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Welcome to Hilton township
The Township of Hilton is one of four municipalities on St. Joseph Island, located in the channel connecting Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The Island is approximately an 8 hour drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Detroit. It can be reached by travelling the Trans Canada Highway and taking the toll-free bridge at the intersection of Hwy 17 East and Hwy 548.
The Township of Hilton covers an area of approximately 116km2 and is located on the south-eastern section of the Island. The Township is considered a rural community with some small hobby type farms but is comprised mainly of single family homes. The residents turn to the hamlets of Richards Landing and the Village of Hilton Beach and the nearby City of Sault Ste. Marie (45 minute drive) for essential services such as banking, groceries, gas, shopping.
Hilton Township is made up of a total of 761 properties including 121 permanent households and 244 seasonal households. Approximately 68% of the permanent homes are located inland while 74% of the seasonal homes are situated on the water. The remaining properties are comprised of many 100 acre vacant parcels that serve as hunting properties or managed forest lots.
We currently have a permanent population of 257 with an age breakdown as follows: 0 – 20 years: 4%; 21 – 50 years: 29%; 51 – 65 years: 28%; 65 years and over: 39%. During the summer months, this population figure increases by almost 500 seasonal residents.
The Township of Hilton continues to grow as a popular location for summer residences. It offers a scenic, quiet escape for nearby urban residents, as well as, an annual vacation destination for many U.S. and European travellers.