Coalition to McGuinty: Come paddle Temagami’s Wolf Lake

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Threatened ancient red pine forest is among Sudbury’s top eco-tourism destinations

Toronto – Today Camp Keewaydin on Lake Temagami and the Wolf Lake Coalition invite Premier McGuinty and family to join them on a canoe trip to Temagami’s famed Wolf Lake, home to the world’s largest ancient red pine forest.  Promised by the Government of Ontario for protection in 1999, Wolf Lake is currently under threat from mining exploration by Calgary based Flag Resources.

On December 13, 2011, after news that Wolf Lake was threatened broke, the Toronto Star reported that Premier McGuinty said he has paddled the pristine lakes and rivers around Temagami.  “I have in fact taken my boys — at the end of every summer we take a canoe trip and we’ve been to Temagami. It’s a great place, beautiful forests, great freshwater lakes — clean freshwater lakes ,” McGuinty told reporters at an Aurora high school.

 

“Premier McGuinty, it would be an honour for us to host you and your family on a canoe trip to beautiful Wolf Lake this summer,” wrote Bruce Ingersoll, Director of Camp Keewaydin.  “Please join us as we swim in Wolf Lake’s clear waters, climb its rocky ridges, paddle through its morning mists, and relax in the shade of its ancient pines.”

Every summer, thousands of people from near and far come to camp at Wolf Lake.  Outfitters, guides, lodges, camps, restaurants, and motels depend on the boost that tourism and recreational spending provides.  A group of eight Temagami area camps alone infuses over $3.5 million in direct spending into the economy each year, while providing leadership development, healing, and educational experiences to approximately 700 youth annually.

“Our campers have enjoyed Wolf Lake for over a hundred years, bringing stable, renewable economic activity to Ontario,” said Ingersoll.  “We’d like to continue doing that for another hundred years.  This area should be permanently protected so that our grandchildren can enjoy it as we have.”  Camp Keewaydin alone has contributed over $70 million to the economy since it opened in 1903 by bringing over 16,000 youth on wilderness canoe trips.

“Mining in this area will negatively affect our ability to run canoe trips in the region, and the destruction of old-growth forests permanently eliminates a landscape vital to ou economic health,” said Eoin Wood, President of the Association of Youth Camps on the Temagami Lakes.  More than 50,000 campers have come to the Greater Temagami
area over the past 100 years.

To view the invitation, click here.

CONTACT:
Bruce Ingersoll, Camp Keewadin:  416-548-6120 / 802-352-4709
David Sone, Wolf Lake Coalition: 416-599-0152 x13

MORE INFORMATION:  SaveWolfLake.org
Beautiful high resolution images of Wolf Lake available.