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Nipigon Modern Paddle-to-the-Sea canoe to New Zealand

THUNDER BAY, ON ------  November 29th, 2010  ------ When Treydon Turner- Brien helped to carve his Nipigon Paddle-to-the-Sea canoe Paddle-to-the-Sea canoe as part of Nipigon’s Centennial Celebrations in July of 2009, it was hoped that it would someday reach the Atlantic Ocean. After an amazing journey, Treydon’s Paddler has gone much further than the original Paddle-to-the-Sea from the classic children’s book by Holling C. Holling. The little canoe is about to be released into the salt waters of the South Pacific Ocean off of the coast of New Zealand.

The boat was carved by 3 year old Treydon, with the help of his grandfather Joe Turner, just before his family moved to Alberta. Treydon’s family knew they would be moving, and the kids wanted to be part of Nipigon’s story before leaving.

A stormy day in Pukaskwa National Park
Earlier this month, a kayaker in Pukaskwa National Park found himself stranded at the mouth of the Willow River in a storm. He saw Treydon’s Paddler bobbing by the shore and went closer for a look. Somehow, Paddle had managed to travel more than 180km from Nipigon Bay to Pukaskwa. After reading the message on the boat, and showing Treydon’s Paddle to Parks Canada staff working at the Pukaskwa Tourism Information Centre, he decided to carry Paddle on to Wawa. Lake Superior News read more....>

 National award recognizes Minnesota as ‘Best Trails State’

DULUTH, MN -----  November 24, 2010  ---   Minnesota has been named “Best Trails State” in the Minnesota Award winning Trailscountry. The award, presented to Minnesota by American Trails, recognizes a state which is facilitating an outstanding statewide system of trails.
The announcement comes on the heels of Minneapolis being named the #1 bicycling city in the U.S. (Bicycling Magazine, May 2010) and Minnesota being ranked the fourth most “bicycle friendly” state in the country (League of American Cyclists, May 2010).  Lake Superior News read more....>


Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council Open House

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  November 23, 2010 --- The Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council invites Thunder Bay District Stewardship Councilmembers of the public and potential volunteers to its Annual General Meeting and open house on Wednesday, November 24, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Oliver Road Community Centre.



 The stewardship council promotes the establishment of healthy, productive and self-sustaining ecosystems through partnerships, community participation and education. Some of the council’s key projects from 2010 Lake Superior News   read more......>

Fort William First Nation Boundary Claim Settlement

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---   November 21, 2010   -----  Canada and Ontario have made an offer to settle Flatland and Pie Islandthe Fort William First Nation Boundary Claim. The proposed settlement includes approximately $154 million in total financial compensation and the transfer of provincial Crown lands on two islands located in Lake Superior, Flatland Island and Pie Island, to Canada to be set apart as reserve for the Fort William First Nation. The Chief and Council of the First Nation have agreed to take this settlement offer to community members for a vote.

"Today, we are taking a decisive step forward towards the resolution of a longstanding claim," said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "It is clear that working in partnership we can find common solutions that will deliver real results for the Fort William First Nation, create economic initiatives for northwestern Ontario and balance the interests of all Canadians."  Lake Superior News read more.....>

 Fort William Historical Park Wins Tourism Award

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  November 15, 2010 -----  Fort William Historical Park has a reputation for Fort  William Historical Park Grand Maraistrying something new and different in its role as an economic catalyst in Northwestern Ontario.  The Fort was recently recognized for its efforts in the tourism industry, receiving the Tourism Innovator of the Year Award from the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO).

The Fort was awarded the honours in recognition of operating the Fort William Historical Park Canada Gateway Centre in Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Lake Superior News  read more......>




Hyer Visits China

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   November 7, 2010  ----   Recently I was invited, in my role as Tourism Critic Bruce Hyer in Chinafor the New Democrats, to accompany the federal Minister of Tourism to Shanghai and Beijing on a Canadian tourism trade mission. As I have many critic areas besides Tourism (e.g. Small Business, Water, Environment, National Parks, Climate Change) I receive many requests to travel. I usually say ‘No’, being just too darned busy with demands in both Ottawa and Thunder Bay-Superior North.  But I said ‘Yes’ to this trip for many reasons,  Lake Superior News read more...>

2010 No Hunting Locations - Thunder Bay District

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   October 4, 2010   ---As a courtesy to the MNR Thunder Bay District, the OFAHO.F.A.H. is helping notify hunters about these no hunting areas..  For more information, please contact MNR Thunder Bay District Office at 1-807-475-1471 Lake Superior News  read more.....>


 Bill Aids Minnesota Fishing Guides

Washington DC – October 3, 2010  ---  A bill waiting to be signed into law by President Obama contains Fishing Minnesotaan important provision that will cut red tape for Minnesota fishing guides.  Under current law, any boat operator who obtains a U.S. Coast Guard certification to transport passengers must obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).  To obtain the card, guides are required to pay a $132 application fee and make two trips to a Coast Guard licensing center.  That has caused unnecessary paperwork and expense for many fishing guides.

