July 18 to 20 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie's summer festival, Rotaryfest, provides 3 days of non-stop live entertainment on The Stage with a mixture of Pop Culture, Rock Music, Acoustic, Jazz, Blues and local music. The Second Stage on the Queens Walk celebrates the city's original musicians. Also: parade, food vendors, art exhibits, Midway. For more information visit www.rotaryfest.com
Find accommodations within short driving or walking distance at www.algomacountry.com
Larks in Park
Summer 2013 Elliot Lake, Ontario
A summer concert series showcasing live, local talent in an amazing setting. Held at least four times each summer at Westview Park. Concerts are free to everyone. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy great music in a beautiful setting. Check back for more information.
Rockin on the River in Blind River
August 3 to 4 2013 Blind River, Ontario
Two full days of entertainment of Acoustic & Country Days / Blues & Rocking Nights with vendors, door prizes, bonfire, fireworks. Overnight camping is available ($10.00 per site). Advanced Ticket Specials $20.00 each or buy 3 and get one Free. Ticket Prices after June/30/2012 is $30.00 per person for Two Days. One Day admissions - $15.00 (available on days of event at the gate only!)
Band Line up and Tickets available online now: www.rockingontheriverinblindriver.ca
* Donations for Local Food Bank Collected at the Gate.
Rock n Roar Spanish
August 16 to 17 2013 Spanish, Ontario
Hosted at the Four Season Outdoor Complex. Two days of entertainment and includes a Battle of the Bands. The 2013 Line up: Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd, Loverboy, Lee Aaron, Kenny Shields & Streetheart, David Wilcox and Coney Hatch. Camping available close to the concert site - $50.00 plus tax per site for the weekend. An in town shuttle will be running all weekend for concert attendees.
Tickets available online now. Order here: www.rocknroar.ca
Searchmont Music Festival
August 23,24 and 25, 2013 Searchmont, Ontario
Music is a huge part of life and culture in Algoma and the Searchmont Music Festival celebrates this tradition with musicians and artists from the area to this 2 day event. The concert takes place in the Goulais River Valley, just as the fall colour season will start. Three stages host more than 20 different musical acts. Artisans share and sell works and there will be a Classic Car Show. Activities for everyone. For more information visit www.searchmontmusicfestival.com
Find accommodations at www.algomacountry.com
Hot Rides Cornfest
August 2013 Laird International Raceway
Live entertainment, Classic Car Show & Shine, Art Exhibits. Onsite camping available to weekend event pass holders only – cost $20 per campsite (one vehicle and tent, motor home, or trailer).
Check back for more information.
For more information visit www.hotridescornfest.com
Old Town Hall Concert Series
August 2013 Hilton Beach, St. Joseph Island, Ontario
The Old Town Hall Concert Series is known as a venue for the best of Canadian musical artists. Canadian Jazz, classical and popular music scenes have entertained thousands of concert goers since 1996. Past performers have toured the world, played at prestigious concert halls and won Juno awards.
2013 Performers: Jack de Keyzer, Oliver Jones, Darrelle London
Tickets Now Available Online: www.oldtownhall.ca
To plan your stay on St. Joseph Island visit www.algomacountry.com
Hearst Partridge Country Festival
September 13 to 15 2013 Hearst, Ontario
Live music, Classic and Antiques Car show, vendors, art exhibits, motorcycle rally. Camping available. More information to follow.
Visit www.hearst.ca or phone 1-800-655-5769
For more events happening in Algoma throughout the year visit our Events Page.
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Last Updated April 8, 2013
Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great place to explore as child but also as an adult. It's a place where you can not only spend time as a family, but a great place to go with a group of friends you're traveling with.
Tucked into the waterfront in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, it's easy to get too. Did you know that it's a registered water-based airport for floatplanes? How cool would it be to take your own personal floatplane to a museum? Talk about arriving in style! But for those of us without a plane, there's plenty of parking.
The Bushplane Museum is one of only a few aviation museums which allow visitors to climb aboard the aircraft, take the pilot's seat in a passenger plane's cockpit, or climb into the cargo hold of a real water bomber. I've visited a few aviation museums where this isn't allowed, so you can imagine how awesome it feels knowing that you can climb – inside – the - plane! This is completely and totally extraordinary.
