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.
A Finnish Experience on Bay Street
Bay Street and its Finnish connection, continues to be a unique and important part of the developing cultural hub and charm of Thunder Bay. As a National Historical Site, the Finnish Labour Temple, also known local as the Finlandia Club has been around since the early 1900s and is a living monument of activity. It is a prime location for entertainment and comfort food, served at the famous Hoito Restaurant with its entrance at street level. Thunder Bay's Finnish Connection Built in 1910, it's most recent restoration in 2010 has preserved its history, colour and importance in the community, especially for the Finns, one of the largest populations of Finnish people outside of Finland. As a National Historical Site, the temple…
Story by Jack Savage
A slight breeze blows the 18-foot cedar strip boat past a rocky point that juts into the dark waters of Wabatongushi Lake. Virtually every cast towards the steeply sloping shoreline is answered with the sharp pull of walleye. Any worries about my wife Connie enjoying a wilderness holiday evaporate like the mist of this sun-draped Northern Ontario morning. That’s when I spot the moose; a mother and two calves feeding in the shallows amidst a clump of pencil reeds some200 yards away. Connie quietly reaches down for her camera while I drop the four-stroke outboard into gear and idle towards the ungainly animals. It isn’t until we’re a stone’s throw away that mother nudges her calves for theshore and the trio disappear into the…
Top of the Lookout Trail at Pancake Bay.
Lake Superior: Cruel, Awe-inspiring and Beautiful -- the Greatest of the Great Lakes On November 10, 1975 an ore carrier -- the Edmund Fitzgerald -- sank in Lake Superior during a November storm, taking the lives of all 29 crew members. Later that month, Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, inspired by an article in Newsweek Magazine, wrote what is probably his most famous song: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Music and lyrics ©1976 by Gordon LightfootThe legend lives on from the Chippewa on downof the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."The lake, it is said, never gives up her deadwhen the skies of November turn gloomy.With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons morethan the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,that good…
Summer Festivals in Northeastern Ontario: Updated For 2014
It's promising to be a series of fantastically fortunate events in Northeastern Ontario this summer! The Northeastern Ontario travel region is a premier destination for festivals in northern Ontario. Whether you're looking for a musical experience, or a more culturally uplifting exploit, there's an event planned to suit you. With most of our locales situated only 3 1/2 hours from the major cities of Toronto and Ottawa (see map), we could easily become your next weekend getaway. Events will  be added as more information becomes available, so please feel free to bookmark the article and check back throughout the summer! For a list of Food Festivals, check out this article. French River Rubber Boots FestivalMay 12The French River Rubber Boots…
The Madhouse - One of Thunder Bay's Most Popular Pubs
The Madhouse (Pub) 295 Bay St.       The Madhouse is a great place to talk and relax.  The square building smack at the corner of Bay and Algoma is one of the most popular pubs in Thunder Bay. On weekends the mixed crowds keep the place busy, especially in the evening. The rich coloured décor makes for a great atmosphere.        The Madhouse is more dedicated to being a great hangout pub, not too concerned about attempting to dazzle you with new gastropub meals, so the menu may be limited, but everything on it is worthwhile and reasonably priced.   A Sample of the Menu        The Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich is a delicious…
Rotaryfest Parade
ROTARYFEST is the Sault's summer festival. First established in 1922, the festival will be observing its 91 anniversary July 18-20, 2013. J.W. Curran, a charter member of The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and the first publisher of The Sault Star, experienced a street parade in the city of Orillia and was so impressed that he brought the idea to Sault Ste. Marie. The first Community Night took place on September 23, 1922. Not only was it to be a night of community fellowship and friendship, but it was to raise enough money from free will offerings to secure a "baby's car" for Public Health Nurse B. Miller. In the early days, everyone attending came in costume, not just…
The Temiskaming Loop
Ontario Tourism updated the Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario for 2013. As they described, these are some of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. We're elated to have 3 Northeastern Ontario Motorcylce Tours on the roster! We join Ontario Tourism in recommending these Northeastern Ontario motorcycle routes:  Georgian Bay Coastal Route The Georgian Bay Coastal Route came in at #7 on the Top 10 List for 2013. The 800km (500 mile) route takes a long weekend to complete, and will expose you to some of Ontario's most iconic scenery - the windswept pines, crystal blue waters and granite rockfaces of Georgian Bay. We recommend a visit the village of Killarney, to see the reflective blue waters and enjoy…
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 author, Paige Duke, catches a giant pike through the ice with Guide Jeff Gustafson!
