CAPT board member, Dorothy Macnaughton, given national CNIB award

CAPT board member, Dorothy Macnaughton, given national CNIB award

Image of Dorothy Macnaughton

Dorothy Macnaughton joined the CAPT board several years ago to help with our efforts to have passenger rail restored in Northeastern Ontario, with a particularly because of its importance for people with disabilities. She recently became a co-chair of CAPT, with Howie Wilcox as the other co-chair.  Last week Dorothy received a prestigious national CNIB award for her amazing volunteer work over the past 30 years.  Here is an excellent interview with Dorothy on CBC radio as well as a summary of it on their website:

CNIB honouring northeastern Ontario woman for volunteer work CBC News  Oct 20, 2017


Latest Media Coverage



some media coverage re: our response to NOMTS

Our Response to NOMTS

(Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy) “First the feds, now the province is off-track when it comes to passenger rail service group states” by Darren Taylor “CAPT says Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy Lacks Vision”  Sept. 21, 2017

Latest Media Coverage

“Algoma passenger rail advocate brings Bear Train protest sign to Prime Minister's rally in BC

'I took the opportunity to make a sign in support of the bear train' says former Searchmont resident” -  - Aug. 5, 2017 News Release  Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains

“Brutal treatment by CN is damaging VIA’s flagship Canadian train all across Canada” - -  News Release TAO and NEORN

Aug 3, 2017

The Bear Train and the Prime Minister in Revelstoke, BC. Email message:

Trudeau in BC rally

Support for Bear Train in BC at Trudeau rally


Passenger train supporter Forrest Hinich  (from Searchmont) sent us this message and photos from Revelstoke, BC.”

I live in Revelstoke and today Justin Trudeau was in town supporting the forest fire evacuees and also celebrating 150 years of train service in Canada. So i took the opportunity to make a sign in support of the bear train. I know a lot of people saw it! A lot of cameras were on! Hopefully Justin took the time to recognize it.
I am hopefull that many people were interested


Support for Bear Train

Media Event Friday, July 28 and Latest Media Coverage

“Not giving up the fight to get this train back on the rails” by Jairus Patterson  CTV Northern Ontario  July 28, 2017

“Stakeholders continue fight for passenger train “ By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star  July 28, 2017

“Advocates urge feds to support plan to revive Sault to Hearst passenger rail service” Jul 28, 2017  by: Darren Taylor

“We need our damn train!” By  Craig Huckerby - July 30, 2017

CAPT is once again looking for community support. See info and petition

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)

Contacts: Dawne Cunningham 705-759-6195

Linda Savory Gordon 705-943-0971






              Urgent: Businesses, Communities and Residents Stranded

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is demanding no more second class treatment by Transport Canada, requesting that they fund the operation of a full-service Algoma Passenger Train under Missanabie Cree First Nation.

CAPT is once again looking for community support for this project.

Government funding of the Missanabie Cree First Nation run train will contribute to reconciliation by creating First Nation employment opportunities. The full operation of the Algoma Passenger Train under Missanabie Cree First Nation would provide:

  • accessible and eco-friendly transportation,
  • support northern small businesses and the regional economy,

while also promoting:

  • eco-tourism,
  • Indigenous tourism,
  • Group of Seven tourism,
  • and Francophone/French Immersion tourism,

all of which are integral elements of Canadian culture and history, as well as current tourism trends. The passenger train initiative is also essential to transporting a significant number of people to and from up-north locations, as it is the only all-season transportation to remote wilderness for residents, recreations, and tourists. In addition to recreationalists and adventurists, the train would also be means for many remote residents to access proper healthcare and post-secondary education.

CAPT has been receiving calls from people all over the United States and Canada who are anxiously asking if and when the passenger train from the Sault to Hearst will be running. These calls are from people who have properties along the rail corridor or who have been vacationing for generations at resorts on the line. The local economy is suffering terribly, and the survival of small businesses has been threatened.

