Drone shot of the lake point

Wilderness Discovery plans re-opening

Currently, Wilderness Discovery is beginning to put some of the final touches on some of our Cabins. 2018 and 2019 has been a long and winding road of challenges but we are happy to say that we are getting close!

Last weekend, we had an open house that allowed present and future guests to come and check out just how far our Cabin refurbishment project has come.

Keep up to date with the latest news and changes to our campground at www.wildernessdiscovery.net.

Thank you to TBNewsWatch for this write up:

“THUNDER BAY — The process of reorganizing and refurbishing the Wilderness Discovery Centre at Lake Shebandowan has reached the point where the facility is ready to reopen.

Reservations are being accepted for this summer, and the facility is already about 60 per cent booked.

Wilderness Discovery was formed as a non-profit corporation two years ago with the involvement of Thunder Bay-area Rotary clubs, Hill City Kinsmen, HAGI and the Shebandowan Lake Campers’ Association.

The facility’s main purpose is to focus on individuals with physical disabilities, as well as veterans and their families. But it is also being made available to other non-profit groups as well as for corporate retreats, family reunions and other gatherings.

Fort William Rotary’s Bob Hookham estimates that the final price tag for renovations will be over $1 million.

Much of the work on the cabins and apartments has been done but repairs and upgrading in some areas will continue into next year.

Hookham said organizers are excited about the acquisition of a new, accessible boat that will be launched this summer.

The Princecraft pontoon vessel is specially designed to accommodate people who use wheelchairs.

“It suits our needs really well. The deck is completely clear, where the wheelchairs can roll right onto it. And there’s special marine deck chairs for those that aren’t in a wheelchair,” Hookham explained.

Fundraising for the renovations continues through projects such as the Rotary house draw and a draw for a boat and other prizes, for which tickets are currently being sold.

This summer’s grand opening ceremony at the lodge will include a tribute to the late Kevin Johnson, a Minnesota resident who campaigned passionately to prevent the permanent closure of the Wilderness Discovery Centre.

“We’re going to do a dedication to him with a bench down at the beach, facing west into the sunset,” Hookham said.”

2019 Boat Draw Winner

Wilderness Discovery Boat Draw 2019

Thank you to the Hillcity Kinsmen for running the Wilderness Discovery boat draw. We would like to also thank all the Rotary clubs of Thunder Bay and Nipigon, Kiwanis, HAGI and The Fort City Kinettes for all their help selling tickets. See below the winners of the 2019 boat draw.

We are proud to announce the winners of our 2nd annual boat draw with proceeds going to wilderness discovery.

1st Prize for the boat is Terry Ferguson (ticket 2403), 2nd Prize for the week stay at Wilderness Discovery is Paul Auger (ticket 4914), 3rd prize for the Canadian tire gift card is Tony Sebesta (ticket 3143).

A huge congratulations to the winners and thank you everyone for the support.

Wilderness Discovery begins renovations

Volunteers needed: The former Wilderness Discovery Handi-Capable Centre in Shebandowan is being upgraded in preparation for re-opening. The project is supported by local service clubs.

Volunteer help is urgently required to complete the many tasks that have been identified. This work cannot be done without the assistance of dedicated volunteers and lots of them.

A variety of skills are required. There is plenty of work for volunteers who can prepare cabins and work around the property, taking inventory, organizing shelving, ensuring the safety of others. There are also opportunities for those who can contribute skills in building projects and upgrading facilities.

Come out for the day or stay overnight. The Camp is located at 53 Barred Owl road Lake Shebandowan.

Please visit the following link for the full article and additional details: https://volunteerthunderbay.com/events/wilderness-discovery-camp-upgrade-project/

Wilderness Discovery Boat Draw 2018

We are very excited to announce our Wilderness Discovery Boat Draw. Tickets are now on sale at: Jones & Associates Insurance, Sign Design Inc., Superior Coatings Thunder Bay, Hagi Community Service For Independence and many more locations around town. You can also call for tickets, we can process your payment over the phone. 766-2086. Thank you for your support.

Wilderness Discovery Plans Re-opening in Summer 2018

“It took almost two years of negotiating with the province but Lake Shebandowan’s Wilderness Discovery Camp for disabled people will re-open next spring under ownership of a group of service clubs.

Handicapped Action Group Inc. (HAGI) had leased the former YMCA Camp Carson-Cross from the government but was unable to maintain it. The camp has proven popular with a variety of disabled users, providing specialized access to the lake.

MPP Bill Mauro, in whose Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding the property exists, announced the new arrangements Thursday, though they were effective Aug. 11 when ownership of the property and buildings was transferred from the Government of Ontario through Infrastructure Ontario.

The new ownership group, called Wilderness Discovery Handi-Capable Inc., is comprised of the area Rotary clubs — Thunder Bay, Fort William, Port Arthur, Lakehead and Nipigon as well as the Hill City Kinsmen Club and Westfort Kiwanis. A board of directors consists of one member from each of the service clubs, one from the Shebandowan campers association and one from HAGI.

The board is working to refurbish the newly-named Wilderness Discovery Handi-Capable Centre in June of 2018.”

Continue reading the full story here: http://www.chroniclejournal.com/