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.
Wabakimi Park A Wilderness Wonder
Northwestern Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park and northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are among North America’s best-known canoe destinations but North of Superior’s lesser-known Wabakimi Provincial Park is as big as those two areas combined, offering some 2000 kilometres of amazing canoe routes. Wabakimi Park is a true northern wilderness, featuring the world’s largest boreal forest reserves and spectacular views of the Canadian Shield. Home to woodland caribou, moose, eagles and wolves, the park was established in 1983, largely due to the efforts of Thunder Bay/Superior North’s new MP Bruce Hyer as well as many other long time residents of the Town of Armstrong. Visitors can fly from Armstrong’s numerous fly-in bases in to remote lodges and camps to…
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…
Horizons
I arrived early to experience the freshness of spring, the advantage of calmer winds and to avoid bugs. It’s early June and still quite chilly - the way I like it. The water is only 4 degrees and capsizing would most likely be deadly. I’m on a 3-week solo canoe trip and the only visitor in a 100 km stretch of coast in Lake Superior’s Pukaskwa National Park, looking for solitude and uninterrupted visual experience. As artist in residence for Parks Canada, I will be too busy with photography-workshops in the summer to explore this magnificent shore. The grandeur of the scenery is overwhelming. What a privilege to live here. One can hardly resist shooting hundreds of beautiful land- and…
Frontier Village
As you take a stroll through Frontier Village, you also take a step back in time to the turn of the 19th century. This popular Sault Ste. Marie tourist stop gives passersby a glimpse into what the Sault area looked and felt like during Frontier times in the 1800s. Located on the side of Highway 17 north, the Village is conveniently situated on your way in or out of town, and features a collection of unique shops and restaurants associated with the era. When you stop at Frontier Village, which also features an oldfashioned Trading Post – a terrific source for all of your outdoor sporting needs, ensure you leave yourself some extra time to visit the true-to-theme surroundings of…
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…
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…
Mileage 3,339 Adds to Legend of Terry Fox
The Terry Fox Lookout is a very popular stop for visitors traveling to Thunder Bay. The site with its spectacular view of Lake Superior and the iconic Sleeping Giant, serves as the Tourist Information Centre for the City of Thunder Bay. Its convenient location just off the Trans-Canada Highway is less than a kilometre from Hodder Avenue, the first exit into the City. The scenic lookout features the Terry Fox Monument that is dedicated to Canadian icon Terry Fox, who was forced to end his courageous cross-Canada run in his battle with cancer just a few kilometres (miles) from this scenic spot  in 1980. As local Thunder Bay writer Richard Boon explains the mileage point – 3,339 where Fox ended his…
Kiss for good luck!
Besides beautiful sunsets, Ontario's Sunset Country is know for something else: Some of the best fresh water fishing around! Just how great is our fishing? Let us show you through the facebook posts that Ontario's Sunset Country has uploaded or shared in 2013. What a great year - congrats to all these anglers. A job well done. Thanks for releasing most of them in order to live another day and to keep our fisheries nice and strong.  January 2013 started out right for Donnie, just look at this 44" northern pike he caught at Muskie Bay Resort in Nestor Falls, Ontario. 44" Northern Pike caught at Muskie Bay Resort   Here's a monster 46" lake trout caught and released by Duluth's…
HMS Bounty Tall Ship on St. Mary's river
“By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining big sea water…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha. Situated in the heart of North America thousands of miles from any ocean, Sault Ste. Marie is still, in many ways, a maritime city. Its location at a strategic juncture of the Great Lakes, and the innumerable smaller bodies of water surrounding it, have made the Sault a key centre of nautical exploration, commercial shipping and recreational boating. In all senses of the phrase, this is a community built by the water. From the pre-Columbian age, the river linking those two vast inland seas to its east and west has defined the site of present-day Sault Ste. Marie. The native Ojibway…
Musee La Gare
The mornings’ ride from North Bay was a damp one- yet invigorating! The sky ahead was clearing so I turned the Harley-Davidson into Temagami’s olden train station to rid myself of my rain suit. A small town built upon Temiskaming’s district; an area extending as far north as James Bay. The ground under my feet covered a heritage I found quite difficult to comprehend. Here 9,000 years ago is where Canada’s first Nation’s people thrived. It was hard to believe that within a few hours I’d metamorphosed my bustling “concrete jungle” surroundings in “Taronto” to that of a northern outdoor explorer submerged in this beauty and silence. Temagami Train Station A few hours riding northward; there’s just no tiring of…
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  • Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    There's so many things to do on March Break this year. You'll be so busy that you'll forget your friends are away on a beach somewhere. Here's a list of things to do on March Break in Sunset Country. Click on the links for more detailed information. Have a great…
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  • 2014 Summer Concerts in Algoma Country
    2014 Summer Concerts in Algoma Country
    Summer evenings should be spent relaxing with good friends and great music. Below is the 2014 list of Summer outdoor / indoor concerts and music festivals taking place in Algoma this summer. This list will be kept up-to-date throughout the year so make sure to check back for updates. Did…
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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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  • Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Bag a Big Buck in Ontario Northwestern Ontario has immense tracts of Boreal forest inhabited by a wide variety of animals. Whitetail deer are one of those animals and if you are a big game hunter, then you should consider our region of the Province. Bucks in Sunset Country are…
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  • Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    This is the first time I’ve started an ice fishing adventure with a trip to the mall but according to my partner, my 13-year-old daughter who simply must have the right shoes for her grade 8 graduation, not stopping to shop in Timmins would be unacceptable. We’re on our way…
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  • Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Once the ice is gone, it's time to go fishing! As the ice slowly melts away, the ritual known as ice-out lake trout fishing is set to commence. Arguably one of the seasons most enjoyable fishing pursuits, fishing for lake trout just after the ice goes out is a real…
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  • Hiking "the Crack" in Killarney Provincial Park
    Hiking "the Crack" in Killarney Provincial Park
    Reach new heights this summer by conquering Killarney Provincial Park's renowned hiking trail to "the Crack". Located along a section of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, the journey to "the Crack" begins just off of Hwy 637 on an old logging road that runs through the park until it joins…
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  • Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Experience this jewel at the end of Highway 105! It was a few years since I was last at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. I visited the museum this summer and all I can say is "WOW". It was great the last time I was there, but they've added…
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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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  • Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    The Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour is situated in the historic village of Cobalt, which is nestled on Canada's pre-cambrian shield - known for a rich supply of gold, silver, nickel, cobalt, zinc, copper and iron ore. You might think the village was made famous for mining it's mineral namesake, but…
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