The Municipality of Greenstone boasts a rich and proud heritage steeped in Canadian lore.
Archaeological evidence shows the existence of First Nations people living in the area as early as 8000 B.C.
For over a century, the historic escapades of the European fur trade not only graced our waters but made our shores the site of many fierce and even violent battles for control of our bounteous fur supply.
Long before gravel roads and paved highways meandered through the boreal wilderness, the Canadian National and Northern Railways carved an iron path through the forest and bedrock, founding many of the communities that flourish in Greenstone today.
The establishment of railways played a vital role in the successful development of commercial fishing in Greenstone in the early 1900's. The commercial fishing industry flourished when a food shortage occurred in the province during World War I.
In the early 1930’s, gold fever burned like wildfire throughout the region, sparking the development of thirteen gold mines that would heartily sustain our economy for decades and create a mining legacy that brought a fame and prominence to the area that is still revered and remembered today.
Forestry has always played a distinctive role in the history of Greenstone. From the early days of the Long Lake log drives to the vast management and processing operations that drive our economy today.
Greenstone is also the site of one of the largest Fire Management Headquarters in the Province of Ontario. Visitors can take a tour of the daily operations and have the unique experience of exploring the inside of a CL-415 Water Bomber.
Adventure Trails and heritage sites, such as the discoverGeraldton Interpretive Centre, exist throughout Greenstone, offering our visitors a chance to explore the legacy of this historic region.