My Northern Ontario Ice Fishing Adventure! Editor's Note: Entrepreneur, model, cast member of Sweet Home Alabama on CMT, veterinary technician, account representative for Krugerfarms.com and Miss Sprint Cup, Paige Duke has seemingly done it all in her relatively short time in the public eye. One of the things that Paige is best known for is her love of the outdoors — especially hunting and fishing. Read on and enjoy Paige tell in her own words, the incredible fun she had while ice fishing for walleye and pike in beautiful Ontario's Sunset Country. And don't miss Paige's video at the bottom of this article. I wanted to share with y'all my experience from last spring, when I went to Ontario's Sunset…
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…
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  • White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    The Remarkable Story of Jimmy McOuat The legend of Jimmy McOuat lives on in Sunset Country,  through the magnificent three-storey castle he built on the shores of White Otter Lake. At the turn of the century he single-handedly constructed the log castle from red pine logs that he cut, hauled…
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  • Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Spend a Weekend in Kenora A trip to Kenora - even if just for a weekend - is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your family or go with a group of friends - there is a lot to see and do. Here is a sample itinerary…
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  • Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    This testimonial was sent to Algoma Country from Jamie and Herb Britton. Each year, Jamie and Herb take a fly-in fishing trip to enjoy a remote fishing vacation. Below is what they had to say about their latest trip, and the photo blog below, to Watson's Pine Portage Lodge on…
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  • Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Check out this list of the best sunsets we posted or shared on Facebook. You'll see why we are called Ontario's Sunset Country. This sunset was taken over a frozen Lake of the Woods in Kenora. Even though it was taken with just an iPhone, it's a great winter sunset. Winter sunsets can…
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  • Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Take part in one of the many events happening at the Kenora Winter Carnival March 7-9, 2014  A snow sculpture is taking shape at this year's competition MARCH 7 - FRIDAY The Kenora Winter Carnival begins at 6:00pm on Friday March 7. Children can try their luck at the Shaw Shootout or…
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  • The Legendary Polar Bear
    The Legendary Polar Bear
    Throughout the year, I will be highlighting interesting places to stay, and or things to see and do in this beautiful part of Northeastern Ontario. Today's feature is all about one of the most interesting attractions in all of the north. One that lets you swim with a real live polar…
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  • Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Kayakers from across the globe have converged on Algoma as it is a world class sea kayaking destination. But here's a look at kayaking in Algoma from the perspective of a local avid kayaker who shared her love of the sport where she lives. About 6 years ago, my husband…
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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!
    Never get lost or be bored on your Sunset Country vacation again Have you ever been travelling and wonder "I wonder where I can eat around here?", "How do I get to that museum?" or "Where is the next rest area?". Well, now if you are traveling through Northwestern Ontario…
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  • Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding and Skiing aren't just for the Rockies! While there are cross-country ski trails in pretty much all communities in Sunset Country, only three areas offer snowboarding and downhill skiing. Atikokan's Mount Fairweather, which boasts the highest vertical drop from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Dryden Ski Hill, who's Chalet…
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  • Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Treetop Adventures is home to the Mega Zip fastest zip-line in Ontario! Located in Algoma, Treetop Adventures is a fun, eco-friendly wilderness attraction open year round. Even though zip-lining is considered an "extreme" sport by some, it's geared towards a variety of ages, from beginner to thrill seeker. Treetop Adventures…
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