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.
Mockingbird Hill Farm
A visit Mockingbird Hill Farm is like stepping onto the stage of old rural Algoma. The Farm is a working horse drawn replication of a homestead back in the 1930’s…it is a place where time is tethered. Mockingbird Hill Farm is singularly located on the edge of the wilderness and yet within the city limits of Sault Ste. Marie. Tourists often point to the bush across the road and ask me “What’s over there? I tell them Hudson’s Bay. I doubt there is another city in North America which such a decided and immediate link to the bush. The Farm is themed with rail fencing, historic buildings, crops, gardens, trails, wildflowers, birds, butterflies and bees. There’s lot’s to do and…
The Grand Algoma Tour - #1 on the Top Ten Ontario Motorcycle Routes for 2013
Algoma Country stretches from the North Channel of Georgian Bay, deep into the northernmost wilds of Ontario. Here you'll find glorious swathes of untamed boreal forest, glittering lakes around every sweep and turn, massive cliffs and mountains and a combination of the best motorcycle roads that make up the Grand Algoma Loop. This past summer I made an attempt to ride every paved road in Northern Ontario, and after surveying thousands of miles of asphalt in the province, the most scenic and entertaining rides to be had on two wheels is this loop. From the quaint town of Thessalon on the shores of the North Channel, heading North on Ontario's Tail of the Dragon (Highway 129) to Highway 101 into…
The Northern Lights in Algoma Country.
Viking warriors believed the northern lights were reflections of dead warriors; Nordic civilisations feared the lights and hid children from their shadows cast on the skies; the Chinese saw the shapes as dragons fighting forces of good and evil; and Aboriginal populations considered the lights to be spirits guiding them yonder. For myself, the lights come to embody something completely different. Having spent many nights wrapped in the comfort of a sleeping bag underneath the stars on the shoreline of Lake Superior, I have witnessed the phenomenon countless times. However, one memory will forever be imprinted on my mind -- the first time I ever saw the lights. Growing up, my family spent their summers and weekends at Old Mill…
Photo Collage of the food available at Country Market
You will want to make a point of making a trip to the Thunder Bay Country Market, if you find yourself visiting in Thunder Bay on any given weekend. Local writer Duncan Weller explains why he is among the collection of 50 to 70 local vendors who set up their booths and tables every Saturday morning at the Dorothy Dove Building on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds to sell everything local from farm produce and products to crafts, art, books and more! The Thunder Bay Country Market runs Saturdays between 8 am and 1 pm year-round. It more is than a shopping experience for the many who venture out Saturday mornings for what has become a popular weekly ritual in…
Thunder Bay's original source for the best Thai food!
Thai Kitchen35 South Cumberland St. The Thai Kitchen is a favourite spot to dine for many people in Thunder Bay. Owner Pia Venema prepares dishes that have people come for an authentic Asian food experience that is healthy and reasonably priced. Portion sizes are good for two, so with only a couple orders you can get a very good traditional meal going. The restaurant located at 35 South Cumberland in the Waterfront District is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm. The pad Thai, everyone’s favourite, is great. However, you could quickly develop new favourites by trying the curries, noodles, stir-fries, and soups. Meat portions are generous. Vegetarian dishes are in good supply. Symbols in the menu indicate spice heat…
Ron Zeppa's Gone Ice Fishing: Snowmobile To Ron's Favourite Fishing Spots
 "It's not just the destination, but also the trip that makes the day." It's not just getting to the lake or river to ice fish, it's the spectacular scenery along the way that can also be enjoyed and captured on camera. During his years of ice fishing, Ron Zeppa is one of those who appreciates the winter wonderland along the trails, whether it's heavily snow-laden fir trees or a rock face layered in giant icicles. Winter provides it all. Ron has been an avid ice fisherman for a number of years. Being a faithful boater in our area, ice fishing affords him the opportunity to visit some remote places that have limited access in the no snow months. Sitting on…
The top of the Giant provides spectacular view of Lake Superior
Peering over the edge, I looked straight down at Lake Superior from the top of the Sleeping Giant. "Careful where you step," said Greg Stroud, my hiking partner for the day from Parks Canada, "because each step could be your last." There was no sign, no guardrail—just an unobstructed view of the world's biggest lake from Ontario's highest point. Hiking the Top of the Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is no easy feat. The goal was to reach the Lake Superior lookout that hovers 950 feet above, which means hikers have to climb every step of the elevation gain. View of the Sleeping Giant from Prince Arthur's Landing at the Thunder Bay waterfront Lookin from the waterfront in Thunder Bay,…
Dogsled Adventure at Boreal Journeys in Thunder Bay
By Shannon Leahy The following article is an edited version of material originally published in the Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 edition of The Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay).
