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Town of Capreol, Ontario - 2024 National Finalist

When the Canadian Northern Railway decided to provide a transcontinental service, they needed a divisional point every 125 miles. The Capreol Township was the nearest and most suitable centre and was established as such in 1915.

On April 1st, 1918, Capreol was officially incorporated as a town with a population of 500 people. The town was named after Canadian Northern Railway promoter, Frederick Chase Capreol.  The establishment of the town necessitated local improvements. In 1920, there were hydro electric distribution systems installed and the first sidewalks were installed.

In 1928 and 1929, the waterworks and the sewer system were the next improvements. The sinking of two wells and the installation of pumps had certainly placed this town among the most modern in northern Ontario. A new Town Hall was built in 1929. It housed the town office, fire station, council chambers, the office of the chief of police and the jail.

Although the town was originally an independent community with its own thriving economy, it gradually became a satellite community to the more rapidly growing city of Sudbury, approximately 40 kilometres to the south.

In 1973, the boundaries of the town of Capreol were expanded to include the nearby villages of Sellwood and Milnet, and the town was incorporated into the Regional Municipality of Sudbury.

On January 1, 2001, the towns and cities of the Regional Municipality, including Capreol, were amalgamated into the single-tier city of Greater Sudbury.  The town is now part of Greater Sudbury’s Ward 7 and is represented by councillor Natalie Labbee.  The community has a population of approximately 3,500 residents.

In 2018, the Town of Capreol celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a yearlong celebratory activity culminating during its annual Capreol Days event in August.

The town is home to the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre (NORMHC), founded in 1993 and is dedicated to preserving the history of the lumber, mining and railroading industries.