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Travis Novitsky

In 1867, travel in the area of today’s Thunder Bay was limited to paddling waterways or going by steamship. There were no major east-west roads or railways. Sault Ste. Marie had 800 residents who used the St. Marys River as their highway. more

May 1, 2017 12:00 AM Ontario

Take a Sleigh Ride at Gammondale Farm

Courtesy Gammondale Farm

Picture yourself in a Currier & Ives postcard scene, big snowflakes gently dropping. With red cheeks in the brisk December air, you’re bundled up and bunched together on a sleigh ride in pastoral Slate River Valley near Thunder Bay. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Ontario

Porphyry Island Beckons with a Lighthouse, Trails & Gallery

Courtesy Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

An adventure to Porphyry Island on Black Bay about 8 miles east of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park starts with how you get there. Most people arrive by kayak, canoe or boat. Or you can hire a fishing charter, a floatplane or helicopter. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Ontario

Paul Shaffer

Courtesy of CBS

The voice on the phone was unmistakable. Paul Shaffer was ready to answer questions about his career, his memoir and his hometown of Thunder Bay, where Paul and his “Late Show” band will perform on October 7. more

Jul 25, 2016 3:41 PM Ontario

Cruising the Ontario Shore on a Sightseeing Tour

Discovery Charters

What makes a water tour of the Rossport Islands worth the trip? You get to view both the “inside” of the islands and the “outside,” a local term describing the open Lake. Inside, trees grow 3 feet from the water; outside, none are within 150 feet. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Ontario

No Hibernating in Thunder Bay

Goh Iromoto / Courtesy Tourism Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay loves winter. Far from hibernating, residents embrace this season of theatre and arts, of evenings out to sample tasty locavore fare and of days indulging in boutique shopping or outdoor recreation. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Lake Superior Journal: The Island of Aunt Peg’s Dreams

Author's Collection

It started with Aunt Peg’s story, became a mystery that cast me and my cousin as family sleuths and ended in a stranger’s home on a storied Ontario peninsula. No, actually, the whole thing began in Ireland. Let me explain. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Mystical Michipicoten: Memories from a Majestic Island

Donn Larson

To the Anishinaabe, it was a mystical floating isle that eluded approaching canoes – disappearing, then emerging again from the mist. At creation, Gichi Manidoo veiled Michipicoten Island in a shroud of mystery still palpable. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Bight Restaurant & Bar

Courtesy Bight Restaurant & Bar

You could hardly imagine a better location for an eatery than Prince Arthur’s Landing in the heart of Thunder Bay’s Marina Park, where Bight Restaurant & Bar enjoys a postcard view of the harbour, the marina and the Sleeping Giant. more

May 22, 2015 4:06 PM Ontario

The plays of writers with strong ties to Thunder Bay take center stage during the Magnus Theatre’s 2014-15 season. Lake Superior Magazine managing editor Bob Berg corresponded with the playwrights to see how a sense of place influences their work. more

Sep 24, 2014 12:22 PM Ontario

Saganaga Saga

John Bouchard

Trapper, conservation officer, artist – John Bouchard and his wife, Eveline, joined the hardy trailblazers in the late 1960s at the Ontario-Minnesota border waters, a community of distinct personalities, diverse opinions and dedicated neighbors. more

Sep 11, 2014 10:45 AM Ontario

A Journey North of Already Up North

Jonathan Schechter

We were bound for Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort on Lake Wabatongushi, a couple hundred miles north of Sault Ste. Marie. I’d recently discovered paddleboarding and wanted to use it on a fishing excursion Up North. more

Jun 1, 2014 11:19 AM Ontario

George Raab: "Early Thaw"

Courtesy Thunder Bay Art Gallery

There’s no denying the mystery in George Raab’s photo-based intaglio prints that portray the Canadian forest. A traveling exhibition of the artist’s work, “Into The Woods: Etchings,” will be on display at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this spring. more

Apr 16, 2014 10:25 AM Ontario

Wawa Ice Fishing Derby

Troy Dereski

At the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby, anglers can turn big catches into big prizes. Better yet, derby organizers can turn derby entries into funding for local groups. more

Ontario

Pebble Beach

Lyle Nicol

On a fall evening, I drove down a gravel road near Jackfish, Ontario, to Pebble Beach. What I saw coming over the ridge was not one, but two incredible feats of Lake Superior magic. more

Dec 12, 2013 11:37 AM Ontario 5 Comments

Worthy Causes

A true gem that creates a hands-on experience of the settler and farming history in northwestern Ontario.

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