View of Lake Superior from the Agawa Bay Lookout.
Editor's Note: Vicki Gray, Motoress, experienced an epic motorcycle journey when she rode her Triumph along the roadways following the coastline of Lake Superior to complete a full circle tour of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Starting in Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma, Vicki began her ride on the south shore through the US states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, ensuring she met the views of Lake Superior head-on as she headed north towards Thunder Bay and Wawa. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle route, and to order your FREE route map visit www.ridelakesuperior.com "The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumeeeee..."! Helmet acoustics are fabulous I…
Lake Superior
Okay, I am guilty, I tried to put just the top ten, but there were so many cool facts about this beautiful body of water I actually listed fifteen. They are in no particular order because they are all so interesting I leave it up to you as to which is number one! 1. Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh water on the planet Earth.2. It covers 82,000 square kilometers or 31,700 square miles with an average depth of 147 meters or 483 feet.3. The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333 feet.4. There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior and Lake Superior is known to not give up her dead.…
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  • Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Kayaking in Timmins, Ontario is BIG. The city hosts an annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge in August, calling all kayakers to the Mattagami river. A once peaceful river become a tizzy with avid paddlers, and even beginners who come out to race and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. You're in?…
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  • Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Vegetables and Fruit This Summer The season for farmers' markets in Sunset Country is fast appproaching. Over the years farmers' markets have become enormous in popularity not only in Northwest, Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' markets have become popular because of the demand…
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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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  • Historic Downtown Hike
    Historic Downtown Hike
    Visit the Discovery North Bay Museum and experience a Historic Dowtown Hike. Throughout this hike, discover various buildings and their history, ranging from stores in the downtown core to historical buildings around the area. Become familiar with the historical development of the local community and see sites of historical significance.  Develop a sense of understanding 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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  • 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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  • A Relaxing Respite From the Boardroom: Golf Courses in Timmins, Ontario
    A Relaxing Respite From the Boardroom: Golf Courses in Timmins, Ontario
    In Timmins, ON this summer? Discover golf courses in a dramatic natural setting, carved into the Boreal Forest. There are three golf courses in Timmins; two 18 hole championship courses and one challenging 9 hole. All 3 courses are located only minutes from the downtown core and provide you with…
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  • These Incredible Photos Tell the Story of Ontario's Sunset Country in 2013
    These Incredible Photos Tell the Story of Ontario's Sunset Country in 2013
    Relive the best of 2013 in Northwest Ontario through a summary of our photo posts on Facebook. Sunset Country enjoyed some wild weather, lot's of great fishing action and overall experienced a great year. Here is a round up of the photos that made it to the Ontario's Sunset Country…
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  • Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    An avid motorcyclist once explained to a non-rider the difference between touring in a motorcycle verses in a car. On a motorbike, it’s comparable to sitting on your deck and enjoying nature as it happens around you with all the sights, sounds and smells. From a car, it’s like watching…
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  • On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    Editor's Notes: Algoma Country Tourism Staff received this photo blog from Howard J Elmer and Stephen Elmer after their recent snowmobile ride in Algoma on the snowmobile trails which took them to Elliot Lake and Blind River areas. Below is what they had to say about their trip. For more…
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