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Wawa 2019 Salmon Derby

Wawa's Superior Sporting Event is reeling in a 37th year - August 23rd to 25th! It's the annual Wawa Salmon Derby - your chance at numerous cash and merchandise prizes, including $6000 cash for the largest salmon. Or register by July 15th for your chance to reel in the early bird prize of a fly-in fishing trip for two with Errington's Wilderness Vacations via Hawk Air! Register now! For more info, call Buck's Marina at 1-877-273-3319, or visit! Wawa's Superior Sporting Event, the 37th Annual Wawa Salmon Derby - August 23rd to 25th!

Hockey Registration - Red Rock

Hockey registration will take place August 26th 6-8pm at the Red Rock Rec Center.
Hosting all teams from IP1-Peewee.

Lets get some hockey action happening in this little town once again!

For more info contact:
Kim Parker


Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival

Make sure you’re part of the fun at the annual Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival running August 30 – September 2nd.  There are a variety of activities offered to cover all ages so everyone can have fun.

Peninsula Manor's One Year Annivrsary-Marathon

The Peninsula Manor is celebrating their One Year Anniversary. They will have a Live Band and BBQ on August 31, 2019. Barbeque starts at noon: hamburgers, cheese burgers, hot dogs, and cake, Bring you own lawn chair! Band starts at 1pm. Everyone Welcome! For any questions or more information please contact Peninsula Manor at 807-229-1740 ext 278.

Are you impacted by multiple myeloma?

We’re looking for volunteers to coordinate the 2019 Multiple Myeloma March and/or the local support group.

Being a Myeloma Support Group Facilitator gives you the opportunity to meet and exchange with others who are facing similar challenges, seek information and resources and find support.

As a Multiple Myeloma March Leader, you will be part of our signature event, a 5km walk in communities across the country to increase awareness and raise funds for clinical research, for accelerated access to new, and gamechanging therapies for Canadians.

If you are interested, please contact us at, or call 1 888 798-5771.


Battle 4 Valhalla ( B4V) E-Sports Stay and Play Tournament

CFNO is proud to support Battle 4 Valhalla ( B4V) E-Sports Stay and Play Tournament

August 30 at 3pm- September 1 at 1pm

3 fun filled days of eSports tournament at the Valhalla Inn. Prizes, games, VIP events and more!
Spectator admission fee is $10.00 for the weekend.
Game Selection:
Each participant is required to select a maximum of 3 Tournament games. Tournament entry fee is $65.00. Participants who reserve a guestroom for the duration of the tournament will receive 50% discount on their entry fee.
Fortnite (solos)
Fortnite (Duos)
Counter Strike GO (5v5)
League of Legends (5v5)
Smash Bros Ultimate
Smash Bros Melee (1v1)
Apex Legends (Trios)
Fifa ’19 (1v1)

Register now
All registered participants will receive a welcome package with goodies value of $75.00+.
All participants will need to register before Friday, August 16th by 4:00pm EST..

Guestroom Rates:
1 person/room is $89.00/night, 2 person/room is $44.50 each/night, 3 person/room is $33.00 each/night & 4 person/room is $24.75 each/night.
Guestrooms are regularly priced $139.00/night. Should participants choose to come in a day early or stay an extra day, we are pleased to offer the same rates.
All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reminder that should you reserve a guestroom for this event, all guests registered to the room(s) will receive 50% off their entry fee of $65.00.


Car Wash/ Registration - Nipigon

Nipigon Elks will be hosting a car wash along with early registration on Monday September 2nd, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm during The Fall Fishing Festival at the curling club. Come on out and get your car, truck and boat washed!

55th Annual Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival

 CFNO is proud to support the 55th Annual Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival

Aug 30-Sept 2

5KM Road Race
Friday night dance
Canuck amusement rides
Giant penny auction
Slo pitch tournament
Food trucks

PLUS Fish Derbies

Proceeds from the Festival are distributed to local organizations including Nipigon Legion, Elks, and the Nipigon Curling Club. Funds benefit programs such as minor hockey, youth curling, cadets and high school bursaries

Amusement Rides: After 15 years Amusement Rides are making a comeback! Canuck Amusement will be in Nipigon from Friday August 30th to Monday September 2nd and the box office will open every day at noon. Festival goers can purchase wristbands for the day for $25 in advance until August 26th or $30 at the box office. To purchase advance tickets, contact Recreation Director Kristin Dutil at 807-887-3586 or stop by the Nipigon Community Centre. 

Fall Fishing Festival Dance: This year’s dance takes place on the FRIDAY at the Nipigon Legion from 8 pm to 1 am and admission is $5 at the door, with DJ music by Dart.  The Legion will be opening its bar with beer and spirits available to purchase throughout the night. This is going to kick off the weekend where everyone can reunite and let loose in preparation for a jam packed weekend.

