In The News
FOT now on Facebook
Monday, 11 August 2008 00:00
Friends of Temagami now has a Facebook group! Why not join? There’s discussions, the Wall, photos, and upcoming events. Post a video, share a thought. What it becomes is largely up to you. You’ll need a Facebook account, if you don’t already have one. You’ll find the group here. There’s even a page for the Changing of the Seasons Ceremony, September 13-14 on Obabika Lake.

With 62 members and growing, we’re hoping that some of the Facebook members, who are perhaps new to FOT, will take the leap and become active contributors to the FOT’s mission.

4700 km of Canoe Routes Identified in Temagmi
Thursday, 07 August 2008 00:00

A recent study by the Friends of Temagami has identified over 4700 kilometres of canoe routes in Temagami. This is almost double the officially-recognized government figure of 2400 km. Also identified were 1300 km of winter-only travel routes.

Using the Historical Map of Temagami by Craig MacDonald, the Temagami Canoe Routes map published by the MNR, Canoeing Kayaking and Hiking Temagami by Hap Wilson, and records from camps, outfitters, and guides, the FOT has painted a picture far different from what the MNR would have us believe.

Update on Cottage Lot Development by Francis Boyes
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 00:00

In a push to increase property tax revenue, the municipality of Temagami is investigating three lakes along the Highway 11 corridor to determine their suitability for cottage development. Preliminary results of the Lot Creation study process, including water quality and shoreline recognizance findings, were presented at public meetings in Temagami and Marten River on July 28.

The municipality had originally chosen a larger number of lakes for their cottage potential, but several were dropped owing to the MNR’s development ban on lakes with self-sustaining lake trout populations. Other lakes in which the MNDM identified the surrounding area as having high mineral potential are also off-limits. Lakes that remain in the study include Olive, Brophy, and Marian.

FOT monitoring new prospectors’ road near Anima Nipissing
Thursday, 24 July 2008 00:00

A new prospectors’ trail, connecting Anima Nipissing Road and the Anima Nipissing Lake-to-Bay Lake north portage has been constructed. The road may be to access mining claims in the Kitt Lake area. As this road falls under the Mining Act, it has not undergone any form of environmental assessment or public consultation.

These photos were taken at the Anima Nipissing Road in October 2007 by Tim Bankerd.


Blueberry to Sunrise Route Re-opened
Tuesday, 22 July 2008 00:00

Three Friends of Temagami members recently returned from restoring the traditional canoe route between Blueberry and Sunrise Lakes. Neil Caswell, Mike Murphy, and Bob Olajos collaborated on the effort. Neil and Mike rehabilitated the Blueberry to Tucker Lake portage in late May, while Bob reopened the Tucker to Sunrise portage in early June. Both portages had been rendered nearly impassable due to lack of maintenance. Now both are easy to follow.

Blueberry Lake has seen a resurgence in popularity recently due to the Blueberry Lake Old Growth Hiking Trails. However, there was no easy route out of Blueberry, so most paddlers only visited for a day trip. Now, with the route to Sunrise Lake, canoeists can use the area as part of a loop.

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