Northern Ontario, Canada

Welcome to Northern Ontario, Canada! Bigger than Texas, wilder than the west, more inviting than a campfire in October, Northern Ontario is like no place else. This website is the official online collaboration of travel and tourism organizations across the region, bringing you travel tips and stories about Northern Ontario from writers around the world.

From the the wilderness of Sunset Country, Algoma Country, and Northeastern Ontario, to the charming neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie, and all points in between, this is where real Canadian spirit lives.
A Gorgeous Nipigon River Brook Trout
  Nipigon, Ontario has a reputation and history as a fishing hot spot for brook trout. Professional angler Gord Ellis from Thunder Bay explains why people from around the world travel to Nipigon on the northern shore of Lake Superior (east of Thunder Bay) to angle and fly-fish the Nipigon River for this prize fish. Nipigon River Brook Trout Fishing The Nipigon River that flows into Lake Superior at Nipigon, an hour east of Thunder Bay on Hwy 11/17, is uniquely suited to growing big brook trout. The river is Lake Superior’s largest tributary and drains Lake Nipigon. This enormous lake is cold and nearly untouched by the pollution and development that’s driven brook trout from so many other places. It too is…
"The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same": Sault Ste. Marie's Dedication To The Accommodation Industry
There’s an old expression, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”, and that is certainly proving itself to be true with Sault Ste. Marie’s dedicated accommodations industry. A few years ago I wrote an article about the various amenities offered by hotels in Sault Ste. Marie. This year I was asked to do a follow up and what I found was exciting proof that our community is not content to stand still when it comes to ensuring tourists and travellers have excellent accommodation options. Many older hotels have completely renovated themselves, and even more options that go “above and beyond” are now available to travellers.THE SLEEP INN - Renewed & Modern When you think Sleep Inn do…
Grey Owl: An Icon of Temagami (and Canadian) History
Temagami, Ontario was once home to the world renowned conservationist and author, Grey Owl.   Archie Belany was reputed to be the son of a Scottish father and an Apache mother. In 1906, 17-year-old Belaney arrived at Temagami station, fulfilling a dream to live in the Canadian wilderness among native people. During the next six years, he let his hair grow, learned to speak Ojibway and became an expert in the ways of the forest. By 1912, when he left Temagami for Biscotasing, people accepted him as a native trapper.     It was his love of Gertrude Bernard (or Anahareo), a young Iroquois Mohawk woman, that inspired Grey Owl to leave his trapping profession behind, for conservation activisim. The…
A popular spot in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District
The Sovereign Room 220 Red River Road   Possibly the most talked about new restaurant in Thunder Bay is currently The Sovereign Room. Known to the locals as simply, The Sovereign, the new restaurant/bar opened in the Waterfront District late in 2010. It’s a gastro pub, but don’t be fooled by the yellow sign above the window that reads, Kim Lee’s Restaurant. Kim Lee is long gone, but the owner of the Sovereign was nostalgic for the old place.       The Sovereign caters to a mix of grey hairs and youngsters, sometimes making it difficult to find a table or booth. The noise level increases as well. The place has character as it is fairly small, dark and decorated…
The Sleeping Giant, a legendary landmark, is the backdrop to Thunder Bay's marina on the shores of Lake Superior.
I live on a houseboat in a marina in the San Francisco Bay so, understandably, I’m a little choosy about my marinas. The non-negotiables are, of course, an expansive view of a large body of and, naturally, a scenic backdrop. A little commercial activity would be appreciated, but more importantly, I want a community feel, somewhere I’d enjoy just hanging out and taking in the local culture. I knew I’d come across somewhere special when I arrived at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. To start with, Thunder Bay’s waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landing (also known as Marina Park) is situated in a picturesque and protected lakefront harbor on the grandiose Lake Superior, with tree-covered hills and pristine islands in…
Mountain Stream Orchard is nestled in backdrop of the Nor'wester Mountain range south of Thunder Bay
Tranquil Spot Where Apples Grow  High above the Slate River Valley on the rural outskirts of Thunder Bay, where corn stalks march across rolling fields tall and golden waiting to be harvested, is a small clearing of land, tucked amongst native pine forests, where apple trees grow.   The road to the Mountain Stream Orchard winds up into the Nor’wester Mountain range through trees that sport the first blush of fall.   If it were not for the sign propped amid fall wild flowers and spent thistles at the side of the road, it would remain a hidden gem. And as I turn off Oliver Creek Road, down a small dip in the driveway, I think Mountain Stream Orchard just…
Pull up to a different secluded beach each night.
