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Corporate Information Address Phone Fax Email URL Listing Date Auditors Copper Reef Mining Corp. has commenced drilling on its newly acquired smelter claims. The smelter claims are located close to the Flin Flon “main mine” area (and comprise a total of 276 Ha). These claims lie approximately 200 m north of the Callinan orebody and 1 km north of the Triple Seven orebody which are presently being mined. The property contains the same geological units as the mine stratigraphy. Please see the detail map above showing the Smelter Claim area, or view the map on our website at – courtesy of Intierra Resource Intelligence. Examination of recent 3D geophysical seismic surveys have indicated two areas of strong sonic reflectivity on the smelter claims. The seismic anomalies appear to have similar reflectivity as the Callinan Ore bodies which were traversed on some of the same seismic lines that crossed the smelter claims. The western seismic anomaly is made more attractive because it is coincident with a positive gravity anomaly and is directly on strike with the Triple 7 ore bodies. This target will be drilled first. The drill hole will first drill through the Hidden Lake Formation (mainly basalts) which overlies the Flin Flon main mine, Triple 7 and Callinan ore bodies before passing into the mine horizon. Permits have been received for this drilling and funding for the first hole is in place.

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Recent Major Transactions On Nov. 3, 2010, the company closed a transaction with Foran Mining Corporation gaining 5 Manitoba properties, and $1,000,000 in cash, four million Foran shares and a 75¢/tonne royalty for the previously 25% owned Hansen Lake Joint Venture, which includes the entire 28 million tonne Mcllvenna deposit and any future discoveries on this extensive claim block. On Feb. 3, 2011, the company closed a flow-through private placement with Hudbay for $1,043,000 at 15¢ per share with a full warrant to purchase an additional share for 15¢, expiring in 6 months. Full details are on the company website.


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Treading Lightly on the Land Manitoba is a rich oasis of ecotourism opportunities Licence to Boat Bigger engines, more traffic on waterways make boating safety more important than ever Pulling in the Big Ones U.S. corporate business still prized by northern fishing lodges Wapusk National Park Manitoba Jewel Counting the Great White Bears of Wapusk National Park

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orthern Manitoba truly exemplifies the beauty of our province. With the tundra, boreal forest, Northern Lights and our lakes and rivers, the North is a unique experience for residents and visitors. Manitoba’s Northern Experience magazine showcases the potential of our north and celebrates the people who inhabit it. Manitobans know that our province’s wilderness is like no other and the north is no exception. Winter events from the Trappers Festival at The Pas to dog races throughout the north are growing in popularity while Manitobans and others are learning of the number of attractions offered by our northern communities including Churchill, recognized internationally as the Polar Bear Capital of the World Through the Northern Development Strategy we will continue to develop new initiatives to bring people to our north. This past December we saw the creation of Neultin Lake and Colvin Lake provincial parks. In doing so we are assured the

protection of 610,000 hectares of wilderness and the preservation of this extraordinary natural beauty for generations to come. We are seeing aboriginal eco-tourism grow year by year. There are also plenty of new and exciting developments on the horizon, including the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Project on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. When the early European settlers arrived they relied on the friendship, goodwill and wisdom of the First Peoples. This spirit of co-operation has guided the Northern Development Strategy over the past decade and we look forward to building on our proven record of progress. Northern Manitoba continues to offer an incomparable experience to those who live and visit here and I encourage all readers to experience the north for themselves. You’ll be glad you did!  u

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Energy for Generations For 60 years, we’ve generated clean, renewable electricity for Manitoba using the natural flow of rivers. It started with construction of the Pine Falls Generating Station on the Winnipeg River and continued with our first hydroelectric developments on the Nelson River. Now, we are building the Wuskwatim Generating Station project on the Burntwood River in partnership with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and continuing to plan for the Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations. By pursuing these projects, Manitoba Hydro is ensuring tomorrow’s generations will also enjoy the benefits of an affordable and environmentally friendly source of power. Find out more at

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s tourists continue to look for unique, memorable vacations, it’s no wonder they find themselves drawn to Manitoba’s majestic north country. A visual feast of natural wonders, northern Manitoba is an ideal backdrop for truly splendid adventures, including whale watching, polar bear photography or experiencing the extraordinary northern lights. The renowned hospitality of northern residents ensures visitors come away with a renewed sense of how it feels to be welcomed and appreciated. The tourism theme in this edition of Manitoba’s Northern Experience is interesting and appropriate. Manitoba’s north is just beginning to realize its full potential as a tourist destination and a place to live, work and invest. Our government is proud to support the tourism industry, recognizing it as a key element in our diversified provincial

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Experience NorMan W elcome to Manitoba’s Northern Experience magazine, a presentation of the NorMan Regional Development Corporation, and your gateway to the real Northern

Experience. The magazine has a dual focus on tourism and economic development. It is designed to offer a snapshot of not only things to see and do in the north, but also of developments in Manitoba’s largest region. The NorMan Region encompasses close to two-thirds of Manitoba’s land mass, making it easily the largest and most diverse in the province. The region’s range of activities and opportunities reflect that size and diversity. Common throughout NorMan are people who look forward to showcasing their communities, and who will greet you with a warm smile regardless of the temperature outside. • The NorMan Region is home to cultures that have called this area home for thousands of years. Come north and discover their traditions old and new. • The NorMan Region has a rich history of explorers and fur traders, from David Thompson, Samuel Hearne and John Franklin to countless voyageurs. Come north and do some exploring of your own. • The NorMan Region has some of the best sport fishing on the planet – walleye, pike and trout abound. Come north winter or summer and drop a line. • The NorMan Region was the site of Canada’s last gold rush. Come north and explore our mining history. • The NorMan Region is home to Pisew Falls, Wekusko Falls, Karst Springs and many other natural wonders. Come north and discover the wonder for yourself. • The NorMan Region is home to owls, gulls, geese, eagles and birds too numerous to list. Come north and discover world-class birding. • The NorMan Region is constantly growing with new hotels, malls, shops and services opening all the time. Come north and experience our traditional northern hospitality with all the services you expect. • The NorMan Region is buzzing with new hydro developments, mineral exploration, people making use of non-timber forest products and an exploding tourism industry. Come north and experience this growing region.

The NorMan Region is also home to the NorMan Regional Development Corporation (NorMan RDC). Like this magazine, we are focused on tourism and economic development. Manitoba’s Northern Experience is just one of our corporation’s projects. NorMan RDC consists of 10 cities and towns, 52 communities and numerous First Nations located north of the 53rd parallel, working with each other, businesses and government to strengthen and promote the region. Tourism is important to our northern communities and the people that make them great. The NorMan Regional Development Corporation has formed a strong partnership with Tourism North Manitoba, housing the office with our corporation. We invite you to contact Tourism North Manitoba or the NorMan Regional Development Corporation any time for further information on how you can discover the Northern Experience.  u Contact us at 1-800-665-4774 or

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With its unique shape, the new structure was referred to locally as the “upside-down ark” because of its curved wooden frame.

Churchill Northern Studies Centre Builds New Headquarters


he Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is celebrating its 35th year in existence by building a new headquarters. The handsome, new, wood framed, 27,000-m2 facility is right beside their old location, at the CNSC compound 23 kilometres east of Churchill, at a former National Research Council rocket testing site. With its unique shape, the new place was referred to locally as the “upside-down ark” because of its curved wooden frame. The facility is well protected from winter winds, with walls made from layers of drywall, plywood, a torch-applied membrane and eight-inch thick Styrofoam insulation. All windows, which are large enough to take advantage of the natural light, are triple-paned. Being Churchill, of course, the construction site was invaded several times by curious polar bears during their fall migration (Silver, the dog, acted as a sentry), inspiring several bear-related work stoppages. 6

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The CNSC is important for teaching visitors about the north, with a variety of multi-day adventure study tours for tourists and school groups, in subjects such as birding, arctic wildlife, winter survival, beluga whales, wildflowers, northern lights and astronomy, as well as the aforementioned polar bears. The Centre doubles as a type of scientific hotel, with sleeping accommodations for up to 90 people in dormitory-style rooms. The facility also has a fullservice cafeteria for its guests, volunteers and employees. While the grand opening won’t be until later this summer, CNSC executive director Mike Goodyear expects the place to be operational by early June. It will be a LEED Gold standard building, with R-40 insulation, using heat transfer technology and requiring 65 per cent less water than the current facility. “The green technology we chose was based on the ability to reduce long term operating costs. The payback is a lot quicker,” said Goodyear. “It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to design a building, purpose-built, from scratch.”

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Province Unveils Detailed Design For UCN Thompson Plans for the detailed design of the campus area of University College of the North (UCN) in Thompson are now being released, with construction on this part of the project planned to start in April, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced. “We’ve built the University College of the North to give northern students the education and the training that they need,” Ashton said. “Our government is working closely with northern and Aboriginal communities to invest in the things that northern families care about. Together we’re working to improve the quality of life and opportunities for northern and Aboriginal families.” Once completed, the campus will see an addition of over 19,000 square feet from the original building. Construction

Parks Reservation Service Opened April 4 for 2011 Provincial Park Campsite Bookings Campers were able to start booking provincial park campsites online starting 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4 when Manitoba’s Parks Reservation Service opened for another great camping season, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced. “The reservation service is a convenient way to make sure you get the campsite you want on the date you want,” said Blaikie. “We are pleased to note that entry to provincial parks is free for the third straight year and no park vehicle permits are required.” The Parks Reservation Service is the most popular method of obtaining a campsite in Manitoba’s provincial parks. In 2010, a record number of 62,745 reservations were booked and 69 per cent of total reservations were made online.

of roads and other infrastructure needed for the new 88,000-square-foot facility will create work valued at over $82 million. The plans unveiled include new facilities that will meet the needs of key academic programs with new classrooms, laboratories and student services, Ashton said. In total, this first phase of construction will see student capacity increase to 510 from 342. The new buildings will meet a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Development (LEED) Silver energy targets. The UCN campus in Thompson will include a child-care centre to accommodate up to 70 children and support the earlychildhood education program. The facility will also feature new library and learner support services, ceremonial and elder space and other Aboriginal student services as well as an on-campus housing development for students and their families. The Manitoba government also is investing $15 million in the UCN in The Pas that will include a new library and child care facility, the minister added.

During the first two weeks of the booking period, a number of campgrounds offered select sites that require a seven-night minimum reservation, which included a Sunday-to-Sunday stay. The campgrounds that offered these sites were Birds Hill, Camp Morton, Grand Beach, Stephenfield, Big Whiteshell, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore, Hecla/ Gull Harbour, Kiche Manitou, Nutimik, Otter Falls, St. Malo, West Hawk, Bakers Narrows, Campers Cove, Paint Lake and Asessippi. Campsite reservations can be made online through www.manitobaparks. com or by contacting a customer service representative at the call centre at 9483333 or toll-free at 1-888-482-2267. Customers are encouraged to confirm online user names and passwords a few days prior to making their reservations. Forgotten passwords or general assistance are also available through the call centre. For customers who require in-person reservation assistance, the call centre has moved to the third floor, 421 Mulvey Ave., just off Osborne Street.

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Provincial Parks’ Passport to Adventure Manitoba Parks’ Passport to Adventure program continues again this year, and includes five northern Manitoba provincial parks: Paint Lake, Wekusko Falls, Bakers Narrows, Grass River and Clearwater Lake. The program began in 2009 and is an awards program, encouraging people to visit the province’s 26 participating parks. Upon acquiring five stamps, 10, 15 or 20 stamps at a time, passport holders can mail the passport back to the Parks department and redeem the stamps for prizes. (The passports will then be returned.) To start, participants need to get their hands on a Parks passport, which resembles their handsome Canadian counterparts (they’re usually found at park entrances). When passport holders visit a park, they can also go to the park entrance for a special stamp. (If they can’t find the stamp, or if the stamp itself is otherwise AWOL, they can take a picture of themselves at a park landmark and count that as a stamp when they mail it in.) Initially starting with 24 parks, the program added Rivers and Manipogo, and there may be some additional additions in the future. “It gives you some of the activities you can do there, so it’s not just a place on the map,” says Parks’ Morgan Hallett. “We’ve had really good uptake.” As well, it was announced earlier this spring that the Manitoba government would be waiving provincial park entry fees again, for the third year in a row. Last year, 2010, saw record attendance for Manitoba’s provincial parks system.

wolf, lynx, fox and otter, among other creatures. As well, they provide a winter home to the rock ptarmigan, and they are the breeding site for several prominent migratory bird species, including three species of loon, a couple species of plover and raptors like eagles and osprey. Grizzly bears, believed to have been extirpated from Manitoba, are rumoured to have been seen at Nueltin Lake, while Colvin Lake is home to a population of the endangered wolverine.

Yurts They were introduced to Manitoba’s Parks system a few years ago, and they continue to be a popular choice for campers. They are called yurts and there are about 50 of them throughout seven different provincial parks in the province. The round-walled, domed tents are inspired by similar structures fancied by Mongolian nomads, and are described as a combination tent and cabin. One enthusiastic blogger even lauded them for their “glamping” potential (glamping is, evidently, glamorous camping). They fit a family of four or five comfortably, and feature windows, a skylight, electricity, heating and log furniture, and are about 16 feet across. There are no kitchen facilities within the yurts, though; cooking is expected to be done completely outside. In the north, yurts are available at Bakers Narrows Provincial Park, with yurts right on the shore of Athapapuskow Lake, and also at Clearwater Lake Provincial Park. And they are also affordable, at about $50 a night.

Degree Confluence Project Two New Northern Provincial Parks Created The Manitoba provincial government announced last December the creation of two new northern provincial parks, Colvin Lake and Nueltin Lake. Both parks are in the territory of the Northlands Denesuline First Nation and Sayisi Dene First Nation. Colvin Lake, in the northwest corner of Manitoba, is over 160,000 hectares and is known as the Land of the Little Sticks, while Nueltin Lake, whose name means ‘sleeping island lake’ in the Chipewyan language, protects 447,190 hectares and runs south from the Manitoba-Nunavut border. Both the areas are in a transition zone between boreal forest and tundra, and are part of the Thlewiaza River basin, which flows north into Nunavut and empties into Hudson’s Bay. Colvin Lake is studded by towering eskers and strewn with boulders, while Nueltin Lake is home to one of the longest continuous eskers, the Robertson Esker, and lies in the discontinuous permafrost zone. It’s also known for its peat bogs. For marine life, three-spined stickleback have been found in Nueltin Lake, as well as trout and northern pike, and Arctic grayling has been found in the Thlewiaza River. Both parks are frequented by the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq barren ground caribou herds, as well as moose, bear, wolverine, 8

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It’s not geocaching but it still an activity that still involves a lot of walking and your humble GPS unit. The Degree Confluence Project is an international hobby of sorts, involving GPS-wielding travellers who descend on any place where an integer line of longitude meets an integer line of latitude. The spot where 60N meets 102W, for example, is Canada’s version of Four Corners, where Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories all meet. The Project all started in the 1990s, when a New Englander named Alex Jarrett decided to look for what would be at the spot where 43N met 72W, somewhere in New Hampshire wilderness. He posted a few photos and a description to the Internet. The idea has since spread across the world, thanks to the Project’s website and a small army of various GPS explorers, looking for these spots everywhere, from Afghanistan to Zambia. But it’s not good enough just to write one sentence and post one photo for website inclusion. You need to take multiple photos, one in each direction, at least, and write up an account of how you got there. Anything less, and it is judged as an incomplete. Most spots of degree confluence in more populous countries, like the United States, have already been tagged. Yet, Manitoba’s north still has a number of gaps. Of the 61 areas in Manitoba where latitude and longitude meet north of the 54th parallel, only four have been claimed. To get a better of the breadth of the project and the requirements, visit

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Northern Site Wins Tourism Award The Incorporated Community of Nelson House Fishing Derby, which was nominated for an award in the product development category, emerged the winner at the 2010 Manitoba Tourism Awards. Nelson House was cited specifically in the Product Development category for its efforts in growing their annual ice fishing derby, which now attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. Other Manitoba Tourism Awards winners this year included Dauphin’s Countryfest, which won the Travel Manitoba Award of Distinction. Thompson’s Heritage North Museum had been nominated in the Partnership category, but was not named a finalist. Both Heritage North and the Nelson House Fishing Derby were nominated by Community Futures North Central Development.

Upgrades to Keewatin Railway Any northern Manitoba railroad news is usually overshadowed by news about the link from Thompson to Churchill. However, the lesser-known Keewatin rail link running between The Pas to

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Pukatawagan, has just been upgraded with some federal funding. And it’s only the second First-Nations-owned railway in Canada, the first being the 130-kilometre-long Tshiuetin Rail Transportation connecting Labrador and northern Quebec. Altogether, $700,000 from Canada’s Economic Action Plan was earmarked for improvements on the railway, which is jointly owned by three different First Nations: the Mathias Colomb, Tataskweyak and War Lake First Nations. There is also a $1.2-million maintenance shop project connected with the railroad. There are stops on the Keewatin Railway at Atik, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon and Pukatawagan.

