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Backroads Bill on the Mattawa River

Backroads Bill Steer, the founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, is no stranger to paddling wild rivers.
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Backroads BIll - water adventure in Massasauga Provincial Park

Backroads Bill Steer joined us with another tale from the backroads of northern Ontario. This time he offered up an excursion on the waters of Massasauga Provincial Park.
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Backroads Bill -Ghost parks

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, talks about some of the Ghost parks... parks that were closed by the government a few years ago, never to re-open. One of those parks was Greenwater Provincial Park, just west of Cochrane. Bill visited that area recently and spoke about what it was like to be there.
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Backroads Bill is back for the summer

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroad Bill joins us again this summer with moe with tips on some of the things you should check out on the back roads of northern Ontario. This time around, Bill shares some treasures you'll find in the Timmins area.
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Backroads Bill checks in from Wawa

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill is travelling Ontario's north this week. He checked in from Wawa which we all know for the giant goose, but Bill let us know that there's a lot more to the Wawa area than that.
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Backroads Bill - waterfalls

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, joined us for a chat about waterfalls. Where do you find tallest waterfalls or, the loudest, or the most scenic? Bill Steer kept the conversation flowing with all you need to know about waterfalls in the north.
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Backroads Bill in Costa Rica

Outdoor adventurer Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill usually joins us from a treeline deep in the bush, or near a waterfall that's at the end of an incredible hike here in the north, but this time he joined us from Costa Rica. He's there on a tour of Sarchi with a class of students from Nipissing University.
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Backroads Bill - Wetum Road

Outdoor adventurer Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us to talk about a road which is only accessible during the winter. It's the Wetum Road from Smooth Rock Falls to Moose Factory.
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Backroads Bill - snowshoeing in the north

Outdoor adventurer Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us to talk about enjoying the winter... with snowshoes.
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Backroads Bill - winter weather predictions based on signs in nature

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us for another chat. This time, he spoke to us about what signs in nature are telling us about this year's winter season.
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Backroads Bill - The story of John Sanders

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backraods Bill, joined us once again with details about another one of his many adventures. Bill recently visited the cemetary and headstone where John Sanders is buried. John Sanders was the first Indigenous priest in northern Ontario.
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Backroads Bill - fall colours

We've had some pretty unusual weather for this time of year. What does it mean for the fall colours? Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us with an update.
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Backroads Bill - places in the north connected to Terry Fox

Terry Fox runs are coming up across the country. Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us to talk about some places in the north that share a connection with Terry Fox.
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Yoga with polar bears, and other adventures along Cochrane, Ont.'s ice bridge

There is only one ice bridge on Ontario's provincial highway network, and for the past 50 winters it has stretched 210 metres across the Abitibi River, northwest of Cochrane, Ont.
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Backroads Bill - forecasting winter weather from signs in nature

What is nature telling us about the upcoming winter? The way beavers build their dams is considered to be a good indicator. Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill gave us his take on what nature is telling us about this year's winter season.
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Bucket list: 5 places to check out in northeastern Ontario

After five years of sharing stories from his travels through the wilderness of northern Ontario, our ourdoor columnist Backroads Bill Steer put together his list of five of his favourite spots.
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Backroads Bill - top 5 places to check out in Northern Ontario

To mark 5 years of sharing his stories on Morning North, Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us in studio with his list of the top 5 places to check out in Northern Ontario.
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Hebrew cemetery heritage of northeastern Ontario

Krugerdorf, a Hebrew cemetery, was founded as a farming homestead in Chamberlain Township in the early 1900s, about 25 kilometres south of Kirkland Lake.

Backroads Bill: knee-deep in the wetlands of Mashkinonje Park

At one time a “swamp,” was not a place to go for a holiday or spend some quality time. But according to Backroads Bill Steer, wetlands — including swamps, bogs, ferns and marshes — are of the highest ecological importance.
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Backroads Bill on Ontario's abandoned radar sites

“Sometimes we come across those twisted bit of metal and concrete saying that something was there.”
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Travelling a 'road across the water'

Backroads Bill knows that the Chi-Cheemaun is one of Ontario’s most famous ferries, but he set out to find ones that may be a little off the beaten path.
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Open the 'doors' to Wawa's back roads

Doors are 'ways in' or 'ways out' of (or to) something. We usually don't think about the door when we get to it - unless it is a particularly eye catching one; and there are some artistic ones on the back roads in northern Ontario.
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Could Elliot Lake, Ont. be the mecca of hiking universe?

