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.
Famous, locally made Gouda has become world famous!
The Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is a place many visitors stop when they visit Thunder Bay to sample this famous, locally made cheese. Thunder Oak gouda has developed an international recognition which draws people to the farm’s rural location in the Slate River Valley on Boundary Road just south of Thunder Bay. As local writer Heather Peden, explains it all about the cheese…. New Look, Same Great Cheese When I step in to the new Thunder Oak Cheese Farm store, I am struck by its size. It is big and bright and open. Light pours in through the large west facing windows across café tables decorated with posies of fall flowers. Beneath the soaring ceiling, this brand new store is…
Frontier Village
As you take a stroll through Frontier Village, you also take a step back in time to the turn of the 19th century. This popular Sault Ste. Marie tourist stop gives passersby a glimpse into what the Sault area looked and felt like during Frontier times in the 1800s. Located on the side of Highway 17 north, the Village is conveniently situated on your way in or out of town, and features a collection of unique shops and restaurants associated with the era. When you stop at Frontier Village, which also features an oldfashioned Trading Post – a terrific source for all of your outdoor sporting needs, ensure you leave yourself some extra time to visit the true-to-theme surroundings of…
Fly into the remote Canadian Wilderness for your fishing trip
Fly in Fishing in Ontario, Canada The Canadian fly in fishing trip is unequaled in the angling world. It should be on everyone's bucket list. Although, once you try it once, you'll likely go on several more fly-in trips. Canada has more freshwater lakes than anywhere else on earth! Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams and many of the waterways have fishing accessible only by floatplane aircraft - the famous Canadian bush planes. Imagine flying into a lake where it's just you, the cabin and the fish. The majority of fly-in lakes only have one, maybe two cabins on the lake. The fact that there are very few fisherman each year and that most of…
The scenic backyard view at McVicar Bed & Breakfast walking distance to downtown
The front porch is big enough to play a game of rugby. There’s a beautiful garden with an iron sculpture of a cyclist, and bright orange tiger lilies and lavender and yellow flowers. And a gorgeous, old-time main floor with beautifully polished wood and high ceilings and an oh-so-solid-they-don’t-make-‘em-like-this-anymore feel. The Charm of a B & B Steeped in History Sure, I could’ve stayed in any number of hotels on my visit to Thunder Bay, but the sound of a nice, old-fashioned B and B sounded pretty good. So I was booked into McVicar Manor, not far from the city’s renovated and sparkling waterfront.   The owners, Tom and Dorothy, escorted me upstairs and welcomed me into a huge bedroom,…
#RideNEOntario: Win a Legendary Snowmobile Adventure for Two on the Abitibi Canyon Loop
~ The Contest Is Now Closed - Thank You to All Who Participated! ~ Chart a course for a legendary snowmobiling adventure on the Abitibi Canyon Loop, one of Ontario's Top 8: Must Ride Snowmobile Loops. Freshly groomed powder highways, pristine pine forests and snow-sculpted landscapes are calling. Will you answer? There's only one thing standing between you, and an epic three day all-inclusive snowmobile adventure to the Abitibi Canyon, and that's a hashtag. Post your photos/videos publicly on one of the many social media channels with hashtag #RideNEOntario to enter. It's really that simple. #RideNEOntario  A lack of snow is your last concern on the Abitibi Canyon Loop. The Prize Northeastern Ontario Tourism in parternship with Ontario Tourism is giving…
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…
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For those who have never ventured far north, traveling to the Town of Moosonee or Moose Factory could be a mysterious prospect. Both communities are nestled along Moose River which connects to James Bay - Ontario's only seacoast. The communities served as port for one of Ontario's oldest settlements, and the original Hudson's Bay Company. Getting there adds to the air of mystery. The town is only accessible by plane, and Polar Bear Express passenger train - which makes regular departures from Cochrane, ON.   Photo from Mike Jacobs trip to Moosonee Northeastern Ontario Tourism's marketing team couldn't be more excited to travel to Moosonee/Moose Factory this week (October 7-10, 2013) in search of adventure, experiences and hidden gems.  If you've been considering…
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…
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…
Team Jacobs
Game On! Sooites are passionate about sports. For some, it’s about socializing and having fun. For others it’s competitive and involves serious training to be the best. Whatever your level of commitment is to the sport you love, whether it involves planks, pucks, balls, blades, bats, or rocks—it’s Game On in the Soo! Photo by Ken Armstrong for SooToday.com Sault Ste. Marie has been a hotbed for sports for years, especially when it comes to hockey. Famous competitors, like Wayne Gretzky, Adam Foote, Ron Francis, Craig Hartsburg, and Joe Thornton have all played for the Soo Greyhounds at the Essar Centre (formerly and affectionately known as the Memorial Gardens). Ted Nolan who originates from the Sault coached the Greyhounds, and…
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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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  • It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    Hello my Snowmobile friends, it's Luc here better known as "The Groomer Guy"! It is the time of year that that we all wait for the big snow fall to come and to go out riding, it's the time of year that we begin to plan our upcoming snowmobile trips…
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  • The Fire 'Pit' List - Camping in Northeastern Ontario
    The Fire 'Pit' List - Camping in Northeastern Ontario
    Escape the bright lights of the city and experience the true brilliance of the night sky. Hey, you may even witness the northern lights on a cool night, or hear the cry of a loon at dawn. Northeastern Ontario has the power to re-connect you to the things that really matter.…
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  • Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Visit one of the great towns and cities dotted among the lakes and forests in Northwest Ontario Northwest Ontario starts at the Manitoba/Ontario border and travels east to just past Marathon on the Trans Canada Highway. This vast expanse of land is home to many lakes, forests, wildlife and many…
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  • Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Each year, there is anticipation for the Lake Superior Magazine annual Best of the Lake feature and it's finally arrived! We are pleased to announce the businesses in Algoma Country that were picked by travelers and put on this year's list. You can visit any of these places along the…
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  • Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    One of our favourite ways to welcome the awakening of Spring in Algoma Country is the maple syrup season. Nothing beats the taste of fresh, sweet maple syrup served over a stack of steaming hot pancakes. Talk to anyone from our region and they'll tell you we have the best…
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  • Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, get out and try ice fishing. The fresh air, mixed with awesome scenery and catching a lake trout or walleye will put a smile on your face and will change your mind about staying inside in the winter.…
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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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  • 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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  • Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    This testimonial was sent to Algoma Country from Jamie and Herb Britton. Each year, Jamie and Herb take a fly-in fishing trip to enjoy a remote fishing vacation. Below is what they had to say about their latest trip, and the photo blog below, to Watson's Pine Portage Lodge on…
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