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.
A spectacular view of the city from the lookout on top of Mount McKay
I first spotted the reference to this Thunder Bay attraction as a small marking on my tourist map. As I wolfed down a Sausage McMuffin at a fast food joint near the airport, I looked over to one side of the map and saw a marking for a lookout point on Mount McKay. What the heck, I thought, as I wanted to get a birds-eye view of Thunder Bay, a Northern Ontario city that I was exploring for the first time. I drove down, crossed the Kaministiquia River onto Fort William First Nation and followed the signs, admiring the view of a rocky outcropping looming high overhead like an ancient beacon. I paid a guy at the gate $5, then…
The Temiskaming Loop
Ontario Tourism updated the Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario for 2013. As they described, these are some of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. We're elated to have 3 Northeastern Ontario Motorcylce Tours on the roster! We join Ontario Tourism in recommending these Northeastern Ontario motorcycle routes:  Georgian Bay Coastal Route The Georgian Bay Coastal Route came in at #7 on the Top 10 List for 2013. The 800km (500 mile) route takes a long weekend to complete, and will expose you to some of Ontario's most iconic scenery - the windswept pines, crystal blue waters and granite rockfaces of Georgian Bay. We recommend a visit the village of Killarney, to see the reflective blue waters and enjoy…
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…
The romance of skating at Prince Arthur's Landing
It has the magic and delight of renowned rinks like Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto or the Rockefeller Centre in New York, but this popular outdoor skating attraction is located on the Lake Superior waterfront in Thunder Bay, your gateway to outdoor winter experiences in Northwest Ontario. So pack up your skates on your next visit to Thunder Bay this winter to enjoy the splendor and serenity of the outdoor skating rink at Prince Arthur’s Landing, an up-and-coming quintessential Thunder Bay experience. The artificial ice re-surfaced on a regular basis offers excellent conditions for a skater’s delight. Situated in the heart of the new waterfront development of the Waterfront District, this outdoor artificial rink offers an intimate, tranquil atmosphere with…
The New Fly Fisher host Colin McKeown with a smallmouth bass.
I cast to the outside of the weed growth and counted down my streamer. I started the retrieve with a quick jerk, then twitch. From deep in the weeds a large shadow appeared and followed the streamer. I quickly changed direction of the fly as to imitate a fleeing baitfish and the monster of a smallmouth attacked. This same scenario repeated itself all day long with fish averaging 4 pounds. I have never been to a lake with so many large smallmouth bass. This most excellent trip started with a call to Adrian Hoke, owner of Misty Mountain Fly Shop / McCauley's Motel and Restaurant located on Highway 17 North in Havilland Bay. McCauley's Motel is unique in that it…
The Sleeping Giant, a legendary landmark, is the backdrop to Thunder Bay's marina on the shores of Lake Superior.
I live on a houseboat in a marina in the San Francisco Bay so, understandably, I’m a little choosy about my marinas. The non-negotiables are, of course, an expansive view of a large body of and, naturally, a scenic backdrop. A little commercial activity would be appreciated, but more importantly, I want a community feel, somewhere I’d enjoy just hanging out and taking in the local culture. I knew I’d come across somewhere special when I arrived at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. To start with, Thunder Bay’s waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landing (also known as Marina Park) is situated in a picturesque and protected lakefront harbor on the grandiose Lake Superior, with tree-covered hills and pristine islands in…
Lake Superior's Slate Islands
A trip to the majestic Slate Islands in Terrace Bay was in the cards, but the one thing we couldn't have planned for was everything falling into place to make it the perfect trip. Lake Superior was like glass as we sit eagerly in the charter boat during the 20 minute ride to what locals simply refer to as "the Slates". Our expert guide tours us around one side of the islands to dock on the Southern side of Patterson Island. From there we take a light hike up to Lake Superior’s tallest lighthouse at 224 feet above sea level. The view is amazing and provides for an awe-inspiring panorama of the rest of the islands and Lake Superior. From…
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, Paige Duke, catches a giant pike through the ice with Guide Jeff Gustafson!
My Northern Ontario Ice Fishing Adventure! Editor's Note: Entrepreneur, model, cast member of Sweet Home Alabama on CMT, veterinary technician, account representative for Krugerfarms.com and Miss Sprint Cup, Paige Duke has seemingly done it all in her relatively short time in the public eye. One of the things that Paige is best known for is her love of the outdoors — especially hunting and fishing. Read on and enjoy Paige tell in her own words, the incredible fun she had while ice fishing for walleye and pike in beautiful Ontario's Sunset Country. And don't miss Paige's video at the bottom of this article. I wanted to share with y'all my experience from last spring, when I went to Ontario's Sunset…
Mountain Stream Orchard is nestled in backdrop of the Nor'wester Mountain range south of Thunder Bay
Tranquil Spot Where Apples Grow  High above the Slate River Valley on the rural outskirts of Thunder Bay, where corn stalks march across rolling fields tall and golden waiting to be harvested, is a small clearing of land, tucked amongst native pine forests, where apple trees grow.   The road to the Mountain Stream Orchard winds up into the Nor’wester Mountain range through trees that sport the first blush of fall.   If it were not for the sign propped amid fall wild flowers and spent thistles at the side of the road, it would remain a hidden gem. And as I turn off Oliver Creek Road, down a small dip in the driveway, I think Mountain Stream Orchard just…
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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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  • Historic Downtown Hike
    Historic Downtown Hike
    Visit the Discovery North Bay Museum and experience a Historic Dowtown Hike. Throughout this hike, discover various buildings and their history, ranging from stores in the downtown core to historical buildings around the area. Become familiar with the historical development of the local community and see sites of historical significance.  Develop a sense of understanding of…
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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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  • North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    The North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel was a great value and excellent for all ages. We brought our two year old daughter to the Heritage Train over the weekend. We spent $10 and we were able to enjoy the train twice and carosel once each, the ticket takers are…
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  • Let’s Go Cruisin -- Algoma’s Two Big Classic Car Shows (And Why You Should Go)
    Let’s Go Cruisin -- Algoma’s Two Big Classic Car Shows (And Why You Should Go)
    Here's a tip when you're planning your trip to Algoma Country: make a list of all our festivals and events to take with you! Our communities host incredible events that celebrate our local food, culture, history, art, entertainment & attractions -- all set against the backdrop of our magnificent landscape.…
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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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  • Lake of the Woods Concert Group to keep you entertained right until April
    Lake of the Woods Concert Group to keep you entertained right until April
    Looking for a concert in Kenora? The Lake of the Woods Concert Group is offering 8 live concerts for the 2013/2014 season. The Lake of the Woods Concert Group brings in live entertainment to Kenora, Ontario each year. The series offers a wide variety of performances in order to appeal…
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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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  • Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Head Out on the Open Road to Enjoy the Fall Colours In early September, the air is definitely much cooler in the evening and at night. With shorter days we all know (although we may not want to admit it) summer is on its way out! That's fine as they…
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  • Where Anglers Come Together in the Race for the Top Trophy Fish!
    Where Anglers Come Together in the Race for the Top Trophy Fish!
    Nothing beats catching the winning fish in a Sunset Country tournament! Every year visitors from all over the world come to experience and make ever lasting memories in the beauty of Sunset Country.  Many individuals fall in love with Northwest, Ontario and return each year bringing friends and family. Some…
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