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.
Dr. Penny Petrone was a big supporter of the arts in Thunder Bay
Tickets to a live theatre performance at Magnus Theatre is a great to spend a night out on your visit Thunder Bay. Next on stage, from March 13-29, get your tickets for the critically acclaimed six-time Tony award winning play “Red” The Experience of Live Theatre One may ask, “Why do people go to see live theatre?”. Well, a live theatre experience may help to open our eyes, expand our cultural awareness or broaden our knowledge of the world. Theatre may similarly be an opportunity to relax and laugh, or to get out of the house for a few hours and have fun. However ultimately live theatre offers its audience members the opportunity to be transported to another world and…
Jay Samsal holds a nice walleye caught on Lake of the Woods
Enjoy some hard water fishing action on Lake of the Woods with these fishing tips. Interested in World Class Brook Trout Ice Fishing in Sunset Country? Click here to learn more You've probably heard about Lake of the Woods - with over 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands, it's a spectacular lake. The Canadian side of Lake of the Woods offers many different points, drop offs, flats and island chains. The structure combined with the variety of fish makes it a great place to go ice fishing. There are healthy populations and trophy fish in many different species. Fish for walleye, lake trout, crappie, northern pike, whitefish or perch. You may catch the occasional muskie or bass too. Use…
A mature Northwest Ontario buck stands on a heavy deer trail.
Sunset Country has become one of the most popular and well-known whitetail deer destinations in North America Editor's Note: In his first article on this site, Jeff Gustafson, host of "Fishing with Gussy", gives some great hunting tips before and during your deer hunt. As a professional angler and hunter, Gussy uses his vast experience to give us some advice to help make our hunts successful. For more information about deer hunting trips in Ontario's Sunset Country, visit the website www.ontariodeerhunting.ca Over the past decade, Northwest Ontario's Sunset Country Region has become one of the most popular and well-known whitetail deer destinations in North America. Hundreds of outfitters and resorts operate all over this vast, remote area that is relatively…
#1 Catching Snow Flakes
North Bay, Ontario will soon be beckoning in the World Ringette Championship, and welcoming teams from around the world; Including teams from Finland, Sweden, United States, and Canada nationally. The event will begin on December 29, 2013 at the Capitol Centre, and championship games will take place well into the new year.  With international peers joining us this holiday season, it begs the question; What kinds of Canadian winter experiences are there to enjoy in North Bay? 1. Ringette Well, yeah. Did you know North Bay is the birthplace of ringette? The game was invented by Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of North Bay, in 1963. The rules he recorded 50 years ago are…
Famous schnitzel from the Salzburger Hof.
Lake Superior is a 2300 km (1450 mi) ride around, but just as you get started in Algoma Country there are several infamous foodie stops that will give you the reserves for this epic ride. Each of these stops has been thoroughly tested and biker approved. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Route visit www.ridelakesuperior.com Caution: Author is not responsible for increased weight gain, the meat sweats, or the requirement for post meal naps 1. Lake Shore Salzburger Hof Resort -- Batchawana Bay, OntarioSome people like a traditional simple schnitzel served with applesauce. Others like a more complex "loaded" schnitzel. The Salzburger Hof serves schnitzel up every which way and is arguably the best schnitzel house on…
An up-scale dining experience in Thunder Bay since 1999
The simple exterior of the Caribou Restaurant +  Wine Bar hides a classy and warm restaurant, one of the most popular in Thunder Bay. The local owned and operated restaurant around since 1999 is an orginal concept of Tom Pazianos and Bob Stewart, who are coincidently  also the owners of the very successful, local Keg restaurant. For upwards of twelve years the Caribou has been a favorite locale for business lunch meetings and for those looking to impress someone on a first date. In fact, Tom Pazianos warned me that a photo of the interior, with happy customers, might compromise a romantic situation. (Aha. A little Photoshop was in order.) Tom and Bob shared their decades long immersion with the…
Hastie Lake -- Awesome Bass Fishing in Algoma.