Travel Survey A recent poll found that while relatively few Canadians had visited the north, and places like Churchill, the destination figures in most Canadians’ future plans. While it was found that only about 14 per cent of Canadians had visited the three northern territories, almost 70 per cent had hoped to visit the north in the future. The poll found that 86 per cent of Canadians believed that the north figures highly in Canada’s future economic plans and that 78 per cent of Canadians felt that money spent on Arctic research was almost as important as northern military spending. The poll was conducted by Leger Marketing and sponsored by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.  u

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s a railway operating in Northern Manitoba, Via Rail is just as important to transporting tourists to the remote reaches of the province to experience the unspoiled terrain and magnificent wildlife as it is to the day-to-day operations of land-locked communities. Catherine Kaloutsky, Via Rail media contact for Western Canada, explains that the thrice-weekly Winnipeg to Churchill route provides essential service to land-locked communities that depend on the railway for a variety of reasons in addition to the valuable role of carrying tourists north. “Northern Manitoba communities rely on Via to manage their business affairs as well as getting them to and from doctor’s appointments,” says Kaloutsky. And infrastructure improvements should only strengthen the rail line in the years to come. A couple of years ago, Via Rail, the Canadian government, the Province of Manitoba and Keewatin Rail invested in infrastructure improvements which are expected to be completed within the next few years.


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In the realm of tourism, the corporation works with tour operators to execute the tourism events that have branded Manitoba North as a unique global destination. Manitoba tour operators create travel and tourism packages that include Via Rail. Rail Travel Tours based in Winnipeg is such a one. Daryl Adair, owner and tour operator, operates tours on many of Canada’s passenger trains, providing interesting ‘insider knowledge’ about the trains, the towns they pass through, and the local features to be enjoyed in each community. “The Winnipeg to Churchill train travels past the Prairies, the Canadian Shield, the Boreal Forest (or Taiga) and lastly, the Arctic Tundra,” says Adair. “This is the only rail passenger journey I am aware of in North America that passes through these types of ecosystems outside the windows of the same train,” he says. “Rail Travel Tours host tours include viewing the beluga whales throughout the year and a package to experience the polar bear migrations round trip from Winnipeg by rail,” says Adair.

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“We are also considering bringing back a version of our independent package that sees visits to northern communities for extended stays in Thompson, Gillam and The Pas as well as Churchill. I have also thought about bringing people to the King Miner Contest in Thompson for Nickel Days and again taking people to the Trappers Festival when the schedule of the train travels to and from The Pas during the daytime. Currently it is in the middle of the night.” A new addition to the roster of train packages is the upcoming Canada Day in Churchill event from June 28 to July 4, 2011. A traveller who has already booked her seats for the tour commented, “This trip will be a great way for my husband and myself to celebrate Canada Day – and we have been to Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations four times, so this will be another great way to celebrate Canada’s birthday.” There’s an aspect of appreciating what’s in your own province that Adair routinely witnesses. “Our foreign visitors really enjoy their travels to Northern Manitoba. I remind Canadian guests who may shrug off the idea of travelling to Northern Manitoba and Churchill that people from around the world are travelling thousands of miles to experience what we have here. Sometimes we take for granted what is in our own back yard,” he says.

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Rail Travel Tours factors into a handful of popular Frontiers North programs, including: the northern lights tour in spring, the beluga tour in July and August and the polar bear tour in late fall.

“I also tell them that the history in Northern Manitoba is fantastic and you appreciate how big the Prairie Provinces are when you travel them by land. Manitobans who stand on the shores of Hudson Bay for the very first time are really impressed when they realize that they are still in their own home province.” Frontiers North Adventures, a made-in-Manitoba tourism success story, first saw light of day when General Manager John Gunter’s parents started offering expert-guided trips to Churchill in the mid-eighties. “My folks started Frontiers North Adventures in 1986 by hosting guests in Churchill on all-inclusive beluga whales and polar bears tours,” says the general manager. Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience



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“Throughout the nineties, our company built products in Nunavut, hosting guests to view walruses, bowhead whales, musk ox, polar bears but most of our business, even today, is still out of the community of Churchill,” says Gunter. “We’ve got roots here and a lot of infrastructure.” The company is part owner of a local hotel and restaurant and manages a gift shop. Train travel factors into a handful of popular Frontiers North programs where transportation by train from Winnipeg to Churchill is part of the packages. They include the northern lights tour in spring, the beluga tour in July and August and the polar bear tour in late fall. The company specializes in hosting long-haul, high yield guests to Manitoba. “Our guests are coming from as far as the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and other distant locations,” says Gunter.

We’re looking for people who say, ‘Let’s do something different next week or on our summer vacation; let’s visit Churchill!’ ” – Frontiers North Adventures General Manager John Gunter

“This segment of our market we consider as high yield due to the time and money our travellers invest with us. The average Manitoba tourist will spend $105 per day in Manitoba, while our average guests are spending approximately $1,000 a day by comparison. It’s a much smaller pool of guests that travel with us, but that’s the niche that we focus on.” Another important segment of the company’s market is targeted towards higher volume ad hoc guests. This market includes guests originating from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, northwest Ontario as well as Minnesota and North Dakota in the United States. “These are the people who are going to be driving to Thompson, getting on the train there and travelling by rail to Churchill and spending a few days with us during the summer. Programs that we target for this market are classified as land-only packages. When we’re working to attract higher volume guests in the province, we’re doing so in local newspapers, with billboard advertising or posters in a community centre or train stations. We’re looking for people who say, ‘Let’s do something different next week or on our summer vacation; let’s visit Churchill!’” says Gunter. “In 2013, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be opening in Winnipeg and it’s going to be directly across the promenade from the Via Railway station. Being participants in Manitoba’s tourism industry, we anticipate tourism in the province to increase substantially with folks coming to experience the museum. We’re building these programs to hopefully attract people to come all the way up to Churchill.”  u For more details on Via Rail service between Winnipeg to Churchill or rail travel tours in the north, visit, Rail Travel Tours at or toll free number 1-866-704-3528 and Frontiers North Adventures at or toll-free North America number at 1-800-663-9832.


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Grand Rapids is often referred to as an angler’s paradise.

Pı¯nasew Energy Travel Centre Opens New facility offers employment, business opportunities By Lisa Kopochinski


fter several years in the planning stages, the long-overdue and sorely needed $4.5 million Pı¯nasew Energy Ltd. travel centre is finally a reality. Situated 33 kilometres south of Grand Rapids – halfway between Winnipeg and Thompson – the new 5,000-square-foot travel plaza/hospitality oasis, which was scheduled to open in mid-April, promises to be a welcome rest area for travellers and truck drivers who often struggle to find a place to rest, eat and fuel up in this area of the province. An equal partnership between the Opaskwayak and Misipawistik Cree nations, the travel centre will be open 24/7, 365 days a year and employ 30 band members in a variety of jobs. “We were supposed to open last fall,” says Russell Constant, CEO of the Paskwayak Business Development Corporation, the business arm of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN). “It’s a project that has experienced a lot of obstacles being a First

Nations project. The main hurdles were land transfer, taxation issues and funding criteria.” The idea for this project was first discussed between the two First Nations in 2006. Then when the recession hit, Constant says the banks shied away from funding the centre. “The message was clear,” he recalls. “Due the [economic] crunch, the project did not receive the necessary approval at the highest levels of the banking industry. But we continued to maintain a strong connection with our bank and it kept trying to find ways to make this work.” Thankfully, the details were ironed out and the Pı¯nasew (which is Cree for “thunderbird”) Energy Ltd. will soon open. Constant says the official name: “Pı¯nasew” has a slightly different spelling, which has resulted in some confusion regarding previous spellings. As for how to properly pronounce it, “the ‘p’ sounds more like a ‘b,’” he says. Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


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Great revenue generator The two First Nations held a sod-turning ceremony last June where Misipawistik Chief Ovide Mercredi and Gerald McKay, project manager from the Misipawistik Cree Nation, both placed the shovel into the ground to acknowledge their partnership. Winnipeg-based Con-Pro Industries was the general contractor on the project. Modelled after the Flying J Truck Plazas, this new travel centre will be a great revenue generator for the area and feature a fueling station, restaurant and convenience store that will also cater to anglers, since fishing – especially for walleye – is extremely popular in this area of the province. There will also be overnight parking, showers and a lounge for tired truck drivers. And this specific site, near the junction of highways 6 and 60, couldn’t be better, says Constant.

Visitors occasionally charter a plane so that they can enjoy an aerial view of the region’s clear and pristine landscape.

“Our truck plaza is right where it needs to be due to traffic and the distance between the major business activity centers of Winnipeg and Thompson. One of

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ourists have been coming for decades to this area of Manitoba for the wonderful fishing opportunities, particularly for walleye. Often referred to as an angler’s paradise in tourism books, Grand Rapids is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg where the Saskatchewan River enters the lake. In fact, much of the province attracts thousands of tourists each year, many who drive up from the northern U.S. to fish for trout, northern pike, whitefish, goldeye and much more. Ken Schultz, author of Schultz’s Fishing Encyclopedia, reports that Manitoba is also a world leader in progressive fish management with aggressive catch-and-release programs. Barbless hooks are mandatory throughout the province for all species of fish. More than 75 per cent of the trophy fish caught and recorded in the Master Angler program are released.

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the spinoffs in having the site here and being a 24-hour operation is the improved safety for the long-distance traveller. They know there is a resting point in between Winnipeg and Thompson. Travelling is not so dangerous, whereas very few communities in the north have a 24-hour station. This offers a more unique and healthier choice for the long-distance traveller.” Adds McKay: “They say that a person travelling will stop every four hours on average, and we’re four hours north of Winnipeg.” And it’s not only the long-distance traveller who will benefit from this travel centre. Northern Manitoba has long been a destination for hunters and fishers, especially from south of the border. “The Americans really plug up the road,” Constant says, “but it’s good to see them. And it’s a good place for them to rest.” Constant also says that the operation is expected to expand within the next two years and hopefully employ 50 band members. “We’re looking to have accommodation units sooner or later. Not a full-scale motel, but there are times that the highway is closed down and the truckers need a place to stay. We have to be able to accommodate not just the long distance traveller but emergency-type situations too.”  u


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Rogers Calling Northern communities get new wireless option By Mike Stimpson


andy McKay has been an MTS cellular customer in Thompson for more than 15 years. He’s been happy with the service, but he’s glad to see an alternative now that Rogers is in town. “I think it’s good having competition, and that’s for both sides – not even just for Rogers, but for MTS,” says McKay, who owns a General Motors dealership on the city’s east side. “Both are going to benefit from this because competition is good. It’s better for the buying public, too. We’ll at least be able to make a choice now.” Rogers Communications launched its expanded 3G+ wireless voice and data network across Manitoba on March 31. That’s exciting news for cellphone users in Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas and other northern communities where Rogers Wireless was previously unavailable. It used to be that Rogers Wireless coverage in the province went no further north than Swan River. MTS Allstream had a monopoly in wireless services north of that town. “We’re pleased to offer a new network to new customers that switch to Rogers and existing customers that will enable them to connect to what matters to them, anywhere within our new coverage area, anytime, on any device,” says Laura Kwiatkowski, general manager for Rogers in Manitoba.

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The expansion is made possible by an agreement Rogers inked with MTS in 2009 for a shared High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)

wireless network. HSPA is broadband technology that improves the ability of wireless devices to upload and download data. Kwiatkowski notes that the two telecom firms remain competitors while partners in the HSPA network. “It is a joint venture regarding the build of the network expansion, so we’re sharing the infrastructure,” she says. “But as competitors we will continue to have our own billing, our own devices – everything else is separate.” Consumers stand to benefit substantially from the competitive partnership. “A few things are going to happen now in northern Manitoba,” Kwiatkowski says. “The first thing, the most obvious thing, is that people now have a choice in the carrier that they choose to go with. “They’ll definitely experience faster network speeds on their devices. They’ll actually be able to experience Internet surfing at a speed comparable to DSL. And they’ll have a very wide selection of devices to choose from.” The network means “3G+” or “3.5G” wireless service – simply put, far faster and more powerful service than was available to northerners before – is now available to every major community in Manitoba, at a peak connection speed of about 21 megabits per second. “This is a network that will give customers an upgrade to surf the Internet and not get frustrated waiting for a response when they’re trying to download, whether it’s something from YouTube or it’s a webpage about the weather or whatever it is,” Kwiatkowski remarks. “They’ll be able to do that in very quick order.” Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience



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The new network’s fast download speeds give gadget fiends the chance to get the most out of leading-edge smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband devices available at Rogers stores. “There’s a wide selection of devices that we have to offer,” declares Kwiatkowski. That selection includes android-powered devices such as the Xperia PLAY and the HTC Magic phones, and the BlackBerry PlayBook and other popular tablets. “We have great prices on devices,” he adds. “We also have a new data-sharing plan that is exclusive to Rogers,” he says. “Data sharing allows people to seamlessly share a bucket of data across multiple devices. So you can have a smartphone as well as a netbook and/or a Rocket Stick, and that bucket of data can be used across all of those devices. It makes it more affordable, and it makes things more flexible as well for users.” A Rocket Stick is a small device you can plug into your laptop to access the Internet when you’re away from home. Here’s what may be the best part of this story: Northerners will get a truly fair deal, as Rogers won’t be charging them way more than it charges Winnipeggers for wireless service. “It definitely will be a blanket fee,” Kwiatkowski told Flin Flon’s Reminder newspaper in February. “We’ll have similar pricing throughout the entire province.”  u

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Karen Davis was the winner of the Women of Distinction Award 2011 presented by the Brandon YWCA for her work with the Imagination Library. She was the recipient from the Dauphin area.

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library Free books for Manitoba tykes promote literacy By Gloria Taylor


aren Davis admits that she is not above a little friendly harassment in the interest of a good cause like children’s literacy. “People run the other way when they see me,” she says with a laugh.

Of course, people are not running from Davis these days. But she will admit to being a tad passionate about the U.S.based Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the free books it distributes to children. And she won’t knowingly pass up an opportunity to tell folks about the great program that distributes Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


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The Imagination Library is a project founded by legendary singer/songwriter Dolly Parton, who wanted to give children the advantages that early reading can offer without consideration of family background or economics.

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an age-appropriate book each month to kiddies from birth to age five. Community sponsors pay a nominal $4/per child per year to cover just a portion of the postage and administrative

costs of the philanthropic program, but the families themselves agree to invest some valuable time reading to their children – all with potential lifetime benefits for the children who get a head start on school and a chance to build their vocabularies. It’s also a great time to cuddle up and bond with the youngsters. “We tell parents the books are free, but your contribution is to take 15 minutes and cuddle up with your baby and read to them,” says Davis. The Imagination Library is a project founded by legendary singer/songwriter Dolly Parton, who wanted to give children the advantages that early reading can offer without consideration of family

background or economics. Today, Canada is just one country outside the States that has adopted the program, which has spread to communities across the country. The United Kingdom has also adopted the children’s literacy program. About 3,000 pre-schoolers in 24 Manitoba communities now get the books, thanks to Davis, an aboriginal woman who lives just outside of Dauphin and who is the leading push behind getting the program adopted and still growing in Manitoba. It all began when Davis, a hockey fan, went to Tennessee to watch a hockey game in 2003 with famed Manitoba player Jordin Tootoo, the first Inuk to play in

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“I have three children of my own and I know what reading can do for a child,” says Shennacappo. “I read to Lee every day, and he has picked up information: he knows his colours, he recognizes numbers, he knows his ABCs. That comes from reading.” Shennacappo became an instant convert and set about helping her community raise $10,000 from the Rolling River band and other sponsors to help pay the minimal costs of administration for children in her first nation community. As a result, no fewer than 50 children in Rolling River will receive the books over the next 10 years. “I’ve always worked with aboriginal families and I saw the struggles families have just in regards to parenting issues, and I’m a big supporter of children’s literacy,” says Davis, noting that some of the recipient families could not afford to buy the children’s books at today’s prices if they had to purchase them. Cross Lake First Nation has adopted the program, and there are at least three other Manitoba communities that have agreed to come onboard. The program

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Blimps to the North! Future tourists may head to Churchill by air By Jim Chliboyko


n the science fiction television series Fringe, one of the signals for their version of an alternate Earth is the heavy use of airships, or blimps, docking at such picturesque places like the Empire State Building, which, in this futuristic world, has become an elegant air ferry terminal. This is how blimps are often depicted, as something either historic or futuristic (or, strangely, both) – whether it’s the work of young-adult writer Kenneth Oppel, who devoted his Airborn series of novels to life on an airship, or in the 2011 movie Sucker Punch. But the airship business is not just about providing background scenery or appearing at football games anymore, like the famous old Goodyear blimp does. They could be, in the near future, servicing a northern Manitoban community near you, carrying cargo or tourists, or both at the same time. That is, if Barry Prentice has anything to do with it. Prentice is a University of Manitoba professor specializing in supply chain management, and transportation issues. He’s also a Manitoba-based champion of airships, and has been an organizer to a series of Airships to the Arctic conferences that have taken place in Western Canada 20

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over the last several years. (The sixth such symposium is slated for Seattle later in 2011.) But you’d be mistaken if you think airship advocates just admire the vehicles for their looks, or for their novelty. In an age where the costs of airplanes, and the fuel that powers them, continue to rise, airships may be a real environmental investment and a solid economic alternative to what exists now, for both cargo and passenger options. Prentice said the latest great news for the industry is that the US military is now on board. This year, the US Army is taking delivery of something called the LEMV while the US Air Force is involved with the Blue Devil project. The former is part of a $517-million program, while the Blue Devil is a $220-million program. “It’s not just guys tinkering in their backyard anymore,” said Prentice. LEMV stands for Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, and is being produced by Northrop Grumman, the American-based corporation that happens to be the fourth largest defense contractor in the world. (They make aircraft carriers in their spare time.) The football-field-sized LEMV vehicle

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is expected to float 20,000 feet above Afghanistan (one of its destinations), scanning the ground below for roadside bombers, among other things. The company recently showed off their plans at the Australian International Air Show, including specifics regarding their three in-development lighter-than-air LEMV vehicles. The ones specifically to be used for the US Army are expected to embark on unmanned, three-week-long missions, during which they’ll keep their eyes on the ground from their perch. Final testing is due for the end of this year. The US Air Force, meanwhile, is in charge of the Blue Devil program. The airship is expected to be seven times larger than the Goodyear Blimp and has been likened to a gigantic floating brain. It, too, is expected to keep its perch, watching over the countryside, at the 20,000-foot mark. Said Prentice, “This will go a long way towards establishing confidence in the market.” Of course, it takes more than just a military contract to establish a network or to make a product legitimate. And while it’s a bit of a leap from scouting the back roads of Afghanistan to hauling school kids up to Churchill for study trips, it’s really not

that much of a leap. After all, the Internet began life, initially, as a military-backed project (generally referred to as ARPANET). Look where it is now. And there are other advocates, like the American firm Sanswire, that are lobbying for airships to have another use: to play a role in helping victims of disaster. Haiti, or, more recently, Japan, would have been a good testing ground for the versatility of airships in a disaster situation, by being able to, for example, bypass roads that had been destroyed in order to deliver food and first aid, and ferrying out victims or survivors. But for the airships to be cruising over Lake Winnipeg there are a few issues to deal with first. “I’ve encouraged companies to have at least 19 passenger seats,” said Prentice, explaining that for vehicles with any more than 19 seats for passenger use, certification is required. Prentice noted that airships could also be useful in case of medical emergencies. But Prentice doesn’t see airships restricted to only carrying tourists up north from Winnipeg. He also advocates them for short-haul trips, as well, and as a type of floating tundra buggy, perhaps. Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience



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If investment in airships does work out, Manitoba would become a very visible worldwide leader in this newer airship technology.

