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Take a walk down Main Street in Kenora to look at the Muskies on Main
There more muskies than just Husky the Musky in Kenora this summer! Bid on one of these fantastic "Muskies on Main".   Over 40 artists have created vastly different and stunning muskies that are on display on Main Street in Kenora, Ontario. The "Muskies on Main" were unveiled in a ceremony in Memorial Park on June 27, 2014. The muskies that have brightened up our walk downtown will continue to be on display for the rest of summer. Muskies on Main is a community art project led by the Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC). Most of the muskies will eventually be sold by an online auction (ending August 22 at 5:00pm). I have to say, the muskies exceeded…
Thunder Bay's Newest Burger Joint Is "Off The Charts"
For those days when only a burger and fries will do, head to O.T.C Burgers N More, Thunder Bay’s newest burger joint. “OTC” stands for “Off the Charts” and is located at the city’s south end out Highway 61 between the 15th and 20th Sideroads. It's definitely a must stop if you're driving into Thunder Bay from the border. The lineup of gourmet burgers highlights fresh local ingredients. The chalkboard menu even lists the local beef farm, abattoir and cattle breed. The flavours don’t disappoint. Photo Courtesy of Robert Servais  I sampled the Guacamole Burger. It's a beef burger with housemade guac, Thunder Oak smoked gouda and red onion on a potato bun. Another local favourite is the “OTC Burger” with more smoked…
Great ideas to keep you sane on your family road trip
Use these useful tips as a Road Trip Survival Guide   I've spent many hours in a car on many road trips visiting nearly every province in Canada and every state in the U.S. Traveling by car is my preferred way to travel as you get to see so many things you miss out on when you fly to a destination. Many of my best memories are stopping along the highway and finding something unexpected. Now with two young children in tow, my road trippin' has certainly changed from my carefree road trips as a single gal with not many responsibilities. It has changed but I still love it. I certainly love the look in my girls eyes as they…
Plein Air Painting
Imagine the feel of a brush held delicately in your hand as it gently sweeps across canvas. The wind is teasing your hair and bringing with it the scent of fresh pine. The water lapping against the side of your canoe is a relaxing rhythm as the waves gently rock you into a trance, allowing your mind and creativity to open up to the wild beauty that is yours to capture. This Northeastern Ontario experience could be yours as Hartley Bay Marina and OuterVision Adventure Tours, an outfitting and guiding company with over 16 years of experience, partner together to bring you along the historic French River and into the Georgian Bay area. August 9th & 10th, 2014 The intimate…
Caribou Expeditions: 5 Sea Kayak Day Trips Just An hours' Drive North Of Sault Ste. Marie!
"From our base on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario (since 1994) we provide guided sea kayak and canoe tours, white-water river trips, including wilderness overnight camping, lodge-to-lodge kayaking, kayak instruction, and outfitting." Mike and Colleen Petzold, owners of Caribou Expeditions, are avid paddlers who have lived in the area for over two decades. In addition to our local excursions, we frequently kayak the St. Lawrence and the Barrier Reef in Belize. Mike Petzold, Owner and Guide Mike founder of Caribou Expeditions, 1994, and former professional biologist, has been guiding for over a decade. Having received four star certification from the British Canoe Union, as well as Instructor Certification from paddling Canada. Colleen Arvisais, Owner and Guide Colleen has guided trips…
Memorable experiences on the water await in Thunder Bay
People are naturally attracted to water! With Lake Superior on the doorstep, and number of rivers connecting to the lake within city lmits, your connection to water is not too far away. The views are fantastic and the experiences like kayaking and tubing get you in the water to cool off on a hot summer day. Go Wading in Superior Lake Superior is—let’s face it—really, really cold. You may not want to take a full swim in it, but there are lots of opportunities to go wading, investigate interesting rocks and driftwood and gaze out at the lake. Take a 30-minute drive south of the city on Highway 61 to Little Trout Bay Conservation Area, a protected bay on the big lake.…
Waterfront splash pad is one of Thunder Bay's newest attractions!
Summertime and water were made for each other. And with the world’s largest freshwater lake right at our doorstep, plus inland lakes, rivers and water attractions, Thunder Bay offers plenty of family-friendly ways to cool off, splash around and have a ton of fun. While there is lots of swimming fun to be had at the city’s indoor and outdoor pools, remember you don’t have to actually go swimming to enjoy the water! Check out these get-wet options. Try All Three Splash Pads Thunder Bay is home to three splash pads, each with their own unique personality. And bonus: there is no charge for any of them! Marina Park - Prince Arthur's Landing The Marina Park splash pad is the most popular…
Skateboard Plaza at Marina Park
The installation of the state-of the art skateboard/BMX plaza at Marina Park five years ago created a wave of interest in Thunder Bay that continues to build. The 25,000-square-foot (2,323-square-metre) state-of-the-art park, which won a 2010 Parks and Recreation Ontario Excellence in Design award, is getting a lot of attention. “It’s considered one of the best parks in the country,” says Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition chairman John Kelly. Amazing Numbers For Waterfront Plaza Kathy Ball, operations coordinator for Marina Park, is thrilled with the Coalition’s hard work and involvement, which definitely contributes to the success of the park as a visitor attraction. “Last summer, 10,000 skaters used the plaza, and that’s only counting the users after 3pm,” she says. “Lots…
Trout like this laker are often found in larger inland lakes and the Great Lakes like this one from Lake Huron. Lakers provide steady action all summer long for those who understand how to fish with “attractors”.
Editor's Note: In his newest blog, Fishing 411 host Mark Romanack offers his tips and tricks for using "trolling attractors" for when you're fishing for Lake Trout in Algoma Country. To read more tips & tricks by Mark Romanack, see the list of blog links below this article. For more information about fishing trips for Lake Trout in Algoma Country visit the website Lake trout, or gray trout as many call them, aren't trout at all! Actually lake trout are members of the char family and like all chars they require exceptionally cold and pollution free waters. Fortunately, Algoma Country has no shortage of world class lake trout fisheries. Lake trout are found in a wealth of in-land lakes…
Heading out for a paddle on Lake of the Woods
SUP is the fastest growing water sport & I can see why!   SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) is hot right now, so hot in fact that it is the fastest growing water sport in the world. It's definitely really popular with the locals, tourists and summer residents in Sunset Country. I've seen paddlers out on Lake of the Woods and Wabigoon Lake and really wanted to try it out. Lucky for me, Dustin Shore from Boardanyone in Kenora volunteered to take me for a paddle on beautiful Lake of the Woods. Paddleboarding on Lake of the Woods While paddleboarding first came to Kenora around 5 years ago, Hawaiian pro surfer Laird Hamilton can be attributed to bringing the sport mainstream. During the…


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