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Wolf sightings are a daily occurrence in this city of 13,000. You can't miss the 10-storey mural of a wolf that towers over the 2.5-kilometre Spirit Way walking path, or the colourful wolf statues that line the walkway. Occasionally, live timber wolves are seen on the outskirts of town, and often, their haunting howls can be heard within the city.

Walk, bike or cross-country ski on the 15-kilometre Millennium Trail, which winds along the Burntwood River and passes through parts of the boreal forest. Stop by the four-metre tall King Miner statue that salutes Thompson's mining history, and explore the Heritage North Museum, where you can see a wooly mammoth tusk and learn about Aboriginal culture.

The Thompson Zoo wildlife rehabilitation centre has housed wolves, snowy owls, deer, foxes, hawks and eagles. Free to visitors, it's also an education centre with a menagerie of domestic animals. In winter, snowmobile or don lightweight running snowshoes for a trek in the forest, and hit Mystery Mountain Winter Park for alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Summer days are so long you can tee off until 9 p.m. at the nine-hole golf course. And the area is famous for big fish, big-game hunting and big lakes. Paint Lake's marina has boat and canoe rentals as well as a lounge and restaurant for landlubbers. Take a short hike to Pisew Falls or cross a suspension bridge over the lower falls to start an 11-kilometre hike to the majestic Kwasitchewan Falls. If all that activity leaves you hungry like the ... well, you know, drop by the Mystery Lake Hotel's dining room for prime rib, enjoy Chinese cuisine at the Riverview Restaurant or check out the casual fare at Grapes in the Burntwood Ramada Inn.


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