Outdoors Travel Tourism News Lake Superior 2017
|Coast Guard, rescue 2 people on Keewenaw - Saturday, February 11, 2017|
Rescue on Keewenaw #LSN_Outdoors
HOUGHTON, Mich. --February 11, 2017 (LSN) - Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Portage, Mich., and the Houghton County Fire Department saved two people after they broke through ice on Portage Lake on the Keewenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, Friday.
Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a report from Houghton County Emergency Dispatch at about 1:35 p.m. that two persons had broken through ice near the west entrance of Breaker’s Beach on Lake Portage in Houghton County, Mich.
Sector Sault Ste. Marie launched Station Portage's ice rescue team. Houghton County Fire Department and local EMS also responded. read more ...
|Western moose in free-fall since wolf introduction - Monday, February 6, 2017|
#LSN_Outdoors Western moose in free-fall
Bountiful UT ---- February 6, 2017 America’s moose are in serious trouble. You and millions of other sportsmen, America’s true conservationists, may be the last hope to save America’s moose. We need your help before it’s too late. Here is what is going on.
Just 20 years ago, Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Ecosystem were the heart of the world’s Shiras Moose population. There were literally thousands of moose in the park. People from all over the world traveled to Yellowstone to view and photograph these famous moose. The 1994 wolf introduction environmental impact statement (EIS) indicated that the introduction of wolves into Yellowstone would result in a 7-13% decline of moose. Unfortunately, these commitments have not been kept. read more ...
|Duluth Air & Aviation Expo - Saturday, February 4, 2017|
#LSN_Outdoors Duluth Airshow
DULUTH, MINNESOTA -- February 4, 2017 --- (LSN) Are you ready for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
and CF Snowbirds
For the first time in Minnesota's history not one (1) but two (2) major military demonstration teams will perform at this year's Duluth Air & Aviation Expo, presented by St. Luke's
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|Fort William Winter Carnival - Thursday, February 2, 2017|
Family Day Winter Carnival #LSN_Outdoors
Thunder Bay, ON, January 30, 2017 – (LSN) Visit Fort William Historical Park this Family Day Weekend for the 2017 Voyageur Winter Carnival. Come dressed in your warmest this February 18th, 19th & 20th from 11:00am to 5:00pm and enjoy Northern Ontario’s largest winter carnival! Find your way through our giant snow maze, enjoy the tubing and sliding hills, strap on your skates and take a turn around our skating rink, sit back and relax on a horse drawn wagon ride, try your luck at the winter carnival games, enjoy live indoor and outdoor entertainment, and so much more! New this year, take an exhilarating hovercraft ride on the Kaministiquia River! read more ...
|CHIPPEWA PARK PETITION IN FOR WILDLIFE EXHIBIT - Thursday, January 26, 2017|
CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT PETITION #LSN_Outdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON January 26, 2017 (LSN) In order to help convince Thunder Bay City Council to maintain the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit, The Friends of Chippewa Park have launched an on-line petition through their web site and Facebook page and are encouraging supporters of retaining the Exhibit and expanding it into a full-fledged Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre.
The petition will also be available at the Wildlife Exhibit on February 20 and 21 when the Exhibit is open to the public during the Family Day Weekend. read more ...
|CITY PROPOSES CLOSING CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT - Tuesday, January 24, 2017|
CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT #LSN_Outdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON -- January 24, 2017 --- The Friends of Chippewa Park were shocked today to learn that City Administration is recommending the closure of the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit on May 1 this year as part of the 2017 operating budget.
“Viewing of wild animals has been part of the fabric of Chippewa Park since 1924” said Friends President, Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, “and hundreds of thousands of children and adults alike have had the opportunity to not only see the animals of Northwestern Ontario up close but to gain a better understanding of the way they live and for Council to even consider eliminating this quality of life feature is unacceptable.” read more ...
|Beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs - Monday, January 23, 2017|
Linda Radimecky, Parks Area Naturalist, mentoring and teaching #LSN_Outdoors
ST PAUL MN January 23, 2017 (LSN) Developing a rhythm of smooth casts over a peaceful stream and catching fish may be goals for the beginner fly angler, but an experienced instructor can help turn initial flailing into finesse.
Registration is open for an event that teaches the basics of fly fishing to pairs of youths and adults, from evening on Friday, June 2, to afternoon on Sunday, June 4, near Lanesboro. read more ...
Outdoors Travel Lake Superior News 2016
|Tests confirm 2 CWD-positive deer near Lanesboro - Tuesday, November 22, 2016|
Chronic Wasting Disease near Lanesboro #LSN_Outdoors
ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - November 22, 2016y (LSN) DNR initiates disease response plan; offers hunters information on field dressing
Test results show two deer harvested by hunters in southeastern Minnesota were infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
One deer has been confirmed as CWD-positive. Confirmation of the second is expected later this week. The deer, both male, were killed near Lanesboro in Fillmore County during the first firearms deer season.
The two deer were harvested approximately 1 mile apart. These are the only deer to test positive from 2,493 samples collected Nov. 5-13. Results are still pending from 373 additional test samples collected during the opening three days of the second firearms season, Nov. 19-21. read more ...
|Chippewa Park Carousel - Monday, November 21, 2016|
Chippewa Park Carousel #LSN_Outdoors
THUNDER BAY, Ontario --- November 21, 2016 (LSN) Built between 1918 and 20 and purchased for Chippewa Park in 1934 the C.W Parker Carousel is only one of 3 remaining out of 600 created and it is in desperate need of historical refurbishment.
The Carousel requires significant repair and upgrading. The original colour schemes will be re-established along with carved replacement of missing or damaged components of the horses, interior and exterior display panels & the Wurlitzer organ will be refurbished. The electrical system will be modernized and the exterior lights re-established.. Without this refurbishing the Carousel will continue to deteriorate to the point where it will no longer function read more ...
|Eagles on roadways – Give them a brake - Monday, November 21, 2016|
Eagles on roadways #LSN_Outdoors
ST PAUL -- Minnesota -- November 21, 2016 (LSN) It’s the time of year when an increase in deer activity leads to more road-killed deer that attract animals, such as eagles, to a free meal along roadways. This is also the time of year when Minnesota Department of Natural Resources nongame wildlife staff and area wildlife managers receive many calls about injured or dead eagles on Minnesota roads.
Why do eagles get hit by vehicles? After all, people rarely see a crow injured or dead along the roadway. Crows simply fly off.
Just as an overloaded plane can’t take off, eagles can “over eat” and become too heavy to fly until they digest their meal. Eagles can also suffer from neurological issues if they are exposed to lead in the carcass of the animal they are eating. When this happens, eagles become disoriented and do not know to fly off when a car is approaching. read more ...
|$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap - Thursday, November 17, 2016|
Ontario Tourism Gap #LSN_Outdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON _--- November 17, 2016 (LSN) Today, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates. read more ...
|REEL ROCK film festival - Wednesday, November 2, 2016|
REEL ROCK film festival #LSN_Outdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- November 2, 2016 (LSN) Join us to celebrate the excitement and culture of climbing at Thunder Bay's 5th annual REEL ROCK film festival event.
The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world. The film tour is the definitive annual event for climbing communities globally. Shows are high energy and go beyond mere film screenings to include prize giveaways and a party atmosphere. read more ...
|Minnesota Loons partners with DNR to support loons - Thursday, October 27, 2016|
Minnesota United Support Loons #LSN_Outdoors
ST PAUL, MINNESOTA -- October 27, 2016 (LSN) The Minnesota United, a professional soccer team commonly referred to as “the Loons,” is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources to support loon populations throughout the state by way of the Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program.
The partnership is part of team’s Itasca Society, a program made up of the first 11,842 season ticket holders – one for every lake in Minnesota - which provides exclusive perks and opportunities for fans who become season ticket holders ahead of United’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer in 2017. read more ...
|Deer Season Starts Nov 5th Minesota - Tuesday, October 18, 2016|
2016 Deer Season Minnesota #LSN_Outdoors
ST PAUL, MN ---- October 18, 2016 (LSN) The 2016 Minnesota firearms deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 5. With nearly 500,000 firearms deer hunters in the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to purchase their licenses early to avoid long lines and any potential system issues associated with the high sales volume
Maintaining quality habitat to support an appropriate population level is good for deer, deer hunters and the habitats that sustain them. Deer populations, which vary in density from place to place and year to year are influenced by the severity of winter weather. Deer are ecologically, socially and economically important in a state where hunting and wildlife watching generate more than $1.3 billion in annual economic impact. read more ...
|NOSTA 40TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Saturday, October 8, 2016|
NOSTA AGM #LSN_Tourism
THUNDER BAY, ON -- October 8, 2016 (LSN) North of Superior Travel Association (NOSTA) will be holding its 40th Annual General Meeting on Thursday Nov. 3, 2016 at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel in Thunder Bay. read more ...
The day will include many exciting and informative elements such as; major announcements, including the launch of an all new NOSTA brand, informative workshops geared towards developing a strategic plan to market the region as a tourism destination, and some excellent keynote speakers including a founding direc
|DNR new wild turkey critical habitat license plate - Friday, September 30, 2016|
DNR announces wild turkey critical habitat license plate #LSN_Outdoors
Minnesota motorists can support conservation with a new critical habitat plate featuring a wild turkey.
The new plate displays a colorful tom turkey and is the ninth critical habitat plate offered. Other plates display a moose, loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and two with white-tailed deer. There is also a specialty license plate for state parks and trails.
“Wild turkey restoration in Minnesota is one of our great conservation success stories,” said Kim Hennings, wildlife land acquisition coordinator. “The critical habitat plates are a great way for motorists to show their interest and support for Minnesota’s fish and wildlife resources.” read more ...
|Nature Conservancy Powder Islands - Monday, September 26, 2016|
Nature Conservancy Powder Islands #LSN_Tourism
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 26, 2016 (LSN) The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved a forested site in Lake Superior — the 399-acre (162 hectare) Powder Islands. The Powder Islands are located less than one kilometre off the coast of Lake Superior near Rossport in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. These two islands are almost completely forested, supporting bald eagles and rare Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
The Powder Islands are comprised of two large islands: Anguros Island (299 acres/121 hectares) and a smaller, unnamed island located to the west (100 acres/40 hectares). These islands are almost completely dominated by Lake Superior coastal forests. read more ...
|Minnesota state forests for fall color driving tours - Monday, September 26, 2016|
Finland State Forest Minnesota #LSN_Tourism
Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Routes through hilly or rugged areas dominated by deciduous trees tend to have the best mix of color,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “And the dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees in mixed forest.” read more ...
|Path of the Paddle - Saturday, September 24, 2016|
Path of the Paddle #LSN_Tourism
The Path of the Paddle announces that Pam Cain has assumed the position at General Manager.
Pam has extensive involvement in North-western Ontario with heritage tourism initiatives and has participated in a number of organizations that have developed and promoted the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Through the Man-O-Min, Heart of the Continent and the Canadian Heritage Rivers Initiative she has gathered knowledge of the importance of the waterways as the path that traversed the region. With over 27 years as Curator at the Fort Frances Museum, and close to six with arts and heritage organizations in Thunder Bay, she has an extensive background in the non profit sector and development of community engagement projects.
The Path of the Paddle connects the trans-Canada trail from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border and Pam will be working with the communities along the way to ensure that the 1200km trail is complete for July 1st of 2017. read more ...
|starry stonewort confirmations may provide new clues - Monday, September 5, 2016|
starry stonewort confirmations may provide new clues #LSN_Tourism
Starry stonewort, an invasive species of macro algae, has been confirmed in Lake Winnibigoshish in Itasca and Cass counties, Moose Lake in Beltrami County and Rice Lake in Stearns County. read more ...
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a resort owner on Moose Lake said he noticed a dense growth in the same area of the lake for several years. DNR invasive species specialists said the extent of the spread and depth of starry stonewort in Lake Winnibigoshish indicate it has also been there for several years. Rice Lake is connected to Lake Koronis and Mud Lake, where starry stonewort was first confirmed in Minnesota in August 2015.
|Fishing Extravaganza Raffle - Friday, August 26, 2016|
Fishing Extravaganza Raffle #LSN_Tourism
THUNDER BAY, ON --- August 26, 2016 (LSN) Neebing Fire/Rescue Association is offering a raffle with prizes that include fishing trips ( each for 3 people ) donated by Darrell Splett of Big Fish Ontario and some great fishing gear from D & R Sports. Darrell Splett is famous in these parts for bringing his clients to the best fishing spots on Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon or other “secret” spots. Customers rave about his service and it was our own members that experienced this first hand and knew that a raffle with these prizes would bring great excitement and pleasure to the winners.
Fishing Extravaganza Raffle by Neebing Fire/Rescue Association is a sure bet! read more ...
You won’t be wishing when you go fishing because after you win this raffle, you will be catching!
|City Hall Sounds Fourth Season - Wednesday, August 17, 2016|
City Hall Sounds Fourth Season #LSN_Tourism
THUNDER BAY. ON ---Auguest 17, 2016 (LSN) The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council announced the fourth annual edition of City Hall Sounds, which will bring live entertainment, local food trucks, and community partner information booths to the South Core neighbourhood.
An initiative of the Crime Prevention Council’s Strong Neighbourhoods Working Group, City Hall Sounds will run each Thursday in August from 12 - 1 pm in McGillivray Square - the public space in front of City Hall. Each event will include live music, food trucks, and community partner information booths. These events are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend at no cost. The aim is to create vibrant, well-used public spaces, which are major determinants of community safety. read more ...
|Tall Ship "The Mist of Avalon" - Grand Portage National Monument - Tuesday, August 2, 2016|
Grand Portage, MN --- August 2, 2016 (LSN) The Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” will be in port at Grand Portage National Monument during the 2016 Rendezvous Days weekend as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.
The ship arrives the afternoon of Friday, August 12, 2016 and departs mid-day Sunday, August 14, 2016 for Duluth and the Tall Ships Festival.
Tours will be available all day Saturday, August 13, 2016. read more ...
|Friends of Chippewa Park Announce the Summer Schedule - Thursday, June 30, 2016|
Friends of Chippewa Park Announce the Summer Schedule #LSN_Tourism
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THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 30, 2016 (LSN) It will be another jam packed schedule at Chippewa Park this year, thanks to the efforts of The Friends of Chippewa Park. The Friends, which have been responsible for raising and investing $6.4 Million into this prime family park, also assist in programming activities throughout the summer.
“We are excited to kick off another summer season at Chippewa Park” said newly re-elected President Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk..
|Learn how to Tan of Furs & Hides - Monday, June 13, 2016|
Learn how to Tan of Furs & Hides #LSN_Tourism
The NWFTA proudly presents Jamie Black from Black & Tan Taxidermy to teach trappers and crafters how to tan their own fur and hides. Learn the techniques with hands on instruction, presentations and demonstrations. Purchase your own tanning supplies at the end of the workshop. Jamie from Black & Tan is the main portion. This is a workshop we offer as an association every year. But the topic changes. This is our first tanning course. 9 to 1 pm, June 18th, 2016 at West Thunder Community Center, 915 Edward Street, South, Thunder Bay, ON.
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|Tourism Week - Sunday, June 5, 2016|
Tourism Week #LSNoutdoors
Paul Pepe Tourism Thunder Bay speaks to media re Tourism Week
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, ---- June 5, 2016 ---- Tourism Thunder Bay invites local residents to help celebrate Tourism Week in Thunder Bay by getting to know our own city better and being good tourism ambassadors. read more ...
Residents are encouraged to visit the recently renovated Terry Fox Visitor Center on Highway 11/17 E, Meet our local travel professionals, learn more about events and attractions this summer, pick up a copy of our 2016 Visitor Experience book and enter for a chance to win great local attraction and event admissions, and hotel stays to help you reconnect.
|USFS Tankers Fight Kenora Fire - Wednesday, May 11, 2016|
USFS Tankers Fight Kenora Fire #LSNoutdoors
Two USFS BAE-146 retardant air tankers began air attack on Kenora Fire 018 on the afternoon of May 10
THUNDER BAY ON ----- May 11, 2016 ----- There were two new fires confirmed in the Norwest Region by the evening of May 10, both in the Thunder Bay District. read more ...
An ongoing fire of note is Kenora 018, in the Ingolf area about 55 kilometers west of Kenora. It was last estimated at 5,100 hectares in size on the morning of May 10, and is not under control. Further growth on this fire is expected as it continues to show extreme fire behaviour.
|DNR Free invasive species decontamination training - Monday, May 9, 2016|
DNR Free invasive species decontamination training #LSNoutdoors
Niccum Docks, Lake Service Providers, removing docks and boat lifts, Lake Minnetonka
ST PAUL, MN --- May9, 2016 --- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free invasive species decontamination training again this summer for lake service providers, such as businesses that rent boats, fishing equipment, and often manage marinas or other lakeside operations. read more ...
Participants will receive instruction and hands-on practice in hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods to remove aquatic invasive species from watercraft.
|DNR releases walleye fry into Mille Lacs Lake - Monday, May 9, 2016|
DNR releases walleye fry into Mille Lacs Lake #LSNoutdoors
(L-R) Tom Jones and Eric Jensen of the DNR prepare to release walleye fry in Mille Lacs Lake.
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Nine months after increasing its management efforts on Mille Lacs Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently released 10 million walleye fry into the lake as part of a major research project.
The mosquito-sized baby walleye were released over several days starting May 5 at various locations around the lake. Given a special chemical marker, the fry can be differentiated from wild walleye by fisheries biologists. When biologists survey the lake’s young fish this fall, they will be able to compare the number of wild walleye to the stocked ones.
|LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS WANTED Porphyry Island Lighthouse - Sunday, May 8, 2016|
LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS WANTED Porphyry Island Lighthouse #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 8, 2016 ----- Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) is a not for profit organization developing a tourism destination at the Porphyry Island Lighthouse on Lake Superior. The organization is seeking two students who are enrolled in a college or university program and will be returning to school in the fall. read more ...
|Restricted Fire Zone Declared - Saturday, May 7, 2016|
Restricted Fire Zone Declared May 7th #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 7, 2016 -- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in much of Northwestern Ontario including Thunder Bay, to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires. read more ...
|SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST RESCRIBED FIRE ACTIVITY - Saturday, April 30, 2016|
SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST RESCRIBED FIRE ACTIVITY #LSNoutdoors
The Oak/Blueberry prescribed burns are designed to improve oak and blueberry habitat by reducing competing vegetation and allowing oak trees and blueberry plants to thrive in the future.
April 29, 2016, Duluth – Warm and dry spring weather conditions are allowing the Superior National Forest to continue prescribed fire activities that will improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, and restore or maintain forest health in areas of the Forest. Fire crews are also prepared to respond to wildfires as conditions dry. read more ...
Fire crews focused efforts yesterday and will continue today on burning near Echo Lake and Lake Jeanette along the Echo Trail within the LaCroix Ranger District. The purpose of this management is to improve oak and blueberry habitat to benefit moose. The Forest is working to improve mast and berry production in these areas for the moose, a species whose numbers have declined across northern Minnesota in recent years. The oak and blueberry habitat is located on rock knobs and outcroppings where fuels are sparse and dry quickly after the snow melts or after rains
|Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Fund Raising Dinner - Monday, April 18, 2016|
Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Fund Raising Dinner #LSNoutdoors
Lee Radzak is a modern day lighthouse keeper as he is the Historic Site Manager for Split Rock Lighthouse and he will be the guest speaker for an upcoming dinner and dance hosted by the Thunder Bay, Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior group (CLLS). read more ...
Lighthouses embody the history and spirit of our region. Now you can be part of preserving these guardians of our marine culture and maintaining them for future generations by attending the upcoming fundraising dinner.
|EcoSuperior online Rain Barrel Auction - Thursday, March 24, 2016|
EcoSuperior online Rain Barrel Auction #LSNoutdoors
Thunder Bay, ON ---- March 23, 2016 – Skyscapes and scenes from outer space are among this year’s themes for Thunder Bay's EcoSuperior’s annual Painted Rain Barrel Auction, which launched online this week. read more ...
Prospective buyers can now bid on painted rain barrels that have been completed so far: https://www.32auctions.com/paintedrainbarrels2016. The online auction runs until March 31. Then the top bids will be carried over to the main event, the silent auction at the Spring Home & Garden Show from April 1-3 at the Sports Dome.
|2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open - Monday, March 21, 2016|
2016 Mille Lacs regulations designed to keep walleye fishing open #LSNoutdoors
ST PAUL, MINNESOTA --- March 21, 2016 -- Regulations designed to protect the fish needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will require that walleye anglers use only artificial bait and immediately release all walleye when Minnesota’s 2016 fishing season opens Saturday, May 14. read more ...
“A catch-and-release walleye season allows us to protect future spawners yet acknowledges the desire that fishing remain open,” said Don Pereira, fisheries chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Not allowing harvest is a difficult decision but it provides our best option.”
|White-nose syndrome can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota - Saturday, March 19, 2016|
White-nose syndrome can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota #LSNoutdoors
ST Paul, Minnesota --- March 19, 2016 --- White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats, has been confirmed at Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Starting in late January, several hundred bats have been found dead near the main entrance to the mine. Subsequent testing of bats sent on Feb. 12 to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center confirmed the bats were infected by WNS. read more ...
|CENTRAL CANADA OUTDOOR & RECREATION SHOW - Wednesday, February 24, 2016|
CENTRAL CANADA OUTDOOR & RECREATION SHOW #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 24, 2016 --- The Thunder Bay, Chamber of Commerce hosts its 12th annual Outdoor & Recreation Show presented by Performance Kia and Halfway Motors Nissan, Friday February 26th, to Sunday, February 28th. With the addition of new sectors introduced last year, Nancy Milani, Show Manager says “By adding the Club House, Lifestyle and Pet Park components we now appeal to a much larger and varied audience. These areas combined with the classic sports, adventure, recreation, conservation, tourism and home and cottage truly represent all interests and activities for recreational and outdoor enthusiasts. read more ...
|Chippewa Park Wild Life Exhibit Open for Winter - Friday, February 19, 2016|
Chippewa Park Wild Life Exhibit Open for Winter #LSNoutdoors
This past weekend, visitors to Thunder Bay’s Chippewa Park’s Wildlife Exhibit had a rare opportunity to see the resident animals in their splendid winter coats. Thick and shiny coats out on display, the animals were showcased in their natural environment. The most favourite of the children was the artic fox almost invisible against the snow although the two timber wolves also gained a lot of attention. Caribou, Elk and white tailed deer were also on display. No one needed to hide in the shade like they generally do throughout the summer months. As a holdover from Valentines day many visitors reported pairs of birds cuddled up against each other. Operated by the City of Thunder Bay Parks Department, the Wildlife Exhibit was opened up to the public throughout the Family Day Weekend. The Friends of Chippewa Park staffed the Visitor Centre offering hot chocolate, tea and coffee and a bit of warmth to the visitors on Sunday and Monday. read more ...
The Wildlife Exhibit will remain open each Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the winter – weather permitting of course and as long as the walkways are suitable for walking.
|Conference celebrates waterfowl and habitat - Monday, February 1, 2016|
Conference celebrates waterfowl and habitat #LSNoutdoors
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Bloomington, MN --- February 1, 2016 --- Waterfowl experts from a variety of agencies and organizations will discuss waterfowl and waterfowl habitat with the public at the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium, a one-day conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Bloomington.
“The public can talk about issues surrounding wetlands and waterfowl,” said Ricky Lien, DNR wetland habitat team supervisor. “The enthusiasm people bring to these topics makes for great back-and-forth, and that’s why we look at the conference as an annual celebration.”
|Sleeping Giant Loppet - Wednesday, January 20, 2016|
Sleeping Giant Loppet #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ January 20, 2016 - Today, at Kamview Nordic Centre, NDC’s Bob Thompson took part in a head to head sprint vs. Klister, the Cross Country Canada mascot. You would think Bob, an elite skier and seasoned sprinter would have the advantage over the floppy-footed rabbit. However, Bob was pulling some important cargo in a Chariot child-carrier, his teammate Alannah MacLean (he was supposed to pull coach Timo’s daughter, but we think Timo got cold feet at the last minute and sacrificed one of his athletes instead). Bob got out-touched at the line by fleet-footed Klister. It was all in the spirit of good fun, as Loppet organizers highlighted a new addition to the 2016 event, Chariot child carriers will be welcomed in the RBC 8km Mini-Loppet. “The Loppet is a family-friendly event” says coordinator, Peter Gallagher, “we wanted to ensure the youngest families members could be included in the fun”. read more ...
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|Snowmobile trails open Dec. 1 - Wednesday, December 2, 2015|Snowmobile trails open Dec. 1 #LSNoutdoors
ST PAUL, MN ----- December 1, 2015 ----- As snowmobilers eagerly await the first significant snowfall, most of the state’s snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More snow is needed before trails can be ridden. read more ...
Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year; and several conditions must be met before trails are open and ready for travel:
|Tall ships Duluth 2016 - Sunday, November 29, 2015|Tall ships Duluth 2016 #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH MN --- November 29, 2015 --- Tall Ships are coming to Duluth August 18-21, 2016 tickets now available: The s Tall Ships festival returns to Duluth next year – August 18-21, 2016 – and tickets for the event went on sale at the stroke of midnight t
More than 250,000 people attended the last festival, in 2013. read more ...
|Hunters register 68,401 deer during first weekend - Sunday, November 15, 2015|
Hunters register 68,401 deer during first weekend #LSNoutdoors
MINNESOTA ---- November 15, 2015 ---- Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,401 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Hunters are seeing more deer this year as we continue to build deer populations across much of the state,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations program manager. “We’ve issued a conservative number of antlerless deer permits, and because of this, many hunters are seeing deer they can’t shoot. However, patience this year should translate to more harvest opportunities in the future.”
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|Northwestern Ontario Ontario 2015 Fire Season - Friday, November 6, 2015|
Northwestern Ontario Ontario 2015 Fire Season #LSNoutdoors
Ragged Wood Basket Lake Prescribed Burn
The forest fire season in Ontario officially ended on October 31, which offers an opportunity to look back over the events and activities that have taken place since the opening of the fire season on April 1.
The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry had 666 fires and 39,312 hectares burned provincially. The Northwest Region of the province witnessed 352 fires and 33,669.0 hectares burned. read more ...
