Bridge & Falls - SNNF Visitors Guide 2021

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ROADMAP TO PROMISE, PROSPERITY & PRIDE Something extraordinary happens each and every day in the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. In the heart of cottage country, you find a safe and caring place – making our small communities very attractive places, to live, visit and do business. Our roadmap to promise, prosperity and pride encourages us to come together – as entrepreneurs, industry partners, community leaders and local government – to grow our Township and our region. Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is a rising star shining brightly on the northern horizon over the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods. Our quality of life, family-friendly streetscapes, homespun amenities, cultural spaces, great outdoors, and storied history all come together to create a vibrancy and a place that is second to none.

lakes. Here, the backdrop ranges from world-class fishing resorts to charming roadside motels creating a destination that is fit for all types of travelers. Playtime is a must. Hire a fishing guide. Hike the trails and find the falls! Paddle, waterski, jump off a dock, and wade in the water. Discover parks. Stroll across bridges. From sunrise to sunset, our two small towns offer the warmth of friendly faces, the delights of a simpler time, and a slower pace. Our community events, virtual or in-person, raise the roof and extend the very best of northern hospitality. There is much to see and do here. I encourage you to discover maritime traditions and rural country living in all fourseasons. Explore the simple pleasures that can only be found in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. Pride of place looms large: we might be small but we are mighty. The Township is a gateway from the past to the present. I invite you to come and share our happy place! Have a great summer, Norbert Dufresne | Mayor

Along the corridor of the King’s Highway, lay the iconic towns of Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows. From one end to the other is a magical escape with lush forests and pristine

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5 Country Roads 9 Turtle Slow 11 Looking Back, Photo Collage 16 Love Local 18 What Is In A Name? 23 Restaurants 25 Accommodations 28 Business Directory

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BRIDGE & FALLS CONTRIBUTORS

FIRE, AMBULANCE & POLICE 9-1-1

EDITORIAL FEATURES Denise Lysak, Heather Gropp

SIOUX NARROWS NURSING STATION (NON-EMERGENCIES) 1-807-226-1081

BRIDGE & FALLS COMMITTEE Heather Gropp, Wanda Kabel, Denise Lysak

FOREST FIRE (MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES) 310-FIRE (3473) BEAR WISE REPORTING LINE (NON-EMERGENCY ENCOUNTERS) 1-866-514-2327

ADVERTISING SALES Wake Marketing DESIGN & LAYOUT Ashley Pereira, Wake Marketing PHOTOS Bill Stunden, John Terpstra, Wanda Easton

Facebook: Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Twitter: @TownshipofSNNF | Instagram: @townshipofsnnf livethelakelife.ca | createinsnnf.ca | moosenfiddle.ca | sportfishingcentre.com

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COUNTRY ROADS

TAKE ME BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE I BELONG We all know the song. And, even though you are not in West Virginia we’ve got miles and miles of country roads. The corduroy roads that once led prospectors, settlers and loggers to a hub of mills and mines in the 1900s now lead city breakers, day trippers and adventure seekers to camps, lodges and lakefront cottages. Tucked away and yours to discover, the country roads will lead you through enchanted old-growth forests and along, untouched – still raw and rustic outposts. Believe the hype. The journey will be epic. The roads are narrow and the hills are steep. The north/ south corridor is a roller coaster ride – best enjoyed with family and friends. And, the scenic drive down highway 71 takes you to wild, winding backways. Sparkling waters are never far away. Here legends and legacies are just around the corner. And, it is in our nature to preserve and protect both. Canada has a varied landscape, with coastal fjords, majestic mountains, rolling plains, forested valleys, and crystal clear blue lakes. Here the country roads are built on top of, carved in and around the Canadian Shield: a hilly region of lakes and swamps, stretching across northern Canada with some of the oldest rocks on planet Earth. Come and see what the buzz is all about! We promise you will not be disappointed.

IN RURAL AND REMOTE PLACES WE SHARE

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Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt and for the summer of 2021 Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls has developed a great one for you to get out and explore our community a little deeper. Whether you have visited our town one or one hundred times, these activities will ensure you get to know our community and have fun in the process.

THE CHALLENGE: How Many Can You Complete?

GO FISH: Grab some bait at any one of local bait shops, and go fishing. (Send in your receipt and image of you fishing) PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF: Hit the greens and play our wonderful 9- hole White Moose Golf Course, or play a round of miniature golf at the Lazy Loon.

3 WAYS TO WIN GREAT PRIZES

DINE AT A LODGE: Did you know that many lodges in our community have public dining rooms? The homecooked food they provide is a must try.

A scavenger hunt wouldn’t be complete without prizes and we have 5 amazing community focused prize packs available for you to win:

SPORTFISHING CENTRE: Send us the name of the boat that was locally manufactured and 1 interesting fact that you learned from your visit.

