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.
Spectacular view of Lake Superior hiking the Nipigon River Trail
With its spectacular views, one of the best hiking trails visitors are likely to find traveling the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior is the Nipigon River Recreation Trail. The well maintained and well marked trail stretches more than 8-kilometres connecting the towns of Red Rock and Nipigon, just over an hour's drive east of Thunder Bay. The trail follows the scenic shoreline of the Nipigon River and the rugged shore of Lake Superior which is part of the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. The Nipigon River Recreation Trail also is to host to the "Hike for Health", a popular charity fundraiser held when fall colours dominate in late September. Starting from either end, visitors can choose to…
International Cuisine in Sault Ste. Marie
Outside of the plentiful fast-food and chain restaurants located throughout Sault Ste. Marie, this Northern Ontario city offers visitors a tempting selection of internationally inspired dining choices to satisfy the most discerning palate. You’ll discover a world of different flavours, cooking styles, herbs and spices, as well as deep rooted traditions from countries around the globe (and no doubt a few secret family recipes that no chef will ever part with) awaiting you right here in the Sault. If you’re seeking a true taste of Italy, you’ve definitely come to right place. Some of the finest delicacies this side of Sicily can be enjoyed at numerous restaurants. In fact, Sault Ste. Marie has earned the nickname, ‘Little Italy’, by many…
Famous, locally made Gouda has become world famous!
The Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is a place many visitors stop when they visit Thunder Bay to sample this famous, locally made cheese. Thunder Oak gouda has developed an international recognition which draws people to the farm’s rural location in the Slate River Valley on Boundary Road just south of Thunder Bay. As local writer Heather Peden, explains it all about the cheese…. New Look, Same Great Cheese When I step in to the new Thunder Oak Cheese Farm store, I am struck by its size. It is big and bright and open. Light pours in through the large west facing windows across café tables decorated with posies of fall flowers. Beneath the soaring ceiling, this brand new store is…
It's hard to beat the taste of freshly caught walleye.
Enjoy Fresh Fish Beside a Clear Canadian Lake The majority of visitors to northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country come here to enjoy the great fishing we have to offer. There are literally thousands of lakes and hundreds of resorts and lodges you can choose from. After a successful morning of fishing, enjoy one of the tastiest delicacies found anywhere, fresh walleye for shore lunch. Ask anyone who's been up here fishing, nothing can beat heading out on one of our beautiful lakes, catching some nice walleyes and frying them up with some potatoes and beans. I'll take this setting over a restaurant any day.   A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a shore lunch with…
A spectacular view of the city from the lookout on top of Mount McKay
I first spotted the reference to this Thunder Bay attraction as a small marking on my tourist map. As I wolfed down a Sausage McMuffin at a fast food joint near the airport, I looked over to one side of the map and saw a marking for a lookout point on Mount McKay. What the heck, I thought, as I wanted to get a birds-eye view of Thunder Bay, a Northern Ontario city that I was exploring for the first time. I drove down, crossed the Kaministiquia River onto Fort William First Nation and followed the signs, admiring the view of a rocky outcropping looming high overhead like an ancient beacon. I paid a guy at the gate $5, then…
The Waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landiing, A Place for Summer Fun
Thunder Bay residents are finding it easy to be a tourist in their backyard this summer. Visitors to Thunder Bay and local residents are findng that Thunder Bay’s new waterfront development at Prince Arthur’s Landing has much to offer. The lure of Lake Superior and all the new infrastructure in the revamped Marina Park has made the waterfront a must stop to show visiting friends and relatives what Thunder Bay has to offer. The City of Thunder Bay has added many new elements to the water front for everyone to enjoy.The splash pad next to the new Water Garden Pavilion was a hit with youngsters and families when it opened last summer, and is once again expected.to draw people to the Lake Superior shore again…
An incredible turnout for Ribfest 2012
Get ready to treat your taste buds to the most savory, lip-smacking, barbeque slathered food you've experienced all summer when Ribfest returns to Thunder Bay in August 2014.  Rib eaters and meat lovers alike will be pleased to hear that Ribfest is coming back to Thunder Bay for a third straight year! Mark your calendars for August 22nd, 23rd and 24th for what should be a repeat of last year's delicious eventRibfest hours last year were from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Staged in the Park St. parking lot of the OLG Casino, Ribfest 2013 was held in conjunction with the Casino's "Get Fired up to Win" promotion…
Congregating in front of Nick Scarfone's display
If you love North Bay, as well as arts & culture, you may have heard about North Bay's Downtown Gallery Hop. It's a cool collective between the local galleries, artists and art lovers who host one memorable evening every two months (give or take) for the community to come together in celebration of the arts. The participating galleries and businesses (or hop stops) hold receptions, events and promotions. Gallery hop-pers walk from stop to stop, enjoying the displays of art, and the overall feeling of community.  Participating galleries, businesses and artists:   WKP Kennedy Gallery, 150 Main Street East Ferneyhough Contemporary, 157 First Avenue East Line Gallery, 897 Main Street West Black Iron Tattoo, 271 Main Street West K Bros…
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…
Take a ride in Algoma to see the fall colours.
