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Animating the John Rowswell Hub Trail


Community organizations have partnered with NORDIK Institute and the City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning Department in providing information regarding the rich historical, cultural and environmental ecosystems adjacent to the Hub Trail. The information, including healthy active living, will be widely accessible through a web portal, mobile devices, and a trilingual Trail Guide and Audio Tour. 

The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s recently completed John Rowswell Hub Trail is an accessible non-motorized trail within the city limits, encouraging active and healthy living. It has quickly become a noteworthy asset, contributing to the community’s identity. The Trail is a 22.5-kilometer route around the ecologically diverse, culturally significant and historically rich settlement areas; however, these socio-ecological assets have not yet been developed or available in widely accessible formats or in one location.

The project is gathering information about the ecosystems, the history, and the culture of the lands and neighbourhoods bordering the Hub Trail, as well as healthy active living information, and recording it in English, French and Anishinaabemowin, the traditional language of this region. The information will be widely available through a web portal, mobile devices, a Trail Guide and an Audio Tour.

The interactive Hub Trail website can be found here:  http://www.hubtrail.com/

The following partners are currently working collaboratively with NORDIK Institute and the City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning Department in sharing their knowledge. NORDIK invites other community members and organizations to share their knowledge in providing a comprehensive guide to both the natural and human ecosystems bordering the Trail for citizens and tourists alike.

Partners include: 

  • Algoma District School Board
  • Algoma Farmer’s Market
  • Algoma Public Health
  • Art Gallery of Algoma
  • Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District
  • Batchewana First Nation members
  • Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
  • Centre Francophone de Sault Ste. Marie
  • City of Sault Ste. Marie Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning Department
  • City of Sault Ste. Marie Recreation and Culture Division
  • Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
  • Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario
  • Corridors for Life
  • Employment Ontario
  • Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site of Canada
  • Garden River First Nation members
  • Great Lakes Forestry Centre
  • Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board
  • Invasive Species Centre Canada
  • Invasive Species Research Institute
  • Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Mill Square
  • Missinabie Cree First Nation
  • Museum Ship Norgoma
  • NORDIK Institute
  • Ontario Forest Research Institute
  • Sault College
  • Sault College Natural Environment and Outdoor Studies
  • Sault Naturalists
  • Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site of Canada
  • Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
  • Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre
  • Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
  • Sault Ste. Marie Municipal Heritage Committee
  • Sault Ste. Marie Museum
  • Sault Ste. Marie Public Library
  • Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority
  • Sault Trails Advocacy Committee (STAC)
  • Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
  • Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
  • Tourism Sault Ste. Marie
  • Voyageur Trail Association
  • Workiva

Project Team:

Jude Ortiz, Lindsay Mantzel, Stacey Devlin, Luke Hazelton, Brent Miron, Chantal Bernard, Candace Neveau and Dr. Gayle Broad