“The TWIC is meant to secure our ports by identifying those who should have access to secure maritime facilities and vessels,” said Congressman Jim Oberstar.  “It was never intended to regulate a fishing guide taking out a customer in his 16 foot Lund.”  Lake Superior News read more ....>

 Travel Alert Europe U.S. Dept of State

WASHINGTON, DC  ----  October 3, 2010 -----  The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential Map of Europefor terrorist attacks in Europe.  Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks.  European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.

Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.  U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.  Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services.  U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.  Lake Superior News  read more.....>



Thunder Bay Selected HOG Rally to Host Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.® ) Rally

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 15th, 2010  ----- The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Harley Owner’s HOG  Harley Owner’s Group Group (H.O.G®) is pleased to announce that Thunder Bay has been selected to host the 23rd Ontario Provincial Harley Owners Group (H.O.G®) Rally from July 28-30, 2011
Hundreds of Harley Davidson® owners and enthusiasts from Ontario as well as Manitoba and the U.S. midwest are expected to descend upon the City for their annual Provincial gathering, enjoying the City’s Superior by Nature Hospitality for “Thunder in the Bay”, the aptly chosen name for this unique event.

This is the first opportunity the City of Thunder Bay has had to host a H.O.G® Motorcycle rally and it will be an opportunity for the city to showcase its natural beauty and many features  Lake Superior News read more......>

 TransCanada Trail from Nipigon to Pigeon River

Nipigon, ON ---  September 11, 2010 ----  TransCanada Trail (TCT) Ontario, in partnership with the Nipigon River Recreation TrailTownships of Nipigon, Red Rock, Dorion, Shuniah, and Thunder Bay Tourism, is focusing on trail development in the region for the next year by hiring a full time trails coordinator. 

Trails coordinator James Williams started work in early September. He will be building a regional trails committee serving the area from Nipigon to Pigeon River. The umbrella group will support the work of local trails associations. His first task, however, will be a feasibility study on converting the CN Kinghorn corridor between Nipigon and Thunder Bay into a multi-use trail. Lake Superior News read more.....>




 HST Hurting Tourism Rafferty

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   September 5, 2010  ----   For many tourism-related businesses in our riding, John Raffertythis time of year is also when they start to take stock of how their peak season has gone and how this will affect their bottom line.

Sadly for many operators this has been a very tough summer. A few weeks ago CBC’s “The National” did a feature on tourism in Northwestern Ontario in which they spoke with a long-time camp operator in the Nestor Falls area. In that piece, the operators noted their business was down 60% from the previous year. Unfortunately stories like this one have become more and more common as the economic downturn continues to take its toll.  Lake Superior News read more.......>


THUNDER BAY, ON ----  September , 2010 – City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division staff RiverFestannounced today the details of Riverfest, scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 11 at Kam River Heritage Park. The event begins at 12 pm with entertainment and activities for the entire family.

“This year, Riverfest will really focus on the history and beauty of the Kam River Heritage Park,” said Melissa Wnuk, Festival & Events Coordinator. “We are also very excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual Kam River Reel In Derby”.

The Kam River boardwalk will play host to a variety of local musical talent including Dave Campbell, Tracy K, Suitcase Stanley, Wayne Faulconer, and Shaken Not Stirred. Music runs from 12 pm -5 pm. Lake Superior News read more.....>

Ignatieff and Layton pandering

THUNDER  BAY, ON  ----  September 2, 2010  --  The recent announcement by NDP Leader Jack OFAH Layton of plans for a 'compromise' bill designed to alleviate opposition to the long gun registry is nothing more than a rehash of a previous ineffective proposal made by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Neither provides a solution to the longstanding grievances against a badly flawed system that has cost taxpayers of Canada in excess of $1 billion dollars, continues to eat up millions more each year, and according to the Auditor General, has not been demonstrated to save lives or enhance public safety. Lake Superior News read more......>












Hyer and Rafferty don't bow to liberal pressure

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   September 15, 2010  ------  MPs cave in to Liberal threats and partisan politics

With the notable exception of MPs Peter Stoffer, John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer, NDPBruce Hyer members who John Raffertypreviously supported Bill C-391 and scrapping the long gun registry, will ignore the views of their constituents, the outdoor community, hunters, farmers, recreational and Olympic shooters and thousands of front line police officers across Canada, and back a Liberal motion to kill the bill.

"The complete abdication of responsibility by these NDP Members of Parliament, who were elected to represent their constituents is disappointing but not unexpected," said Greg Farrant, Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. "Threats by the Liberal opposition; intimidation by the NDP leader and caucus colleagues; misinformation by anti-gun lobbyists; and a propaganda campaign under the guise of 'public information' by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) appear to have done the job.  Lake Superior News read more......>




DNR seeks comments  Grand Marais area lake and stream management plans

Grand Marais, MN  ---  November  14, 2010  ----  Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota FishingMinnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Grand Marais area lakes and streams have until Dec. 31, 2010 to ask questions or submit comments.

 “Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next 5 to 20 years.” Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. In the Grand Marais area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed. Lake Superior News read more......>


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 Full Circle Superior Project

NIPIGON, ON ---    August 17, 2010 ------   Mike Link and Kate Crowley, two naturalist adventurers walking around Mike Link and Kate Crowley Lake Superior, were kind enough to pose at the Paddle to the Sea Park Waterfall in the attached picture. It was a pleasure to meet them! Help them out by filling out a questionnaire to assist in the research efforts of the Full Circle Superior Project, it is available at the Nipigon Library.

