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.
Firefighter's 10-Miler, A Spring Road Race of Tradition and History
If you are an avid runner, a trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the May long weekend to take part in one of Canada's oldest road races, the Fire Fighters 10-Mile Road Race is one to mark on your calendar! Set to take place on the Canadian May long weekend, Victoria Day, Monday May 19th 2014, the 10-Miler is an exciting and historic Thunder Bay tradition that dates back to 1910. A community celebration for runners of all speed levels, the Fire Fighters 10-Miler remains one of Thunder Bay's premier running events along with the Thunder Bay Marathon and June Classic 5K & 10K. A Premiere Spring Road Race Register to be a part of this exhilarating race, where you and your runners…
Horizons
I arrived early to experience the freshness of spring, the advantage of calmer winds and to avoid bugs. It’s early June and still quite chilly - the way I like it. The water is only 4 degrees and capsizing would most likely be deadly. I’m on a 3-week solo canoe trip and the only visitor in a 100 km stretch of coast in Lake Superior’s Pukaskwa National Park, looking for solitude and uninterrupted visual experience. As artist in residence for Parks Canada, I will be too busy with photography-workshops in the summer to explore this magnificent shore. The grandeur of the scenery is overwhelming. What a privilege to live here. One can hardly resist shooting hundreds of beautiful land- and…
An entertaining experience for participants and spectators
Ladies, if you’ve ever dreamed of dirt, grim and sweat then the Dirty Girls Mud Run is the perfect event for you! Dirty Girls is a 5km Mud Run complete with obstacles held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.  This year’s event, the second annual is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at This Old Barn in Murillo, Ontario and promises to better than last year. Registration takes place Saturday January 18 at Intercity Shopping Centre from 9:30am to 6pm in the promotions and again on Sunday January 19 at Intercity from noon to 5pm.  NOTE: Last year’s event filled in less than 3 hours, so come early to ensure your team gets a spot!     if you want to enjoy…
Fly-in Fishing Adventures with Brunswick Lake Lodge in Algoma Country.
How do you get 4 adult men to screech, squawk and giggle like school girls on the last day of semester? Drop them in on Algoma Country's Brunswick Lake Lodge for a week of FISHING! Watch as Ontario Outdoor Writer Dale Hainer takes you on a virtual adventure of Brunswick Lake Lodge. Having ventured to many remote Ontario outpost camps in my life, Brunswick Lake Lodge, situated in the historical heart of Algoma, was a thrilling change of pace! This was my first experience to a remote lodge complete with all the amenities including on-site caretakers, hosts, generated hydro, clean drinking well water, hot and cold running water in the showers, wood fired sauna, bleach brightened fish cleaning station with…
Musee La Gare
The mornings’ ride from North Bay was a damp one- yet invigorating! The sky ahead was clearing so I turned the Harley-Davidson into Temagami’s olden train station to rid myself of my rain suit. A small town built upon Temiskaming’s district; an area extending as far north as James Bay. The ground under my feet covered a heritage I found quite difficult to comprehend. Here 9,000 years ago is where Canada’s first Nation’s people thrived. It was hard to believe that within a few hours I’d metamorphosed my bustling “concrete jungle” surroundings in “Taronto” to that of a northern outdoor explorer submerged in this beauty and silence. Temagami Train Station A few hours riding northward; there’s just no tiring of…
Lake Superior
Okay, I am guilty, I tried to put just the top ten, but there were so many cool facts about this beautiful body of water I actually listed fifteen. They are in no particular order because they are all so interesting I leave it up to you as to which is number one! 1. Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh water on the planet Earth.2. It covers 82,000 square kilometers or 31,700 square miles with an average depth of 147 meters or 483 feet.3. The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333 feet.4. There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior and Lake Superior is known to not give up her dead.…
First one to the fish wins!
