Toronto High School Students get a Taste of Atikokan and Quetico Park

Atikokan Progress,

Monday August 31 2015,

Jessica Smith

Six Toronto high school students toured Atikokan and met with members of Town Council before heading into Quetico Park, Wednesday.

The canoe trip, which ends today with their arrival at French Lake, is part of a leadership development course specializing in wilderness stewardship and urban citizenship. The Quetico Foundation, as a partner, provides the ecological research component.

The route took the students and trip leaders, Torie Gervais and Shayne Gordon from Stanton Bay through Oliphant, Sturgeon, and Russell Lakes, accompanied by Quetico Park biologist Brian Jackson and the Foundation’s summer intern Kiara Gannon.

Jackson and Gannon were assisting students with in-field research of the park’s ecology and heritage sites, including study of a wetland site at the mouth of the Pickerel River.

The Quetico Foundation’s Ridley Wilderness Youth Program has seen secondary students from southern Ontario trip in the park each summer for many years now, but the structure changed somewhat last year. QF now provides a portion of the wilderness/environmental component to a six-week intensive summer program run by Toronto’s arts and culture organization Trinity Theater Program (TTP).

By |September 4th, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

Biology Internship Program reported in Atikokan Progress

Atikokan Progress,

Monday August 31 2015,


In addition to the Ridley Wilderness Youth Program, the Quetico Foundation sponsored a biology intern this summer to work with Park biologist Brian Jackson (he moved over from his position as area biologist earlier this year).

Kiara Gannon, who will enter her second year of biology studies at the University of Victoria shortly, worked 16 weeks this summer, mostly in the Park.

While Gannon was based at the area office in town, most of her summer was spent doing field work in the Park – hands-on, front-line biology – usually gathering data for several long-term monitoring projects. The involved several different extended trips into the Park.

To monitor songbirds, the biologists would set up recording devicesl the tapes go to bird song experts, who can identify species based on the call. The listened for ruffed grouse drumming. They searched for snowshoe hare scat (not too successfully); the animals are quite common at French Lake, however).

By |September 4th, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board Public Meetings, Aug. 10-12, 2015

Dear Trustees and Trustees Emeritus,

I hope that you are all having a good summer and managing to dip your paddles into some refreshing Ontario lakes and rivers!

Speaking of water and watersheds, I wanted to pass along this notice of public meetings in regard to the work of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.  This is a matter of interest to the Foundation.  If you have the opportunity to attend, please do so and let us know your thoughts!

Happy summer…happy paddling….

International Rainy Lakes Watershed Board Public Meetings- August 2015

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Our junior biology intern and friends at Quetico Provincial Park love our commemorative Quetico Foundation water bottle


Who and where is that with the great water bottle?

Kiara is Quetico Foundation‘s junior biology intern, with a very nice 60th Anniversary comemorative Quetico Foundation waterbottle on the shores of Beaverhouse Lake in Quetico Provincial Park.



Photo credit: Courtesy of Brian Jackson and thanks to Kiara!

By |July 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Save the Date! Art Show – Places & Spaces at The Storys Building, November 5th, 2015

For a second year in a row, on our 61st anniversary year, The Quetico Foundation is partnering with the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund in Places & Spaces, an Art Show featuring artists from the Quetico Artists in Residence Program alongside many fine Canadian artists, inspired by Ontario’s beautiful natural legacy, including Quetico Provincial Park, as well as other natural and cultural themes.

Join us on November 5th, 2015  in support of The Quetico Foundation and the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, for an outstanding, memorable, creative, inspiring and significant evening.

We appreciate the considerate and kind sponsors who help to support the Quetico Foundation’s programs and protecting our wilderness areas in Quetico, as well as helping to give kids and young folk the opportunities to go to camp. If interested in helping to provide sponsorship, please contact The Quetico Foundation at 416-941-9388 or or contact the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund or

By |June 26th, 2015|Events, Foundation News, Fundraising|Comments Off on Save the Date! Art Show – Places & Spaces at The Storys Building, November 5th, 2015

Quetico Foundation Canoe Day 2015 Photo Album

Quetico Foundation’s annual Canoe Day raises funds to benefit the Student Summer Research Program and brings friends, canoeists, supporters, trustees and community together to enjoy paddling Ontario’s canoe routes, with a chance to enjoy great weather, see wildlife and enjoy a gourmet lunch. Quetico Foundation Canoe Day participants saw a ton of wildlife including song sparrows, sandpipers, Canada geese, fish, a green frog, green darner dragonflies, emerging lilypads, trumpeter swans, barn swallows, tree swallows and a porcupine. The Nonquon River is serene and smooth, surrounded by cattails, birch, dogwood, cedars and pines, as well as some riverine wetlands areas.

