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True northern living By Tania Moffat


A view of Red Lake from the air.


man Floatplane Capital of the World. Five of these planes are not only operational, but fly tourists and their gear in and out of Howey Bay. Te sixth is displayed on a pedestal in Norseman Heritage Park. Te Norseman, dubbed the “Original


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he unmistakable whine of the fabled Noorduyn Norseman engines can still be heard in the skies over Red Lake. Of the 26 remaining planes in existence, six reside here in the Norse-


District of Ontario, Red Lake was granted town status and incorporated as a municipality in 1998. It is an amalgama- tion of the former townships of Red Lake and Golden and consists of six communities built around local mines: Balmertown,


Cochenour, Madsen, McKen-


Canadian Bushplane”, was the first aircraft designed for navigating Canada’s north. Equipped with floats for the summer and skis for the winter, it was, and still is, an essential part of life for this northern community. In terms of its municipal organization, Red Lake is a bit of a conundrum. As part of the Unorganized Kenora


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How to get there Bearskin offers flights three times daily, year round.


Flight duration 50 mins.


zie Island, Red Lake and Starratt-Olsen. Te township, located less than 100 km from the Manitoba border, is home to approximately 4,700 people.


Rich heritage


A true northern town, Red Lake is filled with both a rich and colourful past. It has been inhabited by First Nation people from time immemorial, with the earliest settlers consisting of Cree and Sioux. Te Ojibwa people moved into the area a couple of hundred years ago, taking advantage of the trading relationship with early European


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All photos courtesy of Municpality of Red Lake.


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