EASY ENTRIES VIA SOCIAL MEDIA 2 prize baskets (valued between $100-$200 each) tagging your photos on social medial using #thebridgeandfallsforage. Each hash tagged photo will be entered for 1 ballot into the draw. The draw will take place on Thursday September 16th, 2021 and two lucky winners will get a great prize.

MOST CREATIVE ENTRY 1 prize basket valued around $250 for the most creative entry, be it a picture or series of pictures. Member of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will decide the winner on Thursday September 16th, 2021.

THE GRAND ENTRY 2 grand prize baskets (valued between $300-$400) for completing 8 out of 13 activities and emailing your entire entry submission (including photos,& necessary receipts for each of the activities) to hgropp@snnf.ca by September 15, 2021. Draw will take place on Thursday September 16th, 2021 and there will be 2 grand prize baskets awarded.

Most importantly stay safe and have fun!

TAKE A HIKE: conquer 2 out of 3 of our hiking trails and take a selfie with the frame provided along each trail to show us that you were there.

SOUVENIR: Send in a photo of you with your favorite Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Souvenir GET ON THE WATER: (and we don’t mean fishing)… we want to see a photo of how else you enjoy our lakes.

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT: Day trips are great, but a fullweekend would be so much better. We have an amazing variety of accommodations available for your fun getaway! (don’t forget to send us a photo and your receipt). GET INSPIRED: Purchase a piece of local art, or create a Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls inspired piece of your own and send in a photo. ROAST MARSHMALLOWS: in one of the firepits available at one of our two provincial parks (Sioux Narrows or Caliper Lake).

FISH FOUNTAIN: Find our fish fountain and take a photo of yourself or group with it.

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HAVE A COFFEE ON A DOCK

PICNIC AT THE PARK: pick up some of the amazing baked goods available in our community, and enjoy a picnic at Sioux Narrows Provincial Park, Bass Lake Park, or Caliper Lake Provincial Park.

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LOOKING FOR A GREAT CAMPING GET-AWAY CLOSE TO HOME? Sioux Narrows and Caliper Lake Provincial Parks are smaller parks with great amenities, and significantly less traffic than many of the larger, busier, parks in the region. If you have never made a visit to them this is what you need to know: • • •

If yes, then a visit to Sioux Narrows or Caliper Lake Provincial Park is a must. These two hidden gems are located within the Municipal Boundary of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls which makes them close to all community amenities, yet they are far enough away to really get that outdoors in nature feeling. In fact, many of the camp sites are quite secluded.

Both parks feature great beaches and boat launches, as well as water edge campsites. Both parks have access to wilderness hiking trails right within the park, along with paddle sport rentals. Caliper Lake Provincial Park is nestled beneath towering old-growth red and white pine trees, along the shores of Caliper Lake, and it is absolutely majestic. Sioux Narrows Provincial Park has an amazing large sand beach and is located on the shores of Lake of the Woods.

You don’t have to be camper to enjoy our parks. Sioux Narrows and Caliper Lake Provincial Park both offer day passes, which includes access to BBQ pits, and public picnic area, along with the beaches, trails, greenspaces and boat launches. Day pass permits available for only $12.25 and can be purchased upon arrival at the park. Camping rates start at $34.25 a night and can be booked through www.ontarioparks.com

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FINE FOODS THE IN DEPENDENT’S CHOICE

DALSEG’S FINE FOODS

SUNSET PLACE, NESTOR FALLS

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Turtle Slow TABLE TALK WITH DEE LYSAK Table Talk with Dee Lysak, a podcast that invites you, the listener, to the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods with miles and miles of shoreline, ancient rock, old-growth forests, crystal clear blue waters, and 14,522 Islands. This HOPE podcast conjures up the wilds of Northwestern Ontario and helps us examine how human culture interacts with our natural surroundings and the ways in which geography informs a people. Here we’ll explore the lighter side of life, the whimsy and the wonder. Let’s spend some unhurried hours sitting around a table, chatting and listening. Join me and together we’ll ignite the fire of curiosity. You can find this podcast on your favourite listening sites: Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music. We will ship out new podcasts every 3 weeks, on a Tuesday. Here is an excerpt of what you might hear: Beans and cheese. That was close. I almost hit a turtle. I pulled over. Looked both ways and rushed to the centre of the highway. I picked up the small paint and helped it on its way. It was heading east… Road signs would be welcome. So, too would natural crossings, corridors from one place to the next, with an emphasis on safety first - for every wild animal. Other than humans, turtles have few predators and this in turn gives them an innocent energy.

