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.
Congregating in front of Nick Scarfone's display
If you love North Bay, as well as arts & culture, you may have heard about North Bay's Downtown Gallery Hop. It's a cool collective between the local galleries, artists and art lovers who host one memorable evening every two months (give or take) for the community to come together in celebration of the arts. The participating galleries and businesses (or hop stops) hold receptions, events and promotions. Gallery hop-pers walk from stop to stop, enjoying the displays of art, and the overall feeling of community.  Participating galleries, businesses and artists:   WKP Kennedy Gallery, 150 Main Street East Ferneyhough Contemporary, 157 First Avenue East Line Gallery, 897 Main Street West Black Iron Tattoo, 271 Main Street West K Bros…
The Madhouse - One of Thunder Bay's Most Popular Pubs
The Madhouse (Pub) 295 Bay St.       The Madhouse is a great place to talk and relax.  The square building smack at the corner of Bay and Algoma is one of the most popular pubs in Thunder Bay. On weekends the mixed crowds keep the place busy, especially in the evening. The rich coloured décor makes for a great atmosphere.        The Madhouse is more dedicated to being a great hangout pub, not too concerned about attempting to dazzle you with new gastropub meals, so the menu may be limited, but everything on it is worthwhile and reasonably priced.   A Sample of the Menu        The Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich is a delicious…
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 Krugerfarms.com 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…
Les Misérables
When The Musical Comedy Guild’s production of Les Misérables hits the stage November 27 at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre it will be a year in the making!  Thomas Brandstetter, Business Manager for The Musical Comedy Guild (MCG) applied for the rights to stage the world renowned musical last November and MCG was one of the first two amateur theatre companies in Canada to obtain the rights for the full stage production. Directors Loretta Durat and Joseph Lauzon began the process of doing the research directors often do when staging a production in early December.  Agnes McCarthy and Paul Dingle came on board as Vocal Director and Musical Director shortly thereafter.  Over the coming months key members were welcomed to…
#RideNEOntario: Win a Legendary Snowmobile Adventure for Two on the Abitibi Canyon Loop
~ The Contest Is Now Closed - Thank You to All Who Participated! ~ Chart a course for a legendary snowmobiling adventure on the Abitibi Canyon Loop, one of Ontario's Top 8: Must Ride Snowmobile Loops. Freshly groomed powder highways, pristine pine forests and snow-sculpted landscapes are calling. Will you answer? There's only one thing standing between you, and an epic three day all-inclusive snowmobile adventure to the Abitibi Canyon, and that's a hashtag. Post your photos/videos publicly on one of the many social media channels with hashtag #RideNEOntario to enter. It's really that simple. #RideNEOntario  A lack of snow is your last concern on the Abitibi Canyon Loop. The Prize Northeastern Ontario Tourism in parternship with Ontario Tourism is giving…
Get Your Motor Runnin'
If you love motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, boating or ATVing, the Soo is your year-round destination for motorsports fun. At the heart of Canada’s great outdoors, Sault Ste. Marie is the ideal launching point for avid and casual motorsports enthusiasts alike. With easy access to long-distance tours or simple day trips, not to mention breathtaking natural scenery in every direction, Sault Ste. Marie is the motorsports gateway of Northern Ontario. Motorcycle riders itching to get their bikes out of storage will love the Sault in spring and the worldclass riding around every corner. For an overnight trip, try the Trans-Canada west to Wawa and you’ll experience what the Globe and Mail calls, “One of Canada’s top ten drives.” This spectacular highway…
Old Woman Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The most spectacular long distance ride in Ontario, Ride Lake Superior can be tackled in one epic 1300 mile / 2080 km tour -- half in the US, half in Canada -- or in a variety of smaller trips. Make sure you give yourself enough time to really experience the natural splendor and local colour of this unique, epic motorcycle route. This isn't a ride that should be rushed. Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake, and the sparsely populated region straddling Algoma Country and Northwestern Ontario offers many restorative sights for the weary city rider, with miles of mountains, forests and water. What sets Superior apart from the other great lakes is the distinctive topography, reminiscent of Highway…
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…
Tom & Marjike, Owners of Okimot Lodge in West Nipissing
"Hunting lodges and cozy cottages offer relaxing lakeside getaways" Although we are American, my son and I have a tradition of singing “O Canada” at the opening of Sabres games, especially when Buffalo is playing the Leafs and Senators. During these spirited ice battles, this heart-felt gesture of respect engenders good will with the Canadian hockey fans around us, who are surprised we know all the words. And when the national anthem gets to the line -- “The True North strong and free!” -- my mind doesn’t picture the glitzy condos on Toronto’s waterfront or the Labatt Brewery in London or the quaint tea shops at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Instead, my thoughts drift off to a friendly idyllic region in Northeastern Ontario,…
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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  • Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Experience this jewel at the end of Highway 105! It was a few years since I was last at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. I visited the museum this summer and all I can say is "WOW". It was great the last time I was there, but they've added…
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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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  • Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    This testimonial was sent to Algoma Country from Jamie and Herb Britton. Each year, Jamie and Herb take a fly-in fishing trip to enjoy a remote fishing vacation. Below is what they had to say about their latest trip, and the photo blog below, to Watson's Pine Portage Lodge on…
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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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  • Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Bag a Big Buck in Ontario Northwestern Ontario has immense tracts of Boreal forest inhabited by a wide variety of animals. Whitetail deer are one of those animals and if you are a big game hunter, then you should consider our region of the Province. Bucks in Sunset Country are…
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  • Where to Find Algoma Snowmobile Trail Updates Online
    Where to Find Algoma Snowmobile Trail Updates Online
    It seems like a minute a snowflake hits the ground, staff at Algoma Country are taking calls, replying to emails and fulfilling inquiries for trail maps about snowmobiling trips to our region. So to help our snowmobile friends from Michigan and the Greater Toronto Area, I've compiled a list of…
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  • Chapleau Crown Game Preserve: One of the Ultimate Wildlife Adventures in the World
    Chapleau Crown Game Preserve: One of the Ultimate Wildlife Adventures in the World
    When you hear "game preserve" do images of African lion safaris come to mind where packs of lions laze about, wild herds of elephants, or cheetahs chasing down their prey? I bet you'd be surprised to learn that the world's largest game preserve isn't in Africa. It's in Northern Ontario…
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  • Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
    Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
     Northeastern Ontario takes roadside kitsch to a whole other level, and it could be because we know the value of fun on those long road trips. Call it weird, or call it Canadian folk art, these roadside attractions are beckoning you in to their welcoming towns, and most of them…
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  • Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
    Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
    Go Skiing and Hiking Right in Town With their locations smack dab in the middle of the Northern Ontario woods, the towns and cities in Sunset Country have some really great trail systems to offer. Both seasons for hiking, biking  and in winter, snowshoeing and cross country ski trails can be found…
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  • Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Take part in one of the many events happening at the Kenora Winter Carnival March 7-9, 2014  A snow sculpture is taking shape at this year's competition MARCH 7 - FRIDAY The Kenora Winter Carnival begins at 6:00pm on Friday March 7. Children can try their luck at the Shaw Shootout or…
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