Welcome to the Website of The Walden Community Action Network.


Here you will be able to keep your finger on the pulse of life in Walden.

This is your website, completely interactive and updated daily.
You can access and add community events and be kept up to date on important issues.

The Walden C.A.N. was established by the Greater City of Sudbury in 2005 to serve as a community resource for development and also a source of information and feedback to the city council.

Walden C.A.N. is an organization that is here for you, the people of Walden.

It is our joy to show you that Walden is a superb place to live.





Simon Lake

Walden is a vast area of lakes, forest and farmland. Nestled amongst this beautiful area are many small communities each with a strong sense of who they are.

These communities are Beaver Lake, Worthington, Fairbanks, Den-Lou, Penage, Whitefish, Naughton, Black Lake and Lively.

Lively is the largest of these communities and can provide most of the needs that feed all the surrounding area.





Walden- Community Action Network



                   History of Walden

The first inhabitants of the area that became the town of Walden were the First Nations who arrived around eleven thousand years ago. The ancestors of the present day Ojibway came to this area around 1000 A.D. The traditional lands of the Whitefish Lake Band of Ojibway ran from the Vermilion River Valley on the west, to the Wanapitei and Sturgeon rivers, and from Lake Penache on the south to the watershed.With entry of the French explorers into the area in the mid-seventeenth century, life for the First Nations underwent profound changes. The first Europeans, the Jesuit missionaries, have documented the Ojibway living in the area since the mid 1600's.In 1824, the Whitefish Lake post of the Hudson's Bay Company was established on the lands that would become the Reserve. It was a sub-post of the LaCloche post and in turn, the Whitefish Lake post supervised a short lived post at Wahnapitae and another just north of the Vermilion River at Larchwood.The lands of the Reserve were established by the Huron-Robinson Treaty of 1850. Chief Shawenakeshick signed the treaty on behalf of the band. The trading post remained on the reserve and a section of land was claimed by the Company for firewood for the post.In 1883, the railway came through what would become Walden. The Hudson's Bay post was relocated in 1887 from the Reserve to a section just south of the railway line. Faced with competition from the growing town of Sudbury, the post closed in 1896. 

                              The Naming of a Town

The history of the Town of Walden is full of interesting stories, and the origin of the name "Walden" is one which is worth repeating. We only have to go back to the year 1972 to find the origin of the name Walden. At that time, the Regional Municipality of Sudbury was being formed and it meant the uniting of independent towns and townships into larger bodies.What is now the Town of Walden was made up of The United Townships of Drury Denison and Graham, Waters Township, and the Town of Lively. These areas were organized with their own councils and mayors (Reeves). In addition, Lorne, Louise, and Dieppe Townships and parts of the Townships of Trill, Fairbanks, Creighton and Snider were included in what was to become the Town of Walden.In 1972, Charles White, then Reeve of Waters Township, chaired a joint meeting of the member groups to discuss a number of issues surrounding the upcoming amalgamation. One of the topics was a name for the new municipality.Councillor Gertie Falzetta of Drury Denison and Graham recommended that the new town be known as "Makada" an early Ojibway name for Black Lake. Councillor John Robertson of Lively suggested that the name be "Walden". He said the "W" from Waters, the "L" from Lively, and the "Den" from Denison could be combined to make up the name "Walden". He also remembered a county named Walden he knew as a young boy in Scotland. Other names were also suggested but it was these two, "Makada" and "Walden", that made it to the final selection process. In 1973, the Town of Walden was established and Tom Davies was appointed the first Mayor. With the new town established, a crest was needed to unite the settlements. Randy Grover, Director of Physical Services for the Town of Walden provided the design that would become the town crest. The crest is meant to signify "Unity". The central torch reflects the Olympic torch, a unifying symbol for the competitors from many countries. The seven orange flames represent the seven areas within the Town of Walden. Inside the seven orange flames are six red flames representing the named or known named areas within Walden: Lively-Creighton, Waters, Naughton, Whitefish, Worthington, and Beaver Lake.

                                Through the amalgamation of the City of Greater Sudbury  in 2001, the Town of Walden became a significant part of our city and is still regarded as one of the best communities in which to live.