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.
Dr. Penny Petrone was a big supporter of the arts in Thunder Bay
Tickets to a live theatre performance at Magnus Theatre is a great to spend a night out on your visit Thunder Bay. Next on stage, from March 13-29, get your tickets for the critically acclaimed six-time Tony award winning play “Red” The Experience of Live Theatre One may ask, “Why do people go to see live theatre?”. Well, a live theatre experience may help to open our eyes, expand our cultural awareness or broaden our knowledge of the world. Theatre may similarly be an opportunity to relax and laugh, or to get out of the house for a few hours and have fun. However ultimately live theatre offers its audience members the opportunity to be transported to another world and…
Unique Shops and Retailers on Bay & Algoma
The Bay and Algoma Neighbourhood when visiting Thunder Bay is the best place to find the greatest variety of locally made products, along with unique gift items. These are shops run by local entrepreneurs and it is unlikely you will items and wares in national chains stores or shopping malls. This area is also quickly becoming known as a distinct shopping district where residents feel a little more comfortable shopping, and where landlords and shop owners take a little more pride, organizing festivals, street fairs, and beautifying their neighbourhood. With four coffee shops, a couple pubs, and a few restaurants, you can’t go wrong hanging out in this area.   Authentique 313 Bay St.   This fun-filled gift shop opened on Bay Street in 2005, with their namesake…
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, So Many Good Performances to Enjoy!
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) adds to the reputation of Thunder Bay as a regional centre for the performing arts in Northwestern Ontario. Locally known as the TBSO, the Thunder Bay symphony has been around for over 50 years putting on concerts that appeal to a wide and diverse audience from pure classical performances in their Masterword Series, to a mix of modern and popular music with a classical twist in their Pops series, and children’s concerts. Going to a symphony performance can be an experience in itself. You will be especially delighted to know most of their major performances all take place in our Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, a professional 1500 seated arts centre considered “one of the…
Christopher
Don Hall shares his 11 year-old grandsons ambitious year and love for birding...256 species in 12 months to be exact! When my grandson Christopher decided, at age 11 that it was time to do his first big year, I was a bit skeptical. The Big Year, inspired by the movie of the same name, would be an attempt to see as many birds as possible in a 12-month period. He set a goal of 200 species. It sounds ambitious but then, Christopher has been birding since he was six and his young eyes and ears are remarkable.Most birders consider a positive identification by song to be a "sighting" and Christopher can reliably identify bird songs that older folks, even those…
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. …
Early spring is the top time of year to target monster pike like this one caught by the author soon after ice out.
Editor's Notes: In his latest article, Mark Romanack, host of Fishing 411, explains just why fishing in Algoma is so good. Mark offers up his expert advice for catching walleye and northern pike during spring, summer and fall fishing seasons while highlighting the importance of conservation and slot sizes -- further demonstrating why Ontario is home to great fisheries. For more information about fishing trips in Algoma visit the website www.algomaregion.com I'm often asked why Ontario waters are featured on so many Fishing 411 TV episodes and magazine articles and the answer is simple. The Algoma Country region of Ontario is close by my Michigan home and has some of the best inland pike and walleye fisheries in North America.…
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…
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).
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…
Hidden Gems for Adventurous Hikers
Often, making an extra effort pays off with big rewards. The same is true when it comes to hiking in Northwest Ontario. While visitors to Thunder Bay and the North of Superior region are constantly rewarded with spectacular vistas and views of nature around virtually ever corner, the rewards can be even bigger when one goes the extra distance. There are many hidden gems waiting to reward the hiker who is willing to go a little further off the beaten path or who is willing to get up an hour earlier than everyone else. Among the hidden gems in the Thunder Bay area are Red Rock Falls, which is nowhere near the town of Red Rock but, instead, is located…
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  • Houseboat Adventure Trips on Freshwater Lakes
    Houseboat Adventure Trips on Freshwater Lakes
    Try a Floating Cabin for a Change of Pace One of the more unique ways to explore some of the BIG lakes in Sunset Country is to rent a houseboat. With all the amenities of a regular cabin, houseboats offer the vacationer a chance to see the many sights and…
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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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  • 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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  • Farmers Markets are a Great Way to Spend a Saturday in Algoma
    Farmers Markets are a Great Way to Spend a Saturday in Algoma
    Locally grown farm-fresh products are at your finger tips in Algoma Country For the non-green thumb who want farm-fresh organic produce, quality meat, and poultry to prepare healthy meals, the Algoma Farmers Market is the place to go. Farmers Markets are a meeting place to celebrate what's local -- which…
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  • You Asked, We Answered: Things to Do in Algoma Country
    You Asked, We Answered: Things to Do in Algoma Country
    Northern Ontario -- wow the landscape is so vast, it seems so untamed, why would someone travel there? If you look at a map, you will find an area that is easily assessable because of its great location. Don't let the area of Algoma fool you on this map, its…
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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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  • Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Why stay indoors in the winter? Ski the trails and enjoy the winter wonderland in Red Lake. The Red Lake District Cross-Country Ski Club maintains over 40 kms of cross country ski trails including the McKenzie Island Trails, the Golf Course Trails in Balmertown and Centennial Park in Red Lake.…
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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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  • Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Editor's Note: Are you an American citizen, planning a trip to Northern Ontario? We welcome you and want to make sure you have all the information you'll need to cross the border. For information about what you can bring to Canada, firearms and weapons, you can find more information at…
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  • Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    All-inclusive Lodges and Resorts Sure to Please If you want to concentrate on fishing or relaxing and nothing else then an American Plan Package at one of the lodges or resorts is what you'll need. Hearty meals are served up for you along with a shore lunch kit or boxed…
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