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Atikokan

Atikokan is a highly accessible community located south of the trans-Canada highway 11/17 in Northwestern Ontario.  The local economy benefits from the town's reputation as the "Canoeing Capital of Canada," which derives from the beauty of the region and its proximity to Quetico Provincial Wilderness Park.  This is an area of 9,000 km2 that ranks as one of ten top pickerel (walleye) fishing destinations in the province.  Forestry and a number of businesses also support the local economy.

Atikokan’s 3500 residents’ health needs are served by The Atikokan General Hospital.  The accredited 41- bed facility offers emergency, acute care, continuing care, long term care, and a full range of diagnostic services. Community-based programs include counseling and addictions treatment.  Up to seven primary care physicians provide 24-hour on-call coverage to the emergency department and are supported by a variety of specialists. Breast Screening and CNIB services are also available.

A range of complementary health services support the hospital’s mission to deliver quality care.  Chiropractors, dentists, massage therapists, a speech pathologist, acupuncturist, naturopathic doctor, and a pharmacist also practice here.  The Community Care Access Program coordinates home care services and discharge planning.  Atikokan’s Northwest Health Unit provides public health services such as immunizations, safety and heart health.  Ambulatory land and air services are available for the swift transfer of patients to larger regional centers. 

A community day care facility, elementary schools, one high school and continuing education programs administered by Confederation College and Lakehead University address the educational needs of residents.  The Intergenerational Centre for the Arts, offers art courses and other activities.  There is also the Pictograph Art Gallery and gift shop, a public library and a museum.

Atikokan draws heavily on the abundance of natural resources; not only as a premier tourist destination for outdoor enthusiasts, but also for the harvesting of the region’s wealth.  Employment is found in the light manufacturing sector and with leading employers such as The Ontario Power Generating Station. 

Atikokan boasts a diversified economy, ample recreation facilities, and a large and active core of volunteers and an unsurpassed quality of life.

 

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