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.
Laurel Gosselin holds a beautiful stocked brook trout that she caught early in the ice season
Editor's Note: In his second article on this site, Jeff Gustafson, host of "Fishing with Gussy", gives some great tips on maximizing the "hot bite" for stocked species of trout in Ontario's Sunset Country. As a professional angler and experienced guide, Gussy uses his vast experience to give us some advice to help make our ice fishing efforts more successful. For more information about ice fishing trips in Ontario's Sunset Country, visit the website www.snowontario.ca/icefishing
My Recent Bear Hunt in Marten River, ON Was a Successful One
I will never forget my dad having his arms wrapped around me and whispering in my ear, how to aim that old 1950’s pellet gun. Patience was clearly a virtue that he possessed, as there were two boys younger than me in the family. One at a time he would sit, explain and teach us to shoot that old pellet gun. Then from there we were not satisfied, so into the woods we would go, cut down our own cedar bows and make a real bow and arrow. What a memory in that back yard with dad, Paul, and Kevin shooting for hours on end and chasing every poor critter that lived within a mile of our country home. Memories…
Gord Ellis lands a walleye in his boat
Thunder Bay and surrounding area has some of the most diverse walleye fishing in the province of Ontario. Thunder Bay district has benefited from a history of adult walleye transfers that created vast fisheries where none existed before. We can thank the Ministry of Natural Resources for most of these fisheries, as they did the stocking. Walleye fishing is consistently good in the Thunder Bay region, and there is a real chance at a trophy class walleye of 10 pounds or better. Mostly, however, there will be good numbers of eating sized walleye from 14 to 16 inches. Here is a guide to a few good spots. Spots Within or Close to City Limits There is walleye fishing right in the…
The top of the Giant provides spectacular view of Lake Superior
Peering over the edge, I looked straight down at Lake Superior from the top of the Sleeping Giant. "Careful where you step," said Greg Stroud, my hiking partner for the day from Parks Canada, "because each step could be your last." There was no sign, no guardrail—just an unobstructed view of the world's biggest lake from Ontario's highest point. Hiking the Top of the Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is no easy feat. The goal was to reach the Lake Superior lookout that hovers 950 feet above, which means hikers have to climb every step of the elevation gain. View of the Sleeping Giant from Prince Arthur's Landing at the Thunder Bay waterfront Lookin from the waterfront in Thunder Bay,…
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…
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…
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…
Mileage 3,339 Adds to Legend of Terry Fox
The Terry Fox Lookout is a very popular stop for visitors traveling to Thunder Bay. The site with its spectacular view of Lake Superior and the iconic Sleeping Giant, serves as the Tourist Information Centre for the City of Thunder Bay. Its convenient location just off the Trans-Canada Highway is less than a kilometre from Hodder Avenue, the first exit into the City. The scenic lookout features the Terry Fox Monument that is dedicated to Canadian icon Terry Fox, who was forced to end his courageous cross-Canada run in his battle with cancer just a few kilometres (miles) from this scenic spot  in 1980. As local Thunder Bay writer Richard Boon explains the mileage point – 3,339 where Fox ended his…
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
An icy Black Bay Perch from chilling Superior waters
If you enjoy the relaxing moments of ice fishing in the solitude of winter, outdoors writer Gord Ellis tells us where there are two hot spots close Thunder Bay that offer “SnowBetterPlace” for a winter escape. Lac des Mille Lac, A Winter Walleye Wonderland Lac des Mille Lacs (near the small town of Upsala) has long been a favourite winter walleye destination for anglers in the northwest portion of the province. The huge lake spans 59,583 acres and is located approximately 160 km. west (less than a two-hour drive) of Thunder Bay (directions here). It is a consistent producer and the winter walleye fishery has been booming for the past few years. Ice fishing is good across the lake. In the…
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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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  • 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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  • So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great…
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  • The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    Located just 10 km's southwest of North Bay on Lake Nipissing you'll notice the mysterious Manitou Islands. These five islands are easily spotted from the shores at North Bay's waterfront and some days it even looks as though they're floating on water. The largest island may be referred to as Ghost Island, Devil Island or the…
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  • Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    This is the first time I’ve started an ice fishing adventure with a trip to the mall but according to my partner, my 13-year-old daughter who simply must have the right shoes for her grade 8 graduation, not stopping to shop in Timmins would be unacceptable. We’re on our way…
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  • 2014 List of Fishing Derbies in Algoma Country
    2014 List of Fishing Derbies in Algoma Country
    Here's a list of the Fishing and Ice Fishing Derbies happening in Algoma Country in 2014. You have a chance to win amazing cash prizes, experience great fishing competition and camaraderie among fellow anglers. This list is regularly updated so keep checking back. Did we miss a fishing derby in…
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  • Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    There is pure relaxation in store for those who visit Lake Nipissing South Shore region in Northeastern Ontario. You will enjoy driving the quaint countryside along the back roads, and visiting the various communities along the way. Callander, a small but popular community, has much to offer including two public…
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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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  • 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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  • See the Wabigoon River Rapids from the Suspension Bridge
    See the Wabigoon River Rapids from the Suspension Bridge
    Cross the Suspension Bridge Over the Wabigoon River in Dryden The City of Dryden opened the Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge in the Fall of 2009. The 34 meter (111.5') Suspension Bridge is located behind the Chalet Inn on the City’s Trail Network. The public can easily access the bridge by…
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