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

Protecting the fort’s natural and cultural legacy

By Mike Bohms

Parks Canada is working to enhance critical habitat for monarch butterflies, which are a species at risk, while also preserving the ruins at Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site. This multi-year project that’s focused on the meadow surrounding the fort ruins uses fire, archaeology, and citizen science.

Diversity makes the world a better place

By Hafi Sayed

Parks Canada Northern Ontario received funding this past year to staff a youth position focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This program was created to increase employee awareness and knowledge on various diversity and inclusion topics and issues through activities, tools and resources.

Two gems, open for business

By Svenja Hansen and Marlene McBrien

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) will be open for business seven days a week (10am to 5pm), from June 13th to Labour Day, with two great locations: Visitor Information/ Administration building located in downtown Nipigon, and Visitor Centre at the Terrace Bay Beach Pavilion. Friendly and knowledgeable Parks Canada staff will be available to provide reception, orientation, and daily interpretation programming. Both locations also have fully stocked gift shops.

Searching for Lake Sturgeon

By Lisa Nyman and Janelle Laing

Did you know that Lake Sturgeon are one of Canada’s largest freshwater fishes and they occur in Lake Superior!? They can live more than 100 years, grow longer than 3 m (9.8 ft), and weigh up to 180 kg (396 lbs)! Lakewide research and monitoring was undertaken in Lake Superior in 2021, as part of a 5-year cycle, and it included sturgeon.

Back in five minutes

By Marlene McBrien

As we contemplate a return to the workplace, we likely hold within us a wave of feelings – perhaps of stress and anxiety. We can all use a brief water meditation from Lake Superior right about now. Take five minutes for yourself… to travel to these shorelines… to listen to these waves… to feel its beauty… to reflect on its strength… and its place in our world.

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