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.
Start of the Sleeping Giant Loppet
A wilderness cross-country ski experience and your chance to own the podium in this Olympic year, are two reasons that you will want to visit Thunder Bay the first weekend in March and find why there is "snowbetterplace” than to be a part of the 38th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet. The Sleeping Giant Loppet takes place Saturday March 1, 2014 in the serene wilderness of the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on the groom trails prepared by the Thunder Bay Nordic Trails Association. So register now to participate in one of Northwestern Ontario's most loved winter events; and get a photo on the podium with your family, team or training partners. Whether you are an avid cross-country skier or just looking…
Liquid Gold Rush: Where To Get It, How It's Made And Where to Taste It!
"Even though I've made maple syrup for decades, I still feel my sap rising in the spring when I know its rising in the maples." My first outfit up on the Quintet Lakes was homespun: coffee cans nailed on trees, rolled birch bark spigots, the sap hauled with the dog team, and an outdoor boil-down on a single pan over an open fire. The fire ran day and night, the night boil lit up by a kerosene lantern hung on the tip of a small bent over balsam tree. My syrup was the colour and texture of a used motor oil, but tasty all the same. Now, I'm making fancy grade syrup here on the farm with a more sophisticated…
Dr. Penny Petrone was a big supporter of the arts in Thunder Bay
Tickets to a live theatre performance at Magnus Theatre is a great to spend a night out on your visit Thunder Bay. Next on stage, from March 13-29, get your tickets for the critically acclaimed six-time Tony award winning play “Red” The Experience of Live Theatre One may ask, “Why do people go to see live theatre?”. Well, a live theatre experience may help to open our eyes, expand our cultural awareness or broaden our knowledge of the world. Theatre may similarly be an opportunity to relax and laugh, or to get out of the house for a few hours and have fun. However ultimately live theatre offers its audience members the opportunity to be transported to another world and…
A healthy sturgeon in Northeastern Ontario
Catching that first fish is the initial giant step toward cracking the walleye code of any new water. Partner Lloyd Melbourne and I are trying to do just that on the murky and mysterious waters of the giant Kapuskasing River. While I pull a leech behind a bottom bouncer Lloyd pops a jig with a piece of worm.  “Here’s something,” says Lloyd as he hoists a fat 15-inch pale yellow walleye out of 10 feet of water. I mark the spot on my GPS and we move across to a windblown shoreline at a bend in the river where we extract several 17-inch walleye from along a sharp break tight to shore. Not only are we making good progress dredging…
Popular local restaurant serving breakfast and lunch specials...
Niva’s Restaurant 376 Lisgar   You may be handed a number at the door.   Niva’s gets busy in the morning, but with lots of tables in this family restaurant the wait won’t be long. You will be in good company with tourists from the U.S., visiting friends and family and those of us who live here in Thunder Bay.   Niva's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast all day. Finnish pancakes and mojoakka are served, which are really their only Scandinavian dishes. The rest of the menu has variations on Niva’s specials, homemade pies and cookies. And they’re big on omelettes.    The owner, Victoria Niva, previously worked at the non-profit Scandhouse for thirty years, and although…
Callander Bay Sunset Cruisin'
Located just 3 hours north of Toronto and 3.5 hours west of Ottawa, North Bay is a beautiful city in Northern Ontario, offering quite a few attractions, each with a rich history and story all their own. We’ve been to North Bay several times, either passing through during several trips to Quebec or for a full day of shopping at the Northgate Shopping Centre, however we had yet to explore the city and check out the various attractions. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to leave a full day early from picking our girls up from camp and spent the entire day in North Bay with our son. The plan was to tour the entire city,…
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…
Famous schnitzel from the Salzburger Hof.
Lake Superior is a 2300 km (1450 mi) ride around, but just as you get started in Algoma Country there are several infamous foodie stops that will give you the reserves for this epic ride. Each of these stops has been thoroughly tested and biker approved. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Route visit www.ridelakesuperior.com Caution: Author is not responsible for increased weight gain, the meat sweats, or the requirement for post meal naps 1. Lake Shore Salzburger Hof Resort -- Batchawana Bay, OntarioSome people like a traditional simple schnitzel served with applesauce. Others like a more complex "loaded" schnitzel. The Salzburger Hof serves schnitzel up every which way and is arguably the best schnitzel house on…
Family time facing the North Shore of Lake Huron
The Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre is a *new* and unique property located in the village of Little Current on Manitoulin Island. At first glance you'll notice the hotel's unique design, inspired by the history of the First Nations people of Manitoulin Island. Spend some time exploring the property, and you'll discover the beautiful cultural details. Stop in for a visit, a meal, or a stay. Be welcomed to a wonderful space and a warm, cultural experience. In the meantime, enjoy a photo tour of the hotel, restaurant and conference centre - www.manitoulinhotel.com. A welcoming sight when you cross the Little Current swing bridge.   A modern take on traditional fire grounds.   Breakfast is served,       There…
49th Apparel
Sault Ste. Marie features some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in all the world, making it the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. But what is a confirmed city girl like me to do in a city of 75,000? Well, as I quickly found out, there’s plenty to keep an urban dweller busy, too. Sault Ste. Marie’s downtown core is a seven-block stretch running along Queen St., and is chock full of boutiques, restaurants, galleries and museums that I discovered during my girl’s day out!   Before I set my credit cards on “stun,” though, I head in to fuel up with my customary cup of coffee. Fortunately, I had my pick of places to enjoy a fine brew—from casual…
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  • From the Snow Train to Searchmont Ski Resort
    From the Snow Train to Searchmont Ski Resort
    Two years ago we visited your city to take the Snow Train and enjoyed it so much that we made a promise to come back to ski at Searchmont and we are glad we did.  The runs were great and the main lodge was a lot of fun. Mr. K.…
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  • Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Once the ice is gone, it's time to go fishing! As the ice slowly melts away, the ritual known as ice-out lake trout fishing is set to commence. Arguably one of the seasons most enjoyable fishing pursuits, fishing for lake trout just after the ice goes out is a real…
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  • Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Nature Up Close and Personal With over 100,000 square kilometers of forested lands and at least 70,000 freshwater lakes, Sunset Country was made for the ecotourist. With the vast wilderness landscapes where nature thrives! There is an incredible amount of wildlife and bird species that live in our forests - great…
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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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  • 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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  • "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    Tina’s Breakfast and Lunch1170 Memorial Tina's Breakfast and Lunch is as their name says a wonderful choice for breakfast and lunch on your visit to Thunder Bay, especially if your here for a weekend of shopping. The diner serves all day breakfast till 3pm and is conveniently located on Memorial…
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  • A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    The word waterfall evokes a certain vision of beauty and tranquility, of the sheer power of flowing water. Waterfalls have captured the attention of people since the dawn of time and today, waterfalls continue to instil the feeling of "ahhhhhh" that we all want to capture. We inhale deeply and…
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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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  • Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    An avid motorcyclist once explained to a non-rider the difference between touring in a motorcycle verses in a car. On a motorbike, it’s comparable to sitting on your deck and enjoying nature as it happens around you with all the sights, sounds and smells. From a car, it’s like watching…
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  • Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Treetop Adventures is home to the Mega Zip fastest zip-line in Ontario! Located in Algoma, Treetop Adventures is a fun, eco-friendly wilderness attraction open year round. Even though zip-lining is considered an "extreme" sport by some, it's geared towards a variety of ages, from beginner to thrill seeker. Treetop Adventures…
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