With the very few knocking on its shell, the turtle symbolizes longevity in many cultures. So, too in cottage country, the turtle represents endurance, persistence, and the continuation of life. As the ice comes out and they wake from winter’s slumber, the turtle moves slowly but surely, with a steadfastness that rivals any in the animal kingdom: be it sloth or snail. You will find them ambling along quiet, stretches of dirt roads and sandy beaches – resting in sunny coves on fallen logs sitting atop rocky shorelines. The shell of the turtle. Ever constant. Never changing. Much like the make-up of the Canadian Shield that demarcates this region. Rocky Top and there you have it…the shell of the turtle. It’s home, sweet home. Do you hear the guitar strumming? It is faint but familiar. The sounds of Rocky Top are echoing from across the bay. The next time you happen along a turtle – I hope you hum along. Oh, and remember go slow. Turtle slow. PODCAST TEAM: Bill Stunden | Technical Producer Wanda Kabel | Podcast Collaborator Dee Lysak | Writer + Host on Mic Daniel Jordan | Music Recording

Halverson’s KAKAGI LAKE (Crow Lake)

Open Year Round - Light Housekeeping Glenda & Norbert Dufresne P.O. Box 98, Nestor Falls, ON P0X 1K0 Phone/Text: (807) 271-2112 www.halversonsoncrowlake.com

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Fork in the Road KITCHEN PARTY

ARTISTS IN THE PARK

The Kitchen Party returns in 2021. Although we cannot gather along the water’s edge and under a canopy of tall pines at Caliper Lake Provincial Park, with the Kitchen Party we can still enjoy the sounds of “this cool little festival at the lake”! We have invited some of your favourite musical acts from the Moose n’ Fiddle Music Festival. Hands up if you remember the big, green school bus and Woody Holler & His Orchestra! The Kitchen Party line-up also includes: : Red Moon Road, Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres, Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir and Pharis & Jason Romero. We invite you to join us on YouTube on August 28 at 8pm!

This fun little event spread its roots as a COVID-19 pivot in 2020. It was an unique opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts to connect safely outdoors. Sioux Narrows Provincial Park provided the ideal backdrop. Artists were each given a camp site to display their talents, while those looking to appreciate (and purchase) art were able to do so on a leisurely stroll through the park. The organizers and participants enjoyed it so much and the event was such a success, we will be bringing it back in 2021. The event will be taking place on September 11, 2021. This is the same weekend as the annual Bassin’ For Bucks fishing tournament. Two great events in Sioux Narrows… why not make a weekend out of it?

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SIOUX NARROWS ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS

The 60th Annual Sioux Narrows

ARTSFESTIVAL SIXTY YEARS OF “ART FOR THE FUN OF IT”

2021 EVENTS

It has long been known that art has the power to bring people together. Sixty years ago, three couples in Sioux Narrows believed that this simple truth could be the catalyst for a unique festival on the shores of Lake of the Woods. In 1961 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Johnston of Winnipeg, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lohr of Muscatine, Iowa and Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Perl of Chicago envisioned the first Sioux Narrows Arts Festival. These summer residents from Canada and the United States began from the premise that an event featuring art from the Lake of the Woods area and its permanent and summer residents could be a popular “… attraction for the entertainment and enjoyment of all residents, guests and tourists”. Sixty years later we see just how right they were! This festival has been the focus of dedicated volunteers representing community residents and cottagers from throughout North America who all have at least two things in common; an appreciation for art and a love for the Lake of the Woods. From relatively humble beginnings the Festival has continued to grow in popularity and now averages 1,000 attendees and 50 exhibitors. The festival is an annual meeting place for area residents and visitors where they can get together to enjoy art, renew old acquaintances and make new friends. While the motto of the festival has always been… “Art for the Fun of it”, it clearly represents much more. It is a tradition and legacy of the community and is looking forward to sixty more years of sharing art and celebrating community. Jeff Polakoff April 2021

ARTISAN SHOW AND SALE - July 31 & August 1 10 am to 4 pm Juried artist show, sale and demonstrations | Children’s outdoor art exhibits and activities Local Artist Exhibitions | Live musical performances Admission by donation

ART AT THE LAKE - July 23 to August 3 Celebrating 60 Years of the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora

Art at the Lake features the paintings, carvings, sculptures, glasswork, fibre art, photography and film of Sioux Narrows artists over the past 60 years.

LURED IN - July 12 to August 2

Lakearts 2021 Annual Art Exhibit Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre, Sioux Narrows Original artwork by Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls residents and visitors nestled among the museum’s boats and antique fishing gear.

SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN ARTIST COMPETITION - July 31 A fundraising and social event where spectators watch as artists create works to be auctioned off.

The Sioux Narrows Arts Festival is a non-profit, volunteer run, family-oriented celebration of the arts every August long weekend.

