Things To Do - City of Dryden by jianghongl



It’s Spring!! New Life and New Beginnings for so many things in
Our Wilderness City! Goodbye to Old Man Winter and Hello to

                                                                       THINGS TO DO
the call of the Loon as it welcomes the change of the season!

On behalf of Council, I am thrilled to invite you to read through

the Dryden Spring 2009 Leisure Guide. You will find interesting
things to do, a calendar of festivals and events, a section on
healthy living, where to sleep, eat and shop in our wonderful
city, as well as the many services that are available and typically
offered in communities much larger than ours.

The City of Dryden is a 5 Blooms Community and we are busy
                                                                                                      EVENT LISTINGS
spring cleaning our way to a new designation with Communities

in Bloom. Our City is rich in civic pride and we trust that you
will help us keep our City green and clean.

This is the year we build a new bridge over the rapids of the

                                                                       HEALTHY LIVING
Wabigoon River and we invite you to take some time to walk
our trail system, enjoy the scenery, the animals and meeting the
community folk. Add boating, canoeing and fishing to your

visit and be sure to take your camera everywhere you go! The
golf courses are excellent and the deer plentiful. Send a message
home to friends and family, read a book and keep up on the
news by visiting our Library! We do have a summer fun camp
for your kids and the music in the park is a great way to spend
a summer evening. MooseFest is fun for the family too, as are
the Powwows at Eagle Lake First Nation and Wabigoon Lake
Ojibway Nation. In keeping with community celebration, we
congratulate another neighbour, the Municipality of Machin on
                                                                            THINGS TO DO
their 100th Birthday. We are going to the Party and we know
they would love to see you!                                                 Dryden offers plenty of things you can do practically
It is our Centennial Birthday in 2010 and we are busy planning
to host and celebrate the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay and
                                                                            FESTIVALS & EVENTS
some of us are practicing for the 2010 Canadian Windsurfing
Championships held right here Dryden!                                  16   Every season is celebrated with festivals and special events.

There are many highlights in this issue that I’m sure you will
enjoy such as Dryden District Museum’s featuring of local                   HEALTHY LIVING
artists, Sandy Beach Park’s upgrades, an exposé of the Mayor’s
Mural –my memory and reflection of 1949 in this northern
                                                                       32   Our community is recognized for its walking trails,
                                                                            recreational facilities, water sports and pampering.
wilderness, and so much more!

                                                                            ACCOMMODATIONS & DINING
We encourage you and your family to make the most of Dryden
this spring season, and we invite visitors to experience and explore        Rest your head in one of our many hotels/motels and satisfy
more about us and our community! If                                         your tastes in restaurants around the city.
you’re only passing through, be sure
to take the time to stretch, eat and
                                                                            SHOPPING & SERVICES
exercise so that you will be well rested
as you continue your journey! We are                                   44   We welcome all to shop in our newly revitalized downtown
                                                                            business district.
a natural rest stop!

                                                                            COMMUNITY SERVICES
                                                                       52   We are proud to have many other services
                                                                            available in our community.
   Councillors: Case, Collins, Fisher, Kurz,   Anne Krassilowsky
                Wintle, Wood                        Mayor

              Welcome to Dryden & Area
              807-223-2174 or 1-800-667-0935
            807-223-2174 or 1-800-667-0935
                      GET IN THE GUIDE!
                         Leisure online

 The community has embraced the Ambassador Program and the Service
 Excellence series of workshops designed to welcome our visitors and
 enhance our local customer services. As of February 2009 the following
 organizations have committed to the program.

