Welcome to the Township of Tarbutt

Gateway to the North Channel

The many islands and shoreline with its jagged white rocks and pine trees, have inspired many a folklorist, artist, and poet over the years. 

Nature's Township

The Township of Tarbutt is located on both sides of Trans Canada Highway 17, just 40 minutes east of Sault Ste. Marie. The rocky shoreline of the North Channel is dotted with many islands and wind swept jack pines, drawing tourists and residents to the area for many generations. During the summer months the population of the Township swells to more than double the permanent number of residents.

Along with the beautiful waterfront, the Township is also a thriving agricultural and rural area, benefiting from a large farming population as well as a busy summer community. Agriculture is the main occupation of many rural residents, supported by industries and businesses in Sault Ste. Marie, which employ many of our residents with an easy commute.

Many islands, beautiful sunsets and the rocky shoreline have inspired many an artist, folklorist and poet over the years. The current year round population is roughly 500 people.

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For Immediate Release – July 26, 2022


 Algoma Public Health has observed an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across Algoma over the past two weeks. Early signals indicate that we are entering a new wave in the region. Residents are reminded to continue to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Across the Algoma District, the weekly incidence of new high risk cases has increased by 70%. Weekly incidence in Algoma was 55.9 per 100,000 the week of July 16, and increased to 95.2 per 100,000 for the week of July 23rd. There has also been an increase in hospitalizations and outbreaks in high-risk settings. For more information on these numbers visit: Status of Cases in Algoma

“To put ourselves in the best position to reduce this trend and keep this wave as small as possible, it is recommended that we remain committed to practicing the COVID-19 precautions that have helped keep us safe throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. John Tuinema, Acting Medical Officer of Health. “We are currently seeing the BA.5 variant become the dominant sub-variant in Algoma. This variant is more transmissible and has potential to infect even those who were previously infected by an earlier strain of Omicron. We must continue to take precautions every day to protect those at home and in the community.”

With the Omicron sub-variants circulating in Algoma, vaccination continues to be one of the best ways to protect ourselves from severe illness, hospitalization, and death, especially if at higher-risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection. It is important to note that while a previous COVID-19 infection may provide some degree of short-term immunity, immunity does decrease over time and a person’s risk of severe illness may also increase with each re-infection (Public Health Ontario).

Multiple layers of protection include: Staying up to date on vaccinations, ,Wearing a well-fitted mask in indoor or crowded spaces (including outdoors), Keeping indoor spaces well ventilated, Physical distancing, Handwashing, Using Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) or seeking PCR testing (if eligible), Screening for symptoms and staying home when ill

 Find an available pharmacy near you to get your next COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine product (i.e. brand), availability, and appointment booking vary by location.


THE TOWNSHIP OF TARBUTT PUBLIC NOTICE SPEED LIMIT CHANGES The Township of Tarbutt provides Notice that the Rate of Speed of all Township Roads will be changed from 80 km/h to 60 km/h, unless otherwise posted. No change will apply to any municipal road which is currently signed at 50 km/h. Council will consider the Rate of Speed By-law at their meeting of Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm. For further information, please contact clerk@tarbutt.ca, or by calling 705-782-6776 or 705-989-4303.

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