Please follow our website for COVID-19 updates:

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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO ROADTRIP The greatest roadtrips cast long shadows and are not soon forgotten. Cottage country is filled with a treasure trove of small out-of-the-way spaces. Farm to fork markets, craft breweries, wood fired food trucks, chocolate shoppes, coffee houses, sweet and savoury bakeries: All dot the landscape. But rest assured, everything plays second fiddle to the storied Canadian Shield: the pen-ultimate backdrop for RVers, campers, stand-up paddlers, kayakers, fat bike riders, and hikers. In the same spirit of rhyme and verse, always remember the words made famous by Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” There is an above and beyond, otherworldly feel to the Laurentian Plateau: the rocks, the lakes, and the woods. A true northern spirit is here – just within reach. So, pack up the car and get ready to roadtrip!

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Love Local One of greatest joys of travelling to a different community is experiencing the unique businesses that community has. Often times, it is the local businesses that encourage visitors to return time and again for their unique products, charm, service, and experience. Local Businesses are the fabric of any community, and learning the history and stories behind them make our connection to them and their community that much stronger.

TIMBER SIGNS Q - Wood Carving runs in your family. How did you come to start carving? I learned to carve when I was around 4 years old. I had a chisel in my hand and my parents would put lines on the wood and we would try to follow the lines.

Q - Do you have a favourite project that you have worked on? My brother and I had a great time carving the posts in the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre.

Q - Where can visitors to the community see your work?

Owned and Operated by: Jake Blosser Location: Sioux Narrows

Q - What inspired you to create Timber Signs? The business started with the request for a hand carved sign for Big John’s Mineshaft Tavern. Then my brother and I were asked to make 18 signs and 32 Totem Poles for Totem Lodges and the orders kept growing. As the orders increased we bought more and more tools and the business evolved into what it is today. I always knew I wanted to live in Sioux Narrows and in order to do so had to create my own opportunities for employment. Jake is the son of Brock and Karen Blosser. Brock and Karen are well-known around the region for their Wood with Whimsey carvings.

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Timber Signs has made many signs throughout the region. In Sioux Narrows these signs include the Municipal Entrance Signs, The Parks and Trail signs, many local business wooden signs and my brother and I carved the support beams in the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre. Readers are encouraged to visit www.timbersignsworkshop.com to learn more about this business and to see some of the beautiful wooden signs they have created.


KATE’S FARM STAND

Owned and Operated by: Katie Walker Location: You can find us at the end of 60 Sabaskong Bay Road. Look for our chalkboard sign. Every Saturday 8:30-12 The first weekend in June- September long weekend.

Q - What inspired you to create the Farm Stand? Kate’s Farm Stand was opened in June of 2020. Really, what inspired me to start the farm stand was wanting to keep busy during Covid19 and the unknown summer ahead- 2020. I’d been behind the stove at Tinker’s Places for 15 years and the Farm Stand was a place for me to keep cooking and spend more time in my garden. We are surrounded with fresh, wild food. Foraged berries, fiddleheads, mushrooms & edible flower petals, it’s fun showcasing our local ingredients.

Q - What types of fresh goods do you feature and how do you source/ grow/ bake them? I get so excited every week when I see the fresh produce! We feature local grown seasonal veggies, berries, microgreens, fresh eggs + baked, frozen & canned goods. Kate’s Farm Stand is so lucky to have partners like A.G’s Produce, Fifth Avenue Farms, Harbourfront Oil & Vinegar & other fine local producers. I do the baking and canning. We offer pies, cookies, tarts, sourdough breads, muffins, croissants and more. We also offer frozen cabbage rolls, perogies & soups.

Q - What do you feel is really unique about your business? I think we are a very unique place! We are the first farm stand in Nestor Falls. I love our location & have lived on Lake of the Woods my whole life. Finding our little farm stand is hopefully a happy surprise- keep an eye out for the old red truck! *We offer unique jams & jellies. Dandelion & Peony are crowd favourites. *I make Finnish pastries like Pulla & Piirakka which my grandma Impi taught me. *Our Father’s Day charcuterie boards with Ontario crafted meats & cheeses that also come with a wood burned cheese board. *The “Surprise Tomato” in the spring is fun! I mix up a bunch of tomato seedlings with no label and you can buy one or more to grow all summer and see if you have grown the winning tomato (last year was Purple Cherokee) All winner’s get a $25 Gift Certificate to the farm stand. Readers are encouraged to follow Kate’s Farm Stand on Facebook & Instagram to learn more about the business and watch for seasonal updates.

