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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; the Central Algoma Secondary School and Johnson Township Community Centre, both regional hubs for many recreational activities. The Community Centre houses a full-sized arena that is open to rentals. Johnson Township provides a year-round range of recreational events and programs.

What’s Happening

30 Sep 2020 - 5:00pm Big Buck Registration - Various Local Businesses and Township Office / Desbarats, Bruce Mines, and Sault Ste. Marie

26 Sep 2020 - 8:30am Johnson Township ATV Run - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

21 Jul 2020 - 10:00am Summer Day Camp 2020 Come&Try - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

16 Mar - 19 Mar 2020 - 6:00pm March Break Free Public Skating - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

13 Mar - 14 Mar 2020 - 7:00pm Johnson Township/CUJO Memorial Family Tournament - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

09 Feb 2020 - 1:00pm Winter Activity Festival - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

05 Feb - 11 Mar 2020 - 10:00am IPad, Tablet, and Cellphone Classes - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

24 Jan 2020 - 6:00pm Robbie Burns Supper and Evening of Entertainment - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

07 Jan - 03 Mar 2020 - 11:30am Sault YMCA/Johnson 55+ Fitness Program - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

08 Dec 2019 - 1:00pm Johnson Township Kid’s Christmas Free Skate - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

17 Nov 2019 - 4:00pm Big Buck All-u-can-eat Roast Chicken Supper and Awards Night - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

23 Oct 2019 - 5:30pm Kid’s Recreational Hockey Program - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

18 Oct 2019 - 6:30pm Season Opening Free Skate at the JTCC Arean - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

30 Sep 2019 - 4:30pm Big Buck Registration - Various Local Businesses and Township Office / Desbarats, Bruce Mines, and Sault Ste. Marie

28 Sep 2019 - 8:30am Johnson Township ATV Run - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

06 Aug - 16 Aug 2019 - 8:30am Swim Program - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

13 Jul 2019 - 4:30pm Desbarats Community Night - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

22 Jun 2019 - 7:00am 5th Annual Reg McHale Memorial Family Big Pike Derby - Johnson Township Government Docks / Desbarats

01 Jun 2019 - 9:00am Breakfast Buffet and Opening of Johnson Farmers’ Market - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

05 May 2019 - 9:00am Second Annual Gun and Outdoors Show - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

04 May 2019 - 9:00am Everything Country Fur and Feather Sale - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

30 Apr 2019 - 5:00pm Notice of a Public Open House for a New Official Plan - Laird Community Hall / Laird

08 Apr 2019 - 4:00pm North Shore Baseball and Soccer Registration Deadline - Johnson Township Office / Desbarats

22 Mar - 23 Mar 2019 - 6:00pm Johnson Township/CUJO Memorial Family Tournament - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

10 Feb 2019 - 1:00pm Winter Activity Festival - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

26 Dec - 03 Jan 2019 - 6:00pm Holiday 2018 Free Public Skating - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

09 Dec 2018 - 1:00pm Johnson Township Kid’s Christmas Free Skate - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

18 Nov 2018 - 4:00pm Big Buck All-u-can-eat Roast Chicken Supper and Awards Night - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

07 Nov - 27 Mar 2019 - 6:00pm Kid’s Recreational Hockey Program - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

26 Oct - 29 Mar 2019 - 6:30pm Public Skating - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

30 Sep 2018 - 5:00pm Big Buck Registration - Various Local Businesses and Township Office / Desbarats, Bruce Mines, and Sault Ste. Marie

29 Sep 2018 - 8:30am Johnson Township ATV Run - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

27 Sep 2018 - 6:30pm Zumba Registration and Classes - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

14 Jul 2018 - 4:30pm Annual Community Night - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

23 Jun 2018 - 7:00am 4th Annual Reg McHale Memorial Family Fishing Derby - Johnson Township Government Docks / Desbarats

02 Jun 2018 - 9:00am Breakfast Buffet and Opening of Johnson Farmers’ Market - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

11 Apr 2018 - 7:00pm Come&Try Zumba - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

05 Apr 2018 - 6:00pm Family Wellness Night - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

23 Mar - 24 Mar 2018 - 6:00pm Johnson Township/CUJO Memorial Family Tournament - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

12 Mar - 16 Mar 2018 - 3:00pm March Break Free Public Skating - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

11 Feb 2018 - 1:00pm Winter Activity Festival - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

20 Jan 2018 - 1:00pm Come Try Ringette - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

27 Dec - 05 Jan 2018 - 6:00pm HKCC Holiday Free Skating in Desbarats - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

10 Dec 2017 - 1:00pm Johnson Township Kid’s Christmas Free Skate - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

02 Dec 2017 - 10:00am Kids Canning Workshop - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

19 Nov 2017 - 5:00pm Big Buck All-u-can-eat Roast Chicken Supper and Awards Night - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

18 Oct 2017 - 5:30pm Children’s Recreational Hockey Program Sign-Up and Free Skate - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

30 Sep 2017 - 6:00pm Big Buck Registration - Various Local Businesses and Township Office / Desbarats, Bruce Mines, and Sault Ste. Marie

30 Sep 2017 - 10:00am Johnson Township ATV Run - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

08 Aug - 18 Aug 2017 - 9:00am 2017 Swim Program - John Rhodes Pool / Sault Ste. Marie

24 Jun 2017 - 6:00am 3rd Annual Reg McHale Memorial Family Fish Derby - Johnson Township Government Docks / Desbarats

03 Jun 2017 - 9:00am Breakfast Buffet and Opening of Johnson Farmers’ Market - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

22 Apr 2017 - 10:00am Bird Nest Box Building Workshop - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

07 Apr 2017 - 4:00pm North Shore Baseball and Soccer Registration Deadline - Johnson Township Office / Desbarats

28 Mar 2017 - 6:00am Bruce Mines and District Chamber of Commerce - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

24 Mar - 25 Mar 2017 - 6:00am Johnson Township/CUJO Memorial Family Tournament - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

16 Mar 2017 - 3:00pm HKCC North Channel Free Public Skating - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

15 Mar 2017 - 6:30pm HKCC North Channel Free Public Skating - Johnson Township Community Centre / Desbarats

Johnson Township Community Centre

For booking availability, please call the arena at (705) 782-6723. Availability changes on a weekly basis.

