Northern Ontario, Canada

Warm Your Soul, With These Seventeen Fall Fairs & Events
As a send-off to another great summer season and a celebration of a bountiful harvest, Northeastern Ontario communities host fall fairs and events with food, competitions, music and dancing. And with the days becoming shorter and the leaves changing colours, nature lends a hand in creating photographic opportunities to capture those moments with the family. We invite you to fall into the season with a hike up the Cup and Saucer or drop by Leisure Farms for pumpkin picking. And at the end of the day, enjoy a hot cup of apple cider to warm your soul. To start you off, here's a listing of fall fairs and activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy together:  High…
A unique dining experience in Kakabeka Falls
Their motto is “Chefs need to be trained, Cooks are born”. This may explain the flavourful inventions served up at the Metropolitan Moose Beanery & Cafe by Julia Miles and her husband Steve. Their goal is to exceed your expectations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at their locally-run restaurant known as “The Moose” on a visit to the tourist town of Kakabeka Falls, just 25 minutes west of Thunder Bay. Kakabeka Falls is the natural attraction that draws thousands of visitors to the Thunder Bay area each year. However, the unique log cabin eatery known as “The Moose”, located smack dab in the middle of village of Kakabeka Falls, has become a destination as popular as the famed falls referred…
View from the Lookout at Pancake Bay, overlooking the resing place of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Planning your fall colour getaway in Northern Ontario has never been easier, especially if you know where to find fall colour reports in the area you're interested in visiting. Fall Colour Reports across Ontario The number one resource is the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report: www.ontarioparks.com/fallcolour The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report website shows colour percentages and leaf fall counts at the start of the season, peak times and the end of the season. All the provincial parks are listed and the website makes it easy for to find contact information if you need it. Remember to check back regularly for up-to-date reports from Ontario Parks! Follow Ontario Parks: www.facebook.com/ontarioparks and twitter.com/ontarioparks Fall Colour Reports for Algoma Country You can…
At the edge of Cup & Saucer Trail
Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. With an area of 2766 km2 it could take weeks to truly explore all its freshwater lakes and rivers and to hike its countless trails. Located just a two-hour drive from Sudbury or a two-hour ferry ride form Tobermory, Manitoulin Island is an outdoor lovers playground. We had the opportunity to explore the island from Little Current to Providence Bay and here are some of our suggestions of things you should check out during your own trip to Manitoulin.   1. Cup and Saucer Hiking Trail  The Cup and Saucer Hiking Trail is a trek that you do not want to miss when visiting Manitoulin Island. It offers a chance…
People line up for a Merla Mae Ice Cream on a hot summer day.
Ice Cream! It’s no hidden secret that we all scream for some form of it on a hot summer day, especially if you are on vacation; however, in Thunder Bay, Ontario almost everyone screams for Merla Mae Ice Cream! What is Merla Mae Ice Cream you may ask? To put it simply, it is ice cream with a long-standing reputation for being the best soft ice cream in the city. Locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate Merla Mae’s opening each year as the weather starts to heat up in Thunder Bay around the May long weekend. Merla Mae has been around since the 1950's at the same location it continues to operate from, 346 Memorial Avenue. Founded by Wendell Cathers, the fast food…
Paddling on Lake Superior in Thunder Bay Harbour with a great view of the Sleeping Giant
I admit it.  I hadn’t thought of paddling within the city limits of Thunder Bay until last summer when friends invited me on guided kayak tour on the McIntyre River and Lake Superior’s Thunder Bay Harbour.  Now I’m hooked on it. Our group of five paddlers (including two novices) and two guides set out about a mile from the river’s mouth.  Kayaking on this river – which is actually 47.5 km long and drains a watershed of 15,410 hectares -- was kind of surreal:  the waterway was peaceful and calm, as if we were wilderness kayaking somewhere, but peeking over the banks at times you could glimpse shopping malls, parking lots, busy road traffic and electrical towers. Interesting contrast. We…
Looking For Something Different To Do This August? Here Are Your Marching Orders!
August an exciting month at historic fort on beautiful St. Joseph Island! Looking for something different to do this August? Come explore Fort St. Joseph, the national historic site located at the southern-most point of picturesque St. Joseph Island. There are several ways for visitors of all ages and interests to explore this isolated outpost that was once a thriving community of soldiers, Aboriginal people, and fur traders. Feel the breeze off the St. Mary's River as you picnic on site, walk among the ruins of the fort, or explore walking trails within this bird sanctuary. Dress up as a British soldier; view military and cultural artifacts demonstrating the British and First Nation's alliance, and learn about the fur trade.…
All Aboard! A 3 Day Itinerary For A Fun Filled Getaway To SSM
Your 3 Day Itinerary! Day 1 Mid DayArrive in Sault Ste. Marie, check into your hotel to rest and refresh. 12:30 p.m.Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Sault Ste. Marie's restaurants. 2:00 p.m.Ermantinger. Clergue National Historic Site, the oldest stone building northwest of Toronto dating back to the war of 1812. 3:15 p.m.Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre The city's 25,000 square foot interactive museum was voted the "Best Indoor Attraction" in Canada by Attractions Canada and offers a look at the history of flight and firefighting in Northern Canada. Admire the memorabilia from Dr. Roberta Bondar's Space Mission aboard the shuttle Discovery. Don't miss the exhilarating object theatre and flight simulator for an unforgettable experience. 4:30 p.m.Depart CBHC and transfer…
Middle Falls - A natural attraction on the PIgeon River at the border south of Thunder Bay
The day we drive to Middle Falls (on the Canada-USA border south of Thunder Bay) the sky is a perfect shade of summer blue dotted with clouds cheerfully white and agreeably fluffy. Highway 61 cuts an undulating path through the rocky landscape and the view changes almost constantly as the sun picks out individual trees on the variable green mountainsides and highlights severe cliff faces of orange and white and gray. The land here, heading south towards the border through the Municipality of Neebing, is rugged and wild. We turn right on to Highway 593 just before 61 makes its final sweep towards the border crossing. Not too far along there is a suggestion of a parking area on the…
The spinner blade is a powerful walleye fishing tool.
Combined with a lively nightcrawler and the common bottom bouncer sinker this structure fishing set up is what the author refers to as the "money rig" because it has been used to win so much money on the professional walleye tournament trails. Fishing 411 host Mark Romanack offers his newest tips when fishing for summer walleye -- try them out on your next fishing trip in Algoma Country! For more information about fishing trips visit www.fishalgoma.net To professional walleye fishermen the bottom bouncer and spinner rig is affectionately referred to as the "money rig". This common walleye presentation has won more money for more tournament anglers than all the other fishing presentations combined! The question is why is the bottom…
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