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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.

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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.

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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

Get outdoors – trail groups have said this for years!!

Sudbury Accent: ‘Kids need to get outdoors’

Mary Katherine Keown

By Mary Katherine Keown, The Sudbury Star

Gino Donato/The Sudbury Star
Four-year-old Logan Anderson tobbogans at Robinson Playground.

Gino Donato/The Sudbury Star Four-year-old Logan Anderson tobbogans at Robinson Playground.

At six-years-old, Kiersten Anderson simply likes the feel of the wind on her cheeks as she swoops down a hill on an oversized inner tube.

“The tubes go really fast and it’s really fun, (especially) when you jump off,” the little adrenaline junkie says. She admits she has taken a couple of tumbles and has hit her head once, but says it only hurt for a couple of minutes.

Kiersten’s father, Wes, takes a more measured approach to the perennial childhood past-time.

“Wear comfortable apparel and dress appropriately — nice puffy toques,” he says. “The sliding gear is also important.”

The Star caught up with the mini speedster on Wednesday at Robinson Park. Kiersten, her four-year-old brother and her father, as well as a couple of friends, were out taking their chances on the playground’s small hill. Despite the damp cold — the kind that settles in the bones — they were happy to show off for the camera.

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Staying in the North? Try Nipigon River Adventures and Lodge in Red Rock

Red Rock lodge offers seclusion, access to nature

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Nipigon River Adventures and Lodge in Red Rock is a favourite social and corporate gathering spot on the North Shore of Lake Superior for guided fly-fishing excursions and wildlife viewing.
Nipigon River Adventures and Lodge in Red Rock is a favourite social and corporate gathering spot on the North Shore of Lake Superior for guided fly-fishing excursions and wildlife viewing.
Ray Rivard calls the North Shore of Lake Superior one of the least exposed and underappreciated areas of Ontario.
The owner-operator of Nipigon River Adventures and Lodge in Red Rock wants to change the perception of this rugged stretch of coastline stretching from Grand Marais, Minn. to Sault Ste. Marie as more than just “pass-through” country for travellers, but give them a reason to stop and stay.

Located an hour’s drive east of Thunder Bay, just off the Trans-Canada Highway, Rivard’s lodge sits in the midst of a national marine conservation area, home to an abundance of wildlife, bays and islands, and more than 50 shipwrecks.

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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

Epic Adventures Hike this Sunday. Thanks Michael!

Hi Hikers –SignDesignLogo.jpg.w300h263 Will be doing a hike this upcoming  Sunday.  Departure time is 1:30 pm.

Will be doing the Deer Lake Trail System.  Still undecided on whether or not we will do the Loftquist Lake Trail or the Deer Lake Mountain route.  Will decide that day.

In any case prep for a 2-3 hour outing.  This trail system is mostly of moderate skill level, with the exception of a few steep difficult climbs.

Remember snacks, fluids and snowshoes.  Dress for the weather. Meet at Epic Adventures shop at 1:30 pm. Please advise if you will be attending or not.

More Information from Michael – Epic Adventures

Just outside Thunder Bay – lot’s to do and see in Oliver Paipoonge

Things to See & Do

Discover everything Oliver Paipoonge has to offer! From outdoor adventure to family fun, farm activities and comfortable accommodations close to local shops, we have something for everyone. Be our guest and let us show you why we’re Growing Naturally!

Kakabeka Falls

Known as Niagara of the North, Kakabeka Falls on the Kaministiqaui River plunges 40 metres over sheer cliffs and some of the oldest fossils in the world. Located in the Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, the area was first used by the Voyageurs as a trade route to the Northwest over two hundred years ago.

Outdoor Fun

Oliver Paipoonge is home to lush forests, clean and sparkling waterways, scenic trails and a diverse range of wildlife. We have something for everyone of all ages during every season. Outdoor lovers can canoe, kayak, snowmobile or go horseback riding or tubing. You can also fish, hunt and camp.