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“With polar bears, you could follow them onto the ice,” said Prentice. “Unlike with helicopters, which are noisy and cramped, there are no vibrations or noise with airships. It’s quiet. Nothing (no wildlife) runs away.” Prentice also advocates the use of airships for watching whales.

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It’s not an idea only for the north, though. Prentice thinks that airships should work elsewhere, too. Citing Mexico, from where he was being interviewed on the phone, Prentice advocated their use for places like the Mexican pyramids in Cancun. “They don’t let people climb them anymore,” he said. And while Prentice realizes that Mexico is far away from Manitoba, this is exactly the type of thing he envisions for airships: a made-in-Manitoba solution being used throughout the world. But there are also green benefits for using airships. “Their emissions are very small. These are diesel powered with efficient engines. It’s a different option with what we’re doing today with old airplanes.” In terms of cargo, Prentice thinks that airships could also help defray that old northern bugaboo of high food prices. Fresh food coming in by airship isn’t a bad selling point, either, and shipments wouldn’t need to rely on airplanes, ice roads or the train, either. Prentice suggests if authorities committed to the project, northerners could theoretically have access to fresh Mexican vegetables within 24 hours of the produce being picked, with a much smaller cost than that of current airplaneshipped food. As evocative as this all is, we’re not there yet. Prentice says he’d like some leadership, investment and initiative from the powers-that-be. He thinks that Manitoba, with its remote northern populations, high healthy food prices, as well as its reliance on the network of ice roads and expensive plane cargo, is the ideal place to get such a project started. It may even fit in with the CentrePort initiative or any other Manitoba-to-Mexico trade corridor ideas. It can all start with the tourist industry. And if investment in airships does work out, Manitoba would become a very visible worldwide leader in this newer airship technology. It would be a bit of a historical precedent, as well. “It’s the first vehicle to take a trip to oblivion and return,” said Prentice. “They’re so useful and the time is right.”  u


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Churchill Wild’s Seal River Heritage Lodge overlooks the water – and the wildlife.

Treading Lightly on the Land Manitoba is a rich oasis of ecotourism opportunities


t’s one thing to encounter a polar bear in the confines of a zoo, where a limp, disinterested demeanor belies the magnificent beast’s staggering size and natural instinct to roam. It’s quite another to get up close to one of these elusive creatures on its own turf; to watch its shoulder blades rise and fall with every ambling step and its nose lift into the wind to get a read on what’s near – all while standing just 100 metres away with an experienced guide and a good camera. This is ecotourism at its finest and it’s right here in our own backyard. Most Manitobans know about the town of Churchill, located on the shoreline of Hudson Bay and infamous for being the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” But take a 30-minute bush plane ride north, halfway between Churchill and the Nunavut border, and you’ll enter a whole new world.

Just a few miles north of Seal River sits Churchill Wild, a luxury lodge run by Mike and Jeanne Reimer. While gracious accommodations and gourmet food are part of the experience, this is no place to lounge around inside. That would be wasting a rare environment rife with wildlife. The many tour packages boast up-close and personal encounters with polar bears, beluga whales, caribou, wolves and birds. But what makes their operation unique is the absence of vehicles traversing the tundra in search of wildlife. This kind of experience is done on foot and by water. “We deal mainly in polar bears,” confirms Director of Marketing and Communications Rick Kemp. “The main difference between us and any of the Churchill town experiences is that we offer walking and hiking with polar bears in polar bear country.” Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience

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“We find it kind of funny that we don’t get a lot of interest from Canadians and I wonder whether it’s a matter of not really knowing about what’s out there. We all tend to overlook what’s usually right before our eyes.”


Churchill Wild guests get within 100 metres of polar bears in their natural environment.

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Combine up-close encounters with polar bears who are on summer vacation with a chance to swim with beluga whales and maybe a little geocaching and birding while you’re at it and you’ve got an underlined entry on your bucket list stroked off. This kind of travel can only be classified as ecotourism, a buzz word that is gaining popularity with a growing number of environmentally aware travellers who want to tread lightly on the lands they are exploring.

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The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” With environmental policies that include a rigorous composting and recycling program, solar energy and a commitment to sourcing local food, Churchill Wild certainly qualifies. “When it comes to having a lodge in the middle of nowhere, it’s very important to preserve what’s around you,” says Kemp.

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Birding The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” – International Ecotourism Society “We try to keep the land as untouched as possible by sticking to paths, lighting the occasional fire with driftwood we find in nature and avoiding the use of vehicles on the tundra.”

Ecotourism in Manitoba

With its largely unspoiled terrain and varied landscape, Manitoba has the potential to be an ecotourism destination for travellers from all over the world, not to mention for those of us right here at home. A number of tourism operators are making the connection between ecotourism and the kind of experiences they offer. Photography, star gazing, and “ecoexplorer” tours are just some of the easy ways to invite travellers with a conscience

to explore the natural world. While hunting and fishing will always be popular, especially in Manitoba, it’s possible to cater to a different kind of vacationer and help the earth while they’re at it. With the help of Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Executive Director Gordon Gage, we took a look at just a few ecotourism options that wildlife and outdoor lovers might find right here in Manitoba.

Border to Beaches Trail

If you haven’t hiked, cycled or camped your way on even a portion of this staggering 370 km trail, you’re missing out. Starting at Falcon Lake near the Manitoba-Ontario border, it winds its way across

When done with care, bird watching is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of being in nature. In response to its increasing popularity, a number of travel operators are offering packages that take advantage of Manitoba wildlife. And this spring, Manitoba will be opening its portion of the Pine to Prairie Bird Trail to create the first international birding trail. It begins in Detroit Lakes Minnesota and ends at Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park 800 kilometres away. For more information about birding, visit


This modern-era pastime requires a Global Positioning System to hide and locate geocaches (usually a waterproof logbook) in both urban and rural locations. A number of Manitoba tourism networks have collected coordinates for caches to be found throughout the province. When tramping through the woods, however, it’s important to be aware of preserving the natural surroundings and to avoid disturbing wildlife. For more information about geocaching in Manitoba, visit

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Whether it’s forest, tundra, wetlands or grasslands you’d like to explore, Manitobans are in a unique position to be able to see it all without the huge expense usually associated with travel. Back up north, Kemp says that despite the natural wonders at our fingertips, there aren’t many Manitobans in the mix at Churchill Wild. “We find it kind of funny that we don’t get a lot of interest from Canadians and I wonder whether it’s a matter of not really knowing about what’s out there. We all tend to overlook what’s usually right before our eyes.”  u For an eco-friendly outdoor adventure you won’t forget, visit and explore your options.


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Licence to Boat Bigger engines, more traffic on waterways make boating safety more important than ever By Heather Hudson


n the early 1960s, boat safety expert Rick Scott learned how to drive a small boat with a 25 horsepower motor on peaceful Gull Lake in Manitoba. Under the direction of his father and uncle, he learned about showing courtesy to other boaters and being alert to what was going on 360 degrees around him. Only a couple dozen other small boats populated the lake and the obstacles were few and far between. Times have changed. According to Scott, today, that same body of water could have 500 or 600 boats on it, all with 250 horsepower engines. Every one of the drivers is required to pass a test to earn a Pleasure Craft Operator Card but even so, Scott says proper

safety training is critical. “The speed and density of traffic on the waterway can lead to some serious difficulties.” And he would know. With wife Marian McGurran-Scott, he co-owns S.C.O.T.T.S Boat Safe in Winnipeg (S.C.O.T.T.S stands for Safety Certification, Operator Training and Testing Services), providing training and testing to people looking to acquire a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. With instructors scattered from Thunder Bay to Alberta, they are heavily invested in helping boaters stay safe in the water. With boating season coming up fast, we asked Scott for common sense tips all boaters should know … but may not follow. Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


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“I get asked the question, ‘How big a boat do you have to have so you can drink on it?’ countless thousands of times and the answer, without a doubt, is you can’t drink on board a boat,” says Scott. “A driver can’t operate a vessel over the legal blood alcohol level of the province – it’s illegal. Even having open alcohol in a boat will result in a fine.” He says many boaters fail to grasp the seriousness of operating a watercraft while impaired. “It’s not the same as operating a car. On water there might be underwater obstructions you need to be prepared for and other boats that don’t follow roadways you have to look out for. There are complicating issues on water that are not on land.”


Many of today’s boats are built for speed. And while zipping up and down a lake can be tremendously fun, it can also be incredibly dangerous. “You don’t have to do 60 and 70 mph just because your boat will do that,” says Scott. “There are things that can happen when a boat hits a wake or a submerged object that can be very devastating at speeds as low as 50 kph. I describe speed on the water as double whatever you’re used to doing in a car. That means 50 kph feels like 100 kph on the water. You want to be confident in your driving skills when going that fast.” It’s also important to be aware of the size of your wake and what it might be doing to other boaters, swimmers and the shoreline. The unposted speed limit on all waterways is 10 kph or less when within 30 metres of shore, but Scott says common courtesy is a more accurate barometer when assessing your wake around others.

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Driving a boat requires a slightly different skill set than cruising on land. Because there are no lanes – or even roadways – on the water, it’s crucial to keep a 360 degree watch around the boat at all times by sight and sound. “You have the freedom to make a sudden turn when driving a boat, but you need to know if there are other boats you could hit. And it’s up to boat operators to make sure they do not interfere with swimmers. Either could be anywhere and you need to be aware of that at all times,” says Scott.

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A little known fact is that boaters are obligated to offer assistance to anyone making a distress signal on the water. “You can never use the excuse that you didn’t see it because that’s admitting you’re not keeping watch,” warns Scott.


When driving on the road, we generally know how to interpret the intentions of other drivers. Signal and stoplights are helpful, as are stop and yield signs. But there is none of that in the middle of an open lake. That’s why it’s important to understand how to interact with other boats on the water. And understanding right of way is key. “I teach that the right of way goes to the person on the right, the same as on the road. But you can’t take right of way – it has to be given. That means you need to make sure that the vessel that’s supposed to be giving you the right of way sees you, understands the rules and gives it to you. That is not always the case,” says Scott. Seasoned boaters know that when you meet another vessel head on, one blast of the horn is the signal that you want to move right. Two blasts means you’re heading left. But Scott says not many people remember that bit of information when out on the water. His best advice when approaching other boats? “When in doubt, slow down.”


Most people know that having life jackets for every person on a boat is the law, but true safety regulations go beyond just having a pair of dusty old jackets stowed under a seat. “Your lifejacket must be a Canadian-approved. And there must be one in the appropriate size, in good working order and suitable for the activity for every single person aboard vessel,” says Scott. “Make sure they are readily accessible, and if any situation develops that could be dangerous, put on your life jacket. In small or open boats these should be worn at all times.” He recommends pulling on the straps every once in awhile to make sure they don’t rip off and test them to see if they have adequate flotation value since they can break down over time, if not cared for properly. With so many boaters on the water, it wouldn’t hurt to update your safety and regulation training. After all, teaching your kids to drive a boat isn’t as simple as it once was on tranquil Gull Lake.  u For more information on S.C.O.T.T.S Boat Safe training, visit


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National & Provincial Parks Clearwater Lake Provincial Park

Berge Lake Provincial Park

Grass River Provincial Park

Wekusko Falls

Zed Lake Provincial Park

Pisew Falls & Kwasitchewan Falls

Located just 20 km north of The Pas on Highway 10, this park has something for everyone. The park offers fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, overnight lodging, and camping with basic and electrically serviced sites at Campers Cove or walk-in tent sites at Pioneer Bay.

Just 80 km north of The Pas on Highway 10, take the first right and follow Highway 39 into Grass River Park. This wilderness of lakes and evergreen forest is home to woodland caribou, moose, wolves, bear and a variety of waterfowl. Also ideal for canoeing and fishing for northern pike, walleye, lake trout and perch.

Just 20 km northwest of Lynn Lake on Highway 394, this park has 35 unserviced sites, beach, boat launch and barbecue pits. This is an ideal location for both hunting and fishing, and for scouting the surrounding clear lakes and vast wilderness.

Paint Lake Provincial Recreation Park

This park, which extends over 56,000 acres of Precambrian Boreal Forest, is located 32 km south of Thompson on Highway 6. Great fishing, boating, water sports, excellent camping and cabin rentals await you. Many winter activities are also available throughout the park. Some of these include snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails and a sliding area for children.

Located 5 km northwest of Lynn Lake on Highway 394, this park has 25 unserviced sites, a beach, boat launch, a fish cleaning building and barbecue pits. Hiking in winter or summer on eskers left by glaciers is just minutes away.

Located 15 km south of Snow Lake, this park offers modern bathrooms, water standpipes and a sewage dump for campers with 112 sites available. Also hiking trails featuring suspension bridges and a boat launch, a beach and a fish-cleaning house.

Visit Manitoba’s highest road-accessible waterfalls. A boardwalk and a suspension bridge will keep you busy as you look and listen for the hissing sound of the falls. A 22 km overnight hiking trail will take you to Kwasitchewan.

Wapusk National Park

Located 45 km southeast of the town of Churchill, Wapusk (the Cree word for “white bear”) is one of Canada’s newest national parks. It is a fitting name as the park protects one of the world’s largest known polar bear maternity denning areas.

Bakers Narrows Provincial Park

Located 19 km south of Flin Flon on Highway 10, this small park is ideal for camping, boating, fishing and other recreational activities. This campground has 40 electrical and 28 nonelectrical sites with barbecue pits and modern washrooms also a convenience store, playgrounds and boat launches.

The Northern Experience in Manitoba Nueltin Fly-in Lodges

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Westwood Lodge The Lodge At Little Duck Bakers Narrows Lodge Neso Lake Adventures Aberdeen Lodge Viking Lodge Paradise Lodge

Munroe Lake Lodge Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge

Bain Lake Lodge

Caribou Lodge

Webber’s Lodges Dymond Lake Lodge

Northern Spirit Lodge

South Knife Lake Lodge Webber’s Lodges North Knife Lake Lodge

Big Sand Lake Lodge Goldsand Lake Lodge Wolverine Lodge

Kaskattama Goose Lodge

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Grey Owl Outfitters

Lynn Lake Fly-in Outpost Camps Laurie River Lodge

Golden Eagle Lodge

Dunlop’s Fly-in Lodge & Outpost

Churchill River Lodge

Mystery Country’s Paint Lake Resort

Silsby Lake Lodge

Burntwood Lake Lodge Kississing Lodge

Kenanow Lodge

North Haven Resort

Sharron’s Outfitting Service

Wekusko Falls Lodge

Sasagiu Rapids Lodge

North Star Resort

Gods River Lodge Canada’s Gods Lake Lodge

Tawow Lodge

Kum-Bac-Kabins Rocky Lake Cabins

Edmund Lake Elk Island Lodge Lodge

Lawford Lake Outfitters

Grass River Lodge Simon Nabess Wayside Park Cormorant Lake Lodge

Molson Lake Lodge Bolton Lake Lodge

Carpenter’s Clearwater Lodge Evergreen Resort

J & D’s Wilderness Camps

Island Lake Lodge

M & M Outfitting

Budd’s Gunisao Lake Lodge Bennett Lake Lodge & Outcamps Ltd.


