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.
The author with a typical Algoma Country walleye. Jigs are the go-to lure of most walleye anglers and for good reason.
When talk turns to walleye fishing, jigs are the lures most often discussed. It's no coincidence that jigs are the "go-to fishing lure" of most walleye enthusiasts but just knowing enough to take along some jigs on your next trip to Ontario's Algoma Country isn't a guarantee of fishing success. Jigs are a fishing tool and like any other tool in the garage one size or type doesn't fit every application. Let's use a hammer to illustrate a point. A claw hammer is a good tool for driving nails but not the best tool for putting on a hub cap. A rubber mallet is a hammer of sorts and is a good tool for putting on a hub cap but…
Lumberjacks - Food with a Middle East Connection
Lumberjacks 16 St. Paul Street   The name Lumberjacks is a bit of a ruse, for two reasons: the name sounds big, and the portions are good, but the place is small. They don’t have waiting staff and with only a handful of tables it’s nice that they are able to take advantage of the beautifully expanded sidewalk on  Paul St., a short one way street in Waterfront District on the northside of Thunder Bay.  Burgers, Kabobs, Gyros & More  And Lumberjacks sounds very Canadian but has a Middle Eastern touch as the first persian restaurant in Thunder Bay. They serve burgers – awesome burgers like the Angry Frenchman, a burger covered with poutine, or the Badass burger, containing layers…
Visiting the Amethyst Mine
This is a just a quick note thanking you all for a wonderful tour of your Amethyst Mine on Saturday morning (Sept 24).  The students were members of the Wildlife Society, with some of them from Missouri, Illinois, Alberta and Ontario. The all came back with enough rocks and 'gems' to share with the others who were on different tours that morning (in all there were about 40 students present for the conclave, so we got over a third of them at the mine - the others went either on a canoe trip or trapping voles that morning).  
Why I (Temporarily) Traded in My Canoe For a Kayak:  The Ancient Abitibi River and Great Canadian Kayak Challenge
I jumped the gun a bit when the tourism gang from the Timmins region in Northeastern Ontario invited me up to participate in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge. I agreed to race, basically because I love the Timmins area. Problem is, I’m a canoeist, not a kayaker. I also don’t have much of a competitive spirit. The last race I took part in was at a church picnic, when I was eight, running across a field balancing a hard-boiled egg on a spoon. I’m definitely not an anti-kayak sort like some of my canoemates, but to me, the joy of paddling is gently gliding a canoe across a mist-covered lake, not squeezing into tight neoprene and propelling myself across the…
A popular spot in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District
The Sovereign Room 220 Red River Road   Possibly the most talked about new restaurant in Thunder Bay is currently The Sovereign Room. Known to the locals as simply, The Sovereign, the new restaurant/bar opened in the Waterfront District late in 2010. It’s a gastro pub, but don’t be fooled by the yellow sign above the window that reads, Kim Lee’s Restaurant. Kim Lee is long gone, but the owner of the Sovereign was nostalgic for the old place.       The Sovereign caters to a mix of grey hairs and youngsters, sometimes making it difficult to find a table or booth. The noise level increases as well. The place has character as it is fairly small, dark and decorated…
It's blueberry picking time in Nipigon.
Late July and early August means the blue berries are ripe and ready to pick in Northern Ontario. And there is no better place to pick blueberries than off old bush roads in the area around Nipigon, Ontario. Each year there are lots of blueberries to pick, and so much so it has resulted in thel Blueberry Blast held year on the August long weekend. 2014 will mark the 12th year for the popular event.. This is a blueberry celebration you won't want to miss. Nipigon is located at the crossroads where Highway 11 and Highway 11/17 meet on the top of Lake Superior and is only a short hour drive east of Thunder Bay. Weekend of Blueberry Picking & Family Entertainment…
Sault Naturalists
Appreciation, preservation and conservation, this club has a mission! The Sault Naturalists of Ontario and Michigan is a club with a mission to promote the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of our natural heritage. One way we do this is to get out most every weekend and peddle, paddle, hike, ski and snowshoe through some of the most beautiful and rugged country in Algoma.One of our favorite destinations is Gros Cap, located at the far west end of Prince Township and accessible from the end of Highway 550 (Second Line) approximately 20 minutes west of town. The site is an unparalleled setting of natural, historical and cultural significance on the Superior Heritage Coast. Cobble beaches, 90 meter high craggy rock faces…
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, So Many Good Performances to Enjoy!
