Northern Ontario, Canada

Images by Heather Peden
  The view of Lake Superior from the top of Mink Mountain is jaw-dropping. I stand on the smooth face of a rock plateau surrounded by openness, blue sky racing overhead, turquoise water spread out below, here and there the white blip of a sailboat. Dark shapes of islands emerge majestically from the lake defining water from sky until they meet in the misty distance. From this vantage point it is not hard to see why Lake Superior can have an almost magical hold on people, why its vastness stirs the imagination and why, amongst a plethora of beautiful things, it can be considered the crowning jewel of Northwest Ontario. Located south of Thunder Bay about 15 minutes off of Highway…
Greenhouse Spa
WELCOME to the finest spas in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and melt away your world concerns as you indulge in rejuvenating treatments and first class services. Find out who has been designated a Leading Spa in Canada and how these top rated spas set the bar to the highest standards in the industry! The Greenhouse Spa Situated in uptown Sault Ste Marie, the Greenhouse Spa has been providing the finest in pampering for almost 15 years. At almost 4000 square feet, the Day Spa includes 2 levels and features 12 treatment rooms, water therapy room with the Vichy rain-shower, 5 couples treatment rooms, change-rooms, relaxation lounges, as well as group manicure and pedicure areas. Greenhouse Spa is the only spa north of the…
Images by Stephanie Reid
Thanksgiving weekend I had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding held at Rose Valley Lodge. I had heard many wonderful things about this venue prior to making the drive out: how delicious the food was, how incredible the views and scenery and how welcoming the owners Markus Hoffman and his wife Debbie were to visitors. Knowing these things, I was looking forward to experiencing it for myself.   The Drive is as Beautiful as the Destination A Bed and Breakfast, but also a fabulous venue for dinner, Rose Valley Lodge is located southwest of Thunder Bay, 30 minutes past Thunder Bay International Airport on 440 secluded acres of meadows, forest and ancient mountains.  Head south on Hwy 61 and…
The Great Northern Ride brings snowmobilers together to raise money for local youth.
The 14th Annual GNR - Northern Ontario's Big Loop Through Algoma Never before has a group this large snowmobiled through this part of the country and what makes this ride special is friendships and raising funds year after year. The GNR (Great Northern Ride) Charity stayed in their in home province of Ontario this year. This incredible fundraising group has raised over 1.5 million dollars for handicapped children over the past 14 years and they achieved this through their passion of snowmobiling. This year they traveled over 2,000 km in 5 days, they rode through OFSC Districts: 12 STP, 13 Algoma, 14 TATA and 15 Northern Corridor, covering a lot of trail all in the name of fundraising. The riders…
Sudbury Just Got Spooky: Haunted Halloween Packages Available
Halloween is right around the corner and to help you get into the spirit, Sudbury is offering a variety of spooktacular fun for everyone! So, pick your poison. We DARE you! There are five Halloween experiences to choose from, which range from family fun to just plain frightening:  Family Fun Halloween Galleries, Pumkinferno and Tunnel of Terror at Dynamic Earth; The Terror Train Circus (rated at the top of the scare list) hosted by the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre; and A Sudbury Theatre Centre production of the classic Rocky Horror Show for adult entertainment.   Be sure to check out the Scare Ratings for each event: Can't choose? Thought so. That's why Sudbury Tourism is offering two…
Images by Heather Peden
It is a perfect blue sky, golden tree autumn afternoon the day I drive to Cedar Falls Conservation Area. Tucked away in the shadow of the mighty Kakabeka Falls, Cedar Falls is not a well-known spot, but it is one of the eleven conservation areas maintained in the Thunder Bay area by the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority and is definitely worth discovering. It might not be well-known, but it is clearly well loved I realize when I pull into the parking area and step from the car onto a manicured lawn within a wide ring of towering poplar trees, white trunks blazing against fiery yellow crowns. Located at the very end of Broome Road, Cedar Falls is reached by driving…
Images by Heather Peden
While exploring Thunder Bay, don’t miss Little Trout Bay, located just 5kms down Little Trout Bay Road off of Highway 61. It is a perfect spot to get a little taste of everything Northwest Ontario has to offer. The best part about walking the trail at Little Trout Bay Conservation Area is hearing the lap of Lake Superior through the trees.  I stroll over the moss-covered path, which makes a loop through the woods, and head towards the lake. I can smell the blueness of Superior before I catch a glimpse of it between tree trunks and tangled branches. It sparkles in the sun, and as the trail takes me closer, the rugged headland across the bay, a long, protecting…
Finnish Culture in Thunder Bay: A City of Sisu
Sisu (see-soo, pronounced quickly) is a little Finnish word with a big meaning. You will see it all over Thunder Bay on bumper stickers, clothing, and even tattooed on youth. It means tenacity, strength, stamina, strong will, even stubbornness. For the descendents of the Finnish immigrants, the pop cultural branding of the word is a way to pay homage and to recognize the challenges of the Finnish ancestors who settled here. Sisu is more than a word. It’s a conviction, a way of life. In a way, sisu is a romantic idea for me. I’ve never experienced the hardships like my forefathers had. I asked my 87 year old dad what sisu meant to him. “Guts,” he said. “For the…
It's Not All Forests: My Favourite Things To Do in Northeastern Ontario
Northeastern Ontario is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. But, it's also an area rich in culture with enough historical landmarks to make any history buff go crazy. My experiences continue to blow me away from meeting friendly locals and doing what they do, getting up close and personal with nature while exploring the great outdoors, learning about the region, and being spoiled by the many tourism operators in the area. Ironically, with each item I check off my bucket list, I learn of another "must-do" experience. I love how I somehow find a way to be a busy-bee in each region I visit, especially in one believed to be made up of mostly forests. It comes as…
 Bundled up against the bitter cold, the author, Kendal Ulsh and Mike Elkins show proof that smallmouth remain active right up to the bitter end of the open water fishing season.
Biologists categorize smallmouth bass as a warm water species. Despite this designation smallmouth remain active and feed often late into the fall when the water is anything but warm. Algoma Country has excellent smallmouth bass fishing! To receive free information about smallmouth fishing in our region visit Catching these fish in cool to downright cold water conditions is about understanding how the metabolism and activity level of the smallmouth bass slows down in the fall. Like all fish, smallmouth are cold blooded creatures, but smallmouth more so than walleye and pike start to get noticeably lethargic about the time the leaves have fallen and the first snow showers of the season threaten. As water temperatures drop and smallmouth activity…
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