Cobham River Lodge

Big Eddie’s North Country Lodge

Jackson’s Lodge & Outposts

Nopiming Lodge

Trapper Don’s Lodge & Outfitting Services Wellman Lake Lodge

Agassiz-Waterhen River Lodge

Childs Lake Lodge Blue Lakes Resort

Kilman Resort

Nitootem Northern Adventures

South Shore Lodge

Bear Track Outfitters Benson’s Big Rock Camp & Campground

Jackson’s Amphibian Lake Lodge Bloodvein River Lodge

Shining Falls Lodge

Sasa-Ginni-Gak Lodge

Davis Point Lodge & Outfitters

Einarsson’s Guide Service

Dogskin Lake Lodge

Great Gray Owl Wilderness Aikens Lake Adventure Camp Wilderness Lodge

Narrows West Lodge

Prairie Lake Lodge

Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge Windsock Lodge

Crooked Creek Lodge Black Duck Outfitters

Atikaki Wallace Lake Lodge & Outposts

Pine Island Lodge Kendall Point Lodge Trail End Camp Eagle Nest Lodge Eagle Nest Landing

Pinewood Lodge Otter Falls Nutimik Lodge Resort Riverview Lodge Inc.

Crowduck Lake Camp

Chesley’s Family Resort Jimmy Robinson’s Sports Afield Duck Lodge

Cats on the Red

Silver Birch Resort & Outfitting

Caddy Lake Resort

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Big Ones U.S. corporate business still prized by northern fishing lodges


ith the U.S. economy having experienced a series of dizzying free falls over the last few years, Canadian enterprises that depend on corporate business have seen a definite slowdown in business as a result. Even though Canada’s economy has escaped an outright hammer blow, Manitoba’s reliance upon American corporate business is affected to greater or lesser degrees by the economic circumstances of our neighbours to the south. Bakers Narrows Lodge, a Manitoba fishing lodge 380 miles northwest of Winnipeg on the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border, works to attract American visitors. Peg Baynton, general manager, says, “Because we are accessible by highway being just half mile from the Flin Flon Airport, we appeal to the American visitor because it is easy to find us,” she says. “But we’re not seeing as many U.S. visitors as we once did, largely because of the change in the currency. When we bought our lodge, our dollar was at 65 cents to the U.S. dollar, so coming to Canada was a terrific bargain for our American guests,” continues Baynton. “Recently we have appealed to the business market for corporate retreats. We’ve built a very nice club house for our guests to use. It’s equipped with sound and video equipment, so a presenter need only bring his material on a USB to project it onto a 52-inch TV, or alternatively a six-foot screen is also available. A large wood-burning fireplace and the rustic décor lend itself to a very appealing atmosphere to conduct meetings. Later, the guests enjoy fellowship around the large pool table, ping pong and poker tables, or enjoy a fireside chat outside around the huge fire pit. Our lodge has been featured on several television shows including those on Wild TV and the Outdoor Channel,” she says. “Since the Canadian dollar is now a little higher than the U.S. dollar, we are offering packages at par. We also give a discount to those who bring a new guest with them for a subsequent visit. We have an extensive email client list, to which we send updates about the lodge a couple of times a year to keep in touch.” 32

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Testimonials on the lodge’s website attest to the satisfaction of both Canadian and American visitors, some of whom enjoy the “family atmosphere” at the family owned and operated business. Big Sand Lake lodge is located 525 miles north of Winnipeg on a lake that is 70 miles long with over 60,000 acres of pristine waters containing the most sought-after trophy fish in North America. “The lodge was built in 1988 and is owned by First Nations,” says Rick Bohna, general manager. “The aboriginal community takes a great sense of pride in the facility.” Bohna stresses the importance of U.S. corporate business. “We work to custom tailor anything that our customers are looking for. A lot of our clients are coming up not only for a fishing experience but they are also using it as an opportunity to bring customers up to spend some quality time with them. It may also serve as a bonus for customer loyalty rewards,” he remarks. “We’ve had large companies come up over the years. For them, it’s been more about building customer relationships and it seems to have worked very well for them. It did represent a lot of our business years ago, but tourism has been down across Canada. We had many large corporate groups but I guess times are changing and so too is U.S. corporate culture.” Big Sand Lake Lodge uses various methods to attract customers. “We work with our repeat customers and talk to a lot of them. Our clients tend to go to the web now. Many years ago they would visit traditional sports, fishing and hunting shows, but those venues have declined, making it tougher to find that needle in the haystack. Customer referrals and media articles also draw in customers. Customers do their share of research by calling up Travel Manitoba and the Manitoba Lodge Outfitters’ Association, so it’s definitely not a flip of the coin decision,” adds Bohna. “The global economy is expanding too. Twenty years ago, there weren’t a lot of options. But now people are travelling the world. South America is one of those options, for example, so we are competing globally.”

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From left: Big Sand Lake Lodge offers great fishing for the serious angler. A friendly bartender is ready to take your order at Big Sand Lake Lodge. Above: Established in 1954, God’s River Lodge is situated 365 miles northeast of Winnipeg, at the source of God’s River. Above right: God’s River Lodge provides comfortable tourist cabins and plenty of open space.

Dignitaries such as former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and big name professional athletes have also visited Big Sand Lake Lodge over the years. Gods’ River Lodge is situated 365 miles northeast of Winnipeg, at the source of God’s River. God’s Lake itself is over 65 miles long and 20 miles wide, covering over 1,300 square miles of pristine wilderness and is fed by over 40 rivers and streams. God’s River Lodge was established in 1954, and then in1988, the Cree Nation took over ownership. It provides seasonal employment for community members. James McKay, lodge manager since 2004, explains that 95 per cent of God’s River Lodge revenue comes from the United States for the fishing season. Secondarily, the lodge offers corporate amenities for retreats and conferences such as a second level conference room with a capacity of 20 people along with the main downstairs dining room that holds 50. Conference and meeting essentials including a TV, VCR, overhead projector, blackboard and other peripherals are available for presentations and seminars. God’s River Lodge has focused its advertising in American fishing magazines, the God’s River Lodge website, and it is linked to related sites including and McKay also attends various sports shows in the U.S. to get the message out to prospective American customers.

McKay admits that the recent market crash has seen a significant reduction in the flow of U. S. customers to the lodge. “I’d have to say that 2010 was our rock bottom year,” he comments. “I talk to most of my guests who do come up to get a feel of how the economy is doing in the States, and most of them are telling me that the economy is really hurting and it will probably take a few more years to really get back on track. But as of now, we are up over last year, so that’s encouraging, but we’re always trying to find different revenue streams.”  u

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talks and workshops by visiting scientific researchers who bring the area to life.

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By rail: Via Rail has regular train service to the nearest train station, Churchill Heritage Train Station, Churchill, Manitoba. Learn more about about Via Rail service. Via authorized commercial tour operators: Access to Wapusk is via authorized commercial tour operators in Churchill. Wapusk National Park has limited visitor capacity at present. Unescorted visits to the park are not recommended. For the most current list of operators, please contact the park office (1-888-773-8888; 1-204-675-8863). Churchill’s Chamber of Commerce (1-888-389-2327, toll free within North America) can supply information on how to get to Churchill and where to stay, and can also tell you what commercial tours are available. Logo H-ef1.eps When you arrive PC-100 in Churchill, stop at Parks Canada’s Wapusk National Park office in the Churchill Heritage Railway 1 9by1 Parks 1 – 2 0 1 1 Station. Take in the programs and services provided Canada. They will help you better enjoy and understand both / ANS YEARS the park and the history and diversity of the Churchill area. /u parcscanada For more information, check out:

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anada’s Wapusk National Park on the shores of Hudson’s Bay in the northeastern corner of Manitoba is remote, and access is available only through a handful of approved commercial tour operators. The effort involved in getting there pales in comparison to the thrill of watching sub-adult male polar bears wrestle in the snow just metres from big-wheeled tundra buggies operated by local companies. The park is one of the biggest polar bear denning sites in the world, drawing scientists from around the globe to study the bears and the effects of climate change on the environment. Beyond the bears are found the remnants of 3,000 years of Inuit, Dene and Cree culture as well as many of the roots of modern Canada. The region was the epicentre of the fur trade for 250 years and was home to the Hudson’s Bay Company that played a dominant role in the country’s economic and political development. The massive stone fortifications of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site recall the rivalry between the great superpowers of the time, England and France. A visit begins in the colourful gateway community of Churchill. Be sure to check in to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre for special presentations that showcase park history, as well as


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Visitors approaching the massive stone fortifications of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site.

A breathtaking aerial view of the Wapusk National Park coastline.

It’ll be a busy July for the Churchill-based Parks Canada staff who look after Wapusk National Park. July, of course, starts off with Canada Day, and what better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than by taking a dip in some of its coldest waters. Parks Canada staff are organizing their yearly Bay Dip in Churchill, similar to New Year’s Polar Bear Swims held across the country. Even though it’s summer, the water up here is probably much colder. And there is actual swimming involved – not just splashing – as teams must retrieve a flag out in the water. There are prizes for categories such as best costumes and fastest teams (The Town of Churchill, meanwhile, also usually has a variety of events including a parade and fireworks)

An interpreter enjoying her surroundings at Wapusk National Park.

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Then, from July 7 to 13, Parks Canada will be holding their 3rd annual Wapusk Youth Camp. Ten to fifteen Manitoban students in Grade 11 must apply to be accepted. They are responsible for their own way up to Churchill, but Parks Canada takes care of the rest, including a helicopter ride into Wapusk National Park, where they will stay for several days, experiencing local nature, culture and some science. “It’s definitely once in a lifetime experience,” says organizer Karyne Jolicoeur-Funk. July also marks Parks Day, which falls on the 15th, 16th. It will also be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada itself, and will feature entertainment with activities in the town and at the Cape Merry Battery. For more information, check out: Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


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A curious polar bear checks out the photographer.

Counting the Great White Bears of Wapusk National Park Information provided by Cam Elliott Superintendent, Wapusk National Park and Manitoba North National Historic Sites


apusk National Park, a huge 11,475 square kilometre area south of Churchill, Manitoba, protects one of the largest concentrations of polar bear maternity dens in the world and is home to the longest-running research program on polar bears anywhere. So, it’s not surprising when park visitors ask “How many polar bears are there in Wapusk?” But, there is no quick and easy answer to this question. The polar bears in Wapusk National Park belong to the Western Hudson Bay sub-population of bears. A census of any wildlife population is never exact, but at last count, there were an estimated 935 bears in this population. How many of these bears are in the park at any given time? This depends on a number of things, like the time of year. The park holds the fewest number of bears in the spring when they are virtually all out on the sea ice. Late summer and early fall is the period when most bears are in the park. The number of bears in Wapusk also varies from one year to the next, depending on where the melting ice leaves polar bears on shore. Pregnant female bears tend to make landfall earlier than 36

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the rest of the bears and have preferred places to come ashore on their way to the denning area in Wapusk National Park. The rest of the bears remain on the ice as long as possible and their landfall, anywhere along the coast between Cape Churchill and the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, is governed by the ice melt. Even though there are variations from season to season and from year to year, it is important for wildlife managers to keep track of when polar bears come ashore, where they go and how many are seen within the national park. Parks Canada staff and researchers keep records of all polar bear observations, which give a good picture of the number of bears in the park and what physical condition the animals appear to be in. Visitors who report polar bear sightings to Parks Canada are a big help in this because their observations provide added information and site-specific details. Parks Canada, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, relies on this data to manage the park on two fronts: maintaining a safe environment for polar bears and maintaining a safe environment for people. Through annual bear counts, areas

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Nine adult male polar bears (can you spot them?) at a traditional summer congregating site in Wapusk National Park.

important to polar bears are identified. There are locations where adult males congregate for the summer and these sites are used every year. The denning area, used by the female bears, is especially critical to the survival of the population. On the flip side, there are areas where it is unusual to see a polar bear. Knowing the timing and location of these areas allows Parks Canada to manage the national park in ways that avoid causing disturbance to the bears. It also allows federal officials to plan visitor facilities and activities in ways that maintain a high level of safety for people in the park when bears are on shore. At one such park facility, the new bear-safe fenced compound at Broad River, Parks Canada has begun monitoring bear movements through mounted cameras. Over time, the images taken will be used to determine if the facility is attracting bears, how many bears are visiting, and the times when bears are more likely to be at the facility. With this information, Parks Canada can plan how the compound will be used in order to minimize attracting bears and lessen the chance of people encountering a bear.  u

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ormorant Lake, with its surrounding rivers, islands and streams, provides some of the most breathtaking views for anyone wishing to visit our area. If it’s fishing on a warm summer evening, swimming on a secluded beach, camping or hiking you’re searching for, a vacation visit to Cormorant Lake will be a memorable one. The winter months cannot be forgotten as a possible time to enjoy Cormorant. After a day of ice fishing for walleye or northern pike, highlight your evening with a moonlit drive on a snowmobile, offering the chance to explore areas that you cannot access during the summer … and don’t forget the northern lights. It’s all here in Cormorant. u


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Welcome to Cormorant Town Office: 204-357-2145 Population: 300 Location: West Central Manitoba, 77 kilometres northeast of The Pas on PTH 287. Located along the shores of Cormorant Lake. Founded: Early 1900s Major Sites: Beautiful Cormorant Lake, with its clear water and gorgeous shoreline.

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OCN – Opaskwayak Cree Nation Building on success


Welcome to Opaskwayak Cree Nation Population: Primary Trading Area – 16,105; Secondary Trading Area – 19,840

lessed with a rich heritage and strong culture, and led by a strong business development organization, the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) has become an economic leader among Manitoba First Nations. The Paskwayak Business Development Corporation (PBDC) was founded in 1987 to promote economic development for the membership of its First Nation. The organization is run as a commercial holding company and is fully owned by members of OCN. PBDC activities include planning and implementing business initiatives and overseeing growth of businesses, including several retail and service outlets. The organization’s leadership and vision has allowed many businesses to thrive in the area, creating a social and economic environment that is well equipped to serve new business interests. The area’s retail centre is the Otineka Mall. While originally envisioned by the Otineka Development Corporation as a community grocery store, today the complex covers 13 acres and houses stores and offices throughout its three levels. The PBDC’s newest ventures include Sports Traders, Your Dollar Store with More and the Big “E” Mart. The IGA grocery store offers the only scratch bakery in town (specializing in wedding and all other occasion cakes), a fresh meat counter and wide deli and produce selections. In addition, personalized calendars and photo greeting cards can be made here. In a corner of the mall parking lot lies another PBDC success story. The OCN Shell Gas Bar opened in November 1998. When the organization took control of the struggling business, they were told it would sell no more than four million litres of gas annually. The PBDC added pumps, space and staff, and it paid off. Today, the location sells more than eight million litres each year, and the confectionery sells more than $100,000 worth of goods annually. Sports Traders is one of the newest ventures located inside the mall and specializes in team orders and new or used sporting equipment. The store also takes trades and has a full-service repair depot and offers skate sharpening in the winter. The Big “E” Mart is located in Big Eddy and services the people in that area with groceries and snacks. Your Dollar Store with More has many items for all age groups at a very affordable price. The Pas Food Town, which has the new name Paskwayak Convenience Store, is another convenient location. The store, located on Hogan Avenue, opened in December 1997 and is another successful PBDC business. The facility offers groceries, tobacco, produce and fresh meat and has a lottery ticket outlet. It is open seven days a week and during all holidays for the convenience of its customers. For those who have business clients travelling to OCN, there is a comfortable place to stay. The 3 1/2 star Kikiwak Inn opened in 1996 and features 60 guestrooms, a pool, hot tub, exercise facilities and a full-service restaurant and lounge. The hotel also has meeting facilities, so important business decisions can be made without even leaving the building. In addition to OCN’s economic base of retail, office space and accommodations, PBDC business Northland Redi-Mix Concrete & Gravel Operations can supply material to be used for new business construction. If you’re interested in exploring the economic opportunities that lie in OCN, call Paskwayak Business Development Corporation at 204-627-7200. For more information, visit u

Location: West-central Manitoba, across the Saskatchewan River from The Pas Website: Slogan: “Progress and Independence” Founded: 1906 Mission statement: To have true Aboriginal Self-Government as determined by the people, which incorporates our cultural values and traditions and is based on our own unique history. Major sites: Kikiwak Inn, Otineka Mall, Aseneskak Casino Major developments: Kikiwak Inn, which officially opened in 1996, is an $8-million hotel with a pool, hot tub, dining room and lounge and 60 rooms.

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Welcome to The Pas



Town Office: 204-627-1100 Population: 5,589 (2006 census)

nown as “The Gateway to the North,” The Pas is a multi-industry northern town. The Pas community is one of the oldest and most striking settlements in northern Manitoba. Boasting one of the three true blue lakes in existence, outdoor adventure abounds set to the raw natural beauty that attracts visitors from around the world. Throughout the year, The Pas offers unique recreational activities and a variety of cultural attractions such as the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival, Agricultural Fair, and Opasquia Indian days. The Pas and the surrounding area are not only internationally renowned for trophy lake trout, northern pike and walleye but also rich in and well known for game animals and waterfowl such as moose, black bear, deer, woodland caribou, elk, Canada goose, snow goose, duck, etc. The vast farmlands in the region provide excellent waterfowl habitat. The Pas is also one of the largest breeding and staying areas of migratory waterfowl in the world. The abundance of lakes, rivers, creeks and swamps in the surrounding area and the four distinct seasons provides The Pas with a year-round recreational paradise. There are plenty of recreational water activities, including boating, canoeing, sailing and swimming. In the winter season wilderness watersheds, hiking trails and scenic vistas become an ideal setting for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. The Pas boasts over 60 sports and recreational clubs as well as excellent recreational facilities. The Town maintains many spacious parks, playgrounds and tot lot areas for residents and visitors of all ages. Softball fields, soccer pitches, tennis courts, track and field facilities, skating parks and even a 1/4 mile stock car oval are all available in The Pas. The Pas serves as the retail and service center in northwestern Manitoba. It features more than 200 retail outlets and two shopping malls as well as a number of well-known chain restaurants, stores and hotels which are able to satisfy various business needs and consumer interests and also provide local residents and visitors a wide selection of products and services. For more information visit our website: u

Location: 630 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, near the border of Saskatchewan Slogan: “The Gateway to the North” Little Known Facts: The Pas is sometimes still called Paskoyac by locals. That was the official name of the town until it was incorporated in 1912 and its name was changed. The word “Paskoyac” comes from the European transliteration “O’Paskoyac,” an attempt to render phonetically the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Major sites: Sam Waller Museum, Devon Park, Via Station, LaRose Avenue Major developments: The town hosts one of the two main campuses of the University College of the North.

