Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why We Celebrate Lumberjack Days in Mississagi Provincial Park

If you've never been to Mississagi Provincial Park, there are a few things you should know: 

1. It's made for the solitude seeker.
2. It offers off the grid camping.
3. Has a world-class trail system.

So why would we celebrate lumberjacks in Algoma Country? During the 19th and 20th century, pioneer lumberjacks worked in this area, and specifically what is now Mississagi Provincial Park. These hardworking men helped to shape the history of our area in Northern Ontario. And we also think it's fun to dress up in plaid shirts and toques.


Some original photos of the lumberjack camps in what is now Mississagi Provincial Park. Thanks to Mississai Park for lending us use of the photos!
This is the only lumberjack event held in Algoma. The event takes place the weekend of August 2 to 4, 2014 and it's a weekend jam packed with demonstrations, lumberjack games like the watermelon seed spit, nail drive, and the intense lumber jack competition.

You can find more information about this event at http://www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country/celebrating-a-canadian-icon-lumberjack-days-in-mississagi-provincial-park. Camp in Mississagi Provincial Park, or if camping is not your thing, there are accommodations in Elliot Lake.

Photo credit Kevin Middaugh.
Looking for more events in Algoma Country? Check out our Event Calendar at our website http://www.algomacountry.com/60/events

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fishing for Brook Trout in Algoma Country: Spinners are Winners

Do you love catching Brook Trout? In Mark Romanack's newest fishing blog, he offers tips about using spinners for catching brook trout in Algoma Country. We are proud to be hosting Mark's monthly blogs on www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country

The Rooster Tail Vibric spinner in the corner of this brook trout's mouth is further evidence that spinners are the "go to" lure for targeting brook trout in both streams and lakes.

Here's an excerpt from Spinners are Winners for Algoma Country Brook Trout:

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Some lures are more effective at catching certain species than others. When it comes to catching walleye, jigs are king. For catching smallmouth bass a crankbait that imitates crayfish is hard to beat. For pike the casting spoon reigns supreme and for targeting the brook trout Ontario's Algoma Country is famous for, the "go to" lure is an in-line spinner.

Locally known as "specks" or "speckled trout" the brook trout is exceptionally attractive, but this fish is actually not a trout at all. Brook trout are members of the char family like their close cousin the lake trout. Occasionally a naturally occurring hybrid is produced known as the splake. Splake display the primary colors of a brook trout and the body shape and size of a lake trout.

UNDERSTANDING IN-LINE SPINNERS

Trout fishing and spinners are so deeply engrained in one another more than a few noteworthy lure manufacturers have built thriving businesses centered around producing these lures. Case in point the Yakima Rooster Tail and Mepps Agila rival the world famous Rapala Minnow in terms of product sold, fish caught and anglers who swear by the effectiveness of these products.
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To learn about spinner sizes, swivels, fishing line and why Algoma Country is one of the best places for brook trout fishing, read the rest of the article here: http://www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country/spinners-are-winners-for-algoma-country-brook-trout

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Motorcycle Ride in Algoma: The Wild Wilderness of Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie

Last weekend I was away on a road trip and saw so many motorcycle riders out on Ontario's roadways, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. 

We recently received the latest blog by Motoress Vicki Gray about her motorcyle ride from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie, which was part of her bigger ride around Lake Superior last summer -- just in time for you to read it and plan your ride. 

What many people don't know is that this stretch of Trans Canada Hwy 17 is one of Canada's Top Ten Drives. The Hwy twists and turns along the coastline of Lake Superior through really rugged, rocky mountain cuts, sheer cliffs and amazing views of the Big Lake. I'm getting goosebumps just typing about it! 

 Old Woman Bay, Lake Superior Provincial Park. Photo credit Vicki Gray.

Here's an exerpt from Vicki's latest blog:

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It's a ride of about 228 km's taking the average explorer just under three hours to complete. It was the final stretch of highway rounding off my nine day Lake Superior Epic Motorcycle Tour. It rolled along like other segments of the lake's edge granting me an unbroken riding rhythm -- southward and through the Lake Superior Provincial Park -- as wild and as free as could be! This section of highway was among the most deserted, no, abandoned roads I'd been on in a long, long while. It was magnificently, nervously, isolated -- just me, the Triumph turning up around and over the postcard perfect Canadian North landscape. I was torn between keeping the throttle open and my urge to stop and capture the unspoiled scenes with my camera.

While I rounded out another blind hilltop, I detected something moving up ahead. It was brilliant, scarlet-orange and tossing about at the right side shoulder and quite a contrast amidst the back drop of the deep emerald forest greens.

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What was it that Vicki saw up ahead of her on the side of the road? You can read the rest of her motorcycle tale at: http://www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country/ride-algoma-the-wild-wilderness-of-wawa-to-sault-ste-marie

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I've been keeping an eye out for ice out reports on Facebook and it's looking pretty good for most parts of Algoma Country although some of our most northerly lakes may have a few more weeks. So what do these ice out reports mean for the outdoor enthusiast? Open water!!

For those who love kayaking & canoeing, our region of Ontario is the destination that you should be setting your sights on for your next kayak trip and here's why: countless crystal clear lakes, historic paddling routes, Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Lake Superior is actually renowned as the best sea kayaking in the interior of North America. 

Paddling along the Agawa River.
So now that we've got your attention . . . 

Our kayaking outfitters will not only guide you trip but can fully outfit you as well. Sure, you could bring your own kayak, but why not enjoy the luxury of having everything done for you? Especially if you fly into Algoma Country -- all you'll need to pack are your personal belongings. 

Check out the latest article on Northernontario.travel about our kayaking outfitters in Algoma Country: 

http://www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country/superior-kayaking-canoeing-outfitters-in-algoma-and-why-you-should-paddle-with-them

(And to get all their latest updates, make sure to Follow them on Facebook! Links are in the article!)

If you're interested, here are a few more articles that feature some of our great paddling on the big lakes and rivers:

Paddling Superior's Sunshine Coast

Learn to Stand Up Paddle

Paddling the Agawa River Makes You Want More Adventures in Algoma


If you would like to order a free Algoma Travel Guide, or the Outdoor Adventure map visit our website www.algomacountry.com or phone toll free 1-800-263-2546.