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.
Grey Owl: An Icon of Temagami (and Canadian) History
Temagami, Ontario was once home to the world renowned conservationist and author, Grey Owl.   Archie Belany was reputed to be the son of a Scottish father and an Apache mother. In 1906, 17-year-old Belaney arrived at Temagami station, fulfilling a dream to live in the Canadian wilderness among native people. During the next six years, he let his hair grow, learned to speak Ojibway and became an expert in the ways of the forest. By 1912, when he left Temagami for Biscotasing, people accepted him as a native trapper.     It was his love of Gertrude Bernard (or Anahareo), a young Iroquois Mohawk woman, that inspired Grey Owl to leave his trapping profession behind, for conservation activisim. The…
Mark Romanack's Fishing Tips for Catching Walleye on Esnagi Lake at Lodge 88
Want to catch walleye on Esnagi Lake in Algoma Country? Editor's Notes: Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack shares his fishing tactics for catching walleye after his fly-in fishing trip to Lodge 88 on Esnagi Lake. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com Lodge 88 located in the heart of Algoma Country and on beautiful Esnagi Lake. Esnagi Lake is one of those fishing destinations that should be on every walleye angler's bucket list. Once you've fished Esnagi, it's not a question if you will return, but rather when. Part of the outfitting service known as North to Adventure, (www.northtoadventure.com) the MacLachlan family has outfitting in their blood. This family business was established back in 1959…
A Fascinating Experience Touring the Islands of Lake Superior near Village of Rossport
We’re out on a tour of the gorgeous Lake Superior islands near the pretty village of Rossport (east of Thunder Bay) when guide Paul Turpin of Discovery Charters  points out a small rock sticking up out of the placid water. Rossport is about a two-hour drive east of Thunder Bay   “That’s called Jim’s Rock,” he tells me, straight-faced.   I turn on my camera to snap a photo and Turpin lets out a laugh.   “It’s also called Mark’s Rock or Paul’s Rock,” he adds. “It’s pretty much named after whoever I have on board.”   Turpin tells me he took a small boy and his family out on the lake a while back and told the lad the…
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…
Top of the Lookout Trail at Pancake Bay.
Lake Superior: Cruel, Awe-inspiring and Beautiful -- the Greatest of the Great Lakes On November 10, 1975 an ore carrier -- the Edmund Fitzgerald -- sank in Lake Superior during a November storm, taking the lives of all 29 crew members. Later that month, Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, inspired by an article in Newsweek Magazine, wrote what is probably his most famous song: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Music and lyrics ©1976 by Gordon LightfootThe legend lives on from the Chippewa on downof the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."The lake, it is said, never gives up her deadwhen the skies of November turn gloomy.With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons morethan the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,that good…
Stokely Creek Lodge
The perfect mix of snow and terrian turned a dream into a reality... Just a few km North of Sault Ste Marie, amid the Algoma Highlands, you will find Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the result of a dream. Its founder scoured the Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved, cross-country skiing. He developed the trails and build a ski resort. A few years ago, long time guests of Stokely bought the resort so it would continue for their grandchildren and the next generations of cross country enthusiasts. Their dedication to making Stokely a great place to ski paid off; CNN travel says Stokely is…
Jay Samsal holds a nice walleye caught on Lake of the Woods
Enjoy some hard water fishing action on Lake of the Woods with these fishing tips. Interested in World Class Brook Trout Ice Fishing in Sunset Country? Click here to learn more You've probably heard about Lake of the Woods - with over 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands, it's a spectacular lake. The Canadian side of Lake of the Woods offers many different points, drop offs, flats and island chains. The structure combined with the variety of fish makes it a great place to go ice fishing. There are healthy populations and trophy fish in many different species. Fish for walleye, lake trout, crappie, northern pike, whitefish or perch. You may catch the occasional muskie or bass too. Use…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District, explained Justus Veldman, of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…
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…
Birds Flock to Dorion on Lake Superior's north shore
A Birder's Paradise on the North Shore of Superior The north shore of Lake Superior is one of the most scenic stretches of shoreline in Canada. Rugged beauty abounds in rocky bays, towering headlands, dense green forests and clear blue water for as far as your eyes can see.  But there’s much more to this area than just raw beauty, and all it takes is a closer look to reveal one of the area’s best kept secrets – the place is for the birds!    Birders sit on the Lake Superior shoreline at Hurkett Cove near Dorion, Ontario.    During spring and summer, the north shore is magnet for birds because of two factors:    Weary migrants stop here to…
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  • Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Surrounded by Lake Superior and Lake Huron, two of the mightiest freshwater lakes in the world, Algoma Country is home to world class boating. Algoma offers visitors outstanding water adventures for power-boats, yachtsmen, and sailors. Whether you want to cruise the Benjamin Islands in the North Channel, or discover Lake…
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  • Packages & Vacations at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
    Packages & Vacations at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
    Piebird Bed & Breakfast is set in a century home with lots of soul near North Bay, Ontario. Hosts' Yan and Sherry welcome their guests with homegrown vegetarian meals and a relaxing, happy atmosphere. Dinner Delight $245 (private rate) per couple includes one night accommodation and fresh-from-the-field dinner for two…
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  • Fish and Hunt Lodges Double as Family Getaways
    Luxury lodges and rustic cabins offer a range of outdoor experiences By James E. Brennan The morning sun catches the green glow of a stand of trees, casting a mirror image on the still lake waters. The smell of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee drifts from a nearby lodge kitchen. A…
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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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  • North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    After our first visit to North Bay to visit Dylan, who is attending college and has joined the military, we want to thank North Bay for an excellent first impression. Staff at the hotel and restaurants were friendly and made us feel welcome.  We appreciate the warmth and charm of…
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  • Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    The Into The White: Annual Snowshoe Race is unique. In fact, organizers would prefer to call it a "fun run". The course is inclusive for all ages and abilities, and set in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains. So why not hike, run, snowshoe or kicksled your way through the groomed trails,…
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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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  • 14 Day Provincial Park Tour
    14 Day Provincial Park Tour
    Explore Sunset Country's Provincial Parks With 100,000 square kilometers of forest and 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams, Sunset Country has its fair share of Ontario Provincial Parks. These beautiful parks are located alongside most of the major highways in the region and if you love the outdoors, camping, fishing, swimming…
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  • Discover Sunset Country's History at Local Museums
    Discover Sunset Country's History at Local Museums
      Sunset Country's communities can distinguish themselves from other areas for a number of reasons; not only is the landscape that surrounds the towns breathtaking, their involvement in preserving their local history is unrivaled. Luckily for visitors, their history, culture as well as artifacts can be viewed in many local museums, which…
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  • Four Cross Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma
    Four Cross Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma
    With an average snowfall of 10 feet,  Algoma Country has many winter outdoor adventures : cross country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, ice climbing and snowmobiling. This region is home to some of the finest Nordic skiing in the world from well groomed trail systems to bold back-country treks through snowy…
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