Temagami’s “Welcome Centre” houses a number of tourist facilities. An information centre is open year round & staffed by the Chamber of Commerce in July & August. A 90 seat theatre features a busy summer program including feature length films, showings of Grey Owl’s from the 1930s, local promotional videos, performances and lectures.
Equally interesting is the gallery which hosts a rotating display of art, photography, history and heritage or the Ministry of Natural Resources interpretative display of resource management in the Temagami area. Included in this area is an exhibit describing “Project Peregrine” which is an effort to reintroduce this nearly extinct falcon to high potential sites in Canada. In June and July of each year, about 12 birds are raised in “hacking boxes” located on the precipitous cliffs of Caribou Mountain. The falcons are released after about 3 weeks in the boxes and will spend the summer in Temagami before migrating to Central & South America for the winter. A few who survive will return to the Temagami area and hopefully establish natural nesting sites. The Peregrine Falcon was nearly wiped out due to the use of the pesticide DDT. It is the fastest bird in the world and was once indeginous to the Temagami area.
Rounding out facilities are the Public Library and Municipal offices. The Welcome Centre is often used for conferences and meetings, providing an excellent venue for meetings of up to 80 people.
To witness modern day yet traditional canoe making, wander down Lakeshore Road to the Temagami Canoe Company. Here you will see canvas-covered cedar strip canoes made by hand much as they have been since 1929.