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.
Robert Laframboise Fishing Derby
“It’s important to me to give back to the community. I want to help kids and their families enjoy fishing and the outdoors together like I did when I was a child". Derby founder and professional angler, \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and friends are organizing the Catch and Release Children's Perch Derby on Sunday, March 9th! Families can kick-off the March break by enjoying the great outdoors and ice-fishing at the 10th running of the Laframboise Children’s (14 and under) Perch Derby. The popular derby is a non-profit event, held annually to promote family fun while enjoying the sport of ice fishing. In 2012 the derby had 465…
Sea Lion - Famous View at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Local hiking enthusiast, Richard Boon, provides a guide to hiking the Sleeping Giant, noting Ontario’s largest network of hiking trails is located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park a short drive outside of Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, near Thunder Bay, is the place to go in Northwest Ontario for anyone who takes their hiking seriously.  The park, located on the Sibley Peninsula about an hour outside Thunder Bay, features more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of trails, giving it the longest trail system of any Provincial Park in Ontario.  Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain a little experience, or you’re a seasoned hiker in search of new adventures, there is a trail that will…
Hiking Killarney Provincial Park
  We've broken down our best trail systems by area and non-profit trail (or tourism) association: Discovery Routes in North Bay, Rainbow Routes in Sudbury, Nastawgan Trails in Temiskaming Shores, Manitoulin Tourism Association and Timmins Recreational Trails. If you're interested in an area in particular, we encourage you to click through to the association's website or check out their corresponding google maps.  Provincial parks deserve an honourable mention, too. Ontario Parks in Northeastern Ontario are mini mecca's for hiking trails. Killarney Provincial Park for example is famous for its hiking trail to the 'Crack'.  Discovery Routes (North Bay & Area)  For a full listing of hiking trails in the North Bay area, please see Discovery Route's website or Google Map. …
Fall colours on the Nor'wester Mountain range in the Slate River Valley along Highway 61
Autumn in Thunder Bay and the region along the north shore of Lake Superior is a magical, brilliantly colourful time of year.   (Check out the fall drive, photography and hiking packages offered by Lake Superior Visits or if your in the Nipigon area, Epic Adventures.) Dazzling Autumn Colours Starting in late August, autumn’s dazzling colours begin to transform the landscape.  At first it’s a lighter shade of yellows on poplar trees and smaller shrubs as the shortened days rob leaves of the chlorophyll needed to sustain the rich green colours that we associate with the warmth of summer. The yellows of the  tall birch reach for the sky at Kingfisher Lake.   Then, as September progresses, the full fall…
Pete & Ang from Fish'n Canada Tackle Algoma...One Lodge at a Time!
Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman of Fish'n Canada experienced remote fishing in Algoma and this is what they had to say: The Fish'n Canada crew has been to a lot of fishing destinations throughout Canada and this trip has to rank right up there near the top. During our visits to Errington's Wilderness Island and Lodge Eighty-Eight we've experienced luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, 5-star cuisine and of course what Algoma is famous for, world class fishing. These might be some of the "best" quality productions we have ever captured. Watch for these great episodes in the up-coming Fish'n Canada season. Thanks Carol and the rest of the folks at OTMPC for making it all possible!   For more information about…
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…
The Temiskaming Loop
Ontario Tourism updated the Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario for 2013. As they described, these are some of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. We're elated to have 3 Northeastern Ontario Motorcylce Tours on the roster! We join Ontario Tourism in recommending these Northeastern Ontario motorcycle routes:  Georgian Bay Coastal Route The Georgian Bay Coastal Route came in at #7 on the Top 10 List for 2013. The 800km (500 mile) route takes a long weekend to complete, and will expose you to some of Ontario's most iconic scenery - the windswept pines, crystal blue waters and granite rockfaces of Georgian Bay. We recommend a visit the village of Killarney, to see the reflective blue waters and enjoy…
Geocaching, Find The Treasure In A Game of Hide N' Seek
