The Backroads Bill Podcast

The Backroads Bill Podcast

It’s time to hit the backroads of Northern Ontario and beyond with Backroads Bill! Tune in every Wednesday to explore the history and beauty of Northern Ontario. Alongside host and producer Ben, Bill (who is the founder and the GM of the Canadian Ecology Centre) goes more in depth to the stories he has been sharing for years on CBC Radio and Village Media. Whether it’s a “day-trip” “overnight-trip” or “Sunday drive” you will discover your next great adventure! Follow Bill on Facebook & Instagram: @backroads_bill and on Twitter: @steertonorthONT For the video version of this episode or to explore more North Bay podcasts and to stay updated on local events and news go to NorthBayEcho.ca. For exclusive North Bay updates and insights, subscribe to our newsletter Echo Essentials. Stay connected with Echo on social media: @NorthBayEcho Production Credits: Host: Backroads Bill Producer: Ben Sargent Produced by Clark Communications

Episodes

April 17, 2024 36 mins
Bill and Ben are joined by Mitch Azaria who is the Executive Producer of TVO’s latest documentary ‘Tripping the French River’.

Mitch shares some behind the scenes to how they created this unique view of one of Canada’s greatest waterways. 


You can check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTrDkTH3WJo&ab_channel=TVOTodayDocs 


You can watch it on April 21st at 8pm on TVO’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@...
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Bill and Ben are joined by longtime North Bay resident and pillar of the community Peter Handley. They take a look at a couple of books he will be releasing in the next year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of North Bay. 
Peter shares what North Bay meant for him and the differences in the history of a city like North Bay vs his hometown of Kingston.

 
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April 3, 2024 35 mins
Bill and Ben are joined by Bernie Moseley-Williams to talk about a recent trip Bernie and Bill went on to the Grande Chute.

They discuss the perfect time to go waterfall watching and how they ended up getting stuck and had to get creative to get free.

 
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March 27, 2024 70 mins
Dana Starkell and Chris Forde join the show to talk about Dana and his father Don’s 2 year long trip via canoe from Winnipeg all the way to the Amazon River in Brazil.
Chris created a documentary to give a different perspective on the events that Don wrote about and Dana revisits the crazy journey they went on dealing with both treacherous waters and trecherous land.
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Adam Shoalts joins the podcast to talk about his novel “Alone Against the North” and his journey that has culminated in him being one of the greatest explorers of Canada.

Adam is a 4 time best selling author and has led many expeditions including for the Royal Canadian Geological Society.


Find out more about Adam here: https://adamshoalts.com/  
 
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March 13, 2024 22 mins
This week Bill and Ben explore one of the best vistas in our province that is just in our backyard the Devil’s Rock.

Bill tells the history of how it got it’s name and the Indigenous history behind it. He also talks about the inspiration it had on the author of The Hardy Boys.
 


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March 6, 2024 21 mins
This week Bill and Ben explore some of the most famous tunnels that were built in the late 1800s for our railway system in Canada.

Bill gives his 3 favourite tunnels that you can visit and gives some context and history of the importance of these tunnels and how they were created.




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February 28, 2024 40 mins
Dr Jonathan Pitt, a professor at Nipissing University teaching Indigenous studies, joins Bill on location from the Home and Garden Expo that took place this past weekend.

They talk about pictographs, spirituality and the tricksters/little people. Dr. Pitt shares the stories that are passed down from family to family and shares an important message of the history that shaped this land long ago.

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Famed author Dr James Raffan joins the podcast this week to talk to Bill and Ben about outdoor education.

They focus mostly on James’ novel “Deep Waters” which tells the story of the Timiskaming canoe tragedy. 12 students and 1 young adult leader lost their lives on a school trip in 1978. James also discusses his latest trip around the northern pole of the world that inspired his novel “Ice Walker”.



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Best selling Canadian author Ron Brown joins the show who is the man that inspired Bill to become the man he is today.

Bill and Ben chat with Ron about his time discovering and writing about ghost towns of Ontario and how Bill and Ron had a very similar path academically.



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February 7, 2024 38 mins
This week, Bill and Ben are joined by Jeff Scott, Nipissing University Professor, and Larry Dyke, Professor Emeritus from Queen’s University and longtime member of the Geological Survey of Canada.

The group talks about giant holes that appear in nature coined “potholes”. Larry explains how these are formed and that their existence is a good indicator of how the land has changed over time. Bill talks about his adventures to different...
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This week, Bill and Ben ponder the “what if” scenario of The Georgian Bay Ship Canal.

First proposed in 1837 and then surveyed in 1907, the shipping route would bring resources and products from the west through the French River, Lake Nipissing, Trout Lake and then the Ottawa River to the St. Lawrence Seaway before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

How would this have changed the way we enjoy our lakes, the economy and our overall way o...
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This week's episode sees Bill and Ben explore a top 5 destination for Backroads Bill going north to Hearst Ontario to a place called Thunderhouse Falls. They are joined by two locals Marc Johnson and George Graham.

Marc and George talk about the area surrounding Thunderhouse Falls that currently has a snowshoe trail. The pair are trying to get the trails they have marked and helped path to be officially recognized by Ontario Parks...
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January 17, 2024 15 mins
This week's episode sees Bill educating us on pictographs and their place in Ontario's history.

Bill gives his personal recommendations on which ones to visit and how pictographs, petroglyphs and petroforms are all different forms of expression.


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Gaylord Treu was an American fighter jet pilot during the Cold War when his plane went down in Northern Ontario. Gaylord unfortunately did not survive the crash.

This week Bill and Ben talk to Gaylord's son Denny and the impact his father had on him despite passing away when Denny was just 2 years old. Bill also shares how he found Denny after many months of searching.



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"Windex Lakes" are a natural Phenomenon around the world that give certain lakes a very unique colour and clarity.

This week Bill and Ben investigate these lakes that are in Northern Ontario. How can they exist? Is the ecosystem in the lakes different?

Bill gives his recommendations on which ones to check out on your next backroads adventure!


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Charlie Ross was a prospector from the 1930s who had a monument erected for him which mysteriously vanished.

This week Bill and Ben are joined by Jason Ingram who had a backroads adventure of his own to track down the missing monument. After many years he finally stumbled upon it and he tells about his connection with Charlie and how much it meant to him to figure out this mystery.


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December 20, 2023 40 mins
This week Bill is sharing his story of going through an almost fatal injury in his leg.

He shares with Ben how he was unable to go out and do Backroads Bill adventures and being confined to a hospital bed. No matter how dark things got for Bill being outside in nature was what kept him going and helped him with his rehab.


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This week Ben and Bill are joined by Natasha Wiatr from the Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Art Gallery to talk about the tragic life of the Dionne Quints.

Natasha dispels some common myths around the history and lays out to the audience the corruption and greed that surrounded the Dionne Quints their whole life.


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Former Cementation President Roy Slack joins the podcast to talk about the relationship between mining companies in Canada and the land they use. Bill and Roy focus on the Renabie Gold Mine which was reclaimed by nature under the 1992 Mining Act.

Roy also gives us insight on the environmental impact the industry has on the land they use and he gives his thoughts about mining in space!



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