Fires either occur naturally due to lightning strikes, or as a result of human activities. This season 163 of the total 352 fires were caused by people. These human caused fires resulted in approximately 644.8 ha being burned. There were 189 fires this season caused by lightning and approximately 33,024.2 ha burned. A breakdown of the provincial statistics from this year as well as those of recent years is provided at the provincial summary link at the bottom of this document.
|Mille Lacs Lake area lands major bass tournament - Friday, November 6, 2015|
Mille Lacs Lake area lands major bass tournament #LSNoutdoors
ST PAUL, MN ---- Nov 6, 2016 ---- The Mille Lacs Lake area has scored a world-premiere bass tournament. The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship is scheduled to take place at Mille Lacs Lake on Sept 15-18, 2016. Bassmaster made the announcement on Nov. 5. The tournament is the championship event in the 12-event national Bassmaster Elite Series. read more ...
“We are very pleased that Bassmaster has recognized something we’ve known for years – that Mille Lacs Lake is a world-class smallmouth bass fishery. We’re thrilled that anglers from all across the nation will get to experience and see what Mille Lacs Lake and the surrounding community has to offer,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “To boot, Bassmaster announced that the potential economic benefits could be $3.4 million for the region.”
|Ontario Spring Bear Hunt Returns - Saturday, October 31, 2015|
Ontario Spring Bear Hunt Returns #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- October 31, 2015 ---- The Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Bill Mauro made a simultaneous announcement in Thunder Bay while the The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement locally Friday at the OFAH/Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre.
First introduced on a limited basis in 2014 in an effort to address concerns from northern Ontario municipalities regarding nuisance bears in their communities, the pilot has been extended with some fairly significant changes.
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|First Camp Ripley archery hunt - Thursday, October 22, 2015|
First Camp Ripley archery hunt #LSNoutdoors
L-R: Matthew Teeters of Ishpeming, Michigan, and Justin Petrie of Deerwood, Minnesota, e
ach arrowed bucks at the first of two Camp Ripley bow hunts.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN ---- October 22, 2015 --- Archers took a two-day total of 89 deer, up 19 percent from last year, during the first two-day bow hunt at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls on Oct. 15-16, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. read more ...
There were 1,579 permits issued for the first hunt, with 1,216 hunters participating. Hunter success was 7 percent.
|DNR begins zebra mussel pilot project treatment - Monday, October 12, 2015|
DNR begins zebra mussel pilot project treatment #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH, MN ----- October 12, 2015 -----he Department of Natural Resources is initiating pilot projects aimed at treating recently discovered, small infestations of zebra mussels on Minnesota lakes.
The first pilot project is the treatment of Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County. The Ruth Lake infestation was confirmed in July, after a young snorkeler found a single zebra mussel under a rock. Subsequent surveys of the lake revealed about two dozen zebra mussels, all in the same small area. The pilot project treatment, using the pesticide Earth Tec QZ in a 3.4-acre section of the lake, will be paid for by the Ruth Lake Improvement Association. read more ...
|FOREST SERVICE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER GROUP TO MAINTAIN POWWOW TRAIL - Sunday, October 11, 2015|
FOREST SERVICE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER GROUP TO MAINTAIN POWWOW TRAIL #LSNoutdoors
ULUTH, MN ---- October 11, 2015 ---- The Superior National Forest is looking for an organized volunteer group to adopt or maintain a section of the Powwow Trail located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). read more ...
The Powwow Trail was heavily impacted by the 2011 Pagami Creek Wildfire. Vigorous regrowth of vegetation and falling dead trees have thwarted efforts to keep the trail cleared following the fire. The Forest Service, partners, and volunteers have dedicated more resources to the Powwow Trail than to any other long distance hiking trail on the Forest in recent years.
|Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener - Sunday, October 11, 2015|
Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener #LSNoutdoors
Ben Ellingson of North Mankato connected with a rooster just west of Mankato
during the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.
MANKATO, MINN --- October 10, 2015 --- This is the fifth annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Previous host communities were Montevideo, Marshall, Madelia and Worthington. The event highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors. read more ...
|USCG Rescues two people and Dog near Apostle Island - Wednesday, October 7, 2015|
USCG Rescues two people and Dog near Apostle Island #LSNoutdoors
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard rescued two people and one dog from a 29-foot sailboat in distress near Sand Island, Wisconsin, in the Apostle Islands National Park, Tuesday night.
The names and hometowns of the people rescued are not being released by the Coast Guard.
At 7 p.m. CST, a search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie responded to a mayday call over VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the operator of a 29-foot sailboat reporting that his boat was taking on water and the boat was being pushed by winds and would run aground soon
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|A Big Lake Man of Good Cheer - Tuesday, September 29, 2015|
A Big Lake Man of Good Cheer #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 29, 2015 ---- His official title is “Manager of Tourism for the City of Thunder Bay,” but Paul Pepe’s real job seems to be “Cheerleader for the Whole Lake Superior Neighborhood.”
“I have a lot of strong connection with the States. For me, the border has always been invisible.”
Indeed, Paul has made a mark around all of Lake Superior, drawing visitors – and their positive economic impact – to all shores while making friends and politely ignoring the state, provincial and international borders that can hinder cooperation.
For his enduring enthusiasm in promoting the full circle of the Big Lake and for thinking outside the borders to create partnerships, Lake Superior Magazine has chosen Paul Pepe for its 2015 Achievement Award, announced in its recently published October/November issue.
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|Popular DNR fish pond at State Fair - Wednesday, August 26, 2015|
Popular DNR fish pond at State Fair #LSNoutdoors
Minneapolis, MN ----- August 26, 2015 ---- Outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks at the DNR's State Fair exhibit will be stocked. Approximately 45 different species of fish ranging from sunfish to paddlefish will be added to the exhibits. read more ...
The DNR’s live fish exhibit is one of the State Fair’s most popular attractions.
Started in 1905, the State Fair’s first live fish exhibit used aquariums purchased from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. This year’s exhibit is expected to display about 45 species of fish.
One of the most popular fish with fairgoers has been the paddlefish. Characterized by their long, paddle-like bill, paddlefish are found in the lower Mississippi River below Minneapolis. Paddlefish grow to be quite large, with fish up to 200 pounds being recorded.
|Coast Guard, Joseph L. Block, Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department rescue - Monday, August 24, 2015|
Coast Guard, Joseph L. Block, Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department rescue man #LSNoutdoors
MILWAUKEE MI —--- August 24, 2015 --- The motor vessel Joseph L. Block responded to a distress call and rescued a boater out of Lake Michigan’s waters Monday morning after the boater’s 28-foot vessel began to sink 10 miles off of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
The man's name is not being released by the Coast Guard and there are no photos or video available for this case.
Search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, received a distress call just before 8:30 a.m., Monday, that a vessel was taking-on-water 10 miles east of the Port Washington pier heads. The Coast Guard launched a crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a helicopter crew aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan, Illinois, to respond.
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|City Hall Sounds to Return to McGillivray Square - Thursday, July 30, 2015|
City Hall Sounds to Return to McGillivray Square #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 30, 2015 –--- The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council today announced the third annual edition of City Hall Sounds, which brings live entertainment, great local food, and other activities to McGillivray Square - the public space in front of City Hall.
“City Hall Sounds brings such an energy to the Square,” said the Mayor. “I invite everyone to come out and participate in these awesome community building events and enjoy the urban public space at City Hall. It’s a great way to spend a lunch hour and contributes to our community.
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|Are you up for the Challenge? Paju Mountain - Wednesday, July 29, 2015|
Are you up for the Challenge? Paju Mountain #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 29, 2015 ---- The Paju Mountain Run should be on every runners bucket list! The 33rd Annual Paju Mountain Run registration is now open. The race celebrated its 30th year in 2012 and is looking forward to 30 more years of conquering the 11.2km course. The run will be held on August 8, 2015. The race is a challenge and once runners leave the quiet street of Red Rock will tackle a red gravel road to the top of Paju Mountain. read more ...
|EcoSuperior Announces 2015 Open Streets 'Court Street' - Tuesday, July 28, 2015|
EcoSuperior Announces 2015 Open Streets 'Court Street' #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 28, 2015 ---- EcoSuperior is excited to announce that Open Streets will be returning to Thunder Bay this September 27, 2015 to coincide with the City of Thunder Bay’s Culture Day. Court Street from John Street to Camelot Street will me closed to motor vechicles,
Last year Open Streets Thunder Bay shut down Algoma St to motorized vehicles and opened it up to pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and dog walkers. Along the route local organizations hosted a variety of activities that were free and accessible to all ages and abilities.
“We were so happy with the public response and support that we received last year that we really wanted to keep the program running, “says program coordinator Ashley Priem. “Thanks in part to a We Are Cities: Community Innovation Grant, EcoSuperior can continue the Open Streets initiative with one event in 2015.
Photo from 2014 Algoma Street. read more ...
|Lakehead Aeromodeller’s Fun-Fly 2015 - Saturday, July 25, 2015|
Lakehead Aeromodeller’s Fun-Fly 2015 #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 25, 2015 -- When I arrived at the Flying Field there was exactly one parking spot left in the parking lot and that was for me! There are a couple of RC aircraft clubs in Thunder Bay the Lakehead Aeromodeller’s was the group I chose to belong to when my interest in flying these planes began, and I have been a member ever since. The club’s annual fun-fly day is about several things all at once and this year the weather co-operated to produce a truly successful event.
First and foremost, this day is about family and friends. There were more “guests” than there were pilots at the event. The club put up sun shelters and picnic tables so the public could enjoy a snack from the canteen, young children received a small model glider or rubber powered helicopter for the asking so many of the tables were busy with mom or dad helping the kids put these models together.
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|Life Jackets for Junior Canadian Rangers - Sunday, July 19, 2015|
Life Jackets for Junior Canadian Rangers #LSNoutdoors
Junior Canadian Ranger Autumn Sutherland of Fort Albany tries on one of the life jackets donated by OPP Sergeant Marty Singleton,
while Ranger Jessie Sutherland, centre, looks on.
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 19, 2015 --- There are few life jackets in the First Nations of the Far North of Ontario, an area with the highest number of aboriginal drowning deaths of any part of Canada. read more ...
But thanks to the personal efforts of an Ontario Provincial Police officer almost 150 Junior Canadian Rangers from 19 remote First Nations will take a life jacket home with them at the end of Camp Loon, a training camp they are attending in the bush near Geraldton.
|NAN WELCOMES JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS - Thursday, July 16, 2015|
NAN WELCOMES JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS #LSNoutdoors
Junior Canadian Rangers join with Canadian Rangers and other soldiers to form a giant circle
as a ceremonial fire is lit during the opening ceremony for Camp Loon.
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THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 16, 2015 ----Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno, on behalf of the Executive Council, looks forward to the arrival of nearly 160 Junior Canadian Rangers for Camp Loon, an annual summer training event in NAN territory this week.
“We are encouraged by the growth of the Junior Canadian Ranger program and the positive influence it is having on our youth, and we are pleased that so many young people are attending Camp Loon this year to improve their safety and survival skills and develop their abilities as leaders,” said NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. “Through hands-on experience these Junior Rangers are building self-esteem, learning new skills and developing teamwork that will help them become healthy, responsible and productive young leaders. We recognize their dedication to improving the health and well-being of their communities.”
|LAKE SUPERIOR DAY IN FISHERMAN’S PARK - Thursday, July 16, 2015|
LAKE SUPERIOR DAY IN FISHERMAN’S PARK #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 16, 2015 --- A really great lake deserves a really great celebration, and it’s happening this Sunday all around the shores of Lake Superior. In Thunder Bay, EcoSuperior and EarthCare are inviting residents to pack a picnic and head down to Fisherman’s Park from 12-3pm to participate in the festivities. read more ...
Lake Superior Day is a free, family-oriented event designed to promote appreciation for a great natural resource. Events will kick off at 12noon with the cutting of a celebration cake. Several local organizations will be showcasing the work they are doing to help protect and promote Lake Superior.
|Thunder Bay Oktoberfest 2015 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015|
Thunder Bay Oktoberfest 2015 #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 15, 2015 ---- On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Port Arthur Rotary Club in partnership with the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company is hosting their 3rd annual Oktoberfest in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Already named one of Canada’s top 11 Oktoberfest’s by the Huffington Post, this year will prove to be even bigger and better. read more ...
This year Oktoberfest Thunder Bay is expanding to a full day event incorporating Beer and Brawn to engage and delight visitors. Daytime activities will begin at 9:00am at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition and will include a Crossfit and Strongman Competition, a 5km Fun Run and a Home Brew competition.
|Hovland Arts Festival - Sunday, July 5, 2015|
Hovland Arts Festival #LSNoutdoors
Sandra Updyke with some of her photographs along with Diamond Willow furniture hand crafted by her husband Bruce..
HOVLAND, MINNESOTA --- July 2, 2015 ----- This year marks our 10th annual festival. That is somewhat of a milestone for a small group of community artisans to put something together that worked well the first year and to make it grow each year. We can’t expand our festival very much because of space restraints. However, we have started trying to pull in a guest vendor or two each year to give a bit more variety. The first few years, we limited it to strictly our community. We are self-funded and get no grant money what-so-ever. Some of us have been at every event.
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|33rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic - Sunday, July 5, 2015|
33rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 5, 2015 --- Calling all Teddy Bears and Owners! Parents, caregivers, children and their teddy bears are invited to Thunder Bay's Vickers Park for an afternoon of free crafts, activities and entertainment featuring The Grumpy Grampas, Rodney Brown and Jim ’n’ I. read more ...
“The Teddy Bears Picnic is a long-standing favourite event for young children and families,” said Dave Mossman, Events Supervisor. “With 33 years of history, we now see parents bringing their children to enjoy the event that they loved as a child.”
The Picnic begins at noon and runs until 3 pm. Highlights of the day include the Teddy Bear Parade and the Boo-Boo Bear Station where teddy bears can get a quick repair with a bandage or needle and thread.
|Senate Passes C-61 for Creation of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area - Tuesday, June 23, 2015|
Senate Passes C-61 for Creation of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area #LSNoutdoors
(OTTAWA)- June 22nd, 2015 Bruce Hyer MP Thunder Bay Superior North and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada) issued the following statement regarding the passage of Bill C-61 An Act to amend the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act, by the Senate: read more ...
“After eight years of postponement on a promise made by Prime Minister Harper in Nipigon in 2007, I was pleased to see all Parliamentarians, in both the House and now the Senate, unanimously support my non-partisan, cross-party motion to pass Bill C-61. Without my motion last week, Bill C-61 would have died in the House of Commons. The passage of this Bill is an important milestone for the people and ecosystems of Northern Ontario, and indeed all of Canada and beyond. This is now the largest freshwater marine protected area in the world.
|DNR Minnesota Great Outdoor Volunteer Experiences - Monday, June 22, 2015|
DNR Minnesota Great Outdoor Volunteer Experiences # LSNoutdoors
Minnesota, June 22, 2015 ---- Summer is here!!! All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are now avail. Here are a select few more can be found on theMinnesota Department of Natural Resources Website. From Loon counting to removing Wild Parsnip to organizing Historical DNR documents.
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|Woofstock outdoor dog celebration - Monday, June 22, 2015|
Woofstock outdoor dog celebration #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- June 22, 2015 --- Woofstock 2015, an outdoor dog celebration for dogs and their two-footed companions, takes place on Sunday, June 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at Waverley Park. The event, hosted by the Thunder Bay's Waterfront District BIA will feature pet-related exhibits, rescue groups, animal shelters and different events for dogs including a dog walk, a fashion show and a doggie look-alike contest. read more ...
“This is a highly anticipated event”, said James Comuzzi, Waterfront District BIA Chair. “We’re hoping pets and their owners will come out to indulge in a day of doggie food, fashion and fun”.
| Trans Canada Trail Get $3 million - Sunday, June 21, 2015|
Trans Canada Trail Get $3 million #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON, June 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Trans Canada Trail is thrilled to announce it has received a $2 million joint gift from TD Bank Group and the Ontario Trillium Foundation – funds that have been matched by the Government of Canada with another $1 million grant, for a total of $3 million in Trail development funding.
These funds will help the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) to enhance and complete its route in Northern Ontario, between the City of North Bay and the City of Thunder Bay. The Trail sections under development include water and land routes, connecting 44 municipalities and aboriginal communities.
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|HYER Receives UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR CREATION OF LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA - Saturday, June 20, 2015|
HYER Receives UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR CREATION OF LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON – June 20, 2015 ----- Thunder Bay-Superior North MP and Green Party Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer successfully sought unanimous consent in the House of Commons today, June 17th, for the passage of Bill C-61, the Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area Act.
MP Hyer said: “After eight years of postponement on a promise made by Prime Minister Harper in Nipigon in 2007, the Conservatives supported my motion to pass Bill C-61. Today I successfully called upon all parties for unanimous consent to pass Bill C-61 before the House of Commons rises. Without my motion, Bill C-61 would have died. The passage of this Bill is an important milestone, if also passed by the Senate.”
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|Friends of Chippewa Park to Hold Annual General Meeting - Monday, June 15, 2015|
Friends of Chippewa Park to Hold Annual General Meeting #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- June 15, 2015 -- The Friends of Chippewa Park, a not for profit organization dedicated to improving Chippewa Park will be holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM at the Chippewa Park Pavilion. read more ...
In addition to the usual reports of officers and filling of Board vacancies, this meeting will focus on getting a head start on the development of a new Master Plan for the Park.
|More On-Road Access for ATC & UTV Vehicle - Monday, June 8, 2015|
More On-Road Access for ATC & UTV Vehicle #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- June 8, 2015 --- Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP, announces Ontario is enhancing on-road access for more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders. read more ...
Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination:
More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads
All riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable
This month, the province is promoting the new rules before they come in force July 1st, 2015 to ensure that municipalities have enough time to make necessary by-law amendments and to remind riders and drivers about the change.
The province is also allowing an education period to take place between July 1 to Sept. 1, 2015, before violation tickets are issued. However, during this time police officers may still lay a charge through a summons.
|Eco-Friendly Day Camp for Children - Monday, June 8, 2015|
Eco-Friendly Day Camp for Children #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY,M ON --- June 8, 2015 --- Thunder Bay, parents looking for options to keep the kids occupied this summer will be happy to hear about the eco-friendly activities planned by EcoSuperior. The local non-profit organization is offering 4 water-themed weeks of day camp for children ages 7 – 10 with an emphasis on outdoor fun and building connections with nature. Activities will take place at Central Natural Environment Gardens with a different theme for each week:
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| McNair Butterfly Area rare Nabokov's blue - Sunday, June 7, 2015|
McNair Butterfly Area rare Nabokov's blue #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH, MN ------ June 7, 2015 ---- The McNair Butterfly Area is located on national forest system lands within the Superior National Forest near the Langley River, about 20 miles north of Two Harbors, MN. The site is habitat for about 50 species of butterflies, nearly every butterfly, common or rare, found in northeastern Minnesota. One butterfly, the grizzled skipper (Pyrgus centaureae freija), has not been found elsewhere in the state. Another species of greatest interest is the rare Nabokov's blue (Lycaedes idas nabokovi), a subspecies found only at a few dozen locations in the Great Lakes Region. A field assessment by faculty of North Dakota State University in 1993 recommended maintaining the McNair site as a forest opening for rare butterfly species of openlands, and with a special emphasis on Nabokov's blue. The site was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in the 1980s and was later acquired by the USDA Forest Service.
Since acquiring the site, Superior National Forest managers have worked to restore and maintain this important habitat. Beginning in the summer of 1998, crews cut most of the trees and brush that had colonized the McNair opening during the previous decade or two. Forest crews have enlarged the opening to its former size by clearing invading spruce trees. A burn plan for the site identifies seven units within the opening
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|Lighthouse Lake Superior Trail - Saturday, June 6, 2015|
Lighthouse Lake Superior Trail #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 6, 2015 ---- Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior (CLLS) inc. a registered not for profit charity, is pleased to announce developments regarding the Lighthouse Trail on Lake Superior.
The Lake Superior Water Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network that stretches from Thunder Bay, through the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) island archipelago, to Rossport, also follows part of the Lighthouse Trail. Porphyry Point Lighthouse Station, and Shaganash Lighthouse will receive $20,000 total for on-site signage to orientate and direct tourist, guests, and visitors on an interpretive journey through Lake Superior attractions.
Trans Canada Trails has announced, funding for way finding signage on the Lake Superior Water Trail for two CLLS sites; Porphyry Point and Shaganash.
The Lake Superior Water Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network that stretches from Thunder Bay, through the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) island archipelago, to Rossport, also follows part of the Lighthouse Trail. Porphyry Point Lighthouse Station, and Shaganash Lighthouse will receive $20,000 total for on-site signage to orientate and direct tourist, guests, and visitors on an interpretive journey through Lake Superior attractions.
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|OFAH calls for better black bear management - Wednesday, June 3, 2015|
OFAH calls for better black bear management #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- June 3, 2015 ---- Black bear incidents in Southern Ontario highlight the need for improved black bear management. Media coverage is extensive when black bears are seen in heavily urbanized areas, but these types of situations are a common occurrence for many people in Ontario.
Many people are suggesting that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is at fault for the increase in human/bear conflicts and/or how they are dealt with, but the calls for fully restoring the Bear Wise program to its former level will not solve the problem. There is significant evidence that showed the Bear Wise trap and transfer program was unsuccessful and an unjustifiable use of limited resources needed for wildlife management. What we need is better management of black bears.
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|10 zebra mussels found in Christmas Lake during follow-up search - Friday, May 22, 2015|
10 zebra mussels found in Christmas Lake during follow-up search #LSNoutdoors
MINNEAPOLIS, MN --- May 22, 2015 -----Teams of divers this week found a total of 10 zebra mussels in a second search of Christmas Lake. None of the 10 were found in the area treated late last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. read more ...
“The follow-up searches suggest that the treatment in the Christmas Lake public access area was effective in eliminating mussels from the area,” said Keegan Lund, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist. “Unfortunately, we found zebra mussels outside the treatment area. These zebra mussels have probably been attached to native mussels in the lake since last summer or fall.”
|How did Caribou end up on Ontario's Endangered species List? - Thursday, May 21, 2015|
How did Caribou end up on Ontario's Endangered species List? #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 21, 2015 ---- Despite declarations by special interest environmental groups that there is a caribou crisis in Ontario, a review of Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) research, scientific evidence, and an assessment of all available and up-to-date data demonstrates that caribou populations are persisting in Ontario. read more ...
Jamie Lim, President and CEO of OFIA, explained, “Considering the information contained in the OFIA Woodlands Committee’s Op-Ed, we are asking Government to hit the pause button and review all new and existing woodland caribou policy in Ontario.”
|Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre - Wednesday, May 13, 2015|
Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 13, 2015 ---- The Township of Red Rock is pleased to announce the opening of the new Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre to the public on Saturday May 16th at 8:30am. The centre hosts 9 interactive exhibits that focus on the historical, biological and geological aspects unique to Red Rock and the area. The largest permanent exhibit, sponsored by Parks Canada, showcases the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area through a four seat, animated submarine ride. One hour east of Thunder Bay, read more ...
The centre tells the story of Red Rock from the beginning of the community to today, including the significance of the mill, prisoner of war camp and the evolution of the community
|Want to taste 200 Year Old Chocolate? - Tuesday, May 12, 2015|
Want to taste 200 Year Old Chocolate? #LSNoutdoors
A new program was presented at Fort St-Joseph last summer all about chocolate! Not your standard store-bought chocolate, but Heritage Chocolate. Visitors enjoyed a presentation, took part in the preparation of a chocolate treat, and got to taste the fruits of their labour.
Mariette, a Heritage Presenter at the fort, greeted visitors in period costume and then introduced the Heritage Chocolate telling them they were going to make their own chocolate ‘bar’ using toppings of their choice. While melting chocolate for the visitors, Mariette explained how chocolate was imported from England at the time Fort St. Joseph was occupied. Soldiers received chocolate as part of their rations because it was considered a good source of energy. Chocolate also has a connection with the fur trade. During long expeditions, chocolate, which did not spoil, was left in caches for fur traders and exploration parties.
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|National Aboriginal Day 2015 - Tuesday, May 12, 2015|
National Aboriginal Day 2015 #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ The National Aboriginal Day Committee is now accepting nominations for its Honouring Our Men Recognition Award. The award will be given to an outstanding First Nations, Métis or Inuit leader, mentor or individual who has made a major difference in the lives of Aboriginal people in the Thunder Bay area. The awards will be given on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, at Fort William First Nation powwow grounds (Mount McKay). read more ...
“National Aboriginal Day happens to fall on Father’s Day this year and our committee felt it was important to honour our men as part of this year’s event to celebrate the important role they play in supporting and nurturing positive change in our community,” said Dr. Amy Farrell-Morneau, chair of the National Aboriginal Day Committee. “We want every day, unsung heroes who live and work among us to be recognized, therefore we are looking to the community to identify those individuals and nominate them.”
The National Aboriginal Day Men’s Recognition Award will recognize men for honouring and demonstrating the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth. The three categories are youth, adult and elders. Nominees must also be male. We welcome 2-spirits who identify as male. In addition, nominees must be from the Thunder Bay area, and be of First Nation, Métis or Inuit descent.
| Lakehead Canoe Club To Host Waterwalker Film Festival - Thursday, May 7, 2015|
Lakehead Canoe Club To Host Waterwalker Film Festival #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- May 7, 2015 --- The Lakehead Canoe Club of Thunder Bay, is hosting its very first film festival to kick off the spring paddling season. read more ...
The Waterwalker Film Festival will be held on May 22, 2015 at The Finlandia Club, Thunder Bay. The festival is put together by Paddle Canada, the governing body for national paddling certifications.
The festival will be a tribute to the late Bill Mason. Mason was a great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. For Mason, film was about more than just entertainment.
“The medium of film is for me a means of expressing my love and enjoyment of the natural world, and of sharing my concern for what’s happening to it with anybody who looks and listens,” he said.
|ST. MARYS RAPIDS FLOW TO BE INCREASED TOMORROW - Thursday, May 7, 2015|
ST. MARYS RAPIDS FLOW TO BE INCREASED TOMORROW #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 7, 1015 ---- The International Lake Superior Board of Control advises that the gate setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids is expected to be increased to an equivalent of three gates fully open tomorrow, Friday May 8th. This will be accomplished by opening gates #3 through #14 of the Compensating Works an additional 31 cm (12 in) for a total gate opening of 62 cm (24 in). read more ...