Chris, a long time resident of Sault Ste. Marie, had relatives visiting from England this past summer. She took them to local attractions in Algoma and this is what she had to say about their experience to the Bushplane Museum:
"We wanted to take our family members to attractions in Algoma and one of our stops was the Bushplane Museum. This turned out to be one of their favourite stops! Our relatives were not familiar with bushplanes so the museum was a great learning experience for them. We saw two films, Wings over the North, and the new 3D Wildfires. The effects of the 3D movie were great and really made you feel like you were involved. The exhibits were well laid out, interesting and interactive. No other museum we've been too allowed us to climb right into the cockpit of a plane. This is the perfect place to take kids and grandkids."
Here are Five Must Dos at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage centre:
1. Wildfires! 3-D Adventure: This new exhibit packs a punch -- 3-D effects tell the story of Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation Forest Fire & Emergency Services Branch battling real forest fires in Ontario from both the air and ground. You'll really feel like you are inside the battle!
2. The Flight Simulator is a classic exhibit at the Bushplane Museum: You can choose from 3 different 4-minute flights, each highlight a different aspect of Northern Ontario. Feel the engines start, the plane lifting from the ground and nail-biting landings. Very cool!
3. Climb the Fire Tower: This 30 foot replica overlooks the entire museum! Also check out the 1940s bush camp, reproductions ranger's office and the working lightning strike recorder in action.
4. Wings Over the North: Experience the exhilaration of take off in a vintage Beaver bushplane, the freedom of flight, the history of fighting fires from the sky, and the unexpected drama of setting "her" down with Pilot Ron and his canine co-pilot, Charlie.
5. Canadair CL-215 F-ZBBT: Manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace and retired in 1966, this enormous aircraft was a donation to the museum. Used to fight fires in the south of France, it recorded 20,331 water bombing loads dropped on fires. And you can climb inside!
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is just one of the incredible attractions in Algoma -- there's more! Check it out at www.algomacountry.com
As you may have seen on the Ontario ATV Event calendar, rides and rallies don’t start in spring anymore, they run all year round. Traditionally my ATVs have been put away in the fall, and I anxiously wait for spring to come, then wait for the trails to dry up enough to avoid damage. This year I was determined to get some riding in during the cold winter months.
Luckily an OFATV club not far from me was hosting a ride near Owen Sound on a groomed ATV trail. The Dufferin Grey ATV Club had been out earlier in the week clearing the lunch and parking area, and grooming the trails as was evident on their Facebook Page.
With the event on Family Day weekend I thought it would be fitting if I brought my daughter Paige along. She loves to ride her ATV, and she just turned 12 in January making her old enough to ride OFATV trails as long as they don’t include roads. We loaded our ATV’s, grabbed some hot dogs, and donned our warmest outdoor clothing. Finding the event was easy with the newly released 2013 Mid Ontario ATV Trail Guide, giving us detailed mapping all the way to the parking area.
When we arrived we turned around in the parking area that the club had plowed for the event and quickly unloaded our machines. Several other families had youth riders with them, so Paige felt right at home. We headed off down a short trail to a clearing where the club volunteers had set up a fire, propane heater, and nearby portable washroom. The fire was warm, and I was quickly offered a fresh hot coffee. We spoke with a few club members about the trails, and the efforts put in to clearing and grooming, some were asking if this trail should be open all winter, instead of just for events.
Paige and I decided to follow the club’s directions and head out on our own before the big group embarked, assuming that it would be difficult to get lost on a groomed loop trail. Upon entering the forest I quickly turned on my Drift Innovation helmet Cam as I was astounded with the beauty of the snow covered trees. For this event I was riding a new 700 Arctic Cat compliments of Bayou Park Marine in Cumberland Beach.
As we meandered through the forest my eyes were wide, the snow was so bright, and the sky was so incredibly blue, then the next minute you are in a dark forest, what a thrill. The groomed trail was surprisingly easy to ride on, I began in two wheel drive so I could judge how difficult it would be for Paige on her 1994 Polaris 250 trail Boss. I did get hung up at one point, but engaging the four wheel drive got me out quick enough, Paige however needed a tug to get through. As it turns out this was the only spot we had any problems on the trail, and what would an ATV ride be without getting stuck? I can tell you, pushing and towing in the snow is a lot cleaner than in the mud, and there was no chance of getting cold.
