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.
One Man's Search for the Infamous Gowganda Lake Grouse
Author's Note: The region around Gowganda Lake Ontario offers perfect conditions for creating a booming population of Grouse. Hence, it is a favoured destination for upland hunters and those wishing to quickly train a new hunting dog! A whispering fall breeze floats Aspen leaves to a colourful ground blanket. The sun shines brightly through the remaining kaleidoscope foliage causing my eyes squint. There is movement in the long grass ahead! My senses tweak alert and as a Ruffed Grouse takes to the sky! As I have done a hundred days before, my trusty 28 gauge finds my shoulder and one shot is fired off. Feathers mix with the falling leaves and i am assured of another evening feast! Fall Ruffed Grouse hunting…
The Tall Ships Festival
Sails on the St. Marys is part of the second year celebration of a three-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Sault Ste. Marie will be the only official Northern Ontario port of call for the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013 tour. The Roberta Bondar Marina and Pavilion will host three tall ships July 19th – 21st: US Brig Niagara, SV Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II.While most of the war activities took place away from Sault Ste. Marie in 1813, this year we celebrate life on the lakes. With our rich local history in shipbuilding, on deck tours will provide the opportunity for visitors to see life onboard the waters in 1813 and period re-enactors will be…
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…
Wabakimi Park A Wilderness Wonder
Northwestern Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park and northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are among North America’s best-known canoe destinations but North of Superior’s lesser-known Wabakimi Provincial Park is as big as those two areas combined, offering some 2000 kilometres of amazing canoe routes. Wabakimi Park is a true northern wilderness, featuring the world’s largest boreal forest reserves and spectacular views of the Canadian Shield. Home to woodland caribou, moose, eagles and wolves, the park was established in 1983, largely due to the efforts of Thunder Bay/Superior North’s new MP Bruce Hyer as well as many other long time residents of the Town of Armstrong. Visitors can fly from Armstrong’s numerous fly-in bases in to remote lodges and camps 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,…
Specializing in a breakfast and lunch menu...
Rooster’s Bistro 32 St. Paul Street   It's popularity in Thunder Bay forced Roosters Bistro to expand further down the length of their entire building on St. Paul St. in heart of the  Waterfront District. In a sunlit stretch of tables down one side of the building, civic workers mix with locals and tourists for hearty noon time fare.   Cating to Breakfast and Lunch Crowd   Open all week, Roosters is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch. Weekdays the Bistro closes at 4 pm and on the weekends at 2 pm. At noon they are packed, and if you’re in line the wait won’t be long.   Swirling around Jim Commuzi, the owner, the energetic staff communicates to each…
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…
Spectacular view of Lake Superior hiking the Nipigon River Trail
With its spectacular views, one of the best hiking trails visitors are likely to find traveling the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior is the Nipigon River Recreation Trail. The well maintained and well marked trail stretches more than 8-kilometres connecting the towns of Red Rock and Nipigon, just over an hour's drive east of Thunder Bay. The trail follows the scenic shoreline of the Nipigon River and the rugged shore of Lake Superior which is part of the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. The Nipigon River Recreation Trail also is to host to the "Hike for Health", a popular charity fundraiser held when fall colours dominate in late September. Starting from either end, visitors can choose to…
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…
Conquering the Canyon—Our Journey to Cochrane, Ontario
CONTEST WINNERS!!! This winter, we offered you a chance to win a legendary snowmobile trip for two. We received a truckload of entries, and now, we proudly present... our lucky winners! Read on below... Hearing the answer to a question that you already know the answer to can be just as deflating as being surprised by it. Last year, we called the Toronto Police Service and asked if we could take our snowmobiles out on the city streets. At the time, they were at a standstill—the city had stopped almost completely due to a snowstorm. Also, we had just seen someone do it—ride their sled right up a main street! As it turns out, you can’t do that. For a…
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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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  • Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Kayaking in Timmins, Ontario is BIG. The city hosts an annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge in August, calling all kayakers to the Mattagami river. A once peaceful river become a tizzy with avid paddlers, and even beginners who come out to race and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. You're in?…
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  • Temiskaming Drag n' Fly - A Great Reason to Ride
    Temiskaming Drag n' Fly - A Great Reason to Ride
     Mike Jacobs , motorcycle touring aficionado and freelance writer for Motorcycle.com recently visited the Temiskaming Drag ‘n Fly, hosted by the Earlton Airport August 12 – 15. Take a close look at the location of the drag race, and you’ll find that it’s located on one of Ontario’s premiere motorcycle…
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  • The Gales of November - Witness the Wrath of Lake Superior
    The Gales of November - Witness the Wrath of Lake Superior
    Cliquez ici pour une traduction française de cet article The Month of November breathes emotion into Lake Superior each and every year. For those of us lucky enough to be here to experience this phenomenon, it marks the time when fall is coming to an end, and winter wishes to…
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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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  • 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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  • Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Pioneer Spirit Noticeable in Ear Falls, Ontario Ear Falls on the west end of massive Lac Seul is a great example of Canada's many resource towns that has turned into a tourism mecca! deeply rooted in this small town's history are lumberjacks and miners, resource extraction that had its beginnings…
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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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  • A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    The word waterfall evokes a certain vision of beauty and tranquility, of the sheer power of flowing water. Waterfalls have captured the attention of people since the dawn of time and today, waterfalls continue to instil the feeling of "ahhhhhh" that we all want to capture. We inhale deeply and…
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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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