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Vermilion Bay

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Vermilion Bay is an unincorporated community on Vermilion Bay on Eagle Lake in the township of Machin, Kenora District in northwestern Ontario, Canada. It is located on Ontario Highway 17 (Trans-Canada Highway) between the cities of Kenora to the west and Dryden to the east.HistoryArchives of the Hudson's Bay Company, which had a post on Eagle Lake, refer to Vermilion Station on the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1881, Vermilion Bay was a construction camp where railway workers were based. In 1902, Vermilion Bay station was used to send material to the ongoing construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (later to become part of Canadian National Railway). In 1903, a one-room school was built, and the township was first surveyed in 1906. The early 1900s also saw gold and soapstone mining taking place on the southwest shore of Eagle Lake, with Vermilion Bay used as a supply centre. The 1930s saw activity with the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway, and the 1940s were busy with activity in the forest industry — again with Vermilion Bay station on the CPR playing a role.Tourist camps were becoming more prevalent as the 1940s progressed, with many still in operation. Outfitting the guests of these camps brought economic activity to the area, such as the Naden Boat factory, in operation from 1974 to 2011. The factory employed approximately 20 people.
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