The Bkejwanong First Nation is located in the south of Lambton County, on a collection of five islands – St. Anne’s, Squirrel, Bassett, Seaway, and Walpole Island, at the point the St. Clair river empties into Lake St. Clair.
This community of around 2,000 people provides many facilities for its residents including a children’s centre, library, heritage centre, youth facility, and cultural centre. The cultural centre includes an NHL-sized ice surface as well as a community hall. There is a car-carrying ferry that operates from Walpole Island to Algonac, Michigan. The ferry has been in operation for over 100 years.
A major activity is farming, with three of the islands providing about 12,000 acres of agricultural area. The Tahgahoning Enterprises Inc. has been active in agriculture, including building an elevator storage and drying complex including batch dryers, wet tank, conveyors, administration building, truck scales, and four 100,000 bushel storage bins.
Industry and Community Highlights
- Arena and community centre
- Children’s centre
- Youth facility
- Walpole-Algonac Ferry crossing