Editor's Note: Hastie Lake is renowned for its Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing. Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher got to experience this first hand -- read about Colin's experience to a remote outpost wilderness camp with Lauzon Aviation to fly fish for bass. We've also included a video of the episode so make sure to watch! For more information about fly-in fishing outpost camps in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com For those anglers who are looking for a wilderness fishing trip on a budget, there are several options. One of my favourites is through Lauzon Aviation located near Blind River, Ontario. Lauzon Aviation is a family-run business that has been helping anglers access world-class fishing for over 30…
Photo by Jenny Moore
"Meandering strips of corduroy-imprinted snow descend the slopes in front of me" The heavy snowfall from last night has tapered off and each snowflake calmly places itself on the freshly groomed base. The clouds slowly begin to separate allowing the sun’s morning rays to reach the tips of the hills rolling off into the distance. My mind is absent of the responsibilities that wait for me at the bottom of the mountain. The ageless beauty of the Northern Ontario landscape captures me and enables me to escape. It is my first run of the day. From my seat atop the peak, I strategically plot my course of decent focusing on each line of the unmarked, groomed trail in front of…
Mark Romanack's Fishing Tips for Catching Walleye on Esnagi Lake at Lodge 88
Want to catch walleye on Esnagi Lake in Algoma Country? Editor's Notes: Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack shares his fishing tactics for catching walleye after his fly-in fishing trip to Lodge 88 on Esnagi Lake. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com Lodge 88 located in the heart of Algoma Country and on beautiful Esnagi Lake. Esnagi Lake is one of those fishing destinations that should be on every walleye angler's bucket list. Once you've fished Esnagi, it's not a question if you will return, but rather when. Part of the outfitting service known as North to Adventure, (www.northtoadventure.com) the MacLachlan family has outfitting in their blood. This family business was established back in 1959…
War of 1812
It may not be a well known fact, but Sault Ste. Marie and its surrounding district was on the front line of the War of 1812, a conflict that defined the future makeup of the North American continent. Believe it or not, Sault Ste. Marie has been at the centre of the Canadian experience for over three centuries. Indeed, with this year’s bicentennial anniversary marking the first skirmishes of the War of 1812, it turns out that the city and its surrounding district was on the front line of a conflict that defined the future makeup of the North American continent. Two hundred years ago, the land, now known as the “Twin Soos” on either side of the Canada-U.S. border…
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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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  • Historic Downtown Hike
    Historic Downtown Hike
    Visit the Discovery North Bay Museum and experience a Historic Dowtown Hike. Throughout this hike, discover various buildings and their history, ranging from stores in the downtown core to historical buildings around the area. Become familiar with the historical development of the local community and see sites of historical significance.  Develop a sense of understanding of…
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  • Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Art Galleries, Art Events and Art Tours in Algoma The list of Things to Do in Algoma is exceptional: awesome fishing, riding twisty roadways, hiking to mountain tops to view breathtaking vistas, incredible paddling experiences and discovering our region's talented artisans. In another life, I was an art student but…
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  • Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Why stay indoors in the winter? Ski the trails and enjoy the winter wonderland in Red Lake. The Red Lake District Cross-Country Ski Club maintains over 40 kms of cross country ski trails including the McKenzie Island Trails, the Golf Course Trails in Balmertown and Centennial Park in Red Lake.…
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  • Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Many Northeastern Ontario operators have begun to use TripAdvisor as a place to gather customer testimonials. A place for past and present customers to share their experiences for the good of the business and their future customers. One of my responsibilities as a tourism officer is to search the best regional…
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  • John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine, after a motorcycle tour of the Algoma region's roadways, sent us this note to tell us what he thought of the tour: For a die-hard westerner such as myself, much of Ontario has long been something of a mystery. But an all-too-short week roaming…
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  • Tips for Spring Walleye Fishing
    Tips for Spring Walleye Fishing
    Spring Walleye Fishing Tips for Canadian Lakes Many anglers dream of walleye fishing during the winter and can't wait to get to Ontario's Sunset Country in the Spring to catch those tasty walleyes. One of the easiest time to catch walleye is in the Spring from opening weekend (third Saturday…
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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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  • 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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  • The Story of Canadian Bacon (and Where You Can Buy it in Algoma)
    The Story of Canadian Bacon (and Where You Can Buy it in Algoma)
    Canada is known for many things: hockey, beer, pristine wilderness, poutine...and Canadian bacon (not to be confused with the movie). I was once asked by friend, who is a proud born and bred Scot, what do Canadians eat? I replied, what do you mean, what do we eat? What was…
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