Category Archives: ontario outdoors

Some Indigenous Peoples are joining us for Trailhead North – welcome!

First Nations want management control of Ogoki Forest

By: Northern Ontario Business staff
Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan and Marten Falls Interim Chief Bruce Achneepineskum sign Ogoki Forest unity agreement.
Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan and Marten Falls Interim Chief Bruce Achneepineskum sign Ogoki Forest unity agreement.
The northwestern Ontario First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls have signed a forest tenure agreement on the Ogoki Forest in northwestern Ontario.

The three First Nations say they will play “a leading role in forest governance” toward obtaining a long-term forest license for the Ogoki Forest Management Unit.

The communities want take control of forest management planning, harvesting, road construction, silviculture, environmental monitoring, reporting and also establish forest-based First Nations business ventures.

Located 250 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, the Ogoki Forest is considered part of the traditional land of the communities in providing a place to hunt, fish, trap, and provide medicine.

Link to full article – http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/aboriginal-businesses/2015/03/First-Nations-want-management-control-of-Ogoki-Forest.aspx

Baited traps on recreational trails? – caution needs to be used and postings examined

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The trapper feels he took ‘reasonable precautions’ to protect the public. Well, I strongly disagree.

Last December, a friend and I were walking along a public snowmobile trail on Crown Land just north of Peterborough, Ont., with my two yellow labs. My dog George was killed that day by a baited conibear trap set beside the trail.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), through a local Conservation Officer, has investigated the death and informed us by telephone that the investigation is closed; the trapper broke no laws.

I have to ask: How can it be completely legal to put a lethal, baited trap right on a public trail? It was bad enough with my pet. What if I’d been walking with a child?

Link to full article – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/valerie-strain/baited-trap-dog_b_6961554.html

Good roads make for improved trail access, improved board walk

Highway 6 saved!

by Expositor Staff Mar 25, 2015

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MTO blinks first, provides funds for critical culvert fix

ESPANOLA—Great news arrived recently concerning funding for the 40-year-old Black Creek culvert on Highway 6 on the outskirts of the Town of Espanola. The culvert is on a section of the connecting link that is Manitoulin Island’s vital year-round link to Highway 17 and the world beyond.

According to a recent announcement from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) concerning the fund’s application-based component, the Town of Espanola will receive up to $1,316,931 toward the replacement of the Black Creek Culvert.

“We have budgeted 1,466,900 for this project with an additional $150,000 for the adjacent boardwalk known as the Al Secord Fitness Trail,” confirmed Espanola CAO Cynthia Townsend, who added that the town was hoping to finalize the tenders for the addition shortly.

Complete article

Sudbury Celebrates “Fire and Ice”

Outdoor gala brings ‘fire and ice’ to Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake

‘This is something in the spirit of northern Ontario, the spirit of Sudbury’

CBC News Posted: Mar 05, 2015 8:05 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015 8:05 AM ET

The Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place on Saturday, March 7, on Sudbury's Ramsey Lake.

The Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place on Saturday, March 7, on Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake. Related Stories

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Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala in Sudbury

Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake will be transformed into a winter spectacle this weekend to raise funds for the YWCA Genevra House women’s shelter.

The inaugural Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place near Science North and will feature figure skaters, musicians, horses, an ice bar, and a vintage snowmobile show.

Paul Kusnierczyk

Paul Kusnierczyk is one of the people behind the Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala. (Roger Corriveau/CBC)

“It’s going to be something Sudbury has never seen before,” organizer Paul Kusnierczyk said on CBC Radio’s Morning North. “This is something in the spirit of northern Ontario, the spirit of Sudbury. Embrace the elements.”

Kusnierczyk is one of three real estate agents at Royal LePage who are raising funds for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. That foundation will provide the funds to the YWCA Genevra House.

Full article……

We share your sentiment! We love the outdoors as well. Trailhead North

HOMECOLUMNS

If I wasn’t writing this, I’d be in the bush

By: Scott Haddow – True North

 | Mar 12, 2015 – 11:32 AM |
Greater Sudbury is a wonderful region full of lakes, hills, forests, wildlife and rugged splendour. Supplied photo.

Greater Sudbury is a wonderful region full of lakes, hills, forests, wildlife and rugged splendour. Supplied photo.

I was four when I dropped a hook and worm into Big Gull Lake off the end of a dock at my aunt and uncle’s camp.

