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Established in 1889 and home to the hamlet of Desbarats, Johnson Township is located 60 km east of Sault St. Marie on the historic TransCanada highway. With access to the beautiful North Channel of Lake Huron, Johnson Township is also home to several freshwater lakes with public beaches and boat ramps; a vibrant agricultural community, including a seasonal Farmer’s Market supported by the local Mennonite community; the wildlife preserves of the Kensington Conservancy; and the Central Algoma Secondary School and the Johnson Township Community Centre, both regional hubs for many recreational activities. The JTCC houses a full-sized  arena that is open to rentals. Johnson Township provides a full range of recreational events and programs including winter and summer community festivals and annual Fishing Derby and Big Buck Contest, as well as soccer, baseball and recreational hockey programs for families. The Voyageur Trail, the Waterfront Trail Cycle Route, and a major Snowmobile Trail pass through the township.

Landfill Site Update – Open for Regular Winter Hours

The Johnson Tarbutt Landfill site is open for Regular Winter operating hours for all dates starting today Saturday, January 2. The Share Shed will remain closed on Saturdays January 2 and 9 during the provincial lockdown.

Township Office Closed until Monday, January 11

Due to the emergency provincial lockdown, the Johnson Township Municipal Office is closed until Monday, January 11th.; Landfill site reduced hours.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted, Wednesday, Dec. 23

PUC has advised the Township of Johnson that the boil water advisory has been lifted for all users of the water system in Desbarats. Merry Christmas!

December 2020 Newsletter

Click on the image to open a PDf copy of the Township of Johnson December 2020 Newsletter

5pm, Dec. 19 Update: Water Main Repaired!

Public Works is happy to announce that the water main is repaired and PUC is bleeding the lines and water should be available in all of Desbarats soon. WARNING: PUC has issued a Boil Water Advisory for the entire Desbarats water system until further notice.

Request for Proposal

Johnson Township is seeking proposals for development of a township property.

Condolences to the Irwin Family

The Council and staff of the Township would like to offer their condolences to the family of Ron Irwin. Former mayor of Sault Ste. Marie and an MPP for the area, Ron owned a camp in the municipality. View Ron’s obituary and memorial service details at the Northwoods Funeral Home’s website. See his obituary on CBC […]

Algoma Public Health “Covid 19 during the Holidays”

Algoma Public Health publishes “Covid 19 during the Holidays” guidelines.