Anglers need to remain cautious of the changing flows and water levels in the rapids on May 8th, and the unusually high flows and levels that will be experienced thereafter. With ice remaining on Lake Superior, ice conditions also continue to pose a potential hazard. These gate movements will primarily affect water conditions in the main rapids. Gate #1, which supplies water to the channel north of the Fishery Remedial Dike, remains unchanged, and Gate #2 currently remains closed to provide lower velocities and potential angling opportunities along the northern portion of the main rapids. Gate #15 will remain closed to facilitate collection of field data measurements, and Gate #16 will remain closed until later this season, when it may be opened to facilitate sea lamprey trapping.
|Sunwing Adds Direct Flights From Thunder Bay to Cancun - Thursday, April 30, 2015|
Sunwing Adds Direct Flights From Thunder Bay to Cancun #LSNoutdoors
400 permanent statues have been installed in the National Marine Park of Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc. The installation is the first endeavor of a new underwater museum called MUSA,
THUNDER BAY, ON --(Marketwired - April 30, 2015) - Mexico's Caribbean coastline will become a short flight away next winter for residents of Northern Ontario, as Sunwing adds direct weekly flights from Thunder Bay to Cancun, beginning December 23, 2015.
The new route will be the only option to fly direct to Cancun from Thunder Bay, and will be offered in addition to the weekly flight service to Varadero, Cuba that Sunwing has been operating over the past five years. So vacationers will be able choose between two convenient flight options from their doorstep this coming season.
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|Travel the World in 48 Hours - Sunday, April 26, 2015|
Travel the World in 48 Hours #LSNoutdoors
Travel the World in 48 Hours” at the 42nd Folklore Festival May 2-3 at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay read more ...
The two-day festival will include more than 40 performances, as well as the always popular food court with more than 15 different groups offering tastes from around the world in the adjoining Fort William Curling Club. Imported beer and wine will also be available. As well, many different groups will be selling art and treasures from regions all over the globe. There are also children’s activities to make the festival more family friendly. Involving children is an important part of the festival’s mandate. “We cater to the beautiful children who need to grow up with a greater -
The festival runs May 2 and 3rd at the Fort william Gardens, Saturday from noon until 11 p.
|Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels - Monday, April 20, 2015|
Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels #LSNoutdoors
Potash solution is injected into one of six holes drilled in Christmas Lake
as part of an experimental effort to control zebra mussels.
DULUTH, MN ----- April 20, 2015 -- Initial searches indicate a three-step treatment of Christmas Lake in Shorewood for zebra mussels has been effective, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The results show the successful treatment of a small, isolated infestation of zebra mussels that was detected early.
A survey April 13 by divers from Blue Water Science and Waterfront Restorations found no evidence of zebra mussels. The dive was conducted inside and directly outside the treatment area around the public boat access in the city of Shorewood.
“We are encouraged by these early results,” said Keegan Lund, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist. “We used every available tool to respond to this isolated zebra mussel infestation and learned valuable information in terms of responding to new infestations.” read more ...
|Avian influenza surveillance Wild turkey hunters asked - Friday, April 17, 2015|
Avian influenza surveillance Wild turkey hunters asked #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH, MINNESOTA --- April 17, 2015 -- Wild turkey hunters in 5 counties asked to help with avian influenza surveillance.
Successful wild turkey hunters in Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns counties can help determine if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is present in Minnesota wildlife by allowing a sample to be collected from their turkeys.
“HPAI has not yet been found in wild turkeys, but it has been found in domestic turkeys in these and other Minnesota counties,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We chose those five counties to enlist the help of hunters because they have sufficient wild turkey populations.”
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| Hunters bear burden of moose management restrictions - Thursday, April 16, 2015|
Hunters bear burden of moose management restrictions #LSNoutdoors
Bow Hunters Confusion Lake Outpost Ontario ~ Wilderness Air
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- April 16, 2015 ----Moose hunting in Ontario is undergoing a dramatic change. Despite a clear lack of public support, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has approved changes to the licensed moose hunting season in Northern Ontario.
"We're disappointed that no alterations were made to the proposal to reflect the comments received from the public. The Ministry itself admits that the majority of public comments did not support the proposed changes," said Mark Ryckman, OFAH senior wildlife biologist.
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| DNR offers guidance for turkey hunters in areas near avian flu - Monday, April 13, 2015|
DNR offers guidance for turkey hunters in areas near avian flu #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, --- April 13, 2015 --- While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys, hunters are nonetheless reminded of ways to avoid potentially spreading the virus. read more ...
To date, highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in Cottonwood, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, Meeker, Nobles, Pope, Stearns and Watonwan counties. So far, it has only been confirmed in domestic turkey farms. Waterfowl are the natural reservoirs for the virus.
|Too much fun in the Twin Cities for just a weekend #LSNoutdoors - Saturday, April 11, 2015|
Too much fun in the Twin Cities for just a weekend #LSNoutdoors
MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL, Minnesota/ Troy Media/ - Minneapolis - St Paul is just a 6.5 hour drive south of Thunder Bay, Ontario. There is a small restaurant-bar right in the middle of downtown Minneapolis called The Keys at the Foshay. The pies are to die for. Breakfast is a feast. And after a ball game at Target Field or a basketball game at Target Center, there is no better place for a late night snack.
The Keys is one of a handful or bar/restaurants in downtown Minneapolis near the theatre district, the baseball stadium and the basketball arena that make an evening in the heart of the Twin Cities something special. read more ...
| EcoSuperior’s Painted Rain Barrel Auction #LSNoutdoors - Thursday, April 9, 2015|
EcoSuperior’s Painted Rain Barrel Auction #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- April 9, 2015 ---- You could choose noisy wind chimes, those creepy garden gnomes, or an ornate fountain, but if you really want a unique piece of outdoor art, a painted rain barrel is what every backyard needs. Not only is it functional, but the painted rain barrels at EcoSuperior’s annual auction event are one-of-a-kind creations by local artists. Plus, each one helps support environmental programs in our community. read more ...
The 5th Annual Painted Rain Barrel Auction, presented by Landale Gardens and DST Consulting Engineers, takes place once again this year at the Home and Garden Show from April 10 to 12, 2015. Thirty hand-painted rain barrels make an impressive display, and the event draws thousands of visitors each year.
|MANAGING FOR MULTIPLE RESOURCES AND VALUES SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors - Saturday, April 4, 2015|
MANAGING FOR MULTIPLE RESOURCES AND VALUES SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors
Fire crews igniting prescribed fire unit and patrol along control line with hose line and back pack pumps.
DULUTH, MN – April 2, 2015 Multi-tasking is a common term in our culture today but do you thought about how this applies to management on a national forest? Imagine having a daily task list that includes: manage fuels and respond to wildfire; provide motorized and non-motorized recreation and roads for hundreds of thousands of visitors; maintain habitat for thousands of species of plants, wildlife and fish; provide a sustainable flow of timber, minerals, and other forest products; protect air, water, and wilderness quality; and more. In Forest Service lingo, we use the term ‘multiple-use’ and it is the basis for management on the Superior National Forest. read more ...
|HAGI's Wilderness Discovery Resort #LSNourdoors - Thursday, March 26, 2015|
HAGI's Wilderness Discovery Resort #LSNourdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- March 26, 2015 ----- I spend most of my life living in a world that is not designed for me. I have Multiple Sclerosis and an acquired brain injury, similar to Cerebral Palsy. I use a power chair to move through life and a hospital bed to rest at night. Throughout my days, I encounter “accessible” businesses that have no power doors or have “just one step to be lifted over.” I use sidewalks that suddenly dip to one side when I get to driveways, or that have curb cuts with large bumps at the end. I go to restaurants, malls and even the regional hospital that have washrooms with tiny stalls and low toilets from which I could never get up. I visit my friends and family members in their yards because their homes are not wheelchair accessible. I try to move through my city on a transit system that includes buses upon which people who use mobility devices must ride backwards, a practice that all of my doctors say is dangerous for me. I get motion sickness and because of weak muscles, I also get neck and back injuries.
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|VIA considering Northshore of Superior #LSNoutdoors - Monday, March 23, 2015|VIA considering Northshore of Superior #LSNoutdoors
File Photo: The Canadian at CP Rail Station on Syndicate Ave Thunder Bay.
VIA is looking to review it's rail corridor between Toronto and Winnipeg.
VIA suspended Canadian service between Winnipeg and Toronto, March 11, citing the impossibility of maintaining schedules as CN dealt with the oil train mishaps near Gogama. It is imperative now to simply get the train running again before the summer tourism season, according to CP Rail.
David Thomas, Contributing Editor, writes in the March 20th edition of Railway Age, one option is to shift to CP trackage between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Sudbury, Ontario, something Via Rail CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano hinted at last November during an interview with Railway Age. The motive, he said then, would be to provide passengers with a more scenic route closer to the Great Lakes, while at the same time serving more communities. read more ...
|Geotourism ~ Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place #LSNoutdoors - Wednesday, March 18, 2015|
Geotourism ~ Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH, MN; THUNDER BAY, ON ---- March 18, 2015 ----— Travelers seeking unspoiled places and culturally authentic experiences now have a valuable new resource in a comprehensive “Geotourism MapGuide” and website for the Heart of the Continent region. The landmark project has taken two years to plan and execute and is a historically significant asset for everyone who visits or lives in the region.
The Geotourism MapGuide, with its Heart of the Continent Mobile App, highlights the enchanted landscapes and enduring people of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario. It is designed to showcase to local, national and international audiences the natural, cultural and historic attractions that define the region. read more ...
|Coast Guard urges caution on ice as temperatures increase #LSNoutdoors - Tuesday, March 10, 2015|
Coast Guard urges caution on ice as temperatures increase #LSNoutdoors
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (LSNews)— March 10, 2015 --- The Coast Guard is urging people to use extreme caution on waterwaysthroughout Lake Superior and northern Lakes Michigan and Huron since warmer temperatures are forecast through next Tuesday.
The above freezing-temperatures could pose safety concerns on waterways which have been frozen during the past couple of months.
There have already been cases in the lower Great Lakes in which people have fallen through the ice. This is also the time of year when ice breaking operations are increasing throughout the Great Lakes in preparation for the Sault Locks opening on March 25 and commercial traffic starting to transport goods. This will create especially hazardous conditions in harbors, ports and waterways in which these operations are taking place. read more ...
|NEW KAWISHIWI DISTRICT RANGER TO JOIN SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors - Monday, March 9, 2015|
NEW KAWISHIWI DISTRICT RANGER TO JOIN SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH, MN (March 9, 2015) Gus Smith, new District Ranger on the Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest, comes with extensive fire experience and familiarity with our region.
Before joining the Forest Leadership Team on the Superior National Forest, Gus served at Yosemite National Park for six years as the Fire Ecologist. At Yosemite he worked with academic and federal researchers on fire science research in the Sierra Nevada, ran the fire effects monitoring program, and developed science-based planning tools for wildland fire management. Prior to that, he was on temporary detail to the Sierra National Forest for four months and spent another four months in Washington D.C. working on a detail for the Department of Interior in the Office of Wildland Fire. read more ...
|Sleeping Giant Loppet Kit Pick-Up and Late Registration #LSNourtdoors - Thursday, March 5, 2015|
THUNDER BAY, MARCH 5, 2015 --- It's not too late to sign up for the 2015 Loppet! The warmer temperatures forecast for Friday, will harden up the trail beautifully Friday night read more ...
|FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES CONSULTATION PROPOSED EXCHANGE OF STATE SCHOOL TRUST LANDS #LSNoutdoors - Monday, March 2, 2015|
FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES CONSULTATION PROPOSED EXCHANGE OF STATE SCHOOL TRUST LANDS #LSNoutdoors
DULUTH, MN (March 2, 2015) The Forest Service invites the public to review and comment on a proposed land exchange with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. With this proposed exchange, the United States would acquire approximately 30,000 acres of State school trust land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in exchange for an equal value of federal lands to be selected from a pool of approximately 39,000 acres of Forest Service System Land located outside the BWCAW within the Superior National Forest.
The proposed land exchange is mutually beneficial to the State and to the Forest Service. It will allow the State to acquire, through exchange, lands that can be actively managed to generate revenue to benefit the Minnesota public school system. This land exchange presents an opportunity for the Forest Service to achieve priorities identified in the Superior National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan that include: a) acquiring additional land ownership within the BWCAW and, b) consolidating land ownership by exchanging out of fragmented parcels of federal land outside the BWCAW. read more ...
|Loppet Tackling the Giant at 90 #LSNoutdoors - Monday, February 23, 2015|
Loppet Tackling the Giant at 90 #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO , February 23, 2015 ---- On Saturday March 7, O.E. (Olie) Olynyk and
his daughter Nora will join hundreds of skiers at the 38th Annual Sleeping Giant Loppet. Although he doesn’t say so, it’s pretty much a cinch that he will dominate his age class.
After all, at 90 years of age he has the group all to himself.
Olynyk is a remarkable nonagenarian. He and Nora ski 2-3 times a week; in fact, he completed his 30th Tour de Kamview event last month. All told, he has 93 Nordic skiing events under his belt and it seems entirely possible that he will make it to 100.
Even more remarkable is that Olynyk strapped on his first pair of skis at 60, after a colleague in the engineering department at Can Car convinced him to give it a try on the Centennial Park trails. read more ...
|NSSA Dinner & Auction #LSNoutdoor - Friday, February 13, 2015|
NSSA Dinner & Auction #LSNoutdoors
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- February 13, 2015 --- The North Shore Steelhead Association will be holding its 32nd Annual Dinner & Auction on Friday March 27th at the Valhalla Inn.
The evening’s proceedings include a buffet style meal followed by a Silent and Live Auction
Numerous licensed draws for a variety of outdoor related items, including the main item, a 2014 Lund Fury boat and trailer package will be held throughout the evening.
Hundreds of quality prizes available!
This past year, the North Shore Steelhead Association completed a rehabilitation of a degraded Brook Trout nursery stream (George Creek) located within Centennial Park.
This summer the NSSA will be working with the Thunder Bay Country Club and the City of Thunder Bay respectively to complete a bank stabilization and habitat restoration project on the McIntyre River adjacent to Central Avenue. This project will stabilize and re-vegetate 60m of eroding riverbank and replant a former parking area read more ...
|OFAH Moose Project proposal leaves hunters reeling - Monday, February 9, 2015|
OFAH Moose Project proposal leaves hunters reeling #TravelSuperior
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- February 9, 2014 ---- After seeing unprecedented tag cuts in 2014, moose hunters face even more restrictions in 2015 The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is poised once again to limit moose hunting opportunities in the province of Ontario in a manner the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) calls overly restrictive and unnecessary.
"While we are encouraged by the Ministry's commitment to addressing Ontario's declining moose populations and its reassurance that non-hunting factors affecting moose will be examined, we don't agree with the specific changes being proposed,” said Mark Ryckman, OFAH senior wildlife biologist. read more ...
| TBCC Build A Boat Contest - Wednesday, January 21, 2015|
TBCC Build A Boat Contest
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- January 21, 2015 --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Central Canada Outdoor & Recreation Show is pleased to announce that the Build A Boat Contest is back. This is a great exercise for children to work on at home or in the classroom as it thrives on stimulating young minds and inspiring creativity. Bonus points will still be awarded for the use of recycled materials but there is also a new and exciting requirement. This year your boat must float!
Students wishing to enter the contest must be between the ages of 6 and 12 and will be divided into two categories, 6-9 and 10-12. Entry must be no larger than 30cm long, 30cm high, and 30cm wide. Entries must be received with a registration form attached no later than 2:00pm on Sunday March 1st, 2015 with winners being announced at 3:30pm. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.tbchamber.ca/buildaboat. Official entry takes place at the Wilderness Supply booth during the Outdoor Show in The Sportsdome. All judges’ decisions are final.
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|Rain Barrels Return to Home & Garden Show - Thursday, January 15, 2015|
Rain Barrels Return to Home & Garden Show
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO —--- January 15, 2015 --- The Rain Barrels return to the Spring Home and Garden Show from April 10-12. The EcoSuperior’s 5th annual Painted Rain Barrel Art Project, a fun and creative fundraiser with something for everyone!
The environmental stewardship organization is inviting local artists, community groups and schools to submit their designs, and will then select 30 to receive a primed rain barrel to paint. No entry fee is required, just creativity.
“It’s a community effort,” says EcoSuperior’s executive director Ellen Mortfield. “We put out the call for artists early in the new year, assess the applications and rough sketches, and choose 30 to participate.”
The rain barrels will be exhibited and sold in a silent auction at the Spring Home and Garden Show from April 10-12, 2015 at the CLE/Lowerys Sports Dome. Over 25,000 people attended last year’s event.
Cash prizes are generously donated by local sponsors for a range of categories.
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|DULUTH BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL & RV SHOW - Monday, January 12, 2015|
DULUTH BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL & RV SHOW
DULUTH, Minnesota --- January 12, 2015 ----- February 18th - 22nd will mark winter's biggest extravaganza happening at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minnesota. That's when the DULUTH BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL & RV SHOW held in conjunction with the Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic makes its appearance for the 49th consecutive year. One ticket gains admission to both of these great shows making this the best entertainment value in town for you, our most valued customer. What will be awaiting you is the largest selection of Boats, RV's, Motorcycles, Camping Equipment, Resorts and Campgrounds along with Hunting and Fishing lodges located throughout the United States, Canada read more ...
|Transforming Nipigon’s Waterfront - Wednesday, January 7, 2015|
Transforming Nipigon’s Waterfront
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- January 7, 2015“By developing its scenic waterfront, Nipigon is building on its reputation for great fishing and magnificent natural landscapes and bringing tourists to the Superior North region. Nipigon is about one hour east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. I am very pleased that the NOHFC is investing in this initiative that will help strengthen the area’s tourism sector and create new jobs for northerners.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC
Ontario is investing in Nipigon’s waterfront development that will increase tourism and create local jobs by enhancing amenities and attractions that will draw visitors to the area.
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|DNR aquatic education program wins award - Sunday, January 4, 2015|DULUTH, MInnesota ----- January 4, 2015 MinnAqua, a state aquatic resources and fishing education program, has won a national award for teaching youth about their natural environment through fishing.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources program recently received the Outstanding Aquatic Education Program Award at the national 2014 Aquatic Resources Education Association biannual conference in Traverse City, Michigan.
The award recognizes association members who increase public appreciation for aquatic resources and promote fishing opportunities. MinnAqua staff members Deborah Groebner, Michelle Kelly, Nadine Meyer and, posthumously, Roland Sigurdson, received the award.
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Superior Man Triathlon Launches 2015 Registration
Duluth, MN, December 18, 2014— Today the Superior Man Triathlon launched 2015 registration with a new VIP+ Package add-on giving athletes the ability to protect their investment along with a number of other benefits.
The VIP+ Package affords athletes a “no questions asked” option to defer their entry to 2016, an option to drop down to the shorter 41.5 event, and the option to transfer their entry. Other athlete benefits include: receiving race packet, numbers, and shirt in the mail a week before the event, free parking passes ($10 value), and an expedited packet pickup process. The price of the VIP+ Package is just $35 and athletes can easily decline the package during registration to lock in the standard registration rate.
“Twenty three percent of our registrants on average never even make it to the starting line”, says Executive Race Director Clint Agar. “As a destination race there are a number of barriers including travel, vacation time, injury, and things in life that pop up after registering for an event as far out as 9 months. So protecting our athlete’s investments seemed like a problem worth solving. “
Minnesota Christmas Tree Arrives at White House
WASHINGTON, DC ---- November 29, 2014 ---- Obama family greets White House Christmas tree Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and Sunny Obama greet the White House Christmas tree after it was delivered to the first family’s residence by a horse-drawn carriage. Michelle Obama asked, “Are they sure they can get this in the door?” Minnesota Tree Arrives at White house
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree travelled 2,864.7 Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota provided the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. The tree is ee 60 – 70 feet tall and mis a White Spruce (Picea glauca), which is the same species as was first provided by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in 1992. In addition, companion trees will be provided by the Minnesota Tree Growers Association to be placed inside offices in Washington D.C., such as the Chief of the Forest Service Office and the USDA. read more.....>
WILDERNESS NORTH IS THE NEWEST ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- November 28, 2014 --- Canada’s premier fly in adventure destination joins a select group of experience providers in this sought after recognition Wilderness North, an exclusive collection of lodges and outpost cabins in Northern Ontario offering lodge-to-lodge adventures and world-class angling, has been awarded recognition as an Ontario Signature Experience (OSE). The collection of experiences is selected by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and seeks to showcase a range of extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experiences rarely found anywhere on earth.
“We are truly honoured to be identified as an Ontario Signature Experience,” says Alan Cheeseman, Owner, Wilderness North. “We are proud to provide unique Canadian adventures and activities that you simply can't find anywhere else, and we look forward to offering these quintessential northern experiences to our intrepid travellers, explorers and anglers for years to come.” read more.......>
OFAH Bring Back the Salmon program
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- November 11, 2014 --- Atlantic Salmon were among the first fish species in the Great Lakes to be eliminated by human activities, becoming extinct in lake Ontario by the turn of the 20th century.
But today there is good news. More than a century after our once thriving population of Atlantic Salmon were last seen in Lake Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), together with Ontario Power Generation and many other partners, have reached important milestones in the effort to bring Atlantic Salmon back to the lake and its tributaries. The MNRF has released a major scientific document outlining the results of the science-based Bring Back the Salmon program over the past eight years. This science review, which can be viewed in its entirety at www.bringbackthesalmon.ca, took the information learned through the program's monitoring and research programs and put it through a critical evaluation, bringing in outside Atlantic Salmon experts to provide their expertise and advice . read more.....>
Tourism Summit Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- November 11, 2014 --- The new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Michael Coteau and a well-known Olympian will be among the many arriving in Thunder Bay next week to take part in the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, taking place November 17-19 at the Victoria Inn. The first-ever summit is being co-hosted by Tourism Northern Ontario and Nature and Outdoor Tourism (NOTO) and is aimed at helping the tourism industry in the north to grow and prosper.
The Honourable Michael Coteau will be the guest speaker at the summit gala, scheduled for November 19 at Fort William Historical Park.
Minister Coteau will be joined by 2010 Olympic skeleton gold medalist and host of “The Amazing Race, Canada” Jon Montgomery, who will be the keynote presenter at the gala.
Other featured presenters during the summit will be Juanita Keel-Ryan, Director of Tourism Product Development with the Government of Newfoundland who will speak on tourism product development in Newfoundland & Labrador; Judy Rogers, Research Resolution and Consulting who will present on what our Northern Ontario tourism economic and market research is telling us and Lisa LaVecchia of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership who will bring an update on the marketing of Northern Ontario.
Numerous other industry experts will lead workshops, presentations and consultation sessions throughout the event. Summit delegates will visit a tradeshow highlighting northern tourism organizations and businesses. read more.....>
SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES NOrthern Ont Tourism Summit
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 12, 2014 --- The challenges facing those who live and work in Northern Ontario often require “made in the north” solutions. The tourism industry in this part of the province is no exception, says Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) Chair Marty Kalagian.
“We have some unique strengths but at the same time we have a number of significant challenges in the Northern Ontario tourism industry that are uniquely ours”, he said.
Kalagian said that it was with these issues in mind that TNO joined forces with Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) to organize the first-ever Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, slated for November 17-20, in Thunder Bay.
The focus, said Kalagian, will be on helping Northern Ontario tourism operators and other tourism stakeholders to develop the skills that they need to attract more visitors and have them stay longer and spend more. read more......>
Porphyry Point Lighthouse Tour
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 8, 2014 --- Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) an incorporated, not-for-profit organization, with a mandate to; manage, maintain, and restore regional lighthouses for public access, today provided a media tour on the accomplishments made this summer at Porphyry Point Lighthouse, on Porphyry Island.
Press reviewed the two dwellings, boathouses, tower and grounds to witness first hand 350 volunteer hours that were offered to help cleanup the lightstation. CLLS an umbrella organization has managed the project to help facilitate future plans in developing a historic trail of lighthouses where people can come and stay. Currently two leases are held with the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) for Porphyry Point and Number Ten (Shaganash) Lighthouses, with others in the works.
Paul Capon, Chair of CLLS said, ”summer volunteers completed many hours of clearing, cleaning, priming, painting and restoring the site, which opens up opportunities for next years season for visitors.”
He was also joined by Al Cheeseman, Owner of Wilderness North Air, Mark Wiskmann Owner of Wisk Air Helicopters, Archie Hoogsteen of Archie’s Fishing Charters, to explain how guests could be transported to the site. And Greg Wilson, Superintendent, Sleeping Giant and Porphyry Island Provincial Park and Nature Reserve shared some background on the nature reserve. Mayor Harvey of Nipigon spoke to regional economic development opportunities created by CLLS. read more....>
OFAH welcomes common sense approach to firearms licensing
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 8, 2014 --- Fall represents one of the most exciting times of the year for the nearly half-million men and women who hunt in Ontario.Unfortunately, along with experiencing the great outdoors and harvesting healthy wild game for the dinner tables, licensed hunters experience a heavy load of paperwork and red tape as law-abiding firearms owners.
That's why the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) welcomes the introduction of the Common Sense Firearms Act, which Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney tabled in the House of Commons this morning.
The new legislation strikes a balance between the need to remove administrative burdens on legal, law-abiding firearms owners in Canada and the government's intention to protect and enhance public safety.
"The merging of the POL and the PAL streamlines licensing and the proposed grace period means law-abiding firearms owners can renew their licenses without fearing criminal prosecution," said Greg Farrant, OFAH Manager of Government Affairs and Policy. "The OFAH has long supported mandatory firearms training for all first time users, ensuring everyone who applies for a firearms license has gone through a rigorous training and certification process." read more....>
Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 Minn metro lakes
DULUTH, MN ---- September 27, 2014 --Two metro Minnesota lakes will be designated as infested after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in them this week, underscoring the need for ongoing vigilance against aquatic invasive species in the state’s waters.
DNR biologists found three of the invasive mussels in Lake Waconia in Carver County, and three in White Bear Lake, which is in Ramsey and Washington counties. Both lakes were investigated after reports from the public.
Last weekend, a local high school science teacher found three zebra mussels while snorkeling around the southeast shore of White Bear, and reported them to DNR aquatic invasive species staff. DNR biologists confirmed the find on Thursday after an extensive search of the area.
The confirmation of zebra mussels in Lake Waconia followed two reports from the public. On Sept. 15, a boater reported one zebra mussel attached to his vessel, which was moored at a private marina on the south end of the lake. On Aug. 30, an angler exiting the lake found zebra mussels attached to aquatic plants on his trailer. DNR biologists subsequently investigating the Waconia reports found no additional mussels at the private marina, but they did find three at the public access on the eastern shore. read more.....>
Live from the Rock Folk Festival
THUNDER BAY, ON --- August 7, 2014 ---The 12th annual Live from the Rock Folk Festival kicks off this weekend with a full weekend of music beginning on Friday at noon and running through Sunday at 5:00pm. The festival will be held in Pull-A-Log Park along the shores of Lake Superior in Red Rock.
