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The Paramount Theatre: Entertainment for the Whole Family
In 2013 the Paramount building, with its Art Deco interior, turned 65 years young. For 26 of those years, keeping it alive and functioning has been the work of one dedicated soul, Rose Cupello, the Theatre Manager, and owner of Maple Moose Adventures. Rose describes how after renovations, as of mid-October 2014, the Paramount theatre will again perform in its capacity as host of theatre productions, primarily Cambrian Players, along with special event movies, and as the home for a spanking new indoor playground in Thunder Bay, called Maple Moose Adventures. The confectionary lobby will also be new and improved. Cambrian Players is the adult theatre company whose combination of professional and novice actors, singers, dancers, set-decorators, fashion designers, etc.…
Experience Great Theatre in Thunder Bay
  Up until 1963, Cambrian Players was known as the Port Arthur Community Players when it began in 1949. Cambrian has always been in existence as "Theatre for the love of it!" meaning that volunteers put on the shows. However, the key people involved in the productions are professional, and although they will take on novices, as Richard Pepper, the president of Cambrian points out, "We always have open auditions, but we would never give the role of Hamlet to a novice. We'll give the lead role to the experienced actor. And we never have an inexperienced director. Directors always have a number of productions under their belt." With around 50 volunteers on every production, "we aim for professional standards –…
Terror Train 6607 - Creeping into Capreol This October
Terror Train 6077 is back, and it's rolling into Capreol with a car full of carnies and clowns to bring you "the most terrifying show on earth." The return of the travelling circus will be its final act as a new theme is already in the works for next year. However, it won't be without a proper sendoff!   Terror Tours - Every Weekend in October from 7 - 10 p.m.   The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre, in partnership with Northern Screams, will kick the season off, on Saturday, Sept. 27, with the new 4-on-4 Witch Broom Road Hockey Tournament. Teams of four must register by Sept. 22, for $50, with a maximum of 16 teams. Instead…
"Fall" in Love with Greenstone
Summer has come and gone in Northwest Ontario, but we still have a lot to look forward to in Greenstone with the fall fast approaching! Fall is an amazing season to visit Greenstone! The beautiful bright reds, oranges, and yellows of the trees, the leaves crunching under your feet as you take a hike while breathing in the crisp evening air, the fog lifting off of the water as you take your canoe or kayak out for a morning paddle. With miles of boreal forest, there is so much to do and so much to explore all while enjoying the spectacular fall weather! Imagine waking up to a frosty morning, and taking hike or paddle along one of our many…
Photos by Duncan Weller
Derek Lucchese grew a strong following selling his bread and pizza at the Thunder Bay Country Market for twelve years. His new business at the location that used to be Sheer Heaven, a hairdresser’s, at the corner of Algoma and Park St. is going gangbusters as a successful pizza joint called Both Hands. Pizza lovers of all ages have made Both Hands their alternative for home-made pizza; they also do take-out.   Derek and his young gang of employees make signature pizzas using a hybrid of our North American taste for sour dough with the thin crust style of traditional Italian pizza. They make simple food sourced from as much locally produced foods as possible. The bread and toppings are made preservative…
The Best Places to Commune With Nature This Fall: All Within City Limits
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority owns 1865 hectares (4600 acres) of diverse ecosystems including forest, wetlands and shorelines. All are yours to explore and enjoy. Conservation areas offer a wide range of natural experiences. If you're looking for a place where you can appreciate nature, get some exercise and learn about our environment, there is an adventure waiting for you at a nearby conservation area! Here are 5 locations that will take you to the best places to commune with nature right within the city of Sault Ste. Marie. The Fort Creek Conservation AreaThe Fort Creek Conservation Area is owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority and was purchased to address flood control concerns experienced by…
McLeod's Store, Missanabie around 1905. Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Editor's Note: Algoma Country staff first came into contact with Bill McLeod late last fall after we published our story about the Chapleau Game Preserve. We were delighted to learn that Bill is the grandson of the man who made a significant effort towards the creation of the Preserve. It is still the largest game preserve in the world today, encompassing just under 2,000,000 acres of land. Bill is a published author who has written a number of books dedicated to the history of the area and its colourful past. I asked Bill to share his family's story and why he wrote his books. It's the early 1830s near the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, a chain…
Fall into Fun at Pumpkinfest
A visit to Gammondale Farm in the Slate River Valley is a great way to enjoy the splendour of the autumn colours if you are planning a trip to the Lake Superior region this fall. You will find that September and October is the perfect time to take the 40 minute drive to Thunder Bay from the Ontario-Minnesota border to visit Northwest Ontario. You will be amazed by the vivid red and auburn hues from the leaves of the hardwood trees against golden brown fields in the landscape of the rugged Nor’wester Mountain range. Come and celebrate the fall harvest, Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween at Gammondale Farm at the 20th Annual Pumpkinfest. Pumpkinfest runs for four weekends during the month of October…
Algoma Fall Festival
President of the Algoma Fall Festival, Donna Hilsigner welcomes you to the 42nd Algoma Fall Festival in Sault Ste. Marie! "This October you'll have a fantastic seat as music, arts and creative expression take over streets, our theatres and our gallery. An outstanding line-up of Canadian and international talent and unique events include The Group of Seven in Algoma, Northern Ontario's first Nuit Blanche and Celtic Colours in Algoma. Celebrate the season and blaze the night away with Entertainment on Fire!" Buy Your Tickets Here! "Our mission, as the Algoma Arts Festival Association, is to enhance life for the people of our northern community by bringing to them the experience of excellence in the visual and performing arts. The Algoma Arts…
Close encounters of the Moose-kind
My trip to Timmins had me experiencing some of the best of what northeastern Ontario has to offer. There is no better way to explore one’s country than by becoming a traveler within it. Timmins allowed me the opportunity to explore more within my home country and I was kept busy with endless activities from roller derby, laser tag, indoor golf, fitness classes, to getting up close and personal with nature, and beyond. Timmins offers a plethora of adventures for the young and old. As a big kid at heart, it’s no surprise that the big kid in me came out in Timmins. Trying to sum up some the best of Timmins is a hard task seeing as I’ve visited a few times. Yet, when I…
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