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.
Time Is On Your Side When Vacationing North Of Superior
For visitors looking to get the most out of their vacation day, the Thunder Bay area of North of Superior exceeds all expectations.  It’s written in the stars.  Or, in this case, it’s written on the surface of the Sun. It’s unique location, at the west end of the Eastern Time Zone and the Northwest corner of Lake Superior means vacationers to the Thunder Bay area will experience longer days than while visiting such locations as Toronto, Niagara Falls or even Sault Ste. Marie. On the Summer Solstice, June 21, while visitors to the top of the CN Tower will observe the sunset at 9:03 p.m. or honeymooners in Niagara Falls see the final rays of the sun at 8:59…
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…
Sault Ste. Marie Bon Soo Carnival
Crisp, cold air hits you as you slide down the ice-sculpted slides, and take a stroll by the artistically crafted ice sculptures. It’s a unique environment at the outdoor festival—with event goers bundled up to brave the elements while enjoying the many attractions pulled together each year by the Bon Soo Winter Carnival. It’s dubbed the third largest winter festival in the country and is the largest of its kind in Northern Ontario. The beloved event recently celebrated a golden anniversary within the community, last year marked the 50th year Bon Soo was a part of Sault Ste. Marie. Now looking to its 51st year, the 10-day winter celebration will be taking place in the Sault from February 7th-16th, 2014.…
My Recent Bear Hunt in Marten River, ON Was a Successful One
I will never forget my dad having his arms wrapped around me and whispering in my ear, how to aim that old 1950’s pellet gun. Patience was clearly a virtue that he possessed, as there were two boys younger than me in the family. One at a time he would sit, explain and teach us to shoot that old pellet gun. Then from there we were not satisfied, so into the woods we would go, cut down our own cedar bows and make a real bow and arrow. What a memory in that back yard with dad, Paul, and Kevin shooting for hours on end and chasing every poor critter that lived within a mile of our country home. Memories…
Visiting the Amethyst Mine
This is a just a quick note thanking you all for a wonderful tour of your Amethyst Mine on Saturday morning (Sept 24).  The students were members of the Wildlife Society, with some of them from Missouri, Illinois, Alberta and Ontario. The all came back with enough rocks and 'gems' to share with the others who were on different tours that morning (in all there were about 40 students present for the conclave, so we got over a third of them at the mine - the others went either on a canoe trip or trapping voles that morning).  
Kakabeka Falls, the "Niagara of the North"
Many of the best waterfalls in Ontario are just off the highways. Stop at one of these waterfalls for a sight you won't forget! Ontario's Sunset Country is a beautiful place at any time, however as you are sitting close to a waterfall and hear it's thundering roar with the forest and lakes surrounding you, it's hard to want to be anywear else. Many of the waterfalls in Northwestern Ontario are just off the highways and are easily accessible. There are also many, many other waterfalls that are on one of our thousands of remote lakes. For now, I will concentrate on the best one you can easily visit on any road trip.  Kakabeka Falls Kakabeka Falls is known as…
Rest Up While You Can, The ATV Wilds Are Calling
Working for Dirt Trax Magazine for the past 14 years has given me the opportunity to ride and experience many parts of Ontario. While we do not have the interconnecting trail network like our neighbors in Québec we have many areas throughout the province that will give you some of the finest ATVing that one could ask for.  In the Northeastern Ontario tourism region there are numerous areas to ride such as Mattawa that has a really excellent organized trail system. Areas like Cochrane, Elliot Lake and Sault Ste. Marie also offer some excellent back country riding One such area in this region that I keep getting drawn back to that offers unlimited riding is the Sportsman’s Lodge Wilderness Resort…
Why I (Temporarily) Traded in My Canoe For a Kayak:  The Ancient Abitibi River and Great Canadian Kayak Challenge
I jumped the gun a bit when the tourism gang from the Timmins region in Northeastern Ontario invited me up to participate in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge. I agreed to race, basically because I love the Timmins area. Problem is, I’m a canoeist, not a kayaker. I also don’t have much of a competitive spirit. The last race I took part in was at a church picnic, when I was eight, running across a field balancing a hard-boiled egg on a spoon. I’m definitely not an anti-kayak sort like some of my canoemates, but to me, the joy of paddling is gently gliding a canoe across a mist-covered lake, not squeezing into tight neoprene and propelling myself across the…
Fly-in Fishing Adventures with Brunswick Lake Lodge in Algoma Country.
How do you get 4 adult men to screech, squawk and giggle like school girls on the last day of semester? Drop them in on Algoma Country's Brunswick Lake Lodge for a week of FISHING! Watch as Ontario Outdoor Writer Dale Hainer takes you on a virtual adventure of Brunswick Lake Lodge. Having ventured to many remote Ontario outpost camps in my life, Brunswick Lake Lodge, situated in the historical heart of Algoma, was a thrilling change of pace! This was my first experience to a remote lodge complete with all the amenities including on-site caretakers, hosts, generated hydro, clean drinking well water, hot and cold running water in the showers, wood fired sauna, bleach brightened fish cleaning station with…
HMS Bounty Tall Ship on St. Mary's river
“By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining big sea water…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha. Situated in the heart of North America thousands of miles from any ocean, Sault Ste. Marie is still, in many ways, a maritime city. Its location at a strategic juncture of the Great Lakes, and the innumerable smaller bodies of water surrounding it, have made the Sault a key centre of nautical exploration, commercial shipping and recreational boating. In all senses of the phrase, this is a community built by the water. From the pre-Columbian age, the river linking those two vast inland seas to its east and west has defined the site of present-day Sault Ste. Marie. The native Ojibway…
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  • Lake of the Woods Concert Group to keep you entertained right until April
    Lake of the Woods Concert Group to keep you entertained right until April
    Looking for a concert in Kenora? The Lake of the Woods Concert Group is offering 8 live concerts for the 2013/2014 season. The Lake of the Woods Concert Group brings in live entertainment to Kenora, Ontario each year. The series offers a wide variety of performances in order to appeal…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Ontario's Sunset Country - The Walleye Wonderland There are a lot of places that claim to have the best walleye fishing in the world but can they really back it up? If you dig a little deeper into their claims like we have, you'll find the answer to that is…
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  • Mattawa Voyageur Country
    Mattawa Voyageur Country
    The picturesque town of Mattawa is situated at the junction of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It just so happens that name Mattawa, derived from the Ojibwe "Mahtahwan" means "meeting of the waters". This friendly community is the oldest settlement in the Nipissing District. Not only is it home to…
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  • Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Northland Paradise Lodge in Temagami, Ontario lead a variety of photography tours within the White Bear Forest. Whether you're a professional photographer or a novice, they offer a photo tour to suit your needs. White Bear Forest is the sixth largest remaining white & red pine old-growth white forest, and…
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  • Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    - Throughout the year, Eau Claire Gorge initiates an array of feelings and emotions.  It is a walking place, very moving. It is one of those waterfalls where you hear the tumbling water before you see it.  There is anticipation and you will not be disappointed when you peer over…
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  • 8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    There's a ton great performances lined up for this year's Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series The Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series line-up once again brings a variety of entertainment to Sioux Lookout, Ontario. From music to dance to comedy and humour, there's something for everyone. All shows start at 7:30pm at the…
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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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