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) adds to the reputation of Thunder Bay as a regional centre for the performing arts in Northwestern Ontario. Locally known as the TBSO, the Thunder Bay symphony has been around for over 50 years putting on concerts that appeal to a wide and diverse audience from pure classical performances in their Masterword Series, to a mix of modern and popular music with a classical twist in their Pops series, and children’s concerts. Going to a symphony performance can be an experience in itself. You will be especially delighted to know most of their major performances all take place in our Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, a professional 1500 seated arts centre considered “one of the…
A unique idea for a coffee shop and bakery.
Sweet Escape Café and BakeryUnit 2-271 Bay St. Sweet Escape Café and Bakery is a hidden treasurer in the Bay & Algoma Neighbourhood of Thunder Bay on Machar Avenue a few steps off Bay St. offering an inventive mix of baking, tea leaf readings and space for displays of local art. Down from the corner of Bay and Algoma and sharing the same building with Portobello Home this newly renovated space and elegant coffee shop and bakery is quickly garnering a following of dedicated cake lovers. With a thirty-seat capacity, including a comfortable leather couch and great décor, the warm interior will beckon you in to sit for a while. The smell of cakes baking might waft in through the…
Delta Sault Ste. Marie
In the past year, there has been a veritable reboot of the Sault's hotel industry. Today, travellers demand more for their hard-earned money. Simply having a dry place to sleep for the night, and perhaps a swim, is no longer the exciting experience it was 30 years ago. People are looking for more amenities and luxuries than ever before, and there is a heightened awareness now that those luxuries exist at affordable rates. Thanks to television, the Internet and word-of-mouth, travellers are now savvier, more aware and they have more refined tastes. Since Sault Ste. Marie is located in Northern Ontario, travellers may think that when they visit they'll have to compromise on their hotel and dining experiences while staying…
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  • The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    Not Another Fish Story In Sunset Country, we mean business when it comes to the subject of muskie fishing in Ontario! In this part of the Province, the muskie live long and grow to enormous sizes. Some of Ontario's most famous muskie waters are located in Sunset Country. Everyone has…
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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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  • Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Ontario's Sunset Country - The Walleye Wonderland There are a lot of places that claim to have the best walleye fishing in the world but can they really back it up? If you dig a little deeper into their claims like we have, you'll find the answer to that is…
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  • Mattawa Voyageur Country
    Mattawa Voyageur Country
    The picturesque town of Mattawa is situated at the junction of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It just so happens that name Mattawa, derived from the Ojibwe "Mahtahwan" means "meeting of the waters". This friendly community is the oldest settlement in the Nipissing District. Not only is it home to…
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  • Celebrate Winter at the 5th Annual Dryden Winter Festival
    Celebrate Winter at the 5th Annual Dryden Winter Festival
    Enjoy some great events February 14-17, 2014 as we celebrate Family Day in Dryden, Ontario. Get out of your winter blues and take part in Dryden's Annual Winter Festival during the Family Day Weekend. There's 4 full days of fun beginning with line dancing Friday morning and ending with Horse Drawn…
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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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  • These Incredible Photos Tell the Story of Ontario's Sunset Country in 2013
    These Incredible Photos Tell the Story of Ontario's Sunset Country in 2013
    Relive the best of 2013 in Northwest Ontario through a summary of our photo posts on Facebook. Sunset Country enjoyed some wild weather, lot's of great fishing action and overall experienced a great year. Here is a round up of the photos that made it to the Ontario's Sunset Country…
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  • Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Northeastern Ontario is no reason to hibernate. Consider it a reason to celebrate; The cavalcade of autumn colours, the festive fall fairs and the cozy evenings are the perfect send-off to a summer well spent.  Join us at one of the many fall fairs, festivities and events happening…
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  • Get Hooked: Fly Fishing in Algoma
    Get Hooked: Fly Fishing in Algoma
    Fishing Stories in Algoma are That true. You'll never need to embellish your fishing story in Algoma because the fish here are really That Big. Northern Pike, Walleye, fat Small and Largemouth Bass and several species of Trout (don't forget Whitefish and Perch!) all dwell in this region's lakes, rivers,…
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  • Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre has been host to cultural services for over thirty-seven years. In recent years, the museum archives were moved throughout the city until a permanent location could be found. They have since found a permanent location, and are open to the public at 325 Second Avenue,…
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