Parade: The Fall Fishing Festival Parade takes place on Saturday August 31st at noon. The Parade begins on Front Street and continues across the railroad tracks onto Railway Street, and ends at the Nipigon Community Centre. People are encouraged to enter floats with unique and original ideas, a place to showcase your creativity! Each year a theme is announced for those building a float and this year’s theme is “anything goes” which makes it even better! Make sure to channel your creative spirit and show some pride in anything you feel passionate about whether that’s your own personal family, the organization you work for, a sports team, etc. For more information on the Fall Fishing Festival Parade or to enter your very own float please contact Amanda Paakkunainen at 807-887-0077.

Giant Penny Auction: Tons of great prizes from our sponsors and local businesses in the area. The Penny Auction begins on Saturday August 31st and winners are announced on Monday September 2nd in the Community Centre at approximately 4 pm.

Slo-Pitch Tournament: This slo-pitch tournament is the largest along the North Shore and you can always look forward to a nail biter! The tournament starts on Friday August 30th and continues until the Championship games on Monday September 2nd. This is a highly anticipated event every year as teams show their love for slo-pitch – and everyone loves to participate in a little friendly competition. For those of you who are interested in playing or would like to put a team in the tournament, it is $500 per team. This includes admission into the arena, and there is a cash payout. The first 20 paid teams will be the ones to compete. To register contact Tim “Chum” Ruth 807-889-0274 or e-mail him at

Food Vendors: Every year you can look forward to great eating! Once you have entered the Community Centre (only $5 for the weekend!) you will have all access to everything food! From poutine to sushi they have it all! You will not walk away with an empty stomach. To indulge your sweet tooth you can look forward to some classics like snow cones, ice cream, and homemade pies

Entertainment: The entertainment will take place on the arena stage in the Community Centre. On Saturday from 2-4 pm; on Sunday from noon to 4, and Monday, noon to 4. You can look forward to live music, an ultimate gymnastics demo, an eco-fashion show created with Thrift Shop Clothing, kids talent show, Kids Zumba, Acrobatic performance, and The Model A’s. Details on the days and times will be on the program and the website. NEW THIS YEAR! On Saturday night get ready to LOL at the Legion when Toronto based stand-up sensation Alex Woods hits the stage with opener Nigel Grinstead.  Alex has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Kevin Hart’s LOL, Just for Laughs, CBC Radio, VICE, The Montreal Gazette and The Toronto Star.   This is an age of majority event.  The cost is only $5 at the door with all proceeds to the Fall Fishing Festival. There will also be a cash bar at the event.

Beer Gardens: After getting your fill of great food, watching/playing an exciting game of slo-pitch or simply just taking in the experience we are sure you are going to want and sit down with an ice-cold beer. Well don’t worry, we even have a place for you to do just that! But wait! You don’t even have to stop watching the slo-pitch tournament! The beer gardens sit in the field of the Nipigon Community Centre with views of both baseball diamonds. The beer gardens accept cash only and are open from Friday August 30th to Monday September 2nd. The beer gardens will open Friday evening at 6 pm, and Saturday to Monday at noon.

Fish Derbies: The Fall Fishing Festival would not be what it is today without the FISHING of course. One of the main things our community likes to celebrate and take pride in being is a world-class fishing destination. You can look forward to the whole family being able to participate in our fish derbies for this weekend which includes a Two-Day Family Derby and One-Day Huck Finn. The Family Derby will allow three categories; pike, pickerel, and salmon. Tickets for this are $25.00 and will include your admission to the arena. Tickets must be purchased before noon on Saturday and are available through Nipigon Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, and D&R Sporting Goods in Thunder Bay. Weigh in will take place in the Nipigon Community Centre lobby from 3-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is a weigh-in limit of one fish per category per day. The prizes will be presented in the arena on Sunday at 5 pm. The Huck Finn Derby will take place on Sunday September 1st and is open to any child ages 12 and under. To enter it costs $3 per child, payable when entering a fish with a limit of one entry per child. Prizes will be awarded in the arena on Monday September 2nd at 4:30 pm. This derby is open to all legal species and the largest perch wins the annual trophy and plaque.

Kids Activities: One of the best things about the Fall Fishing Festival is there is something for EVERYONE. You can look forward to kids’ activities throughout the weekend for them to participate in. The most anticipated events being the kids races which will take place Sunday September 1st at 10:30 am in the Community Centre Field. For more information on the races please contact the Nipigon’s Recreation Director Kristin Dutil at 807-887-3586 or There will also be a kid’s baseball game that will begin at 6:30 pm on Sunday September 1st where they can show their baseball skills and more importantly have fun! For information on the kids baseball game please contact Chum Ruth at 807-889-0274 or e-mail him at There will be an outdoor Family Movie on Sunday evening, at dusk, with refreshments available for purchase at Crabby Andy’s Canteen.  Inside the arena be sure to check out the Kids Fishpond, sponsored by the Rowsells.

5KM Walk/Run: For those who love a little friendly competition, running/walking, or simply just being active, the 5KM road race is for you! Not only can you crush your personal record but also compete with the whole family while encouraging being active. The race takes place on Friday August 30th and begins at the Nipigon Community Center. You can go to the Community Centre the day prior, to pick up your race kit, or before the race, whichever participants prefer. The course is marked, as a new route has been created this year due to the Midway set up on the roadway. From young ones in strollers, to people aged 65+, community members and visitors of all ages participate. Registration is $25 before Friday or $30 on race day. To register you can visit the Nipigon Community Center or contact the Nipigon Recreation Director Kristin Dutil at or 1-807-887-3586.