In their blog they say:
"Nearly at Nipigon now. Visited their Paddle to the Sea playground...The graphics and the playground equipment are colorful and clever and tell portions of Paddle's story.  We took our Paddle and put him in the waterfall they've built and gave him a ride down.  The town deserves high praise for this attraction."  Lake Superior News read more........>


Heart of the Harbour HMS Bounty Winner

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----  August 12, 2010  ----   Bill and I  would like to thank you and The Heart of the Harbour for the wonderful opportunity for having sailed on The Bounty. It was exciting, educational and extremely fun!

The crew of The Bounty are amazing people. They really know their stuff.  They have sailed around the world and have amazing stories to tell. We had to work with them and perform duties that they perform every day. Bill and I were on the 4am to 8am watch and our first job of the day was to swab the deck! Really! Then we had to do the 4pm to 8pm watch which was a little bit more relaxing.  Lake Superior News read more......>


MARATHON, ON  ----  August 2010 ---  Parks Canada staff and staff from the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre staff with Lake Sturgeon in Pukaskwa National ParkAnishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre have confirmed, for the first time, the presence of Lake Sturgeon in Pukaskwa National Park.

 Thirteen sturgeon were confirmed in the park. Nine sturgeon were captured and released using nets and another four sturgeon were tracked using radio-telemetry and tags, which had been previously implanted as part of an ongoing study outside of the park. Size, weight and gender were recorded and age and genetics will be determined from samples. The genetic analysis should determine if this population is related to any of the other spawning populations in Lake Superior, or if they are a unique population. The information should be available later this fall. Lake Superior News  read more.......>



NIPIGON, ONTARIO, July 29, 2010 – Parks Canada is pleased to have five Parks Canada Lake Superior NMCAlocal students stationed in tourist information centres along the north shore this summer helping to promote the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

Charmaine Beaulieu, Visitor Information Student Supervisor, works out of the Parks Canada office on the ground floor of Nipigon’s Tourist Information Centre. The four Student Visitor Information Officers are working out of the visitor and tourist information centres in the communities of Terrace Bay, Schreiber and Nipigon, and one is working at the Terry Fox Lookout and the Thunder Bay Pagoda.  Lake Superior News read more.....>



Full Circle Lake Superior Expeditions

HERON BAY, ONTARIO, ---- July 26, 2010 --– Mike Link and Kate Crowley, a Mike Link and Kate Crowley, retired couple from Duluth, Minnesota, are hiking around Lake Superior this summer to raise awareness and appreciation of the largest freshwater lake in the world. On Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 7 pm a presentation about their journey and experiences so far will be made at the Visitor Centre in Pukaskwa National Park.

Lake Superior’s shoreline stretches across more than 2575 kilometres (1600 miles). Kate and Mike, along with their support team, have traveled more than halfway around this majestic body of water. Last Thursday, July 22nd, they stepped into a voyageur canoe at the mouth of the Michipicoten River to paddle to Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park. This part of their journey will take them along the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on Lake Superior, and the Great Lakes. Lake Superior News read more....>





MARIE, ONTARIO, July 20, 2010 – Perhaps a common sight 200 years ago, the landing of the 2010 David Thompson Brigade at Parks Canada’s Sault Ste. SAULT STE. MARIE CANAL HOSTS DAVID THOMPSON BRIGADE Marie Canal National Historic Site on July 27th is sure to raise some eyebrows – and paddles – as the costumed paddlers plan to salute spectators watching their arrival.

Activities will commence on July 27th at 1pm with the David Thompson Brigade scheduled to land between 4 pm and 5 pm. The voyageurs will meet with visitors and present an historical talk, then will set up their camp and welcome new paddlers joining their expedition to Montreal. Events will continue through to 8 pm and will include a barbecue from 1 pm to 7 pm with burgers, sausages and drinks available for purchase.  Lake Superior News read more....>

 Sunday at Chippewa Park Family Stage

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 9, 2010   ----    Join The Friends of Chippewa Park in celebrating summer each Sunday afternoon at
Chippewa Park on the TBayTel Family Stage starting at 1:30 PM for a free outdoor concert. Please bring your lawn chairs. The Sundays in the Park concerts, sponsored by the City of Thunder Bay, will continue until August 22.  Lake Superior News read more......>



 Maurice the Moose launches “Fun 4 Days” at the Top of Lake Superior

NIPIGON, ON  ----  July 9, 2010 ----  The Top of Lake Superior has adopted a Thursday Pickerel Shore Lunch in Red Rock! Moose mascot to welcome Clelia II Cruise Ship passengers to the communities of Nipigon, Dorion, Red Rock and Lake Helen this summer. Maurice is launching "Fun 4 Days", a full schedule of events in the Nipigon, Red Rock and Dorion Area during July 8-12,and  July 22-26, to continue in September.