To support this initiative, please sign the petition that CAPT has launched, which can be found here:

To see how you can help or for more information on this initiative, please visit:

  •, or contact Dawne Cunningham at 705-759-6195 or
  • or Linda Savory Gordon at 705-943-0971 or

Mask-wa Oo-Ta-Ban (Bear Train) Fundraiser

Mask-wa Oo-Ta-Ban (Bear Train) Fundraiser Huge Success

We will be sending out further information about the April 6th Fundraiser Event for the Mask-wa Oo-Ta-Ban (Bear Train) attended by about 400 people, but for now we wish to express our deep appreciation to all of those who made it such a big success.  At the risk of forgetting some, many thanks to:

  • Ian Tamblyn who came from near Ottawa to perform a wonderful concert in which he related his high quality music, lyrics and stories to the train and Algoma region
  • The Healing Lodge Singers’ uplifting songs and drumming
  • Chief Jason Gauthier, Missanabie Cree First Nation, for being a super MC
  • Dawne Cunningham, Chair of CAPT, for her gracious introductions and welcome
  • Robin MacIntyre and Enn Poldmaa and Black Fly Jam for their helpful support
  • Political attendees: Carol Hughes (MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), Chelsie Parayko (Missanabie Cree FN Councillor), Joe Krympotich (Sault Ste. Marie City Councillor), Chris Lowe (Teamster Canada Rail Conference)
  • The over 50 individuals and local businesses who generously contributed high quality items for the silent auction
  • The 400 people who paid to attend the event and generously purchased items in the silent auction
  • The many hardworking volunteers who committed so much time and effort over the past 3 months to make the event so wonderful
  • Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association for their partnership
  • Shabby Motley, Missanabie Cree First Nation, Algoma Water Tower Inn & Suites, Model Railroad Club and The Rad Zone for selling tickets


Bring Back Our Train. Musician Ian Tamblyn Performs to Capacity Crowd

La remise sur pied d'une liaison ferroviaire dans le Nord : un processus frustrant

Traveling couple with limited mobility unable to ride train together
(Cue at 13:14)

Learn more about the value of the ACR Passenger train to Northern economy


This article describes in a few words the history of the trains demise, the impact on the economy for the North, and the lack of help from the government to see it on the tracks again. It also contains a link to a picture of the roads that people are having to use to get to their businesses.

To help make the train a reality please plan on attending the fundraiser, CAPT is putting on in April.

Visit CAPT's website to learn about our Silent Auction and view a few of the items you can bid on the night of the Event.

Burtch & McGuffins win Canadian Screen Award

CAPT is delighted to announce that Michael Burtch, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, along with Nancy Lang, Rebecca Middleton and Emma Hambly, won the prestigious Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research by the Canadian Screen Awards. They received the award on March 7th, 2017 for their research for Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven. The Canadian Screen Awards are Canada’s Academy Awards.  CAPT very much appreciates the comments Burtch and the McGuffins have made to journalists (see links below) about the absolute importance of restoring the passenger train service that they used to locate the painting sites and make the film. the train can  be used by the growing number of tourists who want to travel to the locations highlighted in the film.  Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma district’s tourism numbers can increase tremendously as more and more tourists find out about the Algoma passenger train corridor—where the Group of Seven came together as a group and did 100s of their most significant work.  We hope that the government finally sees the importance of getting the Missanabie Cree First Nation-led passenger train—the Maskwa Oota-Ban “Bear Train”—running between the Sault and Hearst.

We are ever so grateful to you, Michael, Joanie and Gary, for your years of hard work—most of it as volunteers.  BRAVO!!!!

Northern Hoot “Painted Land’, Filmed in Algoma, Brings Home Canadian Screen Award!” by Steffani Petroni

“No one more surprised than Michael Burtch at winning Canadian Screen Award “-  by Kenneth Armstrong

“McGuffins, Burtch win Canadian Screen Award” By Brian Kelly, Sault Star  March 8, 2017