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Parks Canada in Northern Ontario

shoreLINES: Stories from our guides and guardians


shoreLINES is a quarterly newsletter intended to keep our partners and stakeholders informed about Parks Canada's activities and heritage places in Northern Ontario.

Canal gets a Facelift
By Jeanette Cowen

Over the next few seasons, visitors will really get to see Parks Canada’s mandate to protect and present our nation’s heritage in action as three historic sandstone buildings and the Sault Ste. Marie Canal’s road benefit from significant infrastructure investments.

Welcome to Our Home
By Joshua LeClair

At Pukaskwa National Park, the Anishinaabe story begins long before the park’s inception and creation. To help tell this story, Parks Canada is investing in Pukaskwa’s First Nation cultural program by revitalizing its on-site Anishinaabe Camp and building an eye-catching Fire Circle. We’re so excited, we couldn’t wait until summer 2016 to share the news!

Counting Grey Ghosts
By Natalie Asselin

How many caribou are there in Pukaskwa National Park? This year, we’re going to count them! Flying in a helicopter and using a methodical search pattern, Parks Canada staff will try to find every caribou within the borders of Pukaskwa National Park.

A ‘Lake Superior Hello’ 
By Kristy McKay

Living beside the Great Lakes shipping channel, have you ever heard the signature ‘one long, two short’ series of sounding blasts that signify the informal salute of two ships passing on the water? While aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Constable Carrière in May 2015, a small handful of Parks Canada employees learned of the ‘Lake Superior Hello’ first hand when the ship’s captain, Commanding Officer Mike Hines, stopped mid-sentence to sound the whistle and wave to the U.S. Coast Guard vessel heading towards the American locks as we made for the open waters of Whitefish Bay.