Outdoor News 2015

Tourism Thunder Bay FAM Tour #LSN_Tourism - Thursday, June 16, 2016
Tourism Thunder Bay FAM Tour #LSN_Tourism

 Crystal Beach Variety

John From Crystal Beach Variety and Restaurant speaking

Lake Superior Art Gallery had the privilege of hosting the Tourism Thunder Bay FAM tour. The people taking part in the stop at the Lake Superior Art Gallery were welcomed by Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Jim Hupka, BIA Chair, and Brian Phillips of VictoriaVille Centre.

A group of local merchants were on hand to tell the visitors about the products and service they offer; Silhouette Boutique, PARO, Ephesians Designs, Amos & Andes, Blue Door Bistro, Crystal Beach Variety and Restaurant. read more ...
Hunters register 68,401 deer during first weekend - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hunters register 68,401 deer during first weekend #TravelSuperior

DNR Deer Season 2015

 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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FAM Tour 2015 - Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jim Hupka Travel Councilors

Jim Hupka speaks to FAM Tour

The City of Thunder Bay Tourism Department held their Familiarization Tour for local and regional Travel Councilors, and Hospitality Staff to learn about what Thunder Bay and surrounding areas has to offer visitors to our area. The tour was coordinated by Lois Nuttall of Lake Superior Visits. read more ...
Great Lakes inspired films Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - Monday, January 12, 2015

Great Lakes inspired films Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary 

Alpena, Michigan  ----    January 12, 2015  This January, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryThunder Bay International Film Festival are bringing the world of cinema to Alpena!

For one weekend in January, residents and travelers to northeast Michigan will be treated to some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes-inspired films from around the world.

Features of the event include films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, an acclaimed festival of ocean-themed films that are largely unavailable to the general public. Also featured will be a number of Great Lakes films, presented by the filmmakers themselves.  

The Thunder Bay International Film Festival gets underway on the evening of Wednesday, January 21 with an opening reception and films at the Rogers City Theater, and continues through Sunday with additional movie screenings, filmmaker panels, educational events, and social affairs. read more ...
Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel, & RV Show - Monday, January 12, 2015

 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 Outdoor ShowDULUTH 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.

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
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Senior Tour around Lake Superior ~ Sunday Coffee with Jeb - Sunday, January 11, 2015

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 Circle Tour MapGrey 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.

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Nipigon Waterfront Development - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nipigon Waterfront Development

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -----    January 7, 2015  ----- Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Michael Gravelle Nipigon Richard HarveyDevelopment 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.”

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Outdoor News 2014

OFAH Bring Back the Salmon program - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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 Lake Ontario Salmonactivities, 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 . Outdoors Lake Superior News read more ...
Tourism Summit Thunder Bay - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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 Michael Coteau Tourismamong 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 norTourismt Summitth 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News  read more ...
CP Holiday Train Ontario Wisconsin Minnesota North Dakota - Thursday, November 6, 2014

 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 CP Holiday Trainon 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. 

The CP Holiday Train is North America's longest rolling food bank fundraiser and since we started in 1999​, the program has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food.  Over the three weeks of the program, musicians will play more than 150 concerts from a boxcar we've turned into a traveling stage. read more ...
SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES NOrthern Ont Tourism Summit - Sunday, October 12, 2014


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----    October 12, 2014  ---   The challenges facTourism Summiting 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News
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Porphyry Point Lighthouse - Sunday, October 12, 2014

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. read more ...
Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 Minn metro lakes - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 Minn metro lakes

DULUTH, MN  ----   September 27, 2014  --Two metro Minnesota lakes will be dZebra Mussels Dogesignated 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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News
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Lake Superior Hiking Stick - Saturday, September 13, 2014
Lake Superior Hiking Stick
Hike with confidence. Hike with Lake Superior Hiking Stick
The Bear Stick is a 48″-50″ hiking stick which very quickly becomes a defensive weapon in the case of an attack by a bear, cougar, dog, etc. Embedded in the shaft is a 6″-8″ ardox spike that can be used to defend against an animal attack.
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Pukaskwa Bat Monitoring - Friday, September 12, 2014

Pukaskwa Bat Monitoring

The VisitoPukaskwa Bat Monitoringr 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.

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Bighead and Silver Carp discovered in Pool 2 of Mississippi River - Friday, July 18, 2014
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 Asian Carp 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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News
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Algoma Street from Blvd Lake to John Street Closed Sunday - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Algoma Street from Blvd Lake to John Street Closed Sunday

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---    July 8, 2014  ---  Algoma Street from Boulevard Lake to John StOpens Streetsreet 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News read more.....>
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Minnesota state parks and trails launch ‘I Can Mountain Bike! - Monday, July 7, 2014

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 DNR I Can Mountain BikeRecreation 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.”  Outdoors Lake Superior News 

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Fawns born in May: Leave them alone - Monday, May 19, 2014

 Fawns born in May: Leave them alone

DULUTH, MN   -----   May 19, 2014  ----   Newborn fawns may appear abandFawn Born in Mayoned 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.
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OFAH applauds launch of National Conservation Plan - Friday, May 16, 2014
OFAH applauds launch of National Conservation Plan

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  May 16, 2014  ---- $252 million in federal funding to benefit hunters, anglers and conservationists

OFAHThe 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. 
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U.S. Coast Guard releases 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics - Thursday, May 15, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard releases 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics

WASHINGTON — May 15, 2014  ---The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2013 Coast Guard releases 2013 Recreational Boating StatisticsRecreational 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." Outdoors Lake Superior News