          • The Flower Forest
          • City of Dryden – Recreation Complex
          • Timbermax
          • Dryden Fastrax Flyball Club
          • Wilson’s Business Solutions
          • City of Dryden – Pool and Fitness Centre
          • Patricia Region Senior Services Inc.
          • City of Dryden – Regional Airport
          • Dryden Regional Health Centre Volunteer Group
          • Red Cross
          • Dryden Development Corporation
          • Thaddeus Lake Lodge
          • Communities in Bloom
          • Homestyle Candle Comany
          • Patricia Region Tourist Council
          • City of Dryden - Administration
          • Trillium Lions Club
          • City of Dryden - Library
          • Our Saviour Lutheran Church Ladies Group
          • City of Dryden - Public Works

 For more information on how you can register your organization
 in the Service Excellence workshops contact Dana at 223-2174,
 e-mail or click on the business events calendar at

             Things To Do in Dryden
                                                                                                                               Photo by Heather Rivet

                              SKATEBOARD PARK                            BEACH VOLLEYBALL
                     Dryden’s Skatepark is located just off Highway      Get some sun and soak up
                     #17 at Rotary Park on Wice Road. The Grand          the entertainment or join the
                      Opening was held in April of 2007, and it          beach volleyball activities
                       has been a very, very busy spot since that        located on the Riverview
                        time, used by skaters and bikers of all ages.    Lodge grounds right on the
                          Whether you’re a spectator, novice or          beautiful Wabigoon river. Three
                          experienced, the park is sure to be a lot of   full size courts, recreational and
                          fun, and there’s always someone there who               competitive use. For more
                          would be willing to show or teach                            information       contact
                         you their favourite trick.                                       223-4320.

SAILING                                                                                  CINEMA & DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATRE

Come join the challenge and feel the winds in the sails                                  Go to the daily show at the seated cinema Downtown
as the captains race their sailboats each Wednesday night                                Dryden or visit the authentic Drive-in theatre open on
at the Dryden Yacht Club. Arrive at the Yacht Club at                                    weekends. Great food and entertainment for the whole
6:15 p.m. Wear non-marking shoes and bring your own                                      family. Children’s park equipment set up at Drive-in.
refreshments. Visit us at                                        For more info contact 223-4494.

     BOWLING                                                                             MINI GOLF

      Glow bowling, regular 5 pin or league play.                                        Visit the local mini golf course and playground at
      Come out and join the fun of bowling. Located                                      Birchland Trailer Park located West of Dryden on
      Downtown Dryden. 14 immaculate lanes and a                                         Highway 17. Call 937-4938 for more information.
     full service restaurant. Closed for part of summer.
     For more information contact 223-4343.

   Fun for the whole family or plan your next party playing lazer
    tag. Well mapped out maze with a variety of game play options.
     Downtown Dryden. For more info contact 223-8326.

           TEDDY BEAR PICINIC                                           BLUEBERRY PICKING
                   Bring your lunch, teddy bear and blanket             Enjoy the outdoors and find some big ripe blueberries
                    and enjoy the exciting celebrations of bears        blooming towards the end of July beginning of
                    extraordinaire!! An annual event with many          August. Lots of areas to go all around the City
                     exciting activities such as: Entertainment, pony   limits.
                     rides and petting zoo, crafts, face painting,
                       teddy bear hospital, story tent, and cookie
                                                                        HORSEBACK RIDING
                         Enter the Teddy Bear contest (one per child    Supervised riding is offered by the hour for those interested
                         and must be a stuffed bear). The categories    in the basics of horseback riding. Riding lessons for all levels of riders
                           include: Biggest, smallest, prettiest,       from beginner to advanced showing in both the English and Western
                                most     colourful,    multicultural,   disciplines available as well as boarding and leasing of horses. For
                                  oldest, sports, occupational, most    more information contact (807) 937-2917.
                                   unusual and homemade.
                                   Come out and enjoy the
                                   festivities! Free cotton candy for
                                  the kids and Teddy Bear Cake for
                                all! See you at the Sandy Beach Park
                             on July 5th. For more information
     contact Barb at the Dryden Best Start Hub 223-7145.