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What is in a name? SIOUX NARROWS-NESTOR FALLS communities. The Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows bridge, both of which are located directly on Highway 71 which flows through the heart of the entire community. The Falls portion our name pays homage to Nestor Falls. The falls themselves run under Highway 71 and are the namesake of the community. The falls were named after Mr. Nestor who directed logging operations from a camp he set up close to the natural falls. Mr. Nestor arrived in the Northwestern Ontario area sometime between the turn of the last century and 1915 from the southwest. Logging was raging in the region and he built a number of sluiceways and controlled the flow of the logs over the damn, including the one at the falls. Evidence of this time period still exists today in the form of sluiceways and damns which now function as portages between lakes around Nestor Falls and visible bark at base of falls along the logs path.

“What is in a name?” This is an age-old question first posed by William Shakespeare, that has profound implications. Consider that a name is our identity. It is what we are known by. It is who we are. Bridge & Falls is a very unique name for our small community’s guide. It signifies our history, and puts words to the icons we identify with. Many who are very familiar with our community, will understand the significance of Bridge & Falls, but we thought it would be an interesting story for those readers less familiar with our community. In 2001, the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls was formed as a result of the provincial government of the day’s direction to decrease the number of municipalities across the Province of Ontario. Prior to 2001, Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls had been two distinct communities operated by two different governing councils. The name Bridge & Falls nicely brings together the defining aspect from each of these

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The Bridge in our name refers to the iconic Sioux Narrows Bridge which connects the community across Lake of the Woods. The original bridge opened on July 1, 1936. It was a Howe Box Truss construction, which used 200-year-old Douglas Fir beams. It was celebrated as the longest single span wooden bridge in the world. Its construction provided a more convenient route to travel between the Kenora and Fort Frances region. With increased traffic came increased interest in Sioux Narrows, transforming it into the prime tourism location on Lake of the Woods, that still exists today. In 2003, a condition survey indicated that the original bridge was starting to deteriorate, and required replacement. A new Sioux Narrows Bridge opened on July 1, 2008. The new bridge maintained the look and feel of the original, however steel beams were used to replace the original wooden components. Names are interesting. When we ask the question: what is in a specific name, we often get a much deeper glance into the history and identity of a place or people that identify with it.


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Rest Stop in Nestor Falls NESTOR FALLS SITE- UNDER CONSTRUCTION The Nestor Falls site is a place of great enjoyment in our community. Located directly off of Highway 17 and on the shores of Lake of the Woods, it is a great gathering place. Most commonly the site is known as a Ministry of Transportation Rest Area, however the site has a much larger story to tell. You may be surprised to learn that site was once the site of an archaeological dig, or that base of the Falls is a protected fish spawning bed. The site is also an amazing lookout over the lake. In 2019, as part of our Highway Corridor Redevelopment Strategy, the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls applied NESTOR FALLS SITE REDEVELOPMENT

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for funding to have the site enhanced and to bring its stories to the attention of all who pass through. The funding requests were approved and in 2020 we began the design and collaboration work on the improvements to the site. This summer you can expect to see a lot of action happening at the Nestor Falls Site as construction crews work to bring all of our planning to life. We are anticipating that visitors to the site will be able to learn more about the site, and fully enjoy all of the new elements starting in October 2021.


NORTHERN ONTARIO SPORT FISHING CENTRE FISH TALES If you have never been to the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre, or if you have been many times before we encourage you to stop by this summer to discover our new exhibits which explain why sport fishing on Lake of the Woods is so great, to learn about Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls contributions to the boats and bridges that allow us to access the lake, and of course about the fish themselves. The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre is open 7 days a week from mid-May to Thanksgiving. Hours may vary. Visit www.sportfishingcentre.com for more details and information. We respectfully ask visitors to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable space for staff and visitors.

For as long as anyone has known, story-telling has been synonymous with fishing. Many of us have heard the tales of the “one that got away”, or the “lake monster” that took 3 people, 4 hours to land in the boat, or even the “unusually large fish” that magically jumped right back into the water seconds before the picture was taken. These stories always enthrall and delight, even those of us who do not fish. Over the winter of 2020-2021 the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre exhibits were renovated to bring some of the great Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls fishing tales to life.

In 2021 we are excited to bring back our Sport Fishing Centre Summer Seminar Series. Our Seminar Series provides an opportunity to dive in deeper and learn more about all things fish and fishing related on Lake of the Woods. Visit www.sportfishingcentre.com to find out dates, times and who will be presenting in 2021.