Home Run Derby: You can look forward to sitting in the beer gardens with a front row seat to watch how many people can “hit it out of the park” or maybe even win the home run derby yourself! This event will take place on Sunday September 1st at 6:30 pm at the “Hydro Field.” If you are interested in signing up you can pick up a signup sheet in the Hydro Field Dugout earlier that day. Participants meet at the ball diamond and then everyone gets a chance at hitting the farthest home run. Spectators in the beer gardens, you may want to bring a glove or helmet as sometimes you could have the opportunity to catch the ball.

2019 Masters Strongman Challenge Dubreuville Championship

CFNO is proud to support the 2019 Masters Strongman Challenge Dubreuville Championship

September 13&14 in Dubreuville

12 athletes from Canada and around the world will compete in 8 events over 2 days

Join us for the Strongman Challenge Dubreuilville in partnership with the Strongman Circuit of Canada.

Opening ceremony includes a presentation from professional athletes on Friday night.
Weekend events include a Junior Strongman Competition, Women's Open Class presentation, a tradeshow in the arena, a family dance, returning by popular demand the "Dub Wild Run" and of course professional events from the Strongman Circuit of Canada.
Adult $8.00
Student $8
Children $3
Wristband Passport for Adults and Students (weekend) $20
Wristband Passport for Children (weekend) $8

For more info contact : Réjean Raymond, (705) 884-2340 ext.:25

15th Annual MEMO Miracles Fundraising Dinner-Thunder Bay

Folks from all along the North Shore are encouraged to come out to a fundraising dinner on Sunday September 15th at 6 pm at the Victoria Inn Ballroom in Thunder Bay. The dinner is in support of MEMO, which is a volunteer organization that has collected medical equipment from all over northwestern Ontario for the past 15 years and sent it to needy countries around the world - everything from ambulances to wheelchairs. Have a lovely meal, celebrate MEMO's 15 years, and hear Dr. Jerome Harvey talk about the work done by volunteers over the past year. A guest speaker, videos and musical entertainment are also part of the programming. Tickets are complimentary but necessary; call Bruna Bava 627-8123

Red Rock Interpretive Centre

CFNO is proud to support the Red Rock Interpretive Centre

Discover the Red Rock Interpretive Centre

Located at 7 Park Road,  Red Rock ON. (Red Rock Marina Building) Phone: 807-886-2862   

Open now until September 30 , 7 days a week

Come experience the exciting new interactive exhibits at the  Red Rock Interpretive Centre this summer.

Take an underwater tour of the Lake Superior NMCA in a virtual submarine to explore the shipwreck and fish!

Learn about “Camp R, Prisoner of War Camp, see the nature exhibit including Milton the Huge Bull Moose and a Black Bear Cub.

Enjoy the splash pad, board walk, kayak park, large wooden outdoor log drive sculpture and viewing scopes!

Visit for more information.


Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020

February 25-29, 2020

CFNO is proud to support the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020

February 25-29, 2020

The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will be held in Thunder Bay February 25-29, 2020 at various locations throughout the city.

About Special Olympics Canada:
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in 12 provincial and territorial Chapters, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 45,000 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 21,000 volunteers, including more than 16,000 trained coaches.

About the Games:
1200 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff
800 friends and family
500 volunteers
60 technical officials
50 special Olympics Canada family and sponsors
8 events
5 days

Alpine Skiing- taking place at Loch Lomand
Cross Country Skiing- taking place at Kamview Nordic Centre
Curling- taking place at Fort William Curling Club
Figure Skating- taking place at Thunder Bay Tournament Centre
Floor Hockey- taking place at Lakehead University C.J Sanders Fieldhouse
Snowshoeing- taking place at Chapples Golf Course
Speed Skating- taking place at Delany Arena
Five-Pin Bowling- taking place at Galaxy Lanes

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at the Fort William Gardens,  where they will kick off the festivities by showcasing the true spirit of the Special Olympics movement.
A full event schedule of each event can be found at

Draft an Athlete
Sponsor a special Olympics athlete. Make a dream
The Draft an Athlete program helps support the cost for each and every athlete, one at a time. A $500 donation will draft one athlete to participate in the games, but more importantly nit will let one athlete live their dream of participating
To donate visit

Volunteer registration for the games will open in Fall 2019!
If you are looking for a planning position on a Committee and have time to dedicate to organizing the Games, please email and someone will contact you!

BBQ- Marathon

Barbeque Sponsored by  Sirard’s Independent Grocer
at Wilson Memorial Hospital
Wednesday, Aug. 14th
Hospital Grounds
12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of FOOD & FUN!

Cost: Donations

Thank you Sirard’s for helping us
Fundraise for a
Blood Count Analyser for Lab,
Value $60,000