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.
Game Action at Robin's Tournament
The busyness and excitement of the winter holidays will continue into January each year in Thunder Bay, as close to 40 out-of-town hockey teams from communities all over Northwest Ontario, travel to play in the annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic. The 23rd annual event held in 2014 proved to be another successful event.   The Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers of the past 38 years are proud to host this popular minor hockey tournament.   The Robin’s Classic took place January 16th - 19th 2014, and once again tournament passes were available at all Robin’s Donut locations weeks before the event.   Robin Donut’s, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain has supported the event…
Ang Viola with a Spec at Lodge Eighty-Eight.
Editor's Note: As one of the original pioneers of Canadian adventure television, The Fish'n Canada Show has for over 30 years broadcast their pursuit of the ultimate adventure. Hosts Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman educate and entertain audiences with their passion and enthusiasm for fishing. Both are inductees in the Canadian Anglers Hall of Fame. Read on as Ang and Pete tell their train-in fishing trip story in Algoma Country. Don't miss the video at the end of this article. A fly-in fishing adventure is a luxury not every angler can afford, the hefty price tag is one of the main reasons a fly-in trip is still on the bucket list for most anglers. But what if you could have the…
Geocaching, Find The Treasure In A Game of Hide N' Seek
Do you love adventure and the outdoors? Ever heard of geocaching? (Photos Courtesy of Parks Canada) Parks Canada just launched its Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. We’ll have you and your family searching for heritage treasures across Northern Ontario with a number of sites in Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario. Geocaching, a High-tech Treasure Hunt Best described as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching participants use GPS-enabled devices, such as smartphones, to navigate to a set of coordinates to locate a hidden container, known as a cache. Geocaching is practised worldwide by over 5 million people, everyone from young families to retired couples. There are more than 2 million geocaches registered online. Discover The History of Northwest Ontario Not your typical history lesson, the…
Coastal Trail
I’m driving along the Trans-Canada Highway up from Sault Ste. Marie towards the smaller town of Wawa, just 225 kilometres ahead. The traffic has thinned, with only the odd logging truck or camper coming down the other lane. There is no city here; it almost seems I’ve travelled back in time to an era before civilization. Here and there are road signs, rest stops, and intriguing little trails that lead somewhere deep into the forest, but there are also long stretches that evoke a sort of prehistoric isolation. On my right is the Canadian Shield, geologically the oldest landscape on the planet, weathered by millennia of ice ages, and grown over, seared off, and grown over again by countless tracts of generated and regenerated…
The top of the Giant provides spectacular view of Lake Superior
Peering over the edge, I looked straight down at Lake Superior from the top of the Sleeping Giant. "Careful where you step," said Greg Stroud, my hiking partner for the day from Parks Canada, "because each step could be your last." There was no sign, no guardrail—just an unobstructed view of the world's biggest lake from Ontario's highest point. Hiking the Top of the Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is no easy feat. The goal was to reach the Lake Superior lookout that hovers 950 feet above, which means hikers have to climb every step of the elevation gain. View of the Sleeping Giant from Prince Arthur's Landing at the Thunder Bay waterfront Lookin from the waterfront in Thunder Bay,…
Hastie Lake -- Awesome Bass Fishing in Algoma.
