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.
Northern Lights
Putting on the layers...first the socks, and long undies, a sweater, snowsuit, mitts, hat and a scarf. We would lay on top of what seemed to be a ten foot tall snow bank, making snow angels and daydreaming while staring at the sky; mesmerized by the Milky Way and brightly coloured dancing lights. First memories of the night sky and Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are from my childhood and the Feelings of excitement and wonder that I felt back then return each time the opportunity presents itself to view these natural attractions. Aurora Forecast Canada's NorthThe Aurora Borealis is created by electrically charged particles hitting each other as they travel from the sun into earth's atmosphere. Researchers have determined that…
View of Lake Superior from the Agawa Bay Lookout.
Editor's Note: Vicki Gray, Motoress, experienced an epic motorcycle journey when she rode her Triumph along the roadways following the coastline of Lake Superior to complete a full circle tour of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Starting in Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma, Vicki began her ride on the south shore through the US states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, ensuring she met the views of Lake Superior head-on as she headed north towards Thunder Bay and Wawa. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle route, and to order your FREE route map visit www.ridelakesuperior.com "The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumeeeee..."! Helmet acoustics are fabulous I…
Les Misérables
When The Musical Comedy Guild’s production of Les Misérables hits the stage November 27 at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre it will be a year in the making!  Thomas Brandstetter, Business Manager for The Musical Comedy Guild (MCG) applied for the rights to stage the world renowned musical last November and MCG was one of the first two amateur theatre companies in Canada to obtain the rights for the full stage production. Directors Loretta Durat and Joseph Lauzon began the process of doing the research directors often do when staging a production in early December.  Agnes McCarthy and Paul Dingle came on board as Vocal Director and Musical Director shortly thereafter.  Over the coming months key members were welcomed to…
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…
Lake Superior's Slate Islands
A trip to the majestic Slate Islands in Terrace Bay was in the cards, but the one thing we couldn't have planned for was everything falling into place to make it the perfect trip. Lake Superior was like glass as we sit eagerly in the charter boat during the 20 minute ride to what locals simply refer to as "the Slates". Our expert guide tours us around one side of the islands to dock on the Southern side of Patterson Island. From there we take a light hike up to Lake Superior’s tallest lighthouse at 224 feet above sea level. The view is amazing and provides for an awe-inspiring panorama of the rest of the islands and Lake Superior. From…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District, explained Justus Veldman, of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
Sault Ste Marie has an incredible concentration of historical sites and history themed museums—I think it has something to do with our place at the confluence of so many historical streams (English, French, American, and First Nations, to name a few). These museums and centers were built, curated, and continue to be tended by incredibly dedicated people. It's a big part of living here. But it can be a bit overwhelming. So I thought I'd try and make things a bit simpler ...  Time-Travelers Cultural Package! Travel through time when you visit the gateway to the north; the beautiful community of Sault Ste Marie. The Sault is steeped in a wide range of historic moments, cultural alliances and engineering designs…
Ganuk's Captive Audience
It wasn’t exactly a surprise to staff at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat that, when they were approached by the Toronto Zoo to become a new home for a 2 and a half year old polar bear in May of 2012, he would be more energetic than their past, older residents. After all, polar bears are known for their hilarious antics. Things like putting construction cones on their heads and walking into objects – or crushing barrels – or trying to sink everything and anything possible in their pool.  You see goofy is just in a polar bear’s nature. In the wild, they push on the ice to break it around seal air holes, then stick their heads in to…
See The Majesty Of The Stars In Our Backyard
Look Up - Way Up Unlock the secrets of the universe with a visit to Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay this spring. The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, which opened last October, is the latest attraction adding to the entertainment mix at Fort William Historical Park. It giving you one more reason to visit the world's largest fur trade post and one of Canada's top outdoor attractions. State of Art Facility The Observatory is located adjacent to the Visitor Centre and features one of the largest telescopes for public viewing in Canada. The discovery centre is equipped with computers, historic navigation tools, astronomy software programs, state of the art video feed and projection systems for observing images and even a…
The Temiskaming Loop
Ontario Tourism updated the Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario for 2013. As they described, these are some of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. We're elated to have 3 Northeastern Ontario Motorcylce Tours on the roster! We join Ontario Tourism in recommending these Northeastern Ontario motorcycle routes:  Georgian Bay Coastal Route The Georgian Bay Coastal Route came in at #7 on the Top 10 List for 2013. The 800km (500 mile) route takes a long weekend to complete, and will expose you to some of Ontario's most iconic scenery - the windswept pines, crystal blue waters and granite rockfaces of Georgian Bay. We recommend a visit the village of Killarney, to see the reflective blue waters and enjoy…
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  • The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    What is it about buying food from a truck or chip stand on the side of the road that is just so appealing? Maybe it's the hand cut fries, or the locally caught fresh fish battered and deep fried, or that big juicy burger after a long day out on…
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  • Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed offers an amazing look at the remarkable story of feathered fossils, a discovery which led paleontologists to believe that dinosaurs are the prehistoric ancestors of modern day birds.  You get the chance to see a life-size, feathered animatronic T.rex juvenile and a feathered Deinonychus roaring and thrashing and…
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  • Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Located just 100 km north of North Bay, Temagami stands true to the Ojibway meaning of its name, 'Deep water by the shore'. If you're a water renegade, the 3000 km of shore line and over 1200 islands in the area are sure to tame your craving for adventure. The…
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  • Confessions of a First Time ATV Rider: Mattawa Voyageur Multi Use Trails
    Confessions of a First Time ATV Rider: Mattawa Voyageur Multi Use Trails
    Thrilling, muddy, fast-paced, exciting…addictive. Those are the best words to describe my experience ATV riding for the first time in Mattawa, Ontario. Located in Northeastern Ontario, where the Mattawa and Ottawa rivers meet, Mattawa is full of adventure, history, and local artists to attract any type of traveler. Taking full…
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  • North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    After our first visit to North Bay to visit Dylan, who is attending college and has joined the military, we want to thank North Bay for an excellent first impression. Staff at the hotel and restaurants were friendly and made us feel welcome.  We appreciate the warmth and charm of…
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  • Callander Bay Dreamin'
    Callander Bay Dreamin'
    The days are quickly getting shorter and evening temps are dropping fast. These autumn elements prompt hardwater enthusiasts to think of the winter to come and the joy of ice-fishing. For many people ice fishing is a very social event times that are shared and spent with friends. As the…
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  • Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry – Be Recognized for Your Big Catch
    Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry – Be Recognized for Your Big Catch
    Algoma Country Tourism Staff are excited to announce the creation of the Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry! Until now, fly fishing anglers have been catching and releasing their trophy fish but were never recognized for their catch. The Fly Fishing Records Registry will collect and publish stats and photos of…
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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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  • Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Explore the Rainy River Area The Rainy River District is the part of Sunset Country that is directly adjacent to the American border and is where we welcome our many visitors from the United States. Within the District are three communities where you can spend a few days doing a…
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  • Fish and Hunt Lodges Double as Family Getaways
    Luxury lodges and rustic cabins offer a range of outdoor experiences By James E. Brennan The morning sun catches the green glow of a stand of trees, casting a mirror image on the still lake waters. The smell of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee drifts from a nearby lodge kitchen. A…
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