Biomass and Bioenergy
- The MEDC is actively pursuing potentialities in bioheating, bioenergy, and combined heat and power to create a local biomass and local energy industry that will reduce municipal energy costs and create and retain well-paying jobs in Marathon.
- The MEDC/Town continues to work with potential investors to move this project forward. Current outstanding issues include: status of the Ministry of Environment/Tembec environmental issues and lack of electrical transmission capacity in our geographic area.
Mining Sector Capacity Development
- Funding applications have been approved by NOHFC and Fednor to develop a network to share resources, develop equipment and labour pools, and identify sectoral gaps to foster an ongoing cluster of mining activity and enhance the mining sector in Marathon.
Group of Seven Lake Superior Trail
- Objective: To connect a two thread trail of land and water from Pukaskwa National Park to Neys Provincial Park to celebrate the beauty of Lake Superior shown through the paintings of the Group of Seven.
- The Group of Seven Lake Superior Trail will connect the painting sites of the Group of Seven from Pukaskwa National Park to Neys Provincial Park.
- This project is being proposed in partnership with Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Ojibways of the Pic River) and the Marathon Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). This project will allow Canadians and visitors to explore the Canadian identity through the iconic painting locations of the Group of Seven. The trail is the infrastructure to help deliver people to those sites. A much larger interpretive program is part of the third phase of the project which will tell the story of the Lake Superior effect on the Group of Seven.
- The Marathon area is uniquely situated along the coast of Lake Superior allowing for the Group of Seven Lake Superior Trail to have sites on both land and water. The land trail route is also part of the Voyageur Trail from Pukaskwa National Park to Marathon. As the VTA’s long-term goal of connecting Sudbury/Manitoulin to Thunder Bay, this new trail project would provide more land trail to help make that connection. The central water route is the 1,000km Lake Superior Water Trail between Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay which is being developed by Trans Canada Trail and the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy. The trail from the Town of Marathon to the boat launch will be the hub of the new Trans Canada Trail water route and land trail integration. Amenities such as signage, washrooms and picnic areas will be developed there that will also support hikers of this trail as well as a staging area with parking. The Voyageur Trail Association is supportive of this project lending insurance, signage and inclusion in their guidebook. As Marathon has re-established a VTA club, this trail falls under this club structure and enable the club to build and maintain the trail under their banner.
- To learn more, visit: www.g7lakesuperiortrail.com
- Gchi-Waaswaaganing is the wayfinding and programming centre for Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Marathon, Ontario. Come visit us to learn about what our peoples and places have to offer.
- Gchi-Waaswaaganing is a partnership project between Biigtigong and Marathon, Ontario
- To learn more, visit: http://gchi-waaswaaganing.com/
Marathon & District Annual Trade Show
- Join the Marathon Economic Development Corporation & the Marathon and District Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Marathon Trade Show. For more information and to register your organization, visit: Marathon Chamber of Commerce
For questions regarding any of the above economic development projects in Marathon, please contact:
Marathon Economic Development Corporation