      The Dryden Disc Golf Association meets every Saturday
      at 2:00 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park for a round and invites
      everyone out to join them. There is no cost to play the game
      and they have plenty of discs to loan new players. For more
     information please contact

         Northwestern Ontario is one of North America’s truly                    to catch record breaking species such as: Walleye, Northern
         spectacular destinations with many thousands of pristine                Pike, Trout, Muskie, and many more. The Dryden Chamber
         lakes and rivers. The region is known for the best fishing               of Commerce has played host to the annual Walleye Masters
          and hunting on the continent in all seasons. Dryden has                Tournament for over 19 years bringing anglers from Ontario,
                         been a popular fishing destination for                   Manitoba, and the United States. For more information, contact
                          several decades with many opportunities                807-223-2622 or e-mail

                                                                      LOCAL TAKE
   Dryden ... a little piece of heaven on earth                                  way. Who could resist? When I returned to my city life and tall tower
                                                                                 office job, it didn’t take me long to realize that this man and the lifestyle
     Imagine this ... choosing Dryden as a destination for a fishing trip,        of Dryden was just what I needed. The rest is history. I guess I didn’t
   falling in love, getting married and living there happily ever after. Sound   practice “catch and release” very well on that fishing trip!
   like a fairy tale? Lucky me ... that is what happened in my life over 25
   years ago. I’m still here, living contentedly and catching more fish than      I certainly can’t promise you a knight (or “knightess”) in shining
   ever! I originally came to Dryden on a weekend fishing trip many moons         armour waiting for you in Dryden but I can promise that you’ll love this
   ago with my girlfriend who was a writer for an outdoor magazine. We           Wilderness City, the people, the lifestyle and, of course, the fishing!!!
   had a fishing guide arranged ahead of time and then presto! ... there
   was the man I was going to marry driving the boat, taking me to some                                                                 Marilyn Bilsbarrow
   hot fishing spots, cooking me shorelunch and telling me jokes along the

                                          NON-RESIDENT OUTDOORS CARD
                                      Effective Jan. 1/09 anyone                 fishing licences, 3) Hunters will only have to present their hunter
                                     wishing to hunt or fish in                   accreditation once to obtain their initial hunting Outdoors Card,
                                     Ontario will be required to have            which will then act as their proof of accreditation, and 4) The
                                     an Outdoors Card. The card                  option to purchase three-year fishing and small game hunting
                                    will cost $9.00 and be valid for             licences. Once the paper application has been completed, the
                                    3 years. These new requirements              Outdoors Card will be mailed to the purchaser’s home address.
                                   are part of the implementation of             The non-resident Outdoors Card will be required to purchase
   a new licencing automation system that takes effect 2010.                     an Ontario fishing or hunting licence, except for one-day fishing
   When fully implemented, the new approach to selling licences                  licences.
   will provide many benefits to non-resident hunters, including:                 If you have any questions about the program, you can contact
   1) The ability to purchse fishing and some hunting licences from               Burton McClelland, Manager of Licencing Improvement Project,
   home using the ministry’s website or the toll-free automated                  Ministry of Natural Resources at 705-755-1802.
   telephone service, 2) Easier replacement of lost hunting or

There are several options for golfers visiting the
Dryden area. On the shores of Wabigoon Lake,
next to Sandy Beach, Eagles’ Landing Golf and
Curling Club offers challenging and well-bunkered
nine-holes with pro shop, lounge and restaurant.
Evergreen Golf Course located south of Dryden
off Highway 502 on Wabigoon Lake Road and
Anderson’s Homestead Golf Course located at 1106
Johnston Rd. also offer nine holes of quality golf.

 Award-winning Dryden Public Library
 offers the atmosphere of a cozy and
 quaint coffeehouse, the free wireless
 Internet access you would expect
 only in a big city, fine art on a caliber
 with that found in national galleries,
 a book, magazine, newspaper and
 DVD collection that is stunning in its
 diversity and quality, and helpful and
 friendly staff who are there to make sure
 your visit is more than you expected.

 The Goomies were carved by Spike Mills, who          Below is one of the paintings that was done by
 resides in Wawa. The goomies are made from           Dryden’s own Jim Mulyk. These were painted
 the driftwood he collects on the shores of Lake      on doors as Jim prefers to use various types of
 Superior.                                            canvas.

 Dermel Carias had done the airbrush paintings
 in the aisles and the teen section. Dermel is from
 Honduras and currently resides in Dryden.

