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.
Algoma's Water Tower Inn
The year is 1981 and I’m 11 years old. I'm riding in a shuttle bus that’s transporting my family and I from the Los Angeles airport to our hotel. It’s nighttime and the thick L.A. air makes it feel like another planet. A taxicab swerves in front of the shuttle bus, and our driver and the cabbie exchange profanities.   We’re only staying in Los Angeles for one night, prior to heading to San Diego to visit family. The hotel is grey and so is our room. There is a small balcony and the room smells like stale cigarettes. I’m thrilled. There was always something special about staying in a hotel, even if it was rather unexceptional. How times have…
Game Action at Robin's Tournament
The busyness and excitement of the winter holidays will continue into January each year in Thunder Bay, as close to 40 out-of-town hockey teams from communities all over Northwest Ontario, travel to play in the annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic. The 23rd annual event held in 2014 proved to be another successful event.   The Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers of the past 38 years are proud to host this popular minor hockey tournament.   The Robin’s Classic took place January 16th - 19th 2014, and once again tournament passes were available at all Robin’s Donut locations weeks before the event.   Robin Donut’s, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain has supported the event…
Pete & Ang from Fish'n Canada Tackle Algoma...One Lodge at a Time!
Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman of Fish'n Canada experienced remote fishing in Algoma and this is what they had to say: The Fish'n Canada crew has been to a lot of fishing destinations throughout Canada and this trip has to rank right up there near the top. During our visits to Errington's Wilderness Island and Lodge Eighty-Eight we've experienced luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, 5-star cuisine and of course what Algoma is famous for, world class fishing. These might be some of the "best" quality productions we have ever captured. Watch for these great episodes in the up-coming Fish'n Canada season. Thanks Carol and the rest of the folks at OTMPC for making it all possible!   For more information about…
HMS Bounty Tall Ship on St. Mary's river
“By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining big sea water…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha. Situated in the heart of North America thousands of miles from any ocean, Sault Ste. Marie is still, in many ways, a maritime city. Its location at a strategic juncture of the Great Lakes, and the innumerable smaller bodies of water surrounding it, have made the Sault a key centre of nautical exploration, commercial shipping and recreational boating. In all senses of the phrase, this is a community built by the water. From the pre-Columbian age, the river linking those two vast inland seas to its east and west has defined the site of present-day Sault Ste. Marie. The native Ojibway…
Hiawatha
Relax and decompress among the trees, fresh air, chirping birds, and waterfalls. These three nature hikes are an escape within the city; two sections of the John Rowswell HUB Trail (Fort Creek & Finn Hill extensions), and Crystal Creek Falls at Kinsmen Park/Hiawatha Highlands.Fort Creek & Finn Hill Extensions of the HUB Trail are both wheelchair accessible and part of a 25-km (15.6 mile) multiuse path system that links areas of the city and points of interest; including the downtown Boardwalk, Bellevue Park, Algoma University, Sault College, the hospital and Fort Creek Conservation Area. You will see pine, cedar and spruce, as well as, balsam fir, poplar, aspen, white birch, yellow birch, red maple and sugar maple trees. Birds you…
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…
Boating up the Nipigon River
A fierce tug at the end of my fly line jolted my arm, the reel spun, and the line ran out. The fish swam deep, broke free of my hook and was gone before I even had the chance to dream about how-big-it-might-be.  Reelin' In the Big One The appeal of the world’s biggest brook trout, at 31-inches and 14 1/2 pounds, was enough to lure this fly fisher to the Nipigon River in Nipigon, Ontario last summer. Though the record breaking trout was caught in 1915, there are still some big fish in the river, and I hoped to land one. Gord Ellis Senior lands a Nipigon brookie - Photo by Gord Ellis With Ray Rivard as my Nipigon…
#1 Catching Snow Flakes
North Bay, Ontario will soon be beckoning in the World Ringette Championship, and welcoming teams from around the world; Including teams from Finland, Sweden, United States, and Canada nationally. The event will begin on December 29, 2013 at the Capitol Centre, and championship games will take place well into the new year.  With international peers joining us this holiday season, it begs the question; What kinds of Canadian winter experiences are there to enjoy in North Bay? 1. Ringette Well, yeah. Did you know North Bay is the birthplace of ringette? The game was invented by Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of North Bay, in 1963. The rules he recorded 50 years ago are…
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…
Catch the races at the Emo Speedway
Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country This summer, experience hospitality and loads of fun at the events and festivals going on in Ontario's Sunset Country. Up here it is party time in the great outdoors, alongside beautiful freshwater lakes, in friendly towns and cities and even in the midst of the boreal forest. Here's a sampling of what you can do: Canada Day July 1st is a big deal in the many small towns and cities across the region. Take in the fireworks display or attend many sales and events in town. Most communities have special activities lined up so if you are here and staying at a resort or lodge, make sure you head into town on Canada…
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  • Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Where can you go Motorcross Racing, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and Snowmobiling? At the Charleson Recreation Area in Atikokan, Ontario. The Charleson Recreation Area (CRA), often called the Charleson Pits, is located in Atikokan, halfway between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay. It takes its name from the original Canadian Charleson…
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  • Where to Find Algoma Snowmobile Trail Updates Online
    Where to Find Algoma Snowmobile Trail Updates Online
    It seems like a minute a snowflake hits the ground, staff at Algoma Country are taking calls, replying to emails and fulfilling inquiries for trail maps about snowmobiling trips to our region. So to help our snowmobile friends from Michigan and the Greater Toronto Area, I've compiled a list of…
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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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  • Experience the Ultimate Canadian Fishing Trip
    Experience the Ultimate Canadian Fishing Trip
    Sunset Country: Canada's Premier Fishing Destination Since the 1920s, Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has been the place in the Province for American and Canadian anglers to go on a fishing trip. Why you ask? Well for one thing consider the fact that in this region of Ontario, the lakes…
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  • Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    The Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour is situated in the historic village of Cobalt, which is nestled on Canada's pre-cambrian shield - known for a rich supply of gold, silver, nickel, cobalt, zinc, copper and iron ore. You might think the village was made famous for mining it's mineral namesake, but…
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  • It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    Pick up your free Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Guide & Map at one of these 5 shows. Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association not only brings our free brochure and map, but also many of the lodges and resorts' brochures. If you're planning a vacation, or maybe a trip to Northwestern…
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  • Smile! Algoma’s Fun Roadside Attractions You’ll Want to Photograph
    Smile! Algoma’s Fun Roadside Attractions You’ll Want to Photograph
    Check out these roadside attractions when you plan your next tour of Algoma's roadways at www.touralgoma.com One of the staples of any traveler's photo album is the kitschy roadside attraction. Roadside attractions are fun, often quirky, and ususally represent the cultural background of the area you're visiting. Some of the…
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  • Take a drive up beautiful Highway 105
    Take a drive up beautiful Highway 105
    Drive to the "End of the Road" to Red Lake Highway 105 begins at Vermilion Bay and goes north up to Red Lake, Ontario. While you can drive up and back in a day, there's lots to see and do along the way, so you may want to take a…
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  • Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, get out and try ice fishing. The fresh air, mixed with awesome scenery and catching a lake trout or walleye will put a smile on your face and will change your mind about staying inside in the winter.…
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  • Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Editor's Note: Are you an American citizen, planning a trip to Northern Ontario? We welcome you and want to make sure you have all the information you'll need to cross the border. For information about what you can bring to Canada, firearms and weapons, you can find more information at…
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