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R.M. of Kelsey

Welcome to the R.M. of Kelsey

See It All

Population: 2,453


he Rural Municipality of Kelsey will provide you with a true northern experience. From farming to fishing, the R.M. of Kelsey has what it takes to make your stay both fun and comfortable. The R.M. of Kelsey consists of five diverse areas, which form a wellmanaged and viable jurisdiction.

Location: 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg

Carrot Valley Carrot Valley is one of Canada’s oldest farming areas. Long summer daylight hours and rich soils provide an excellent environment for grain and cattle farming. The rivers and lakes surrounding the area host world-class fishing opportunities year-round and are a sportsman’s delight. During the fall, migratory birds fly overhead. Moose and deer population call this area home.

Little Known Facts: The R.M. of Kelsey is the most northern farming community in Manitoba. Located north of the 53rd parallel, the R.M. of Kelsey has longer daylight hours in the summer, which is equivalent to 10 extra growing days.

Ralls Island Ralls Island area consists of rural residential, small mixed agricultural and hobby farms. The picturesque countryside brings many visitors out to enjoy numerous hiking trails and bird watching. Avid fishermen come to enjoy the great outdoors, where they fish for walleye off the banks of the Saskatchewan River. Young Point / Big Eddy and Umperville Settlements Native culture is kept alive with many aboriginal heritage events being held each year, such as powwows and Opaskwayak Indian Days. Participants come from all over the country to enjoy these events.

Founded: 1945

Major sites: Many of the world’s most beautiful lakes, wildlife and scenery. Visit the R.M. of Kelsey and enjoy what nature has to offer!

Wanless Wanless is an outdoorsman’s dream! The lakes abound in northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass, which bring people across the nation to enjoy this wonderful area. There are hunting and fishing lodges, along with campgrounds to accommodate tourists and travellers. The Wanless area hosts a Country and Western Jamboree, which brings local talent to the stage each year. Cranberry Portage Cranberry Portage has many wonderful opportunities where you can build your dream home or cottage. The area consists of beautiful beaches with canoe routes, camping sites, lodges, cycling and hiking trails; these offer boundless recreational enjoyment. Join in the fun-filled days of the Canoe Portage Race or visit the World’s Largest Teepee, which is approximately 2,800 square feet. Visit for a weekend or your entire vacation, and enjoy the great outdoors! u

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Snow Lake Gold Country’s Recreational Paradise


now Lake is the perfect spot for a winter holiday. The town is easily accessible by paved highway and is central to the three northern cities. It is just a few minutes off PTH #39, and you will see the tumbling falls at Wekusko Falls on your way. There are many lakes and rivers for ice fishing, and you might experience the thrill of hooking a Master Angler. Plan to stay a few days at a local motel, hotel or bed and breakfast. Wake up to a delicious home cooked breakfast before heading out in the fresh air of our pristine wilderness. Snowmobilers will have a marvelous time on the groomed trails through the boreal forest of the Canadian Shield. The local club hosts the competitive Sno Drifters’ Snow Drags on March 5. Cross country ski trails meander through the forest, and Snow Lake is known internationally for its scenic beauty, so make sure to bring your camera. If you like to stroll through the forest, there are three walking trails with interpretive signage. Brochures are available at various locations, including the Town office. While in town take a stroll to see the indoor and outdoor murals, including the Heritage Mural painted by artist Cindy Santa, and visit the local art gallery and various shops. One of the fun events for the whole family is the Winter Whoot Festival held in early March. It’s so much fun you forget it is winter! For further information, contact Beverley Atkinson, Community Development Officer, at 204-358-7630 or

Tee off on the scenic golf course


t’s worth the drive to play at Snow Lake’s challenging and beautiful nine-hole golf course. You will play on a course carved out of the boreal forest, with huge Canadian Shield boulders just off the fairways that will give you an edge if you are veering offcentre – the ball might hit the rocks and bounce right back on the course! There are no sand traps, but with water and other hazards, you will still need all your skills. There’s also a well-groomed practice green. Would you believe no tee times are necessary? A special treat is a view of the lake from certain fairways, and the mine head frame in the background adds a unique touch. Wildlife is frequently sighted, and last time playing on the 7th, we had the joy of seeing a raven flying overhead with a golf ball in its beak. One young player had confessed to losing 12 balls that round, but maybe part of it wasn’t due to bad shots! Foxes and bears have also been sighted, as well as the Canada Geese. Snow Lake Golf Course is located at the centre of the three northern cities: Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson, so it’s common to have players from those centres come for a day at the course and enter tournaments. As well as enjoying a great game of golf with friendly Snow Lake residents, have a look at the world-renowned scenic beauty of the town and area, plus a tour through the Manitoba Star Attraction Mining Museum. Finish your day with a relaxing dinner on the deck at the clubhouse, or have another round before darkness sets in just before midnight.  u


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Welcome to Snow Lake Town office: 204-358-2551 Population: 1,050 (estimated) Location: Highway 392 Website: Email: Slogans: “Gold Country’s Recreational Paradise” Founded: 1940s as a result of gold discovery Little known fact: Fur traders of the Hudson’s Bay Co. came through Snow Lake as early as 1692 Major sites: Manitoba Star Attraction Mining Museum, Tramping Lake Petrographs, Wekusko Falls with suspension bridges, Snow Lake Heritage Mural Major events: • SnoDrifters Radar Runs, April 2

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Flin Flon


lin Flon’s unique placement, built upon rock at the edge of the Precambrian Shield, makes the city as scenic from all angles as it is rich in mineral deposits. Thanks to solid infrastructure and abundant recreation opportunities, the area is a wonderland for businesses and vacationers alike. Flin Flon’s population of about 6,000 makes it Manitoba’s sixth largest city, and one of the province’s most thriving communities. Mining has traditionally been, and remains, the city of Flin Flon’s main industry. But Flin Flon’s economic success is built on more than mining. Tourism is a strong secondary industry in the area. Canadians, and American travellers from the northern states to as far down as Texas, visit Flin Flon for abundant fishing and hunting opportunities. Recreational opportunities also abound, with an indoor swimming pool, campgrounds, curling rinks, a junior hockey team, ski club, Ski-Doo club, sailing club, and many other activities available in the city. Flin Flon’s residents have access to many quality services. A 68-bed hospital employs eight doctors, 32 registered nurses and 14 licensed practical nurses. In addition, the city has two dentists, a denturist, an optometrist and two chiropractors. Education options are plentiful for all age groups, with elementary schools (including French Immersion Curriculum), a high school, an alternative learning centre and a University College of the North campus. The city’s public transportation system and taxi service, along with daily air and inter-city bus service, ensures easy access to Flin Flon, and access to all amenities held within the city. In addition, anticipated upgrades to highways throughout the city should continue to make the city’s infrastructure desirable for those looking to invest in northern opportunities. Indeed, Flin Flon has already begun to see its economy diversify, as new businesses and industries begin to take notice of the area. Unique business opportunities such as non-timber forest products that are harvested in the region provide some supplementary income to residents. In 2004, more than $2.5 million in building permits were issued,

Visit the Shield and the city currently has 22 industrial, 183 residential and 15 commercial lots available. In addition, 2008 marked 75 years for the city of Flin Flon. Many residents returned home for the celebrations. For more information about the city of Flin Flon, visit Flin Flon can look ahead to a very bright future, with many new possibilities on the horizon. It is a vibrant northern city with everything a business owner could need, for work and play. u

Welcome to Flin Flon City Hall: 204-681-7511 Population: 6,267 Location: On the Saskatchewan/ Manitoba border Website: Mascot: Flinty Founded: 1933 Little known fact: Flin Flon has the only legalized underground marijuana operations – Prairie Plant Systems for Health Canada. Major sites: Flin Flon Station Museum, Joe Brain Petting Zoo, Flinty Boardwalk, Phantom Lake Golf Club Major events: • Rotary Lobster Night, May 7 • Fiddler on the Roof presented by the Flin Flon Community Choir May 27-29 • Canada Day Fireworks Display, July 1 • Trout Festival, July 1-3 • Demolition Derby, July



a family a business a great life!! Flin Flon is the ultimate vacationer’s destination nestled in the majestic Canadian Shield. Evolving from a prospectors’ camp into a thriving northern centre, this friendly community is a great place to live and raise a family, offering a wealth of year-round recreation, family, and cultural activities. With historically strong local business support, it’s also an exceptional place to invest. Enjoy live performances of Steel Magnolias and Fiddler on the Roof as part of the Flin Flon Arts Council’s Spring 2011 program. Call Crystal at (204) 687-5974 for further information or look up See old friends and unwind at Flin Flon’s Trout Festival June 30 to July 2, 2011. Call Tim at (204) 687-6670 for detailed information or look up

The City of Flin Flon 20 First Avenue (204) 681-7511

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Cranberry Portage An Inspiring Place


or those looking to relax and enjoy themselves, Cranberry Portage offers excellent and affordable camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting, with our many lodges, campgrounds and lakes. Lake Athapapuskow and the Cranberry Lake/Simon House Lake area are on a divide, with water from the Cranberry running east to the Grassy River chain, into the Burnt Nelson chain, and Lake Athapapuskow’s pristine waters flowing south into the Saskatchewan River. Cranberry Portage is on a route that was used by Henry Kelsey years ago and is one of the most beautiful areas in the North. The Cranberry Portage area began to expand its tourism potential a few years ago, when the Premier of Manitoba announced the development of 1,000 lakeside cottage lots. Since then, two more developments have been put together, offering tourists looking for a peaceful spot in nature many exciting choices. Aside from tranquil settings and peaceful spots, Cranberry Portage offers a number of local attractions guaranteed to keep tourists coming back. One such place is Northern Buffalo Sculptures Gallery. The gallery, which opened in June 2004, is 100 per cent owned and operated by internationally renowned Metis sculptor, Irvin Head. Head started the gallery after working with many other talented artists who originated in Northern Manitoba, and who have since moved to work and market their creations in the southern half of the province. Head and the other artists felt the beauty of the North must return and should be showcased in the North. Cranberry Portage has 140 surveyed lots along Lake Athapapuskow and First Cranberry Lake developed with roads and hydro to all of them. Cranberry Portage is located between the Grassy River Park head waters and Lake Athapapuskow. Cranberry Portage has access to water travel to Flin Flon, northwest 80 kilometers, east 70 kilometers to Elbow Lake and other points north, and south via Rat Creek to the Saskatchewan River. The area’s canoe routes, camp spots, lodges, cycling, walking trails and hiking and ski trails, along with beaches offer boundless recreational opportunities. The scenery and wildlife add to one’s enjoyment. The community is also home to the World’s largest Tipi, (which is approximately 2800 square feet); it was erected during the National Aboriginal Artist Administrators Gathering that was held in Cranberry Portage in August 2007. Feel free to visit Cranberry Portage to experience all the wilderness has to offer.  u


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Welcome to Cranberry Portage Town office: 204-472-3219 Population: 700 Location: On Highway 10 between the larger communities of Flin Flon and The Pas Slogan: The New Wilderness Adventure Founded: Mid-1950s Major events: • Canada Day – July 1st • Trout Challenge – August Long Weekend Major developments: • Cottage lot developments • Community playground • Schist Lake Developers: titled lakefront lots

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Leaf Rapids

Welcome to Leaf Rapids

The North’s Hidden Treasure


he townsite of Leaf Rapids is situated on a glacial esker five kilometres from the beautiful Churchill River. The location is an idyllic playground for outdoor activities. Local guides ensure safe passage along the nearby Churchill River system. In summer, the mighty Churchill River provides hundreds of kilometres of navigable waterways. The town is a fisherman’s dream come true, because of its abundant northern pike and walleye. Several lakes in the area boast incredible lake trout fishing, and two stocked lakes offer the thrill of fishing for rainbow trout. A variety of hunting opportunities exists, including spring and fall black bear hunts, moose hunts and game bird hunting. For families, tenting facilities are available along with safe sandy beaches that offer quiet relaxation. The walking trails are a delight to the nature lover and berry picker alike. The crystal clear tranquil lakes are ideal for canoe enthusiasts. In winter, cross-country ski trails and snow machine trails criss-cross the area, providing recreation for everybody. A major attraction is the Leaf Rapids Winter Carnival; this event is held in March and provides fun and entertainment for the whole family. Winter or summer, Leaf Rapids is a photographer’s delight. Unsurpassed scenic photo opportunities abound throughout the untouched wilderness area. Recreational Paradise Summer and winter sporting facilities abound in Leaf Rapids. The Churchill River provides hundreds of kilometres of waterways for fishermen dreaming of trophy catches. Local guides ensure safe access to the river, and the great fishing provides family fun. You can experience amazing catches of northern pike and walleye. Nine holes of golf are played surrounded by some of the most Unparalleled sunsets, hiking trails and canoe routes. Trophy fishing and breathtaking scenery in northern Manitoba. hunting with bountiful natural resources. The golf course, like the town itself, was designed to preserve the integrity of the natural environment. Everywhere you look you are reminded that, only a few short years ago, you would be standing in the middle of an untrammelled wilderness. Turnbull Lake lies four kilometres south of town and offers sandy beaches and crystal clear water for great family fun and entertainment.

Come Home To The North’s Hidden Treasure For a complete listing of homes /cottages available for $35,000 & less visit our website – Town of Leaf Rapids 204-473-2436 Located 1,000 km north of Winnipeg

Population: Approximately 550 Location: In northwestern Manitoba on Provincial Road 391 Website: Slogan: The North’s Hidden Treasure Founded: 1971 Major sites: Town Centre Complex, Churchill River, Churchill River Lodge, Ancient Rock Pictographs, Turnbull Beach, Golf Course, National Exhibition Centre, which is the most northern National Exhibition Centre in Manitoba Major developments: First municipality in North America to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

Natural Resources, Vegetation and Wildlife Leaf Rapids lies in the northern boreal forest region, which is predominantly comprised of jackpine, spruce and tamarack, as well as a variety of low berry bushes, such as blackberry, wild strawberry, gooseberry and high bush cranberries; it extends over northern Manitoba and transitions to the treeless tundra characteristic of the Churchill area. Prominent features in this northern landscape are sandy ridges or ‘eskers,’ which often extend for miles. The town itself is built on such a ridge. These surface ridges of sand and gravel are generally covered with a thin layer of topsoil that supports the growth of trees and a light cover of mosses and lichens. Being well elevated, the eskers have good drainage and are not subject to permafrost, thus offering a stable base for construction. Numerous small lakes and the Churchill River system offer habitat for a variety of fish including northern pike, walleye, trout, grayling and whitefish. The Leaf Rapids environs are also home to numerous species of wildlife, such as black bear, wild rabbit, moose and ptarmigan. The rich wildlife of the region offers opportunities to develop the outdoor recreation environment. u Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


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Lynn Lake Experience True Northern Adventure


et your senses help you unwind from your hectic life. Take a moment to touch eskers made of sand and gravel crafted by the powers of retreating glaciers that were made decades ago. Gaze at the sky and be mesmerized by the incredible spectacle of the northern lights (aurora borealis). Breathe the purity of the northern boreal forest after a summer rain. Taste the delicacy of fresh pan-fried walleye (pickerel). Listen to the enchanting calls of loons during a sunset. Once you arrive in Lynn Lake, there is no mistaking that you are in Canada’s true north: free, rugged, and breathtaking. Pristine lakes and rivers surrounded by the rugged northern boreal forest offer memories that young and old will treasure for a lifetime. Raw wilderness in an untouched setting offers solitude and an opportunity to become one as a family, and with nature. This is the Land of Little Sticks, where spruce trees have been crafted by the forces of nature. Two provincial parks, Berge Lake and Zed Lake both located within 20 kilometres of Lynn Lake are evidence of the beauty in northwestern Manitoba waiting for you. Lynn Lake is the regional service centre providing a number of essential services and goods for northwestern Manitoba. Education, health care, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Conservation District Office, Manitoba Transportation roads crew, and the RCMP provide services regionally and locally. In town, businesses include a Northern Store, a video store, two hotel/motels, two restaurants, a legion, auto garage, gas station, bulk fuel gas and diesel outlet, jewelry/gift shop/Sears Outlet, hardware store, variety store with pharmaceutical pickup, two B&Bs and heavy equipment construction/trucking firms. The special surroundings supported by our businesses and community services attract tourists year-round. Local businesses also extend their services into the region’s lodges and mining camps. The same business services along with necessary local infrastructure are able to support local and regional mineral exploration programs. Located at the end of the road, Lynn Lake is your dependable and affordable air and freight transportation corridor into Nunavut. Lynn Lake is your portal to true northern adventure. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day being the only fisherman on a tranquil lake, or challenging white water canoeing, you will find it here. Annual caribou migrations to the North, abundant moose, bear and wolf populations, extreme snowmobiling, hiking along eskers and, of course, unparalleled affordable and road-accessible sport fishing; it’s all here. Lynn Lake: Your Portal to True Northern Adventure. For further information, visit u