 Richard Lavoie had done the mural in the
 Children’s Section. Richard has done many
 murals around Dryden including Ristorante
 Pizzeria Italia. He owns and operates his own
 painting and design company in Dryden.

 The wildlife photographs were done by Karen
 Kahtava. Karen resides in Dryden and also works
 for the City in the IT department.

Remembering John
McRae 1872-1918
February 16th to May 11th, 2009
A travelling exhibit from Guelph
Museums, McRae House                 THE DRYDEN & DISTRICT MUSEUM
“Learn about the life of a
Canadian solider who wrote the       The Dryden & District Museum is centrally located
poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ that was   on the corner of Van Horne Avenue and King Street
the inspiration for Remembrance      occupying the historic Hambleton House. The museum
and peace around the world”.         has over 10,000 artifacts in its collection, including
Admission: $3/adult &                “Old Copper Culture” cold-hammered tools dating
$2/children & students               back 4,000 years. The museum offers opportunities
                                     to visitors to learn and understand the historical
Threadworks 2007                     progression of Dryden and surrounding
June 5th to July 3rd, 2009           area. Also featured is “The Dryden Buck” an
A juried exhibition of needle        Ontario record whitetail deer shot illegally
art by the Ontario Network of        by a visiting hunter in 2003 scoring 1991⁄8
Needleworkers                        on the Boone and Crockett scale. Admission
“The creative needle art on          is free, donations are gratefully accepted.
display represents artists 
from across Canada and from
members of Ontario Network of
Admission: $3/adults &
$2/children & students

Sitting Pretty
October to December 12th,
A travelling exhibit from Guelph
“The history of the toilet”
Admission: $3/adults &
$2/children & students

    Things To Do in Vermilion Bay
                                                                                                                                              Photo by Heather Rivet

                                                                                       returning as Lieutenant-Colonel and then became active in provincial
                                                                                       politics serving in the Legislature from 1908 to 1919. He lived in Kenora
                                                                                       with his wife and two daughters.”
                                                                                       At first, the Municipal Offices were located in Eagle River, with service
                                                                                       garages in both Eagle and Vermilion Bay. In the 1970s, the office in
                                                                                       Eagle River was closed and the present offices were set up in the former
    Like many communities in this area, the three that form the Municipality           Vermilion Bay School, where they are still today.
    of Machin grew up along the railroad in the latter half of the nineteenth          Throughout the 100 years of the Municipality of Machin, the three
    century. Farming, fishing and logging also attracted people who settled             communities have faced a century of change. Once thriving, there are
    here. In the early part of the twentieth century, there was a move to              few farms left operating, and the once busy train stations are gone from
    organize all the communities west of Dryden under one Municipality.                each community. Logging still employs many in the area, but tourism
    The intention of this was so that the hotel in Eagle River could obtain            looks to be the industry of the future, especially in Eagle River and
    a license. Eventually, Oxdrift and Waldhof withdrew. Thus, on January              Vermilion Bay.
    4th, 1909, Minnitaki, Eagle River and Vermilion Bay were incorporated              The Municipality hopes to mark its 100th anniversary with events
    as the Municipality of Machin.                                                     taking place on the Labour Day weekend. Many of the service clubs
    According to the book Evergreen Reflections, “The name Machin has been              and committees in the area will have centennial themes for their own
    attributed to Harold A.C. Machin. He served in the First World War                 events held throughout the year.

                            VERMILION BAY INUKSHUK
                                      Ancient symbols of Inuit culture traditionally used as landmarks and navigation aids, these stone statues represent
                                                a human form with outstretched arms and serves as a well-known symbol of northern hospitality and

                                                       The Inukshuk or Inuksuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK) meaning “in the image of man”, are
                                                      magnificent lifelike figures of stone which were erected by the Inuit people and are unique to the
                                  Canadian Arctic. Standing along Canada’s most northern shores, they endure as eternal symbols of leadership, encouraging
                                  the importance of friendship and reminding us of our dependence upon one another. In the Baffin region of Canada’s
                                  Arctic, the traditional meaning of an Inukshuk was to act as a compass or guide for a safe journey. The Inukshuk, like
                                    ancient trackers, helped guide people seeking their way through the wilderness. Erected to make the way easier and safer
                                    for those who follow, an Inukshuk represents safety and nourishment, trust and reassurance. The Inukshuk guided
                                      people across the frozen tundra and gave them hope in barren places to handle hardships they encountered. These
                                       primitive, stone images showed the way ahead ... pointing you in the direction you wanted to go.

