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    • Key Available Sites
      Vacant industrial lands/prime redevelopment sites are available, ranging from small industrial lots to a 635 acre site.
    • Emerging Sector Opportunities
      The region is an important forestry hub, but there are emerging opportunities in biomass and other renewable energy.

    Strategic Location

    Val Rita-Harty and Opasatika are situated between the larger centres of Hearst and Kapuskasing in North-eastern Ontario.

    The larger Cochrane District/Timmins Region is home to extensive forestry and mineral resources and a regional market area of over 100,000 people.


    In addition to being within one day’s drive to any population centre in Ontario, which has a population of over 13 million people, the communities of Val Rita-Harty and Opasatika are also situated within a day and a half’s drive of more than five million consumers in Canadian centres from Montreal to Winnipeg. Major U.S. centres are also accessible within 1 to 2 days drive time. Examples of driving times and travel distances include the following.

    Distance to Major Canadian Centres from Val Rita-Harty
    KM Miles Approximate Driving Time 2006 Census Population
    Montreal 996 619 14.25 hours 1,620,693
    North Bay 506 311 7.5 hours 53,966
    Sault Ste. Marie 632 398 9 hours 74,948
    Thunder Bay 601 373 8.5 hours 109,140
    Toronto 841 522 12 hours 2,503,281
    Timmins 174 190 2 hours 42,997
    Winnipeg 1,281 796 18 hours 633,451
    Total 5,038,476
    Distance to Border Crossings from Val Rita-Harty
    KM Miles Approximate Driving Time
    Buffalo/Fort Erie 780 622 13 hours
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI/Sault Ste. Marie, ON 640 397 9 hours
    Grand Portage/Thunder Bay 541 326 9.25 hours
    Distance to Major U.S. Centres from Val Rita-Harty
    KM Miles Approximate Driving Time 2010 Census Population
    Duluth 904 562 12 hours 86,265
    Buffalo 1,010 628 13.25 hours 261,310
    Chicago 1,380 858 17 hours 2,695,598
    Boston 1,485 923 19 hours 617,594
    New York City 1,537 955 19.5 hours 8,175,133
    Total 11,835,900