This year’s line up features 21 artists performing on four stages, including several from Northwestern Ontario and the city of Thunder Bay. A full lineup, including links to artist websites, is available at livefromtherockfolkfestival.com read more...>
Bighead and Silver Carp discovered in Pool 2 of Mississippi River
DULUTH, MN --- July 18, 2014 ---- Commercial fishermen under contract by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 of the Mississippi River in the Cottage Grove area on Thursday, July 17.
One was a bighead carp that weighed approximately 40 pounds. The other was a silver carp – silver carp are the ones that leap from the water when disturbed – that weighed about 20 pounds.
Pool 2 is the portion of the Mississippi River above the dam at Hastings and extends upstream to the Ford Dam. Backwater lakes included are Baldwin Lake, River Lake, Spring Lake, Mooers Lake and Grey Cloud Slough. read more.....>
USCG Rescue Kayakers
GRAND PORTAGE, MN ---- July 15, 2015 A Coast Guard boat crew rescued 2 men and a woman on western Lake Superior near Grand Portage, Minnesota, after they became beset by weather while kayaking Sunday afternoon.
The names of the kayakers are not being released and there is no Coast Guard imagery or video available for this case.
Just before 4:30 p.m., EDT, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a mayday broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 from three kayakers who were beset by wind while on their way from Grand Portage to Lucille Island. read more....>
Algoma Street from Blvd Lake to John Street Closed Sunday
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 8, 2014 --- Algoma Street from Boulevard Lake to John Street Will be closed on Sunday July 13th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to park their vehicle on a side street before 9 am if they will need to travel before 2 pm on July 13th.
EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay’s Clean Green & Beautiful Committee and 8-80cities have partnered together to bring an Open Streets program to Thunder Bay this year. Open Streets Thunder Bay will be the city’s largest free recreation program that encourages residents to get outside to be physically active, socially connected and to celebrate our streets.
On Sunday, July 13th people can experience Algoma St. like never before! The public is invited to walk, bike, skate board, roller blade, dance, and play at Open Streets Thunder Bay. From 9 am to 2 pm Algoma St from John St to Boulevard Lake Park and West Lyon Boulevard to Arundel St. will be closed to cars but there will be five police directed intersections to allow traffic to cross Algoma Street. Any Algoma St. residents are encouraged to park their vehicle on a side street before 9 am if they will need to travel before 2 pm on July 13th. read more.....>
Minnesota state parks and trails launch ‘I Can Mountain Bike!
BRAINERD, MN ---- July 7, 2014 --- Experience the fun of mountain biking during three introductory "I Can Mountain Bike!" programs on Saturday, July 26, at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities near Brainerd.
These are part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Trails Division.
“We are excited to be able to pilot this all-new program in partnership with the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Club at Minnesota’s premier mountain bike park,” said Pat Arndt, communications and outreach manager for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone who has ever been curious about mountain biking to give it a try.” read more....>
Lake Surveys Manage Fisheries in Northwest Region
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- June 18, 2014 ---Fisheries crews from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) will be out on Ontario’s lakes this summer monitoring fish populations, taking water samples, and checking for invasive species.
If you're on a lake that is being monitored and see MNR buoys, please don’t lift the nets or buoys, and avoid recreational activities between and around the buoys. All nets will be clearly marked.
Information gathered through these surveys will be used to help make decisions about managing fisheries, including setting seasons and size limits for anglers.
Approximately 143 lakes will be targeted this summer across Ontario. read more.....>
Economic Case for Making Rail Infrastructure a Priority
THUNDER BAY ---- ON --- June 14, 2014 ---- Passenger rail in Canada has been in dire straits for many years now. Beginning with devastating cutbacks in the 1981 and 1989 federal budgets, our system has been in a state of mismanaged decline that has accelerated with each subsequent government.
We in Thunder Bay-Superior North have been without passenger rail since 1990, when service along the North Shore was axed by the Mulroney Conservatives. The cuts have had wide-reaching impacts, diminishing tourism and costing our local economies dearly.
With such a bleak picture, it is understandable that some think it time to throw in the towel on the fight for rail funding. Many believe passenger rail is a lost cause. read more.....>
Fort William Historical Park’s Spring on the Farm
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 30, 2014 ---- Barnyard adventure is in store for the whole family during Spring on the Farm at Fort William Historical Park, Sunday, June 1st.
Kids will delight in getting nose-to-nose with young farm animals including baby chicks, lambs, and goats.
Children have plenty of hands-on activities including making yarn butterflies, hand printed lambs, decorative flowers, colouring the giant wall mural in the Farm Square, playing ‘super-sized’ tic-tac-toe, feeding the animals, planting pumpkin seeds, joining in sing-a-longs, and playing in the straw pile in the Equipment Barn.
The kids can also win prizes playing carnival games including Lucky Duck Pluck and Eggs in a Basket. Everyone has a chance to win a prize in the Name the Baby Lamb Contest.
Visitors can take in sheep shearing happening at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm together with on-going spinning and weaving demonstrations. Visit the Dairy Yard to do a little butter churning, and savour samples of tasty bread.
Meet the mascots Willy and Amik, as well as some fur trade characters while touring the historic buildings.
Admission for Spring on the Farm: adult: $10.00; seniors,
students, and youths: $8.00
Children 5 and under: Free read more....>
Fawns born in May: Leave them alone
DULUTH, MN ----- May 19, 2014 ---- Newborn fawns may appear abandoned and fragile but their best chance for survival comes when people leave them alone – especially in spring, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.
“While a new fawn may appear helpless, it’s important to keep your distance and not interfere with the doe’s natural instinct for raising its young,” said Jeff Lightfoot, DNR northeast regional wildlife manager. “Leave fawns alone and let wildlife remain wild.”
Deer rear their offspring differently than humans. Most fawns are born in May and within hours of birth the fawn is led to a secluded spot so it can nurse. With a full stomach, the fawn is content to lie down and rest. If the doe has twins, it will hide the second fawn up to 200 feet away. Then the doe leaves to feed and rest herself, out of sight but within earshot.
In four or five hours, the doe will return to feed the fawns and take them to a new hiding place. Deer follow this pattern for two to three weeks, and only then – when fawns are strong enough to outrun predators – do the young travel much with their mother.
OFAH applauds launch of National Conservation Plan
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 16, 2014 ---- $252 million in federal funding to benefit hunters, anglers and conservationists
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) applauds the launch of the National Conservation Plan (NCP) and the Federal Government's $252-million commitment to preserving Canada's natural heritage.
NCP promises to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across Canada with a focus on enabling Canadians to conserve and restore lands in their own communities and make it easier for Canadians to better connect with nature.
The plan will expand opportunities for hunters, anglers and conservationists to safeguard the land and water around them. The OFAH is particularly pleased that over the next five years the plan calls for $50 million for wetland restoration, $50 million to support voluntary actions to restore and conserve species and their habitats and $37 million to strengthen marine and coastal conservation.
The OFAH, which was one of the stakeholders in the NCP process, making several appearances before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, also recognizes the importance of removing obstacles to the outdoors so all Canadians can foster a stronger bond with nature.
U.S. Coast Guard releases 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics
WASHINGTON — May 15, 2014 ---The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics Wednesday, revealing that boating fatalities that year totaled 560 — the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.
From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased 14 percent, from 651 to 560, and injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620, a 12.7 percent reduction. The total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,515 to 4,062, a 10 percent decrease.
The fatality rate for 2013 of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 13 percent decrease from the previous year's rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $39 million.
"We are pleased that there have been fewer accidents on waterways in recent years and thank our partners for their work," said Capt. Jon Burton, director of inspections and compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. "Together we will continue to stress the importance of life jacket use, boating education courses and sober boating." read more......>
PD Railway Harstone Bridge
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 18, 2014 ---The PAD&W is an important piece of history and a key part of the industrial and cultural development of the area. To many this is just an old bridge, but in reality it represents a link to this past. As a history teacher I am keenly aware that physical remains such as this are infinitely more meaningful to people's understanding of the past than something such a photo. Being able to "touch" history is the best way to experience it.
The Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway officially began operations in June of 1893 and the last passenger train rolled over the tracks of the Canadian National Railways-North Lake Subdivision (as it was called at the time) in March 1938. read more .....>
Aerial Surveys Show Declines in Northern Ontario
THUNDER BAY ON ------- April 16, 2014 ---- To ensure moose populations remain healthy and resilient, Ontario is reducing adult moose tags across the province by about 18 per cent for 2014.
The reductions are in response to declining moose populations in northern Ontario, which were noted by provincial biologists during this winter's annual aerial surveys. The largest tag reductions will occur in areas with the largest declines.
Ontario has been working with key stakeholders and the hunting community to respond to these changes and plans to seek public input this summer on next steps.
For more information about the moose tags available in your area, see the 2014 Hunting Summary Regulations at ontario.ca/hunting. Ontario's moose draw opens on April 22, 2014.
"While this is not encouraging news for moose hunters, it does present the opportunity to re-evaluate how we share in the management of the moose resource. We would like to work cooperatively with the Ministry of Natural Resources to investigate this trend and subsequently make changes to manage moose, with confidence that this declining trend can be turned around." John Kaplanis, executive director, Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance read more.....>
CLE Home & Garden Show
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 3, 2014 ---- The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition & the Sports Dome are proud to present the 16th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show on the 1st weekend of April. This is your opportunity to come out and view this spring showcase of all that's new for you and your home and garden in 2014. Best of all is that you are able to access this showcase all in one location. Don't miss any of it. View a list of all our Exhibitors.
The 2014 Show will be housed in six buildings, all on the CLE grounds. The Coliseum, Heritage, Claydon, Scarnati, Sports Dome and The Dove (TB Country Market) venues are all part of the Show.
Come on out for this huge spring event. Visit all the buildings, do some shopping, get advice from our local experts, stop for lunch, take in a seminar or just escape the winter blahs. Read more....>>
Experimental Lakes Area Agreement
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- April 1, 2014 ----- The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada signed three agreements to ensure the long-term operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a world-renowned freshwater science research facility in northwestern Ontario, Canada.
IISD-ELA becomes the operator of the facility. The transfer required separate deals between Ontario and IISD, between Canada and IISD, and a trilateral Canada-Ontario-IISD agreement to support an open data policy for scientific research. The three agreements involving IISD were preceded by two bilateral Canada-Ontario pacts.
ELA offers IISD an opportunity to strengthen its efforts to improve global freshwater management by directly applying world-class scientific research to create innovative policy solutions for regional and global water management. For over two decades, IISD has been working on water management issues in order to develop and strengthen the links between social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development, while ELA has been producing globally important scientific research on fresh water for over four decades. read more....>
"Foods: Grown & Gathered” at the Northern Sustainability Symposium
Grand Marais, MN – March 28, 2014 ----- Where does your food come from? With a little skill, the answer can be your own yard! “Foods: Grown and Gathered” is the focus of this year’s Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 1-4, at North House Folk School, and we’re offering a buffet of coursework, speakers and gatherings to explore how food, sustainable living and health are linked.
Featured speakers at this year’s event include Straw Bale Gardening pioneer Joel Karsten, who will lead a workshop and give a presentation on this simple method of producing food featured in his popular book Straw Bale Gardens. We’ll also be joined by bee researcher Mike Goblirsch, permaculturist Chad Johnson, and a “Modern Hunter Gatherer” roundtable discussion with wild crafting instructor Eric Edgin and hunting and fishing instructor Shawn Perich.
Event coursework includes 17 courses ranging in length from a half day to 4.5 days. Course topics include bee keeping, alternative heating, apple grafting, micro housing, herbal healthcare, fermentation and more. Registration is required for coursework, find more information on the North House website. read more......>
TBCC Outdoor's Show Photo Contest
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 25, 2014 --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce held their Outdoor show this past weekend. Carlee Hakenson, Show Assistant reports that:
- there were 222 entries for the photo contest
- Very big success – very very positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors
- Attendance Over, 15,000 – up over previous year
- attend Over, 15,000 – up over previous year
- Over 6,000 in attendance prizes
- Sponsors of the Photo Contest Primary Foto Source & The Power Centre
Experience the great outdoors….indoors
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 10 , 2014 ---- Visit the Sportsdome this weekend as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce,
Performance KIA and Half-Way Motors Nissan present the 10th annual Central Canada
Outdoor Show. See over 100 local and regional exhibitors and interactive displays. This year
there are expanded cottage and conservation sections as well as the ever popular camping,
boating, fishing, hunting everything to do with outdoors recreation and lifestyle.
There are a variety of children’s activities, many which are educational yet fun.
They can learn about green living, safety and get fishing lessons from popular outdoorsman read more ......>
International Tourism Agreement Reached
Duluth, Minnesota --- February 14, 2014 --- The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is partnering with National Geographic Society (NGS) to create an online regional geo-tourism initiative, highlighting northeastern Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. Representatives and local officials were on hand to launch activities today at an event in Duluth.
The finished results will include an in-depth website and smartphone applications. The site will be linked with existing National Geographic Society geo-tourism sites and the National Geographic Society Maps homepage.
“The National Geographic Maps Division is pleased to have the opportunity to spotlight this region and, in doing so, support and sustain it as one of the world’s most treasured places,” said Jim Dion, Director of Tourism Programs at National Geographic Maps. “The online Geotourism MapGuide will celebrate the abundant and diverse scenic, cultural and historical attributes of the bi-national Heart of the Continent region from the unique vantage point of those who live there.” read more....>
NOSTA STARTS ITS 40TH YEAR WITH A NEW LEADER
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 25, 2014 ---- The Board of the North of Superior Travel Association has elected award winning documentary filmmaker Paul Morralee as the 2014 President of the Association.
“Morralee’s current experience as the Executive Director of the North of Superior Marina Marketing Association and as a volunteer with the regional lighthouse group, will assist in regional development” said outgoing President Tim Lukinuk “ and we are pleased that Paul was willing to step forward and take on the leadership of this regional tourism marketing organization.”
Morralee said that his priorities are “Building upon the strength of the 'Lake Superior Circle Tour Adventure Guide' and identifying regional tourism opportunities for our membership is key."
Morralee stated that he is ready to identify how the organization can adapt to new realities, while addressing the needs of the membership. “With the benefit of our Lake Superior Circle Tour publication reaching 80,000 potential visitors from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Eastern Ontario, Algoma Country and Northwestern Ontario along with Sports Shows and through direct mail , we have a strong base to move forward from” the new President said read more....>
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- January 10, 2014 --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the return of the
Outdoor Photography Contest presented by Primary Foto Source at the 10th Annual Central Canada Outdoor Show for 2014. The contest continues to grow every year and has become a much anticipated feature of the show. Show manager Nancy Milani says “We are delighted to see all of the local talent and how the people in our community are so passionate about the outdoors. It serves as a terrific reminder of the natural beauty located in and around Thunder Bay.” read more....>
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- January 5, 2014. The Newly Formed Superior Underwater Exploration Society (SUES), a Northwestern Ontario Chapter
of the Ontario Underwater Council, will be holding its Inaugural Annual General Meeting at the Waverly Public Library in Thunder Bay at 7:00pm, Wednesday January 8, 2014. Following the AGM there will be a presentation entitled “Finding Canada #1, The Story of Finding the Wreck of the Mary Ann.” The Mary Ann was the first ship ever registered in the Dominion of Canada. This past summer the wreck of the Mary Ann was discovered by two local wreck hunters quite by accident and played a big role in the forming of the society. The presentation will include previously unreleased underwater video footage. Everyone is welcome. read more....>
Minnesota concludes wolf hunting and trapping season
DULUTH, MN ----- December 31, 2013 --- Minnesota concluded its second wolf season when the Department of Natural Resources closed the east-central zone on Saturday, Dec. 28.
A total of 3,433 licensed hunters and trappers harvested 237 wolves during the early and late seasons. The harvest target was 220 wolves.
"Wolf season target harvest limits are set conservatively to not negatively affect Minnesota's wolf population long term," said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist. "The targets for each hunting zone are used as triggers to close the season. Hunters and trappers have another full day in the field after a zone's closure is announced." Minnesota's wolf population was estimated at 2,211 wolves last winter. Minnesota's wolf population was estimated at 2,211 wolves last winter. read more....>
Family Fun New's Years Eve Fort William Historical Park
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- December 24, 2013 --- Party-goers of all ages are invited to join in fun and festivities as Thunder Bay's Fort William Historical Park hosts the New Year's Eve Family Frolic, happening from 6:00 ‘til 10:00 pm, Tuesday, December 31st.
There are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities. Bring your skates for the rink (no hockey sticks, please!) and whizz down the sliding hill. Join in the Name the Baby Goat Triplets contest at the Farm. Sign the Resolution Board. Make some “snow graffiti” with coloured water. Warm up by the bonfires. Kids can search for treats in the hay pile. Embark on a snowshoe trek. Play winter golf and the snowball slingshot. Visit some of the historic characters in their buildings. read more....>
2014 THUNDER BAY EXPERIENCE MAGAZINE
THUNDER BAY, ON --- December 21, 2013 ---- The City of Thunder Bay - Tourism Division is thrilled to announce the release of the digital and print 2014 editions of Thunder Bay Experience Magazine – the City’s number one resource guide for visitors to the area or for locals seeking to rediscover the community.
Released in time for Christmas, the complimentary Thunder Bay Experience Magazine is available at the Terry Fox Information Centre. It is also available online at visitthunderbay.com and on brochure racks throughout the city including hotels, motels, the Thunder Bay Airport, major shopping outlets, select restaurants and tourist attractions.
The 2014 Thunder Bay Experience Magazine celebrates the people and places that make Thunder Bay and its surrounding area one of Canada’s Best Outdoor Cities. With stories that feature the legacy of our Finnish heritage, world-class rock climbing and cool pastimes like dogsledding to spotlighting the world flavours waiting to excite the palates of diners - this edition will most definitely energize your adventurous side and inspire you to invite out of town family and friends to join you! read more...>
Johnson CAN-BIKE Master Instructor
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- December 20, 2013 –-- Lucas Johnson is celebrating his promotion to CAN-BIKE Master Instructor. Johnson is the first CAN-BIKE cycling instructor in Northwestern Ontario to receive this status.
Johnson is a cycling instructor with Safe Cycling Thunder Bay; a program run through EcoSuperior and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Over a 6-week period, Johnson completed 42 hours of training to become a certified cycling instructor. To be considered for a Master Instructor, Johnson taught thirteen additional courses and underwent rigorous skill and knowledge training over a two-year period.
“Even though I have been riding for years, CAN-BIKE made me a much better cyclist. I worked to become a master instructor because I want to share this knowledge with other cyclists in this community,” explains Lucas Johnson, Master Cycling Instructor. “More balanced transportation and mutual respect for all road users is very important to me, because they are characteristics of the kind of city I want to live in. CAN-BIKE is a small but significant part of achieving these ideals, and I am excited to be a part of it.” read more......>
Build A Boat Contest Is Back!
THUNDER BAY ON ----- December 3, 2013 --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Central Canada Outdoor Show is pleased to announce that the Build A Boat Contest is back. This is a great exercise for children to start working on over the holidays as it thrives on stimulating young minds and inspiring creativity. We are proud to continue with an environmentally friendly approach. Bonus marks will be awarded to boats created using recycled materials.
First place in each category of ages 6-9 and 10-12 wins an Acadia Scout kayak and paddle valued at $550 from Wilderness Supply. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate for Wilderness Supply. Third place is a $25 gift certificate for Wilderness Supply. Each prize placing includes a Meal Deal from McDonalds. read more.....>
NOSTA looking forward to its 40th year
THUNDER BAY ON ---- December 1, 2013On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 the Tourism Industry will gather at the Thunder Bay Victoria Inn for the 39th annual general meeting of the North of Superior Travel Association. This annual gathering is a combination of the official business of the Association and an opportunity for networking and learning by the tourism industry in the Thunder Bay District.
Regional Tourism Networks in North Western Ontario
Dr. Rhonda Koster, Director, School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University will report on the question: “How is tourism working at a regional level?” This question guided a three year study with over 85 participants from Dorion to Manitouwadge, and with various government and related agencies responsible for tourism in Northern Ontario. Dr. Koster will provide an overview of the study’s findings, focusing on four key themes: Leadership, Partnership, Product and Knowledge. read more.....>
Province Proposes Pilot Project to Address Problem Bear
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- November 17, 2013 --- Fourteen years after the Harris Conservatives cancelled the spring bear hunt under pressure from animal rights activists, the Wynne Liberal government is proposing a two-year pilot project in eight wildlife management units in northern Ontario to address problem bear issues.
"Ontario's spring bear hunt was a successful wildlife population management tool that assisted in maintaining the density of bears at levels that minimized dangerous encounters between people and bears, and controlled the population at a sustainable level. This was good for public safety and good for bears," said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo.
"Since the cancellation of the spring bear hunt in 1999, the OFAH has been advocating for a return of the hunt and we are pleased that the provincial government has finally recognized the value of this valuable wildlife management tool and has proposed a bear management program in response to problem bears in northern Ontario. While this is not the restoration of a full spring hunt, it is a positive start, and the OFAH looks forward to working with the provincial government and local municipalities so that the full benefits of regulated hunting can be realized," Lombardo added. read more......>
Local Divers Discover Tug Boat Mary Ann a Piece of Canada’s History
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- November 3, 2013 ---- . Two thunder Bay Divers have located and identified a previously unknown shipwreck in Thunder Bay of great Historica significance. The Wreck, believed to be the 79’ Tug Boat Mary Ann, has the distinction of being the first vessel ever registered in the Dominion of Canada in 1867. The ship was reported to have been scuttled in 1936 at a different location at water depths in excess of 200’. As such it would not have been accessible to recreational Divers. As it turns out the wreck is in a different, much shallower location offering great recreational potential. “This ship is a once in a lifetime find” commented David Shepherd, one of the two divers responsible for the initial discovery. “How often do you get to find and dive into history.” David shepherd and Rob Valley Discovered the wreck using sophisticate side scan equipment, computer technology and a lot of luck.
A group of Local Divers are in the process of establishing a local chapter of the Ontario Under Water Council read more.....>
Mauro Asks for Spring Bear Hunt to be Returned
THUNDER BAY, ON --- October 9, 2013 -- Tuesday, Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan, introduced a Private Member’s Bill that, if passed, will bring about the return of Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt.
The bill would introduce an open season from April 15th to June 15th.
The re-introduction of the hunt would:
• Reduce the likelihood that aggressive bear activity will result in physical harm or death to people in Ontario;
• Help protect crops and livestock;
• Reduce bears’ impact on bees — between the years 2000 and 2008, black bears reportedly destroyed over 4,000 beehives/colonies;
• Boost Northern Ontario’s moose population by reducing the number of moose calves killed by bears; read more....>
Halloween Fun at Fort William Historical Park
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- September 26, 2013 ---- Fans of Halloween both big and small will welcome the return of the Haunted Fort Night and Kids’ Halloween Hoot at Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) this October.
Both events are designed for specific age groups. The Haunted Fort Night is aimed at ages 12 and up while the family-oriented Kids’ Halloween Hoot is geared for kids younger than 12. The Fort Night has been virtually sold-out since its inception 17 years ago. This marks the second year for the Kids’ Halloween Hoot.
The Haunted Fort Night is happening every Thursday to Sunday evening throughout October with tours running from 7:00 to 10:30 pm. With limited capacity for each tour, reservations are required. Just over 20 tours are available nightly. Please call 473-2344 to reserve. Friday and Saturday nights are the most popular nights, so it is best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Admission is $15.00 for all patrons. read more.....>
MAURO TO INTRODUCE BILL ON NUISANCE BEARS
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- September 26, 2013 -- Residents, municipalities and groups throughout the North have been expressing growing concern about the increase in nuisance bear activity and the dangers that presents. Today, Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan announced that he will be introducing a Private Member’s Bill that, if passed, will significantly increase opportunities for hunting black bears.
The expansion of the hunt would:
• Reduce the likelihood that aggressive bear activity will result in physical harm or death to people in Ontario
• Help protect crops and livestock
• Protect Northern Ontario’s moose population by reducing the number of moose calves killed by bears
• Reduce the cannibalizing of bear cubs—which is one of the main sources of cub mortality read more..... >
DNR Volunteer Opportunities - Fall 2013
DULUTH, MN ----- September 24, 2013 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a variety of DNR Volunteer Opportunities - Fall 2013 Certified Volunteer Firearm Safety Instructor!, Loon Volunteer Loon Watcher Survey, Zebra musselsInvasive Species Volunteer, river cleanupNewest Volunteer Positions
Firearm Safety Class
Become a Certified Volunteer Firearm Safety Instructor! Pass on your passion by teaching youth and adults the ethics and safety aspects of the field. During Instructor training, applicants will learn about policy and procedure, teaching concepts, use of training aids, and youth classroom training techniques.
For more information contact the Enforcement Education Program Staff at Camp Ripley, 15011 Hwy.115 Little Falls MN 56345. Call 1-800-366-8917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAR ATTACK Sand Bar Provincial Park
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 5, 2013 --- On August 5, 2013 at approximately 8:00am Provincial Park officials have confirmed they caught the black bear responsible for the unprovoked attack. The bear was caught in a live trap. The trails surrounding the park still remain closed until park officials complete their investigation.
This incident was unprovoked however the police would like to remind the public to be cautious around wild animals. Please do not feed wild animals and keep your distance. They are unpredictable and could be very dangerous read more.....>
OFAH fights invasive species
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 14, 2013 --- The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is applauding the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for continuing the fight to stop the spread of invasive species, and offering financial support to programs and research projects in efforts to combat the issue and protect the province's natural resources. Minister of Natural Resources, David Orazietti, announced yesterday that in 2013-2014, the MNR will provide $1.16 million to the Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste Marie, a partnership-based, non-profit organization that facilitates efforts with stakeholders in the prevention, detection and management of invasive forest, plant and aquatic species.
"The spread of invasive species is of dire concern to the OFAH, which is why we're pleased to see the strong partnerships that have formed to help protect Ontario's lakes, rivers, streams and forests," said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. "We commend the Government of Ontario for their commitment to protecting Ontario's environment and economy from the impacts of invasive species, which are estimated to be $1.4 trillion globally." read more....>
Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 7, 2013 --- Parks Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Heritage Hide’n'Seek GeoTour, a great new geocaching activity to entertain and teach families about Canada’s history as they travel across northern Ontario.
Set up as a game, the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour guides adventurers to locations to learn about fascinating people, places and events that helped shape Canada—each cache teaches about one of Canada’s national historic designations.