                                              72000 pounds, 17 feet high made from locally quarried Vermilion Pink granite, from Nelson Granite.

                                                    Bobby’s Corner will be doing a dedication to Vermilion Bay for its 100th year anniversary.

The Inukshuk or Inuksuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK)
           meaning “in the image of man”

Spend Father’s Day in Vermilion Bay!

Everyone is invited to attend the final tractor exhibition in Vermilion Bay on Sunday, June 21st at Fort Vermilion beginning at 9:00 a.m. The
tractor show has been running for eleven years first starting at Fort Vermilion and then moving to the Lillian Berg grounds to accommodate the
many visitors who come out and enjoy the show. This year the show will return to the Fort, to keep with the Centennial Theme of Vermilion
Bay’s 100 birthday. Our motto for this year’s show is “The Way We Were”. Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast, a Sunday Morning Worship
Service, displays of antique tractors and cars, live music, face painting, clowns, horse and wagon rides, and really good food. Artisans will be
on hand displaying their works of art inside the walls of the Fort.

                                                                         9:00 – Pancake Breakfast
                                                                         10:00 – Sunday Morning Worship Service
                                                                         11:00 – Rumble Time and Displays
                                                                         12:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Live Music on Stage - enjoy family and friends for
                                                                         the rest of the afternoon. Hayrides, face painting, displays inside the
                                                                         walls of Fort Vermilion Bay, Live Music, Playground for Kids

                                                                         FREE ADMISSION

                                                                          PARKING: We are asking that visitors attending the show do not park
                                                                          on the highway – There are plenty of parking areas near the Fort. All
                                                                          these areas will be designated for easy access to the Fort.

                                                                          If you would like to be a part of our tractor show this year – please give
                                                                          us a call. If you would like to bring out a tractor or a car for display
                                                                          you are very welcome to. If you would like to display some of your
                                                                           crafts – we would like to hear from you. Please call Brian Webb at
                                                                           937-4941 or Sharon at 227-5289.
                                                                            To celebrate and to finalize the Father’s Day Event that has been a part
                                                                            of Vermilion Bay for 11 years has come to an end.

MACHIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS                                              GEO CACHING
The Municipality of Machin is gearing up for their Centennial in            Our geo cache tour involves using
2009. On January 4th, 2009 the Municipality of Machin will be 100           the technology of a GPS unit to seek
years young. Various community clubs are planning their events for          out 5 different treasures. (If you
the upcoming year and everything will have a Centennial theme. This         don’t have your own GPS unit one
year’s “Kin Karnival” will have the Centennial Theme, the Kinette Club      can be provided) We will travel Eagle
will be planning a weekend of fun for July 4 & 5, 2009 to bring back        Lake by boat and with you pointing
the Children’s Festival. The Centennial Committee is planning a big         the way we will navigate you safely to
celebration weekend for the September Long Weekend. Please look for         the coordinates of each treasure. This is
posters around town and ads in our local Machin Messenger.                  a fun new interactive game that will not
                                                                            only challenge your mind and body but you
ECO TOURS                                                                   will also let you experience the true beauty of
                                                                                     Eagle Lake. Trips can be customized to
                                                                                            different levels of difficulty. Call
Fishtales Guide Service is a                                                                807-755-5672 (Eagle Lake) for
professionally run operation with                                                           more information.
26 yrs. experience in the area. They
offer unique adventures such as an
eco tour that involves a tour of Eagle                                                     BACKWOODS ADVENTURE
Lake. During the tour you will take
in the sites including the old stamp                                                      Our backwoods adventure starts with a drive that is
mine, gold and soapstone mines,                                                           usually never the same. Be on the lookout for moose,
horizontal shafts into an island,                                                         bear, deer, turtles and a variety of feathered friends. You
natural beaches, pictographs and                                                         will arrive at some of the best fishing lakes in North
of course eagles. A shore lunch can                                                      western Ontario, this is a “must do” experience for
be provided to make it a complete                                                        someone seeking a look deeper into Canada’s wilderness.
whole day experience or you can                                                          Call 807-755-5672 (Eagle Lake) for more information.
customize your own trip. Contact
807-755-5672 (Eagle Lake) for more information.

