North Shore Search and Rescue is a not-for- profit
charitable organization incorporated in 1993.
We are the collective efforts of volunteers
from all walks of life,
who bring together their talents to
provide help to those who
are in need in a search or rescue emergency.
North Shore Search and Rescue (NSSAR)
is responsible for a catchment area from Blind River
to North Bay, and Cartier to Parry Sound,
including Killarney and
Manitoulin Island and area encompassing
nearly 300,000 people and some
12,000 square miles.
NSSAR assists the authorities in Search and Rescue
operations. Our mandate is to assist during off-road
emergencies when traditional
emergency services require specialized assistance or
immediate access to a large number of specially-trained
volunteers. We have a membership of
150 volunteers who are continually building their
knowledge and talent to aid in Search and Rescue
As our reputation has grown, so has the demand for our
services, from a lost individual in the woods near
Chapleau one week, to a family flooded into their
cottage on the Manitoulin Island the following week. We
with numerous calls for Search and Rescue during all
four seasons of the year.
NSSAR is dependent upon assistance from businesses,
organizations and citizens to support our fundraising
efforts. As such, we strongly believe that
it is our duty to give something back to the community
We offer Map & Compass and GPS courses for interested
people of all ages. In 1997, the RCMP provided us with
a Hug-a-Tree & Survive program to teach children
young adults what to do should they become lost.
Hug-a-Tree & Survive has since evolved to the
expanded “Adventure Smart” program to include not
only the original
concepts, but also avalanche and winter survival.
All these services are provided to the public at no
cost. We believe that prevention is
the key to preservation, and to teach these skills to
the people we serve, in turn helps to simplify our task
in a Search and Rescue emergency. We also offer first
aid/CPR courses to the general public upon request.