The FUN days begin when the cruise ship arrives on Thursday at noon and continue until Monday when the ship departs.
The image of a moose has a long association with the Top of Lake Superior area, with Bullwinkle the moose as the current Nip-Rock Secondary School mascot , and the Nipigon Chamber of Commerce “Nipigonoose” tourism mascot in years past.  Lake Superior News 
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO, July 8, 2010– Preparations are underway to drain the recreational lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site of Canada for the first time since 1998. The process isn’t quite as simple as pulling a plug, but the work will allow visitors an unprecedented, behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the lock.

Beginning this week, contractors will hoist five steel stop logs into place upstream of the lock to stem the flow of water through the canal. Over the coming weeks, a temporary dam will be constructed downstream of the lock to hold back the waters of the St. Marys River. Once both the stop logs and dam are in place, the water in between the two structures can be pumped out. A silt curtain will be hung downstream of the pumps to capture sediments that may have accumulated in the canal.   Lake Superior Newsread more.....>

 Science North new Thunder Bay base facility

THUNDER BAY, ON -- July 1, 2010 ---- Science North is extending its Jim Marchbank, Science North CEOpresence in Northern Ontario, thanks to the official opening today of a base in Thunder Bay. The new Thunder Bay base and the programs it offers are a direct result of increased funding from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to the science centre’s annual provincial operating grant, announced in April of 2009.

The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North was on hand to officially open the new facility at the Boys and Girls Club building. Lake Superior News read more......>



Dryden Wind Surfing Championships

DRYDEN, ON   -----   June 27, 2010   ----  Northwest Ontario Windsurfing, Canadian Masters Wind Surfing along with Dryden's Centennial Committee, is diligently working towards what will be the city's biggest week-long party ever, ramping up to, and concluding with the CMWA regatta weekend. This week long centennial celebration will be for the whole family to enjoy! We are also working closely with the City of Dryden and other local businesses to ensure our event site, program and hospitality will be tops for your stay while in Dryden. Plans are for 100 competitors to attend the CMWA in 2010. With a very large US contingent already committed, regatta weekend will include a Team Canada vs. Team USA, or a "CAN-AM Challenge".  Lake Superior News  read more....>

 Thunder Bay’s “buried history”

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   June 27, 2010  ---   Warm summer evenings are Marker for Thomas Marks, the first mayor of Port Arthur in 1884 and he chaired the first meeting to create Riverside Cemetery as a public cemetery in 1884.perfect for taking a walking tour and discovering Thunder Bay’s “buried history” in Riverside and Mountain View cemeteries.

Local historian Dave Nicholson leads the 90 minute guided tours that highlight the development of the cemeteries, headstone symbolism and fascinating stories about the artists, sports heroes and politicians that have contributed to our city’s history! Lake Superior News read more.....>



Clelia II arrival Thursday Nipigon Bay

NIPIGON - RED ROCK, ON ---  June 21, 2010 ---- Everyone is anticipating the Clelia IIhistoric moment on Thursday,stated Sarah Lewis of the Nipigon, Economic Development Officer in a press release.  June 24th at 12:00pm, when the Clelia II cruise ship arrives in Nipigon Bay. The port of call is the Red Rock Marina, and passengers will be ferried to the marina in small boats. The arrival will be followed by welcoming of the passengers and the crew with a presentation by the Mayor of Red Rock to the captain of the ship at 12:30pm Lake Superior News read more.....>


HMS Bounty visiting Thunder Bay in August

 THUNDER BAY, ON ----  June 16, 2010  ----   The HMS Bounty  will be visiting HMS Bounty Thunder Bay on Aug 4th and 5th.  on its way to Green Bay Wisconsin. It is one of 8 tall ships visiting the City of Duluth July 28 - August 3  as part of there Tall Ships Duluth celbrations.

The HMS Bounty was built in 1960 for MGM’s Mutiny on the Bounty, which starred Marlon Brando.

The 180-foot, or 54-metre, square-rigged three-master ship was built in Lunenburg and was used for the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

It has been reported that there will be a press conferance in Thunder Bay Friday to release more information.  Lake Superior News read more......>



 Clelia II a luxury cruise ship Red Rock 

THUNDER BAY, ON  --------   June 14, 2010 -----  The Clelia II a luxury cruise Clelia II ship, owned by Travel Dynamics Internatonal will be making history as the first cruise ship to visit the port of Red Rock stopping 10 times throughout the summer.  This luxary ship accomodates 100 passengers in 50 all suite rooms, these rooms all face outside allowing every passenger to enjoy beautiful sea views during the voyage.  The Clelia II offers a great passenger to staff ratio as it is served by 60 officers and crew.  The ship will begin its Great Lakes Tour in Toronto and end in Duluth where new passengers will embark and take the tour in reverse. Lake Superior News read more.....>


Red Rock extends a Warm Welcome

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  June 25, 2010 ---  Red Rock mayor Gary Nelson (tan Red Rock Mayor Gary Nelsonjacket) extends a personal welcome to passengers and crew of the Clelia II on its first visit to the “Top of the Lake” harbour. This is not only the Clelia II’s first visit to the port of Red Rock, it is the first ever cruise ship to visit the harbour.