Using a GPS or GPS-enabled smartphone, participants can take either Highway 11 or 17 to locate as many as 16 geocaches. Each cache is assigned a point value depending on the level of difficulty involved in locating it. Anyone who collects 100+ points by finding several of the caches is eligible to receive a cool collectible coin from Parks Canada.
“Even if you’ve done the drive a number of times, you’re sure to discover places that you never knew existed. Plan your stops around geocache locations while experiencing some of Ontario’s most stunning settings!” says Nancy Saunders, Public Relations and Communications Officer with Parks Canada in Northern Ontario.
The Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour is the only geotour in Ontario, and the second in the country.
Best described as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching is practiced worldwide by over 5 million people. Geocaching is a popular activity with all kinds of people from young families to retired couples. It’s the perfect way to add some excitement to gas, coffee and bathroom breaks! read more....>>
Friends of Chippewa Park Plant Trees
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 22, 2013 --- On Saturday, June 22 over 20 volunteers gathered at Chippewa Park to plant 33 large caliper trees along the shore of Lake Superior. The
Acting Mayor Rebecca Johnson is joined from left to right by Shelley Vescio, City Forester
David Sword, District Manager for Union Gas Bruce Hyer, MP Thunder Bay Superior North Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, President, The Friends of Chippewa Park Rod Seabrook, President of Trees Thunder Baytree planting project, financially supported by the Ontario Great Lakes Guardian Fund and the City of Thunder Bay Parks Division was made possible by the volunteer efforts of The Friends of Chippewa Park, Trees Thunder Bay and the Union Gas Helping Hands Program.
The total grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Fund was $24,300 with approximately $10,000 allocated to the tree planting program. The remaining funds will be utilized to expand the walking trails in the park and to install vehicle barriers and interpretive & directional signage. This work will be one over the summer and completed in the fall of 2013.
The locations were identified by Parks Division Park Planner, Werner Schwar and the species were selected by City Forester, Shelley Vescio. Trees were provided by Trim-It Landscaping who also did the site preparation. read more.....>
16th Annual Wooden Boat & Summer Solstice Festival
Grand Marais, MN --- June 9, 2013 ---- North House Folk School’s 16th annual Wooden Boat Show, June 21-23, brings boats, speakers, great food and many opportunities to learn. Watch a boat take shape before your eyes, hear inspiring speakers, take a mini course, and head out onto the big lake on Schooner Hjørdis.
This year we’re offering five two-hour mini course options on Saturday, June 22, for only $25 each. They're great opportunities to get a taste of what we do at North House and have a great hands-on experience! Fly fishing, bread baking, maritime history and storytelling are all on the schedule.
Boat building more your style? See Wood Canvas Canoe builder Jeanne Bourquin in action as she builds a boat and speaks on Canvassing a Wood Canoe, and join North House instructor Lindsay Lee to find out what a coracle is, and see one built from beginning to end over the weekend. Additionally, all weekend we’ll have a boat display on campus, and many of the boat builders are standing by, eager to talk about their craft. read more......>
Into the Wind
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 2nd 2013 ---- Prima Vera! The first signs of spring might be the greening of the grass, the first leaves on the trees, and for aero-modelers the first flights of the season. One Sunday many members of the Lakehead Aero-modelers club met at their flying field south of the city. In many ways this is the perfect location for a model aircraft “airport” but the wind was stiff and gusty making flying conditions difficult. Only the most experienced modeler's or those with well worn training aircraft took to the air during the short periods when the breeze abated.
In the photo Greg is shown landing the popular “Bixler” RC aircraft. He has been flying for about a year and is now firmly hooked on flying model aircraft. A close look at his airplane shows that not all of his flights went as well as his flight to-day. “These foam planes can take a lot, and keep coming back” one member told me. “They make excellent training aircraft” says Steve, owner of Lakehead Models on Bay Street. read more......>
Spring on the Farm at Fort William Historical Park
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 31, 2013 --- Springtime adventure is in store for the whole family during Spring on the Farm at Fort William Historical Park, Sunday, June 2nd.
Kids will delight in getting nose to nose with young farm animals including chicks, ducks, turkeys, lambs, goats, and a little piglet. Children will also enjoy hands-on fun planting pumpkin seeds. Get involved in games including the Lucky Duck Pluck and Frogs on Logs. Help colour a 16-foot farm mural. Enter the Name the Baby Lamb Contest.
Demonstrations include butter churning and sheep shearing. Get involved in making heritage crafts. Meet some fur trade characters while touring the historic buildings.
Admission for Spring on the Farm: adult: $10.00; seniors, students, and youths: $8.00
Children 5 and under: Free read more ......>
Superior Man Triathlon Duluth
Duluth, MN, May 29, 2013 --- The Superior Man is an epic triathlon that draws athletes from around North America to “Escape from the Vista Fleet” into the bay of Lake Superior. On August 25th in Duluth, MN athletes will embark on a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run along Lake Superior’s North Shore. A unique transition inside Amsoil arena and grand finish in Bayfront Park are a part of why Minnesota Triathletes rated the inaugural event as a 2012 Top 10 Athlete’s Choice Race of the Year.
“We are very excited to have Kestrel and National Bank of Commerce back as co-title sponsors of the Superior Man Triathlon. These two great local companies’ investments in the community helped us to launch the inaugural event and will continue to elevate the athlete and spectator experience in 2013,” said Clint Agar, Executive Director of the Superior Man Triathlon and CEO of Duluth Running Co. read more......>
18th Annual SUNORA Superior North Shore Regatta
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 27, 2013 ---- 18th Annual SUNORA ----- Sailing season has started once again in Thunder Bay and for many sailors, this means getting registered for the Superior North Shore Regatta (SUNORA). This annual event encompasses what many sail boat owners and enthusiasts enjoy about their sport…races, fun activities, camaraderie and of course the sound of the water rushing by and the sails full of wind.
This will be our 3rd year in the SUNORA, as crew members of our friend’s boat Pompano and we look forward to all the fun and work. Yes the work is there, from taking in the anchor or untying the lines from the rafted boats, to trimming the sails. And of course there is the arduous task of getting another cold beverage from the cooler. read more... >
2013 Summer Season at Chippewa Park
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 16, 2013 ---- The Friends of Chippewa Park have launched the 2013 Summer Season at Chippewa Park with the publishing of a 12 page colour supplement called Highway 61 Revisited…Canadian Style being distributed throughout Northwestern Ontario and along Highway 61 down to Duluth and Superior.
“We are excited to be able to offer Thunder Bay this new way of telling people what’s happening at Chippewa Park and throughout the City this summer” said The Friends of Chippewa Park President Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk. We are also pleased with the expanded range of activities happening at Chippewa Park this year.” read more......>
Duluth Running Co. Launch of the Aquathon Series
Duluth, MN ----- May 8, 2013 — Duluth Running Co. is pleased to announce the launch of a new race series, the Duluth Running Co. Aquathon Series. The race series consists of a 1-kilometer swim followed by a 5-kilometer run at Park Point on four separate Thursdays in July and August. This series will mark the fourth event produced by Duluth Running Co.
An aquathon is a multisport race that includes swimming and running. This sort of endurance race, analogous to a triathlon without the bike leg, is gaining popularity across the United States, especially in communities like Boulder, Madison, and Tucson.
The Duluth Running Co. Aquathon Series takes place at Park Point Beach read more....>>>
New attractions coming Marine Conservation Area
Thunder Bay, On ---- April 6, 2013 ---- Summer is a busy time of year with fishing trips, barbecues and family vacations. In between all the regular activities, take some time to visit your community neighbours along the top of Lake Superior. Community volunteers work hard planning a variety of special events throughout the spring and summer. Whether it is watching birds at the Dorion Bird Festival, dancing at one of the many powwows or the festivities of another special event, there is bound to be fun for all ages. Community websites are a great place to start planning your visit.
"COOL" and "VIRTUAL" are the best words to describe two new attractions coming this summer to the coastline of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Take a drive on scenic Highway 17 and experience the magnificent views of Lake Superior, as well as many community events. read more....>
Fishing agreement OFAH concerned about impact on recreational fishery
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 19, 2013 ---- "Once again, the province has failed to consult BEFORE signing an agreement on behalf of the people of Ontario, which will impact on the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular and the larger recreational fishery on Lake Huron, said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. "The provision in the agreement that allows for the netting of fish in close proximity to the mouths of tributaries could negatively affect the spawning runs of several fish species, and the expansion of the commercial fishing area into both Colpoy's and Owen Sound Bays could pose a serious threat to public safety and impact negatively on conservation of the resource. Regardless of the fact that negotiations on such agreements are confidential, given the upheaval that has occurred in the past, and the inclusion of new provisions in this agreement, at the very least the government should have met with all affected parties prior to signing the new deal.
The recent native commercial fishing agreement signed by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation (SON) includes provisions that concern the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), local stakeholders such as the Sydenham Sportsmen's Association (SSA), and recreational anglers in general. read more......>
Norwegian Tall Ship Coming to Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 8, 2013 ---- A really big lake deserves a really big celebration and this year, Lake Superior Day welcomes the Norwegian Tall Ship Sorlandet! Since 2008, EcoSuperior has organized Lake Superior Day, a free, fun, family event that includes displays, activities and entertainment for the whole family. In the past, the festival area at Marina Park has hosted Lake Superior Day but this year it takes place at Thunder Bay’s Pool 6 Cruise Ship Dock to accommodate the tall ship on Sunday, July 21 from 10 am to 5 pm.
The 57m long Sorlandet was built in 1927 in the city of Kristiansand, Norway. It is the oldest full-rigged ship in operation. Currently being used as a teaching vessel by Class Afloat, the Sorlandet is based in the community of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For nine months at a time, students live, study, sail and stand watch aboard the Sorlandet. The vessel travels through the Mediterranean, down the coast of Africa across to Brazil, and up through the Caribbean back to Nova Scotia. read more....>
OFAH Support $10 Million FederalFunding Federal for Enhancing Fish Habitat
THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 3, 2013 --- The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), is pleased that the Harper government created a new community fish habitat fund in the recent federal budget.
“For several years, the OFAH and other major conservation based stakeholders have urged the federal government to utilize community and volunteer based groups to help with the conservation of fisheries habitat,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “The government has recognized the important economic and employment opportunities associated with the recreational fishery in Canada, which contributes more than $8 billion annually to the national economy. The creation of this fund will assist with the development and delivery of hundreds of on the ground fish habitat projects.”
The creation of a fund to improve conservation of fisheries through community partnerships is a grassroots program that acknowledges the key role that natural resources play in the development and economic well-being of the country, and recognizes the importance of protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. read more.....>
Celtic Fair Festival Under the Stars
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- March 26, 2013 --- Concerts and camping under the stars plus a healthy sampling of everything Celtic highlight the Celtic Fair July 19th to 21st at Fort William Historical Park.
Main stage entertainment features an exciting music mix with decidedly international flavour while the heritage site will have plenty of everything Celtic from food and beverages to mementoes on sale to pipe bands and even a wee bit of jousting.
Festivities kick off Friday night, July 19th with the popular Irish Rovers. Known for their syndicated television series and string of hits including “The Unicorn,” and “Wasn’t That a Party,” they have become international ambassadors of Irish music. Natives of Ireland, the group formed in Canada in 1963, and have been performing together for close to 50 years. read more....>>
Tall Ships Visit Duluth Summer 2013
Duluth, MN - March 17, 2013 --- Visit Duluth announced today that ticket sales for Tall Ships® Duluth 2013 will be available beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 1. Join us on the shores of the world's greatest lake for Tall Ships Duluth 2013. It's a rare chance to catch a glimpse; step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore, July 25- July 29, 2013.
In 2013, guests will have a chance to see a number of ships that have not visited Duluth previously, including the SS Sorlandet from Norway, Schooner Hindu from Key West and the Peacemaker, built in Brazil.
"We've received a great response. Our Tall Ships were so popular in 2010 that fans can't wait to come back," said Terry Mattson, President/CEO of Visit Duluth. More than 250,000 people attended the event three years ago making it northern Minnesota's largest event ever. In 2010 the award-winning spectacle attracted visitors from 42 states and four Canadian Provinces. What's more, it generated a $15 million direct economic impact on the city. read more.....>
North Shore Steelhead Dinner Auction
THUNDER BAY, ON -- March 5, 2013 ---- This past year, the North Shore Steelhead Association focused on further developing our multi-year Fisherman’s Park project, located at the mouth of the Current River. This project is scheduled to be completed in 2013. Upon completion, there will be a Grand Opening ceremony held to thank all our contributors and volunteers.
The project is being funded by the North Shore Steelhead Association, the Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council, Lakehead University, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the City of Thunder Bay, and the Province of Ontario. This project is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2013
The NSSA is an organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation ethic, and we will continue in the future to organize and participate in habitat restoration of small streams contiguous with Lake Superior that provide essential spawning and rearing habitat for migratory salmonids. The North Shore Steelhead Association is the only public organization that has taken upon itself to work towards the conservation, preservation and most importantly, the restoration of cold water fisheries habitat. read more.....>
US Coast Guard Aircrews Keep Busy
CLEVELAND, OH ---- FEBRUARY 11, 2013 --- Coast Guard ice rescue crews in Saginaw Bay rescue 10CLEVELAND -- Coast Guard crews from Air Station Detroit and Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., rescued 10 people, including two children, on Saginaw Bay Sunday night, during two separate cases.
Michigan-based Coast Guard aircrew PHOTO
Coast Guard aircrew Lt. Cmdr. Brian Breguet, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Harrison, Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandan Dent, and Lt. Jason Neiman, of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, hoisted four men from the ice during two separate cases on Saginaw Bay, Feb. 8, 2013. One man suffering from hypothermia was transported to McLaren Hospital, while three other men were hoisted and transported to Saginaw Airport in good condition.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Detroit
Six people were rescued from the ice southeast of Linwood Beach, and four people were rescued off Fish Point, Mich.
At 9 p.m., Sunday night, search-and-rescue coordinators from Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of two snowmobilers who broke through the ice southeast of Linwood Beach, in Linwood, Mich. Two good samaritans arrived on scene but were unable to assist and also became stranded because of expanding fissures in the ice. The six people took shelter in an ice shanty. Station Saginaw River rescue crew launched aboard a 20-foot Special Purpose Craft-Air to assist. read more....>
Fatal snowmobile accident on Lake Superior
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — January 26, 2013 ---- The Coast Guard is reminding those who recreate on ice-covered waterways to take proper safety measures following the tragic death of a 34-year-old man who was riding a snowmobile and fell through the ice on Lake Superior Saturday afternoon.
A search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a report from Ashland Central Dispatch of a snowmobiler who fell through the ice near Madeline Island in Bayfield, Wis. The SAR coordinator directed the launch of a rescue airboat crew from Coast Guard Station Bayfield and a rescue aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Mich.
One witness of the accident attempted to rescue the subject but kept falling through the ice himself and was unable to successfully rescue the man.
An airboat crew from Madeline Island Fire Department arrived on scene and recovered the victim who was reportedly unresponsive after 45 minutes of being in the 33-degree Fahrenheit water. read more.....>
Outdoor Show Build A Boat Contest Is Back!
THUNDER BAY, ON --- December 13, 2012 -- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Central Canada Outdoor Show is pleased to announce that the Build A Boat Contest is back. This is a great exercise for children to start working on over the holidays as it thrives on stimulating young minds and inspiring creativity. We are proud to continue with an environmentally friendly approach. Bonus marks will be awarded to boats created using recycled materials.
First place in each category of ages 6-9 and 10-12 wins an Acadia Scout kayak and paddle valued at $550 for Wilderness Supply and a $50 gift certificate for The Sports Dome. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate for Wilderness Supply and a $30 gift certificate for The Sports Dome. Third place is a $25 gift certificate from Wilderness Supply and a $25 gift certificate for The Sports Dome. Each prize placing includes a Meal Deal from McDonalds. read more.....>
Hillcrest Park Accessible Playground
THUNDER BAY, ON --- November10 2012 – Kids of all ages and parents celebrated the Grand Opening of the new playground at Hillcrest Park today. Mayor Keith Hobbs along with the City of Thunder Bay Parks Division and the Friends of Hillcrest Park cut the ribbon, and officially opened the City’s first AODA-compliant (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) play structure.
Jodi Wright with daughter Kaitlyn, 16 months, and friend Marlo Marasco, 14 months enjoy the new Oodle Swing at Hillcrest'
“The City is very proud to add this new accessible playground to one of Thunder Bay’s premiere parks,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “It provides healthy fun for all, combined with spectacular views. This unique playground will see more people actively using this area of the park – it’s an asset to this area of the City.” read more....>
Greenstone Wilderness Trails
GREENSTONE, Ontario – November 4, 2012 ---- Greenstone Wilderness Trails has opened up the lower Kapikotongwa River for recreational canoe travel. This local non-profit corporation recently hired a consultant and his team to clear and document portages from the bridge on the Ogoki Road to Terrier Lake. The Municipality of Greenstone is located north east of Thunder Bay.
This project was undertaken with the support of an LIC grant from Greenstone Economic Development Corporation/FedNor Canada and funding from Geraldton Community Forest Inc.
The lower Kapikotongwa, east of Stewart Lake, had not been canoed for at least a decade. Blowdown and forest fire burns had pretty well eliminated the trails around rapids. Just before Tennant Lake, a series of rapids contributes to thrilling whitewater experiences as well as terrific fishing. read more ...>
Are You Feeding Wildlife?
THUNDER BAY ON ---- November 3, 2012 --- People who feed wildlife usually do so with the best intentions. However, feeding wild animals almost always results in negative consequences for both humans and wildlife involved.
What are the consequences of feeding wildlife?
Threats to wildlife read more....>
Mary McLellan Valhalla Inn General Manager
THUNDER BAY, ON --- September 5, 2012 --- Airline Hotels is pleased to announce Mary McLellan will join the Valhalla Inn as General Manager.
Mary obtained her Hotel Management Diploma in 1987 from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and her Certified Revenue Management Executive (Revenue Management) designation in 2011. She has worked in senior management positions in the hospitality industry since 1995.
We are fortunate to have found an individual with the skills Mary possesses and, equally important, she shares our company values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Entrepreneurship.
Mary has connections to the city as she has regularly done business here in the past. The warmth she felt from the people of Thunder Bay is what has drawn her here, and she eagerly anticipates being a part of the “City with a Giant Heart”. read more....>
Neys Camp 100 Historic Plaque
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 15, 2012 --- A touching and informative ceremony commemorating the national historic significance of Canada's having accepted military prisoners of war and "enemy aliens" (European refugees that had fled to Britain from the mainland - mostly German, Austrian, and Italian citizens). These people were all detained in camps across the county. Northern Ontario, because of its remoteness had four main camps and a network of smaller work camps, mainly related to logging operations. Along the north shore of Lake Superior, there were main detention camps at Neys, Angler (near Marathon), and Red Rock. Other main northern Ontario camps were located at Espanola and Monteith.
Since its creation in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) has had the role of identifying and commemorating nationally significant places, person, and events. read more.....>
Improve Water Quality of Lake of the Woods and Rainy River Watershed
KENORA, ON – August 11, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, accompanied by Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, announced Canada’s support for the establishment of a binational board with the United States under the auspices of the International Joint Commission (IJC) to oversee the effective governance of water quality in the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River watershed.
“Our government remains vigorously committed to protecting the health of the watershed of the Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River, a natural beauty and a source of pride to Canadians,” said Baird.
The new board structure will lay down the foundations of long-term ecological sustainability and economic vitality of the region. read more ..... >
Bird die-offs under investigation, clean-up efforts underway
DULUTH, MINN ------ August 8, 2012 --- Hundreds of double-crested cormorants and ring-billed gulls on Pigeon Lake in Meeker County and Minnesota Lake in Faribault County have died from an avian virus suspected to be Newcastle disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Final laboratory test results are expected later this month, said Erika Butler, DNR wildlife veterinarian.
As of last week, an estimated 700 cormorants, 100 pelicans and a small number of gulls, herons and egrets had been found sick and dead at Pigeon Lake, which is near Litchfield in west-central Minnesota. Fewer than 100 birds were affected at Minnesota Lake.
Newcastle disease is a viral disease that most commonly infects cormorants, but also affects gulls and pelicans. Clinical signs of infection in wild birds are often neurologic and include droopy head or twisted neck, lack of coordination, inability to fly or dive and complete or partial paralysis. Juveniles are most commonly affected. read more.....>
Coast Guard rescued three people
Whitefish Bay, Mich — July 31, 2012 --- The Coast Guard rescued three people who were aboard a disabled and adrift boat in Whitefish Bay, Mich., Monday afternoon.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw handle lines connected to a boat as the cutter's crane lifts the boat out of the water in the vicinity of the Soo Locks near Sault Ste Marie, Mich., July 30, 2012.
At about 3 p.m., the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw received a report of a disabled and adrift boat in the vicinity of Rivermouth Campground. The Mackinaw, a 240-foot heavy ice-breaking cutter homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., launched a rescue crew aboard the cutter's deployable smallboat to get on scene faster. The people aboard the disabled boat waved down the rescue crew as they approached. read more....>
War 1812 British and American Forces Clash
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 26, 2012 ---- Fort William Historical Park will be reverberating with the roar of cannons, muskets, and other booming pyrotechnics during its War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute, Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th.
Tension is in the air. British and American forces are mustering in their encampments around the Fort, sabre-rattling for a head-to-head clash while inhabitants of Fort William and North West Company Chief Director William McGillivray find themselves caught in the middle. read more....>
Lake Superior Binational Forum Award Winners
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 17, 2012 ---- The Lake Superior Binational Forum announces 9 American and Canadian recipients of its ninth annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program. A binational panel of judges chose 9 award recipients that accomplished significant and successful actions that minimize negative impacts or restore the natural environment in the Lake Superior basin. The awards program pays tribute to recipients in the Lake Superior basin that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through outstanding leadership in one of five categories: Youth, Individual Adult, Business, Tribe, or Organization read more.....>
Chippewa Fun Day
THUNDER BAY, ON --- June 20, 2012 --- The Friends of Chippewa Park, in partnership with the Bill Beavis Family and the Westfort Kiwanis club are pleased to announce that the 4th annual Chippewa Fun Day will be held on Sunday, June 24.
This family fun day will feature games for children and families, along with free coffee, cake and many many prizes and will run from noon to 4 PM. Families are asked to register at the main pavilion.
Free door prizes will be awarded to both children and adults, including two bicycles, a weekend for 4 at Sturgeon Lake Lodge, a car starter, a weekend in a log cabin at Chippewa Park and one night’s accommodation at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.. There is no fee for the door prizes. read more .....>
Boats & Stories of Isle Royale Wooden Boat Show
Grand Marais, MN – During North House Folk School’s 15th annual Wooden Boat Show, June 22-24, speakers will share the stories of life on Isle Royale and across the globe in the fishing villages of Japan.
During Sunday’s Keynote Presentation, “Boats & Stories of Isle Royale,” Howard Sivertson and Gene Skadberg will share their memories of life on Isle Royale. They grew up in a maritime culture in which boats were cars, the lake was the road and fish were (nearly always) on the menu. Accompanied by local historian Tim Cochrane, Gene and Howard will reflect on the characters and lore of island life in days gone by.
On Friday and Saturday, featured instructor Douglas Brooks will take the stage to share his experience with the rich history of traditional arts and crafts in Japan. Brooks has studied traditional Japanese boatbuilding for over two decades and apprenticed with five Japanese boatbuilders. His Friday presentation is entitled “Ways of Knowing; Craft Education in Japan,” and his Saturday presentation will focus specifically on Japanese wooden boat building traditions. read more......>
Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunting season
GRAND MARAIS, MM --- May 21, 2012 ---- Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the proposed season.
Consistent with state law, the state's first regulated wolf season will start with the beginning of firearms deer hunting on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The DNR is proposing to split the season into two parts: an early wolf hunting season coinciding with firearms deer hunting; and a late wolf hunting and trapping season after the firearms deer season for those with a specific interest in wolf hunting and trapping.
A total of 6,000 licenses will be offered, with 3,600 available in the early season and 2,400 in the late season. Late season licenses will be further split between hunting and trapping, with a minimum of 600 reserved for trappers. The target harvest quota will be 400 wolves for both seasons combined, and will initially be allocated equally between the early and the late seasons. read more.....>
Ecologically friendly tourist attraction
SAULT STE MARIE, ON ----- May 18, 2012 -- Treetop Adventures is an ecologically friendly tourist attraction, which offers a year around, outdoor, wilderness adventure that will interest and exhilarate all ages. Treetop Adventures is located 15 minutes West of Sault Ste. Marie, on the Joseph Homestead property along side Highway 17. The initiative is to provide a place for families, friends, and colleagues to share some laughs, rejuvenate themselves, and enjoy the magical wonders of nature together. Few people get the chance to experience this kind of encounter with nature.
With our very busy schedules we forget how important it is to let loose and have some fun. They say laughter is the best medicine. Treetop Adventures has what the doctor ordered – a day of guaranteed fun and exercise.
There are several different packages available to suit your interests. Reservations are mandatory. To view pictures, videos, or reviews of our park visit our website, www.treetopadventures.ca or check out our Treetop Adventures fan page on facebook for up to date news on the park.
Treetop Obstacle Tour
Looking for some adventure in your life that requires no previous experience? Well an adventure is waiting for you. Come play in the treetops for a couple of hours with friends, family, co-workers or that special someone. Your Treetop Tour will begin once you have successfully completed the ground level pre-climbing orientation. The pre-climbing orientation is similar to the idea of a “bunny course”, it will provide you with instruction and practice. read more...>
Sault Ste Marie Canal National Historic Site is celebrating "Swing into Spring"
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO, May 7, 2012 – Everyone is invited to visit the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site on Saturday, May 12, 2012 to celebrate the launch of a new season. Activities will begin at 11:00 am as the site’s largest artifact, the Emergency Swing Dam, is swung into its spring position alongside the canal. Parks Canada Heritage Interpreters will present interesting facts and history about this fascinating one-of-a-kind dam.
Following the swing, enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations onsite until 3pm. Check out the classic cars, listen to music at the Superintendent’s Residence, get gardening advice from the Horticultural Society in the Greenhouse, see camping and fly fishing demos, and get creative in the craft tent. Fort St. Joseph will be on hand with a fur trade encampment and the Sault Naturalists and Voyageur Trail Association will be leading guided hikes of the Attikamek Trail. Parka, the Parks Canada beaver mascot will make a special appearance during the afternoon. read more ,,,,,>
Paul Huttner at North House Boreal Birding & Northern Landscapes Festival
Grand Marais, MN – May 2, 2012 - North House welcomes Paul Huttner, chief meteorologist for Minnesota Public Radio, as the featured speaker at the Boreal Birding and Northern Landscapes Festival, May 30-June 3, 2012. Huttner will give the Saturday featured presentation, entitled “Minnesota’s Changing Climate: Is this the New Normal?” The presentation begins at 7 p.m. and costs $5.