Soon, a smallmouth bass inhaled the bait and bent the fishing rod. A moment later I was holding the fish up with a big smile on my face. I didn’t realize it then, but the real catch of that day was me.

I was instantly enthralled with fishing and it is also the exact moment my love for everything outdoors began.

Sports store serves outdoor users in region

DOUG LUNNEY

Into the great outdoors

Wilderness Supply celebrates 20 years of bringing people into the wild

Doug Lunney

BY , WINNIPEG SUN

FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 05:46 PM CST | UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 05:53 PM CST

Rick Shone is the owner of Wilderness Supply Co. celebrating 20 years in business this month.
Rick Shone is the owner of Wilderness Supply Co., celebrating 20 years in business this year.

It’s not an exaggeration to say it was a life-altering moment when Rick Shone first entered the Wilderness Supply store on Ferry Road as a customer in 2000.

A year later, Shone joined the store as a part-time summer employee, then he met and began dating Elysia Sjoberg, the daughter of Wilderness Supply’s owners, Frank and Jan Sjoberg.

Shone and Elysia eventually married and in 2009 he took over the business from his in-laws. Memories from those early days have Shone feeling nostalgic this year as Wilderness Supply celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

“When they opened in 1995, the store was probably less than 1,000 square feet and it was just jam-packed with canoes,” Shone recalled from the store, which has long since doubled in size by taking over a neighbouring tenant.

Like any small business owners, the Sjobergs took a risk when they turned their love of camping, paddling, and hiking into a full-time venture, but their success resulted in the expansion of two more stores in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 2004 and a second Winnipeg location in 2012 on Speers Road, just off Lagimodiere Boulevard.

Boasting “the largest selection of canoes, kayaks and SUPs (Stand Up Paddle boards) anywhere in central Canada,” finding enough floor space continues to be a challenge 20 years later.

Full Article…..

Hub Trail went to council March 6th – any updates?

Hub Trail animation project moving forward

By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

Fort Creek Bridge on the Hub Trail

Fort Creek Bridge on the Hub Trail

A plan to animate the John Rowswell Hub Trail will be presented to city council Monday night.

The presentation comes with a funding request of $28,325 from the economic diversification fund.

The funding request is just a small part of the entire project cost of $238,550.

Other funding partners include the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s contribution of $92,700, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. internship program contribution of $70,875.

The project is expected to create almost 11 full-time equivalent jobs over a two-year period and create spin offs in other employment in the tourism and service sectors.

Full article here

Congratulations to Kenora Organizers, good luck today!

Mushin’ for Mutts exceeding registration expectations

Skijoring

Rugger will be one of the dogs competing in this weekend Mushin’ for Mutts. (Courtesy It’s a Dog’s Life)

There are plenty of events taking place this weekend for the Kenora Winter Carnival. One of the events happening Saturday is Mushin’ for Mutts, a skijoring race through the Nordic trails at Mount Evergreen.

Organizer Laura Loohuizen says she’s been overwhelmed by the interest.

“So far registration has exceeded expectations. I’m happy to say I have 22 teams with six local teams and the rest making their way from Winnipeg to enjoy our local trails,” she said.

Mushin’ for Mutts is a skijoring race being held this year at Mount Evergreen on the Nordic ski trails. Anyone can enter their own dog or borrow a pooch from It’s a Dog’s Life. There will even be a special cup for dogs from the fostering organization. Even if you don’t want to enter, Loohuizen encourages everyone to come out. – See more at:

http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12078&Itemid=160#sthash.TWoTvoTJ.dpuf

Ontario Sunset Country – part of the Trailhead North Community!

Great Accommodations in a Wilderness Location

Wildflower alongside hiking trail - Sioux NarrowsIn Ontario’s Sunset Country, you will discover a great choice of accommodations located in a wilderness location. For the fishing party or the family on a summer vacation, the region has a wide variety of lodges and resorts to choose from. You can go to a drive in facilityand this gives you the option of bringing your own boat. These locations also offer boat rentals if you would rather go that route. For something different, why not try a boat in resort or lodgewhere you take a boat to a more remote location on an island or on the mainland down the lake. For a true Northern Ontario experience, then you should consider going on a fly in fishing trip. Here you will board a Canadian bush plane …….

Learn More about Ontario Sunset Country