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.
An entertaining experience for participants and spectators
Ladies, if you’ve ever dreamed of dirt, grim and sweat then the Dirty Girls Mud Run is the perfect event for you! Dirty Girls is a 5km Mud Run complete with obstacles held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.  This year’s event, the second annual is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at This Old Barn in Murillo, Ontario and promises to better than last year. Registration takes place Saturday January 18 at Intercity Shopping Centre from 9:30am to 6pm in the promotions and again on Sunday January 19 at Intercity from noon to 5pm.  NOTE: Last year’s event filled in less than 3 hours, so come early to ensure your team gets a spot!     if you want to enjoy…
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…
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…
Serving great steaks for close to 30 years!
The Prospector Steakhouse 27 Cumberland Street South   The Prospector Steakhouse built into what was a turn of the century bank building has a reputation in Thunder Bay as a great local steakhouse. The Prospector revels in its connection to Thunder Bay’s past, and the former city of Port Arthur.   Entering this north side eatery in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District is a little like sinking into a rustic bit of history, complete with gunslingers and panhandlers. Antique handguns and rifles decorate the walls. An impressive large relief of a tin prospector is a big feature. As impressive is the image of Kakabeka Falls and other local art specially commissioned for the restaurant. At Christmas the moose head gets decorated…
Explorers Point
Mattawa Voyageur Days is synonomous with rock, rivers, and voyageurs - and by rock, we mean "Rock & Roll".  On July 25th, Mattawa Voyageur Country lights the fuse to what will be an unforgettable weekend of musical entertainment, family festivities, and King of the North Dragway.  The festival takes place on legendary Explorers Point where the Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers meet. The saying “rock where the rivers meet” is exactly what this festival all about, however, if you’re not into jamming to the tunes, there is plenty going on to entertain you:    Musical Line Up Thursday July 24th 7:00 pm - Performances @ explorers point by local artists, and kid zone events at Timmins Park.   Friday July 25th…
The roar of the water falling into the deep gorge is amazing!
There are few things in the world better than something that gets undersold but over delivers.   It was a feeling I was to discover many times over a few days touring along the shores of mighty Lake Superior in northern Ontario   The first one was one of my favourites, a visit to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay.    Before making my first ever trip north of Parry Sound (and sorry about that), I’d been given a good deal of material about what I should see and do on my trip. All the brochures and tour books I received mentioned Kakabeka Falls, just west of Thunder Bay, as something worth seeing.   I didn’t like the cliché…
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…
Restaurant Overlooking Lake Nipissing
  Whether you're visiting North Bay for a tournament at the Steve Omischl Sports Complex, or for a relaxing vacation - you're going to want to eat.   What better way to eat, than at a locally owned North Bay restaurant? Many of the independently owned restaurants in the area use locally sourced ingredients, and add their in-house flair to evey meal.   We spoke to Sean Feretycki, a local food lover, to get the scoop on the best locally owned restaurants to try in North Bay. Here are some of his candid recommendations:    Quick, Casual & To-Go   gd2go (pictured above)- Everything is made in-house, with locally sourced ingredients. Full menu of healthy choices, lots of gluten-free options, amazing smoothies,…
The rugged coastline of Lake Superior near the Sleeping Giant
From the front seat of a Turbine Otter converted World War I seaplane, it was quickly apparent how big Lake Superior truly is. The body of water is the largest freshwater lake in the world and even from my vantage point a few thousand feet above, I couldn't see land on the eastern horizon. To my left was pilot Guy Cannon, and to my right was an endless view of the world's biggest lake. A Spectacular View of Superior It was the start of a seven-day vacation in Thunder Bay and I was on an aerial tour with Wilderness North. The company's fleet of float planes routinely takes guests to remote fishing lodges on Lake Superior, but we were on…
Snowshoeing, a winter activity growing in popularity
Discover snowshoeing!  And find out why there is “snowbetterplace” to enjoy this winter activity than here in Thunder Bay and the Lake Superior region.   Guaranteed if you get into it, you’ll eagerly await the arrival of winter every year and be wishing for more snow all the time.     Snowshoeing can be a workout but it’s also a great way to explore places that would, otherwise, be difficult or impossible to reach in the summer.     The Thunder Bay area has plenty of (“snow better”) places to try snowshoeing.  Easy Access Close By Many who are just getting started are content to visit local golf courses such as Chapples or Strathcona which are operated by the City…
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  • Rainy River: A Birder's Paradise!
    Rainy River: A Birder's Paradise!
    Birding in the Rainy River District The uniqueness of the Rainy River region creates a range of habitat for diverse species of birds. The lakes and waterways in addition to the mix of northern, southern and prairie natural environments (northern spruce and jackpine to southern hardwoods such as ash, elm and basswood)…
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  • Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Bag a Big Buck in Ontario Northwestern Ontario has immense tracts of Boreal forest inhabited by a wide variety of animals. Whitetail deer are one of those animals and if you are a big game hunter, then you should consider our region of the Province. Bucks in Sunset Country are…
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  • Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
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  • Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Many Northeastern Ontario operators have begun to use TripAdvisor as a place to gather customer testimonials. A place for past and present customers to share their experiences for the good of the business and their future customers. One of my responsibilities as a tourism officer is to search the best regional…
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  • Confessions of a First Time ATV Rider: Mattawa Voyageur Multi Use Trails
    Confessions of a First Time ATV Rider: Mattawa Voyageur Multi Use Trails
    Thrilling, muddy, fast-paced, exciting…addictive. Those are the best words to describe my experience ATV riding for the first time in Mattawa, Ontario. Located in Northeastern Ontario, where the Mattawa and Ottawa rivers meet, Mattawa is full of adventure, history, and local artists to attract any type of traveler. Taking full…
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  • Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Pioneer Spirit Noticeable in Ear Falls, Ontario Ear Falls on the west end of massive Lac Seul is a great example of Canada's many resource towns that has turned into a tourism mecca! deeply rooted in this small town's history are lumberjacks and miners, resource extraction that had its beginnings…
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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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  • Mattawa Voyageur Country
    Mattawa Voyageur Country
    The picturesque town of Mattawa is situated at the junction of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It just so happens that name Mattawa, derived from the Ojibwe "Mahtahwan" means "meeting of the waters". This friendly community is the oldest settlement in the Nipissing District. Not only is it home to…
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  • Awakening Woods and Waters Photography Workshop with James Smedley
    Awakening Woods and Waters Photography Workshop with James Smedley
    Lake Superior changes with the seasons, from the powerful Gales of November in the fall, the spectacular views during the summer months, to the winter peacefulness. But have you ever experienced Lake Superior in the spring time? Photo credit James Smedley. Spring is a magical time when Lake Superior tributaries…
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  • Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Photograph Nature & Wildlife in Sunset Country Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is one of the many great places in Canada where wildlife are abundant.  If you love nature and photography, then come for a visit and experience the great sights and sounds we have to offer. Whether it be…
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