We didn’t want to stop, but the warm fire was beckoning, and we figured we better get back to the group. When we returned to the clearing the group had grown to more than 35 riders, including a group all the way from Niagara Falls, members of the Quad Niagara ATV Club. Paige had some hot chocolate and I took some time to say hello to some old friends, and meet a few new ones. Before long we were off again as a group, encountering even more trails, and more breathtaking sights.
Later in the afternoon we all stopped for lunch, once again congregating around the fire and heater, with everyone barbequing hotdogs, and hamburgers. Everyone was having such a great time, many like us, first timers in the snow, amazed at how much fun it was, and how pretty the trails were. Dufferin Grey Club members were receiving lots of praise and thanks for their efforts, and we all hoped to return for the same event next year.
After lunch several other groups went out riding on various trails, as the day went on the trails did become deep, and a few folks got stuck, allowing for the true nature of ATVers to come out, “Leave no one behind”. At one point there was a group of about 15 riders helping each other get through a section of trail that had become very deep and soft, what a blast.
Paige and I had a great day with friends, and can’t wait for the next event, winter riding is definitely something every ATVer should try out, I heard many say that day that they enjoyed it more than summer riding.
The ATV Ride in Support of The Holmes Foundation gets better each year. For the sixth incarnation of this charity event, participants were treated to a whole new venue: this time on an official OFATV trail. With previous Holmes Rides held on Base Borden, this ride was a whole new challenge for over one hundred ATVs and side by sides.
The OFATV, working closely with the Township of Springwater, had their work cut out for them to have side by sides running this event as there were road sections to and from the bush trail, a privilege not normally permissible in Ontario.
The event began with Springwater Mayor Linda Collins presenting appreciation awards to Mike himself, the OFATV, and the host club Central Ontario ATV for all their efforts in making the event go off without a hitch. After numerous photos with Mike and a brief presentation about safe and respectable riding, the first group was away. Once again the host Bombardier Recreational Products provided a fleet of Can-Am Commanders (side by sides) and Can-Am Outlanders (ATVs) for the crew.
The trail began as a wide sandy path through a tall pine forest. Riders were treated to perfect trail conditions due to the rainfall the previous day, and with little to no dust the group made its way through the forest to the rail trail that connected the ride to the next off-road section. Upon entering the far section of forest it became increasingly technical, with sections of extremely tight turns and a truly challenging rock trail that the local club has dubbed the "Obstacle Course." This last bit of twisty and gnarly trail before lunch challenged the hungry riders with sharp corners, large rocks, deep holes, and numerous situations that require planning your approach and avoiding a multi-point turn.
Lunch was a great time to mingle with the Holmes crew and get some hot BBQ served by the club volunteers. Many more autographs were signed and photos were taken, with Mike as obliging as ever.
With most riders assuming the trip was all but over, and only a tame return ride was left, the group was quite surprised to find the most challenging parts were yet to come. More rocks, water, stumps, a bulldozer (YES, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST!) and one mighty mudhole that even Holmes himself couldn't manage without a winch, had every camera out and a few riders so dirty they were unrecognizable.
When everyone finally returned to the parking area, the stories of who got stuck and who was dirtiest were quickly circulating. With more than $20,000 raised for the foundation, including a sizeable donation from BRP announced later in the eveing at the Horseshoe Valley Resort Reception, and exhilarating fun had by all, it was safe to say the event was a huge success.
Many were overheard making plans to join the OFATV, as the trails were surprisingly diverse for being so close to Barrie and Toronto, and almost everyone was eagerly anticipating next year's Holmes Ride.
Each year the Nation Valley ATV Club hosts the Annual Winter Rally in Winchester, Ontario. The 2012 event is slated for Saturday March 3rd. This is a great event to attend, even if you are new to winter riding. The club keeps the entire trail system groomed so well you don’t even need your four wheel drive. The winter season can be particularly fun for those two wheel drive ATVs, as the trails are very smooth, and there is not much mud to get stuck in.
