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.
Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Geocaching, Contests And More: Celebrating 40 Years With The Voyageur Trail Association!
 The Voyageur Trail Association (VTA) is turning 40 this year, and we're planning a year-long celebration, with special trail activities, a photo contest, hiking challenges, and more. VTA is a 250-member, non-profit organization, run by volunteers and dedicated to developing and maintaining a continuous of system of trails across northern Ontario for public use by hikers, skiers, and snowshoe enthusiasts. The organization maintains over 700 km of trail between Spanish and Nipigon and plans to add more over the coming years. With the exception of some sections in Provincial parks, the trail has been built and maintained by volunteers in partnership with public and private landowners. Local clubs coordinate activities under the umbrella of the VTA, which is happy to…
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…
Summer time is one of the best times to target trophy walleye.
Editor's Note: In his newest article, Mark Romanack, host of "Fishing 411", offers some great advice and tips that you can use for catching walleye in Algoma Country. Mark uses using his vast experience and knowledge to catch walleye at Red Pine Lodge, a drive-in fishing lodge on Ivanhoe Lake. For more information about walleye fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.fishalgoma.net Located just off Highway 101 and a short drive east of Chapleau, Ontario awaits Ivanhoe Lake. Ivanhoe Lake has a rich sport fishing history and is well known among locals for being a "walleye factory" bulging at the banks with eating sized fish. What even the locals don't fully understand is Ivanhoe Lake also produces staggering numbers of…
Sheer cliffs and rock walls of Ouimet Canyon, make it a wonder to see!
If you visiting Thunder Bay and region to take in the fall colours, a stop at Ouimet Canyon in the Township of Dorion (less than an hour east of Thunder Bay) should be on your things to see and do. Jim Byers, a travel writer for the Toronto Star was impressed with his first visit to this Northern Ontario natural wonder. Ouimet Canyon - Marvel at The Views I saw one car leaving the canyon as I drove in (10 minutes off the Trans Canada Highway near Dorion). An hour later, as I was leaving, I saw one car driving up the hill to the visitor’s centre. The rest of the time I had this marvellous, unheralded and absolutely astonishing bit of…
Experience Thunder Bay from the Water
Photo by JF Bergeron Experience the fresh wind on your face during a exhilarating ninety minute or customized sailing tour of the harbour with SailSuperior.com.  Learn about the big lake and see the city from a a new view point.  Let Captain Gregory Herioux regale you with his knowledge of the city's heritage and his world travels aboard Frodo.  Check out the main harbour light up close or anchor in the shelter of the Welcome Islands.  A sunset cruise is an amazing way to experience Thunder Bay's connection to its natural environment. Care to drop a line while you're out on the lake?  How about a fishing charter with Archie's Charters aboard his thirty two foot Sea Ray.  Take in a Lake Superior sunrise with an early morning fishing expedition…
The Grand Algoma Tour - #1 on the Top Ten Ontario Motorcycle Routes for 2013
Algoma Country stretches from the North Channel of Georgian Bay, deep into the northernmost wilds of Ontario. Here you'll find glorious swathes of untamed boreal forest, glittering lakes around every sweep and turn, massive cliffs and mountains and a combination of the best motorcycle roads that make up the Grand Algoma Loop. This past summer I made an attempt to ride every paved road in Northern Ontario, and after surveying thousands of miles of asphalt in the province, the most scenic and entertaining rides to be had on two wheels is this loop. From the quaint town of Thessalon on the shores of the North Channel, heading North on Ontario's Tail of the Dragon (Highway 129) to Highway 101 into…
Travel Writers Rave About Visiting Thunder Bay and Area
Over 30 travel media writers, photographers and videographers visited Thunder Bay last summer between May and October. These travel journalists came to capture stores and features on what our Northern Ontario city has to the offer for tourism focusing on experiential touring and great outdoor adventures within the Lake Superior region. Paul Pepe, Tourism Manager for the City of Thunder Bay still excited by the number of new travel media requests, referred to as FAM (Familiarization) Tours, that are comming into the Tourism Thunder Bay office for this comming travel season. “Travel media tells stories in more detail and authenticity than an advertisement does and ends up costing much less than purchasing comparable advertising space,” said Pepe, noting the cost of advertising to…
Les Misérables
When The Musical Comedy Guild’s production of Les Misérables hits the stage November 27 at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre it will be a year in the making!  Thomas Brandstetter, Business Manager for The Musical Comedy Guild (MCG) applied for the rights to stage the world renowned musical last November and MCG was one of the first two amateur theatre companies in Canada to obtain the rights for the full stage production. Directors Loretta Durat and Joseph Lauzon began the process of doing the research directors often do when staging a production in early December.  Agnes McCarthy and Paul Dingle came on board as Vocal Director and Musical Director shortly thereafter.  Over the coming months key members were welcomed to…