There it is again, a sound so sweet to the ears of every motorcyclist at one with their machine and revelling in the beauty of their environment. It's such a beautiful sound; footrests gently kissing the asphalt through another bend, as the laws of physics are briefly challenged. And then the bike is lifted upright once more and prepared for another turn. It's a truly delightful moment in motorcycling, made perfect by the scenery through which this blacktop snakes and twists. I'm on a fairground ride, lost within a Jackson, Lismer or Carmichael painting of the Canadian great outdoors. This is the landscape that provided the inspiration for the famous Group of Seven artists and it's easy to see why,…
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  • From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    Are you ready to get That dirty? If you are looking for a way to really test your skills over a diverse landscape with wild rugged trails, Algoma is Canadian Shield country. What does that mean exactly? Rocky, rugged landscapes with a multitude of pine trees, bogs and mountains. Sounds…
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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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  • Your Dream Fishing Trip Awaits You in Algoma
    Your Dream Fishing Trip Awaits You in Algoma
    Algoma is the ultimate fishing escape and we are going to tell you why. With an area over 25,000 square miles, Algoma is home to BIG fish, clear clean lakes and dedicated Northern hospitality. Below are the reasons why you should book your next fishing trip in Algoma. Types of…
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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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  • Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Where can you go Motorcross Racing, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and Snowmobiling? At the Charleson Recreation Area in Atikokan, Ontario. The Charleson Recreation Area (CRA), often called the Charleson Pits, is located in Atikokan, halfway between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay. It takes its name from the original Canadian Charleson…
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  • Packages & Vacations at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
    Packages & Vacations at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
    Piebird Bed & Breakfast is set in a century home with lots of soul near North Bay, Ontario. Hosts' Yan and Sherry welcome their guests with homegrown vegetarian meals and a relaxing, happy atmosphere. Dinner Delight $245 (private rate) per couple includes one night accommodation and fresh-from-the-field dinner for two…
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  • Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    There is pure relaxation in store for those who visit Lake Nipissing South Shore region in Northeastern Ontario. You will enjoy driving the quaint countryside along the back roads, and visiting the various communities along the way. Callander, a small but popular community, has much to offer including two public…
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  • Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Head Out on the Open Road to Enjoy the Fall Colours In early September, the air is definitely much cooler in the evening and at night. With shorter days we all know (although we may not want to admit it) summer is on its way out! That's fine as they…
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  • Local Eats!
    Local Eats!
    While in Greater Sudbury indulge in many of our unique local restaurants! No matter what restaurant you choose - you will be sure to ENJOY! Check out Sudbury Tourism for all the fantastic selections!
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  • Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Stand Up Paddling is One of the Fastest Growing Water Activities This super fun sport is perfect for a variety of ages and fitness levels, making it a very interesting way to explore the outdoors by water. SUP, or Hoe he'e nalu in Hawaiian, actually started in the 1960s as…
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