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

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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.

Full article…….

Lot’s of great parks north or south!

How to explore the great outdoors at Ontario Parks this winter

QMI Agency writer Jim Fox.

By Jim Fox, Special to QMI Agency

Skiers stay warm in a yurt at Algonquin Provincial Park. (Ontario Parks photo)

Skiers stay warm in a yurt at Algonquin Provincial Park. (Ontario Parks photo)

Once winter weather finally arrives and sticks around, Ontario provincial parks are ready for the challenge.

“Summer campers love Ontario Parks, but many have never experienced their favourite park in winter,” said Lori Waldbrook, senior marketing specialist.

Nineteen provincial parks are open with cross-country ski trails while 13 have groomed or track-set trails and eight offer comfortable roofed accommodation.

There are designated snowshoe trails in many parks and some have skating and tubing, too. Three parks will host ski loppets, another will have an annual snowshoe race and at least five plan to mark Family Day weekend next month with special events.

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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


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.


Congratulations to Kenora Organizers, good luck today!

Mushin’ for Mutts exceeding registration expectations


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:

Trailhead North – connecting northern trails, connecting northern communities!

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

By Matt Vis,

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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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 …….

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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