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Developing regional trail network can have tourism benefitsLOCAL

Area trail development coordinator Kirsten Spence says developing a regional trail network can help boost tourism.

Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Area trail development coordinator Kirsten Spence says developing a regional trail network can help boost tourism.

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY — An area trail development coordinator sees a vast amount of untapped potential in Northwestern Ontario.

Kirsten Spence gave a presentation to the Thunder Bay District Municipal League and said trails are overlooked when it comes to their ability to enhance regional tourism.

“They’re an excellent product that’s already developed which can be used to keep people half a day long or an hour longer in a community, that’s a success,” Spence said.

“A lot of municipalities are looking at trail development as a way to diversify their economies moving from single sector to multi sectors. Trails are one of those offerings that can help municipalities with attraction.”

She said there’s an extensive inventory of existing trails through Northwestern Ontario that can all play a part in showcasing the region.

There’s already evidence showing trails can serve as an attraction.

“You look at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. That park has a lot of trails and that’s a large reason why people visit that park,” she said.

Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey has been working on developing both local and regional trail development strategies as a tourist draw.
Having a network benefits the entire region.

“What people have to realize is if you have one good tourist attraction you’ll get some people to come in for a day,” Harvey said. “If you have attractions through a whole region people will stay an awful lot of longer and that money they spend is not only multiplied, it’s multiplied exponentially.”

Development is ongoing with the Kinghorn Rail Trail, which would use a discontinued rail corridor to provide a path from Thunder Bay to Nipigon.

Spence said the project is a “work in progress” as developers are trying to get it right.

“Most people aren’t going to travel the 111 kilometre trail at one time,” she said. “We have to make sure it’s well planned out in terms of access areas and logical starts and stops.

Harvey sees the Kinghorn Rail Trail, which has been discussed since 2005, as having the potential to be a significant draw.

“That could easily become a world-class trail where people would come from around the world for things like the Pass Lake Trestle, the incredible vistas and views, the lakeside experience you can have on that trail,” Harvey said.

The rails have already been cleared from the trail while the ties are in the process of being removed. There are also a number of hurdles which need to be cleared, which Spence hopes an upcoming Provincial Trails Act will help address.

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Nipigon Tower and Trails – sky high views

Nipigon tower promises ‘incredible’ view to attract tourists 

CBC News Posted: Jan 07, 2015 3:03 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 07, 2015 3:03 PM ET

Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle and Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey stand in front of an image of the Nipigon waterfront development plan, at the town offices on Wednesday.

Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle and Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey stand in front of an image of the Nipigon waterfront development plan, at the town offices on Wednesday. (Township of Nipigon)

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Visitors to Nipigon are expected to get a panoramic view of Lake Superior and the distant countryside once a lookout tower is constructed in the community.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is providing $1 million for the project and other aspects of a tourism development plan, Northern Development minister Michael Gravelle announced Wednesday.

Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey said he expects the tower will boost tourism in the area.

“We’re gonna have a 360 degree view that will be looking into Greenstone,” he said.

“We’ll be looking probably almost over to Rossport. We’ll be seeing all the way out to St. Ignace Island, possibly right over to the American border. It’s gonna be an incredible view up there.”