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

What COVID Taught Me
By Trevor Waytowich

It seems like such a long time ago that we first heard about COVID-19, and much has changed since then. Going through this process has highlighted many things in our lives, both good and bad. At the end of the day, I think we all have to look at the silver linings of this situation and learn some lessons going forward.

Behind the Scenes: Sharon Hayes

Our series of interviews with Parks Canada employees working in Northern Ontario continues. Sharon Hayes was recently appointed to the position of Field Unit Superintendent, Northern Ontario. She brings over 20 years of experience with Parks Canada to the position. 


The Sault Canal: 125 Years of History
By Jeanette Cowen

J.W. LeBreton Ross, the longest serving Superintendent at the Sault CanalBuilt by the Canadian Department of Railways and Canals, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal opened in 1895, as the longest lock in the world and the first to operate using electricity. Although COVID-19 scuttled commemoration plans, we’ve compiled a list of past superintendents and their achievements to highlight significant moments in the canal’s 125-year story.

ICS, Emergency Preparedness, and Pandemics
By Stephanie Koroscil

As part of my role as an Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor, I have worked collaboratively with Biigtigong Nishnaabeg to host training initiatives. More recently, I provided support as their community mobilized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am humbled and honoured to be included in this journey.

Residential Schools in Canada

By Svenja Hansen

On September 1, the Government of Canada recognized Residential Schools in Canada as an event of national historic significance, and two former residential schools as places of national historic significance. As Canadians, we should all learn about the history and legacy of the Residential School System because of the impacts it has had on generations of Indigenous peoples.


A Season to Remember
By Chad O’Halloran

2020 will be a season to remember. Parks Canada staff across northern Ontario were poised to build upon past successes, with promises of exciting events and new interpretive programs. Then, at the beginning of March 2020, a few weeks before our sites were to open for the season, we questioned whether there would even be a season!

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