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Photo: Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail map

MAY 24, 2007                                                                         

Map of area hiking trails published

The Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail is featured on a map of the area's growing network of backpacking and hiking trails.

The stunning 75-kilometre Highland Trail, constructed by local volunteer group Nastawgan Trails and opened last year, runs between Latchford and Grand Campment Bay on Lake Timiskaming. It is being extended this summer another 15 kilometres south to Ottertail Creek.

"It has great campsites and lookouts," says Les Wilcox, the trail's co-architect, "a large variety of wildlife, big trees, multiple access points that allow for day or weekend hikes, and as yet, no fees."

The closest comparable trails are on Lake Superior's shoreline, and in Algonquin and Killarney parks.

The 2- by 3-foot, two-sided, bilingual map, published by the group, is available at Temagami Outfitting and other local retailers. It covers 300 kilometres of trails. Retailing at $10, the map comes in two versions: as a poster, on 100-pound, glossy stock; and as a conventional map, folded on regular map paper. Laminations are available on request.

A larger version of the map can be seen on the Nastawgan Trails website.

  WEBSITE: Nastawgan Trails

   PHOTO:  Guiding Spirit Lookout

   RELATED STORY:  Grand Campment Bay Trail

Photo: Ed MacPherson

Ed MacPherson

MAY 23, 2007                                                                         

MacPherson's spring trip log

Blackfly-nemesis Ed MacPherson has completed his eighth annual spring canoe trip — with his intrepid canine companion Pepper.

The 17-day journey from Lake Temagami to Chiniguchi and back via the Sturgeon River was launched three days after ice-out. He has been doing solo trips, like this one, since 1999.

MacPherson, 63, retired, co-founder of Nastawgan Network, has been canoeing in Temagami since 1970 and averages 25 to 30 days a season canoeing here, before he heads to more remote areas. By the end of the season he will have spent almost 13 weeks in a canoe.

  TRIP LOG: Obabika-Chiniguchi-Sturgeon log (PDF, 1.6 MEG)


MAY 23, 2007                                                                         

Photo website re-born

Darryl's Temagami Web Page, a photo gallery, has been resurrected as and is seeking contributions.

The site is produced by Darryl Lalonde who grew up in the town of Temagami and lives in Sudbury. In its previous life, it was probably the first site dedicated to Temagami.


MAY 17, 2007                                                                         

Fire ban lifted

The eight-day Crown-land fire ban across northeastern Ontario was lifted at midnight after several days of rain, spring green-up of foliage, and cooler temperatures reduced the fire threat.

Municipal bans, which cover private land in municipalities, are not affected by this order from Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources.

  RELATED STORY: Fires banned

MAY 14, 2007                                                                         

Hunter fined for illegally bagging moose

A Sudbury man, convicted for illegally bagging a bull moose and then leaving it behind, was fined $2,500 and lost his moose hunting privileges for a year.

   PRESS RELEASE: MNR nabs hunter (PDF)

MAY 9, 2007                                                                          UPDATED: May 10, 11

Fires banned across northeastern Ontario

Strong winds, dry conditions, a precipitation-free forecast for five days, and predicted lightning has raised the risk of forest fire to extreme, prompting the Ministry of Natural Resources to ban all fires, including campfires, across northeastern Ontario.

"We need eliminate factors we can control, like human causes, to leave ourselves resources to deal with things we can't, like lightning," says Lindsay Munroe of the Ministry of Natural Resources fire management centre in Sudbury.

The ban, or restricted fire zone, applies to the area north of Lake Nipissing and Lake Huron, and is effective as of midnight. Burning permits are suspended.

The hazard is aggravated by the low snowfall over the winter and below-normal spring rain. Northwestern Ontario was placed under a ban on Monday.

Fire bans occur periodically, though this is the first for the year. The earliest in recent years was in 1999 when a ban covered Temagami from May 3 to 18. The last fire ban was July 14 to August 4, 2005.

There have been a number of small fires already this fire season that opened April 1.

The MNR officially implements a "restricted fire zone" on Crown land and municipalities a "fire ban."

Backcountry travel is not restricted, but campers must use a portable gas stove for cooking and warmth.

Failure to comply with the ban could result in a fine up to $1,000, financial responsibility for fires caused, and a jail term.

For more information call the Ministry of Natural Resources' North Bay office at 705-475-5550.

Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

       MAP:  Northeastern Ontario fire ban area

MAY 7, 2007

Grey Owl's family gets spotlight in summer exhibit

Famed Depression-era author, conservationist, Indian-rights supporter, and Ojibway imposter, Grey Owl arrived in Temagami a hundred years ago. Then still known as Archie Belaney, he stayed until 1911, married Temagami First Nation member Angele Egwuna (Onh-ghel Ay-goo-na) and fathered two children.

A unique exhibit, The Angele Project: Grey Owl and His Descendants, at the restored Temagami Station will shine a bright light through his shadow onto Angele and their descendants.

The production, open daily from June 1 to October 15, is a partnership between the W.K.P. Kennedy Public Art Gallery of North Bay and the Temagami Community Foundation.

Contact: Temagami Community Foundation

              Lori Hunter  705-569-3737

       WEBSITE: Temagami Egwuna Project 

MAY 1, 2007

Former Wabikon director dies

We are lucky if we can point to someone who made us a better person in our youth, and continues to inspire in adulthood. I can say that about the former director of Camp Wabikon, Gordy Wolfe, 70, who passed away of cancer in Toronto, April 7.

Although Gordy has been gone from Temagami for over 25 years, his legacy lingers. He re-opened Camp Wabikon in 1970 (where I was on staff), and it survives today. He hosted the organizing meeting of the Save Maple Mountain Committee (the lead group in the non-aboriginal opposition to the Maple Mountain Project) that marked the birth of Temagami’s environmental movement.

A great camp is one where kids have fun, and go home mentally and emotionally stronger. That was Gordy and Linda Wolfe’s Wabikon from 1970 to 1980.

“He was one of the most competent directors I ever met,” says Glen Toogood, who has worked at five camps.

Gordy was a Toronto social worker (a pioneer on Yorkville’s hippy-filled streets in the late 60s) who had the uncanny ability to read souls and the uncommon courage to reach out. Through his social deeds, rather than parentage, patronage, or purse, he became a prominent member of Toronto’s Jewish community — though he denied his stature.

The packed funeral service at Holy Blossom Temple was a fitting send-off. Big funerals are for those with big money, but this was for someone far richer.

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