McVicar Creek Floodplain Mapping Update Study

McVicar Creek Floodplain Mapping Update Study

Posted on March 12th

Public Open House: McVicar Creek Floodplain Mapping Update

DATE:                    Thursday, March 14, 2019

TIME:                    4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION:           LRCA Administrative Office Multi-Purpose Room
                               130 Conservation Road
                               City of Thunder Bay               


The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) will be hosting a public Open House on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at its Administrative Office (located at 130 Conservation Road, Thunder Bay) to overview the updates to the McVicar Creek Floodplain Mapping and Fill Regulated Areas. The LRCA has engaged the services of KGS Group to undertake an update to the 1995 McVicar Creek Flood and Fill Line Mapping Study.

The project updates the existing models and maps to current standards using state of the art modelling, GIS techniques and LiDAR topography. The model takes into account structure and land changes since the last study was completed.

The updated studies and maps will be available for viewing at the Open House with LRCA staff and consultants from KGS Group available to answer any questions related to the Study.

2019 Conservation Dinner & Auction Thank You

2019 Conservation Dinner & Auction Thank You

Posted on February 14th

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2019   Conservation Dinner & Auction. This event was a success and raised over $18,500.00 of NET    PROFIT. Money raised will be used to support the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority’s Environmental Education Programs and will be spent locally.

Auction Donors:


Acadia Broadcasting (99.9 The Bay/Country 105)

KGS Group Consulting Engineers

Ontario Power Generation



Despres Metal Artwork

Dougall Media


LH North Ltd.

North Shore Steelhead Association and J&J Sports

Northern Turf Equipment Sales and Service

Robert Bateman

Stephanie Siemieniuk

Steve Gerow

Susan Dykstra


Andrea Goold

Angus Morrison

Anonymous Toy Makers

Artista Crystal Gabrielle Belanger

Bay Lock & Security

Bruno's Contracting

Carpet Masters

Dog Paw Pottery

Gayle Little

Gerald Buckrell

Kaija Maki

KBM Resources Group



Mary Anne Menic

Mary Provenzano

Rick Lane

Tammy Cook

TBT Engineering

The Picture Store & Framing Centre

Union Gas

Wanson Lumber


Allan Chow

Allied Air Systems

Donna Blunt

Epica Pictures

Krysta Alexander

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment

Marilyn Arnold

Northies Brand

Nova-Pro Industrial Supply Ltd.

Push Fitness Centre

Ryan Mackett

Ryne Gilliam

Seek Adventure + Tours

Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

Spadoni Motors Ltd.

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra


New Entrance Sign at Mission!

New Entrance Sign at Mission!

Posted on December 05th

We are proud to unveil a new entrance sign at Mission Island Marsh Conservation Area, one of the most popular Conservation Areas in the Lakehead Region. Local artist Luc Despres of Despres Metal Artwork was commissioned to create the sign.

“This was an important project for us at Despres Metal Artwork as it not only gave us the opportunity to create a new entrance sign for Mission Island Marsh, but to also create a sign that serves as public art in our own community which reinforces the importance of our conservation areas,” says artist Luc Despres. “As an artist I loved working on this particular project because it was completely hand drawn as well as cut freehand, enabling the sculptural vegetation and bird elements to have a more organic look, taking on a life of their own.”

The LRCA also reiterates the importance of the work as local public art. “It was very important for us to have the new entrance sign be created by a local artist,” says LRCA Chair Donna Blunt. “We are so happy with how the sign has turned out.”

Through the use of various vandal-resistant metals, the sign reflects the industrial history of Mission Island and the Conservation Area’s history as the former Fort William Landfill site, while capturing the essence of the flora and fauna of the area in a unique, sculptural way. The hope is that people will appreciate the sign as a work of public art, and that people will be able to recognize and celebrate the fact that it was created by a talented local artist and his team.