(Neebing, ON, September 15, 2020) – Funding from Destination Northern Ontario has enabled The Path of the Paddle Association to complete an overview map that covers 1,100 km of a canoe/hiking and cycling route. The map is now on sale through its website as well at two local outlets.
The Path of the Paddle operates this 1100 km section of The Great Trail, Canada’s national trail from Fort William Historical Park to Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba, through both the wilds and the communities of Northwestern Ontario. Volunteers keep the trail alive and it was through a large volunteer effort that the map was created.
Board Chair, Clara Butikofer, said that the map will serve as a tool for those planning their trips to the region.
“This map has been created for the purpose of trip planning and route overview. During this time of the pandemic, when everyone is advised to stay safe and stay close to home, there is no better resource available for planning adventures into the wilderness of Northwestern Ontario,” she said.
The map includes symbols for waterfalls, portages, camp sites and points of interest. It is priced at $12.95 and available online at pathofthepaddleassociation.com/shop or in Thunder Bay at Wilderness Supply and Chaltrek Work and Play Outdoors.
Butikofer extended the organization’s thanks to Destination Northern Ontario as the project partner, Steve Chapman of Mapmakers.ca and the Path of the Paddle volunteers.
Destination Northern Ontario is one of 13 not-for-profit regional tourism organizations funded by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. It is the largest tourism region in geography, the second largest in expenditure and the only region that includes sub-regions.
Destination Northern Ontario coordinates, aligns and invests in sub-regional programs and leads in identified pan-northern management functions; co-ordination of marketing, product development, workforce and industry training, and investment attraction with the ultimate goal to significantly increase tourism revenues in Northern Ontario. Increased visitation and yield are achieved by delivering programs designed to enhance existing tourism products and developing new tourism opportunities for the North. Destination Northern Ontario is funded through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Sport and Heritage Industries.