“You don’t need to be a climate expert to see our climate and weather changing,” Huttner said. “It’s happening in your backyard. Lilacs blooming earlier. Lakes freezing up later and thawing earlier in spring. Black flies in March? More numerous “blow down” type storm events, followed by massive, drought-fueled forest fires. It’s all happening right before our eyes. We’re living witnesses to a changing climate in Minnesota.” read more...>
Bighead caught in St. Croix underscores urgency around Asian carp
DULUTH, MN ---- April 24, 2012 ---- The discovery late last week of another Asian carp at the mouth of the St. Croix River underscores the need to move ahead with efforts to stop their spread, according to officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
On Thursday, April 19, commercial fishermen working near Prescott, Wis., netted a 30-pound bighead carp from the St. Croix River where it flows into the Mississippi. One of several nonnative species of Asian carp that can cause serious ecological problems, bighead carp have been working their way north in the Mississippi River.
Thursday's catch was the second time this year Asian carp have been found by commercial fishermen in Minnesota waters. In March, a bighead and a silver carp were netted on the Mississippi River near Winona. Last April, another bighead was taken from the St. Croix near Prescott. While no established populations of bighead or silver carp are known to exist in Minnesota, environmental DNA (eDNA) testing last year suggests the fish may be more common in Twin Cities segments of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers than either agency or commercial netting have been able to confirm. read more.....>
Coast Guard urges mariners to take advantage of free vessel safety!
THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 12, 2012 -- Checking safety gear before leaving the dock saves a boater the potential cost of a civil penalty and more importantly, ensures the necessary lifesaving equipment is available when something goes wrong," said Frank Jennings Jr., recreational boating and water safety program manager for the 9th Coast Guard District. "Coast Guard boarding officers are not in the business of ruining a boater's day on the water. They're working to prevent boating accidents by making sure federally required equipment is on board and boaters are operating sober."
The Coast Guard wants boaters to return home safely.
With unseasonably warm air temperatures in the forecast, all boaters should ensure that they have all the required safety equipment and that it is in working order before heading out onto the water. Free vessel safety checks, offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons, are performed at the vessel, and take about 15-30 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the vessel. Depending on availability of inspectors, VSCs can be conducted anywhere — from the marina to the boat owner's driveway. read more ... >
Closure of Travel Centres
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- April 6, 2012 --- Ron Nelson, as President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, I wrote on behalf of our 37 member communities to express our extreme frustration regarding the announcement in Budget 2012 of the closure of the Kenora, Rainy River and Fort Frances Travel Centres.
While we understand and support the need for deficit reduction, we question the rationale for closing every gateway centre in the western area of Northwestern Ontario. This decision will leave a busy tourist area completely void of the visitor information centres that are vital to providing visitors with the information they need to extend their stay and increase their spending – both of which are essential principles outlined within the Discovering Ontario report. It is interesting to note that the Fort Frances border crossing recorded a 10.8% increase in people crossing into Ontario this February.
This decision comes on the heels of an earlier decision to reduce the funding to Municipally operated tourist information centres across the North. That resulted in fewer centres being available to assist the travelling public in learning what to see and where to go as they travel through this vast and magnificent land. read more ......>
North House Sustainability Symposium
Grand Marais, MN – April 5, 2012 --- Shelter expert Lloyd Kahn is coming to Minnesota for North House Folk School’s third annual Northern Sustainability Symposium, May 3-6. Coursework and programs at the Sustainability Symposium revolve around creating a sustainable homestead at any scale—whether you want to downsize and take up residence in a yurt, learn to fend off the common cold via green means or simply meet Lloyd Kahn, join us!
Kahn is the former shelter editor at Whole Earth Catalog and is now head of Shelter Publications and author of popular books Home Work and Builders of the Pacific Coast. As the symposium’s featured speaker and instructor Kahn will give the featured presentation Sat., May 5 at 7:30 pm, on his latest book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, featuring small shelters worldwide. Released in early 2012, the book was favorably reviewed by both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
If you’d like to spend a little more time with Kahn, take his course “From Tiny Homes to Tiny Homesteads: The Half-Acre Homestead,” on developing a modern and sensible small homestead. Kahn will also offer a Lunch-and-Learn session Sun., May 6 at noon on “Blogging the Sustainability Story,” to help people interested in creating a more sustainable future use new media tools to learn from one another and tell the larger story. For more information or to sign up visit www.northhouse.org.
North House is also pleased to welcome horticulturalist Grant Olson from Seed Saver’s Exchange for the Symposium. Olson will be teaching a course on saving seeds from your own garden, and present a Saturday Lunch-and-Learn session on the Seed Saver’s Exchange farm in Iowa. read more.....>
Friends of Chippewa Park to Hold Annual General Meeting
THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 1, 2012 ------- Thursday, April 5 is the date for the 2012 Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Chippewa Park. A key part of this meeting will be an important update from the Parks Division on proposed changes to the park.
TFOCP President, Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk said that "there will be a series of announcements by the Parks department affecting almost every area of the park, with some removals as well as additions to what the park has to offer. We are also pleased that the Recreation and Culture Division will be on hand to outline their plans for 2012."
In addition, there will be the annual election of one third of the Board of Directors, discussion of the programming plans for this summer and the usual reports from the officers. read more.....>
Valhalla Inn owners receive Award among best managed companies
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- March 7, 2012 --- Airline Hotels, the Prairie-based hospitality company operating out of Saskatoon, has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for 2011.
Airline Hotels owns and operates the Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon, Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon, Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South, the Valhalla Inn Thunder Bay and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg.
Deloitte, CIBC, Queen’s School of Business and the National Post sponsor the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program, which recognizes overall business performance, sustained growth and the efforts of the entire organization.
“This award benchmarks us against other successful private companies and validates our management strategy,” said Lana Doke, Chief Executive Office. “We focus on being a good employer, growing the business, keeping our balance sheet strong, and encouraging the family culture established by our founders, Harold and Vilda Latrace. The strength of our management team reflects the strength of our 800 associates read more...>
Pukaskwa Get cozy and take a dogsled ride
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 9, 2012 – Join Parks Canada at Pukaskwa National Park on Family Day, Monday, February 20 for an exciting day of outdoor events.
Get cozy and take a dogsled ride for a memory that will last a lifetime.
Sample moose stew, beans, bannock and bush tea in a traditional prospector tent. Strap on your snowshoes and take a guided hike to find tracks and try to spot a variety of winter bird species. Become a nature detective and try to solve riddles to find hidden clues and your chance to win a prize.
Don’t forget your lunch money and purchase a tasty BBQ lunch provided by the Friends of Pukaskwa. read more.....>
DNR Files Charges for Cougar Shooting Jackson County
DULUTH, MN ----- January 28, 2012 ---- Charges have been filed today by the Jackson County attorney's office against a Jackson County man in southwestern Minnesota for allegedly shooting a cougar on Nov. 27, 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Daniel Hamman, 26, was charged by citation with shooting a protected animal.
Hamman allegedly shot the cougar after being contacted by a neighbor, who saw the cat run from a rural grove of trees into a culvert. The cougar was shot as it flushed from the culvert. read more.....>
DNR releases proposal for wolf harvest season this fall
MINNESOTA - January 26, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing an inaugural gray wolf hunting and trapping season this fall that calls for a conservative harvest quota of 400 animals.
Wolf research indicates Minnesota's wolf population could sustain a higher quota, but DNR officials say they are taking a measured approach to the state's first season.
The proposal sets a quota of 6,000 licenses that will be allocated through a lottery system. Only one license will be allowed per hunter or trapper. Hunting would be allowed with firearms, archery equipment and muzzleloaders. Calls and bait would be allowed with restrictions. read more...>
The Heart and Soul of Ely’s Winter Festival
Ely, Minnesota - January 20, 2012 - The heart and soul of Ely’s Winter Festival is in jeopardy and area residents may have the answer.
A campaign is underway to bring snow for snow sculptures to Whiteside Park from homes and areas around Ely by the bag or box, in coolers or by the pickup load. Co-director of the International Snow Sculpting Symposium Chris Ellerbroek said he "will be setting up one big form in the park and one at the Front Porch this weekend. I will set up another form in the park if people want to give this a try. The important thing is that we need clean snow."
Changes to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Lottery
Duluth, MN Jim Sanders, Forest Supervisor for the Superior National Forest has decided to implement changes to the lottery and reservation system for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
For 2012, the lottery will be retained for Fall Lake entry points D and 24 and Moose Lake entry points F, G and 25. The lottery applications for these five entry points can be made from December 19, 2011 to January 19, 2012. The lottery will be run on January 20th. Reservations for remaining permits for these five entry points along all other BWCAW entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 25th at 9:00 am central time.
The Forest Service is making this change based on several months of evaluation. Forest managers originally planned to eliminate the lottery entirely in 2012 and only run the first-come, first-served system for reserving wilderness permits for all entry points. However, based on comments received and the results of a test of the first come, first served process, Forest Supervisor Sanders has decided to retain the lottery for five entry points where most or all of the permits have historically been reserved during the lottery. For all other entry points, historic data shows there are permits available both after the lottery and throughout the season. Therefore, it is not necessary to run a lottery for all other BWCAW entry points read more......>
NOSTA ELECTS GREENSTONE EDO AS PRESIDENT
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- November 12, 2011 --- With a new Board of Directors in place, Vicki Blanchard, Economic Development Officer for the Municipality of Greenstone was elected to take on the role of President of NOSTA for the next year. Blanchard has decades of experience in the tourism and economic development field with particular expertise in government relations and revenue generation. The election occurred immediately after the Annual General Meeting held in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, November 9.
Blanchard is joined on the Executive by:
• Vice President: JP Fraser (Lake Superior Art Gallery)
• Interim Treasurer: Tim Lukinuk (Amethyst Mine Panorama)
o Judy Boucher (Ogoki Fronteir Resort)
o Anne-Marie Bourgeault, (General Manager of Superior North CFDC)
• Past President: Iain Angus, (The Friends of Chippewa Park)
A Traditional Christmas Tree Celebration
THUNDER BAY, ON --- November 12, 2011 ---- The Victoria Avenue Business Improvement Area, together with Victoriaville Centre, warmly invite you to help ring in the Holiday season with their 17th Annual TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY taking place on Friday, November 18th in Paterson Park (corner of Miles & May Street).
Everyone is invited to join in the singing of Christmas Carols with Susan's Kindermusik Families at 6:15 pm, followed by the lighting of the giant tree at 6:30 pm.
Join us for free Dell Farm hayrides throughout Downtown Fort William [6:30 to 8:30] then warm up with hot cocoa and donuts while listening to the sounds of Jim ‘n I in the “Green” in Victoriaville. read more...>>
Celebrate Fall at Hazelwood Lake Nature Centre
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- September 5, 2011 --- The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is celebrating fall with its annual Hazelwood Harvest Fall Festival and Craft Fair.
The event will feature a guided mushroom hike with Dr. Len Hutchison from Lakehead University, an inflatable play structure for children, Dottie T. Clown, displays, craft tables, concession and more.
"Hazelwood Lake is such a beautiful place, especially in the fall. We really want to show the community the area and what better way than a fall festival?” says Bill Bartley, Chairman of the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. “The Hazelwood Harvest is a fun time for the whole family, with lots to do for children and adults.” read more....>
Full Circle Superior Project
NIPIGON, ON --- August 17, 2010 ------ Mike Link and Kate Crowley, two naturalist adventurers walking around Lake Superior, were kind enough to pose at the Paddle to the Sea Park Waterfall in the attached picture. It was a pleasure to meet them! Help them out by filling out a questionnaire to assist in the research efforts of the Full Circle Superior Project, it is available at the Nipigon Library.
In their blog they say:
"Nearly at Nipigon now. Visited their Paddle to the Sea playground...The graphics and the playground equipment are colorful and clever and tell portions of Paddle's story. We took our Paddle and put him in the waterfall they've built and gave him a ride down. The town deserves high praise for this attraction." read more........>
Heart of the Harbour HMS Bounty Winner
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 12, 2010 ---- Bill and I would like to thank you and The Heart of the Harbour for the wonderful opportunity for having sailed on The Bounty. It was exciting, educational and extremely fun!
The crew of The Bounty are amazing people. They really know their stuff. They have sailed around the world and have amazing stories to tell. We had to work with them and perform duties that they perform every day. Bill and I were on the 4am to 8am watch and our first job of the day was to swab the deck! Really! Then we had to do the 4pm to 8pm watch which was a little bit more relaxing. read more......>
LAKE STURGEON CONFIRMED IN PUKASKWA
MARATHON, ON ---- August 2010 --- Parks Canada staff and staff from the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre have confirmed, for the first time, the presence of Lake Sturgeon in Pukaskwa National Park.
Thirteen sturgeon were confirmed in the park. Nine sturgeon were captured and released using nets and another four sturgeon were tracked using radio-telemetry and tags, which had been previously implanted as part of an ongoing study outside of the park. Size, weight and gender were recorded and age and genetics will be determined from samples. The genetic analysis should determine if this population is related to any of the other spawning populations in Lake Superior, or if they are a unique population. The information should be available later this fall. read more.......>
PARKS CANADA HIRES STUDENTS TO PROMOTE LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA
NIPIGON, ONTARIO, July 29, 2010 – Parks Canada is pleased to have five local students stationed in tourist information centres along the north shore this summer helping to promote the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Charmaine Beaulieu, Visitor Information Student Supervisor, works out of the Parks Canada office on the ground floor of Nipigon’s Tourist Information Centre. The four Student Visitor Information Officers are working out of the visitor and tourist information centres in the communities of Terrace Bay, Schreiber and Nipigon, and one is working at the Terry Fox Lookout and the Thunder Bay Pagoda. read more.....>
Full Circle Lake Superior Expeditions
HERON BAY, ONTARIO, ---- July 26, 2010 --– Mike Link and Kate Crowley, a retired couple from Duluth, Minnesota, are hiking around Lake Superior this summer to raise awareness and appreciation of the largest freshwater lake in the world. On Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 7 pm a presentation about their journey and experiences so far will be made at the Visitor Centre in Pukaskwa National Park.
Lake Superior’s shoreline stretches across more than 2575 kilometres (1600 miles). Kate and Mike, along with their support team, have traveled more than halfway around this majestic body of water. Last Thursday, July 22nd, they stepped into a voyageur canoe at the mouth of the Michipicoten River to paddle to Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park. This part of their journey will take them along the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on Lake Superior, and the Great Lakes. read more....>
SAULT STE. MARIE CANAL HOSTS DAVID THOMPSON BRIGADE
MARIE, ONTARIO, July 20, 2010 – Perhaps a common sight 200 years ago, the landing of the 2010 David Thompson Brigade at Parks Canada’s Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site on July 27th is sure to raise some eyebrows – and paddles – as the costumed paddlers plan to salute spectators watching their arrival.
Activities will commence on July 27th at 1pm with the David Thompson Brigade scheduled to land between 4 pm and 5 pm. The voyageurs will meet with visitors and present an historical talk, then will set up their camp and welcome new paddlers joining their expedition to Montreal. Events will continue through to 8 pm and will include a barbecue from 1 pm to 7 pm with burgers, sausages and drinks available for purchase. read more....>
Sunday at Chippewa Park Family Stage
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 9, 2010 ---- Join The Friends of Chippewa Park in celebrating summer each Sunday afternoon at
Chippewa Park on the TBayTel Family Stage starting at 1:30 PM for a free outdoor concert. Please bring your lawn chairs. The Sundays in the Park concerts, sponsored by the City of Thunder Bay, will continue until August 22. read more......>
Maurice the Moose launches “Fun 4 Days” at the Top of Lake Superior
NIPIGON, ON ---- July 9, 2010 ---- The Top of Lake Superior has adopted a Moose mascot to welcome Clelia II Cruise Ship passengers to the communities of Nipigon, Dorion, Red Rock and Lake Helen this summer. Maurice is launching "Fun 4 Days", a full schedule of events in the Nipigon, Red Rock and Dorion Area during July 8-12,and July 22-26, to continue in September.
The FUN days begin when the cruise ship arrives on Thursday at noon and continue until Monday when the ship departs.
The image of a moose has a long association with the Top of Lake Superior area, with Bullwinkle the moose as the current Nip-Rock Secondary School mascot , and the Nipigon Chamber of Commerce “Nipigonoose” tourism mascot in years past. read more......>
RENOVATIONS TO OFFER UNIQUE VIEW OF LOCK
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO, July 8, 2010– Preparations are underway to drain the recreational lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site of Canada for the first time since 1998. The process isn’t quite as simple as pulling a plug, but the work will allow visitors an unprecedented, behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the lock.
Beginning this week, contractors will hoist five steel stop logs into place upstream of the lock to stem the flow of water through the canal. Over the coming weeks, a temporary dam will be constructed downstream of the lock to hold back the waters of the St. Marys River. Once both the stop logs and dam are in place, the water in between the two structures can be pumped out. A silt curtain will be hung downstream of the pumps to capture sediments that may have accumulated in the canal. read more.....>
Science North new Thunder Bay base facility
THUNDER BAY, ON -- July 1, 2010 ---- Science North is extending its presence in Northern Ontario, thanks to the official opening today of a base in Thunder Bay. The new Thunder Bay base and the programs it offers are a direct result of increased funding from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to the science centre’s annual provincial operating grant, announced in April of 2009.
The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North was on hand to officially open the new facility at the Boys and Girls Club building. read more......>
Dryden Wind Surfing Championships
DRYDEN, ON ----- June 27, 2010 ---- Northwest Ontario Windsurfing, along with Dryden's Centennial Committee, is diligently working towards what will be the city's biggest week-long party ever, ramping up to, and concluding with the CMWA regatta weekend. This week long centennial celebration will be for the whole family to enjoy! We are also working closely with the City of Dryden and other local businesses to ensure our event site, program and hospitality will be tops for your stay while in Dryden. Plans are for 100 competitors to attend the CMWA in 2010. With a very large US contingent already committed, regatta weekend will include a Team Canada vs. Team USA, or a "CAN-AM Challenge". read more....>
Thunder Bay’s “buried history”
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 27, 2010 --- Warm summer evenings are perfect for taking a walking tour and discovering Thunder Bay’s “buried history” in Riverside and Mountain View cemeteries.
Local historian Dave Nicholson leads the 90 minute guided tours that highlight the development of the cemeteries, headstone symbolism and fascinating stories about the artists, sports heroes and politicians that have contributed to our city’s history! read more.....>
Clelia II arrival Thursday Nipigon Bay
NIPIGON - RED ROCK, ON --- June 21, 2010 ---- Everyone is anticipating the historic moment on Thursday,stated Sarah Lewis of the Nipigon, Economic Development Officer in a press release. June 24th at 12:00pm, when the Clelia II cruise ship arrives in Nipigon Bay. The port of call is the Red Rock Marina, and passengers will be ferried to the marina in small boats. The arrival will be followed by welcoming of the passengers and the crew with a presentation by the Mayor of Red Rock to the captain of the ship at 12:30pm read more.....>
HMS Bounty visiting Thunder Bay in August
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 16, 2010 ---- The HMS Bounty will be visiting Thunder Bay on Aug 4th and 5th. on its way to Green Bay Wisconsin. It is one of 8 tall ships visiting the City of Duluth July 28 - August 3 as part of there Tall Ships Duluth celbrations.
The HMS Bounty was built in 1960 for MGM’s Mutiny on the Bounty, which starred Marlon Brando.
The 180-foot, or 54-metre, square-rigged three-master ship was built in Lunenburg and was used for the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
It has been reported that there will be a press conferance in Thunder Bay Friday to release more information. read more......>
Clelia II a luxury cruise ship Red Rock
THUNDER BAY, ON -------- June 14, 2010 ----- The Clelia II a luxury cruise ship, owned by Travel Dynamics Internatonal will be making history as the first cruise ship to visit the port of Red Rock stopping 10 times throughout the summer. This luxary ship accomodates 100 passengers in 50 all suite rooms, these rooms all face outside allowing every passenger to enjoy beautiful sea views during the voyage. The Clelia II offers a great passenger to staff ratio as it is served by 60 officers and crew. The ship will begin its Great Lakes Tour in Toronto and end in Duluth where new passengers will embark and take the tour in reverse. read more.....>
Red Rock extends a Warm Welcome
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 25, 2010 --- Red Rock mayor Gary Nelson (tan jacket) extends a personal welcome to passengers and crew of the Clelia II on its first visit to the “Top of the Lake” harbour. This is not only the Clelia II’s first visit to the port of Red Rock, it is the first ever cruise ship to visit the harbour.
A hard working team of volunteers managed to attract the small luxury cruiser to Red Rock, because the area offers many scenic attractions that are new experiences for their passengers. read more.......>
Win a trip of the Bounty from Duluth to Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 9, 2010 ---- To celebrate the Bounty’s arrival, the Heart of the Harbour BIA will be giving away a trip for 2 on the HMS Bounty. The Heart of the Harbour BIA is sponsoring the Tall Ship Bounty’s arrival to Thunder Bay on Wednesday, August 4 from Noon – 8pm.
Transportation will be provided to Duluth where the winner will board the Bounty to stay a night in a cabin at the dock then the ship sails from Duluth on Mon, Aug 2. Winner will have a 2nd night on board the ship as well as dinner before docking in Thunder Bay on Tues Aug 3.
Ballots for this unique experience will be given out at businesses in the BIA leading up to the draw on Thurs, July 22.
Contest winner must be 19 years of age or older, and must possess a valid Canadian Passport as well as out of country medical insurance read more.....>
Pirate’s Cove Children’s Festival
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 30, 2010 ---- In conjunction with the arrival of the Tall Ship Bounty, the Heart of the Harbour BIA is proud to host the Pirate’s Cove Children’s Festival on Wednesday, August 4 from 12pm – 8pm. on St Paul street
This free event is fun for pirates and mermaids alike! The Festival will be located on St. Paul Street at Red River Road and will feature a large craft area, Undersea Adventure and Pirate inflatable bouncers, entertainment, a kids costume party,a“treasure hunt”, interactive booths and The Science North Cool Science Caravan will also be at the event with 6 interactive booths. read more......>
HMS Bounty on Her Way to Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 2, 2010 -- The HMS Bounty has left the Port of Duluth and making its way up the lake to Thunder Bay.
You can track the Bounty as it approaches Thunder Bay using on online AIS Ship Tracking system Which can be found at Passage Island to Thunder Bay. When the Bounty comes in Range it will appear on your computer screen as a sailing ship.
The world's most famous tall ship, star of the silver screen and ports around the world, will be arriving in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Once in port, the H.M.S. Bounty will spend several hours off-loading and preparing for the public tours.
For those parking downtown, follow the pedestrian crossing on Camelot Street. The gate will be behind the Naval Monument, at the end of Pier 3, which will only be open Aug. 4 after 12 pm.
Public admission to the Bounty is $3/person (children under 2 are free) cash only, on Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 12 noon to 8 pm. The vessel is not accessible for wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.
In conjunction with the arrival of the Tall Ship Bounty, the Heart of the Harbour BIA is proud to host the Pirate’s Cove Children’s Festival on Wednesday, August 4 from 12pm – 8pm. on St Paul street read more.......>
Two new Minnesota GPS snowmobile map available
GRAND PORTAGE, MN --- December 18, 2010 --- A new online interactive snowmobile trail map and a downloadable GPS background map are now available to help people explore and navigate Minnesota’s extensive snowmobile trail system, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The online snowmobile trail map, developed by the DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails, displays all of the DNR and Grant-in-Aid trails across the state. The map makes it easy to zoom, search, pan, and get more information about more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails at the click of a mouse. The map also includes a print function so custom maps can be printed at home. read more......>
2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework
WASHINGTON – December 16, 2010 ----The Obama Administration today announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, building on the unprecedented proactive plan to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes that the Administration established in February 2010.
The 2011 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework adds 13 new initiatives to the comprehensive effort to combat Asian carp, including expanding eDNA testing capacity and developing cutting-edge biological controls and monitoring technology, among other measures.
The original Framework, created in February 2010 and updated in May, established the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC), consisting of state and municipal agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Coast Guard to synchronize the response to Asian carp. read more.......>
Lake Superior Discovery Place Looks at Nipigon
THUNDER BAY, ON --- December 16, 2010 -- Lake Superior Discovery Place Inc. (LSDP) has been invited by Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey to make a presentation to the Nipigon Town Council to explore the idea of locating LSDP in Nipigon.
Nipigon has identified a potential site for a Lake Superior Multi-Purpose Facility on its waterfront. The announcement of the creation of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area was an important consideration in the LSDP Board's decision to explore the idea of locating in Nipigon. LSDP could act as the project champion, bringing partners to the table and helping to leverage funding, while the Township of Nipigon would support the project as a leading partner. read more....>
Ice not safe, snowmobile trails
Duluth, MN ---- December 8, 2010 ---- Officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are reminding snowmobilers and others to stay off lakes because the ice is not safe yet.
According to the DNR, there have already been several ice rescues involving snowmobiles. Also, one fatality occurred when a man on foot broke through thin ice on Lake Washington in Blue Earth County.
“We’re telling snowmobilers and others to please stay off of lakes until there is at least five inches of new, clear ice,” said Lt. Dave Olsen, DNR Enforcement, Grand Rapids “Early season riders are often tempted to ride on lakes. But they are not yet safe for snowmobiles, ATVs, or even walking, in most cases.” read more.....>
National award recognizes Minnesota as ‘Best Trails State’
DULUTH, MN ----- November 24, 2010 --- Minnesota has been named “Best Trails State” in the country. The award, presented to Minnesota by American Trails, recognizes a state which is facilitating an outstanding statewide system of trails.
The announcement comes on the heels of Minneapolis being named the #1 bicycling city in the U.S. (Bicycling Magazine, May 2010) and Minnesota being ranked the fourth most “bicycle friendly” state in the country (League of American Cyclists, May 2010). read more....>
Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council Open House
THUNDER BAY, ON --- November 23, 2010 --- The Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council invites members of the public and potential volunteers to its Annual General Meeting and open house on Wednesday, November 24, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Oliver Road Community Centre.
