espanola is just 35 minutes away from Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world with access to the North Channel of Lake Huron and beautiful Georgian Bay. Live, work and thrive where outdoor recreation opportunities are bountiful! With a population of just under 5000 it is a rarity that a community of this size features a 9-hole golf course, ski hill and an accessible, salt water, indoor swimming pool.

Quality of life is supported by quality and diversity of service! Espanola is the regional retail, health and service hub of LaCloche/Manitoulin. A small and safe community within a 45 minute drive to the Greater City of Sudbury for an urban vibe, live theatre, symphony, festivals and leading health specialists.

Espanola’s rich history of pulp and paper making on the Spanish River has anchored a stable and diverse economy. In 2019 the future of the economy and community was fortified by a Federal investment into a $57.5-million innovation plan at the local Domtar Inc. Pulp and Paper Mill. This capital injection will support innovative product development to replace single-use plastics for medical packaging and food wrap.

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For information contact:

Louisa Orford (she/her)
Economic Development Officer, LaCloche Foothills
Ph (705) 583-6051
Cell (705) 863-0489
Fx (705) 869-6697
[email protected]

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