Colonized in 1833 when a group of London merchants became interested in the area, the village of Stanley is deeply rooted in forestry, agricultural and fishing history, and many of the homes here are more than a century old, and are still occupied by descendents of the original families who built them.
Stanley is also home to the longest-running agricultural fair in North America. Plan to drop by in late summer and join in the fun. Outdoor pursuits abound here; the crisp, white days of winter make skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing common leisure activities. With the warming sunshine of spring, try canoeing on the beautiful Nashwaak River. Children can play on the new play equipment recently installed in the village park, and enjoy more idyllic green space on the walking trails that follow along the river.
Even with a small population of 450, Stanley has a pharmacy, convenience store, nursing home, doctor's offices and several churches. This thriving village also has a volunteer fire department, ambulance service and two restaurants offer dining options. The Nashwaak Arena and Nashwaak Curling Club are always busy with hockey and curling events.
The consolidated school has a student body of approximately 250, kindergarten through Grade 12, and students enjoy participate on athletic teams. The Senior Girls' volleyball team brought home the Provincial Banner in 2013, and the Envirothon teams have taken the school to provincial and some international-level competitions.
Whether you are looking for a place to live or a place to visit, Stanley is an authentic, country-village experience that you will want to repeat, again and again. Come and visit, we would love to have you!