the end of the Second World War, the town of Hearst and its surroundings
have gradually become a leader in the lumber industry, both in Ontario
and in Canada.
many northern communities, which owe their development to the
establishment of large, often American paper mills or mining companies,
the Hearst regionís industry was driven by small, mostly French-Canadian
entrepreneurs. These lumbermen established their sawmills and
factories and watched them grow over the years, while at the same
time ensuring the communityís growth and prosperity.
on pictures to enlarge)
three economic engines of Hearst's region today
the left, aerial view of the Lecours
Lumber Company Ltd. sawmill (picture donated by the Lecours
family); At centre, aerial view of the Tembec
Industries' Hearst sawmill (picture donated by Tembec Industries
Inc.); On the right, aerial view of the Columbia
Forest Products plywood factory (picture donated by Columbia
up by personal accounts and photographs, this web site presents
the evolution of the lumber industry in what is commonly known today
as the Hearst Forest. It begins with the breaching of the land in
the 1920s and extends to the 1990s when many local enterprises were
bought out by large outside corporations.
though considerable efforts were made to ensure that the information
provided is as complete and accurate as possible, certain facts
may be missing or inaccurate. We regret these occurrences and
we invite you to send us your comments
on the matter.
by the Hearst Public Library, this project has been made possible
thanks to financial support on the part of the Government of Ontario.
Responsibility for research and composition was given to Francis
Bouchard and Jean-Michel Corbeil. Supervised by the Canada Research
Chair on the History of the Development of the Great Clay Belt
of Northern Ontario, the projectís committee members are Danielle
Coulombe (holder of the chair and professor of history at Université
de Hearst), Johanne Morin-Corbeil (Université de Hearst
librarian) and Daniel Lemaire (municipal representative).