Backroads Bill has seen a few trails in his day. In a recent interview with CBC's Morning North, Bill said that Elliot Lake, Ont., has enough quality trails to become the premiere destination for hikers in northern Ontario.
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Backroads Bill - The trails of Elliot Lake

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill told us where he thinks some of the best hiking trails in the north can be found. He says those trails are in the Elliot Lake area.
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Backroads Bill - The trails of Elliot lake

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill told us where he thinks some of the best hiking trails in the north can be found. He says those trails are in the Elliot Lake area.
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Backroads Bill explores the history of wildlife crossings

Most travellers on Highway 69 have noticed the brightly-decorated overpass near the Killarney turnoff. The structure features paintings of foxes, wolves and deer.
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Backroads Bill - animal road crossings

Backroads Bill a.k.a. Bill Steer joined us with a look at some man-made animal road crossings. They come in the form of an overpass and an underpass and they're very effective at getting animals from one side of the road to the other safely.
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Tracking Ontario's history through iconic 'water shed' highway signs

Backroads Bill explored some of the unique aspects of the common green and white 'height of land' signs posted across the province.
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Backroads Bill in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Backroads Bill ventured to Bond May Marine Station in Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland, to study not only its beautiful, rugged terrain, but to get a sense of Newfoundland’s moose population, which has dramatically increased recently.
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Backroads Bill - petroglyphs in Northern Ontario

Adventurer and founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre near Mattawa Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us to tell us where some petroglyphs can be found in northern Ontario.
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Backroads Bill Steer talks signs of spring

Northern Ontario adventurer Bill Steer told CBC Sudbury Morning North host Markus Schwabe about the three signs spring has sprung on the back roads.
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Backroads Bill - signs of spring

The first robin sighting is often considered a sign of spring. Adventurer Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, has his own signs of spring from the backroads of Northern Ontario. He shared three of those signs with us.
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Celebrating Earth Day with the Ecology Centre in Mattawa

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroad's Bill joined us to talk about a fundraiser coming up at the Ecology Centre in Mattawa. The event is an Earth Day celebration. Bill told us all about it and explained some of what the Ecology Centre does.
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Backroads Bill Steer takes the backroads in Cuba

Bill Steer, founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, ON, left his usual stomping grounds of northern Ontario to tour an even hotter landscape — Cuba.
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Snowshoeing in northeastern Ontario — walk on!

There's a good blanket of fresh snow over parts of the region — and that has Backroads Bill Steer excited.
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Backroads Bill - snowshoeing

With a fresh snowfall on parts of the northeast, it's a great time to get out and try snowshoeing. Outdoor adventurer Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, joined us to talk about snowshoeing and share some great places to do it.
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Adventuring through northeastern Ontario by snowshoe and ski

Bill Steer, founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, ON,
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Backroads Bill - skiing and snowshoeing

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, joined us for a chat about skiing and snowshoeing. He spoke to us about the appeal of both activities, and about the gear. He also shared some of the best spots in the north to use it.
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Backroads Bill Steer takes the backroads in Iceland

Bill Steer, founder of the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, ON, left his usual stomping grounds of northern Ontario to tour an even more remote landscape, that of Iceland.
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Backroads Bill in Iceland

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joined us via Skype from Iceland this time around. That's where he'll be for the holidays. He told us about the landscape and the people there and a little bit about the weather conditions as well.
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Edmund Fitzgerald's sinking site can be seen from Sault Ste. Marie trail

Northern Ontario adventurer Backroads Bill Steer recently stumbled across the Edmund Fitzgerald trail north of Sault Ste. Marie.
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Hilliardton Marsh Centre research shows healthy owl population in northern Ont.

Northern Ontario adventurer Backroads Bill Steer spent a night in the dark near New Liskeard, Ont., trying to shed some light on the owl species.
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Backroads Bill - Owls

We reached Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill to talk about owls on our Good News program. Volunteers are banding owls in the Hillardton March and the good news is... the owl population is doing well. Bill was happy to provide us with some details.
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Where to find the best fall colours in northeastern Ontario — now

Before winter arrives in northern Ontario — and the landscape turns into a pallet of white and grey — mother nature puts on a showcase of colour.
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Backroads Bill - Fall colours

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, joined us with a list of all his favourite spots to see the fall colours.
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Backroads Bill - Nickie's trail