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PD Railway Harstone Bridge - Friday, April 18, 2014
PD Railway Harstone Bridge

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  April 18, 2014   ---The PAD&W is an important piece of histoHartstone Bridge PD Railwayry 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News

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Aerial Surveys Show Declines in Northern Ontario - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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 2014 Moose Surveycent 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 Outdoors Lake Superior News
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CLE Home & Garden Show - Thursday, April 3, 2014

 CLE Home & Garden Show

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  April 3, 2014   ----  The Canadian Lakehead Exhibiti1964 Chevy Corvair Rampsideon & 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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News
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Experimental Lakes Area Agreement - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Experimental Lakes Area Agreement 

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----- April 1, 2014 ----- The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Government of Ontario Experimental Lakes Ontarioand 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.   Outdoors Lake Superior News  read more....>
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"Foods: Grown & Gathered” at the Northern Sustainability Symposium - Friday, March 28, 2014
"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 Straw Bale GardeningNorthern 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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News  read more......>
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TBCC Outdoor's Show Photo Contest - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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 Jakub SisakHakenson, Show Assistant reports that:

 Wildlife Category
1st – Jakub Sisak
2nd – Perry Greico
3rd – Nicholas Sutherland

Landscape Category
1st – Mark Shruiff
2nd – Leanne Marttunen

3rd – Linda Ryma

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Experience the great outdoors….indoors - Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Experience the great outdoors….indoors

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   February 10 , 2014  ----  Visit the Sportsdome this weekend as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce,

Thunder Bay Outdoor ShowPerformance 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 Outdoors Lake Superior News 

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International Tourism Agreement Reached - Friday, February 14, 2014

 International Tourism Agreement Reached

Duluth, Minnesota ---  February 14, 2014  ---   The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is partnering with National Geographic Heart of the ContinentSociety (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.”  Outdoors Lake Superior News 

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NOSTA STARTS ITS 40TH YEAR WITH A NEW LEADER - Saturday, January 25, 2014

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  January 25, 2014 ----   The Board of the North of Superior TrPaul Morraleeavel 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  Outdoors Lake Superior News

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TBCC Outdoor Show photo contest - Friday, January 10, 2014

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  January 10, 2014   --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the return of the

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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.”   Outdoors Lake Superior News  

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Superior Underwater Exploration Society to hold Inaugural AGM - Sunday, January 5, 2014

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----- January 5, 2014. The Newly Formed Superior Underwater Exploration Society (SUES), a Northwestern Ontario Chapter

Superior Underwater Exploration Society

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. Outdoors Lake Superior News

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Ontario 2014 Fish Regulations - Wednesday, January 1, 2014
2014 Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary

Ontario 2014 Fishing Regulations

  • The 2014 Ontario recreational Fishing summary is now available.

  • It includes pdf maps and each pdf maps includes the regulations for that zone. 
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Outdoor News 2013


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 Wolveseast-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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News   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 New's Years Eve Fort William Historical ParkWilliam 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.   Outdoors Lake Superior News  read more....>


THUNDER BAY, ON  --- December 21, 2013  ---- The City of Thunder Bay - Tourism Division is thrilled to announce the release of the digital 2014 THUNDER BAY EXPERIENCE MAGAZINEand 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! Outdoors Lake Superior News  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 Lucas Johnson CAN-BIKE Masterthe 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.” Outdoors Lake Superior News  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 Outdoor Show Boat Contestthe 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Tim Lukinukof 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.Outdoors Lake Superior News 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, Pilot Project to Address Problem Bearthe 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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Tug Mary Ann Port ArthurOntario Under Water Councilsignificance. 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 Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Black BearBill Mauro MPP 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;   Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 For t William Historical ParkNight 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News read more.....>


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- September 26, 2013   --    Residents, municipalities and groups throughout the North have been expressing NUISANCE BEARS BILLgrowing 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 Outdoors Lake Superior News 
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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

DNR Volunteers Fire ArmsBecome 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 enforcement.education@state.mn.us


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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 Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 OFAHResources (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."  Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Thunder Bay Tourist Pagodateach 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! Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Trees Chippewa Park

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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News 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. NorthHouse Boat DisplayWatch 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News 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. Outdoors Lake Superior Newsread more......>


Spring on the Farm at Fort William Historical Park

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   May 31, 2013   ---  Springtime adventure is in store for the whole Fort William Historical Parkfamily 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   Outdoors Lake Superior News 
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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 Superior Man Triathlonof 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News read more......>

18th Annual SUNORA Superior North Shore Regatta

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 27, 2013 ----  18th Annual SUNORA -----   Sailing season has started Beautiful Morning 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News  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 2013 Summer Season at Chippewa ParkChippewa 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.” Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Outdoors Lake Superior News 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. Terrace Bay Light HouseIn 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News  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 OFAHon 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News  read more......>

Norwegian Tall Ship Coming to Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON --- April 8, 2013 ---- A really big lake deserves a really big celebration Norwegian Tall Ship Sorlandetand 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)(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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Celtic Fair Festival Under the Starseverything 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 Big Niagara 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News read more.....>

North Shore Steelhead Dinner Auction

THUNDER BAY,  ON  --  March 5, 2013 ----  This past year, the North Shore Steelhead Fishermen's Park Current River 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News read more.....>

US Coast Guard Aircrews Keep Busy

CLEVELAND, OH ----   FEBRUARY 11, 2013 ---  Coast Guard ice rescue crews in Saginaw Bay Michigan-based Coast Guard aircrew 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.  Outdoors Lake Superior News 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 US Coast Guardfollowing 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. Outdoors Lake Superior News  read more.....>

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