Mindoka & South Mindoka


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Shell of a former home in South Mindoka
©Yvan Charbonneau

Mindoka and South Mindoka both came to life around 1905. The two communities were located about 1 1/2 kilometres from one another.

Mindoka began as a as a small section village on the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway (later Ontario Northland Railway). It included a station, siding, water tower, about half a dozen dwellings and a bunkhouse for the railway workers. A general store and post office followed in 1926.

Compared to Mindoka, South Mindoka was a little livelier. It began as a small sawmill settlement that included the sawmill, a general store and a bunkhouse for the lumbermen. A schoolhouse built in 1926 served both communities.

The depression hit both settlement hard. As a result, the store and post office in Mindoka closed in 1947. Consequently, by the 50s, most of the residents had left.

South Mindoka lasted a little longer. The store closed in 1949 and by the 1960s, the community was completely empty. Learn more

How to get there

Mindoka and South Mindoka are both loacted in Temiskaming District. From Englehart drive north on Highway 11 for about 18 kilometres to Pacaud Township Rd. 1. Turn right and drive about 10 kilometres to the ONR crossing. When you reach the crossing, you’ve arrived at South Mindoka.

Mindoka is located 2 kilometres north of South Mindoka and is only accessible by foot. Walk along the tracks until you reach mileage point 151, which is marked.

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Nearby centre: Englehart, 19 kilometres

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