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Lynn Lake – Your adventure starts at the end of the road Population: Approximately 830 Location: 1,100 kilometres north of Winnipeg, 311 kilometres from Thompson Website: Slogan: Sport Fishing Capital of Manitoba Founded: 1951 Little known fact: Cartoonist Lynn Johnston (For Better or Worse) lived in Lynn Lake for many years. Rock star Tom Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake. Steve Andreychuk, former WHL and NHL hockey player, was raised in Lynn Lake. Devin Latimer of the band Nathan was born and raised in Lynn Lake. Major sites: The murals depicting the region’s natural beauty, Mining Town Museum, Linn Tractor Display. Major events: • Great Northern Pike Fish Derby, July long weekend • Lynn Lake Annual Powwow, June 21 • Canada Day celebrations, July 1

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Welcome to Churchill Location: 970 kilometres north of Winnipeg by air and 1,700 kilometres by rail

Visit Polar Bear Country


Website: Slogans: “Polar Bear Capital of the World” “Beluga Whale Capital of the World” Major sites: Polar bears, beluga whales, bird watching, northern lights, Wapusk National Park, York Factory fur trade centre, Fort Prince of Wales, Cape Merry stone battery, Eskimo Museum, Rocket & Research Range, Miss Piggy airplane wreck, MV Ithaca shipwreck




nown as the Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World, Churchill boasts a thriving tourism industry that is associated with growth. New markets such as northern lights (January to September) and North America’s foremost bird watching location (May to July) have served to inspire the development of year-round eco-tourism opportunities. Historically, Churchill has also been on the cutting edge of research and development, commencing with the construction of the Prince of Wales Fort in 1732 and followed by the development of the rail line and the grain port at the start of the 20th century — both still in full operation today. As a result, Churchill has become an international transportation hub that could easily be complemented by a variety of manufacturing opportunities. During the Cold War, Churchill was the ideal location for upper and lower atmospheric research, which produced an infrastructure unlike any other in northern Canada. Today, a fully functioning rocket and research facility waits for its next opportunity, and scientists and researchers from around the world gather to use the facilities at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Equipped with dormitories, full-service kitchen facilities, research science labs, observatory domes, a reference library, computer lab and equipment and vehicle rentals, the centre is well positioned to handle any scientific requirement. For those looking to visit or relocate to Churchill, the community has superior standard of living and is bursting with recreational opportunities for families. The jewel in Churchill’s crown is a 240,000-square-foot Town Centre Complex, equipped with an indoor playground, daycare facilities, a curling rink and lounge, arena, gymnasium, swimming pool, library, restaurant, video rental, 300-seat theatre, a K-12 school, the Regional Health Authority and the offices for the Town of Churchill. The facility also features plenty of premier locations for viewing the natural beauty of the Hudson Bay coast. Economic opportunities abound within Churchill as new businesses, such as gift shops, restaurants, hotels, tour operators and other services, expand with the growing demand for the town’s world-class eco-tourism experience. u

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Cross Lake Rich in Heritage, Culture and Tradition By Judy Penz Sheluk


wo closely related, adjoining but independent communities are known as Cross Lake. One is located on the Cross Lake Indian Reserve, and the other is on nearby provincial crown land. The provincial community consists of non-status and Métis, with a population of about 500. Cross Lake Band Reservation is one of the fastest progressive reservations in Manitoba, and has the largest youth population in all the 63 reservations in Manitoba. Unlike any other native community, Cross Lake Band government is under the leadership of the chief and council (the community is governed by a mayor and council). Cross Lake, so named for its geographical location, is situated on the shores of the Nelson River where the river crosses the lake. Roughly an eight-hour drive from Winnipeg, and about three hours drive from Thompson, a newly constructed bridge offers all-weather road access from provincial road 373 and 374 into the community. Throughout history, the area of Cross Lake has been a centre of fur trade and commerce; a place to meet people and exchange ideas and bond inter-tribal families. Cross Lake was, and still is, rich in heritage, tradition and culture. Present economic activity includes fishing, trapping and local services. Small deposits of lithium, copper and titanium are known in the immediate area, but currently are not economically recoverable. Ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of the community and create long-term economic growth and infrastructure include building a community centre in the future. Provincial funding for a new administration, fire and ambulance building was announced in April 2008.  u

Welcome to Cross Lake Cross Lake Community Administrator: 204-676-2465 Population: 7,000 (both community and reserve) Website: Location: Approximately 190 air kilometres south of Thompson and 520 air kilometres north of Winnipeg Founded: 1875 Cross Lake Band Events: • Cross Lake Winter Festival (late February/ March) • Cross Lake Indian Days/Annual Treaty Days (late July/early August) • Elder’s Annual Gathering (August) • Pimicikamak Cree Nation Mamawimawacitowin Annual Competition Pow Wow (August) • Battle of Nations Softball (August) • Cross Lake Diabetes Marathon (September) Cross Lake Community Events: • Annual Family Camp Out, July 11 – 21 First Fact: In July 2006, the Royal Canadian Army Cadets launched a corps in Cross Lake, the first ever established on a First Nation in the province. Little Known Fact: Perimeter Airlines flies from Winnipeg to Cross Lake three times per day, Monday to Friday. There is one flight daily on Saturday and Sunday. Cross Lake People’s Cree Name: ‘Nikickonakos’ (Otter People)


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Welcome to Gillam Town Office: 204-652-3150

Relax in the Power Capital


Population: 1,239

illam, the Power Capital of Manitoba, is a small but growing community located north of the 56th parallel, approximately 300 kilometres north of Thompson. The town’s main industry is power generated by Manitoba Hydro, and Gillam has grown along with the need for hydro. Gillam began as a small Native and Métis community, but has grown to a town of more than 1,100 people. With the prospect of several more power dams being built in the area, the population is expected to continue increasing. Gillam boasts an indoor swimming pool – the Nelson River Aquatic Centre – located next to the Gillam Recreation Centre. Open for public swimming for all ages, the pool also offers swimming lessons and private bookings. The pool can comfortably accommodate 50 swimmers and also houses a waterslide and a kiddie pool. As part of Gillam’s beautification plan, several lighted walkway paths are planned to be established throughout the town. A new “Welcome to Gillam” sign will be installed at the entrance to the town. Also adding to the appeal of Gillam is the town’s new driving range, which opened in August 2007. The town includes a credit union, hardware store, an insurance office and post office in a centrally located mall. The main town area is home to a beauty shop, grocery store, convenience store, garage, motor sports shop, liquor vendor/gift and flower shop, a hotel, motel and two restaurants. Gillam has its own hospital and offers regular dental, chiropractic, massage therapy and optometrist visits. The town also has a large school accommodating students from nursery through senior four. There are several ways to get to Gillam. An all-weather road, PR 280, is a wonderful way to see the beautiful terrain surrounding the area. Gillam also enjoys regular air service with Calm Air, daily bus arrivals and departures with Greyhound, and service with Via Rail. You can also travel on to Churchill, the Polar Bear Capital, from Gillam with Via Rail. u

Location: 730 kilometres north of Winnipeg Founded: 1910 Major events: • Winter Carnival, March • Nelson River Firefi ghters Rodeo, June • ATV Rodeo and Raft Races, June • Canada Day Celebrations, July • Ducks Unlimited Fundraising Dinner, May • Fireworks and Welcome Back Weekend, September • Santa Claus Parade, December Major sites: Manitoba Hydro dam site tours, hunting and fishing, aurora borealis Major developments: • Housing Development • Housing Replacement • Pumphouse Beach Upgrading • “Driver Woods” Driving Range • A new Daycare facility construction in 2011

THE TOWN OF GILLAM Welcomes you to fishing, hunting and camping country. Explore the road to Gillam then relax on the train to Churchill. Town Office: 204-652-3150 Website: Location: 730 kilometres north of Winnipeg by air, 1,065 kilometres north of Winnipeg by road, 1,401 kilometres north of Winnipeg by rail. Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


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Norway House Cree Nation Thriving Community


ne of the largest First Nations in Manitoba, Norway House Cree Nation is a thriving and vibrant community. Located approximately 874 kilometres north of Winnipeg, it has a population of 6,258 members. The reserve consists of 19,435 acres along the southern shoreline of Little Playgreen Lake and the Nelson River. The Norway House resource area is comprised of 43 registered traplines, encompassing approximately 5.2 million acres. Norway House boasts a large number of amenities, including a hospital and personal care home, three schools, four churches, apartment buildings and public work facilities, such as a housing warehouse, water treatment plant and water truck warehouse. The community has seen a significant amount of infrastructure and community developments since 1994, such as the Kinosao Sipi Multiplex, a new Council and Administration Building, York Boat Inn, retail mall and cellular phone service. Culture and traditions are important aspects of life in Norway House. Events like the Annual Pipoon Festival, Powwow and the Annual Treaty & York Boat Days are celebrated each year. With exceptional services available in the community, Norway House has the ability to host many important events, such as the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs AGA and Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin AGA. Employment for Members is a priority, with new opportunities for employment created by projects such as the clean up efforts at two-mile and eight-mile channels, establishing winter roads to Oxford House, God’s Lake and God’s River. New areas for employment in coming years will include the tourism sector. Top-quality education is another priority, and 2004 marked the beginning of a new era for Norway House Cree Nation and its Membership. The community celebrated the grand opening of the Helen Betty Osborne Ininew Education Resource Centre. Another initiative toward advancing education options has been the conversion of the Norway House High School into a postsecondary facility serving as a home for the University College of the North. Negotiations have been ongoing for the final phase of the school project, which will house a brand new Community Complex. Norway House recognizes that the strength of the future community lies with the youth; therefore, it is important to provide youth with opportunities for quality education, give them the ability to learn and use different technologies, introduce them to politics and athletics and encourage them to be creative and imaginative. Norway House brought the first-ever cellular phone service to a First Nations community in the North – an initiative of which 50

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we are extremely proud. The cellular tower was erected in August 2003, and service was in place by November 2003, with a radius of 25 kilometres. The availability of such service has improved the communication ability of the community. Kistapinanik Mall was completed in 1998, after a year of construction. It was planned as an initiative to create jobs, provide business opportunities, generate rental revenue for the Band and alleviate the need for Band Members to travel in order to access shopping and services. The vision for the mall was to attract customers from surrounding communities and contribute to strengthening the local economy. The mall currently includes the following tenants: Northwest Company Myleen’s Treasures Quikstop Food Court Cree Nation Design Royal Bank Creelite Communications Ranger Insurance Canada Post Office Teekca’s Boutique K.S. Dental Centre Norway House Cree Nation has many small businesses, such as the Fisherman’s Co-op Gas Bar, Apetagon’s Gas Bar & Repair Shop, Anderson’s Fuel and Confectionary, Super Video World, etc., with most being locally owned and operated. Norway House also serves your shopping needs with the Northern Fort and Low’s Family Foods stores. There are also four restaurants in town: the York Boat Diner, Shania’s, Chicken Chef and Riverside Restaurant. Apetagon’s Video also has take-out food. Visitors to the area are well-served with local accommodations at the York Boat Inn, Riverside Cottages and the Playgreen Inn. Forty-two air miles northeast of Norway House, amidst the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, lies the ultimate in trophy fly-in fishing – Molson Lake Lodge. With three species of trophy-sized fish – northern, walleye and lake trout – complemented by unsurpassed service, it is no wonder guests of Molson Lake Lodge are 90 per cent repeats or referrals. The American Plan main lodge on Molson Lake offers world-class fishing along with all the amenities of a five-star resort. Staff will assure that your stay in “God’s Country” will be in firstclass comfort. Washahagin Lake Lodge is 37 air miles east of Norway House. The fishing at Washahagin Lake is exceptional for the walleye and northern pike. The lodge is open from June until September. Washahagin Lodge is accessible only by float plane. Washahagin Lake Lodge is a great fly-in fishing camp, with beautiful scenery and hospitality that is second to none.

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During the winter months, Norway House has much recreation to offer. The Multiplex is home to many recreational activities, including hockey, curling, minor hockey, and a drop-in centre. The Junior “B” Northstars also participate in the Keystone Junior “B” Hockey League, against teams from down south such as Pequis and Winnipeg. The Minor Hockey Association also has various tournaments throughout the year for the different age categories. Norway House also boasts a “AA” Midget hockey team that won the Provincial Championship in 2005. Honouring our Elders is a tradition that goes way back. The Elders are acknowledged during Treaty & York Boat Days and again during Christmas. Elders receive gifts from Chief & Council on behalf of the Membership, and a feast is given in honour of the Elders. The Annual Pipoon (Winter) Festival is held in the month of March. Many activities are enjoyed during the festival, including the King & Queen Trappers event, dogsledding, snowshoeing and traditional square dancing. In the summer months, the recreation department is busy fulfilling the needs of the community, which is no small order. The community hosts traditional and cultural events during both National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day, including York Boat excursions, fireworks, powwow and traditional events. The Annual Powwow is held during the last month of July, and allows community members to participate in cultural and traditional events. Dancers come from all over North America to compete for cash and other prizes.

Treaty and York Boat Days, which are usually held in early August, are the main attraction during the summer. Competitors and spectators from all over the world come to Norway House. The celebration takes place the first week in August, starting on Monday and finishing up on Sunday. Activities include children’s events, adult events, basketball, volleyball, card tournaments and marathons. The main attraction of the week is the Men’s and Women’s World York Boat Championships, with a grand prize of $25,000 going to the winner of each of event. The races commemorate the old fur trading tradition, when men from Norway House would use York Boats to haul freight for a living. Visit Norway House Cree Nation’s website at  u Norway House Office P.O. Box 250 Norway House, MB R0B 1B0 Phone: 204-359-6786 Fax: 204-359-4186 Email: Winnipeg Office 780-125 Garry St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 2P2 Phone: 204-957-0968 Fax: 204-957-0981 Email:

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Thompson Hub of the North


ocated in the north central portion of pristine northern Manitoba is the City of Thompson; the Hub of the North. The award winning Spirit Way Walkway characterized by the famous artistically painted concrete wolf statues howling toward the sky, and the range of services, shopping and comfortable amenities nestled in the middle of the northern boreal forest help define Thompson - the largest community in northern Manitoba, offering something for everyone. Thompson’s a modern and progressive community that is active in its own development and realizes the importance of working with the region, levels of government, First Nations, businesses, and other stakeholders. We recognize that we have an essential role to serve well in terms of being a regional service centre; transportation, education, medical, a centre for First Nations leadership, government and business services combined make us the ‘Hub of the North’. The relationship between Thompson and the region is best understood in terms of collective sustainability achieved by working together and Thompson Unlimited is a

resource available to assist this process. Thompson is committed to working on creating the kind of community that is rich in opportunities and invites the region to participate. Thompson is located 830 km north of the American border, and 750 km north of the province’s capital city – Winnipeg. Several towns and First Nation communities located in northern Manitoba have established transportation links with Thompson, either by road, train, or air. Thompson is located in the Precambrian Shield on the shores of the Burntwood River. It is nestled amongst numerous lakes and rivers, and is surrounded by the boreal forest. The community rests alongside one of the most productive nickel deposits in Canada. Current labour shortages experienced in Thompson and in other communities across Canada are expected by experts to worsen in the years that come. This shortage will inevitably affect businesses and consumers. Within this shortage, though, will bring enhanced opportunities for people wanting to participate in the labour force. Entrepreneurial opportunities also

Have you seen our Star Attractions* in Thompson? Have you seen our Star Attractions* in Thompson? Heritage North Museum and Spirit Way are two fabulous Manitoba Star Attractions that are worth whileand to visit yourtwo stay in Thompson. Plus, enjoy great Heritage North your Museum Spiritduring Way are fabulous Manitoba Star Attractions golfing, fishing, spectacular canoeing, fun camping, and pure that are superb worth your while to visit during your stay in Thompson. Plus,family enjoypleasure great at Paintng, Lake Provincial Park. On your canoeing, way south,fun don’t miss extraordinary Pisew Falls! at golfi superb fishing, spectacular camping, and pure family pleasure Paint Lake Provincial Park. On your way south, don’t miss extraordinary Pisew Falls!

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Thompson’s Economic Development Corp.