                                  EGLI’S SHEEP FARM &                     THE VERMILION BAY ROD & GUN CLUB
                                  ANIMAL PARK
                                                                          The Vermilion Bay Rod and Gun Club has recently expanded its facilities
                                  20 Km West of Dryden. Hundreds          to include a 50-yard shooting range for 22 rifles, muzzle-loaders and
                                  of sheep plus elk, emu, red deer,       hand guns. For many years the Club has provided a 100-yard shooting
                                  horses, wild turkeys, llamas and        range with a covered building to shoot from and a 25-yard pistol
                                  more. The 80 acre park is open          shooting range as well as a trap-shooting range. The Club has a group
                                  April through to October. Take a        of archers that use the 100-yard range. The Club is well used by local
                                  self guided tour or book in advance     Cadets, OPP, MNR and Treaty #3 Police Force.
                                  for guided tours or wagon rides.        Each season Club members organize events such as a Spring Gun Show
                                  Visit                 and contribute to event expenses through activities such as collecting
                                                                          used empty brass shells and selling them as scrap metal.
                                                                          President of the Club is W. C (Bill) Ballantyne, 227-2303.
                                                                          BIG FOOT STATUE
Naturalists and avid birders will enjoy
spending the day to locate and identify                                   This statue measures 5.5
the many species of songbirds known                                       m (18 Feet) high and
to inhabit the northern boreal forest.                                    weighs 3800 pounds. It was
Another option is to venture out to the                                   originally constructed in the
back country and set up a blind - a great blue heron might just stop      early 1960s to attract people
by! Casual sightings are a sure thing along many of the region’s hiking   to stop. This hitchhiking Big
trails, in parks and at resort properties. Venture out on the water to    Foot has been moved around
see, loons cormorants, white pelicans, several species of ducks and the   to a few different places in
mighty bald eagle soaring overhead.                                       the area and in 1982 moved
Birds like Bald Eagles, Loons, Gulls, Grouse, Woodpeckers and different   to its current location on
kinds of waterfowl are the most commonly viewed.                          Highway 17 in front of the
For people who take birding and ornithology seriously, Northern           Piston Ring Auto Store.
Ontario is a gold mine with many different species. There have been
over 95 species of birds confirmed to live in our area during different
times of the year.

Fort Vermilion is a highway tourist destination located in the village
of Vermilion Bay, in the Municipality of Machin, and is considered
to be at the hub of a large tourism district known as Sunset Country.
Vermilion Bay is located on the busy Trans Canada Highway between
Kenora and Dryden, at the intersection of the highway to Red Lake,
bordered to the south by Minnesota and to the west by Manitoba. The
eastern border is just west of Thunder Bay.

Fort Vermilion is a destination for families, history buffs and outdoor
enthusiasts alike. Here the historical and natural worlds unfold with
the rugged Canadian Boreal landscape providing the backdrop. It
is a replica of the early Hudson Bay Trading Post complete with log
palisades and block houses and is reminiscent of the historical days of
the fur trading voyageurs. It is 200 square feet and is made wholly of
native material – hand cut and peeled logs, hand split cedar shingles.
This fort welcomes all travelers to the area and admission is free. It
opens May long weekend until September long weekend and is open
9 am to 9 pm seven days a week.
                                                                          Geo caching is a popular activity on the trails at Fort Vermilion and
The Fort is a fun place for the family to spend the whole day. You        involves searching for things that people have left behind in various
can enjoy our trails, our 18 hole miniature golf, our picnic area, our    locations for others to find. You find these treasures using a GPS and a
playground and boardwalk, and our Treehouse Café, gift shop and           set of coordinates.
children’s clothing boutique.

