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River Monsters host Jeremy Wade in the waters near Vermilion Bay Lodge.
Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters TV show, travels the world looking for big fish that may have — as per local folklore — attacked people. This year's season premiere, which airs April 5, is all about muskellunge, or "muskies." And when Jeremy Wade is searching the world for big muskies, he comes to Northwestern Ontario. Wade made a number of stops in the region when filming. One was Vermilion Bay Lodge on Eagle Lake, a lake well known for big muskie. The show's producers, in researching muskies, found an article from the Winnipeg Sun about a boy who had been bitten on the leg by a muskie on Eagle Lake. Gord Bastable, owner of Vermilion Bay Lodge,…
10 Awesome Things to Get You Fired Up for Spring
Winter. Even the slightest mention of that horrifying season is enough to incite thoughts sheer terror. Ontario winters are notorious for making even the burliest of people want to put on their thickest wool sweater and barricade themselves indoors until their thermostat thaws. Every year we're lulled into a false sense of promise that winter will be a wonder land filled with snow ball fights, and christmas lights. But lets be honest, we're looking at six brutally long months of nothing but scraping windshields and unsuspectingly bruising tailbones on black ice. Worst of all is wandering doe-eyed into the dark, freezing morning twilight so that you can do damage control on the frozen wasteland that is your drive way. Constantly…
Mill Market
With the first signs of Spring making an appearance, it's exciting to make the transition from snow shovels and mittens to fresh local maple syrup and pancakes! The maple sap is running and that's a clear indication that spring is underway! Try one of these locally loved spots to get a real "taste" of Spring! Kiwanis Club - Sugar Shack All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast! It's time for the Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie's to host their Annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast! Photo Credit: The Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie Celebrate with the Kiwanis Club at the Conservation Authority Sugar Shack, 1100 Fifth Line East. The Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie is proud to…
Last Call for Winter: Cross-Country Skiing in Thunder Bay
In Duluth, Minnesota, all of the snow has gone in less than a week and on Saturday it was sunny, 60F (15C) and with warm south winds..... Personally I am not ready for that. My buddies Jim and Tony were in the same mindset. We found ourselves nodding heads and saying, "yeah" a lot...lamenting and dreaming. Somehow it just came to a point where we decided we should load up and drive north until we hit good skiing, it would most likely be our last chance. That drive took us up the North Shore, over the Canadian border and back to what is becoming a favorite town for me, Thunder Bay. We left Duluth and folks were wearing shorts. However,…
Graphic created by Hannele Koramo
  St. Urho, the pseudo super hero, has been embraced by the New World Finns as much as Finn-glish and Mojakka. St. Urho came on the scene in Thunder Bay in the early ‘80s and has been celebrated on Bay Street on the Saturday that lands closest to March 16th – the unofficial official St. Urho’s Day – ever since. Photo by Kathy Toivonen This year, Saturday, March 14, St. Urho will once again incarnate as a 5 foot tall, carved, wooden statue to join in the festivities at the Finnish Labour Temple on 314 Bay Street. The day’s activities run all day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., which include a market, presentations, food, and of course, the much…
Walk this way: Self-guided history tours in Thunder Bay
There’s a new explore-the-city program called Big Boreal Adventure Goes Historical. (The sister program, Big Boreal Adventure, is a fun, nature-based scavenger hunt that takes you all over Thunder Bay in search of cedar posts topped with round metal engravings by local artists, read more about the Big Boreal Adventure here.) “I wanted to put a Big Boreal Adventure post near the Ontario Power Generation station near Mission Marsh, but the site wasn’t right for a permanent post,” says program director Marilyn Grudniski. “Then an OPG employee said, ‘look at all our history right here…you can see the grain elevators and the railroad and the ships on Lake Superior,’ and I realized that creating a series of historical walking tours was…
Northern Lights over Darlington Bay in Keewatin
Have you seen the fantastic northern lights this winter? There have been several nights over the last month or two in Ontario's Sunset Country with a great display of the northern lights which led up to the strongest geomagnetic storm on March 17/18th. The skies seemed to be celebrating St. Patrick's Day too.  Winter in the Northwest Ontario is generally a good time to view northern lights. The many dark hours and the frequency of clear nights provide many good opportunities to watch the aurora borealis. Usually the best time of night to watch for the northern lights is around midnight. Here are some of the best northern lights in Sunset Country this winter:   MacKenzie Point, Thunder Bay, Ontario…
Ski This March Break For Free: Book Your Searchmont Package Today!
The best skiing of the season is finally here! Searchmont Resort is the only Midwest ski resort that is located on a mountain, and is proud to say that they have the most diverse terrain, the longest runs (18 in total) and the greatest vertical (750 feet!) in the area! Located 48 km north of Sault Ste. Marie, Searchmont Resort is a premiere ranked, regional training and recreation facility with high quality mountain terrain, amenities, events and entertainment. With caring, knowledgeable staff and quality service, Searchmont Resort supports a healthy, active lifestyle by providing winter recreation for families, sports enthusiasts and competitive athletes of all ages. Searchmont Resort has put together a Mark Break special offer just for you! SKI…
Kap-Kig-Iwan: Discover Your Perfect Hike to See Waterfalls
Whitewater rapids, roaring waterfalls, rocky ravines, and towering birch and pine. Sounds like a piece of untouched, hard-to-access piece of Canadian wilderness. In fact, Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park near Englehart and Kirkland Lake offers some of the most accessible scenery in Northern Ontario. The park boasts an excellent hiking distance to scenic lookout ratio—with several just a few steps from the park’s main road. There are many must-do hikes, starting at a 2.5-km loop perfect for hiking novices and young families and moving up to a more rugged 5.7-km trail for back country adventure seekers. Although highly accessible, the park’s rural location, rugged Ontario backdrop, and modest visitor count (even in summer’s high season), make a trip to Kap-Kig-Iwan feel like…
Frozen for about 1/3 of the year, Algoma Country has a wealth of ice fishing opportunities on waters big and small.
Ice and snow are a given for the people of Ontario who live in the tourism district known as Algoma Country. From the Manitoulin Islands in the east to Nakina in the west, Algoma Country is located in the heart of Ontario and along the northern edge of the snow belt. Safe ice is generally set up by early December and anglers can almost guarantee the ice fishing season will last through March. Ice and snow locks up Algoma Country for clearly a third of the year. In this part of the world when the weatherman hands you lemons, you make lemonade or lemonade sickles as the case may be. Ice fishermen target a host of species in Algoma Country…
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