206-55 Selkirk Ave. • Ph. 204 677 1900 Thompson’s Economic Development Corp. • 206-55 Selkirk Ave. • Ph. 204 677 1900 DESIGN NORTH • DESIGN NORTH

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exist and can attract persons to become self-employed. Assistance is available through Thompson Unlimited and other organizations to help address shortages by matching persons looking for work to employment opportunities, or link to training either through industry or government sources. Investment opportunities are invited to Thompson. Big box retailers, real estate developers, and openings of new franchises in the community are some of the opportunities available. The development of the new UCN Thompson Campus, and hydro dam constructions are some of the larger public and private sector developments that help create new business opportunities. The emerging tourism industry and working on developing the winter weather testing industry are longer term efforts that speak to diversifying the economy from a community based, bottom-up approach. Thompson’s commitment to working with First Nations is clear. The Aboriginal Accord signed on National Aboriginal Day in 2009 is an affirmation of the partnership that Aboriginals and the City of Thompson have in the social, economic and environmental dimensions to Thompson. The Accord states that positive relationships must grow between the City of Thompson and Aboriginal communities based upon a foundation of the shared values of honesty, respect, mutual sharing and contribution. This Accord affirms more can be gained by working together.  u Thompson – the City of Unlimited Opportunities For further information about Thompson, please contact Thompson Unlimited – Thompson’s Economic Development Corporation. 206 – 55 Selkirk Avenue Thompson, MB R8N 1P1 Phone: 204-677-1900 Toll Free: 1-866-965-3386

Welcome to Thompson Population: 13,446 (2006 Stats Canada Census Population) Location: Approximately 740 km north of Winnipeg along Provincial Highway #6 north Website: Slogan: Hub of the North Mascot: King Miner Founded: City incorporated in 1970 Major Events: • May 1st to 31 – Stained Glass and Fused Glass, Artist Carole Hyndman • CHTM Trade Show – May 6 to 8, Recreation Centre • Thompson Festival of the Arts Community Show and Sale – May 12 to 14, C.A.Nesbitt Arena • Shrine Circus – May 23 (show times TBA), Recreation Centre • June 1 to 30 – Painting & Life, Artist Yvonne Sabirsh • Nickel Days – June 16 to 19, 2011 (for more information contact 679-0263, or Facebook Nickel Days) • Aboriginal Days – June 21, 2011 • Canada Day Celebrations July 1, 2011 – For more information call 204-677-7952 or email • July 1 to 31 – Photo Art, Artist Larry Hall • Thompson Golf Club Tournaments – For more information please contact 204-778-5537 • Heritage North Museum – Exhibit Room Show and Sale, for more information please call 204-677-2216 • Aug. 1 to 31 – Arts & Crafts, Artist Jan Hall Major Sites: Millennium Trail, Thompson Zoo, Heritage North Museum, Paint Lake Provincial Park, Pisew Falls, Spirit Way Walkway, Thompson Golf Club, Mystery Mountain Winter Park, World’s largest lighted mural, Norseman Plane Tribute, King Minor Statue Major Developments: • University College of the North – Thompson Campus development • Expansion of the Days Inn • Rogers Communications expansion into the Thompson market • Proposed new Extended Stay Hotel and restaurant • Ongoing Wuskwatim Dam construction • Global Aerospace Center for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) Centre • Ongoing Thompson Sustainable Community Plan • New Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre building project • Proposed Keewatin Housing Authority Affordable Housing Development • Our Home Kikinaw project • Thompson Recycling Centre upgrades

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Nelson House Where Three Rivers Meet By Judy Penz Sheluk


elson House is located on the north shore of Footprint Lake, at the convergence of the Burntwood, Footprint and Rat Rivers, approximately 80 kilometres west of Thompson. The lands, totalling 14,460 acres or 5,852 hectares, are comprised of four reserves (Nelson House #170, #170A, #170B, #170C), and are populated by the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN). The Cree name Nisichawayasihk means “Where three rivers meet.” As nomadic people, NCN’s ancestors developed a spiritual connection and respect for the lands and waters for their life-giving bounty from fishing, hunting, trapping and the fruits and medicinal plants from the forests. The lands of the Nelson River area are part of the northern boreal forest comprised of tracts of black and white spruce wilderness interspersed with rivers and lakes. Although the traditional economy of fishing, hunting, gathering and trapping is valued and will be preserved, this young nation is also focusing on economic diversity. In 2006, NCN made a significant investment as a partner with Manitoba Hydro in the Wuskwatim Project, a 200-megawatt hydroelectric generating station built at Taskinigahp Falls on the Burntwood River in the Nelson House Resource Management Area. NCN is also committed to ongoing investment diverse range of economic development opportunities in tourism and construction.  u


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Welcome to Nelson House Cree Name: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation NCN Band Office: 204-484-2332 Population: 2,095 Location: Approximately 80 kilometres west of Thompson, 250 kilometres northeast of The Pas, and 813 kilometres north of Winnipeg Website: Founded: 1908 NCN Companies: Mystery Lake Motor Hotel (Thompson), Nisichawayasihk Construction Limited Partnership, Taskinigahp Power Corp., Nelson House Development Corporation Little Known Fact: More than 60 per cent of NCN are between 13- and 30-years-old; at the 2006 census, the median age at Nelson House was 18.9 years.

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Welcome to Bissett Council Office: 204-277-5218

The Hidden Paradise!


Location: 250 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg on Provincial Road 304 Founded: In existence since 1911, officially recognized in 1972 Major events: • 100th anniversary celebration of Bissett, Aug. 12, 13 and 14. • Canada Day weekend celebrations, first weekend in July. Major sites: Bissett Gold Mine, Rice Lake

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Photo by Andrew Rivlin

issett is located in the heart of wilderness country, situated on the shores of Rice Lake, 250 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg on PR #304. There are endless recreational opportunities that await the eager outdoor enthusiast in all seasons. Fishing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, swimming, boating and canoeing, just to name a few. Campgrounds in the area are English Brook, Wanipigow Lake and Wallace Lake. You can contact Mark at 204-277-5463 for further information on these camping locations. Blue Water Aviation is located right within the community and can be contacted by calling its office at 204-277-5536. Fishing Lake Lodge and Outfitters can accommodate those looking for a remote fishing experience. Call 204-277-5262 for more information. Bissett is located a short distance from Nopiming Provincial Park and Atikaki Wilderness Park. Bissett offers services from lodging at Hotel San Antonio, 204-277-5250; and Northern Wings B&B, 204-277-5215; gas and hardware at Dee’s Service, 204277-5585; lumber from W. Zirk Lumber, 204-277-5275; Wynne’s Place groceries, laundromat and restaurant, 204-277-5500; and contracting services by Clinton Spence, 204-277-5070, and Byron Grapentine, 204-277-5262, and W. Zirk Contracting, 204-277-5275. Bissett is host to an Annual Mixed Bonspiel each March and an Annual Fish Derby each August long weekend. Please visit our website at We can be contacted by phone at 204-277-5218, or by email or fax 204-277-5521.  u

Population: 125, fluctuating with the rise and fall of the Bissett Gold Mine

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Lodges, Accommodations and Services Listing Churchill Adventure Walking Tours Ph: 204-675-2147 Fax: 204-675-2103 Nature hikes, birdwatching Arctic Trading Company Ph: 204-675-8804 Fax: 204-675-2164 Canadian indigenous art Aurora Inn Ph: 204-675-2071 Toll free: 1-888-840-1344 Spacious suites Bear Country Inn Ph: 204-675-8299 26 cosy rooms, courtesy van Bear’s Den B&B Ph: 204-675-2556 Blue Sky Bed & Sled Ph: 204-675-2001 Dog sledding/B&B Boreal Projects Ltd. Ph: 204-675-8866 July and August by appointment

Calm Air International LP Ph: 204-778-6471 or 1-800-839-2256 Fax: 204-778-6954 Charters, air service in Manitoba/Nunavut Caskey B&B Ph: 204-675-2962 Churchill Arctic Travel Ph: 204-675-2811 Toll free: 1-800-267-5128 Churchill Chamber of Commerce Ph: 204-675-2022 Toll free: 1-888-389-2327 Churchill Motel Ltd. Ph: 204-675-8853 Fax: 204-675-8228 26 rooms, shuttle service Churchill Wild Ph: 204-377-5090 Toll free: 1-888-UGO-WILD (846-9453) Remote fly-in eco-lodge Churchill Wilderness Encounter Ph: 204-675-2248


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Dymond Lake Outfitters Toll free: 1-888-WEBBERS (932-2377) Remote fly-in fishing and hunting packages Eskimo Museum Ph: 204-675-2030 Great White Bear Tours Ph: 204-675-2781 Toll free: 1-866-765-8344 Gypsy’s Bakery Ph: 204-675-2322 Fax: 204-675-2413 Hudson Bay Helicopters Ph: 204-675-2576 Toll free: 1-867-873-5146 Helicopter charters and tours Hudson Bay Port Company Ph: 204-675-8823 Iceberg Inn Ph: 204-675-2228 8 rooms, Sears outlet Kivalliq Air Ph: 204-675-2086 Toll free: 1-877-855-1500 Lazy Bear Lodge & Café Ph: 204-675-2969 Toll free: 1-866-OUR-BEAR Lodging, dining and tours

Sea North Tours Ph: 204-675-2195 Fax: 204-675-2198 www.seanorthtours.coms Tour boat/snorkeling Seaport Hotel Ph: 204-675-8807 Fax: 204-675-2795 21 rooms/licensed dining Tamarack Rentals Ph: 204-675-2192 Vehicle rentals The Tundra Buggy® Adventure Toll free: 1-800-663-9832 Fax: 204-667-1051 Tundra Inn Ph: 204-675-8831 Toll free: 1-800-265-8563 Fax: 204-675-2764

Wapusk Adventures & General Store Ph: 204-675-2887 Fax: 204-675-8042 Dog sledding/souvenirs and gifts Via Rail Toll free: 1-888-842-7245

Nanuk Entertainment Ph: 204-675-2303 North Star Tours Ltd. Ph: 204-675-2356


Northern Images Ph: 204-675-2681 Northern Nights Lodge Ph: 204-675-2403 Parks Canada Ph: 204-675-8863 Pizza by the Bay Ph: 204-675-8262 Polar Bear B&B Ph: 204-675-2819 Polar Cinema Ph: 204-675-8452 Polar Inn & Suites Ph: 204-675-8878 Toll free: 1-877-765-2742

Mike’s Ice N Burger Hut Ph: 204-687-8600

Flin Flon

Oreland Motel Ph: 204-687-3467

Aberdeen Lodge Ph: 204-687-0495 (summer) or 204-623-6710 (winter)

Paradise Lodge Ph: 204-687-8175 (summer) or 204-687-3070 (winter)

Mugsys Café & Deli Ph: 204-687-7676

Phantom Lake Golf Club Ph: 306-688-5555 Fax: 306-688-3104 Pizza Hut Express Ph: 204-687-8522 Bakers Narrows Lodge Ph: 1-866-603-6390 Bearskin Airlines Ph: 204-687-8941

Vera’s B&B Ph: 204-675-2544

Wat’chee Lodge Ltd. Ph: 204-675-2114 Winter wildlife viewing

Northern Ph: 204-675-8891

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Royal Ribs & Steakhouse and the Royal Hotel Ph: 204-687-3437 Speedy Treats Ph: 204-687-3179 Subway Ph: 204-687-5558 Verona Pizza & Specialty Ph: 204-687-8258

Calm Air International LP Ph: 204-778-6471 or 1-800-839-2256 Fax: 204-778-6954 Charters, air service in Manitoba/Nunavut Chicken Chef Ph: 204-687-3779 Doe Doe’s Pizza & Subs Ph: 204-687-6241 Donut King Ph: 204-687-8522

Victoria Inn Ph: 204-687-7555 Fax: 204-687-5233

Gillam ACE Gillam Bed & Breakfast Ph: 1-888-286-0433 204-652-2623 (Seasonal) ACE Wilderness Guiding Service Ph: 1-888-286-0433 204-383-5628 (seasonal) Aurora Gardens Motel Ph: 204-652-6554 Motel and restaurant

Cormorant Lakeshore Guesthouse Ph: 204-357-2218 (evenings)

Flin Flon Station Museum Ph: 204-687-2946

Cranberry Portage

Gateway Drive-In Ph: 204-687-4338

Doug’s Lodge Ph: 204-652-2259

Greenstone CFDC Ph: 204-687-6967 Fax: 204-687-4456

Fox River Outfitters Ph: 204-652-6441

Caribou Lodge Ph: 204-472-3351 Constables Lakeside Lodge Ph: 204-472-3241 (summer or winter) Cranberry Portage Park Ph: 204-472-3219 Northern Spirit Lodge Ph: 204-472-3285 Tonepah Lodge Ph: 204-472-3372

Friendship Center Restaurant Ph: 204-687-4525

Hong Kong Restaurant Ph: 204-687-4941 Jackson Air Service Ph: 204-687-8247 Fax: 204-687-7694 Kelsey Dining Room Ph: 204-687-7555 KFC Ph: 204-687-6078

Chow’s Chester Fried Ph: 204-652-5050

Gillam Air Services Ltd. Ph: 204-652-2109 Gillam Co-op Ltd. Ph: 204-652-2661 Gillam Motor Inn Ph: 204-652-2670 Lucky’s tavern, licensed Grey Goose Ph: 204-652-6395 Monkman Outfitters Ph: 204-444-4025

LISTINGS Town of Gillam Ph: 204-652-2121

G’s Place Ph: 204-473-2754

Leaf Rapids Youth Centre Ph: 204-473-8861

Trapper’s Shack Ph: 204-652-2160

Gold Cook Ol’ Man’s Restaurant Ph: 204-473-8276

Natural Resources Ph: 204-473-8113

Via Rail Canada Inc. Ph: 1-888-842-7245 Westwood Lodge Ph: 204-687-6307

Grand Rapids ET Trucking Service Inc. Ph: 204-639-2386 G.R. Consumer’s Co-op Ph: 204-639-2434 Grand Rapids Esso Ph: 204-639-2459 Open 24 hours, gas, diesel, garage, towing, restaurant, etc.

Grey Goose Ph: 204-473-2754 King’s Health & Variety Ph: 204-473-8111 Lakeland Air Service Ph: 204-473-2963 Leaf Rapids Community Development Corporation (LRCDC) Ph: 204-473-2978 Social and economic development, apartment rentals, housing sales, small business loans

Grand Rapids Taxi Ph: 204-639-2338

Leaf Rapids Education Centre Ph: 204-473-2403

Grey Goose Bus Lines Ph: 204-639-2459

Leaf Rapids Health Centre Ph: 204-473-2441

Hilltop Cabins Ph: 204-639-2380

Leaf Rapids National Exhibition Centre Ph: 204-473-8682

Hobbs Resort Ph: 204-639-2266 King’s Boat Repair Ph: 204-639-2279 Manitoba Hydro Ph: 204-639-4138

Leaf Rapids Public Library Ph: 204-473-2742 Leaf Rapids Town Properties (LRTP) Ph: 204-473-8118

Town of Leaf Rapids Ph: 204-473-2436 Wistoba Connection, LLC Ph: 608-356-0243 Ph: 202-473-8837 Vacation rental, fully furnished, fishing, family fun, wildlife, boating, golf, hunting/outfitters Yves Plumbing and Heating Ph: 204-473-8837

Lynn Lake Atiik Askii Adventure Tours Ph: 204-356-2500 Summer and winter tours Betty’s Bed & Breakfast Ph: 204-356-8328 Fax: 204-356-8328 Home-cooked meals, cable Betty’s Country Cooking and Jennifer’s Lounge Ph: 204-356-8050 Fine dining, lounge with VLTs The Bronx Ph: 204-356-2471 Housekeeping suites, cable

Cat Train Tours Ph: 204-356-8845 Fax: 204-356-8845

Lynn Lake Fly-In Outpost Camps Ph: 1-800-700-3807

Clarke’s Health and Variety Ph: 204-356-2572

Lynn Inn Inc. Ph: 204-356-2433 Fax: 204-356-8780 25 rooms/suites, licensed

Gloewen Enterprises Ph: 204-356-8511 Propane Distributor Grand Slam Lodge Ph: 204-356-8648 (winter) or 306-758-3188 (summer) Grey Goose Ph: 204-356-2918 Fax: 204-356-8408 Bus depot

Lynn Lake Video Ph: 204-356-8051 DVD, VHS video and game rentals, gift shop Northern Store Ph: 204-356-2272 Groceries, retail

Grey Owl Outfitters Ph: 204-356-8261

Nueltin Fly-in Lodge Ph: 204-356-8805

Halstead Motors Ph: 204-356-2703 Laurie River Lodge Ph: 1-800-426-2533 Lynn Lake Air Service Ph: 204-356-8805 Lynn Lake Airport Ph: 204-356-2900 or 204-356-8552 Flight services and air service information Lynn Lake Esso Ph: 204-356-8692 Fax: 204-356-8259

Lynn Lake Mining Museum Ph: 204-356-8302

Patty’s Place Ph: 204-356-2918 Fax: 204-356-8408 Groceries, video Perimeter Aviation Ltd. Ph: 1-800-917-2555 Royal Canadian Legion Ph: 204-356-2238 Sanche Hardware Ph: 204-356-2428 Fax: 204-356-8066 Town of Lynn Lake/ Lynn Lake Campground Ph: 204-356-2418

Moak Lodge Campground Ph: 204-739-2669 Misipawistik Cree Nation Ph: 204-639-2219 Fax: 204-639-2503

Lynn Lake

Northbrook Inn Ph: 204-639-2380 Pelican Landing Restaurant Ph: 204-639-2184

Where lifetime memories are created.

Pelican Landing Gasbar Ph: 204-639-2402 Town of Grand Rapids Ph: 204-639-2260 Fax: 204-639-2475

Leaf Rapids Centre Auto Ph: 204-473-8116 Churchill River Lodge & Outfitters Ph: 204-473-2362 403-932-1237 Accommodations, boat rentals, gas Consumer Co-op Ph: 204-473-2411 Groceries, hardware, clothing, appliances, furniture Fields Ph: 204-473-2783 Department store

For further information, visit or call 204-356-2418

The Sportfishing Capital of Manitoba

With untouched lakes and rivers, rolling eskers and the northern boreal forest, Lynn Lake is home to moose, geese, bear, and wolf. Wintertime activity includes snowmobiling trips as well as caribou sightings. A special experience for serious outdoor adventurers wanting more and for families wanting time for themselves awaits at Lynn Lake – northwestern Manitoba’s centre. Lynn Lake – Where your adventure starts at the end of the road. Lynn Lake was a preferred location for two tapings of Bob Izumi’s The Real Fishing Show.”

