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Blueberry Blast: It's Pickin' Tiime In Nipigon

There is no better place to pick blueberries than the old bush roads in the Nipigon area.

It's blueberry picking time in Nipigon. • Credit: Photo coutesy of Town of Nipigon

Late July and early August means the blue berries are ripe and ready to pick in Northern Ontario.

And there is no better place to pick blueberries than off old bush roads in the area around Nipigon, Ontario.

Each year there are lots of blueberries to pick, and so much so it has resulted in the Blueberry Blast held each year on the August long weekend. This year, Blueberry Blast is part of a new bigger new event called Celebrate Nipigon that is three days and encompasses two other events:  the Paddle to the Sea Jubilee and artESCAPE, an open-air art gallery. The full schedule of events is posted on the Nipigon website.

Nipigon is located at the crossroads where Highway 11 and Highway 11/17 meet on the top of Lake Superior, and is only a short hour drive east of Thunder Bay.

Weekend of Blueberry Picking & Family Entertainment

Blueberry Blast is a still a big part of the three-day festival with guided blueberry picking tours set for 9 am starts on Saturday and Sunday.

The "Blueberry Taxi" leaves at 9 am Saturday and Sunday for guided berry picking tours. The bus will bring you to and from the local, hot picking spots. Bring your own pail for berries, a good hat, bug spray and sunscreen. Water is provided.
Aside from taking berries home, there are prizes for the best pickers with the final weigh in  on Monday afternoon at 1 pm followed by the closing ceremonies.

In addition, there will be plenty of opportunity to sample tasty blueberry treats and delights throughout the weekend. So if enjoy picking blueberries plan a trip to Nipigon for the August long weekend  and take in the annual Blueberry Blast.

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