Ontario Tourism Region : Northcentral Ontario
- Pop. 1,335. In Thessalon T., Algoma Dist., on the North Ch. of L. Huron at the mouth of the Thessalon R. (which drains Ottertail, Desert, and Rock lakes)andHwys 17 & 129, 86 km. SE of Sault Ste. Marie.
- The place was originally a First Nations Peoples encampment called Neyashewun, meaning 'a point of land.'
- That name was corrupted through translation into French by the explorer Rene Francois de Brehan Galinee who marked it on his map of 1670 as Tessalon.
- In 1755, cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin charted it as Pointe aux Thessalons and Alexander Henry, recounting his travels, called the place O'Tossalon.
- In 1814 two armed American schooners, the Tigress and Scorpion, were captured by a British contingent from Fort Michilimackinac, in the waters between Drummond and St. Joseph I.
- When N. Dyment of Barrie built a sawmill here in 1877, he called the place Thessalon Mills.
- A large amount of square-cut timber from that mill was shipped by sailing vessels to Kincardine and Goderich. The lumber ships returned with supplies for the entire north shore of L. Huron.
Natural Resources Canada in the District of Algoma.
Address of this page: http://www.stirling.ruralroutes.com/thessalonontario