A rental agreement for the JTCC Arena Ice may be obtained by calling the Arena Manager at (705) 782-6723, or at the Township of Johnson Municipal Office.

A rental agreement for the JTCC Hall may be downloaded from the Forms page or picked up at the JTCC or Township office.

Gordon Lake Hall

Gordon Lake Hall is a quaint little hall with kitchen facilities available to rent for family gatherings, birthday parties, showers, exercise, yoga classes etc. (protocols permitting). Call (705) 989-5612  or (705) 782-9221 to book your event!

 

Get Listed!

The Johnson Township Directory offers local businesses, services, artists, freelancers and others a chance to have a web presence on the township website. If you’re interested in participating, fill out and submit the form. It will appear in the Directory as soon as it is approved.

Beggs Funeral Home Limited and Driftwood Cremation Centre

We are a family owned and operated full service funeral home and Crematorium serving families across the North Shore since 1965. Dignity, Professionalism and Affordability are what have made us the choice of thousands of families for over fifty years.

Desbarats Women’s Institute

An opportunity for women to get involved in educational pursuits, political activism, personal growth and social gathering-leading to the well-being of their community and their country.

Emilya Junor Photography

I have been a family, couple, and self portrait photographer since 2014 and have loved every minute of it! Helping people have photographs they will cherish the rest of their lives for a reasonable price has always been my goal! Please check out my website or Facebook/Instagram page for my work! I look forward to […]

Employment Solutions – Sault College

We offer employment services to both job-seekers and employers. All of our services are free of charge, funded by Employment Ontario. Employment Consultants will aid in your job search by helping design an attractive and effective resume, give leads on job openings, and suggest career paths. For employers looking to hire, there are many services […]

Ije’s Place

IJe’s Place is an African, Caribbean, and Canadian foods business consisting of a bakery, a grocery store, and a restaurant. Our location is under construction and we are currently operating out of the Johnson Township Arena for the restaurant and baked goods shops.

North Channel Current

The North Channel Current is an online newspaper serving the Central Algoma area between Echo Bay and Iron Bridge.

North Channel Minor Hockey Association

North Channel Minor Hockey Association offers local children a place to play hockey. Practices are held in Desbarats and we play our games in the Central Algoma Hockey League in Thessalon, Blind River and Elliot Lake. Email for more information !

Schools

Elementary and secondary schools.

Smoke & Honey Local Products

Small-scale, emergent agriculture is where it is at! Honey, cider, garden greens, wool, lambs, chickens, turkeys, eggs and more.

Top Notch Tree Service

Top Notch Tree Service provides major tree removal and tree care. Commercial and residential work fully insured.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Vulnerable Persons Registry

The Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) is a free, voluntary and confidential service aimed at improving the safety of residents living at home who would be at greater risk during emergencies.

Activities

Recreation and activity updates. View the activity archives.

1 Apr 2021

April 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 Newsletter containing Johnson Township news including Council Meetings, Recreation programs and events, Fire Department news and tips, Public Works announcements and more.

25 Mar 2021

20 Aug 2020

16 Sep 2020

21 Aug 2020

31 Jul 2020

Summer Day Camp, Wk. 3, Aug 4-6

Johnson Township Recreation Summer Day Camp, Week 3, August 4-6, soccer drills and skills, hike with Kensington Conservancy.

Johnson Newsletter

Download a copy of the monthly Johnson Township Newsletter below. You can subscribe at the bottom of this page.

3 Mar 2021

March 2021 Newsletter

Download a copy of the Township of Johnson March 2021 newsletter containing information and news about the Township, Covid updates, Council notes, Public Works updates, and more.

21 Dec 2020

2 Oct 2020

17 Jul 2020

July 2020 Newsletter

The July 2020 Newsletter – Recreation, Public Works, Council Meetings, and more.

10 Jun 2020

June 2020 Newsletter

Township of Johnson June 2020 Newsletter – Covid-19 event and program cancellations, FD tips and directives, Council news, Public Works, Recreation news, and more.

9 Apr 2020

April 2020 Newsletter

Township of Johnson April 2020 Newsletter – Johnson Township and Covid-19, Ontario Fire Ban, Mayor`s Message, Clerk`s Message about Council meetings, Recreation news, and more.

5 Mar 2020

March 2020 Newsletter

Township of Johnson March 2020 Newsletter – Township news and notices, council notes, recreation events and programs, Fire Department news and tips, local and regional events.

7 Feb 2020

February 2020 Newsletter

Township of Johnson February 2020 Newsletter – Township news and notices, council notes, recreation events and programs, Fire Department news and tips, local and regional events.

10 Jan 2020

January 2020 Newsletter

Township of Johnson January 2020 Newsletter – Township news and notices, council notes, recreation events and programs, Fire Department news and tips, local and regional events.

6 Dec 2019

December 2019 Newsletter

Township of Johnson December 2019 Newsletter – Township news and notices, council notes, Mayor’s column, recreation events and programs, Fire Department news and tips, local and regional events.

Contact Us

You can email us anytime at people@johnsontownship.ca or phone us at (705) 782–6601 during office hours (see the bottom of the page for latest hours).