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.
411 Fishing host MarkRomanack
Every fisherman I've shared a boat or campfire with has one thing in common. As anglers we love the feeling of detecting a bite and then pulling the line tight against a stubborn fish. It's amazing how an activity so simple can give pleasure to so many, but the statistics don't lie. Recreational fishing is one of the most popular per capita pastimes in America and Canada. Fishing appeals to the young, the old and everyone in between. Fishing is not gender specific and it appeals to every race, income and social status. Recreational fishing is the glue that bonds us in the common belief -- catching and eating fish with friends and family is a wholesome and fun experience.…
Cross Country Skier
Sault Ste. Marie is a world-class Nordic ski destination : With over 150 kilometres of groomed trails As I near the top of Jackrabbit Hill, my world is reduced to a simple mantra wheezed through parsed lips: Pole-pole-step-glide, pole-pole-step-glide. I’ve skipped out of cocktail hour at the Stokely Creek clubhouse for a lung-burning skate-ski on the Jackrabbit, my favourite 15-kilometre loop amidst a cross-country ski area that sprawls across 3,400 hectares of rugged, forested land north of Sault Ste. Marie.Book your adventure here: Cross Country Packages While challenging to say the least, the climb is always worth the effort. Arriving at the crest, I witness a coppery sunset over Lake Superior and begin the long downhill back to the trailhead…
Liquid Gold Rush: Where To Get It, How It's Made And Where to Taste It!
"Even though I've made maple syrup for decades, I still feel my sap rising in the spring when I know its rising in the maples." My first outfit up on the Quintet Lakes was homespun: coffee cans nailed on trees, rolled birch bark spigots, the sap hauled with the dog team, and an outdoor boil-down on a single pan over an open fire. The fire ran day and night, the night boil lit up by a kerosene lantern hung on the tip of a small bent over balsam tree. My syrup was the colour and texture of a used motor oil, but tasty all the same. Now, I'm making fancy grade syrup here on the farm with a more sophisticated…
Festival of Trees
The Lung Association’s Festival of Trees is a unique kick off to the festive season here in Sault Ste. Marie. It has become a city wide tradition and 2013 marks the 15th year that the Lung Association has proudly organized this wonderful fundraiser. It’s an event like no other. It takes days to set up and be perfected, but once the empty boxes have been stored, the ballroom at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront becomes a Christmas wonderland. The beautifully decorated trees get a lot of praise from the crowd as they walk around the cozy room. Event goers can’t help but be in the Christmas spirit once they have left. The community support is the glue that holds…
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…
Lumberjacks - Food with a Middle East Connection
Lumberjacks 16 St. Paul Street   The name Lumberjacks is a bit of a ruse, for two reasons: the name sounds big, and the portions are good, but the place is small. They don’t have waiting staff and with only a handful of tables it’s nice that they are able to take advantage of the beautifully expanded sidewalk on  Paul St., a short one way street in Waterfront District on the northside of Thunder Bay.  Burgers, Kabobs, Gyros & More  And Lumberjacks sounds very Canadian but has a Middle Eastern touch as the first persian restaurant in Thunder Bay. They serve burgers – awesome burgers like the Angry Frenchman, a burger covered with poutine, or the Badass burger, containing layers…
Game Action at Robin's Tournament
The busyness and excitement of the winter holidays will continue into January each year in Thunder Bay, as close to 40 out-of-town hockey teams from communities all over Northwest Ontario, travel to play in the annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic. The 23rd annual event held in 2014 proved to be another successful event.   The Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers of the past 38 years are proud to host this popular minor hockey tournament.   The Robin’s Classic took place January 16th - 19th 2014, and once again tournament passes were available at all Robin’s Donut locations weeks before the event.   Robin Donut’s, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain has supported the event…
Tee Off in Sault Ste. Marie
Saullt Ste. Marie has some of the best Golf courses to offer! Find out more and how to book a hotel package below. Sault Golf Course Built in 1919 this championship golf course is a George Cumming and Stanley Thompson design. It features 18 holes of the finest conditions in Northern Ontario. There are multiple tee boxes playing to a total of 6,766 yards. The club is located in the city of Sault Ste. Marie and has a fully serviced licensed restaurant, banquet facilities, full service pro shop with lessons from a CPGA professional. Features: 18 hole championship course Pro Shop Driving Range and putting greens   Silver Creek Golf Course The Silver Creek Golf Club located in the heart…
An entertaining experience for participants and spectators
Ladies, if you’ve ever dreamed of dirt, grim and sweat then the Dirty Girls Mud Run is the perfect event for you! Dirty Girls is a 5km Mud Run complete with obstacles held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.  This year’s event, the second annual is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at This Old Barn in Murillo, Ontario and promises to better than last year. Registration takes place Saturday January 18 at Intercity Shopping Centre from 9:30am to 6pm in the promotions and again on Sunday January 19 at Intercity from noon to 5pm.  NOTE: Last year’s event filled in less than 3 hours, so come early to ensure your team gets a spot!     if you want to enjoy…
Wind Farms in Sault Ste. Marie
Considering our unspoiled wilderness and industrial history, it’s not surprising that our region continues to attract innovative renewable energy projects.  Sault Ste. Marie has gone green. It’s not such a bold claim when one considers the city’s gorgeous waterfront, kilometres of nature paths, and the untouched beauty of the wilds just outside of town. But those who remember the Sault only for its industrial history might be surprised to learn that the steel city is quickly becoming Canada’s renewable energy capital. With Canada’s largest wind farm eight kilometres northwest of the city and a 60 megawatt solar collection array set to go online in 2010, Sault Ste. Marie is positioned to emerge as a leader in the new green economy.…
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  • The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    Here's a look at what boating in the North Channel of Lake Huron is really like: While visiting the North Channel for a weekend getaway, I was stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty of the rugged shorelines, the pure blue waters and the majestic bald eagle…
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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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  • Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    The Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour is situated in the historic village of Cobalt, which is nestled on Canada's pre-cambrian shield - known for a rich supply of gold, silver, nickel, cobalt, zinc, copper and iron ore. You might think the village was made famous for mining it's mineral namesake, but…
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  • Packages & Vacations at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
    Packages & Vacations at Piebird Bed and Breakfast
    Piebird Bed & Breakfast is set in a century home with lots of soul near North Bay, Ontario. Hosts' Yan and Sherry welcome their guests with homegrown vegetarian meals and a relaxing, happy atmosphere. Dinner Delight $245 (private rate) per couple includes one night accommodation and fresh-from-the-field dinner for two…
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  • Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Each year, there is anticipation for the Lake Superior Magazine annual Best of the Lake feature and it's finally arrived! We are pleased to announce the businesses in Algoma Country that were picked by travelers and put on this year's list. You can visit any of these places along the…
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  • Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Pioneer Spirit Noticeable in Ear Falls, Ontario Ear Falls on the west end of massive Lac Seul is a great example of Canada's many resource towns that has turned into a tourism mecca! deeply rooted in this small town's history are lumberjacks and miners, resource extraction that had its beginnings…
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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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  • Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Visit one of the great towns and cities dotted among the lakes and forests in Northwest Ontario Northwest Ontario starts at the Manitoba/Ontario border and travels east to just past Marathon on the Trans Canada Highway. This vast expanse of land is home to many lakes, forests, wildlife and many…
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  • Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    The moment we have all been waiting for The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not is now open at Science North.   Last week I have the opportunity to see Science North's new exhibit and was a blown away. It is absolutely amazing and a must see. You findout the science behind how Robert…
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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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