A hard working team of volunteers managed to attract the small luxury cruiser to Red Rock, because the area offers many scenic attractions that are new experiences for their passengers. Lake Superior News read more.......>



Win a trip of the Bounty from Duluth to Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON  --- July 9, 2010  ---- To celebrate the HMS BountyBounty’s arrival, the Heart of the Harbour BIA will be giving away a trip for 2 on the HMS Bounty. The Heart of the Harbour BIA is sponsoring the Tall Ship Bounty’s arrival to Thunder Bay on Wednesday, August 4 from Noon – 8pm.

Transportation will be provided to Duluth where the winner will board the Bounty to stay a night in a cabin at the dock then the ship sails from Duluth on Mon, Aug 2.  Winner will have a 2nd night on board the ship as well as dinner before docking in Thunder Bay on Tues Aug 3.

Ballots for this unique experience will be given out at businesses in the BIA leading up to the draw on Thurs, July 22.

Contest winner must be 19 years of age or older, and must possess a valid Canadian Passport as well as out of country medical insurance  Lake Superior News  read more.....>






Pirate’s Cove Children’s Festival

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 30, 2010  ----  In conjunction with the arrival of the Tall Ship Bounty, the Heart of the Harbour BIA is proud to host the Pirate’s Cove Children’s Festival on  Wednesday, August 4 from 12pm – 8pm. on St Paul street

This free event is fun for pirates and mermaids alike!  The Festival will be located on St. Paul Street at Red River Road and will feature a large craft area, Undersea Adventure and Pirate inflatable bouncers, entertainment, a kids costume party,a“treasure hunt”, interactive booths and  The Science North Cool Science Caravan will also be at the event with 6 interactive booths.  Lake Superior News  read more......>




HMS Bounty on Her Way to Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  August 2, 2010   --  The HMS Bounty has left the HMS BountyPort of Duluth and making its way up the lake to Thunder Bay.

 You can track the Bounty as it approaches Thunder Bay using on online AIS Ship Tracking system  Which can be found at Passage Island to Thunder Bay.   When the Bounty comes in Range it will appear on your computer screen as a sailing ship.

The world's most famous tall ship, star of the silver screen and ports around the world, will be arriving in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Once in port, the H.M.S. Bounty will spend several hours off-loading and preparing for the public tours.

For those parking downtown, follow the pedestrian crossing on Camelot Street. The gate will be behind the Naval Monument, at the end of Pier 3, which will only be open Aug. 4 after 12 pm.

Public admission to the Bounty is $3/person (children under 2 are free) cash only, on Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 12 noon to 8 pm.  The vessel is not accessible for wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.

In conjunction with the arrival of the Tall Ship Bounty, the Heart of the Harbour BIA is proud to host the Pirate’s Cove Children’s Festival on  Wednesday, August 4 from 12pm – 8pm. on St Paul street Lake Superior News  read more.......>


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Fraser Lake Walleye Classic nearly sold out

THUNDER BAY,  ON ---- June 8, 2010 ---The little known Fraser Lake Walleye Fraser Lake Walleye ClassicClassic is expecting a banner year. With a few days until the June 12th event, only 7 spots remain among the 65 available boat registrations. The event is one of Northwestern Ontario’s first Walleye derbies of the season, boasting a $2,500 first prize.
Anglers from neighbouring communities as far as Marathon, Geralton, and Thunder Bay have enjoyed the derby, organized by the Nipigon Elks Fish and Game, for 7 years. All proceeds go to sponsor local hockey programs and the Nipigon Kids Fish Derby. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more.....>

Prince Arthur’s Landing MarinaConstruction Delays Affects Boaters

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   June 7, 2010  -- – As Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina gets set to open on Saturday, June 12, the City of Thunder Bay is predicting a two-week delay in water and electrical hook-up as well as possible construction related interruptions throughout the summer. The Marina will be fully serviced by June 29. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism  read more.....>

Off to the Races!

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   June 6,  2010  ----   Like Christmas, soap boxers get to race once a year. Just like Christmas the children participating in this event can get pretty excited. Then there are the young at heart the nine to ninety types who are the proud parents or grandparents of the children participating. In fact there were plenty of adults travelling up and down Thunder Bay’s Waverley street. There were plenty of volunteers running their quad runners up the hill towing the soapbox racers to the start line, and a few had the nerve to join their kids in the family car race shown above. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more....>


 Marina Boat Launch Facilities Closed to the Public


THUNDER BAY, ON ----    May 20, 2010 – As construction continues at Prince Arthur’s Landing, the City of Thunder Bay is reminding citizens that the boat launch facilities and associated parking lot at Marina Park are closed to the general public.  The launches will only be accessible by marina contract holders at the beginning and end of the season.