The cost to participate is $20 or $15 with a bag of gently used clothing to be donated to Ye Old Bargain Shop. OFATV membership or day pass is required for this event and are available on site from one of the clubs membership coordinators. Lunch is included and provided by the Winchester Fire Department.
Several great prizes are available from Kimpex, including a windshield, plow, and handle bar muffs.
This is a great opportunity to check out some absolutely amazing trails on this guided group tour. St. Charles trails boast all kinds of mud, as deep as you want it, or you can choose to bypass the dirty spots and play it safe. All sorts of riders enjoy this event from the Boys with toys to the Moms and Daughters. Enjoy chili and a hotdog on the trail at lunch and a pasta dinner to complete this great family event.
The Municipality of St. Charles encompasses the natural beauty of the West Arm of Lake Nipissing and Lake Nepewassi. In 2004, a bylaw was passed allowing ATV use on municipal roads, making St. Charles a great ATV vacation destination. With all St. Charles has to offe,r it’s no wonder that such a small community has such a wide variety of accommodations, from hunting lodges to bed and breakfasts to choose from.
Ask anyone who has attended, they can hardly wait for next year’s rally.
It’s so easy to forget the essentials of ATVing when you have a whole family vacation to plan. Here is a handy list of things to make sure you have for your ATV riding. There’s the obvious things like helmet and boots, but it’s so easy to forget the little things, like riding gloves, when you're packing a week’s worth of clothing. It’s a good idea to pack what you can permanently on the ATV, and the remainder in a separate bag so you don’t forget anything back at the motel or campsite.
Boots & Gloves
Rain Gear / Riding Jersey
Water & snacks
First Aid Kit
Camera, GPS Cell Phone
Change of clothes for the ride home
For the more advanced trip:
Tools (Including A Tire Repair Kit)
As Technical Editor for Go Riding Magazine & TV, I was recently sent to cover a story on an ATV rally just south of Ottawa Ontario. From the online trail maps, it seemed evident that this was farm country and I was wondering how far away I would have to travel to find accommodations.
Nation Valley ATV Club, who were hosting the event, referred me to Terrace Green, a bed & breakfast almost right on the club trail. Upon arriving in Winchester, a small farming community, I easily found Terrace Green as it sits just off County Road 43, one of the main artery roads.
With all the farms in the area this property immediately stood out with its landscaping and well-kept grounds. Given my arrival in the fall season, I was surprised to see full gardens and manicured lawns. The main building stood out with its clean lines and green shutters, but at the same time was just what you would expect to see, a century old farm house complete with a grain silo just behind the tree line.
Pulling a large trailer with three ATVs, I parked in the main area and approached the grand main entrance. My host, Annette Angus, made me feel immediately welcome and at home, and quickly showed me where I could park my truck and trailer. As I brought my suitcase in, Annette showed me to my room. Passing through the huge farm kitchen, images of long ago stirred in my mind. Settlers to the area must have sat around the family table and enjoyed many meals and stories here.
My room was breathtaking: not what I was used to on my ATV trips. A large room on the ground floor with an antique wardrobe, roll up desk and couch surrounding what turned out to be one of the softest beds I have slept on in a while. I might have felt out of place were it not for Annette’s assurances that as long as I left the mud outside, there was nothing that wouldn’t clean up in a jiffy. After setting my breakfast timing, I headed for a wonderful night’s sleep.
Early the next morning, the day of the ride, I was treated to a breakfast that I will not soon forget, and a chance to meet Jim, Annette’s husband and business partner. Both Jim and Annette really did make me feel like I was part of the family, and soon were telling tales of the history of the property.
I was completely shocked when I learned that this beautiful century homestead was but six years old. The original building had been destroyed by fire, and had been completely rebuilt so close to the original design that I had no idea. Jim pointed out that the design was the same, but everything else was current and efficient technology. I suddenly realized why my sleep had been so sound; the building did not make so much as a creak.
Following breakfast I headed for the Fall Rally, although the trail was right across the road, the event was based at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, a few minutes away.
