The Town of Espanola was founded by the local pulp and paper mill. You’ll still find some of the red brick “mill houses” around the town. Though the paper mill has now been idled, there is still plenty of employment for residents. Espanola has a thriving small business sector that is well supported by the community.
Espanola is a full-service community, offering shopping, schools, a junior hockey team (The Paper Kings) and recreation. Within the last few years, the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre (ERHHC) underwent a major overhaul of its emergency department. Both the hospital foundation and auxiliary consistently fundraise to upgrade equipment.
Espanola has a large population of children, with recreational activities for them and the entire family that include a skating club, ski hill, soccer, baseball, golf and much more! The town is also uniquely situated close to many lakes and crown land for hunting.
There are also independent, assisted living and nursing home options for seniors.
Manitoulin Island, known as the largest freshwater island in the world. There are lots of activities for tourists and residents alike. From the cruise ships that port in Little Current during the summer, to Bridal Veil Falls, to the gorgeous beaches (and resulting sunsets) at Providence Bay and to the yearly Pow Wow at Wiikwemikoong First Nation, “The Island” has something to offer everyone.
Most of the year, Manitoulin Island is only accessible through Espanola, making the two locations inextricably connected.