The stewardship council promotes the establishment of healthy, productive and self-sustaining ecosystems through partnerships, community participation and education. Some of the council’s key projects from 2010 read more......>
Fort William First Nation Boundary Claim Settlement
THUNDER BAY, ON --- November 21, 2010 ----- Canada and Ontario have made an offer to settle the Fort William First Nation Boundary Claim. The proposed settlement includes approximately $154 million in total financial compensation and the transfer of provincial Crown lands on two islands located in Lake Superior, Flatland Island and Pie Island, to Canada to be set apart as reserve for the Fort William First Nation. The Chief and Council of the First Nation have agreed to take this settlement offer to community members for a vote.
"Today, we are taking a decisive step forward towards the resolution of a longstanding claim," said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "It is clear that working in partnership we can find common solutions that will deliver real results for the Fort William First Nation, create economic initiatives for northwestern Ontario and balance the interests of all Canadians." read more.....>
Fort William Historical Park Wins Tourism Award
THUNDER BAY, ON --- November 15, 2010 ----- Fort William Historical Park has a reputation for trying something new and different in its role as an economic catalyst in Northwestern Ontario. The Fort was recently recognized for its efforts in the tourism industry, receiving the Tourism Innovator of the Year Award from the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO).
The Fort was awarded the honours in recognition of operating the Fort William Historical Park Canada Gateway Centre in Grand Marais, Minnesota. read more......>
Hyer Visits China
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- November 7, 2010 ---- Recently I was invited, in my role as Tourism Critic for the New Democrats, to accompany the federal Minister of Tourism to Shanghai and Beijing on a Canadian tourism trade mission. As I have many critic areas besides Tourism (e.g. Small Business, Water, Environment, National Parks, Climate Change) I receive many requests to travel. I usually say ‘No’, being just too darned busy with demands in both Ottawa and Thunder Bay-Superior North. But I said ‘Yes’ to this trip for many reasons, read more...>
2010 No Hunting Locations - Thunder Bay District
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- October 4, 2010 ---As a courtesy to the MNR Thunder Bay District, the O.F.A.H. is helping notify hunters about these no hunting areas.. For more information, please contact MNR Thunder Bay District Office at 1-807-475-1471 read more.....>
Bill Aids Minnesota Fishing Guides
Washington DC – October 3, 2010 --- A bill waiting to be signed into law by President Obama contains an important provision that will cut red tape for Minnesota fishing guides. Under current law, any boat operator who obtains a U.S. Coast Guard certification to transport passengers must obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). To obtain the card, guides are required to pay a $132 application fee and make two trips to a Coast Guard licensing center. That has caused unnecessary paperwork and expense for many fishing guides.
“The TWIC is meant to secure our ports by identifying those who should have access to secure maritime facilities and vessels,” said Congressman Jim Oberstar. “It was never intended to regulate a fishing guide taking out a customer in his 16 foot Lund.” read more ....>
Travel Alert Europe U.S. Dept of State
WASHINGTON, DC ---- October 3, 2010 ----- The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.
Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services. U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling. read more.....>
Thunder Bay Selected HOG Rally to Host Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.® ) Rally
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 15th, 2010 ----- The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G®) is pleased to announce that Thunder Bay has been selected to host the 23rd Ontario Provincial Harley Owners Group (H.O.G®) Rally from July 28-30, 2011
Hundreds of Harley Davidson® owners and enthusiasts from Ontario as well as Manitoba and the U.S. midwest are expected to descend upon the City for their annual Provincial gathering, enjoying the City’s Superior by Nature Hospitality for “Thunder in the Bay”, the aptly chosen name for this unique event.
This is the first opportunity the City of Thunder Bay has had to host a H.O.G® Motorcycle rally and it will be an opportunity for the city to showcase its natural beauty and many features read more......>
TransCanada Trail from Nipigon to Pigeon River
Nipigon, ON --- September 11, 2010 ---- TransCanada Trail (TCT) Ontario, in partnership with the Townships of Nipigon, Red Rock, Dorion, Shuniah, and Thunder Bay Tourism, is focusing on trail development in the region for the next year by hiring a full time trails coordinator.
Trails coordinator James Williams started work in early September. He will be building a regional trails committee serving the area from Nipigon to Pigeon River. The umbrella group will support the work of local trails associations. His first task, however, will be a feasibility study on converting the CN Kinghorn corridor between Nipigon and Thunder Bay into a multi-use trail. read more.....>
HST Hurting Tourism Rafferty
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- September 5, 2010 ---- For many tourism-related businesses in our riding, this time of year is also when they start to take stock of how their peak season has gone and how this will affect their bottom line.
Sadly for many operators this has been a very tough summer. A few weeks ago CBC’s “The National” did a feature on tourism in Northwestern Ontario in which they spoke with a long-time camp operator in the Nestor Falls area. In that piece, the operators noted their business was down 60% from the previous year. Unfortunately stories like this one have become more and more common as the economic downturn continues to take its toll. read more.......>
CELEBRATE RIVERFEST 2010 AT THE KAM RIVER HERITAGE PARK
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September , 2010 – City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division staff announced today the details of Riverfest, scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 11 at Kam River Heritage Park. The event begins at 12 pm with entertainment and activities for the entire family.
“This year, Riverfest will really focus on the history and beauty of the Kam River Heritage Park,” said Melissa Wnuk, Festival & Events Coordinator. “We are also very excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual Kam River Reel In Derby”.
The Kam River boardwalk will play host to a variety of local musical talent including Dave Campbell, Tracy K, Suitcase Stanley, Wayne Faulconer, and Shaken Not Stirred. Music runs from 12 pm -5 pm. read more.....>
Ignatieff and Layton pandering
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 2, 2010 -- The recent announcement by NDP Leader Jack Layton of plans for a 'compromise' bill designed to alleviate opposition to the long gun registry is nothing more than a rehash of a previous ineffective proposal made by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Neither provides a solution to the longstanding grievances against a badly flawed system that has cost taxpayers of Canada in excess of $1 billion dollars, continues to eat up millions more each year, and according to the Auditor General, has not been demonstrated to save lives or enhance public safety. read more......>
Hyer and Rafferty don't bow to liberal pressure
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- September 15, 2010 ------ MPs cave in to Liberal threats and partisan politics
With the notable exception of MPs Peter Stoffer, John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer, NDP members who previously supported Bill C-391 and scrapping the long gun registry, will ignore the views of their constituents, the outdoor community, hunters, farmers, recreational and Olympic shooters and thousands of front line police officers across Canada, and back a Liberal motion to kill the bill.
"The complete abdication of responsibility by these NDP Members of Parliament, who were elected to represent their constituents is disappointing but not unexpected," said Greg Farrant, Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. "Threats by the Liberal opposition; intimidation by the NDP leader and caucus colleagues; misinformation by anti-gun lobbyists; and a propaganda campaign under the guise of 'public information' by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) appear to have done the job. read more......>
DNR seeks comments Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans
Grand Marais, MN --- November 14, 2010 ---- Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams have until Dec. 31, 2010 to ask questions or submit comments.
“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next 5 to 20 years.” Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Grand Marais area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed. read more......>
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Nipigon Modern Paddle-to-the-Sea canoe to New Zealand
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ November 29th, 2010 ------ When Treydon Turner- Brien helped to carve his Paddle-to-the-Sea canoe as part of Nipigon’s Centennial Celebrations in July of 2009, it was hoped that it would someday reach the Atlantic Ocean. After an amazing journey, Treydon’s Paddler has gone much further than the original Paddle-to-the-Sea from the classic children’s book by Holling C. Holling. The little canoe is about to be released into the salt waters of the South Pacific Ocean off of the coast of New Zealand.
The boat was carved by 3 year old Treydon, with the help of his grandfather Joe Turner, just before his family moved to Alberta. Treydon’s family knew they would be moving, and the kids wanted to be part of Nipigon’s story before leaving.
A stormy day in Pukaskwa National Park
Earlier this month, a kayaker in Pukaskwa National Park found himself stranded at the mouth of the Willow River in a storm. He saw Treydon’s Paddler bobbing by the shore and went closer for a look. Somehow, Paddle had managed to travel more than 180km from Nipigon Bay to Pukaskwa. After reading the message on the boat, and showing Treydon’s Paddle to Parks Canada staff working at the Pukaskwa Tourism Information Centre, he decided to carry Paddle on to Wawa. read more....>
Fraser Lake Walleye Classic nearly sold out
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 8, 2010 ---The little known Fraser Lake Walleye Classic is expecting a banner year. With a few days until the June 12th event, only 7 spots remain among the 65 available boat registrations. The event is one of Northwestern Ontario’s first Walleye derbies of the season, boasting a $2,500 first prize.
Anglers from neighbouring communities as far as Marathon, Geralton, and Thunder Bay have enjoyed the derby, organized by the Nipigon Elks Fish and Game, for 7 years. All proceeds go to sponsor local hockey programs and the Nipigon Kids Fish Derby. read more.....>
Prince Arthur’s Landing MarinaConstruction Delays Affects Boaters
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 7, 2010 -- – As Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina gets set to open on Saturday, June 12, the City of Thunder Bay is predicting a two-week delay in water and electrical hook-up as well as possible construction related interruptions throughout the summer. The Marina will be fully serviced by June 29. read more.....>
Off to the Races!
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 6, 2010 ---- Like Christmas, soap boxers get to race once a year. Just like Christmas the children participating in this event can get pretty excited. Then there are the young at heart the nine to ninety types who are the proud parents or grandparents of the children participating. In fact there were plenty of adults travelling up and down Thunder Bay’s Waverley street. There were plenty of volunteers running their quad runners up the hill towing the soapbox racers to the start line, and a few had the nerve to join their kids in the family car race shown above. read more....>
Marina Boat Launch Facilities Closed to the Public
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 20, 2010 – As construction continues at Prince Arthur’s Landing, the City of Thunder Bay is reminding citizens that the boat launch facilities and associated parking lot at Marina Park are closed to the general public. The launches will only be accessible by marina contract holders at the beginning and end of the season.
The City is making every effort to accommodate Marina contract holders for the 2010 season, and minimize impacts on Marina operations. read more....>
O.F.A.H. urges MNR to help farmers
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 19, 2010 - The indiscriminate feeding of local elk in the Bancroft area that has continued unchecked for years, and the province's failure to introduce a comprehensive elk management plan, has placed the future of the local herd in jeopardy. Elk have been the focus of an extensive reintroduction program that has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and involved thousands of volunteer hours. The province's failure to properly manage the herd, to use new regulations under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act to eliminate the feeding of wildlife, and to allow farmers to harass the elk to protect their property has resulted in serious damage to local farm crops and infrastructure. This has led the Minister of Natural Resources to consider euthanizing elk in the Bancroft North Hastings area through the use of removal (kill) permits, over the objections of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.). read more...>
NEW BOARD AND EXECUTIVE AT NOSTA
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 13, 2010 ---- The North of Superior Tourism Association has a new slate of Officers and a new Board it was announced today.
“We have assembled an incredible group of Tourism Leaders to manage the affairs of NOSTA” said newly elected President Iain Angus. “Included on the new board are two former Presidents, at least three former Vice Presidents and a former Executive Director. And in addition the Board represents a
broad cross section of both the membership and the industry – with representation from Outfitters, the hotel/motel sector, bed and breakfast, attractions, retail, allied and the not for profit sector.” read more...>
Water Response Team Declares Level II Low Water Condition for Lakehead Region
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 14,2010 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) says drought conditions in the Region are getting worse. The LRCA's Water Response Team (WRT) has upgraded the Level I Low Water condition, which was declared on April 19,2010, to a Level II Low Water Condition for the region which includes the City of Thunder Bay, Municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge, Neebing and Shuniah as well as the Townships of O'Connor, Conmee, Gillies and Dorion. read more...>
Drivers Urged To Watch For Moose, Elk And Deer On Highways This Spring
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 14, 2010 - The Ministry of Natural Resources is asking motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario’s roads at this time of year when more wildlife is on the move. read more...>
Anticipation builds for Nipigon Paddle-to-the-Sea Park
Nipigon, ON -- May 12, 2010 --- Nipigon is opening the Paddle-to-the-Sea Park for its first full season this Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 12pm. Mayor Richard Harvey shares, “The Paddle-to-the-Sea Park enhances Nipigon as an essential destination for visitors to Northern Ontario, and highlights the world class fishing, boating, and outdoor adventure opportunities for tourists in Canada’s largest marine protected area.”. Community volunteers in Nipigon have dedicated 10 years to building the interactive Paddle-to-the-Sea Park in our small town because the famous story of Paddle-to-the-Sea starts on the Nipigon River. In the story, a young Indian boy who dreams of visiting the ocean carves a wooden canoe, or ‘paddle-person’, who travels the Great Lakes and reaches the sea in his stead. The story inspired Canadian canoeist and film maker Bill Mason to create the celebrated National Film Board film of the same name. The award winning book was written in 1941 by Holling C. Holling who visited Nipigon before putting ink to the page. read more...>
Choose Canada National Bird
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 8, 2010 --- Over 3,000 Canadians have so far submitted suggestions for a national avian to the website of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, which set up the petition urging Ottawa to select an official bird.
Atlantic salmon are coming home to Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 7, 2010 - Today, an exciting environmental and educational initiative is happening on the Bronte Creek, thanks to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Pioneer Petroleums and many other partners. Classroom hatchery-raised Atlantic salmon will be released on Bronte Creek at 11:00 a.m. at Lowville Park, in the Village of Lowville. read more...>
Province fails to protect wildlife from threat posed by disease
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 4, 2010 - Despite knowing about the escape of exotic game farmed red deer in the Sudbury/French River area sometime over the last two years, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has failed to recapture or contain the deer, which have the potential to infect wildlife with CWD, a fatal disease of the brain which affects white-tailed deer, elk and moose (cervids). read more...>
Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival
THUNDER BAY, ON - April 26, 2010 - Birds are the name of the game in Dorion these days! For the second year, Dorion will be the home for a number of birders…novices and experts alike. In 2006, ideas were being explored regarding new ideas in the Nipigon, Red Rock and Dorion area. With Hurkett Cove Conservation area being a renowned birding site in Ontario, a Dorion committee took on the project. read more...>
Lakehead Conservation offers subsidized tree seedlings
THUNDER BAY, ON - April 21, 2010 - Following the overwhelming success of its pilot Private Landowners Tree Seedling Assistance Program last year, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is again offering conifer tree seedlings to the public at a subsidized price. read more...>
PUKASKWA 13TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
MARATHON, ONTARIO --- April 9, 2010 – On Sunday, April 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Pukaskwa National Park will open the doors of its Administration Building to the public for a behind-thescenes look at park operations. This, the 13th Annual Open House, will offer members of the public the opportunity to meet and talk to the staff and volunteers who are working hard to make every park visit special. read more.....>
Nipigon Golf Club gets $63,900 Grant
NIPIGON, ON ---- April 8, 2010 ---- The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will provide a one-year community grant of $63,900 to improve the quality of the North Shore Golf Club in Nipigon under the “Healthier Ontarians” program. Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle made the announcement today in Nipigon, along with OTF representative Ted Hanley, President Doug Menchions and project manager Peter Elliott of the North Shore Golf Club. read more.....>
Neys Provincial Park Upgrade
THUNDER BAY, ON --- March 15, 2010 ---- Michael Gravelle, Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora today announced stimulus funding that will benefit local workers and the local economy in the Terrace Bay and Sioux Lookout areas and improve local infrastructure for years to come.
Today’s investment of $700,000 in joint federal and provincial funding will bring significant upgrades to both the Neys Provincial Park near Terrace Bay and the Cedarbough Residential Ontario Ranger Camp in the Sioux Lookout area.
Immortalized on canvas by The Group of Seven, this remote and rugged peninsula promises silhouettes of rocky islands polished smooth by icy blue waters. Only the hardy survive here, including sub-Arctic plants and a rare herd of woodland caribou. Enjoy one the finest beaches on Lake Superior's north shore or view a model of a former POW camp at the Visitor Centre. read more.....>
North Shore Steelhead Assoc. Dinner
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- March 15, 2010 --- Frank Edgson, Co-chairman of the Dinner Auction committee for the North Shore Steelhead Assoc. holds a painting by Ray Swaluk.
The Painting will be auctioned off as part of their annual fund raising dinner to be held at the DaVinci Centre on the evening of March the 26th starting at 5:30 pm. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at DnR Sporting Goods on Memorial Avenue. read more.....>
Outdoors enthusiasts gather for fish & wildlife conference
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 15, 2010 - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) will host its 82nd annual Fish & Wildlife Conference in Mississauga later this week. Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba and sponsor of the bill to repeal the long gun registry, will deliver the keynote address. read more...>
PUKASKWA COASTAL TRAIL CLOSED TO ALLOW UPGRADES
HERON BAY, ONTARIO, March 8, 2010 – Large-scale investments are being made in Pukaskwa National Park to replace two suspension bridges and upgrade backcountry visitor facilities along the Coastal Hiking Trail. These investments will enhance visitor experiences in the backcountry of Pukaskwa National Park for years to come.
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors, Parks Canada is closing a 17.5 kilometre stretch of the Coastal Hiking Trail and the portion of the White River Paddling Route through Pukaskwa National Park to public access while bridge construction and site upgrades are being undertaken. The Coastal Hiking Trail
and both bridges are expected to re-open in the spring of 2011. read more...... >
Government of Canada invests in Pukaskwa National Park
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, March 2, 2010 – On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice,
Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, today announced investments of up to $2.3 million, including from Canada’s Economic Action Plan, that will support visitor experience, infrastructure and ecological integrity projects at Pukaskwa National Park. read more...>
Canada’s Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - March 2, 2010 – Mr. Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont – Dundas – South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced major investments at Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites. Also, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Mr. Lauzon, announced funding for the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site revitalization. These projects are part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. read more...>
Plenty of Seasonal Fun at Fort’s Voyageur Winter Carnival
THUNDER BAY, ON - February 9, 2009 - There is plenty of fun for everyone during the Voyageur Winter Carnival hosted by Fort William Historical Park February 13th to 15th. Enjoyable outdoor recreational activities, contests, main stage entertainment, and fireworks highlight this exciting celebration of winter. read more...>
Vandalism A Concern To Conservation Authority
THUNDER BAY, ON - January 13, 2010 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is concerned that some visitors to its Conservation Areas aren't there to enjoy nature.
Several Conservation Areas have been hit by malicious acts of vandalism most notably the destruction of several interpretive displays in a bonfire at Cascades last May. More recently, a garbage can at the popular recreation area was set ablaze with gasoline. read more...>
Tightened security Canadian flights
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- December 26, 2009 ------- The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has advised that all passengers on flights bound to the United States will be subject to a secondary search.
Westjet state that every guest on flights to the United States will be required to submit to a physical pat-down search at the departure gate. Carry-on luggage is now limited to one bag per guest, which will also be searched by hand. read more....>
NOSTA gone under new Tourism regions
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- December 20, 2009 ----- Ontario is forming 13 new tourism regions, and new Regional Tourism Organizations.
The Northern Region 13 will go from the Manitoba Border in the west, to Parry Sound in the southeast. The Northern Region is comprised of three sub-regions, 13a, 13b, and 13c.
Discovering Ontario A Report on the Future of Tourism prepared by The Ontario Tourism competitiveness Study, Greg Sorbara, Chair, February 2009 recommended 11 regions. See Appendix II: Proposed Regions of the report
In Northwestern Ontario, there are currently four separate regions servicing communities from Sunset Country in the Kenora area to Nosta in the east from Thunder Bay to Wawa.
Regional Tourism Organizations will be established in regions across Ontario in early 2010. These organizations will be responsible for working with tourism partners to enhance and grow that region’s tourism products and marketing activities read more......>
Counting for conservation!
TORONTO, ON - December 15, 2009 - Citizen scientists are grabbing their binoculars and heading outside for the annual Christmas Bird Count, the largest single volunteer conservation movement on behalf of wildlife. The count begins this week and continues until January 5, 2010. read more...>
Give The Gift of Nature for Christmas
THUNDER BAY, ON - December 10, 2009 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) has just the thing for last minute Christmas shoppers.
The 2010 Explorer Card is an annual pass which provides unlimited seasonal access to the Authority's Conservation Areas. Without the pass, there is a $2/vehicle fee for each visit. An Explorer Card provides the recipient with many benefits including the opportunity to view nature, improve personal health through physical activity and access to some spectacular scenery! read more...>
It's Still Warm Enough To Play In Our Backyard
THUNDER BAY, ON - November 19,2009 - Mother Nature has taken pity on Thunder Bay, after a cool summer, and is providing residents with pleasant fall days. Temperatures so far in November have been a few degrees above normal and the extended forecast calls for more of the same until the end of the month. read more...>
Gun registry shotdown?
OTTAWA – November 4, 2009 ---- Both Local NDP MP support Bill C-391, a private member’s bill that would end registration requirements for non-restricted firearms such as hunting rifles and shotguns, passed its crucial first House of Commons vote Wednesday evening.
Thunder Bay–Superior North MP Bruce Hyer, who has long campaigned to end the registry of non-restricted long guns, said “I have always been strong in my conviction to end the wasteful long gun registry. I also voted in favour of C-391 because it’s what my constituents clearly want. Now, after years of campaigning we are in a position to finally end this boondoggle that has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and made law-abiding hunters and farmers feel like criminals.” John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River) cast a vote to abolish the Long Gun Registry Wednesday by supporting Bill C-391 on second reading in the House of Commons. read more.....>
Great Outdoor Photography
THUNDER BAY, ON - October 31, 2009 - Friday night Thunder Bay photo buffs had an opportunity to rub elbows with Garry and Joanie McGuffin. The couple have built a career out of exploring and photographing the Canadian wilderness experience.
Ray Boudreau Site Manager NMCA
NIPIGON, ONTARIO, October 18, 2009 – Parks Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Ray Boudreau will be joining their Northern Ontario team in early November as the Site Manager for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Ray holds a diploma in forestry from Sir Sandford Fleming College and has enjoyed lifelong involvement in tourism and customer service. For the past eight years, he has managed the operations of the Pic River Development Corporation, leading a number of initiatives to ensure the corporation’s business effectiveness. read more....>
Those who attended the seminar held at Lake Superior Art Gallery had to opportunity to view photos from their most recent publication “Quetico Into the Wild”, which was commissioned to celebrate the 100 years of Quetico Provincial Park. The photos in this book were compiled over a period of three years, and book depicts the story of a family’s experience in the park through different seasons of the year. read more...>
Seven Days With the Giant
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 16, 2010 ---- Tourism Thunder Bay, in partnership with over 15 tourism industry partners, is once again offering one winner and three guests the opportunity to win the ultimate week long outdoor adventure in Thunder Bay this summer.
Now in its third year, ”Seven Days With the Giant” capitalizes upon our connection to the iconic geography of the Sleeping Giant, our intimate connection to Lake Superior and the unique cultural and culinary experiences in and around the city. This year’s grand prize, an all expanses paid vacation valued at over $12 000, generates significant interest through the North American avid outdoor community, positioning Thunder Bay as one of North America’s best outdoor cities. read more.....>
GRAND OPENING OF THE PADDLE-TO-THE-SEA PARK 2010
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 19, 2010 - The first full year for the Paddle to the Sea Park is finally here! We welcome you to enjoy new activities and events that share the story of the award winning book, Paddle-to-the-Sea and the unique stories of our community and the Great Lakes Waterways. read more...>
Call Conservation Authority Before Starting Work Around Water
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 18, 2010 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is reminding propeliy owners and contractors to give them a call before starting to work around water.
Provincial regulations (Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses O. Reg. 180/06) may affect you if your property is located within the Authority's area ofjurisdiction and is located within the regulated area. read more...>
Canadian Raptor Conservancy came to realize that our beautiful country does not have an official representative national bird. We are obviously well represented by the maple leaf and also have many other representative symbols. We have national products like maple syrup, we have national sports like ice hockey and lacrosse, we have animals such as the beaver, the moose, the caribou, the polar bear, the grizzly bear, the Canada goose, and the Canada lynx, but we do not have a national bird. Why? Meanwhile, bird watching is the number one hobby in the world, not to mention falconry being one of the oldest sports practiced in the world. We think it is time for us to put forward a petition to our Federal government suggesting the nomination of an official bird to represent our country. read more....>
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 15, 2010 ---- This past Sunday most of my family celebrated Mothers Day at the family camp, which is a brief sojourn from Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. At this time of year, particularly on one where there were a few snowflakes flying in the air, there are few people in the park, but that does not mean that there is no activity.
Being hard of hearing means I miss most of the songbirds in the park, but the ponderous thud of the palliated woodpecker could not be missed. With the aid of my nephew who sees much better than I do we quickly located the woodpecker feasting on the grubs living inside the trunk of a long dead spruce tree.
Judging from the many holes bored into this tree, I suspect that it has been feeding a generation or two of these woodpeckers. It is a revelation to see firsthand how an animal’s unique adoptions can allow it to thrive in our northern environment. read more......>
Tall ships visit Duluth
Duluth, MN – May 9, 2011 - Sail Aways aboard the Tall Ships® Lynx and Pride of Baltimore II will be available daily,
July 15-18 and educational daysails aboard the US Brig Niagara are available daily, July 15-18. Sail Aways/educational daysails provide not only an educational glimpse into daily life aboard a Tall Ship®, but also the grandeur of experiencing Lake Superior under sail. Cost for Sail Aways/educational daysail tickets range from $95-$125 per person, based on the ship, and range in length from two to three hours. Sail Away and daysail tickets are available in advance via online and phone only and are expected to sellout quickly due to their limited quantity.read more...>
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 5, 2011 – Due to impacts associated with the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) project to extend the Thunder Bay Expressway from Hodder Avenue to Spruce River Road (Highway 527) to four lanes, the Trowbridge Falls Campground will be closed for the 2011 camping season. read more...>
Interactive map of State Water Trails
DULUTH, MN --- April 29, 2011 -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new online interactive map to help people explore the Minnesota State Water Trail system, which offers 4,400 miles for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping along rivers and in Lake Superior.
The interactive map includes all 32 State Water Trails, in addition to public water accesses and campsites along each route. The map makes it easy to zoom, search, and pan and to find and print information about facilities. read more .......>
Dimestore Fishermen visit Northern Ontario
MNR Interactive tool to plan a fishing trip
THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 14, 2011 ---- Fishing is a popular activity that Ontario residents and visitors enjoy year-round. To help anglers make the most of their fishing experience in Ontario, a new interactive and user-friendly web tool will be available in April at ontario.ca/fishing.
With just a few clicks, anglers can use a searchable, Google-based map to answer the following questions:
What can I catch?