                          For more information on Fort Vermilion visit

                                                                         The Trail system provides residents and
                                                                         visitors with safe and well maintained
                                                                             pathways for their enjoyment ...

                    Pine Tree Pathways is registered with the Trans Canada Trail System.
The Trailhead                                                            Organization
The trail begins at the waterfront on Eagle Lake and travels along the   The Municipality of Machin established the Pine Tree Pathways
water’s edge.                                                            Committee in September 2001 after a survey of the community
                                                                         showed a strong interest in the development of trails in and around
This area features a beach, washrooms, dock facilities, picnic tables,   the community of Vermilion Bay.
and a boat launch for your enjoyment.
                                                                         Since then the Committee has been dedicated to the establishment of
Once you have completed your visit at the waterfront enjoy the rest of   the trail system.
the trail system.

Trail Features
Our area is a natural landscape that appeals to both tourists and
residents as a source of physical and leisure activity.

The trail features areas which are easy to access and meanders through
Vermilion Bay leading to a 2 km loop north of Highway 17 at Fort

Future plans include an extension to create a corridor from Vermilion
Bay to Blue Lake Provincial Park.

          10                                                                                        Government Dock

                                                                                                  Points of Interest

                                                                                1 Machin Municipal Office - Tourist Information
                                                                                2 Vermilion Bay waterfront on Eagle Lake: boat
   Barbeque     9                                                                   launch, government dock, swimming, picnic
                                                                                    area, washroom and hiking trail

                                                                                3 Bobby’s Corner and Bobby’s Sport Shop
                                                                                4 Fort Vermilion
                                                                                5 Village Corner
                                                                                6 Northern Lights Credit Union
                                                                                7 Co-op Store
                                                                                8 Post Office
                                                                                9 Busters Barbeque
                                                                               10 Wilderness Air

         Things To Do in Wabigoon
                                                                                                                                  Photo by Heather Rivet

                                                                                     The lush natural surroundings provide a sumptuous backdrop
                                                                                     for the many events that are hosted each year. Neighbouring
                                                                                     First Nations communities are host to annual powwows,
                                                                                     colourful and lively celebrations reflective of local Aboriginal
                                                                                     culture. Wabigoon Lake Powwow held September long

                                              Photo by Brent Wesley – Wawatay News

 We are Pappy’s Café, a place where the magic of music
 and entertainment is brought to life right before your
 eyes. A place where one might find the finest coffees and
 teas of the world, real soft ice-cream and other delectable
 home made desserts. Most importantly, take in some of
 the best live music in the world. Pappy’s Café is a place
 where one might feel right at home in their own living
 room with all the luxuries of full service. So what are
 you waiting for? This is where all of the good times
 begin .... without a doubt!

                      For schedule information visit

               Aaron Provincial Park


 Aaron Provincial Park provides recreational opportunities
 from camping, fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing.
 Aaron Provincial Park is 116.7 ha in area and supports a rich
 ecological and cultural history. Ancient Aboriginal peoples
 used Thunder Lake as a historic food collection area and
 Thunder Creek as a canoe route. In the 1880s the Canadian
 Pacific Railway was constructed next to the present park
 site and was instrumental in
 opening the area to settlement
 in the 1900s. Over time, Thunder
 Lake became an increasingly
 popular      recreational     site,
 and the need for a park here
 became apparent. When a tract
 of homestead land reverted to
 the Crown in 1935, the site of the
 park was determined. The park
 was      originally     developed
 as a work campsite park by
 the Department of Northern
 Development in 1935. It
 provided       recreational     use
 for     travelers     and     great
 numbers of local residents.
 For more information visit

                                                                                                              er Lake”.
                                                     “Experience for yourself the spectacular sunsets on Thund
Photo by Double S Posure


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