Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area of Canada

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Terrace Bay Lighthouse lookout tower
© Rick Main

Cool & Virtual
By Sylvio “Hoss” Pelletier

"COOL" and "VIRTUAL" are the best words to describe two new attractions coming this summer to the coastline of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Take a drive on scenic Highway 17 and experience the magnificent views of Lake Superior, as well as many community events.

Summer is a busy time of year with fishing trips, barbecues and family vacations. In between all the regular activities, take some time to visit your community neighbours along the top of Lake Superior. Community volunteers work hard planning a variety of special events throughout the spring and summer. Whether it is watching birds at the Dorion Bird Festival, dancing at one of the many powwows or the festivities of another special event, there is bound to be fun for all ages. Community websites are a great place to start planning your visit.

This summer there are two exciting new attractions you will not want to miss. The new Red Rock marina facility is preparing to open with a world class ice age exhibit. This will be an incredible experience for the whole family right here in Northwestern Ontario. You will definitely want to check out the woolly mammoth.

A unique, fun and interactive exhibit is also coming to Terrace Bay’s landmark lighthouse located along Simcoe Plaza and Highway 17. Visitors get an opportunity to enjoy a virtual experience, as if you were in the actual lighthouse located on the Slate Islands.

It is exciting to see communities along Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area prepare to diversify their local economies with attractions to retain visitors, increase community appeal to future residents, and attract new business ventures.

Please have a safe enjoyable summer and when you see the Lake Superior NMCA staff at the various community events say “hello.” We are glad to be part of our region’s new growth.

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Red Rock Marina Facility Concept Design
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