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


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.

Fairbank Provincial Park – Camping near Sudbury

Fairbank Provincial Park – Camping near Sudbury

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks


Fairbank Provincial Park is located 45 kilometers west of Sudbury and 75 kilometers east of Espanola in Northern Ontario. Fairbank Lake is one of the clearest, spring-fed lakes in Northern Ontario.

Right the edge of the Sudbury Basin, the provincial park owes much of its unique features to the history of the area. The Sudbury Basin was formed nearly 1.8 billion years ago by a meteor crash.

Fairbank Provincial Park – The Campground

20 kilometers off of Highway 17, Fairbank campground boasts over 150 campsites with over 40 campsites having electrical hookups.

The Park consists of one large campground but is broken up nicely throughout the trees. The tall maple trees provide plenty of shade and large campsites in a variety of settings.

fairbank-provincial-park-comfort-stationFairbank Park has a large comfort station with flush toilets. Just outside of the comfort station is a large field that is perfect to play Frisbee or run with a dog.

Many of the campsites are right on the water and each with their own little beach. These are perfect sites for families as the kids can enjoy the sand while the parents watch.

The group camping site is very large and can easily hold 7 or 8 trailers, perfect for a large family gathering at the campground.

What to do at Fairbank Provincial Park?

fairbank-provincial-park-ducks-beachNot only do many of the campsites at Fairbank have their own private beaches, the public beach is great as well. The public beach is the perfect size so that all may enjoy in the campground.

There is a large grassy area just up from the Fairbank beach for people to have picnics or catch some sun. The water gradually gets deeper and is buoyed off for safety. Fairbank is a great area for swimming near Sudbury.

The lake is home to a number of private camps and it is normal to see many boats travelling on the Lake. Various fishermen also take in the lake with the island near the swimming beach being a hotspot for fishing.

Fairbank Provincial Park has a boat launch on its premises that provides fishermen and boating enthusiasts an opportunity to go out on the Lake.

Bass are most often found in Fairbank Lake but a variety of other fish can be caught too.

The campground doesn’t offer a Natural Heritage Education staff but has other programs that everyone can take part in. Science North, the largest Science Centre in Northern Ontario, provides some activities for children at the campground.

The July 1st long weekend is a show in itself. The local private camps all decorate and board their pontoon boats for a parade of the lake while Canadian pride is on full display.

There is one hiking trail in the park. The Wa-Shai-Gai-Mog (Ojibway for “clear water”) provides 10 unique stops that showcase different aspects of the Park. From drill holes for diamonds to seeing Sudbury’s iconic superstack in the distance.

We suggest grabbing a pamphlet from the gatehouse; although the spots have markings without the info you may have a hard time knowing what you are looking at.

A Great Campground near Sudbury for the Family

fairbank-provincial-park-family-play-structureFairbank Provincial Park is a very family friendly campground. There is a great play structure down at the beach as well as a volleyball net to enjoy.

There are canoe rentals as well as a great family beach. The beaches on the individual campsites though will have the children wanting to come back often.

There own little beach paradise where they can build their own sand castles without fear of being knocked down. Except, maybe, by their siblings.

Fairbank campground is a great family campground that is set far away from the highway in a serene area of Northern Ontario.

Fairbank Lake is crystal clear and relatively quiet despite private camps on the Lake.

The growth of the forest provides unique tree growth and plenty of little animals around the campsite.

Northern Ontario is at its finest in this campground and is a great campground near Sudbury with a public Sudbury beach.