Bill Steer, a.k.a. Backroads Bill, takes us to a special trail, known as Nickie's trail. He tells us what make's this trail so special and why you should check it out.
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Backroads Bill: Abandoned Hudson Bay Company cemetery

This week, adventurer Bill Steer a.k.a Backroads Bill talks about an abandoned Hudson Bay Company cemetery located near New Post Falls.
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Backroads Bill goes on a picnic

Every Monday, Backroads Bill Steer takes us down the backroads and waterways of northern Ontario. This week he visits one of the oldest canoe camps in the province.
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Spruce budworm eating its way through northeastern Ontario forests

A Spruce budworm infestation is on its way and it appears to be entering a new outbreak phase in northeastern Ontario, according to CBC Sudbury’s backroads adventurer Bill Steer.
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Historians question Samuel de Champlain's portages in northern Ontario

As historians celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival at Lake Nipissing in the present city of North Bay, questions remain about the exact route the French explorer took through the region.
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Backroads Bill: North Bay monuments

Backroads Bill talks about monuments in North Bay which he believes are in the wrong place.
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Backroads Bill – pine trees

Backroads Bill Steer explains where to find old growth pine forests in northern Ontario.
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Vintage red and white pines worth finding in northeastern Ontario

CBC Sudbury's northern Ontario explorer Bill Steer is talking trees and all the reasons why you should check out northeastern Ontario's old growth forests.
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Northern Ontario 'glacial droppings' leftover from shrinking ice sheets

Northern Ontario explorer Bill Steer says “glacial droppings are souvenirs from the past, and worth a trip along the back roads” to see them.
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Waterfall watching in northeastern Ontario

Backroads Bill Steer shares a list of spectacular waterfalls in northeastern Ontario.

People looking for the elusive sasquatch in northern Ontario

There are several groups and inviduals dedicated to finding evidence of the existence of a hairy ape-like creature called sasquatch.
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Backroads Bill - sasquatch

Backroads Bill a.k.a. Bill Steer, takes us on a search for the sasquatch. Does the creatures really exist and is it here in Northern Ontario?
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Backroads Bill - Loring deer yard

Backroads Bill, a.k.a. Bill Steer, is back with another hidden gem in Northern Ontario. This time, the adventurer takes us to the Loring deer yard.
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Backroads Bill - Suspension bridge over the French River

Bill Steer a.k.a. Backroads Bill joins us once more with another gem to check out here in our vast winter wonderland. This time he takes us to the suspension bridge over the French River.
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Backroads Bill - snowshoeing

With winter comes whole new ways to explore the northeast. Backroads Bill, a.k.a. Bill Steer, says snowshoeing is a great way to get out and explore. He provides some snowshoeing tips and suggested some locations to check out.
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Agawa Canyon train takes visitors through brilliant fall foliage

CBC Sudbury's outdoor columnist Backroads Bill has a few ideas for seeing the fall colours in northeastern Ontario.
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Backroads Bill visits northern Ontario's mountains

They're old and bit worn down. But there ARE mountains in northern Ontario. Backroads Bill explains.
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Treasure hunting for white quartz, red granite

Rocks lend color, texture and a touch of Zen to your garden.
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Walking in the footsteps of the Group of Seven

Nearly a century ago, the group of artists travelled into northern Ontario and farther afield to capture the beauty that lay just beyond the outskirts of Canada’s urban areas.
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Trekking to find northern Ontario's dolmen stones

Backroads Bill Steer says the origin of dolmen stones in northern Ontario, and around the world, remain a mystery.
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Northern Ontario's 'most important' imaginary line

Northern explorer Backroads Bill takes readers and listeners to some of the special places found on the backroads of northern Ontario.
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Where is Ontario's tallest tree?

Northern explorer Backroads Bill takes readers and listeners to some of the special places found on the backroads of northern Ontario.
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Pictographs may show evidence of northern Ontario 'fairies'

Northern explorer Backroads Bill takes readers and listeners to some of the special places found on the backroads of northern Ontario.
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Voyageurs' portages can be travelled today

Northern explorer Backroads Bill takes readers and listeners to some of the special places found on the backroads of northern Ontario.
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Backroads Bill: Voyageurs' portages can be travelled today

Northern explorer Backroads Bill takes readers and listeners to some of the special places found on the backroads of northern Ontario.
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Backroads Bill is back with evidence of the voyageurs

Backroads Bill is back with more stories from the northern Ontario wilderness. Today, he looks at the mark left in northern Ontario by the voyageurs.