Welcoming all anglers to Lynn Lake – Sportfishing Capital of Manitoba

For brochures, call 204-356-2418 or visit our website at

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LISTINGS Transwest Air Ph: 204-356-2457 Fax: 204-356-8018 Charter air service

Super Video World Ph: 204-359-6089 York Boat Inn Ph: 204-359-6550 Fax: 204-359-6444 32 rooms, cable TV

Wolverine Lodge Ph: 760-770-0810 320-732-6843

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Norway House Anderson Car Wash & Store Ph: 204-359-4270 Anderson Towing Ph: 204-359-4296

Aseneskak Casino Ph: 204-627-2250 or 1-877-627-2267

Diamond Willow Inn and Willow House Ph: 204-358-2842

Wekusko Falls Lodge 204-358-2341 toll free 877-358-2341

Franal’s Snow Lake Service Ph: 204-358-2325

Wekusko Falls Provincial Campground Ph: 204-358-2521 1-888-482-2267

Gogal Air Service Ph: 204-358-2259 Lakeshore Bed & Breakfast Ph: 204-358-6501 Main Street Laundromat Ph: 204-358-9797

Apetagon’s Ph: 204-359-6696 Gas/propane

Kikiwak Inn Ph: 204-623-1800 or 1-888-545-4925

Chicken Chef Ph: 204-359-6646

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Ph: 204-627-7100

Fort Island Auto Group Ph: 204-359-6503

Otineka Mall Ph: 204-627-7230

NicLynd’s Restaurant and Fast Food Located in Snow Lake Motor Inn. Ph: 204-358-7103

Low’s Family Foods Ph: 204-359-6689

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Northern Mist Wild Rice Ph: 204-358-2131

Northern Ph: 204-359-6258

Angilina’s Pizza Ph: 204-358-2611

Snow Lake Art Gallery Ph: 204-358-2533

Norway House Community Council Ph: 204-359-6719

Bartlett’s Fishing Camp Ph: 204-358-2383

Snow Lake Golf Club Ph: 204-358-2744

Bluenose Bed & Breakfast 107 Cherry Street 204-358-7305 Email Website http://web. Bluenosebb/Home.html

Snow Lake Home Building Centre Ph: 204-358-2343 Fax: 204-358-2770

Norway House Co-op Ph: 204-359-4633 Gas bar Norway House Cree Nation Ph: 204-359-6786 Norway House Riverside Outdoor Adventures Ph: 204-359-4444 or 1-877-778-4447

Burntwood Lake Lodge Ph: 204-358-7114 Chell’s Sled Shed 204-358-7911

Perimeter Aviation Ph: 204-359-6311

Clovelly Lakeshore Apartments Ph: 204-358-2846

Playgreen Inn Ph: 204-359-6321 16 rooms, beverage room Riverside Restaurant Ph: 204-359-4866 Skyward Aviation Ph: 204-359-4900

Manitoba Star Attraction Mining Museum Ph: 204-358-7867

Snow Lake Motor Inn Ph: 204-358-2331 Fax: 204-358-7449 11 rooms, dining, licensed Sunset Bay Bed & Breakfast 204-358-2145 or 358-0065 or 358-0071 Email: Sweet Nothings Florist & Giftware Ph: 204-358-7659

Connie’s Taxi Ph: 204-358-2933 Fax: 204-358-2004

Tawow Lodge Ph: 204-358-2485

Cornerview Family Foods Ph: 204-358-2928 Fax: 204-358-2055

Town of Snow Lake Ph: 204-358-2551

For further information, contact Beverley Atkinson, Community Development Officer, at 204-358-7630 or

The Pas A&W Restaurant & Drive-Thru Ph: 204-623-2246 Alouette Hotel Ph: 204-623-2272 Fax: 204-623-6873 Atikameg Forest Centre Ph: 204-623-3983 Forest tours, in-town tours Aseneskak Casino Ph: 1-877-627-2267 Bearskin Airlines Ph: 204-624-5106 Fax: 204-624-4108 Airport Missinippi Airways Ph: 204-623-7160 Fax: 204-623-3635 Burger Ranch 2000 Ph: 204-623-1451 Canadian Territorial Helicopters Inc. Ph: 204-624-5776 Fax: 204-624-5761 Carpenters Clearwater Lodge Ph: 204-624-5467 Fax: 204-624-5606 TV, convention/banquet facilities, games room, beach, boats, motors

1717 Gordon Ave., The Pas, MB • Indoor Pool & Water Slide • Hot Tub • Free “Super Start” Breakfast • Large Parking Lot For Trailers & Vans • Meeting Room Facilities • Free Wireless Internet • Coin Operated Laundry Under New Management

(204) 623-1888

For Toll-free Reservations: 1-800-800-8000 58

Norman RDC • 1-800-665-4774

Clearwater Canoe Outfitters Ph: 204-624-5606 or 204-624-5647 Custom Helicopters Limited Ph: 204-623-4595 Fax: 204-623-4595 Dutch Drive In Ltd. Ph: 204-623-3721 Drive-in restaurant, chicken, fish, shrimp, ice cream, burgers, home style chips Evergreen Resort Ph: 204-624-5750 Fax: 204-623-4686 Cabin rental, hunting and fishing Fat Boy Restaurant Ph: 204-623-6322 Golden Arrow Motel Ph: 204-623-5451 Fax: 204-623-5457 Rooms 39.95 single or double. “A clean, quiet place to stay” Golden Star Chinese Food Ph: 204-623-7879 Fax: 204-623 5111 Good Thymes Restaurant & Bar Ph: 204-623-2412 Fax: 204-623 4008 Gourmet Pizza Ph: 204-623-5469 Grey Goose Ph: 204-623-3999 Fax: 204-623-4533 Halcrow Lake Golf & Country Club Ph: 204-627-2300 Huskie Travel Services Ltd. Ph: 204-623-3414 Fax: 204-623-3416 Kelsey Bus Lines Ltd. Ph: 204-623-2161 Fax: 204-623-4810 Kentucky Fried Chicken Ph: 204-623-2120 Fax: 204-623 3712 Kikiwak Inn Ph: 204-623-1800 or 1-888-545-4925 Fax: 204-623-1812 Lounge, fitness facility, outdoor pool, WC access La Verendrye Motel Ph: 204-623-3431 Fax: 204-623-6873 Mr. Ribs Ph: 204-623-4888 Fax: 204-623-6475 New Avenue Hotel Ph: 204-623-6255

LISTINGS New Colony Restaurant Ph: 204-623-1674 New Vickery Lodge Ph: 1-888-624-5429 Fax: 204-624-5429 Full service, drive-in, guides, store, hunting, fishing, open May-October North Country Air Service Ph: 204-623-7594 Fax: 204-623-3857 Adventure Territory – The Pas & Area Tourism Group Ph: 1-866-627-1134 Pizza Hut Express Ph: 204-623-7888 Fax: 204-623-3055 R.M. of Kelsey Ph: 204-623-7474 Rupert House Hotel (1984) Ltd. Ph: 204-623-3201 Fax: 204-623-1651 Daily, weekly, monthly rates, kitchenettes Sam Waller Museum Ph: 204-623-3802 Fax: 204-623-5506 Small admission fee; admission by donation on Wednesdays Super 8 Motels Ph: 204-623-1888 or 1-800-800-8000 Fax: 204-623-4488 Indoor pool/waterslide, free breakfast, computer ports, conference room, WC access The Pas Curling Club Ph: 204-623-3813 The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce Ph: 204-623-7256 Tolko Pulp & Paper Mill Ph: 204-623-8659 Tours during the summer Town of The Pas Ph: 204-627-1100 or 1-866-627-1134 Trappers’ Festival Headquarters Ph: 204-623-2912 Venus Ristorante & Pizzeria Ph: 204-623-6673 Fax: 204-623-3615 Via Rail Canada Inc. Ph: 1-888-842-7245 Weathered Welcomes Ph: 204-623-1764

Wescana Inn Ph: 204-623-5446 Fax: 204-623-3383 Full service, dining room, lounge, VLTs, cable TV, sauna, laundry room. CAA approved. WC access

Club Fire & Ice Burntwood Inn Ph: 204-677-4551 Fax: 204-778-6219

Wildlife Adventure Tours Ph: 204-623-6513 Wildlife and birdwatching tours

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Ph: 204-778-8879 Fax: 204-677-3225 Suites, indoor pool, pets allowed

Thompson A&W Ph: 204-778-6500 Fax: 204-677-9182 Fast food, burgers, chicken Adventurers North Dining Room Ph: 204-677-3662

Arctic Trading Post Ph: 204-677-2026 Fax: 204-675-2164 Baaco Pizza Ph: 204-778-4444 Fax: 204-677-8630 Lounge, pizza/pasta Bankside Bar & Billiards Ph: 204-677-0101 Fax: 204-677-0103 Boston Pizza Ph: 204-677-0111 Fax: 204-677-4411 Burntwood Curling Club Ph: 204-677-2580

Corner Deli Ph: 204-677-3997 Fax: 204-778-5145

Culture, Heritage & Tourism Ph: 204-677-6780 Fax: 204-677-6862 Custom Helicopters Ltd. Ph: 204-677-3720

Chicken Chef Ph: 204-677-2331 Fax: 204-778-6499 index.html Family restaurant Chicken Delight Ph: 204-677-2692 Fast food, chicken City of Thompson Ph: 204-677-7910 City of Thompson Recreation Centre Ph: 204-677-7952 Cliff’s Taxi Ph: 204-677-2543

KFC Ph: 204-677-4664 Fax: 204-778-4069 Fast food, chicken Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Ph: 204-677-0950 Fax: 204-677-0970 Hostel, aboriginal services, kitchen-restaurant McCreedy Park Ph: 204-778-8810 Camping & RV storage

Days Inn & Suites Ph: 204-778-6000 or 1-800-DAYS-INN Fax: 204-778-6999

McDonald’s Restaurants Ph: 204-778-7779 Fax: 204-778-6101 Fast food, burger chain

Driftwood Nickel City Taxi Ph: 204-677-6000

Meat Eater Deli Ph: 204-778-7726 Fax: 204-778-8683

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 93 Commercial Place Ph: 204-778-3111

Meridian Hotel Ph: 204-778-8387 Fax: 204-677-4087 hotels/meridian.htm Free parking, rooms with or without meal plan, 41 modern rooms

Flight Aviation Services Ph: 204-677-4920 Fax: 204-778-5917 Airport Grapes Grill & Bar Ph: 204-677-3333 Huskie Travel Ph: 204-677-0777 Ilios Restaurant & Lounge Ph: 204-778-4332

Calm Air International LP Ph: 204-778-6471 or 1-800-839-2256 Fax: 204-778-6954 Charters, air service in Manitoba/Nunavut

J-Del Aviation Ph: 204-677-2337 Fax: 204-677-5794

Interior Inn Ph: 204-778-5535 Fax: 204-778-6658 54 rooms, queen-size beds, doubles, suites, coffee, cable, Internet access, fridge/ microwave available Grey Goose Ph: 204-677-0360 Fax: 204-677-0370 Bus charters, regular bus service Hanson’s Bear Creek Outfitters Ph: 204-778-5037 Heritage North Museum Inc. Ph: 204-677-2216 Fax: 204-677-8953 Hub of the North Ph: 204-778-5630 Fax: 204-778-7897 Full-service restaurant/lounge, Greek, lunch/dinner Hudson Bay Railway Ph: 204-778-6253

Millennium Trail Ph: 204-677-7952 millenniumtrail Also recreation, parks and culture Multiculture Centre Ph: 204-677-3981 Fax: 204-677-3980 Mystery Country Lodge & Outposts Ph: 1-888-246-9749 Mystery Lake Motor Hotel Ph: 204-778-8331 Fax: 204-778-4193 Bar, microwaves, VCRs, laundry room, and exercise room Mystery Mountain Winter Park Ph: 204-778-8624 Ski hill, rentals, lessons, x-country, snowtubing, chalet National Car Rental 40 Station Road Ph: 204-677-2312 NC Crossroad Lanes Ph: 204-677-4415 Norplex Swimming Pool Ph: 204-677-7963

North Knife Lake Lodge 1-888-WEBBERS remote fly-in fishing packages North Star Taxi Ph: 204-778-3333 Northern Flavours Coffee House Ph: 204-677-8281 Northern Inn & Steak House Ph: 204-778-6481 Fax: 204-778-7601 Northern Lights Bed & Breakfast Ph: 204-677-4111 Fax: 204-677-8027 7 rooms, 2 common rooms, 2 kitchens Oxie’s Ph: 204-677-3711 Paint Lake Provincial Park Ph: 1-888-482-2267 Campground, beach Paint Lake Resort & Marina Ph: 204-677-9303 Fax: 204-677-5573 Cabins, restaurant, bar, patio, boat launch Perimeter Aviation Ph: 204-778-5924 Airport Pizza Hut Ph: 204-677-7888 Pizza, lunch buffet Popeyes Ph: 204-677-5575 Homemade burgers/fries. Seasonal business Poseidon Restaurant Ph: 204-677-2558 Greek Precambrian Art Centre Ph: 204-677-1940 Ramada Burntwood Inn Ph: 204-677-4551 Fax: 204-778-6219 control/home Indoor pool/waterslide, whirlpool suites, hot tub, newly renovated, lounge Riverview Restaurant Ph: 204-677-2525 Roadside Restaurant Ph: 204-778-7172 Robin’s Donuts Ph: 204-677-4444 Santa Maria Pizza & Spaghetti House Ph: 204-778-7331 Take out, delivery

Issue 1 • 2011 • Manitoba’s Northern Experience


LISTINGS Sasagiu Rapids Lodge Ph: 204-677-9351 Conference facilities, wheelchair accessible, out-post camps, guides, hunting, fishing Shinook’s Bed & Breakfast Ph: 204-677-3563 Strand Theatre Ph: 204-677-8301 Subway Ph: 204-677-2222 Fax: 204-677-2222 Fast food, subs, sandwiches, soup Thompson Cabs (1987) Ltd. Ph: 204-677-6262 Thompson Chamber of Commerce Ph: 204-677-4155 or 1-888-307-0103 Fax: 204-677-3434 Tourism information Thompson Golf Club Ph: 204-677-3250 Thompson Golf Course Ph: 204-778-5537 Thompson Inn Ph: 204-677-2371 Fax: 204-778-8442 Cable TV, queen-size beds, a/c, 35 newly renovated rooms Thompson Lanes Ltd. Ph: 204-677-3005 Fax: 204-778-6866 Thompson Ski Club Inc. Ph: 204-778-8624 Thompson Zoo Ph: 204-677-7982 Free admission

Tim Hortons Ph: 204-677-8467 Tom’s Restaurant & Pizza Place Ph: 204-677-1999 Trappers Tavern Ph: 204-778-8331 Twilight Water Ski Club Ph: 204-778-6301

Churchill Gateway Dev’t Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Churchill Hotel & Suites / Hudson Bay Mechanical. . . 19

Venture Air Ph: 204-778-8225 Fax: 204-778-8243

City of Thompson / Thompson Unlimited. . . . . . . . 52

Via Rail Canada Ph: 204-677-2241 or 1-888-842-7245 Train service in Manitoba Wawatay Inn Ph: 204-677-1000 Webber’s Lodges/Dymond Lake Outfitters Ph: 204-377-5090 1-888-WEBBERS remote fly-in fishing and hunting packages Wong’s Asian Bistro Ph: 204-778-8880 Wonton Place Ph: 204-778-5578 Fax: 204-778-6648 Chinese food YWCA of Thompson Ph: 204-778-6341 Fax: 204-778-5308 Women’s shelter

City of Flin Flon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Cook & Cooke Insurance Brokers . . . Inside Back Cover Copper Reef Mining Corporation . . . Inside Front Cover Gerard Jennissen, MLA Flin Flon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 HudBay Minerals Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Keewatin Air LP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Manitoba Hydro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Meetah Building Supplies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Nickel City Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Mystery Country’s Paint Lake Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Perimeter Aviation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Rogers Communications Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sasa-Ginni-Gak Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Sea North Tours Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Standard Resort Insurance Program . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover Stittco Energy Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

MLA FLin FLon Manitoba legislature rooM 234, legiSlative Bldg. WinniPeg, MB r3C 0v8 toll Free: 1.800.282.8069 ext. 2936 Fax: 204.948.2005

Representing: Brochet, Cold Lake/Sherridon, Cranberry Portage, Flin Flon, Granville Lake, Lac Brochet, Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, Pukatawagan, Snow Lake, South Indian Lake and Tadoule Lake. Norman RDC • 1-800-665-4774

Canadian Tire, Thompson MB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Churchill Wild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Gerard Jennissen


Calm Air International LP. . . . . . Outside Back Cover

Vale Inco Ph: 204-778-2326

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Index to Advertisers

Super Thrifty Drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Tamarack Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Thompson YWCA Residence Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Tourism North. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Town of Gillam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Town of Leaf Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Town of Lynn Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Town of Snow Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 University College of the North. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 USW Local 6166. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Walmart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Wings Over Kississing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. . . . . . . 18

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