Category Archive for "News"

Through the Lens: Our Instagram Fans Tell the Story of April 2018

If you are not yet following @sanctuary_of_the_great_lakes on Instagram, you’re missing out! Check out these awesome photos taken by our IG fans during the month of April. They perfectly depict the timeline of events that Mother Nature bestowed upon us.

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Living Social in Our Sanctuary

We love getting fun photos of your adventure here in Alpena, such as this one shared by Instagram user @eisenmananna. Just a relaxing day at the beach…in winter…and on ice!

Keeping your friends and family up-to-date on your adventures is … Read the rest


It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

One special film that will be featured is “The Big Read the rest


16 Things We Are Thankful For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Exploring your “blue space” adventure is only 5 minutes away in Alpena. Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow.

With Thanksgiving approaching this Thursday it is important to remember that there is more to this annual holiday tradition other than stuffing our … Read the rest


Four-legged Social Media Celebrities Share Alpena Adventures

The Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is home to many interesting, adventurous souls. You’ve recently met Leo the Hiking Cat and his human companion Josh Stephan. Now, we’d like to introduce you to the most adventurous Siberian Huskies you’ll ever … Read the rest


History Made at 2017 Michigan Brown Trout Festival!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Big Brownie caught in Lake Huron during the 43rd Annual Brown Trout Festival! 

Jan Stepanski holds prize-winning Big Brownie; photo courtesy of Michigan Brown Trout Festival

On July 18th, 2017, Jan Stepanski reeled in … Read the rest


Hop On! Alpena’s Trolleys Are Here

trolley stop

Trolley stops here! Photo courtesy of Alpena DDA

Something new gives rides our way…the trolleys are here!

Operation started on May 31st by the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority and will continue to run through the month of November. At only … Read the rest


Alpena Man Takes the Lead in Ending Prohibition

Prohibition protesters in Detroit in the early 1930's

Prohibition protesters in Detroit in the early 1930’s

On April 10, 1933, Michigan became the first state to vote yes on the 21st Amendment in an effort to end prohibition! We led the way to overturning the unpopular 18th Amendment, … Read the rest


Alpena Wins Host Opportunity for Pure Michigan Social Media Workshop

Alpena is one of only 5 locations around Michigan to win a host opportunity for a high value Pure Michigan educational workshop open to anyone wishing to improve their social media and digital marketing strategy for the upcoming tourism season. Read the rest


Major League Fishing films in Alpena!

Professional angler Kevin VanDam competes on Long Lake for Major League Fishing TV series

Professional angler Kevin VanDam competes on Long Lake for Major League Fishing TV series

Northeast Michigan is a fisherman’s paradise. We’re far away from the stress of the modern world and close to the heart of nature. Bring your own … Read the rest


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