(2001 census population 5,825; 2006 census population 5,620) is a town in the Canadian
province of Ontario
. It is located in Northern Ontario
, approximately west of Kapuskasing
, approximately north of Toronto and east of Thunder Bay on Highway 11
. At Hearst, Highway 583
extends northward to Lac-Sainte-Thérèse
and southward to Jogues
The town came into being due to the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway
in 1913. Established as a divisional point
, Hearst is 208 km west of Cochrane
and 201 km east of the divisional point of Grant
. There is some historical ambiguity with the name Grant as the original site of Hearst was also called Grant and was changed to Hearst in 1911.
Hearst was named to honour William Howard Hearst
, then Ontario Minister of Forests and Mines and later Premier of Ontario. It was incorporated in 1922. Many settlers to the town originally came from the province of Quebec
. Many also came from Europe and other regions in Canada and the USA.
85% of Hearst's population is francophone
.This is unusual in Ontario, a province that is overwhelmingly English-speaking. Residents are predominantly Caucasian. Different cultures can be found in Hearst such as Finn, Slovak, Bulgarian, Chinese, Portuguese, Greek, Ukrainian, First Nations and also African-Canadians.
The town is home to the Université de Hearst
, a federated school of Laurentian......