A picture is worth 1000 words. Check out these amazing images Sunset Country posted this year on Facebook. Ontario's Sunset Country is a vast wilderness area with some smaller cities and towns mixed in with the 70,000 lakes and rivers. It's a beautiful area and not hard to have an abundance of really great photos depicting it. Here's a compilation of Ontario's Sunset Country's most popular and most shared Facebook posts throughout 2013. They were either our original posts, ones that we shared from our members or from people that posted to our wall. Enjoy! January Although taken in the summer, we couldn't resist sharing Red Lake Outfitters'  photo of the northern lights in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. The Aurora…
501st Canadian Garrison
On April 26th and 27th, Schumacher Lions Club will present the 2nd Annual Northern Ontario Expo, which in layman's terms - is Northern Ontario's only comic-con and cosplay convention, and it's happening in Timmins, Ontario! Browse the work of renowned comic artists. Some of the artists in attendance include Mike Rooth, Spent Pencils, Alfonso Espinos, Sharon Gauthier, Tony Bedard, Kim Vachon and Nutshell Studios. What is a comic-con without celebrity guests and photo-ops? Previous guests have included TV's Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Dukes of Hazzard's John Scneider, Star Wars' Amy Allen and WWE's Lita.   This year will not disappoint, with guest appearances by Gold Medalist Meghan Agosta, Maximum Pro Wrestling's April Hunter and Mary Pearl, and 501st Legion Canadian Garrison.  Come…
Check out the authentic dining experience of Indian Cuisine
Masala Grille170 Algoma St. North The Masala Grille offers a unique culinary offering if you are looking for something different on your visit to Thunder Bay. Masala is an Indian word referring to the mixing of spices, and the spices they use come mostly from India. Many of the vegetables they use are locally produced. The owner of Masala Grille, Rama Agarwal, may have paved the way for cultural food diversity in Thunder Bay. When it opened in 2006 everyone was talking about it, arguing whether the food was too spicy or not spicy enough. Bets were placed on how long her restaurant would last. But Masala proved very popular and bespoke of something many doubted possible, namely that food…
Casque Isle Trail connects 53 kilometres along the shoreline of Lake Superior
On a recent summer Saturday, a small group of hiking enthusiasts were treated to a memorable hike along a portion of the Casque Isles Trail.  Note: Only a two-and-a-half drive east of Thunder Bay.   The trail follows the shoreline of the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, for 53 kilometres from Rossport to Terrace Bay.  The Casque Isle Trail, part of the Voyageur Trail Association, is divided into five sections of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.    This particular group, which consisted of a few residents from Nipigon, a recently transplanted couple from Southern Ontario, a retired Minnesotan and me from Thunder Bay, was about to tackle the family-friendly Lyda Bay segment which runs from Terrace Bay…
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  • All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    From the moment a snowflake hits the ground, every snowmobiler is thinking about their ultimate snowmobile trip for the upcoming winter. The region of Algoma is the obvious choice and here are just a few reasons why: an annual snowfall of 10 feet, 2,000 miles of beautifully groomed trails and…
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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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  • Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    All-inclusive Lodges and Resorts Sure to Please If you want to concentrate on fishing or relaxing and nothing else then an American Plan Package at one of the lodges or resorts is what you'll need. Hearty meals are served up for you along with a shore lunch kit or boxed…
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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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  • Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Photograph Nature & Wildlife in Sunset Country Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is one of the many great places in Canada where wildlife are abundant.  If you love nature and photography, then come for a visit and experience the great sights and sounds we have to offer. Whether it be…
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  • Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    - Throughout the year, Eau Claire Gorge initiates an array of feelings and emotions.  It is a walking place, very moving. It is one of those waterfalls where you hear the tumbling water before you see it.  There is anticipation and you will not be disappointed when you peer over…
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  • Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Vegetables and Fruit This Summer The season for farmers' markets in Sunset Country is fast appproaching. Over the years farmers' markets have become enormous in popularity not only in Northwest, Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' markets have become popular because of the demand…
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  • Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Family Camping Trips Pack up the kids and the gear, hop in the RV and get on the road as you embark on a great family camping expedition in Ontario's Sunset Country! With 70,000 freshwater lakes spread across thousands of square kilometers of boreal forest, Sunset Country is the "promised…
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  • The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    Here's a look at what boating in the North Channel of Lake Huron is really like: While visiting the North Channel for a weekend getaway, I was stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty of the rugged shorelines, the pure blue waters and the majestic bald eagle…
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  • Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Northland Paradise Lodge in Temagami, Ontario lead a variety of photography tours within the White Bear Forest. Whether you're a professional photographer or a novice, they offer a photo tour to suit your needs. White Bear Forest is the sixth largest remaining white & red pine old-growth white forest, and…
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