Welcome to the friendly City of Dryden. Dryden is a centre of approximately 8,500 people, servicing a trading area of 35,000. Dryden is a full service city conveniently located halfway between the major city centres of Thunder Bay, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba on the Trans-Canada Highway 17, and a two hour drive north of International Falls, Minnesota on the U.S. border.
Housing in Dryden is a comparative bargain to most communities in the region. Lakefront homes can still be purchased in city limits below $300,000. We boast modern schools (none of which are older than 6 years structurally) with French Immersion, Catholic Studies, Fine Arts and Francophone educations available in the K-8 systems. The Dryden High School has been fully renovated and is host to 800 students and a plethora of academic, special interest and sporting programs for it’s learners. Across the street the Dryden Regional Cultural Training Centre is home to Confederation College and Adult Learning programs.
Visit www.experiencedryden.ca, www.exploredryden.ca, www.dryden.ca to learn a little more about the community, it’s business profile and the positive direction we are moving toward as a whole. Dryden is a modern and progressive city that is poised for growth and expansion.
Cliff Lake, Manitou Lake, Dryberry and Gullwing Lake pictographs
Butler Lake Provincial Nature Reserve
Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake) First Nations
Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
Gold Rock – Site of 1890 Manitou Gold Rush
A Forest Community:
Domtar state-of-the-art pulp mill employs 700 of our citizens in its Operations and Forestland Operations.
Tourism has prospered to become the secondary industry. First-class recreational facilities, numerous parks, beaches, a thousand lakes, boat launch pads, a ski hill, groomed trails for skiing and snowmobiling, make Dryden a truly four-season community.
Dryden’s access to export markets allows businesses to maximize potential in areas such as specialty packaging, metal fabricating, wood products, printing and other specialty products.
As a regional centre, Dryden has become the hub for the surrounding communities offering visitors and residents specialty gift shops, major department store chains, national food chains, family and fine dining, and national and locally owned hotel/motel accommodation.
Ground- Taxi service, Handi-Transit for the disabled, Canadian Pacific Railway, Intermodal and local freight carriers, and Greyhound Lines of Canada.
Air – The Dryden Regional Airport, operated by the City of Dryden is a full service facility with a regional air carrier offering daily flights to Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, with connections to the rest of Canada and the United States.
Dryden is a very active community with more than 200 clubs and organizations – Seniors’ groups, sporting clubs, handcrafters guilds, artists, horticultural societies, dog fanciers, dance, theatre, cultural events, Scouts, Guides, Kinsmen, Kinettes, Lions, Rotary and Masons are just a few.
Baptist Church First, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Free Methodist Church, Full Gospel Church, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran Church, New Life Pentecostal Church, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Timbers Community Church, United Church, United Pentecostal Church.