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.
In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven: An Expedition of a Lifetime
Editor's Note: This story was written by Meaghan Smith, a nature enthusiast from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Meaghan's story highlights the work currently being done to identify the exact locations of the Group of Seven paintings in Algoma. In Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start to summer, with thousands kicking off the season with a weekend of camping, bonfires, and barbeques. For a group of seven Algoma University Fine Arts students, it signaled the culmination of their studies of the famous Canadian painters, the Group of Seven, with a rugged camping expedition deep in the heart of the Algoma backcountry, off of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), north of Sault Ste. Marie. The Algoma Central Railway…
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…
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…
My Recent Bear Hunt in Marten River, ON Was a Successful One
I will never forget my dad having his arms wrapped around me and whispering in my ear, how to aim that old 1950’s pellet gun. Patience was clearly a virtue that he possessed, as there were two boys younger than me in the family. One at a time he would sit, explain and teach us to shoot that old pellet gun. Then from there we were not satisfied, so into the woods we would go, cut down our own cedar bows and make a real bow and arrow. What a memory in that back yard with dad, Paul, and Kevin shooting for hours on end and chasing every poor critter that lived within a mile of our country home. Memories…
Time Is On Your Side When Vacationing North Of Superior
For visitors looking to get the most out of their vacation day, the Thunder Bay area of North of Superior exceeds all expectations.  It’s written in the stars.  Or, in this case, it’s written on the surface of the Sun. It’s unique location, at the west end of the Eastern Time Zone and the Northwest corner of Lake Superior means vacationers to the Thunder Bay area will experience longer days than while visiting such locations as Toronto, Niagara Falls or even Sault Ste. Marie. On the Summer Solstice, June 21, while visitors to the top of the CN Tower will observe the sunset at 9:03 p.m. or honeymooners in Niagara Falls see the final rays of the sun at 8:59…
Kakabeka Falls, the "Niagara of the North"
Many of the best waterfalls in Ontario are just off the highways. Stop at one of these waterfalls for a sight you won't forget! Ontario's Sunset Country is a beautiful place at any time, however as you are sitting close to a waterfall and hear it's thundering roar with the forest and lakes surrounding you, it's hard to want to be anywear else. Many of the waterfalls in Northwestern Ontario are just off the highways and are easily accessible. There are also many, many other waterfalls that are on one of our thousands of remote lakes. For now, I will concentrate on the best one you can easily visit on any road trip.  Kakabeka Falls Kakabeka Falls is known as…
The author with a nice Northwest Ontario bass!
Use These Tips to Catch More Fish! Editor's note: Co-inventor of the legenday lindy rig walleye lure, co-founder of In-Fisherman Magazine, and Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee Al Lindner knows the way big fish think. In this exclusive article, Al shares some hard-earned secrets to help the Sunset Country angler conquer the most challenging species of the region. The fish are bigger and wilder in Northwest Ontario: read on, as Al tackles the big boys, species by species. Walleye Ontario has perhaps more walleye lakes than anywhere else in the world, and Northwest Ontario is home to some of the best walleye fishing on earth. On many waters, you need to do no more than cast a jig tipped with…
Dorion – A Birding Paradise on Superior's Shore
Do you have an interest in Birds? Birding? Or Bird Watching? If your answer is yes, you will want to plan a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior region to take in the annual Canyon Country Birding Festival in Dorion held each year in late May. The Dorion Birding Festival is your opportunity to spend two great days in Canada's Great Outdoors experiencing bird watching in the majestic setting of Lake Superior and the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Dorion is a small community located on the northern shore of Lake Superior, with the Hurkett Cove Conservation Area and Ouimet Canyon fast becoming known as North American hot spots for birding. Dorion is less than an hour's…
Old Woman Bay located on Lake Superior is a great leg stretch stop.
Long-time Ontario rider Chris Hughes of Bruce County had this to say after a ride on the Grand Algoma Tour: Cruising around St. Joe's Island, up through the Soo to Wawa and then east to Chapleau and then down the 129 is a rider's dream. It’s not a race it’s a soul searching meander that tugs at the heart strings of why we live in the greatest place on earth. Stopping along the route to chat, reveals the heart and soul of this great region. Oh yah, the roads are super twisty, and bring a towel to wipe the grin off your face. Every ride needs windy roads, great scenery and good food. Algoma Country has grip twisting roads, neck…
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…
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  • A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    Itching to getaway for the weekend? Plan a weekend trip to Dryden around one of the Dryden live concerts this fall, winter or spring. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily located on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is roughly 3.5 hours to either Thunder Bay, Ontario or…
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  • Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    The Into The White: Annual Snowshoe Race is unique. In fact, organizers would prefer to call it a "fun run". The course is inclusive for all ages and abilities, and set in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains. So why not hike, run, snowshoe or kicksled your way through the groomed trails,…
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  • The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    Located just 10 km's southwest of North Bay on Lake Nipissing you'll notice the mysterious Manitou Islands. These five islands are easily spotted from the shores at North Bay's waterfront and some days it even looks as though they're floating on water. The largest island may be referred to as Ghost Island, Devil Island or the…
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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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  • Finding a Sportsman's Utopia
    Finding a Sportsman's Utopia
    I would like to fish every day. I would love to hunt every day! I dream of fishing every morning and hunting every afternoon! I woke up and found it at Golden Eagle Camp & Outfitting in Northeastern Ontario. Searching out my dream week was made easy via the web by…
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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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  • 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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  • Four Cross Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma
    Four Cross Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma
    With an average snowfall of 10 feet,  Algoma Country has many winter outdoor adventures : cross country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, ice climbing and snowmobiling. This region is home to some of the finest Nordic skiing in the world from well groomed trail systems to bold back-country treks through snowy…
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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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  • North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    The North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel was a great value and excellent for all ages. We brought our two year old daughter to the Heritage Train over the weekend. We spent $10 and we were able to enjoy the train twice and carosel once each, the ticket takers are…
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