The next night and morning were as delightful as the first: I was able to spend more time with Annette and Jim, we did an interview and a brief tour of the grounds just before I left. Terrace Green is well suited to host weddings, offering huge picturesque greens, forest archways for processions, and of course the main suite upstairs including its own ensuite bathroom complete with antique claw foot tub.
I hope one day to return to the area, the trails were plentiful and challenging, the club members are a hoot, and one day I would love to treat my wife to a night at the Terrace Green.
The best part of this sport of ATVing has to be the people you meet. Recently I made the trip to Eastern Ontario for the first annual Nation Valley ATV Club Ride For Dad. Bruce, a fellow ATV rider and I headed out on Friday afternoon, just in time to beat the rush hour traffic as we crossed the top of Toronto. We spent the trip exchanging great stories of ATVing, ATV clubs, family, and work.
Half way through our trip we detoured from the highway into Trenton to Tomasso’s, an Italian restaurant perched on the bank of the Trent Severn Waterway. Our meals were over the top fantastic, and we enjoyed the break from the highway. Following dinner we carried on to the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg, a quaint community on the shore of the St. Lawrence, our home for the weekend.
With the Inn being minutes from the trail we arrived bright and early for the event, but we were certainly not the first, the parking area, situated in the fairgrounds in South Mountain was already filling up with trucks and trailers. By the time we were registered, there were more than 250 ATV’s waiting to hit the trails. Before we left the organizers had a few things to say, and some guest speakers to address us.
Paul Mayotte spoke from the heart about his brush with prostate cancer, and subsequent recovery. He hoped that events such as these would raise awareness, and more importantly getting men talking about their prostate, and being sure to get themselves a Prostate-Specific Antegen (PSA) test. Byron Smith, National Ride Captain for the Ride For Dad also addressed the crowd. Byron has been involved since the foundation’s inception 13 years ago, starting with Motorcycles and now involving snowmobiles, watercraft and of course ATVs in more than 30 cities across Canada.
I had with me two ATV’s, my Polaris Sportsman 550 XP provided by the folks at Central Ontario Powersports in Barrie, and a 700 Arctic Cat provided by Bayou Park Marine in Cumberland Beach. What made the Arctic Cat truly unique was the SnoCobra skis on the front. Designed and built in Wisconsin, these skis may just be the future of winter ATV riding, allowing the front of the ATV to stay on top of the snow seemingly no matter how deep it gets. Hearing that James, a rider who travelled all the way from Niagara Falls, had a breakdown before getting his ATV off the trailer, my decision of what to ride was made, I had a test rider for the SnoCobras!
James did not come alone, in fact 22 riders made the cross province trek from the Quad Niagara ATV Club, bringing with them over $5000 in pledges. Other riders came from Chatham, Barrie, and all across the Ottawa Valley.
As the riders began to hit the trails the anticipation rose, travelling down some roadways first, then our first snow trail experience. Club volunteers had been out every day for the past week, and through the night as the weekend approached grooming the deep snow covered trails. The hard packed trails were a blast to ride on, and the previous night’s snowfall had created some nice little drifts to break through. The pace was fairly fast, averaging 40kph, making the snow drifts come right over the front rack at times, and making me grateful for my warm Ckoko snowmobile clothing. The ride had everything you want from an ATV trail, nice straight sections to open it up, and twisty turny parts in dense forest where you felt like you were on slalom course.
I caught up with Brad Marsh, a former NHL player for 15 years on both the Toronto Maple Leafs and later the Ottawa Senators, now president of the Ottawa Senators Alumni Association, at the trail side lunch stop mid-way through the ride. Brad and his son Erik were having a great time, having never ridden an ATV before he was quite challenged by the winter trails. Loving the snow banks and sharp turns, Brad was certainly glad he attended the event and was happy to have supported the cause.
Following our barbeque lunch stop our group headed out for the afternoon’s ride back on what our guides told us would be “More Challenging” trails than the morning. We were not disappointed; some sections were tight in the trees, while others had us driving through water and ice. At one point my front wheel wandered just a little too far off the groomed trail and in an instant I was stuck. I jumped off and sank almost to my waist in the snow, but with a few pushes I was back on track. Both in morning and in the afternoon the club had warming stations set up with bonfires lit to warm us all up, providing a great chance to get to know some omore ATVers.
