- Hearst, Ontario
official_name = Town of Hearst
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = District
subdivision_name2 = Cochrane
government_type = Town
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Roger Sigouin
leader_title1 = Governing Body
leader_name1 = Hearst Town Council
Brent St. Denis(LPC)
established_title = Established
established_date = 1913
population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =ref label|Stats_Canada|1|1(sc)
settlement_type = Town
population_total = 5620
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd=49 |latm=42 |lats= |latNS=N
longd=83 |longm=40 |longs= |longEW=W
postal_code_type = Postal code span
website = [http://www.hearst.ca/ Town of Hearst]
Hearst (2001 census population 5,825; 2006 census population 5,620) is a town in the Canadian province of
Ontario. It is located in Northern Ontario, approximately 92 km (57 miles) west of Kapuskasing, approximately 964 km (600 miles) north of Toronto and 520 km (323 miles) east of Thunder Bay on Highway 11. At Hearst, Highway 583 also extends northward to Lac-Sainte-Thérèse and southward to Jogues, Coppell and Mead.
The town came into being due to the construction of the
National Transcontinental Railwayin 1913. Established as a divisional point, Hearst is 207.7 km (129.08 miles) west of Cochrane and 201.3 km (125.11 miles) east of the divisional point of Grant.
Hearst was named to honour
William Howard Hearst, then Ontario Minister of Forests and Mines and later Premier of Ontario. Many settlers to the town originally came from the province of Quebec.
Hearst is one of Ontario's majority
Franco-Ontariantowns with 96% of the town's population being francophone. [ [http://katimavik.org/Listitem/index/id/175 Katimavik ] ] Residents are predominantly Caucasian but different cultures can be found in Hearst such as Chinese, Portuguese, Greek, Ukrainian, First Nations and also African-Canadians.
The town is home to the
Université de Hearst, a federated school of Laurentian Universityin Sudbury. The primary industry of Hearst is forestry, with both mills and tree-planting organizations. Hearst is a four season destination. Many years ago, the town proclaimed itself the Moose Capital of Canada. [ [http://northernontario.org/Towns/Hearst.htm Northern Ontario - Hearst, Ontario - James Bay Frontier ] ] Local outdoor activities include fishing, hunting snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, camping, swimming, canoeing, and golf.
René Fontaine, Former Liberal politician
Doric Germain, writer, whose books centre on Franco-Ontarianheritage
* Claude Giroux, First-round draft pick in 2006 by the Philadelphia Flyers
* Claude Larose, NHL hockey player
Stéphane Lecours, Former Paralympic swimmer (Seoul '88)
Rumun Ndur, NHL hockey player
Hearst's only local radio service is provided by CINN, a community radio station. All other radio stations available in the community are
rebroadcasters of stations from Kapuskasing, Timmins or Sudbury.
* FM 90.3 - CBON-26,
* FM 91.1 - CINN,
* FM 91.9 - CBCC,
CBC Radio One
* FM 92.9 - CHYK-2,
francophone hot adult contemporary
* FM 94.5 - CKHT,
* [http://www.hearst.ca/ Town of Hearst]
* [http://www.gohearst.ca/ Go Hearst] Town of Hearst, Ontario Community Website
* [http://www.embargo.ca/highway11/JamesBay/JB-24-Hearst.htm Ontario Highway 11 Homepage - Hearst]
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