The City is making every effort to accommodate Marina contract holders for the 2010 season, and minimize impacts on Marina operations. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism  read more....>

O.F.A.H. urges MNR to help farmers 

 THUNDER BAY, ON - May 19, 2010 - The indiscriminate feeding of local elk in the Bancroft OFAHarea that has continued unchecked for years, and the province's failure to introduce a comprehensive elk management plan, has placed the future of the local herd in jeopardy. Elk have been the focus of an extensive reintroduction program that has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and involved thousands of volunteer hours. The province's failure to properly manage the herd, to use new regulations under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act to eliminate the feeding of wildlife, and to allow farmers to harass the elk to protect their property has resulted in serious damage to local farm crops and infrastructure. This has led the Minister of Natural Resources to consider euthanizing elk in the Bancroft North Hastings area through the use of removal (kill) permits, over the objections of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.). read more...>


THUNDER BAY, ON   -----   May 13, 2010  ----  The North of Superior Tourism Association has a new slate of Officers and a new Board it was  announced today.  
Iain Angus“We have assembled an incredible group of Tourism Leaders to manage the affairs of NOSTA” said   newly elected President Iain Angus. “Included on the new board are two former Presidents, at least three former Vice Presidents and a former Executive Director. And in addition the Board represents a  
broad cross section of both the membership and the industry – with representation from Outfitters, the hotel/motel sector, bed and breakfast, attractions, retail, allied and the not for profit sector.”  read more...>

Water Response Team Declares Level II Low Water Condition for Lakehead Region

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 14,2010 - The Lakehead Region Conservation LRCSAuthority (LRCA) says drought conditions in the Region are getting worse.  The LRCA's Water Response Team (WRT) has upgraded the Level I Low Water condition, which was declared on April 19,2010, to a Level II Low Water Condition for the region which includes the City of Thunder Bay, Municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge, Neebing and Shuniah as well as the Townships of O'Connor, Conmee, Gillies and Dorion. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>

Drivers Urged To Watch For Moose, Elk And Deer On Highways This Spring

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 14, 2010 - The Ministry of Natural Resources is MNRasking motorists to be extra cautious on Ontario’s roads at this time of year when more wildlife is on the move. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>


Anticipation builds for Nipigon Paddle-to-the-Sea Park

Nipigon, ON --   May 12, 2010  ---  Nipigon is opening the Paddle-to-the-Sea Paddle to the SeaPark for its first full season this Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 12pm. Mayor Richard Harvey shares, “The Paddle-to-the-Sea Park enhances Nipigon as an essential destination for visitors to Northern Ontario, and highlights the world class fishing, boating, and outdoor adventure opportunities for tourists in Canada’s largest marine protected area.”.  Community volunteers in Nipigon have dedicated 10 years to building the interactive Paddle-to-the-Sea Park in our small town because the famous story of Paddle-to-the-Sea starts on the Nipigon River. In the story, a young Indian boy who dreams of visiting the ocean carves a wooden canoe, or ‘paddle-person’, who travels the Great Lakes and reaches the sea in his stead. The story inspired Canadian canoeist and film maker Bill Mason to create the celebrated National Film Board film of the same name. The award winning book was written in 1941 by Holling C. Holling who visited Nipigon before putting ink to the page. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more...>

Choose Canada National Bird

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   May 8, 2010 ---  Over 3,000 Canadians have so Great Blue Heronfar submitted suggestions for a national avian to the website of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, which set up the petition urging Ottawa to select an official bird. 







Atlantic salmon are coming home to Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 7, 2010 - Today, an exciting environmental and educational OFAHinitiative is happening on the Bronte Creek, thanks to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Pioneer Petroleums and many other partners. Classroom hatchery-raised Atlantic salmon will be released on Bronte Creek at 11:00 a.m. at Lowville Park, in the Village of Lowville.Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more...>

Province fails to protect wildlife from threat posed by disease

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 4, 2010 - Despite knowing about the escape of exotic game OFAHfarmed red deer in the Sudbury/French River area sometime over the last two years, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has failed to recapture or contain the deer, which have the potential to infect wildlife with CWD, a fatal disease of the brain which affects white-tailed deer, elk and moose (cervids). Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>

Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival

THUNDER BAY, ON - April 26, 2010 - Birds are the name of the game in Dorion these American Redstart (female)days!  For the second year, Dorion will be the home for a number of birders…novices and experts alike.  In 2006, ideas were being explored regarding new ideas in the Nipigon, Red Rock and Dorion area.  With Hurkett Cove Conservation area being a renowned birding site in Ontario, a Dorion committee took on the project. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>


Lakehead Conservation offers subsidized tree seedlings

THUNDER BAY, ON - April 21, 2010 - Following the overwhelming success of its pilot LRCAPrivate Landowners Tree Seedling Assistance Program last year, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is again offering conifer tree seedlings to the public at a subsidized price.Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more...>



MARATHON, ONTARIO  ---  April 9, 2010 – On Sunday, April 25 from 1:00 to Halfway Lake Pukaskwa National Park Lake Superior4:00 pm Pukaskwa National Park will open the doors of its Administration Building to the public for a behind-thescenes look at park operations. This, the 13th Annual Open House, will offer members of the public the opportunity to meet and talk to the staff and volunteers who are working hard to make every park visit special. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more.....>

Nipigon Golf Club gets $63,900 Grant 

NIPIGON, ON ----   April 8, 2010  ----   The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Nipigon Golf Coursewill provide a one-year community grant of $63,900 to improve the quality of the North Shore Golf Club in Nipigon under the “Healthier Ontarians” program.  Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle made the announcement today in Nipigon, along with OTF representative Ted Hanley, President Doug Menchions and project manager Peter Elliott of the North Shore Golf Club. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more.....>

 Neys Provincial Park Upgrade

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   March 15, 2010 ----  Michael Gravelle, Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora today announced stimulus funding that will benefit local workers and the local economy in the Terrace Bay and Sioux Lookout areas and improve local infrastructure for years to come. 