The trail was just over 100kms long, (map) and most of it was in the bush making for a whole day ATV experience. After many hours of riding, and seeing some very beautiful country we returned to the fairgrounds. All those hills, holes, and drifts and my ATV was still clean, definitely a benefit of winter riding. It took a few hours for all the riders to return, but a superb hot roast beef dinner was awaiting them.
James returned with the SnoCobras and regaled us all with stories of these awesome ATV skis. “They were a bit of a challenge on the open road sections just like a snowmobile, but I just couldn’t believe how they handled the trails and the snow.” James went on to describe how easily they followed the trail, and how much fun the machine was to drive.
During the concluding ceremonies door prizes were announced, and prior to the top pledge earners, Brentley Summers, a Ride For Dad volunteer and past president of the ATV Club asked the audience if anyone had broken down on the trail. One poor soul raised his hand, “I blew my belt not ten minutes out.” he was the first to receive one of the many substantial prizes. By the end of the evening, very few of the 250 some riders were empty handed, the prizes just kept coming.
The event had officially raised $44.451.50 all going to raise awareness and research Prostate Cancer. I felt proud to have participated, and thought the entire event was extremely well run. Mark your calendars the next Nation Valley ATV Club Ride For Dad is March 1st, 2014.
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Here's a list of the 2013 Fishing Derbies happening in Algoma Country this summer. You have a chance to win amazing cash prizes, experience great fishing competition and camaraderie among fellow anglers.
Dubreuilville Fathers' Day Walleye Derby
June 15 - 16, 2013 Dubreuilville, Ontario
The Magpie River reservoir has many places to fish for walleye making it the perfect place for the community of Dubreuilville to host its annual Fathers' Day Walleye Derby.
Quick Facts about the 2013 Tournament:
- New 2013: Youth Angler Prize, Most Improved Team, 2 x $1000 mystery weight CASH prizes, big cash prizes for first, second, third, etc
- 6 Walleyes per day: total 12 walleyes per weekend
- April 15th 2013: 1st Early Bird Draw Fishing Trip (Loch Island Lodge)
- May 15th 2013: 2nd Early Bird Draw (PRINCECRAFT Fisherman 14 ft. boat)
For more information and to register for the derby visit the website www.dfdwd.com or phone (705) 884-2703
Kiwanis International Walleye Tournament
July 13 - 14, 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario St. Marys River
Up to 80 boats with two anglers will set their sights on the first place prize of $10,000! The tournament kicks off with the Parade of Boats with free family activities all weekend.
Quick Facts about the 2013 Tournament:
- "Live-in-Water Weigh-ins"
- All inclusive registration includes boxed lunches, tickets to the Anglers Buffet Dinner and Entertainment
- Waterfront amenities, attractions all within walking distance of the tournament
For more information and to register visit the Kiwanis Tournament website www.kiwt.co or phone (705)946-7915
Wawa Salmon Derby
August 23 - 25 2013 Wawa, Ontario
Wawa's Superior Sporting Event is holding its 31st Annual Salmon Tournament on Lake Superior. Food, beverages, pancake breakfast, fish fry, Fisherman's dinner on Sunday, games, socials, prizes and events for the whole family.
Quick Facts about the 2013 Tournament:
- $6,000 cash for the largest salmon
- Early Bird Registration until July 31, 2013
- 5 Day Pre-Fishing Contest - August 17-21, 2013
For more information and to register visit the Wawa Salmon Derby website www.wawasalmonderby.com or phone Buck's Marina (705) 856-4488
Garden River Salmon Derby
August 24th and 25th 2013 Garden River, Ontario
For more information visit Ben's Bait & Tackle at www.bensbaitandtackle.ca
Garden River Powder Puff Salmon Derby
Saturday September 8, 2013 Garden River, Ontario
- Registration from 7am to 2pm
- Entry fee $50
- Boat Launch, Barbeque and Cash Prizes
For more information visit Ben's Bait & Tackle at www.bensbaitandtackle.ca
We keep the list updated with the most current information.
Last updated April 18, 2013