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Manitoulin Rocks!—Understanding Alvars and What Happened in Walkerton
Ontario's Manitoulin Island is blessed with incredible natural beauty mainly because of the rocks. It's rocks are oddities. We can learn much from these anomalies.  Follow this through. It is the 172nd largest island in the world and is the 31st largest in Canada. Known as the “Spirit Island”, it has within it 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn several of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds. Lake Manitou is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world and Treasure Island in Lake Mindemoya is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake in the world.  These facts alone give the island an atypical introduction. It is…
Top winter activities to experience in North Bay, Ontario
What’s the best thing about Northeastern Ontario, you ask? Well, it could be that you can drive less than 10 minutes from any urban centre and find yourself in our #1 attraction: Nature. Northeastern Ontario is a four-season destination, but with the onset of winter, we have a whole other playground to offer.   Head north to North Bay, offering a variety of winter activities to cater to all types of enthusiasts, from catching a Battalion home game to hitting the slopes at the Laurentian Ski Hill. And when you choose to stay at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park, a local hotel, resort and conference centre, you have the opportunity to package with the following activities:   Battalion OHL home…
True Northern Outfitting: Your Go To Outdoor Adventure Specialists
"We want to build on our reputation of providing outstanding customer service and product knowledge." Dave - Joe's Sports & Surplus Joe's Sports & Surplus is about quality outdoor adventure gear, community support, service after the sale, and high quality customer outfitting assistance and information. If you are into outdoor adventures whether it is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, and boating, they have the gear for you. When available, they also carry a wide range army surplus clothing and gear. Joe's Sports and Surplus, originally opened as Joe's Variety in 1956 by owner Joe Stortz Sr. In the 1970's Joe Stortz Jr. and his wife Ginette grew the store into Joe's Sports and Surplus where it has been a mainstay…
Big Tires and Big Adventures: Fat Biking in Thunder Bay
I strain against the tug of normalcy and because of that every once in a while I need to toss off the reigns of that insidious beast and head for parts unknown to me.   With winter dragging on I decided with my friend Casey, to toss our Fat Bikes in the truck and head north from Duluth to Thunder Bay for some frozen inspiration. We grabbed a nice room at the Prince Arthur Hotel, a place I have haunted before. The Prince Arthur is like a favorite old sweater that you pull on to relax, comfortable, clean but just a little bit fuzzy at the elbows. I love the P.A. because its staff is super friendly it’s centrally located…
Hit the Trails in Town and Country—Snowmobiling in Timmins, Ontario
Timmins is Ontario’s snowmobiling mecca. I know, I know, this is just a bit biased considering I’ve lived here for 27 years now, but this is how I really feel. Northeastern Ontario proves it is the "BIG" snowmobile destination year after year. With an annual average snowfall of 300+ cm and over 440km of groomed trails in the Timmins club alone, you'll quickly realize that if you need guaranteed snow and length of trails for your big sledding trip, this is the place. With a population base of roughly 45,000 people and a rich history of gold mining, the town is modern with excellent accommodations and an everything you could possibly need right at the trailside.  If you're the kind of…
Making A Great Trip Unforgettable: A Perfect Winter "Package" For Two!
Choose an exciting package and discover the most popular and exciting attractions in Sault Ste. Marie and make a great trip unforgettable! Relax and rejuvenate at the spa or explore the pristine outdoor landscapes including a 750 foot vertical for an Alpine skiing adventure, endless kilometers of perfectly groomed Nordic ski trails and more! Searchmont Stay & Ski Weekend Package : 2 Night(s)   Includes 2 nights accommodation and 2 daily ski lift tickets per person to ski. Breakfast and/or OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie packages are included with certain participating accommodations. Night Skiing is FREE with Friday and Saturday Ski/Accommodation Package. This Weekend package is redeemable on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This package automatically includes the following OLG Casino…
Hockey on the Rock — Sudbury’s Legendary Pond Hockey Festival
One of Canada’s biggest pond hockey festivals kicks off on February 6 as Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger drops the puck on picturesque Ramsey Lake. For three days, Sudbury plays host to the legendary event, drawing thousands of spectators and marking the celebration of Sudbury’s favourite game. Now in its seventh year, the annual Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock features three days of three-on-three games for players of all ages and abilities. From PeeWee to Masters levels, youth and adult players face off in a “round robin” style tournament played out on the open ice. Snow is cleared to create 10 natural rinks on frozen Ramsey Lake, near Science North. With over 90 teams registered to play, and 3000 to 5000 spectators…
Fishing for fun on Lake Nipissing this Family Day Weekend
If you’re new to the idea of ice fishing, are looking to introduce a friend or are trying to get the kids involved, the fast-approaching Family Fishing Weekend, Feb. 14-16, is a great opportunity, where Canadians can enjoy licence-free fishing across the province. Hugging the shores of Lake Nipissing, which is famous for its ice fishing, North Bay is a great location to start your family fishing trip to Northeastern Ontario.     When the lake freezes over, Lake Nipissing becomes a winter village of ice huts and bungalows dotting the shoreline. Most bungalows are outfitted with the comforts of home: propane furnace, propane lights, cooking utensils, a table and chairs, bunk beds, heated private washroom, and 10" drilled holes are…
5 Cool Facts About Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay has existed as a community for well over 100 years and the history from the city is an interesting one. We've had some name changes along the way but there's so much more than that.  Here are 5 cool things you may not have known about the Lakehead. 1. We almost won the Stanley Cup. In 1911, the Port Arthur Hockey Club played in the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately, the team lost to the Ottawa Senators. Years later, another Port Arthur team represented Canada at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany, bringing home the silver medal (losing to a team from Great Britain comprised largely of players from Canada.) The Port Arthur team lost in the Stanley Cup finals…
The Winter Bucket List Just For Kids: Activities Are $5 Or Less!
Kids, this one is just for YOU! It's all about the kids in this Bucket List! This winter, take advantage of some of the indoor and outdoor activities that are all about the kids. Bugs, books, swimming, tobogganing and more!If you have any additions to the fun list below, I would love to hear from you and send along a picture too! ENTOMICA Entomica is a place where you'll discover the fascinating, hidden and often misunderstood world of insects through live interactive exhibits, activities and education. Come freak-out to find-out what awesomely fun, insect science is all about! Entomica is located in the Mill Market building at 35 Canal Drive in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Image courtesy of Sheri Minardi…
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