Today’s investment of $700,000 in joint federal and provincial funding will bring significant upgrades to both the Neys Provincial Park near Terrace Bay and the Cedarbough Residential Ontario Ranger Camp in the Sioux Lookout area.

Immortalized on canvas by The Group of Seven, this remote and rugged peninsula promises silhouettes of rocky islands polished smooth by icy blue waters. Only the hardy survive here, including sub-Arctic plants and a rare herd of woodland caribou. Enjoy one the finest beaches on Lake Superior's north shore or view a model of a former POW camp at the Visitor Centre.  Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more.....>

North Shore Steelhead Assoc. Dinner

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  March 15, 2010 ---  Frank Edgson, Co-chairman of the Dinner Auction committee for the North Shore Steelhead Assoc. holds a painting by Ray Swaluk. 

Frank Edgson of North Shore Steelhead Assoc.

 The Painting will be auctioned off as part of their annual fund raising dinner to be held at the DaVinci Centre on the evening of March the 26th starting at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at DnR Sporting Goods on Memorial Avenue. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more.....>



Outdoors enthusiasts gather for fish & wildlife conference

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 15, 2010 - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters OFAH(O.F.A.H.) will host its 82nd annual Fish & Wildlife Conference in Mississauga later this week. Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba and sponsor of the bill to repeal the long gun registry, will deliver the keynote address.Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more...>



HERON BAY, ONTARIO, March 8, 2010 – Large-scale investments are being White River Gorgemade in Pukaskwa National Park to replace two suspension bridges and upgrade backcountry visitor facilities along the Coastal Hiking Trail. These investments will enhance visitor experiences in the backcountry of Pukaskwa National Park for years to come.

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors, Parks Canada is closing a 17.5 kilometre stretch of the Coastal Hiking Trail and the portion of the White River Paddling Route through Pukaskwa National Park to public access while bridge construction and site upgrades are being undertaken. The Coastal Hiking Trail
and both bridges are expected to re-open in the spring of 2011. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism 
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Government of Canada invests in Pukaskwa National Park

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, March 2, 2010 – On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice,
Pukaskwa National ParkCanada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, today announced investments of up to $2.3 million, including from Canada’s Economic Action Plan, that will support visitor experience, infrastructure and ecological integrity projects at Pukaskwa National Park. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism
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Canada’s Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - March 2, 2010 – Mr. Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont – Dundas – South SSMC Overview lowGlengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced major investments at Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites. Also, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Mr. Lauzon, announced funding for the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site revitalization. These projects are part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>


Plenty of Seasonal Fun at Fort’s Voyageur Winter Carnival

THUNDER BAY, ON - February 9, 2009 - There is plenty of fun for everyone during the FWHPVoyageur Winter Carnival hosted by Fort William Historical Park February 13th to 15th.  Enjoyable outdoor recreational activities, contests, main stage entertainment, and fireworks highlight this exciting celebration of winter. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>

Vandalism A Concern To Conservation Authority

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 13, 2010 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority LRCA(LRCA) is concerned that some visitors to its Conservation Areas aren't there to enjoy nature.

Several Conservation Areas have been hit by malicious acts of vandalism most notably the destruction of several interpretive displays in a bonfire at Cascades last May. More recently, a garbage can at the popular recreation area was set ablaze with gasoline.Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism
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 Tightened security Canadian flights

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   December 26, 2009 -------  The Canadian Air Transport Security Air CanadaAuthority (CATSA) has advised that all passengers on flights bound to the United States will be subject to a secondary search.

Westjet state that every guest on flights to the United States will be required to submit to a physical pat-down search at the departure gate. Carry-on luggage is now limited to one bag per guest, which will also be searched by hand. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more....>


 NOSTA gone under new Tourism regions

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- December 20, 2009 ----- Ontario is forming 13 new tourism regions, and new Regional Tourism Organizations.

Ontario Tourism RegionsThe Northern Region 13 will go from the Manitoba Border in the west, to Parry Sound in the southeast. The Northern Region is comprised of three sub-regions, 13a, 13b, and 13c.
Discovering Ontario A Report on the Future of Tourism prepared by The Ontario Tourism competitiveness Study, Greg Sorbara, Chair, February 2009  recommended 11 regions. See Appendix II: Proposed Regions of the report
In Northwestern Ontario, there are currently four separate regions servicing communities from Sunset Country in the Kenora area to Nosta in the east from Thunder Bay to Wawa.
Regional Tourism Organizations will be established in regions across Ontario in early 2010. These organizations will be responsible for working with tourism partners to enhance and grow that region’s tourism products and marketing activities Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism 
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Counting for conservation!

TORONTO, ON - December 15, 2009 - Citizen scientists are grabbing their binoculars and Ontario Natureheading outside for the annual Christmas Bird Count, the largest single volunteer conservation movement on behalf of wildlife.  The count begins this week and continues until January 5, 2010. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>

Give The Gift of Nature for Christmas

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 10, 2009 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority LRCA logo(LRCA) has just the thing for last minute Christmas shoppers.