Don’t miss LURED IN, the 2021 LakeArts exhibit on display at the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre July 12 - August 1, 2021

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My Moccasin Trail The journey to truth and reconciliation starts here. The idea is to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. So, let’s get walking. As a settler, my moccasin trail starts on a dairy and sheep farm in a mostly Ukrainian village lying in the heart of the mixed and marginal lands of southeastern Manitoba. Before my ancestors came to the muddy slow waters of the Rat River – this region was home to the Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Dene and Dakota. In constant motion, my trail stetches from the coastal waters of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh communities on the North Shores of the Burrard Inlet all the way east to the community of Naotkamegwanning First Nation on the traditional lands of the Ojibway people in treaty three territory. This trail is 50 years in the making. Along the way, I have been a witness to the trials and triumphs of the moccasin telegraph, the way that things travel in Native country – the Indigenous way to visit with an exchange of gifts, stories and information. The trail has been buttressed by the wonder of nature; canopies of tall red pines, pops of colour in open fields, mountain peaks, winding rivers, blue lakes, Prairie lands, and the wonder of the whippoorwill shoe. There have been sit-ins, feasts, ceremonies, and pow-wows! What makes my trail my own, is the ways in which I have come to learn hard truths. I dare to challenge perceptions and not give in to myths. And, I have had the good fortune to hold onto timeworn, deeply rooted, dear friends.

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STEVENS BAY! We offer some of the best trophy fishing waters on Lake of the Woods – Stevens, Stony & Sabaskong Bay

Fish for Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Bass, Crappie Hunt for Ducks & Grouse

Stories are central to what I have learned. They have been told in many ways. I have listened to CBC Radio and followed JOE from WINNIPEG. I have sat in theatres, waiting for the lights to go down in the house and in turn illuminate the stage, to see: Bereav’d of Light, An Illustrated History of the Anishinabe, The Gap, Baloney! and fareWel by Ian Ross; The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway; Toronto at Dreamer’s Rock by Drew Hayden Taylor; The Moving Gallery by Columpa C. Bobb; and Russell’s World by Herbie Barnes. I have read books, short stories, essays and poems. I have sat under swaying palm trees along the water’s edge of the Caribbean Sea, holidaymaking with Mary Anne, Ken and Laura – my lifelong partner and good friends respectively. I have listened to singer-songwriters. Today, if I had to choose just one song to listen to, it would be: I Need Angels by Midnight Shine. So you see, my moccasin trail is chock-a-block with the ideas and experiences of Indigenous truth seekers and light keepers. The stakes are high. Truth and reconciliation is a conversation about our times. The time is now, to talk and to listen. And, so let’s move to the next fork in the road. Together, with our moccasins on.

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Restaurants

The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls enjoys regionally inspired and local foods: from farmed bison to grass-fed cattle to waters abounding with walleye and lake trout. Did someone say “Walleye”? We encourage you to check in with local restaurants to learn how you can enjoy their food... whether it be patio service, curbside pickup/ or take-out or even delivery. You won’t be dissappointed.

NESTOR FALLS

IRON & CLAY COFFEE Freshly roasted, ethically sourced coffee, and fresh home baked pastries. 807-407-1236

THE BEAR’S DEN Diner food in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. Located in Dalseg’s Food Town building. 807-484-2327

LECUYER’S Eat in and take out dinners. Three and four course buffet meals in their north woods decorated dining room. Take-out fried chicken and pizza. Call for reservations, takeout and specials. Nestor Falls | 807-484-2448

THE LAZY LOON Order fast food and a variety of ice cream from the take-out window under the big top. 807-226-5110 GREEN’S BBQ BAR Pub style menu, full bar and outdoor, lakeside patio. Call about their smorg and shore lunch supper specials. 807-484-2124

TOTEM RESORT Casual, three to four course meals, full bar and lounge. Call and ask about their smorg night. Sioux Narrows | 807-226-5275 totemresorts.com

THE TRADING POST Variety of deli style and coffee shop options located in the retail store, downtown Sioux Narrows. 807-226-5252 | gillstradingpost.com

THE LOG TAVERN Fusion style dining with full bar and pool table. Check out their Ukrainian, Italian and other themed menu nights! 807-484-2564 NESTOR FALLS HOTEL Pub style menu, full bar, outdoor patio and pool table. Conveniently located in downtown Nestor Falls. 807-484-2131

SIOUX NARROWS BIG JOHN’S MINESHAFT TAVERN Fusion-style menu with spectacular view of Sioux Narrows Bridge and the lake. Check out the lakeside bar with outdoor patio. 807-226-1033

THE TRAILER Serving fresh multi-cuisine foods @ Swenson Marina and Bait. 807-466-8180

YELLOWBIRD Casual, three to four course meals, full bar and lounge. Call and ask about their daily features. Sioux Narrows | 807-226-5275 totemresorts.com

LODGES WITH PUBLIC DINING ROOMS Did you know that a number of the lodges/ resorts in our community have dining rooms that are open to public. Please call for availability first. INDIANHEAD LODGE Family style, homemade food, set menu. Call ahead to secure a seat. Sioux Narrows | 807-226-5558 indianheadlodge.com

