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   Grab your helmets and winter gear because the coolest snowmobile event hits the trails on Saturday, February 7, kicking off the 2015 fundraising season for Easter Seals Ontario. Once again, the Thunder Bay Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids will head south of the border to Grand Portage, only 45 minutes from Thunder Bay, attracting snowmobilers from across northwestern Ontario and Minnesota to enjoy some of the finest groomed trails in northern Minnesota.


 “We are looking forward to another successful winter fundraising season by hosting Snowarama events for winter sports enthusiasts across the province,” says Carol Lloyd, President & CEO of Easter Seals Ontario. “We are grateful to the community of Grand Portage for their long-standing support to help kids with physical disabilities experience greater acceptance, independence and integration.”

All Snowarama participants will enjoy a complimentary dinner and the Saturday night dance, featuring the Bed of Roses. Snowarama is truly a family event: participants can enjoy the trails, a heated pool and sauna, as well as other amenities at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Minnesota trail permits are $36 (available at Ryden’s 66) and will be required for those riders that venture off the Grand Portage Reserve trails. The event is generously sponsored by Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, the Grand Portage Trail Riders, and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Over the past 12 years, Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama has raised over $290,000 for children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario.

 For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Thanks to its generous donors, Easter Seals continues to offer programs to allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment. Easter Seals helps by providing financial assistance for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden. Together we make a difference for kids in the community who need our help. For more information or to donate, visit or

 Zachary Pylychuk, Easter Seals Ambassador  “ It is fun to see the same people and help raise money each year at Snowarama. Easter  Seals is important  to me because it helps kids just like me with physical disabilities. I find snowmobiling fun and exciting and might get a chance to ride at Grand Portage.”

Frank Vecchio Marketing Manager for Grand Portage.  “ This is our 12th year with Snowarama and every year it is growing. We are hoping to reach  $36,000 in funds raised this year. All the  dollars stay in Thunder Bay and it is a great cause.”    “ The trails look good right now.  We have 100 miles of groomed trail on the reservation land. If you  stay on our land for a shorter run you don’t need a permit. The longer run goes to the Gunflint where you will need a Minnesota trail permit which is $36 for the year. The long run starts at 8am and the short run at 10am. After riding we have a buffet of roast beef and then the number one Bon Jovi tribute band in North America. Our trails are well groomed by the trust land department of Grand Portage. The gas price is now at 65 cents a litre in Grand Portage!”


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