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Walk this way: Self-guided history tours in Thunder Bay
There’s a new explore-the-city program called Big Boreal Adventure Goes Historical. (The sister program, Big Boreal Adventure, is a fun, nature-based scavenger hunt that takes you all over Thunder Bay in search of cedar posts topped with round metal engravings by local artists, read more about the Big Boreal Adventure here.) “I wanted to put a Big Boreal Adventure post near the Ontario Power Generation station near Mission Marsh, but the site wasn’t right for a permanent post,” says program director Marilyn Grudniski. “Then an OPG employee said, ‘look at all our history right here…you can see the grain elevators and the railroad and the ships on Lake Superior,’ and I realized that creating a series of historical walking tours was…
Northern Lights over Darlington Bay in Keewatin
Have you seen the fantastic northern lights this winter? There have been several nights over the last month or two in Ontario's Sunset Country with a great display of the northern lights which led up to the strongest geomagnetic storm on March 17/18th. The skies seemed to be celebrating St. Patrick's Day too.  Winter in the Northwest Ontario is generally a good time to view northern lights. The many dark hours and the frequency of clear nights provide many good opportunities to watch the aurora borealis. Usually the best time of night to watch for the northern lights is around midnight. Here are some of the best northern lights in Sunset Country this winter:   MacKenzie Point, Thunder Bay, Ontario…
Ski This March Break For Free: Book Your Searchmont Package Today!
The best skiing of the season is finally here! Searchmont Resort is the only Midwest ski resort that is located on a mountain, and is proud to say that they have the most diverse terrain, the longest runs (18 in total) and the greatest vertical (750 feet!) in the area! Located 48 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, Searchmont Resort is a premiere ranked, regional training and recreation facility with high quality mountain terrain, amenities, events and entertainment. With caring, knowledgeable staff and quality service, Searchmont Resort supports a healthy, active lifestyle by providing winter recreation for families, sports enthusiasts and competitive athletes of all ages. Searchmont Resort has put together a Mark Break special offer just for you! SKI…
Kap-Kig-Iwan: Discover Your Perfect Hike to See Waterfalls
Whitewater rapids, roaring waterfalls, rocky ravines, and towering birch and pine. Sounds like a piece of untouched, hard-to-access piece of Canadian wilderness. In fact, Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park near Englehart and Kirkland Lake offers some of the most accessible scenery in Northern Ontario. The park boasts an excellent hiking distance to scenic lookout ratio—with several just a few steps from the park’s main road. There are many must-do hikes, starting at a 2.5-km loop perfect for hiking novices and young families and moving up to a more rugged 5.7-km trail for back country adventure seekers. Although highly accessible, the park’s rural location, rugged Ontario backdrop, and modest visitor count (even in summer’s high season), make a trip to Kap-Kig-Iwan feel like…
Frozen for about 1/3 of the year, Algoma Country has a wealth of ice fishing opportunities on waters big and small.
Ice and snow are a given for the people of Ontario who live in the tourism district known as Algoma Country. From the Manitoulin Islands in the east to Nakina in the west, Algoma Country is located in the heart of Ontario and along the northern edge of the snow belt. Safe ice is generally set up by early December and anglers can almost guarantee the ice fishing season will last through March. Ice and snow locks up Algoma Country for clearly a third of the year. In this part of the world when the weatherman hands you lemons, you make lemonade or lemonade sickles as the case may be. Ice fishermen target a host of species in Algoma Country…
The Sky's the Limit at Sudbury National Snowcross Championships
Rockstar Energy National Snowcross Championship racing action came to North Eastern Ontario February 28th to March 1st for the Sudbury National Snowcross Championships. The event was presented by Blackstone Golf Club, G-Force Racing and NORTRAX, and was held at the Blackstone Golf Club in Sudbury, Ontario. The Sport 600 final on Saturday saw 15 riders battling off the start line! The Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) has been organizing, promoting and regulating snowmobile racing competitions in Canada since its inception in 1994. Snowcross is one of today’s most popular forms of snowmobile racing. Much like motocross, snowcross consists of tracks that feature tight turns, banked corners, whoop sections and a variety of jump sizes for all kinds of high-flying action!…
Ice Cave on Lake Superior at Coppermine Point.
This is the perfect time of year to get out and explore the ice formations in Algoma sculpted by the wave action of the Great Lakes. Pack a picnic, put on your layers of clothing and head out to admire Mother Nature's work. Lake Superior, the largest Great Lake north of Sault Ste. Marie is a winter wonderland. There are many areas to explore some more rugged than others. Pointe Des Chenes Pointe Des Chenes Park is a nice area to snowshoe or walk out onto the ice. Ice ridges have been formed by sheets of ice colliding and forming ridges out on Lake Superior. You have to watch you do not hit these at night on your snowmobile as…
Father and daughter hoisting nice eating-sized Nipissing walleye caught from inside the on-ice bungalow
“Can we stay another night?” Lillian asks as we sit down to our feast of barbecued steak and salad under the warm glow of propane lights. “We haven’t even spent our first night,” I tell my young daughter, “you might not even like it.” She looks around knowingly at the 10x20-foot ice bungalow complete with bunk beds, table, chairs, propane furnace and kitchenette. “Oh I like it here”, she says with all the conviction a ten-year-old can muster.     Earlier today we met outfitter Rob Hyatt for snowmobile delivery toward a cluster of rectangular metal-clad ice fishing shacks set amongst the pine capped islands of Lake Nipissing’s Callander Bay. More than 2000 ice huts dot the surface of Ontario’s fourth…
Play, explore and learn in Thunder Bay with Big Boreal Adventure.
When my family moved to Thunder Bay four years ago, we started exploring our new city and it wasn’t long before we started seeing cedar posts with round metal engravings on them—one at Vanderwees Home and Garden, another at Chippewa Park, a third at Vickers Park. Was it some kind of public art project, we wondered? Then we discovered it was nature-based scavenger hunt called the Big Boreal Adventure. Here’s how it works: you pick up a free kit—a laminated map and a spiral-bound guidebook—at any of the Thunder Bay libraries, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Wilderness Supply or a variety of children’s resource centres. There are 38 posts all over Thunder Bay in both rural and urban areas. What…
Visit Kakabeka Falls - There's a Reason, Every Season.
Kakabeka Falls, a 25-minute drive west of Thunder Bay, is a no-brainer for a spring, summer or fall destination—consider the awesome majesty of the falls, the quiet trails and beach at the provincial park, and the opportunity to sample the treats at the wide variety of ice cream shops in the village. Related: Reasons to Stop in Kakabeka Falls But winter? As a matter of fact, yes! I had heard good things about a diner-style restaurant called KB Checkers, on the north side of Hwy 11/17 as you enter the village. When I arrived for lunch, I discovered that the restaurant had undergone a name change (but fortunately not a menu change) the previous week and was now The Eddy, with…


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