Not the town I remember
This past August 10-15 I visited Sioux Lookout along with my 5 year old daughter. I have many family members who currently live or have lived in Sioux Lookout. My grandmother Ruth Macdonald lived in Sioux for most of her 99 years until passing away a few years ago. As a child spending the summer months with my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins at the town beach, second sandy, or the family camp are memories that are burned into my psyche.
Over the last 50 years I have spent at least two weeks a year visiting. This year it was time to bring my 5 year old daughter so she could finally see and enjoy for herself what I considered the most beautiful, friendly, picturesque town in all of Canada.
I obviously picked the wrong summer. As an outsider I am obviously not privy to the everyday internal workings and goings on in and around town, both economic and social.
The only words to describe Sioux Lookout from a visitor’s perspective are not fit for printing in this letter. Someone should be ashamed and held responsible for the way the town looks and acts. Front Street is a total disaster and not fit for children to walk down alone. It used to be so beautiful and safe.
Town beach and Wellington Street closed during tourist season. Second Sandy had garbage everywhere. The new children’s playground at the tourist information centre would take over an hour to get to and an hour to return from the ball diamonds because of the most ridiculous road construction one will ever see. The traffic was lined up from Drayton Road to Dingwall Ford.
Who in town planning thought this was good for business and tourism? Let it be known this was an everyday occurrence, not a one time event.
Out the highway at Moose Creek some one thought they needed to raise the bridge so that a house boat with a crane can drive under underneath, when there is barely ever enough water to get a canoe under, causing even further delays coming or going.
Last, but not least, if town council is going to issue business permits for new and existing businesses they might want to ensure they are run professionally and in keeping with town standards. On second thought maybe the Tim Hortons is following town standards.
I will be back to Sioux Lookout many times in the future to visit my family. However if I were a first time tourist I would most certainly find somewhere else to spend a family vacation. This is certainly not the town I remember from my youth and not the one I want my 5 year old to remember.