Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 17 – Eddie Shack

Top 20 NHL Players from Northern Ontario – 17 – Eddie Shack

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Eddie Shack - Clear the Track
Eddie Shack is a 4 time Stanley Cup champion from Sudbury

Number 17 – Eddie Shack

Eddie Shack was born in Sudbury on February 11, 1937.

Going undrafted, Eddie was signed by the New York Rangers after playing his junior in Guelph. A veteran of six separate teams, Eddie made the biggest name for himself while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Eddie Shack – Playing Career

Eddie entered the league with the New York Rangers. During his first three years bouncing between the Rangers farm team and the NHL club.

In 1960-61, he was traded to the Leafs near the beginning of the season and his playing career began to take off. The next six seasons with the Leafs were his most productive including three Stanley Cup victories from 1961 to 1964 and again in 1966-67.

One year, Eddie scored the cup winning goal of his backside. Always with a flair for jokes, he told reporters he was just trying to get out of the way.

1967 was the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup.

After leaving Toronto, Eddie played for Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. With five seasons of 20 plus goals; Eddie brought a multitude of skills to the teams he played on.

Eddie played in the NHL All-Star game three times in his career.

Eddie Shack – Life after the NHL

Eddie was always a great personality on the ice; but his off the ice persona is off the charts. With nicknames like “The Entertainer” and “The Nose”; he was the source of much laughter.

With his patented mustache and cowboy hat; he is a beacon of light for the face of the NHL game.

Eddie tours for NHL alumni games that raise funds for a variety of causes. Still one of the games most recognizable persons; he often plays the referee or the coach.

I fully recommend Clear the Track: The Eddie Shack Story a must read for every NHL fan.

Eddie Shack is a true ambassador of the game.

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Windy Lake Provincial Park

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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Windy Lake Provincial Park is located 45 minutes west of Sudbury off of Highway 144.

The campground sits on the beautiful sandy shores of Windy Lake in Northern Ontario.

Windy Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

There are a variety of options for camping at Windy Lake.

The campground itself has over 90 regular campsites with half of them featuring electricity. These sites are in loops separating the non-electrical from the electrical. All sites are large and provide plenty of room for trailers or multiple tents.

There are also unique “double sites” where two sites combine into one large lot. These sites are perfect to use as a smaller group camping site.

Another unique feature is the four Yurt sites and Rustic Cabin camping. Each can house multiple people and have beds built into them. The Rustic Cabin even has a fridge and a microwave while the yurts have an electrical outlet.

An unique feature is the walk-in camping sites that are accessible only by foot. There is a common parking area but vehicles aren’t permitted on the sites. It gives the site a backcountry feel but still easy to get to.

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    Welcome to Windy Lake entrance sign - adventure awaits!

What to do at Windy Lake Provincial Park?

The beach is one of the larger ones in the Sudbury area. Not only is it well frequented by campers, many visitors from nearby Sudbury will visit the beach on day passes.

There is a private reservable day-use area that is separate from the beach but can hold a group gathering. This is not a bad idea because the beach fills up fast.

The water get progressively deeper and is a bit cold, but the sand will burn your toes on hot days. It’s a good trade off.

There are two separate play equipment in the park. One is right down in the public day use area and is almost brand new. Complete with a see-saw, zip line and swing, the play area is great for children. The other play area is located just outside of the comfort station in the main park.

Although it is a bit older, it is much quieter then the beach play equipment and a great after supper event.

One of the downfalls of the park, is that the beach is a pretty good hike from the campground. Although, there is a walking path to cut down the distance, it is still a good walk.

Many boats travel the lake as well. You can see many people fishing at Windy Lake as you sit on the shores.

Going after a variety of fish, but known for it’s Lake Trout, the lake offers great catches both in the summer and winter. Ice fishing on Windy Lake is unique as you can rent ice shacks for the day.

Hiking at Windy Lake

There is one hiking trail in the park, right near the comfort station.

The three kilometre trail, takes you into the vast Northern Ontario wilderness.

Large trees showcase the vast array of birds and small animals.

The trail to the Beach is a hike in it’s own however. Featuring some great roots that make up nature’s staircase, the dip in the lake at the end is a great reward.

Windy Lake Provincial Park Review

If you are looking to camping near Sudbury, Windy Lake Provincial Park offers a great time. Similar to Fairbank Provincial Park, Windy offers a glimpse of the great beaches in the area.

Multiple playgrounds and a large variety of camping sites, there is something for everyone.

Foleyet – The Home of the White Moose

Foleyet – The Home of the White Moose

Northern Ontario Towns

foleyet-home-white-mooseFoleyet Ontario lies nearly halfway between Chapleau and Timmins on Highway 101. It is also just up the highway from Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park. Foleyet is a quaint little Northern Ontario town with less than 100 houses.

History of Foleyet

For being such a small town, Foleyet does have a very interesting history. Many stories, some true and perhaps some stretched a little bit can be found about the history of Foleyet.

The town began in the early 20th century and was originally on an island. According to legend, a huge fight broke out between the loggers and the clearers. During the melee, a large esker (strain of gravel left from moving glaciers) was blown up by dynamite filling the lake that surrounded it. The lake has never recovered and now why Foleyet is no longer an island.

As The Canadian Northern Railway was building through Northern Ontario, they came through the area where Foleyet is now located. Two local contractors were hired to assist in building the railway, the Foley Brothers and Northern Construction. Foleyet is one of the main stops on the Canadian National railway with many shift crews stationing there.

Another story was the naming of the town. The town was originally founded by the Foley Brothers, two very hardworking contracting pioneers. In honour of their achievements, the townsfolk wanted to name the town “Foley”. However, when they went to register the town they were told that “Foley” was already taken. In an act of defiance, the brother pledged that “They would name this town Foley yet!”, somehow, the term “Foley yet” stuck.

Foleyet, like many other small Northern Ontario towns, has been resilient. Through floods and fires, the little town has seen it all but always come back.

What to See in Foleyet?

foleyet-white-mooseThere isn’t much for attractions in the town but there is one thing that you have to look for. Foleyet is known to be the center of the white moose population in the Timmins area. Although, the local white moose is sometimes mistaken for the Albino strain, it really is a thing of beauty.

Back in 1998, one such white moose was struck by a train and it was forced to be put down. The head hangs in the local Northern Lights Restaurant and attracts many tourists from Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.

The Canadian National Railway is one of the main employers in the town and many trains pass through Foleyet. The town once had two schools but is now down to one which has not seen more than 10 kids in years.

This small Northern Ontario town is a great stopping point for trains as well as the winding drive between Chapleau and Timmins. The town with a storied beginning is just one of the reasons why Northern Ontario is great.

When in town, make sure to stop in at the Northern Lights Restaurant to see the White Moose. Make sure to stop at the Foleyet general store as well. You may even want to go on an adventure through the many logging roads to see if you can spot one on your own.