The Quetico Foundation board of trustees held our Annual General Meeting on May 1st, 2015 at the Canadian Canoe Museum and had the chance to tour the exhibits and see more canoes than you ever imagined at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

To learn more about the Quetico Foundation and to help support our programs and mission to protect wilderness with a particular focus on Quetico Provincial Park, visit:

Photos by: Noah Cole and Ryan Rogers/CAPS community news and Judy

By |May 8th, 2015|Action, Events, Foundation News|0 Comments

Paddle the Nonquon River on the Quetico Foundation’s Annual Canoe Day; May 2nd

Join friends, the Quetico Foundation and spring canoeists on May 2nd, and paddle down the Nonquon River for a chance to see birds, turtles, lilypads and pine trees and to help benefit the Quetico Foundation’s Student Summer Research Program.

Quetico Foundation Canoe Day 2015 Nonquon River(2)

THE DAY PLAN: The trip will begin  in Seagrave, Ontario from where we will be shuttled upstream to and put in the Nonquon for a morning paddle through a variety of wetland, field and forest communities. We will stop downstream for a gourmet lunch and refreshments around a cozy bonfire, and then continue down river to Lake Scugog. Shuttle service back to your cars will be provided.

THINGS TO BRING: Reserve a canoe/kayak & paddling gear when you register, or bring your own. Don’t forget boots, camera & binoculars! Dress for the weather!

THE COST: $100 per person including a canoe or kayak/ $80 per person if you bring your own canoe.

A charitable tax receipt for $65 will be issued for each participant.

Students half price!

The Overnight Plan: Please join the Trustees, Trustees Emeriti and Ontario Parks’ officials for a group Dinner (7pm) and overnight at the Admiral Inn & Conference Centre in Lindsay on Friday May 1st following the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting. We will enjoy a leisurely continental breakfast and start to our Saturday paddle!

Please book accommodation directly with the Admiral Inn at a special rate of $90.-$115.per room (+ taxes) including breakfast! Group Booking: The Quetico Foundation Phone: 1-866-328-1743. Dinner will be charged separately.

RSVP: To The Quetico Foundation for Dinner and/or Canoe Day as soon as possible and before April 24th.

Email or phone or mail. Cheque or Credit Card.

This will be a great kick off to the spring paddling season!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you then!

The Quetico Foundation


This event supports the Quetico Foundation’s Summer Student Research Program. If you are unable to join us on the river, but would like to support our program, your tax receiptable donation to the Foundation would be greatly appreciated!

By |April 15th, 2015|Events, Fundraising|Comments Off on Paddle the Nonquon River on the Quetico Foundation’s Annual Canoe Day; May 2nd

Rusty crayfish in Basswood Lake: blog by Quetico Foundation 2014 biology intern

The invasive introduced rusty crayfish are no good in Quetico’s Basswood Lake, displacing native species. Read the Quetico Foundation’s 2014 biology intern, Hannah Gehrels’ blog:

crayfish_rusty_and_virile_Noah_Cole copy


Photo compilation (rusty crayfish and virile crayfish): Noah Cole

By |April 2nd, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

Quetico Foundation in the Boundary Waters Journal

Read Rob Kesselring’s article about the Quetico Foundation’s recent endeavours in the Winter 2014 edition of The Boundary Waters Journal. The Quetico Foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2014. Did you know that the committee that eventually became the Quetico Foundation was in part established by the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, with assistance from US counterpart President Franklin Roosevelt?

Learn more about the Quetico Foundation in the article written by Rob Kesselring in the Winter 2014 edition of Boundary Waters Journal, pgs 73-76, available at: and

The Quetico Foundation;wilderness legacy article is reproduced here with permission from The Boundary Waters Journal.

By |April 2nd, 2015|Foundation News|0 Comments

Double your donation to the Quetico Foundation

We are raising 60k in 60 days for our 60th birthday!


We are  almost there!  We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude to all our generous supporters who have brought us this far!      THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Since we are so close to our goal……. we are extending this matching opportunity into the New Year!  With the busy holiday season now behind us, we hope that you will consider putting us over the top!

A Matching Fund of $30,000 has been created by several very generous Quetico Foundation donors:

  • The Dalglish Family Foundation
  • The Cole Family
  • Tanny Wells
  • Cliff Lax
  • Gerald Killan
  • Evans Investment Counsel
  • Anonymous

With your support, your donations will match this Fund, raising $60,000 in the next 60 days to launch the Foundation’s next 60 years, which begin in 2015.

Make your donation and your gift will be doubled by our Matching Fund.

$25 becomes $50.
$100 becomes $200.
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And, if you decide to give by becoming a Monthly Donor, your gift will be matched all year long in 2015!

Double the impact of your contribution on the preservation of Quetico Park and the important education and research programs that the Foundation supports.

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Thank you for your generous support.

By |November 3rd, 2014|Foundation News, Fundraising|Comments Off on Double your donation to the Quetico Foundation