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Accommodations NESTOR FALLS

ALLEN’S CROW LAKE LODGE 807-484-2628 www.allenscrowlakelodge.com ARROWHEAD RESORT AND MOTEL 807-484-2132 www.arrowheadresortmotel.com

CANADA HOUSEBOAT VACATIONS INC. 807-484-2448 www.canadahouseboatrentals.com CLARKE & CROMBIE CAMP 807-484-2114 www.clarkeandcrombie.com

LAKEVIEW LODGE 807-484-2102 www.lakeviewlodge.ca LARSSON’S CAMP 807-484-2168 www.larssonscamp.ca

COUTT’S CAMP 807-484-2511

LECUYER’S TRU-TAIL LODGE 807-484-2448 www.lecuyerslodge.com

BLACK BEAR CAMP 1-218-417-0504 www.blackbearfishing.com

HALVERSON’S RESORT 807-271-2112 www.halversonsoncrowlake.com

MELINE’S LODGE 807-484-2483 www.canadafishingtrips.com

BOREAL BAY LODGE 807-484-2940 www.bbaylodge.ca

HANSON’S WILDERNESS LODGES 807-484-2115 www.hansonslodges.com

MUSKIE BAY RESORT 807-484-2332 www.muskiebayresort.com

BULL MOOSE LODGE 807-484-2472

HELLIAR’S RESORT 807-484-2400 www.helliars.com

NESTOR FALLS FLY-IN OUTPOSTS 1-877-653-1524 www.nestorfalls.com

KELLY’S CASTAWAY RESORT 1-877-580-2335 www.kellyscastaway.com

NESTOR FALLS MOTEL & HOTEL 807-484 2131

CALIPER LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK 807-484-2181 www.ontarioparks.com/park/ caliperlake CANADIAN HAVEN 807-484-2133 www.canadianhaven.ca

LAKE OF THE WOODS LODGE 807-484-2686 www.lakeofthewoodslodge.com

NORTHWEST FLYING 807-484 2126 www.northwestflying.com

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HELLIAR’S RESORT

Nestor Falls | 807-484-2400 | helliars.com

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PARKVIEW RV RESORT & COTTAGE RENTALS 807-484-2337

SIOUX NARROWS

RED DEER LODGE 807-484-2100 www.reddeerlodge.com

ANDY LAKE RESORT 807-543-4051 www.andylake.com

SPLIT ROCK LODGE 807-226-1204 www.splitrocklodge.net

BERRY LAKE CAMP 807-226-5525 www.berrylake.com

SUNSET COVE RESORT 807-484-2192 www.sunsetcoveresort.net

CRAWFORD’S CAMP 807-226-5646 www.crawfordscamp.com

TINKER’S PLACES 807-484-2664 www.tinkersplaces.com

CRYSTAL HARBOUR RESORT HOTEL 807-226-5233 www.crystalharbour.com

VIC & DOT’S CAMP 807-484-2325 www.vicanddotscamp.com

FLOATING LODGES 807-226-5476 www.floatinglodges.com

WHITEFISH BAY CAMP 1-877-226-1211 www.whitefishbaycamp.com

INDIANHEAD LODGE 807-226-5558 www.indianheadlodge.com

WILDERNESS AIR ESCAPES 807-227-5473 www.wilderness-air-escapes.com

LAUGHING WATER LODGE 807-407-4818 www.laughingwaterlodge.com

YOUNG’S WILDERNESS CAMP 807-484-2930 www.youngswildernesscamp.com

LEBRON’S LONG BAY CAMP 807-226-5620 www.lebrons.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS HOUSEBOATS & LAUGHING WATER TRAILER PARK 807-226-5462 www.lowhouseboats.com PARADISE POINT MARINA & RV PARK 807-226-5269 REGINA BAY LODGE 807-407-0802 www.reginabaylodge.net ROD & REEL RESORT 1-800-465-1099 www.rodandreelresort.com SHANGRI-LA CAMP 807-407-3474 www.shangrilacamp.ca SIOUX NARROWS MOTEL 807-226-5270 SIOUX NARROWS PROVINCIAL PARK 807-226-5223 www.ontarioparks.com/park/siouxnarrows THE SANCTUARY RESORT 807-226-5632 www.thesanctuaryresort.ca TOMAHAWK RESORT 807-226-5622 www.tomahawkresort.com TOTEM RESORT & YELLOWBIRD LODGE 807-266-5187 www.totemresorts.com

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Business Directory BAIT & TACKLE BITE ME BAIT & TACKLE 807-484-0707 | Nestor Falls NESTOR FALLS BAIT AND TACKLE 807-484-2401 | Nestor Falls SWENSON MARINA & BAIT 807-466-8180 | Sioux Narrows THE TRADING POST 807-226-5252 | Sioux Narrows