Gargoyles, "A Little to To Your Left" Alternative for Dining, Music and Business
Gargoyles Grille and Ale 11 S. Cumberland St. Gargoyles Grille & Ale has established itself as part of the restaurant mix in Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District for the past 11 years, but Doug Morrill has made a conscious effort to diversify its product offering. Gargoyles is not only a place for great food on a visit to Thunder Bay but has an established reputation as a hotspot for live entertainment on weekends and a host for business meetings during the week. Open for lunch and dinner, Gargoyles offers more choices than the few gastropubs in town. Specials are offered on the first page. These will change. Some examples include caramelized fennel and speck pizza, spicy fish tacos, and for desert,…
Get Your Motor Runnin'
If you love motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, boating or ATVing, the Soo is your year-round destination for motorsports fun. At the heart of Canada’s great outdoors, Sault Ste. Marie is the ideal launching point for avid and casual motorsports enthusiasts alike. With easy access to long-distance tours or simple day trips, not to mention breathtaking natural scenery in every direction, Sault Ste. Marie is the motorsports gateway of Northern Ontario. Motorcycle riders itching to get their bikes out of storage will love the Sault in spring and the worldclass riding around every corner. For an overnight trip, try the Trans-Canada west to Wawa and you’ll experience what the Globe and Mail calls, “One of Canada’s top ten drives.” This spectacular highway…
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  • Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Experience this jewel at the end of Highway 105! It was a few years since I was last at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. I visited the museum this summer and all I can say is "WOW". It was great the last time I was there, but they've added…
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  • Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    My wife and I own a Mirage 29 sail boat and have been sailing on Lake Ontario for 20 years. It was time for a change of cruising ground and we were looking for a spot on Georgian Bay that would get us to the North Channel within a day…
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  • Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Visit one of the great towns and cities dotted among the lakes and forests in Northwest Ontario Northwest Ontario starts at the Manitoba/Ontario border and travels east to just past Marathon on the Trans Canada Highway. This vast expanse of land is home to many lakes, forests, wildlife and many…
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  • You Asked, We Answered: Things to Do in Algoma Country
    You Asked, We Answered: Things to Do in Algoma Country
    Northern Ontario -- wow the landscape is so vast, it seems so untamed, why would someone travel there? If you look at a map, you will find an area that is easily assessable because of its great location. Don't let the area of Algoma fool you on this map, its…
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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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  • Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Where To Go Start in the beautiful city of North Bay situated on the shores of Lake Nipissing with Trout Lake also within city limits. Here you will find trails and routes that will challenge and delight. Whether you're looking for a fun family getaway, a romantic weekend or a chance…
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  • 8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    There's a ton great performances lined up for this year's Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series The Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series line-up once again brings a variety of entertainment to Sioux Lookout, Ontario. From music to dance to comedy and humour, there's something for everyone. All shows start at 7:30pm at the…
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  • "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    Tina’s Breakfast and Lunch1170 Memorial Tina's Breakfast and Lunch is as their name says a wonderful choice for breakfast and lunch on your visit to Thunder Bay, especially if your here for a weekend of shopping. The diner serves all day breakfast till 3pm and is conveniently located on Memorial…
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  • Searchmont Ski Resort
    Searchmont Ski Resort
    Searchmont Ski Resort definitely has the most challenging runs within driving distance of our house. We have been coming here each Christmas for 10 Years now. Mr. and Mrs. Friedman, Saginaw, MI Bring your family to Sault Ste. Marie for a Ski Vacation.
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  • Farmers Markets are a Great Way to Spend a Saturday in Algoma
    Farmers Markets are a Great Way to Spend a Saturday in Algoma
    Locally grown farm-fresh products are at your finger tips in Algoma Country For the non-green thumb who want farm-fresh organic produce, quality meat, and poultry to prepare healthy meals, the Algoma Farmers Market is the place to go. Farmers Markets are a meeting place to celebrate what's local -- which…
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