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Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Centennial Botanical Conservatory Today!
  Thunder Bay’s Centennial Botanical Conservatory is having a bit of a moment, as residents and visitors alike discover or rediscover its charms. It’s a great year-round destination but it’s especially appealing as we shiver through another frosty winter. Here are five reasons to put it on your must-visit list. Reason #1: It’s a mini tropical vacation When you walk in from this... You see this... And this...  And how about this? It’s a positive feast for the senses: the feel of warm humid air on your skin, the sound of trickling water, the scent of dirt and moisture and growing green things. Standing in the arboretum under its soaring glass roof on a cold winter day, or even a so-so…
A Winter Adventure in Quetico Provincial Park
  Each March, cross country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.  Normally known for its world class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a venue for a ski adventure like no other in winter. The one day Cross Quetico Tour is a group event where participants are encouraged to stay together over their choice of 35, 45 or 60 km routes that stretch from the town of Atikokan south to the Quetico park boundary and then east across the canoe routes of Batchewaung and Pickerel Lakes to the tours end point at the parks Dawson Trail Campground. The Cross Quetico Tour is a true wilderness…
Lake of the Woods Brewing Co. beer is on tap at many locations throughout the region
"Lake Life in a Bottle". Lake of the Woods Brewing Company beer is "like lake life in a bottle," says owner Taras Manzie. The lake country brewery, which opened in 2013 in a transformed 102-year-old firehall in Kenora, Ontario follows traditional beer-making techniques applied on a cottage-sized scale. The setting itself is worth the visit. The designated Ontario heritage building has the firehall's original white tile walls, spectacular original tin ceiling, fire fighters' masks hanging on hooks, a firemen's pole, and a 67-foot red brick tower with the original bell. Manzie's favourite features are the big fire-truck doors. They let in a lot of natural light and in summer open to a large street-side patio, "bringing the outside inside," he…
Cycling St. Joseph Island is one of Northern Ontario's best kept secrets.
Recommended Routes, Places to Cycle too, and some Great Advice from local cyclists. Touring Algoma Country isn't just for cars and motorcycles, it's for cyclists too. If you're looking for new spots in Ontario to explore on a bicycle, you should put St. Joseph Island at the top of the list. We've shared many great stories with you about the Island like its' amazing maple syrup and family vacations and now we're sharing with you why St. Joseph Island is a hidden gem for cyclists: 1. It's Scenic. The Island is situated in the North Channel of Lake Huron, and the coastal roads offer breathtaking views of the lake and shipping channel. Inland roads wind through rolling green farmland and…
Pictograph of Michibeichu at Agawa Rock in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, British Columbia has Ogopogo. Did you know that Lake Superior has its own stories about a lake monster? There are many historical references to the Lake Superior Dragon. The references and stories we're sharing with you were sent to us from Ellen Van Laar, who resides on the shores of Lake Superior at Old Mamainse Harbour. Ellen runs a small retreat center called Arts and Adventure. She loves to guide and shuttle, and tell stories about the area. As a painter, she displays many large works at the Algoma University Conservatory of Music near Old Mill Square, under the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie. Mitch is depicted as the “Legend of Superior” 5…
Discover A World of Flavour in Modern North Bay
New Look North Bay Let’s play a game of word association. North Bay: endless forests, lakes of with bass and pike, an outdoorsman’s dream, a place to refuel and restock when camping or cottaging. In some ways, North Bay retains many of the charms forged in the days of early twentieth century resource exploration. Modest but historic buildings still line the classic main street, the railroad still cuts a path along the sparkling waters of Lake Nipissing, and simple, no nonsense homes dot the landscape. Yet, those who visit North Bay recently have begun to notice some exciting new additions to North Bay’s tourism and culinary landscape. Today, families can explore the city’s historic streets through a creative ‘Urban Quest.’…
The Golden Rail Burger
Da Bomb Burger from the Terrace Bay Bakery  On the North Shore of Lake Superior, 200km East of Thunder Bay, the towns of Schreiber and Terrace Bay are preparing for a war. A Burger War. Let the battle begin! The Pizza Burger from PJs in Schreiber The Aguasabon Chamber of Commerce has developed a new culinary event for the Terrace Bay & Schreiber region called Burger Wars. Seven restaurants have signed up to participate in the event which will include each creating their own unique burger. The Drifters Burger from Drifters in Terrace Bay From February 13 – 24th, patrons will be able to visit the different restaurants and purchase their burgers. They will then rate them based on presentation,…
YMCA - Sault Ste. Marie
What do your kids want to do this year during their March Break? Here's an exciting listing of camps, activities, and other opportunities for your kids to learn something new this year! Case's Music! Case's Music is excited to announce the March Break Music Camp for Kids, running from Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 2015. Similar to the extremely popular summer music camps the school operates in July and August, this is an excellent opportunity for your children to discover music in a safe, fun environment. Children will have the opportunity to explore various musical instruments and will participate in fun vocal projects in small groups with trained professional teachers. Additionally, elements of drama, crafts, fine arts, dance,…
Big Taste & Big Craft Beer—Gastropubs of North Bay
We’re at the peak of Big Winter in North Bay with Snowmobile, Skiing, Ice Fishing & Battalion OHL Hockey all going on. I can’t think of a better way to spend some warmer hours by wetting your whistle and filling up on some good grub than a visit to one of a couple of the trending food stops in North Bay! In this BIG Bite mission, I set out to discover the changing local landscape in pub food, known to foodies and city dwellers around the world as Gastropubs.  What makes a great Gastropub? Well, the recipe is that combination of sneaky hop-happy craft beer; authentic pub food, but not your greasy fast food deep fryer kind; and, an atmosphere crossed…
Try Cross-Country Skiing at Kamview this Family Day weekend
If you haven’t decided what to do with your Family Day weekend in Thunder Bay yet, there is a lengthy list of activities to choose from.   1. Voyageur Winter Carnival Held at Fort William Historical Park, this event has way too many activities to list them all. This three-day event will feature skating, curling, sliding, carnival games, snow graffiti as well as indoor and outdoor entertainment such as an illusionist, a juggler and live music. This long list is just a fraction of what will be happening at The Fort during Family Weekend. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and youth, and children under 5 are welcomed free. For an additional fee there are also Helicopter…
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