Houseboating is a great way to experience Lake of the Woods A couple of summers ago, my father-in-law, who lives in Toronto called to invite us on a houseboat trip on Lake of the Woods. Having grown up on the north end of Lake of the Woods, I had always wanted to rent a houseboat but somehow never got around to it. So my first response was ABSOLUTELY. In the end there were 7 of us - 5 adults and a 1.5 and 11 year old. What a trip we had! This was a fabulous place near Sioux Narrows to moor the houseboat We rented a houseboat from Lake of the Woods Houseboats in Sioux Narrows and spent the next…
Festival of Trees
The Lung Association’s Festival of Trees is a unique kick off to the festive season here in Sault Ste. Marie. It has become a city wide tradition and 2013 marks the 15th year that the Lung Association has proudly organized this wonderful fundraiser. It’s an event like no other. It takes days to set up and be perfected, but once the empty boxes have been stored, the ballroom at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront becomes a Christmas wonderland. The beautifully decorated trees get a lot of praise from the crowd as they walk around the cozy room. Event goers can’t help but be in the Christmas spirit once they have left. The community support is the glue that holds…
People on the ice fishing at the Red Rock Derby in 2012
VIsit the Nipigon-Red Rock area this winter and find out why there is "snowbetterplace" for ice fishing, especially the winter perch on Lake Superior at Black Bay near Hurkett. Ice fishing along the North Shore of Lake Superior is an exhilarating winter activity to enjoy. The serene Lake Superior bays in the Red Rock and Nipigon area offer solitude and a peaceful spot to jig for your big winter catch. The extraordinary scenery of Nipigon Bay, Black Bay and Gravel River are second to none and are part of the purposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area managed by Parks Canada. Ice Hut Rentals If a full service ice fishing experience is appealing to you, you may be interested in contacting…
Summer Festivals in Northeastern Ontario: Updated For 2014
It's promising to be a series of fantastically fortunate events in Northeastern Ontario this summer! The Northeastern Ontario travel region is a premier destination for festivals in northern Ontario. Whether you're looking for a musical experience, or a more culturally uplifting exploit, there's an event planned to suit you. With most of our locales situated only 3 1/2 hours from the major cities of Toronto and Ottawa (see map), we could easily become your next weekend getaway. Events will  be added as more information becomes available, so please feel free to bookmark the article and check back throughout the summer! For a list of Food Festivals, check out this article. French River Rubber Boots FestivalMay 12The French River Rubber Boots…
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  • Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Each year, there is anticipation for the Lake Superior Magazine annual Best of the Lake feature and it's finally arrived! We are pleased to announce the businesses in Algoma Country that were picked by travelers and put on this year's list. You can visit any of these places along the…
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  • The fun never ends when fly fishing for smallmouth bass!
    The fun never ends when fly fishing for smallmouth bass!
    Rebekka Redd, host of the New Fly Fisher TV Show explains why you'll love fly fishing in Sunset Country and she adds some great fly fishing tips too. Of all the places I've fishing in the world, I'm proud to say my favourite is also my home. Northwest Ontario, a…
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  • Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    If you're like me, you may be someone who finds holiday shopping gets more meticulous and a little more stressful each year. Especially when buying for the someone who seems to own everything. So here's an idea for a gift they won't expect this year: Give Someone a Vacation in…
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  • Finding a Sportsman's Utopia
    Finding a Sportsman's Utopia
    I would like to fish every day. I would love to hunt every day! I dream of fishing every morning and hunting every afternoon! I woke up and found it at Golden Eagle Camp & Outfitting in Northeastern Ontario. Searching out my dream week was made easy via the web by…
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  • Awakening Woods and Waters Photography Workshop with James Smedley
    Awakening Woods and Waters Photography Workshop with James Smedley
    Lake Superior changes with the seasons, from the powerful Gales of November in the fall, the spectacular views during the summer months, to the winter peacefulness. But have you ever experienced Lake Superior in the spring time? Photo credit James Smedley. Spring is a magical time when Lake Superior tributaries…
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  • Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    - Throughout the year, Eau Claire Gorge initiates an array of feelings and emotions.  It is a walking place, very moving. It is one of those waterfalls where you hear the tumbling water before you see it.  There is anticipation and you will not be disappointed when you peer over…
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  • A Friendly Wildlife Encounter
    A Friendly Wildlife Encounter
    It was a Monday. I was on my way back to Timmins, after a long day of travel to and from Sudbury on the eventfully scenic Highway 144, when something caught the corner of my eye. Standing there, peacefully. She was beautiful but in such a dangerous way. I turned…
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  • Cool off at one of the top beaches in Kenora
    Cool off at one of the top beaches in Kenora
    Take advantage of the numerous public beaches on Lake of the Woods and surrounding lakes in Kenora. Kenora is lucky enough to be situated on Lake of the Woods and surrounded by other lakes such as Rabbit Lake, Black Sturgeon and the Winnipeg River. Out on Lake of the Woods…
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  • Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Check out this list of the best sunsets we posted or shared on Facebook. You'll see why we are called Ontario's Sunset Country. This sunset was taken over a frozen Lake of the Woods in Kenora. Even though it was taken with just an iPhone, it's a great winter sunset. Winter sunsets can…
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  • North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    The North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel was a great value and excellent for all ages. We brought our two year old daughter to the Heritage Train over the weekend. We spent $10 and we were able to enjoy the train twice and carosel once each, the ticket takers are…
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