Editor's Note: Hastie Lake is renowned for its Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing. Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher got to experience this first hand -- read about Colin's experience to a remote outpost wilderness camp with Lauzon Aviation to fly fish for bass. We've also included a video of the episode so make sure to watch! For more information about fly-in fishing outpost camps in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com For those anglers who are looking for a wilderness fishing trip on a budget, there are several options. One of my favourites is through Lauzon Aviation located near Blind River, Ontario. Lauzon Aviation is a family-run business that has been helping anglers access world-class fishing for over 30…
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 Call of Gitchee Gumee
"In any season, the rustic beauty of Lake Superior inspires me as an artist and photographer". Like gravity pulls us to earth, the majestic Lake Superior beckons to me. Camera in tow, I am summoned to escape to the vacant shores of Lake Superior. For me, Lake Superior is a place of comfort, peace, serenity and inspiration. As I drive over the crest of the mile hill, 20 km from Sault Ste. Marie, I catch the first glimpse of Lake Superior's North Channel. I'm overcome with the same feeling as crossing the St. Joseph Island Bridge to my parent's place. This feels like home. Today I'm hiking on the Orphan Lake Trail, in Lake Superior Park, an easy 160 km…
The Complete 2014 Guide for Planning a Real Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation
The mere mention of ice fishing sends us into a bit of frenzy here at Algoma Country Headquarters -- we can't help it -- we love ice fishing. From the excitement of the tug on the line and bringing up a big Northern Pike, Walleye or Lake Trout from the dark, icy chamber below to the peaceful surroundings that draw you in as you spend time with family and good friends, ice fishing really offers something for everyone. Top 5 Things to Consider When Planning an Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation Ice fishing in Algoma has its own character: it's not only a competitive sport, but also a way of life for many families all winter. It's a source of fresh…
Around Rock Island Lodge
My last night on the shores of Lake Superior, and it was quite something. The Rock Island Lodge is a small, cozy affair directly on the shores of the greatest of Great Lakes, a short drive down an easy to handle dirt road outside of Wawa. I stayed in a basic but perfectly fine room off the main dining room, with a nice bath and views out to the lake. It's part of the Naturally Superior Adventures paddling centre, which offers everything frompaddleboard lessons to short canoe rides on the next-door Michipicoten River to long kayak treks along the shores of Lake Superior. Photo by Dave Storm I arrived late afternoon and spent a good hour soaking up the sun on…
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  • We're not just cool in the Summer!
    We're not just cool in the Summer!
    Come for a Weekend Visit - Yes, in the Winter! No we're not kidding! Winter is a great time of year for a short getaway to Ontario. The cities and towns in the region have some great accommodations and there are many fun activities that you can do. Winter is…
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  • An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    Ontario Tourism invited Mike Jacobs of the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip and freelance writer for Motorcycle.com this past summer to spend a weekend exploring one of Ontario’s best off-roading destinations, the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System in Mattawa, ON. A legendary off-roading experience ensued! Mike was joined by a crew…
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  • On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    Editor's Notes: Algoma Country Tourism Staff received this photo blog from Howard J Elmer and Stephen Elmer after their recent snowmobile ride in Algoma on the snowmobile trails which took them to Elliot Lake and Blind River areas. Below is what they had to say about their trip. For more…
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  • Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Art Galleries, Art Events and Art Tours in Algoma The list of Things to Do in Algoma is exceptional: awesome fishing, riding twisty roadways, hiking to mountain tops to view breathtaking vistas, incredible paddling experiences and discovering our region's talented artisans. In another life, I was an art student but…
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  • Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Kayakers from across the globe have converged on Algoma as it is a world class sea kayaking destination. But here's a look at kayaking in Algoma from the perspective of a local avid kayaker who shared her love of the sport where she lives. About 6 years ago, my husband…
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  • Snowmobiling in Ontario's Wilderness
    Snowmobiling in Ontario's Wilderness
    Go snowmobiling in Ontario without the crowds! There are literally thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Ontario, Canada. The secluded snowmobile trails make Sunset Country a great destination for your next winter snowmobile vacation. The trails are maintained by volunteer snowmobile clubs and run mostly across lakes and…
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  • Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Kayaking in Timmins, Ontario is BIG. The city hosts an annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge in August, calling all kayakers to the Mattagami river. A once peaceful river become a tizzy with avid paddlers, and even beginners who come out to race and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. You're in?…
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  • Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, get out and try ice fishing. The fresh air, mixed with awesome scenery and catching a lake trout or walleye will put a smile on your face and will change your mind about staying inside in the winter.…
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  • Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    All-inclusive Lodges and Resorts Sure to Please If you want to concentrate on fishing or relaxing and nothing else then an American Plan Package at one of the lodges or resorts is what you'll need. Hearty meals are served up for you along with a shore lunch kit or boxed…
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  • Fishing Tackle and Bait Shops in Algoma – The Complete List
    Fishing Tackle and Bait Shops in Algoma – The Complete List
    If you've got your next fishing trip booked in Algoma, I've compiled a list of fishing tackle and bait shops that you'll want to make sure you have plugged into your GPS. Whether you're looking to pick up live bait, replenish your tackle box, looking for quality hand-tied flies, or…
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