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.
Gargoyles, "A Little to To Your Left" Alternative for Dining, Music and Business
Gargoyles Grille and Ale 11 S. Cumberland St. Gargoyles Grille & Ale has established itself as part of the restaurant mix in Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District for the past 11 years, but Doug Morrill has made a conscious effort to diversify its product offering. Gargoyles is not only a place for great food on a visit to Thunder Bay but has an established reputation as a hotspot for live entertainment on weekends and a host for business meetings during the week. Open for lunch and dinner, Gargoyles offers more choices than the few gastropubs in town. Specials are offered on the first page. These will change. Some examples include caramelized fennel and speck pizza, spicy fish tacos, and for desert,…
ValleyField Farms - Sylvan Valley Ontario
Want to know where your food comes from? Then venture into the world of local food grown right here in Algoma. Make a day of it and take a trip into the world of crowing roosters, picturesque meadows and take a look at a broccoli growing right out of the ground. Learn about what farmers in Algoma are doing to make local food accessible. Many farms in and around Sault Ste. Marie offer farm tours and encourage visits. To plan a day out on a farm, click on buyalgoma.ca for a local farmers' directory to pick a farm that meets your interests and give them a call. Farm types range in variety from Alpaca farms to certified organic veggies, bees…
Skandia House Bed & Breakfast
“Why would you go to Nipigon?”  The woman in the elevator asked about my Raptor’s sweatshirt. The question came when I said I bought it in Nipigon, Ontario. It is too bad the elevator door opened to my floor and she never heard my answer. “It’s a great small Canadian town at the Top of the Lake…Lake Superior that is.”   History Preserved I discovered Skandia House on a recent trip to the Top of The Lake. I’ve taken the business loop off Hwg.11/17, driven into Nipigon for lunch and a walk around downtown several times but this time I went to stay overnight   I bypassed the motels and reserved a room at the 100 year old Skandia House. I…
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 waterfalls at Rushing River Provincial Park
There's so much to do on the shores of Dogtooth Lake     Located less than 30 minutes east of Kenora off Highway 71, Rushing River Provincial Park is one of Sunset Country's most popular camping destinations. The waterfalls where the waters of Dogtooth Lake cascade downward into Blindfold Lake makes for a picturesque sight. Most of the time, you can safely splash in the water flowing down the falls. There are also several great beaches within the park where children and adults alike can enjoy a dip in the clear waters. Rushing River Park is definitely a great place to bring the family. The four sandy beaches all have a gentle slope into the water and a roped off area making…
Uncovering the Charm of Downtown Sudbury
As a hub of activity in Northern Ontario, you're bound to visit Sudbury as you travel the region. At first glance Downtown Sudbury may seem quiet, but look closer and you'll find some of the most charming spots and people in town. Downtown's streets are also host to many of the city's greatest events and festivals, including Sudbury's Largest Yard and Sidewalk Sale (May 31, 2014), Blues for Food (June 14, 2014), Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Sudbury street hockey tournament (June 21–22, 2014), and RibFest (August 29–31, 2014). If you're visiting, new to Sudbury, or live here but tend to avoid the downtown core, we encourage you to explore the great gems that make Downtown Sudbury so special.…
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
Thunder Bay's Country Market is a Foodie's Dream.
The Thunder Bay Country Market is the place to be on Saturdays for foodies. Visit dozens of local vendors at the CLE Grounds showcasing Thunder Bay's amazing agriculture community.  Its just another fantastic culinary surprise you'll find in Canada's best outdoor city.  Try some Thunder Oak Gouda and find out why its won international awards.  This locally produced cheese, available in a multitude of flavours, goes great with anything.  If jams and jellies are your cup of tea, you'll find locally made preserves and spreads from Belluz Farms. If seafood is your thing, try some locally sourced smoked trout, whitefish, pickeral or salmon.  Being a gateway to some of the planet's best freshwater angling means great catches are easy to find. Are you a carnivore? Than this…
Boats on Kenogamisis Lake at Geraldton Walleye Classic
You will find great fishing in the Geraldton – Longlac area of Greenstone. As Gord Ellis, local fishing expert, tells us one of the region’s more popular lakes is Kenogamisis Lake in Geraldton, Ontario, home ot the Geraldton Walleye Classic held each year in June. Geraldton, the Northwest Ontario gold mining town is located up the Highway 11 corridor, a three and a half hour drive northeast of Thunder Bay. Kenogamisis Lake - Home of Geraldton Walleye Classic The annual Geraldton Walleye Classic (GWC) is a popular event largely because there are so many different angling options. Deep water specialists can fish many humps and reefs with bottom bouncers and live bait rigs; trollers can pull spinners on long mid depth…
#1 Catching Snow Flakes
North Bay, Ontario will soon be beckoning in the World Ringette Championship, and welcoming teams from around the world; Including teams from Finland, Sweden, United States, and Canada nationally. The event will begin on December 29, 2013 at the Capitol Centre, and championship games will take place well into the new year.  With international peers joining us this holiday season, it begs the question; What kinds of Canadian winter experiences are there to enjoy in North Bay? 1. Ringette Well, yeah. Did you know North Bay is the birthplace of ringette? The game was invented by Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of North Bay, in 1963. The rules he recorded 50 years ago are…
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  • Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Experience this jewel at the end of Highway 105! It was a few years since I was last at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. I visited the museum this summer and all I can say is "WOW". It was great the last time I was there, but they've added…
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  • All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    From the moment a snowflake hits the ground, every snowmobiler is thinking about their ultimate snowmobile trip for the upcoming winter. The region of Algoma is the obvious choice and here are just a few reasons why: an annual snowfall of 10 feet, 2,000 miles of beautifully groomed trails and…
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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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  • Callander Bay Dreamin'
    Callander Bay Dreamin'
    The days are quickly getting shorter and evening temps are dropping fast. These autumn elements prompt hardwater enthusiasts to think of the winter to come and the joy of ice-fishing. For many people ice fishing is a very social event times that are shared and spent with friends. As the…
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  • Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry – Be Recognized for Your Big Catch
    Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry – Be Recognized for Your Big Catch
    Algoma Country Tourism Staff are excited to announce the creation of the Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry! Until now, fly fishing anglers have been catching and releasing their trophy fish but were never recognized for their catch. The Fly Fishing Records Registry will collect and publish stats and photos of…
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  • Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Located just 100 km north of North Bay, Temagami stands true to the Ojibway meaning of its name, 'Deep water by the shore'. If you're a water renegade, the 3000 km of shore line and over 1200 islands in the area are sure to tame your craving for adventure. The…
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  • Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Why stay indoors in the winter? Ski the trails and enjoy the winter wonderland in Red Lake. The Red Lake District Cross-Country Ski Club maintains over 40 kms of cross country ski trails including the McKenzie Island Trails, the Golf Course Trails in Balmertown and Centennial Park in Red Lake.…
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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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  • Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    The Into The White: Annual Snowshoe Race is unique. In fact, organizers would prefer to call it a "fun run". The course is inclusive for all ages and abilities, and set in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains. So why not hike, run, snowshoe or kicksled your way through the groomed trails,…
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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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