Discover what fish species are found in over 13,000 lakes across the province. Check what lakes to visit to catch your favourite species. The tool also shows which lakes are stocked and what species the province is stocking. read more.....>
Bear hunt applications open April 1, new rules
GRAND MARAIS, MN ------- April 3, 2011 ---- Applications for this fall’s bear hunt will be accepted beginning Friday, April 1, at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license agent and online.
New this year is a requirement that hunters who are selected in the annual lottery purchase their licenses by Friday, July 29. The remaining licenses can be made available to other hunters.Applications for this year’s bear hunt, which runs from Thursday, Sept. 1, to Sunday, Oct. 16, will be accepted through Friday, May 6.
Applications also are available at the DNR License Center in St. Paul or by phone at 888-665-4236.
A total of 7,050 licenses are available in 11 permit areas. Although almost 2,500 fewer bear licenses are available this year over last year’s total of 9,500, the drop isn’t as dramatic as it appears, said Dan Stark, DNR wildlife specialist. read more......>
Kinghorn rail to trail project open house Shuniah
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- March 19, 2011 ---- Did you miss the Kinghorn rail to trail project open house in Thunder Bay and Nipigon?
Please join us on Tuesday March 29th at the MacGregor Recreation Centre in Shuniah to discuss the proposed Kinghorn rail to trail project. Your feedback is welcome. This project is focused on the potential conversion of 111 km of abandoned CN rail line between Nipigon and Thunder Bay to become a multi-use recreational trail. read more.....>
Minnesota Dreamaically increase efforts to prevent spread of Aqutic invasives
GRAND MARAIS, MN ---- March 19, 2011 --- Governor Mark Dayton joined Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Tom Landwehr, legislators, and aquatic invasive species stakeholders from around the state. Landwehr unveiled a new legislative initiative that would help slow the spread of aquatic invasives, such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, by redoubling the state’s efforts to combat the spread of these species in Minnesota lakes and rivers.
“Tourism and outdoor recreation on our state’s many lakes and streams is a vital part of our economy,” added Governor Dayton. “We have 2 million anglers, spending more than $3 billion
a year on everything from gear to gas. Anything that might damage our rich natural habitat and the recreational opportunities that make Minnesota unique is a very serious concern.” read more......>
DNR unveils new mobile apps for outdoor enthusiasts
Grand Maris, MN ----- March 19, 2011 --- Finding outdoor fun in Minnesota is easier than ever now that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created and launched a handful of new and free applications for mobile devices.
“The DNR is aware that mobile devices are an increasingly popular means of accessing information anytime, anywhere,” explained Steve Lime, DNR data and applications manager. “We decided to try a variety of technical approaches to delivering DNR content. We started with a simple fall colors mobile web page last October that turned out to be very popular.” read more.....>
St. Urho chased the grasshoppers out of the vineyards in Finland
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ March 19, 2011 --- Legend has it that St. Urho chased the grasshoppers out of the vineyards in Finland. The grape crops were saved so the Finns have an annual celebration to mark this important event.
Grapes in Finland? Legend has it.
Where will you find the largest population of Finns outside of Finland? Thunder Bay.
Where have they gathered in the city over the past 100 years? The Finlandia Club at 314 Bay Street
Where will they be on March 19th, 2011? Celebrating St. Urho's Day. read more.....>
DNR to expand muskie fishing opportunities
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 15, 2011 - Roosevelt Lake in northern Crow Wing County and the Sauk River chain of lakes in Stearns County southwest of St. Cloud will be stocked with muskellunge this fall in response to growing angler interest, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“This decision is a positive step consistent with our long-range management plan for muskie and northern pike,” said Dirk Peterson, DNR fisheries management chief. “Many people representing a wide variety of interests helped create that plan, and the desire to develop new muskie fisheries was clear.”
Kinghorn Rail Corridor Open House
Thunder Bay – February 19, 2011: The proposed Trans Canada Trail development of a multiuse recreational trail on the abandoned Kinghorn rail line between Nipigon and Thunder Bay is one step closer to reality. Consulting firm MacLeod Farley & Associates of Owen Sound, a
community economic development specialist, has been hired to conduct a feasibility study of the project.
The study will assess the proposed development of a 111-km multi-use recreational trail linking five municipalities from Thunder Bay to Nipigon along Lake Superior’s north shore. Special consideration will be given to the potential economic and social benefits of the trail, as well as its appeal to business investors. If the project goes ahead, the abandoned rail infrastructure will be repurposed as a transportation corridor for potential use by hikers, cyclists and snowmobilers to explore the area’s rugged grandeur. read more.....>
Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 19, 2011 ---- The 2011 Festival dates are May 28th and 29th and promises to be bigger and better. Expert guides from the area will lead the birders and educating as they go. We are welcoming back Brian Ratcliff, Al Harris, Dr. Nick Escott, George Holborn, and welcoming Greg Stroud and Brian Moore to our list.
The Festival in 2010 was a fantastic success with a tally of 97 species sighted, and with the addition of our website, we have been able to reach interested birders across the country and in the U.S. We were very pleased to welcome our first American birder in 2010, and hope he returns with friends in tow this year! read more......>
Moose Population Continues to Decline NorthEastern Minnesota
GRAND MARAIS, MN ------ February 18, 2011 -- Minnesota’s moose population in northeastern Minnesota continues to decline, according to results of an aerial survey released by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Survey results revealed lower moose numbers and the proportion of cows accompanied by calves continued a 14-year decline, dropping to a record low of 24 calves per 100 cows. The proportion of cows accompanied by twin calves was at the lowest level since 1999, which contributed to the record-low calf-to-cow ratio.
“These indices along with results from research using radio-collared moose all indicate that the population has been declining in recent years,” said Dr. Mark Lenarz, DNR forest wildlife group leader.
Moose numbers are estimated using an aerial survey of the northeastern Minnesota moose range. Based on the survey, wildlife researchers estimate that there were 4,900 moose in northeastern Minnesota. Last year’s estimate was 5,500. read more......>
O.F.A.H. applauds scrapping of offshore wind projects
Peterborough, On ----- February 14, 2011 --- Government listens to O.F.A.H. concerns and other stakeholders. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) is pleased that the Government of Ontario has announced it will not proceed with planned offshore wind projects until more research is done. The O.F.A.H. has long called for more research to be conducted prior to moving ahead with any offshore wind turbine development.
"The announcement by the Government of Ontario that they will not move ahead with offshore wind projects is good news for the environment, and exactly what we have been calling for read more.....>
McGuinty Hikes Land Use Permit fee 700%
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 14, 2011 ---- Attached is a letter sent to Minister Linda Jeffrey, Minister for the MNR.
For the last year we have been trying to resolve issues facing Remote Tourism.
1. Land Use Permit fee hikes of 700 %
2. Modernization of LUP classifications
3. Fair and humane policies surrounding surrendered LUP’s
1.* The Land Use Permits fee, ( the authority to use crown land) has been increased 700 % at a time when the world economy has been devastated by the worst recession in memory.
* A one year delay was granted but in spite of a worsening economy, the MNR would not consider any further assistance.
* In eight years from now, that same annual LUP increase of 700% ,will be further increased a whopping 50%!!! Plus - these same LUP’s will be converted to 30 yr. leases at the higher annual rate and will require surveys amounting up to $5000 ea.
The money for these increases simply does not exist. read more.......>
Chronic wasting disease surveillance program Ontario Minnesota
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 6, 2011 --- Since 2002 when the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources began testing for chronic wasting disease, more than 8,400 white-tailed deer have been tested, with all results negative.
A preliminary screening test strongly indicates that a deer harvested by a hunter last November near Pine Island in southeast Minnesota had Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). CWD is fatal to deer, elk and moose but not known to affect human health. read more......>
McGuinty completely indifferent to the demise of Remote tourism?
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February, 4, 2011 --- An open letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty, regarding the demise of Remote tourism in Northern Ontario.
Dear Mr. McGuinty,
Do you want to be the Premier that presided over the crippling or death of Remote Tourism? I didn’t think so. MNR Minister Linda Jeffery however, doesn’t have a problem with that and is busy making the funeral arrangements.
She and her ministry staff will not listen, not even to your staff. The issue is simple. Your government is insensitive and completely indifferent to the demise of Remote tourism in spite of more than a year of meetings that have all said the same thing .. We need help! read more.....>
White Deer Ghosts of the Forest
Mercer, WI ---- January 23, 2011 --- The Nature's Press title, White Deer, was featured in an In Wisconsin broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television. The book documents the awe-inspiring phenomenon of albino white-tailed deer. Naturalist John Bates provides background on the genetics of albinism and discusses human responses to the white animals, such as spiritual associations with albinism, the ethics of hunting white deer, and the sheer joy of seeing one in the wild.
There are an unusual number of albino white-tailed deer in some counties of northern Wisconsin. Perhaps no one has spent as much time following these white "ghosts of the forest" as photographer Jeff Richter. He has committed hundreds of images of white deer to film over many years of photographing nature and wildlife. In this book, Richter shares the best of the albino whitetail photos here. This stunning book contains albino bucks, some in velvet, does, yearlings and mixed groups. There are brown does with white fawns and white does with brown fawns. The images include other wildlife such as squirrels, that sometimes have albinism or melanism (black coloring). read more....>
Abandoned Kinghorn rail line into a four-season trail
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 22, 2011 ---- Turning the abandoned Kinghorn rail line into a four-season trail is one small piece of a complicated puzzle. Communities along the North Shore of Superior have been struggling for many years with the collapse of the forestry industry, mine closures and of course, the declining tourism industry.
Each community along the North Shore is trying to create a brand that will be recognizable to others outside the region. Terrace Bay is undertaking a downtown revitalization and rebranding project. Schreiber recently celebrated its 125th anniversary building upon its railroad history. Nipigon recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and built the Paddle to the Sea Park. Red Rock is working on its marina and Dorion has the canyons and a growing birding festival. All of this is happening within the new National Marine Conservation Area. read more....>
2011 SPRING WILD TURKEY HUNT Minnesota
GRAND MARAIS, MN --- January 9, 2011 --- Hunters who want to get in the field early for the 2011 spring turkey hunt must apply by Friday, Jan. 14, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
This spring’s hunt will consist of six five-day and two seven-day seasons. All resident and nonresident wild turkey hunters interested in hunting this spring must apply electronically via the Internet, or by telephone toll-free at (888) 665-4236 (MNLICENSE). Resident hunters must pay a nonrefundable $3 application fee at the time of application while nonresidents must pay a nonrefundable $3.50 transaction fee. read more......>
Ignatieff's promotes Gun Registry
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 16, 2011 ---- Comments made by federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Arizona demonstrated that when it comes to gun control in Canada, Mr. Ignatieff still doesn't understand what the phrase means, or the abject failure of the system brought in by a Liberal government in the 1990's.
"In reacting to the shooting of several people by an apparently deranged individual, Mr. Ignatieff used the opportunity to tout the virtues of the gun registry in Canada, not only displaying appalling judgement, but a continuing and deliberate failure to recognize the difference between licensing and registration," said O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, Greg Farrant. "Clearly people who have mental health issues should not have access to firearms, which is what the licensing of firearms owners is all about. The licensing system in Canada involves courses, testing, screening and background checks by law enforcement before a license is issued. People who should not have firearms are routinely refused a license once the mandatory checks have been completed. Licensing focuses on the individual, and determines whether or not an individual can own a firearm. It is completely separate from the gun registry that the Liberal party continues to defend, which focuses on the firearm and does nothing to stop anyone from illegally obtaining a firearm and using it to commit a crime. read more.......>
Forest Service to Hold Public Forums on Proposed National Forest Planning Rule
DULUTH, MN - March 15, 2011 - The USDA Forest Service is offering a series of public forums around the country to explain the recently published proposed national forest planning rule and associated draft environmental impact statement.
The proposed rule would provide a framework to guide the collaborative and science-based development, amendment and revision of land management plans that promote healthy, resilient, diverse and productive national forests and grasslands across the country. The Forest Plan for the Superior National Forest was revised in 2004 and is not scheduled for additional revision for a few more years. The final planning rule will guide future Forest Plan development, revision, and amendment on the Superior National Forest and all other national forests. read more...>
Greenstone – April 22, 2011 - Discover Greenstone, tagged the Spirit of the North, a land of pristine lakes, rushing rivers and the beautiful boreal forest. Greenstone is an outdoor lover’s delight with scenic parks, a first class 18-hole golf course, miles of hiking trails, canoe routes and snowmobile trails.
Greenstone is just a short couple hours drive north of Thunder Bay on Highway 11
Last year Greenstone was the focus of the Dimestore Fishermen Show. The Dimestore Fishermen is a uniquely Canadian outdoor program that focuses on the cultural, historical and recreational aspects of the Canadian communities and watershed.
The video provides a moderated tour of the region highlighting Greenstone’s regional attractions while encouraging visitors to plan a world class fishing trip and that Greenstone is a place to visit. read more.....>
Restore Passenger Rail to North Shore & Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, On --- September 30, 2011 -- - Local MP Bruce Hyer is determined to see passenger rail return to Thunder Bay - Superior North, and has re-introduced a motion in the House of Commons to help restore service. First introduced in the last Parliament, his motion died along with all other bills and motions when the 2011 federal election was called.
“Returning passenger rail to one of the most spectacular routes in the country - through Marathon, Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Nipigon, and Thunder Bay - will be a huge boost to those communities and to rail tourism alike.” said Hyer, who is past President of the North of Superior Tourism Association (NOSTA) and has served on the board of directors of Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association (NOTO). “Now that gas prices have jumped because of the HST, it is more important than ever to give residents and tourists alike more transport options in our region. This will also help diversify the local economy by showcasing one of the most beautiful rail journeys in Canada.” read more......>
National Regatta Thunder Bay Sea Cadets
KINGSTON, Ont. - August 25, 2011 -- Thunder Bay sea cadets Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Bogensberger and Leading Seaman Taylor Brown of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) VINDICTIVE are among Canada's top 50 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet sailors converging on Kingston, Ont. this week (Aug. 22-26). The annual Sea Cadets' National Regatta, staged by The Navy League of Canada and the Canadian Forces, pits each province's top sailors against each other in four days of competition, testing not only their teamwork, seamanship and sailing strategy but also their tenacity and physical endurance. read more....>
Trans Hiker Excited about Kinghorn Rail-to-Trail Project
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 16, 2011 --- Dana Meise from Prince George, BC is hiking solo across Canada on the Trans Canada Trail from coast to coast to coast. Starting on May 6, 2008 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Dana has traveled approximately 9,000 km and is currently in Thunder Bay as he works his way across Canada. Dana hikes approx. six months of the year from May to October, returning to his contract Forestry Technologist position during the winter months. His total trek will take him 22,000 km and allow him to visit all three oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic) surrounding Canada, meeting people in all communities connected along the Trans Canada Trail network of trails.
Dana who will be the first person to hike across Canada on the Trans Canada Trail is enjoying every step of his journey, overwhelmed with the beauty of the Country and the great people he has met along the way. read more....>
LRCA OPG Unveil New Learning Trails
THUNDER BAY, ON --- August 15, 2011 -- The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) along with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to unveil the Mission Marsh Learning Trails at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area on August 24, 2011.
A formal ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of the trailhead sign is scheduled to occur at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of August 24, with representatives from the LRCA and OPG present for some short speeches. At 1:00 p.m., employees of OPG along with LRCA staff will be planting 40 shrubs along the route of the first leg of the Learning Trails. The Ontario Junior Rangers planted 20 trees along the route prior to the official unveiling. A plant biologist identified specific species of trees and shrubs that are native to the area. The plants that were chosen all benefit the Provincially Significant Wetland, and provide forage for pollinating insects, songbirds, and small mammals. Some of the trees and shrubs chosen include raspberry, red maple, white pine, and serviceberry. read more......>
Pukaskwa reopens backcountry after bear attack
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, August 12, 2011 – Pukaskwa’s backcountry has been reopened following a seven-day closure. The closure was in place as a result of an incident in which a lone black bear injured a Michigan Women, at Simon’s Harbour in the park on August 5, 2011.
Parks Canada staff and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation Officers have since destroyed a bear near the incident site that matched the physical and behavioural evidence provided by the victim and collected at the scene.
The bear matches the physical and behavioural description provided by the victim. Tests are being conducted to determine if the gender or DNA of the killed bear match evidence collected from the scene. Until it is confirmed that this was the bear responsible, bear crews will continue to monitor the site. read more....>
Bear Attacked Michigan Women In Pukaskwa Nation Park, Lake Superior
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 6, 2011 --- A lone black bear attached a visitor Friday morning in Pukaskwa National Park, approximately 40 miles southeast of Hattie Cove. Coast and coastal trail are reported closed for now between Oiseau Bay and Otter Cove.
A 57-year-old woman was taken to Marathon hospital after being attacked by a bear in Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior, south of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Just before 9 a.m. Friday, the women from Harbor Springs, Mich., were boating in the national park when one woman went to shore and was attacked by a bear.
An official at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre at CFB Trenton says the woman was one of three people who got off a small boat in a harbour at the park today at 8:40 a.m.
The woman suffered puncture wounds to her right side and lost a lot of blood after the bear attacked her. read more.......>
Junior Rangers to Help Clean Up Cascades Conservation Area
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 31, 2011 --- On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, the Ontario Junior Rangers will be assisting Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) field staff to thoroughly clean the rocks at the Cascades Conservation Area.
Cascades Conservation Area is a heavily used and popular destination for the community for various outdoor activities including hiking and sightseeing. For the most part, the community does a great job of graciously cleaning up after themselves and removing their trash when finished enjoying the Area. Unfortunately, others leave large messes behind, primarily broken beer bottles and other harmful debris. Alcohol is not permitted in the Conservation Area, however glass from broken bottles is regularly found on the rocks and in the water. This poses a safety hazard, especially to swimmers and dogs. read more.....>
Civic Long Weekend at Chippewa Park
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 26, 2011 --- This long weekend come visit Chippewa Park, where there are fun activities for the whole family! Sunday, July 31st The Friends of Chippewa Park will be hosting their weekly Sundays in the Park Concert. This Sunday will feature the sounds of The Campbell Family Band. Due to popular demand the concert will be held in the dance hall so that you can enjoy the beautiful dance floor. Please bring your own lawn chairs and be prepared to dance! The concert will begin at 2:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM with a short intermission around 3:00.
The Campbell Family Band is a versatile 5 piece band with a long history of bringing the finest dance music to the local population of Thunder Bay, and the surrounding communities. The band is composed of five enthusiastic multi-talented musicians of the Campbell family. Together they bring reflections and memories from decades past with some of the very best music from diverse performers across the music spectrum. read more.....>
Today is Chippewa Park's 90th Birthday!
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 15,2011 ---- On July 15th, 1921, Thunder Bay's premier family park was officially opened. Fifeteen days after being named Chippewa Park in honour of the original owners of the land, Fort William Mayor Dennis, his wife and a few friends travelled by water to the park where they enjoyed a picnic and christened the park. During that first visit they were given a tour of the shoreline by the Chairman of the Fort William Board of Parks Management, William Dowler, the founder of the park. read more....>
Busy Long Weekend for US Coast Guard
CLEVELAND – July 6, 2011 --- U.S. Coast Guard boatcrews throughout the Great Lakes region saw thousands of vessels on the water during the Independence Day weekend and responded to several hundred distress calls.
The large number of Coast Guard responses, at least 227 from Friday morning to approximately 12 a.m. Tuesday, is significantly higher than the same time frames during the previous four years, but may be because Independence Day fell on a Monday this year and weather was favorable for boaters throughout the Great Lakes the majority of the long weekend.
A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Rochester, N.Y., rescued five people after they were ejected from their boat (pictured) about 300 yards east of the Genesee River Monday afternoon. A member of the Coast Guard Reserve witnessed the three men, ages 47, 21 and 16, and two women, ages 47 and 20, being thrown from the 19-foot vessel after it took a wave over the bow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) read more ...>
USDA Forest Service and Scouts Partner to Improve Trails on the Superior National Forest
GRAND MARAIS, MN - June 9, 2011 - Imagine nearly 200 volunteers teaming up with the USDA Forest Service to construct new trails and improve existing sections of recreational trails on the Superior National Forest!
That’s exactly what’s happening this June 21 to June 25 in northeast Minnesota. The Boy Scouts of America’s honor society – called the Order of the Arrow – will be bringing approximately 200 Scouts and Adult Scouters to Grand Marais. Working in partnership with the Forest Service, eight separate crews will construct new mountain biking trails at Pincushion near Grand Marais and Sugarbush near Tofte, and improve sections of the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail Association, Superior Cycling Association, Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, and International Mountain Biking Association are providing additional support and coordination. The event is called ArrowPower2011: Service on the Superior. read more...>
What To Do If You Find A Sick, Injured Or Orphaned Wild Animal - Northwest Region
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 31, 2011 ---- If you see what you think may be sick, injured or orphaned wildlife, don’t remove it from its natural habitat. The bird or animal may not need assistance and you could actually do more harm in your attempt to help.
Where an animal is in need of help, it requires specialized care to recover and return to the wild.
You cannot keep wildlife in captivity without approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Determining if Wildlife is Orphaned
Some species leave their offspring alone temporarily, especially during the day. For example, deer spend much of the day away from their well-camouflaged offspring to minimize the chance of predators finding them.
To determine if young wildlife is truly orphaned, check the animal periodically for 24 to 48 hours to see if it is still around. Keep your distance. Keep cats and dogs away from the area inhabited by the young animal; the adult will not return if it is noisy or if predators or people are close by. read more....>
Lake Superior Day third Sunday in July all around the lake in both American and Canada
Ashland, Wisc.— May 27, 2011 ---- The Lake Superior Binational Forum invites the public to celebrate the 8th annual Lake Superior Day celebrations by holding an activity or event on Sunday, July 17, 2011. Lake Superior Day is held annually on the third Sunday in July in communities all around the lake in both American and Canada.
In 2004, the Binational Forum revived the designation of the third Sunday in July as a special day that encourages people, families, groups of any kind, businesses, communities, churches, and others to find ways to connect to the world’s largest lake which sustains the basin’s environment and economy.
Since the first Lake Superior Day, hundreds of events have been held in communities on both sides of the border. Last year over 50 groups and communities participated in some way, including special events such as kayak races, beach clean ups, youth education activities, musical concerts, library displays, church services, and signed proclamations by three governors that designated the third Sunday in July as Lake Superior Day. The Binational Forum, which is funded on the U.S. side by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, offers free print materials available in quantity to those who request them including a two-sided paper placemat, a color postcard, poster, and bookmarks. read more....>
George Jeffrey Children's Centre Soapbox Races
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 25, 2011 --- Mary Anne Comuzzi, Director of Development George Jeffrey Children's Foundation invites you to experience the "Thrill of the Hill" at this year's 8th Annual George Jeffrey Children's Centre Soapbox Races. For the first time ever we are inviting adults to take part in an elimination style competition on Sunday afternoon, June 5th. Challenge or sponsor your friends, family, colleagues, or counterparts in a friendly competition to be crowned 'King (or Queen) of the Hill.' Your vehicle will be provided and the cost of entry is $50, with the winner receiving a portion of the pot.
If you are interested in taking part in this fun and exciting event or have any questions, please feel free to call me at 625-6052. To register you may fill out the this form and email it to email@example.com or fax it to 623-7161. You can also register at Waverly Park on Saturday June 4th at the George Jeffrey Trailer. We look forward to seeing you on the hill come race day. Thank you for your consideration. If you are unable to attend, please pass the invitation on to any other interested parties. The George Jeffrey Children's Centre Soap Box Races take place all weekend June 4 & 5 at Waverly Park Hill. read more....>
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area Parks Canada’s Gift to the Earth award
Fort GM Sergio Buonocore shows off posters
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 11, 2011 --- Rendezvous with Italy features three name acts direct from Italy including Ricchie Poveri, a trio whose name translates as The Rich and The Poor, Riccardo Fogli, and Nick Celentano. Collectively, these performers have sold over 20 million albums in Europe alone.
Rendezvous with Italy also features some homegrown entertainers Kenny Shields and Streetheart, Honeymoon Suite, The Powder Blues Band and Doug and the Slugs, to broaden the appeal of the event.
“Rendezvous with Italy” may be the largest celebration of Italian culture ever seen in Northern Ontario,” says Fort William Historical Park GM Sergio Buonocore.
Fort GM Sergio Buonocore shows off posters for Rendezvous with Italy, Retrofest and The Celtic Fair.
“Rendezvous with Italy” may be the largest celebration of Italian culture ever seen in Northern Ontario,” says Fort William Historical Park GM Sergio Buonocore. read more.....>
Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 19, 2011 –The significant progress towards the creation of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area has been credited by WWF International as one of the key reasons for presenting their prestigious Gift to the Earth award to Parks Canada. WWF-International credits Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area for Parks Canada’s Gift to the Earth award
“Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area is honoured to be recognized as one of the reasons Parks Canada was presented this award”, said Mike Walton, Parks Canada Superintendent for Northern Ontario. “This recognition will help promote greater international awareness of this protected portion of the world’s largest freshwater lake”.
WWF’s Gift to the Earth Award recognizes Parks Canada’s conservation leadership and globally outstanding track record in creating new protected areas, and in embracing precedent-setting Aboriginal collaboration, targeting terrestrial, marine and freshwater realms, and reintroducing endangered species. read more.....>
Coast Guard rescues kayakers who capsized in Lake Superior
DULUTH, MINN ---- June 29, 2011 --- A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued two teenagers from the frigid waters of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minn., after their kayaks capsized there Wednesday afternoon.
A charter fishing boat operator was travelling though the Duluth Entry near the Duluth Aerial Bridge at noon when he noticed a teenager struggling near his capsized kayak, so he used his VHF-FM marine radio to notify Coast Guard Station Duluth, reporting his own vessel was too large to safely assist.
Within four minutes, a Coast Guard boatcrew launched in a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat to rescue the kayaker. When the crew arrived on scene, the 19-year-old had managed to climb back into his kayak, but the vessel was filled with lake water, reported to be about 48 degrees. read more.....>
Two sailors die in Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac
THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 18, 2011 --- As of Monday, July 18, it has been confirmed by the U. S. Coast Guard and it is with great regret that the Chicago Yacht Club acknowledges the deaths of two sailors who were competing in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac. in a statement of their website.
A severe thunderstorm crossed Lake Michigan around midnight EDT last night. Windgusts were reported at 52 knots with waves of 4-6 feet.
The Coast Guard was notified at 12:40 am via VHF radio by crew members from one of the competing boats "Sociable" that another of the competing boats, "WingNuts," had capsized in these severe conditions. Five sailors were pulled from the water on arrival to the scene and one other sailor was later rescued. The six sailors were rescued by the crew of "Sociable." read more....>