BEAUTY SALONS PENNY’S BEAUTY SALON 807-484-2353 | Nestor Falls

BOAT SALES, MARINA, STORAGE, SERVICE & AUTOMOTIVE KAKAGI SELF STORAGE 807-484-2115 | Nestor Falls MEL’S MARINE 807-484-2489 | Nestor Falls NESTOR FALLS MARINE 807-484-2134 | Nestor Falls PARADISE POINT 807-226-5635 | Sioux Narrows SIOUX NARROWS ENTERPRISES 807-226-9696 | Sioux Narrows SIOUX NARROWS MARINA 807-226-5272 | Sioux Narrows

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CHURCHES LAKE OF THE WOODS CHAPEL, UNITED CHURCH 5 Johnson Rd | Sioux Narrows 807-226-5228 NESTOR FALLS UNITED CHURCH 1700A Hwy 71 | Nestor Falls 807-484-2491 OUR LADY OF THE LAKE, CATHOLIC CHURCH Highway 71 | Nestor Falls CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART Highway 71 | Sioux Narrows

CONSTRUCTION, CONTRACTING & ELECTRICAL A & S BURRITT CONSTRUCTION/ CONTRACTING (807)-484-2505 | Nestor Falls AMBS INDUSTRIES 807-226-9775 | Sioux Narrows CLINT BROWN CONTRACTING 807-484-2656 | Nestor Falls CONSTRUCTION NORTH CONTRACTING LTD. 807-484-2286 | Nestor Falls CROW LAKE CUSTOM WOODWORKS 807-276-5337 | Nestor Falls KROPELIN ELECTRIC 807-484-2194 | Nestor Falls

L. FADDEN & SON CONTRACTING 807-226-5340 | Sioux Narrows LARRY EASTON CONSTRUCTION 807-226-5146 | Sioux Narrows MIKE’S CONSTRUCTION 807-226-5792 | Sioux Narrows

TODD HALVERSON CONTRACTING 807-484-2356 | Nestor Falls

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS COPPERFIN CREDIT UNION 807-226-5500 | Sioux Narrows 807-484-2201 | Nestor Falls

HARDWARE FALLS HARDWARE 807-484-2454 | Nestor Falls MAYER HARDWARE 807-226-1111 | Sioux Narrows

REAL ESTATE BORDERLAND REALTY 807-484-2514 | Nestor Falls NORTHWOODS REALTY LTD. 807-226-1024 | Sioux Narrows


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SANITATION SERVICES LAB SERVICES 807-276-3072 | Nestor Falls DFL PUMPING SERVICE 807-226-5462 | Sioux Narrows

SHOPPING

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS 807-226-5532 | Sioux Narrows THE TRADING POST 807-226-5252 | Sioux Narrows TIMBER SIGNS 807-407-SIGN | Sioux Narrows

TOURIST INFO CENTRES

BITE ME BAIT & TACKLE 807-484-0707 | Nestor Falls

NESTOR FALLS TRAVEL CENTRE Hwy 71, 807-484-2354 | Nestor Falls

BOUTIQUE SOLEIL 807-226-5347 | Sioux Narrows

NORTHERN ONTARIO SPORTFISHING CENTRE Hwy 71, 807-226-5293 | Sioux Narrows

DALSEG’S FINE FOODS 807-484-2172 | Nestor Falls DOCKBOARD CHAIR COMPANY 807-226-5146 | Sioux Narrows HELLIAR’S RESORT 807-484-2400 | Nestor Falls KATE’S FARM STAND 863-253-1443 | Nestor Falls NESTOR FALLS BAIT AND TACKLE 807-484-2401 | Nestor Falls SWENSON MARINA & BAIT 807-466-8180 | Sioux Narrows THE NARROWS 807-226-5610 | Sioux Narrows

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OTHER CANADA POST 807-226-5300 | Sioux Narrows 807-484-2246 | Nestor Falls NESTOR FALLS LIBRARY 807-484-2777 | Nestor Falls NESTOR FALLS MUNICIPAL OFFICE 807-484-2777 | Nestor Falls NURSING STATION 807-226-1081 | Sioux Narrows

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE STATION 807-226-5211 | Sioux Narrows SIOUX NARROWS-NESTOR FALLS 50+ ACTIVITY CENTRE 807-226-9764 | Sioux Narrows SIOUX NARROWS LIBRARY 807-226-5204 | Sioux Narrows SIOUX NARROWS MUNICIPAL OFFICE (807)226-5241 | Sioux Narrows WHITE MOOSE GOLF COURSE 807-226-5319 | Sioux Narrows

The White Moose Golf Course

Located on the shores of Lake of the Woods, the White Moose Golf Course is a one-of-a-kind 9-hole, par 35 golf course. Call 807-226-5319 for more information and to book your tee time today.



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