Hunters register 68,401 deer during first weekend #TravelSuperior
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.”
Jim Hupka speaks to FAM Tour
Great Lakes inspired films Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Alpena, Michigan ---- January 12, 2015 This January, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary are bringing the world of cinema to Alpena!
Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel, & RV Show
Like to get some tips and new ideas on hunting and fishing there will be a variety of seminars conducted through the run of the DULUTH BOAT, SPORTS, TRAVEL & RV SHOW, February 18th - 22nd, all given by top pros in their fields. These experts along with educational and entertaining flat wall displays will combine to make an even more enjoyable show for yourself and your family.
Senior Tour around Lake Superior ~ Sunday Coffee with Jeb
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 11, 2015 ---- This senior enjoys Circle Loops. My wife and I took two Loop Tours via Grey Line on Oahu and a year later on the Big Island. It’s a great way to see firsthand the principal sites and to stop along the way, shoot photos and dine.
Nipigon Waterfront Development
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- January 7, 2015 ----- Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines “By developing its scenic waterfront, Nipigon is building on its reputation for great fishing Michael Gravelle Nipigonand 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.”
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.
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.
CP Holiday Train Ontario Wisconsin Minnesota North Dakota
THUNDER BAY , ON --- November 6, 2014 --- Plan now to come out and visit the CP Holiday train, in Thunder Bay, Ontario on the evening of Holiday Train 2014December 2st and in CP Holiday Train Lacrosse WI on December 8th and Cottage Grove Mn December 10th. Making a difference, one stop at a time The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 25 and will be visiting over 150 communities across our network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank.
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.
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.
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.
Pukaskwa Bat Monitoring
The Visitor Centre at Pukaskwa National Park now hosts an ultrasonic microphone and data logger as part of a new bat monitoring program at the Park. Like bird songs, different bats make calls specific to their species, allowing us to determine which species are present in the area.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 16, 2014 ---- $252 million in federal funding to benefit hunters, anglers and conservationists
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.
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.
Aerial Surveys Show Declines in Northern Ontario
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.
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.
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.
1st – Jakub Sisak
2nd – Perry Greico
3rd – Nicholas Sutherland
1st – Mark Shruiff
2nd – Leanne Marttunen
3rd – Linda Ryma
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 10 , 2014 ---- Visit the Sportsdome this weekend as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce,
They can learn about green living, safety and get fishing lessons from popular outdoorsman
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 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.”
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 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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.....>
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