The 2010 Explorer Card is an annual pass which provides unlimited seasonal access to the Authority's Conservation Areas. Without the pass, there is a $2/vehicle fee for each visit. An Explorer Card provides the recipient with many benefits including the opportunity to view nature, improve personal health through physical activity and access to some spectacular scenery! Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more...>

It's Still Warm Enough To Play In Our Backyard

THUNDER BAY, ON - November 19,2009 - Mother Nature has taken pity on Thunder Bay, Lakehead Region Conservation Authorityafter a cool summer, and is providing residents with pleasant fall days. Temperatures so far in November have been a few degrees above normal and the extended forecast calls for more of the same until the end of the month. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more...>


Gun registry shotdown? 

OTTAWA – November 4, 2009 ----  Both Local NDP MP support Bill C-391, a private Bruce Hyer, OFAHmember’s bill that would end registration requirements for non-restricted firearms such as hunting rifles and shotguns, passed its crucial first House of Commons vote Wednesday evening.
Thunder Bay–Superior North MP Bruce Hyer, who has long campaigned to end the registry of non-restricted long guns, said “I have always been strong in my conviction to end the wasteful long gun registry. I also voted in favour of C-391 because it’s what my constituents clearly want. Now, after years of campaigning we are in a position to finally end this boondoggle that has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and made law-abiding hunters and farmers feel like criminals.” John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River)  cast a vote to abolish the Long Gun Registry Wednesday by supporting Bill C-391 on second reading in the House of Commons. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism 
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Great Outdoor Photography

THUNDER BAY, ON - October 31, 2009 - Friday night Thunder Bay photo buffs had an opportunity to rub Joanie McGuffinelbows with Garry and Joanie McGuffin. The couple have built a career out of exploring and photographing the Canadian wilderness experience.

Ray Boudreau Site Manager NMCA

NIPIGON, ONTARIO, October 18, 2009 – Parks Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Ray Boudreau will be joining their Northern Ontario team in early November as the Site Manager for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

Ray holds a diploma in forestry from Sir Sandford Fleming College and has enjoyed lifelong involvement in tourism and customer service. For the past eight years, he has managed the operations of the Pic River Development Corporation, leading a number of initiatives to ensure the corporation’s business effectiveness.  Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more....>


Those who attended the seminar held at Lake Superior Art Gallery had to opportunity to view photos from their most recent publication “Quetico Into the Wild”, which was commissioned to celebrate the 100 years of Quetico Provincial Park. The photos in this book were compiled over a period of three years, and book depicts the story of a family’s experience in the park through different seasons of the year. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>






Seven Days With the Giant


THUNDER BAY, ON ----   February 16, 2010  ----   Tourism Thunder Bay, in partnership with Seven Days With the Giantover 15 tourism industry partners, is once again offering one winner and three guests the opportunity to win the ultimate week long outdoor adventure in Thunder Bay this summer.

Now in its third year, ”Seven Days With the Giant” capitalizes upon our connection to the iconic geography of the Sleeping Giant, our intimate connection to Lake Superior and the unique cultural and culinary experiences in and around the city.  This year’s grand prize, an all expanses paid vacation valued at over $12 000, generates significant interest through the North American avid outdoor community, positioning Thunder Bay as one of North America’s best outdoor cities. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism  read more.....>








THUNDER BAY, ON - March 19, 2010 - The first full year for the Paddle to the Sea Park is finally here! We welcome you to enjoy new activities and events that share the story of the award winning book, Paddle-to-the-Sea and the unique stories of our community and the Great Lakes Waterways. read more...>

Call Conservation Authority Before Starting Work Around Water

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 18, 2010 - The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority LRCA(LRCA) is reminding propeliy owners and contractors to give them a call before starting to work around water.

Provincial regulations (Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses O. Reg. 180/06) may affect you if your property is located within the Authority's area ofjurisdiction and is located within the regulated area. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourismread more...>


Canadian Raptor Conservancy came to realize that our beautiful country does not have an official representative national bird. We are obviously well represented by the maple leaf and also have many other representative symbols. We have national products like maple syrup, we have national sports like ice hockey and lacrosse, we have animals such as the beaver, the moose, the caribou, the polar bear, the grizzly bear, the Canada goose, and the Canada lynx, but we do not have a national bird. Why? Meanwhile, bird watching is the number one hobby in the world, not to mention falconry being one of the oldest sports practiced in the world. We think it is time for us to put forward a petition to our Federal government suggesting the nomination of an official bird to represent our country. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism  read more....>


  Natures Cathedral Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  May 15, 2010 ----   This past Sunday most of my family celebrated Mothers Day at the family camp, which is a brief sojourn from Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. At this time of year, particularly on one where there were a few snowflakes flying in the air, there are few people in the park, but that does not mean that there is no activity.

Being hard of hearing means I miss most of the songbirds in the park, but the ponderous thud of the palliated woodpecker could not be missed. With the aid of my nephew who sees much better than I do we quickly located the woodpecker feasting on the grubs living inside the trunk of a long dead spruce tree.

Judging from the many holes bored into this tree, I suspect that it has been feeding a generation or two of these woodpeckers. It is a revelation to see firsthand how an animal’s unique adoptions can allow it to thrive in our northern environment. Lake Superior News Outdoors Tourism read more......>

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