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.
Gord Ellis lands a walleye in his boat
Thunder Bay and surrounding area has some of the most diverse walleye fishing in the province of Ontario. Thunder Bay district has benefited from a history of adult walleye transfers that created vast fisheries where none existed before. We can thank the Ministry of Natural Resources for most of these fisheries, as they did the stocking. Walleye fishing is consistently good in the Thunder Bay region, and there is a real chance at a trophy class walleye of 10 pounds or better. Mostly, however, there will be good numbers of eating sized walleye from 14 to 16 inches. Here is a guide to a few good spots. Spots Within or Close to City Limits There is walleye fishing right in the…
A Fascinating Experience Touring the Islands of Lake Superior near Village of Rossport
We’re out on a tour of the gorgeous Lake Superior islands near the pretty village of Rossport (east of Thunder Bay) when guide Paul Turpin of Discovery Charters  points out a small rock sticking up out of the placid water. Rossport is about a two-hour drive east of Thunder Bay   “That’s called Jim’s Rock,” he tells me, straight-faced.   I turn on my camera to snap a photo and Turpin lets out a laugh.   “It’s also called Mark’s Rock or Paul’s Rock,” he adds. “It’s pretty much named after whoever I have on board.”   Turpin tells me he took a small boy and his family out on the lake a while back and told the lad the…
Aerial Tours: Now You Can See It All
  An aerial tour of the rugged coastline of Lake Superior and a fly over of the world famous Sleeping Giant is something you will want to put on your "must do" list on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. Wilderness North, one of Canada's largest providers of fly-in outdoor adventures is offering something new, special floatplane excursions from its seaplane base located in Thunder Bay harbour on theshores of Lake Superior. Great Photos, Lasting Memories With its fleet of safe dependable DeHavilland floatplanes, Wilderness North will provide visitors with a trill of a lifetime and an opportunity for adventure that is sure to leave lasting memories. The special excursion fly over's will allow guests to view and photograph…
Abraham, Anghik Ruben: Arctic Journeys Ancient Memories
"I have chosen to be a storyteller for my people through the medium of sculpture." Abraham Anghik Ruben: Arctic Journeys / Ancient Memories is currently on display in the Art Gallery of Algoma's Main Gallery. This exhibition, which runs until September 8th, 2013, allows visitors to experience the narratives and myths of two Northern Cultures, the Viking Norse and the Inuit, as told through masterfully carved sculptures. 

Organized by the Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in association with the Kipling Gallery, this exhibition brings stories of the ancient Polar Regions to Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Ontario. Before finding its way to Sault Ste. Marie, this selection…
Bill Spicer fishing for walleye.
The Most Sought After Fish In Ontario Has To Be The Walleye. Editor's Note: Bill Spicer, Host of The New Fly Fisher, shares his train-in fishing adventure for walleye on Lake Wabatongushi at Errington's Wilderness Island. Check out the video -- Bill experiments to catch walleye when a Northern Ontario cold front toughens the conditions! For more information about train-in fishing in Algoma visit www.wildernessbyrail.ca In my recent travels I visited a lake system, which boasts large numbers of walleye along with good pike fishing. This lake is called Wabatongushi and on it is Errington's Wilderness Island. Al and Doris Errington welcomed us to their family-run facility. The walleye fishing was nothing short of outstanding. Whether you were fly fishing…
Colin McKeown gives a lodge review for Lodge Eighty-Eight on Esnagi Lake.
Editor's Note: Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher gives a lodge review for Lodge Eighty-Eight after his trip for big Northern Pike, Walleye and strong fighting Brook Trout. For more information about fishing in Algoma Country visit www.algomaregion.com Since I was a young boy I have had a love of catching big Northern Pike. Now as an adult, I try to find new and exciting waters to catch them. Recently I had the pleasure of fishing on a lake system that not only boasted of big Pike and Walleye -- but also large Brook Trout as well. The lake is Esnagi Lake and the lodge I stayed at is Lodge Eighty-Eight. David MacLachlan and his family have been…
Pete & Ang from Fish'n Canada Tackle Algoma...One Lodge at a Time!
Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman of Fish'n Canada experienced remote fishing in Algoma and this is what they had to say: The Fish'n Canada crew has been to a lot of fishing destinations throughout Canada and this trip has to rank right up there near the top. During our visits to Errington's Wilderness Island and Lodge Eighty-Eight we've experienced luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, 5-star cuisine and of course what Algoma is famous for, world class fishing. These might be some of the "best" quality productions we have ever captured. Watch for these great episodes in the up-coming Fish'n Canada season. Thanks Carol and the rest of the folks at OTMPC for making it all possible!   For more information about…
The waterfalls at Rushing River Provincial Park
There's so much to do on the shores of Dogtooth Lake     Located less than 30 minutes east of Kenora off Highway 71, Rushing River Provincial Park is one of Sunset Country's most popular camping destinations. The waterfalls where the waters of Dogtooth Lake cascade downward into Blindfold Lake makes for a picturesque sight. Most of the time, you can safely splash in the water flowing down the falls. There are also several great beaches within the park where children and adults alike can enjoy a dip in the clear waters. Rushing River Park is definitely a great place to bring the family. The four sandy beaches all have a gentle slope into the water and a roped off area making…
Rest Up While You Can, The ATV Wilds Are Calling
Working for Dirt Trax Magazine for the past 14 years has given me the opportunity to ride and experience many parts of Ontario. While we do not have the interconnecting trail network like our neighbors in Québec we have many areas throughout the province that will give you some of the finest ATVing that one could ask for.  In the Northeastern Ontario tourism region there are numerous areas to ride such as Mattawa that has a really excellent organized trail system. Areas like Cochrane, Elliot Lake and Sault Ste. Marie also offer some excellent back country riding One such area in this region that I keep getting drawn back to that offers unlimited riding is the Sportsman’s Lodge Wilderness Resort…
Hiawatha
Relax and decompress among the trees, fresh air, chirping birds, and waterfalls. These three nature hikes are an escape within the city; two sections of the John Rowswell HUB Trail (Fort Creek & Finn Hill extensions), and Crystal Creek Falls at Kinsmen Park/Hiawatha Highlands.Fort Creek & Finn Hill Extensions of the HUB Trail are both wheelchair accessible and part of a 25-km (15.6 mile) multiuse path system that links areas of the city and points of interest; including the downtown Boardwalk, Bellevue Park, Algoma University, Sault College, the hospital and Fort Creek Conservation Area. You will see pine, cedar and spruce, as well as, balsam fir, poplar, aspen, white birch, yellow birch, red maple and sugar maple trees. Birds you…
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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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  • The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    Here's a look at what boating in the North Channel of Lake Huron is really like: While visiting the North Channel for a weekend getaway, I was stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty of the rugged shorelines, the pure blue waters and the majestic bald eagle…
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  • Quetico Provincial Park: Wilderness Canoeing at it's Best
    Quetico Provincial Park: Wilderness Canoeing at it's Best
    Atikokan - Your Gateway to Quetico Park For the wilderness canoeist, the name Quetico conjures up images of giant white pines, crystal clear lakes and some of North America's best wilderness canoeing. Quetico Provincial Park, located in Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country is for many canoeists, the ultimate place to paddle.…
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  • Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
    Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
    Go Skiing and Hiking Right in Town With their locations smack dab in the middle of the Northern Ontario woods, the towns and cities in Sunset Country have some really great trail systems to offer. Both seasons for hiking, biking  and in winter, snowshoeing and cross country ski trails can be found…
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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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  • Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Family Camping Trips Pack up the kids and the gear, hop in the RV and get on the road as you embark on a great family camping expedition in Ontario's Sunset Country! With 70,000 freshwater lakes spread across thousands of square kilometers of boreal forest, Sunset Country is the "promised…
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  • Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
    Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
     Northeastern Ontario takes roadside kitsch to a whole other level, and it could be because we know the value of fun on those long road trips. Call it weird, or call it Canadian folk art, these roadside attractions are beckoning you in to their welcoming towns, and most of them…
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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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  • It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    Hello my Snowmobile friends, it's Luc here better known as "The Groomer Guy"! It is the time of year that that we all wait for the big snow fall to come and to go out riding, it's the time of year that we begin to plan our upcoming snowmobile trips…
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  • Sunset Country launches a free mobile app for traveling in Northwest Ontario!
    Sunset Country launches a free mobile app for traveling in Northwest Ontario!
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