Do you love adventure and the outdoors? Ever heard of geocaching? (Photos Courtesy of Parks Canada) Parks Canada just launched its Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. We’ll have you and your family searching for heritage treasures across Northern Ontario with a number of sites in Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario. Geocaching, a High-tech Treasure Hunt Best described as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching participants use GPS-enabled devices, such as smartphones, to navigate to a set of coordinates to locate a hidden container, known as a cache. Geocaching is practised worldwide by over 5 million people, everyone from young families to retired couples. There are more than 2 million geocaches registered online. Discover The History of Northwest Ontario Not your typical history lesson, the…
Stokely Creek Lodge
The perfect mix of snow and terrian turned a dream into a reality... Just a few km North of Sault Ste Marie, amid the Algoma Highlands, you will find Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the result of a dream. Its founder scoured the Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved, cross-country skiing. He developed the trails and build a ski resort. A few years ago, long time guests of Stokely bought the resort so it would continue for their grandchildren and the next generations of cross country enthusiasts. Their dedication to making Stokely a great place to ski paid off; CNN travel says Stokely is…
Typical TSBS Launch Point
We sat down with Dave Lafontaine, Chair of Temiskaming Smallmouth Bass Series, to talk fishing, lakes and tournaments. Dave has been organizing the TSBS for over 18 years, and it has become the largest bass tournament series in Northern Ontario.                          Dave (left) posing with a tournament attendee JM: What is Temiskaming Small Mouth Bass Series all about? DL: The Temiskaming Small Mouth Bass Series is a live release tournament. There are 9 tournaments spanning the entire summer, and 1 bass classic to end the year. The series was developed to expose the general public to Northeastern Ontario fishing opportunities, and to promote live release fishing. The series is…
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  • Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Photograph Nature & Wildlife in Sunset Country Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is one of the many great places in Canada where wildlife are abundant.  If you love nature and photography, then come for a visit and experience the great sights and sounds we have to offer. Whether it be…
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  • Glamping: A Collection of Glamorous Camping Experiences in Northeastern Ontario
    Glamping: A Collection of Glamorous Camping Experiences in Northeastern Ontario
    Glamp | ing n.British/ Informal - A form of camping involving accommodations and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. The Oxford Dictionary recognizes glamping as a noun, which means it has become a 'thing'. If you haven't heard about it yet, don't worry. Glamping was introduced to…
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  • The Gales of November - Witness the Wrath of Lake Superior
    The Gales of November - Witness the Wrath of Lake Superior
    Cliquez ici pour une traduction française de cet article The Month of November breathes emotion into Lake Superior each and every year. For those of us lucky enough to be here to experience this phenomenon, it marks the time when fall is coming to an end, and winter wishes to…
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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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  • Where Anglers Come Together in the Race for the Top Trophy Fish!
    Where Anglers Come Together in the Race for the Top Trophy Fish!
    Nothing beats catching the winning fish in a Sunset Country tournament! Every year visitors from all over the world come to experience and make ever lasting memories in the beauty of Sunset Country.  Many individuals fall in love with Northwest, Ontario and return each year bringing friends and family. Some…
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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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  • John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine, after a motorcycle tour of the Algoma region's roadways, sent us this note to tell us what he thought of the tour: For a die-hard westerner such as myself, much of Ontario has long been something of a mystery. But an all-too-short week roaming…
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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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  • Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dogs Really Are Man's Best Friend Sure it's winter and there is snow on the ground and a chill in the air - but that is what makes winter so much fun. One of the most unique vacation adventures available in Ontario's Sunset Country is dog sledding. There is nothing…
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  • Cool off at one of the top beaches in Kenora
    Cool off at one of the top beaches in Kenora
    Take advantage of the numerous public beaches on Lake of the Woods and surrounding lakes in Kenora. Kenora is lucky enough to be situated on Lake of the Woods and surrounded by other lakes such as Rabbit Lake, Black Sturgeon and the Winnipeg River. Out on Lake of the Woods…
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