If you are an experienced kayaker with a kayak of your own you are invited to join a Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan harbour tour. To register, please contact Jim Bailey at 343-8514 or jfbailey at lakeheadu.ca. (please leave a message with your name/phone #/email confirming you will attend). Pre-registration is required and participation is limited.
The tour is free of charge and begins at the Thunder Bay marina at 6 p.m. on August 15th. Certified instructor Jonathan Hollway of Wilderness Supply and Jim Bailey of the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan office will accompany the tour. Participants can enjoy a light snack (provided) and then head out on the water. During the tour, an overview will be provided of completed harbour cleanup projects as well as environmental issues which remain outstanding. The tour will cover the central portion of the harbour and participants will be back to the marina by 9 p.m. The following is a brief overview of points to be visited:
- Sanctuary Island (near mouth of McVicar Creek)
- McVicar Creek
- Northern Wood Creosote Cleanup Project
- Northern Wood Remnant Wetland
- Northern Wood Habitat Buffer
Thunder Bay is one of 42 locations around the Great Lakes designated by the International Joint Commission as an “Area of Concern” due to environmental degradation. Remedial Action Plans, or cleanup plans, have been put in place for each of these Areas of Concern. To find out more about environmental issues in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern, click here.