Township of Hudson

The historical period we are dealing with is late, starting in the 1890s. Consequently, the first settlers had experienced urban amenities or the conveniences of mature farming districts in Ontario, the United States, Britain, and other European countries. Their reasons for coming were varied but here they were, cutting bush, turning over virgin soil, or prospecting for minerals. This was the spirit of "New Ontario".

Electricity, although available in towns like New Liskeard, did not reach Hudson farms until the early 1950's. Oil lamps were in common use until then.

The geographical setting of Hudson before this area was even surveyed is interesting because of its position in the Canadian Shield. 12,000 years ago Hudson was under ice and most of it was under the ancient glacial Lake Barlow which formed as the ice melted. As these mountains of ice receded, aboriginal people lived, hunted, and passed through this terrain. Ancient arrow points have been found around Twin Lakes.

Before the land could be 'taken up', it had to be surveyed and channeled through government agencies since it was Crown Land, and in 1897, ten years after the survey was completed, settlers moved in.

According to the census of 1901, the population officially stood at 46, but it should be noted that the Census Day was officially April 1, and did not count several settlers who came later in May or June.

It is a misconception that everyone who came up Lake Temiskaming and trudged out to Hudson came from the same mould. Some survived solely working in the lumber trade. Not everyone was a farmer nor, truth be told, wanted to be one. Some were land speculators including those who were given Veteran's land grants and who held on to their lots until Hudson was developed so they could sell out -- all without lifting an axe. Still others came and found to their horror they simply couldn't deal with the challanges of clearing land or having to do without. These people sold out or simply walked away from their land which, in the final count, left a bunch of hardy souls. Today, there are numerous decendants of the original land settlers who occupy farms or reside on smaller severed lots.

-Excerpts from "I've got to stop here until I'm called for" by Norman Hawirko and Margaret Arnott

Pike Lake Park

There are no lifeguards at Pike Lake. Any recreational activity undertaken at this park is at your own risk. Never leave children alone or unattended at the park. When using the park, please keep the vehicles outside the barriers and do not drive vehicles within the park area.

This year there are new floating docks along with new playground equipment that will be installed for people to enjoy at the park at Pike Lake. This project was supported by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Anyone using the Pike Lake park area will have to bring their garbage back with them, as there are no longer garbage containers. Please be a good citizen and think of the environment! 

NO OPEN FIRE IS PERMITTED!

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Response Plan was brought into place to help avoid and/or reduce the impact of any sort of Emergency that can affect our townships. This is organized by an appointed group of people that have the necessary knowledge and qualification to help residents during any emergency situation. This year the Townships of Casey, Hudson and Kerns have come together and established a Joint Community Emergency Management Response Plan to assure simplicity and efficiency when dealing with an emergency. It is imperative to have an emergency kit in your house if ever there was an emergency. Listed  below are some examples you can put in your own survival kit.

Survival Kit Ideas

  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days)
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4 liters per person for each day)
  • Medication(s)
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (crank or battery-run)
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • Garbage bags
  • Items for babies and small children -diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Any other items specific to your family's needs
  • Clothes, shoes
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries)
  • Playing cards, travel games, other activities for children

For any other information on Emergency Preparedness please feel free to visit the following website: www.emergencymanagementontario.ca.