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.
Summer time is one of the best times to target trophy walleye.
Editor's Note: In his newest article, Mark Romanack, host of "Fishing 411", offers some great advice and tips that you can use for catching walleye in Algoma Country. Mark uses using his vast experience and knowledge to catch walleye at Red Pine Lodge, a drive-in fishing lodge on Ivanhoe Lake. For more information about walleye fishing trips in Algoma Country visit Located just off Highway 101 and a short drive east of Chapleau, Ontario awaits Ivanhoe Lake. Ivanhoe Lake has a rich sport fishing history and is well known among locals for being a "walleye factory" bulging at the banks with eating sized fish. What even the locals don't fully understand is Ivanhoe Lake also produces staggering numbers of…
Old Woman Bay located on Lake Superior is a great leg stretch stop.
Long-time Ontario rider Chris Hughes of Bruce County had this to say after a ride on the Grand Algoma Tour: Cruising around St. Joe's Island, up through the Soo to Wawa and then east to Chapleau and then down the 129 is a rider's dream. It’s not a race it’s a soul searching meander that tugs at the heart strings of why we live in the greatest place on earth. Stopping along the route to chat, reveals the heart and soul of this great region. Oh yah, the roads are super twisty, and bring a towel to wipe the grin off your face. Every ride needs windy roads, great scenery and good food. Algoma Country has grip twisting roads, neck…
Specializing in a breakfast and lunch menu...
Rooster’s Bistro 32 St. Paul Street   It's popularity in Thunder Bay forced Roosters Bistro to expand further down the length of their entire building on St. Paul St. in heart of the  Waterfront District. In a sunlit stretch of tables down one side of the building, civic workers mix with locals and tourists for hearty noon time fare.   Cating to Breakfast and Lunch Crowd   Open all week, Roosters is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch. Weekdays the Bistro closes at 4 pm and on the weekends at 2 pm. At noon they are packed, and if you’re in line the wait won’t be long.   Swirling around Jim Commuzi, the owner, the energetic staff communicates to each…
...  A happy outdoor writer with his 40" class northern!
Editor's Notes: Check out this great article written by Michigan Outdoor Writer Jacob Van Houten who experienced a real Algoma wilderness adventure: a four day fly-in fishing trip for trophy northern pike and walleye, and black bear bow hunt at Brace Lake Outfitters, with his brother Dave and nephew Brandon. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country, visit Our Canadian neighbors in Ontario say Nakina is the "end of the road"...about as far as you can drive north. The little town sits in the heart of Northern Ontario and is an 8-10 hour drive from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in Algoma Country. After that it's pretty much fly-in fishing and or hunting country...and there is no…
I arrived early to experience the freshness of spring, the advantage of calmer winds and to avoid bugs. It’s early June and still quite chilly - the way I like it. The water is only 4 degrees and capsizing would most likely be deadly. I’m on a 3-week solo canoe trip and the only visitor in a 100 km stretch of coast in Lake Superior’s Pukaskwa National Park, looking for solitude and uninterrupted visual experience. As artist in residence for Parks Canada, I will be too busy with photography-workshops in the summer to explore this magnificent shore. The grandeur of the scenery is overwhelming. What a privilege to live here. One can hardly resist shooting hundreds of beautiful land- and…
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…
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…
Wind surfing Lake Superior in November
The inspiring landscapes and nature shots captured through the lens of local photographer Storm Carroll in and around Thunder Bay are reflective of the great outdoor experiences thart await in the north of Superior region. As Duncan Weller explains Storm’s images speak to what people can expect see on a visit to Northwest Ontario. The Photography of Storm Carroll Storm Carroll fishing Superior                                                                                      Photo by James Smedley   “You don’t have to travel very far here to see…
A breathtaking view of Lake Superior at Ruby Lake just east of Nipigon
  The hike to Ruby Lake, just east of Nipigon, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior is a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful fall colours while soaking in the amazing views of Lake Superior.  So, lace up your hiking boots and make the trip along Lake Superior's north shore east of Thunder Bay to see these great vistas at Ruby Lake with family and friends.  Stand At The Top of Lake Superior The Anishinabek people refer to Lake Superior as Gitchi Gumme or "The Big Lake".  One of the best places to view the Big Lake is in the Nipigon area where some of the best hiking trails are located.     The trail…
The author, Paige Duke, catches a giant pike through the ice with Guide Jeff Gustafson!
My Northern Ontario Ice Fishing Adventure! Editor's Note: Entrepreneur, model, cast member of Sweet Home Alabama on CMT, veterinary technician, account representative for and Miss Sprint Cup, Paige Duke has seemingly done it all in her relatively short time in the public eye. One of the things that Paige is best known for is her love of the outdoors — especially hunting and fishing. Read on and enjoy Paige tell in her own words, the incredible fun she had while ice fishing for walleye and pike in beautiful Ontario's Sunset Country. And don't miss Paige's video at the bottom of this article. I wanted to share with y'all my experience from last spring, when I went to Ontario's Sunset…
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  • Fish and Hunt Lodges Double as Family Getaways
    Luxury lodges and rustic cabins offer a range of outdoor experiences By James E. Brennan The morning sun catches the green glow of a stand of trees, casting a mirror image on the still lake waters. The smell of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee drifts from a nearby lodge kitchen. A…
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  • Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    There's so many things to do on March Break this year. You'll be so busy that you'll forget your friends are away on a beach somewhere. Here's a list of things to do on March Break in Sunset Country. Click on the links for more detailed information. Have a great…
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  • The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    Not Another Fish Story In Sunset Country, we mean business when it comes to the subject of muskie fishing in Ontario! In this part of the Province, the muskie live long and grow to enormous sizes. Some of Ontario's most famous muskie waters are located in Sunset Country. Everyone has…
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  • 2014 Summer Concerts in Algoma Country
    2014 Summer Concerts in Algoma Country
    Summer evenings should be spent relaxing with good friends and great music. Below is the 2014 list of Summer outdoor / indoor concerts and music festivals taking place in Algoma this summer. This list will be kept up-to-date throughout the year so make sure to check back for updates. Did…
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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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  • Let’s Go Cruisin -- Algoma’s Two Big Classic Car Shows (And Why You Should Go)
    Let’s Go Cruisin -- Algoma’s Two Big Classic Car Shows (And Why You Should Go)
    Here's a tip when you're planning your trip to Algoma Country: make a list of all our festivals and events to take with you! Our communities host incredible events that celebrate our local food, culture, history, art, entertainment & attractions -- all set against the backdrop of our magnificent landscape.…
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  • We're not just cool in the Summer!
    We're not just cool in the Summer!
    Come for a Weekend Visit - Yes, in the Winter! No we're not kidding! Winter is a great time of year for a short getaway to Ontario. The cities and towns in the region have some great accommodations and there are many fun activities that you can do. Winter is…
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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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  • An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    Ontario Tourism invited Mike Jacobs of the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip and freelance writer for this past summer to spend a weekend exploring one of Ontario’s best off-roading destinations, the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System in Mattawa, ON. A legendary off-roading experience ensued! Mike was joined by a crew…
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  • Searchmont Ski Resort
    Searchmont Ski Resort
    Searchmont Ski Resort definitely has the most challenging runs within driving distance of our house. We have been coming here each Christmas for 10 Years now. Mr. and Mrs. Friedman, Saginaw, MI Bring your family to Sault Ste. Marie for a Ski Vacation.
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