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.
Myself and Old Woman Bay, can you see her face in the cliffs?
After a great night of sleep at the Hilton Beach Inn I peeked out the window to check the morning weather and it was looking grim. The dark clouds were already there and I knew the rain was coming in a few hours. As I headed west on Ontario-17 a sense of urgency was streaming in me. It's like your sixth motorcycle sense alarming your brain that you need to hurry up and beat the rain. The thing was I had a long ride in front of me and I knew there was no beating it so the little urgency alarm in my head was becoming annoying. That was until the road opened up and the trees disappeared on my…
The New Fly Fisher host Colin McKeown with a smallmouth bass.
I cast to the outside of the weed growth and counted down my streamer. I started the retrieve with a quick jerk, then twitch. From deep in the weeds a large shadow appeared and followed the streamer. I quickly changed direction of the fly as to imitate a fleeing baitfish and the monster of a smallmouth attacked. This same scenario repeated itself all day long with fish averaging 4 pounds. I have never been to a lake with so many large smallmouth bass. This most excellent trip started with a call to Adrian Hoke, owner of Misty Mountain Fly Shop / McCauley's Motel and Restaurant located on Highway 17 North in Havilland Bay. McCauley's Motel is unique in that it…
Sault Naturalists
Appreciation, preservation and conservation, this club has a mission! The Sault Naturalists of Ontario and Michigan is a club with a mission to promote the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of our natural heritage. One way we do this is to get out most every weekend and peddle, paddle, hike, ski and snowshoe through some of the most beautiful and rugged country in Algoma.One of our favorite destinations is Gros Cap, located at the far west end of Prince Township and accessible from the end of Highway 550 (Second Line) approximately 20 minutes west of town. The site is an unparalleled setting of natural, historical and cultural significance on the Superior Heritage Coast. Cobble beaches, 90 meter high craggy rock faces…
Story by Jack Savage
A slight breeze blows the 18-foot cedar strip boat past a rocky point that juts into the dark waters of Wabatongushi Lake. Virtually every cast towards the steeply sloping shoreline is answered with the sharp pull of walleye. Any worries about my wife Connie enjoying a wilderness holiday evaporate like the mist of this sun-draped Northern Ontario morning. That’s when I spot the moose; a mother and two calves feeding in the shallows amidst a clump of pencil reeds some200 yards away. Connie quietly reaches down for her camera while I drop the four-stroke outboard into gear and idle towards the ungainly animals. It isn’t until we’re a stone’s throw away that mother nudges her calves for theshore and the trio disappear into the…
Northern Lights, Milky Way and Full Moon: A Trifecta of Awesome
What is more beautiful on a chilly northern night, than to catch a glimpse of the magnificent northern lights?  Once you catch sight, the vibrant hues are fleeting. Colours of green, red and purple quickly waltz across the sky, but it's one breathtaking moment you'll carry with you, and never forget.   Paul Beduhn Let's Get Technical The northern lights (or aurora borealis) are the result of the suns charged particles interacting with the earth's atmosphere. The sun is continually releasing these particles in bursts (or solar flares), and episodes grow stronger for 11 years until reaching their peak. Amazingly enough, the suns activity will peak in the fall/winter of 2013, making northern lights sightings in Northeastern Ontario tremendously more likely. …
Sheer cliffs and rock walls of Ouimet Canyon, make it a wonder to see!
If you visiting Thunder Bay and region to take in the fall colours, a stop at Ouimet Canyon in the Township of Dorion (less than an hour east of Thunder Bay) should be on your things to see and do. Jim Byers, a travel writer for the Toronto Star was impressed with his first visit to this Northern Ontario natural wonder. Ouimet Canyon - Marvel at The Views I saw one car leaving the canyon as I drove in (10 minutes off the Trans Canada Highway near Dorion). An hour later, as I was leaving, I saw one car driving up the hill to the visitor’s centre. The rest of the time I had this marvellous, unheralded and absolutely astonishing bit of…
Aerial Tours: Now You Can See It All
  An aerial tour of the rugged coastline of Lake Superior and a fly over of the world famous Sleeping Giant is something you will want to put on your "must do" list on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. Wilderness North, one of Canada's largest providers of fly-in outdoor adventures is offering something new, special floatplane excursions from its seaplane base located in Thunder Bay harbour on theshores of Lake Superior. Great Photos, Lasting Memories With its fleet of safe dependable DeHavilland floatplanes, Wilderness North will provide visitors with a trill of a lifetime and an opportunity for adventure that is sure to leave lasting memories. The special excursion fly over's will allow guests to view and photograph…
Thunder Bay's original source for the best Thai food!
Thai Kitchen35 South Cumberland St. The Thai Kitchen is a favourite spot to dine for many people in Thunder Bay. Owner Pia Venema prepares dishes that have people come for an authentic Asian food experience that is healthy and reasonably priced. Portion sizes are good for two, so with only a couple orders you can get a very good traditional meal going. The restaurant located at 35 South Cumberland in the Waterfront District is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm. The pad Thai, everyone’s favourite, is great. However, you could quickly develop new favourites by trying the curries, noodles, stir-fries, and soups. Meat portions are generous. Vegetarian dishes are in good supply. Symbols in the menu indicate spice heat…
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…
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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  • Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Stand Up Paddling is One of the Fastest Growing Water Activities This super fun sport is perfect for a variety of ages and fitness levels, making it a very interesting way to explore the outdoors by water. SUP, or Hoe he'e nalu in Hawaiian, actually started in the 1960s as…
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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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  • Discover Sunset Country's History at Local Museums
    Discover Sunset Country's History at Local Museums
      Sunset Country's communities can distinguish themselves from other areas for a number of reasons; not only is the landscape that surrounds the towns breathtaking, their involvement in preserving their local history is unrivaled. Luckily for visitors, their history, culture as well as artifacts can be viewed in many local museums, which…
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  • A Fantastical Imagination in Algoma’s Wintery World
    A Fantastical Imagination in Algoma’s Wintery World
    I have always had the most wild of imaginations. And growing up, winter was always the best season to express my fantastical ideas. There is something magical and mystical in snow dancing down the streets, twinkling on rooftops as bright as stars, and dotting the evergreens which line our forests.…
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  • Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Surrounded by Lake Superior and Lake Huron, two of the mightiest freshwater lakes in the world, Algoma Country is home to world class boating. Algoma offers visitors outstanding water adventures for power-boats, yachtsmen, and sailors. Whether you want to cruise the Benjamin Islands in the North Channel, or discover Lake…
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  • Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    One of our favourite ways to welcome the awakening of Spring in Algoma Country is the maple syrup season. Nothing beats the taste of fresh, sweet maple syrup served over a stack of steaming hot pancakes. Talk to anyone from our region and they'll tell you we have the best…
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  • Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Kayakers from across the globe have converged on Algoma as it is a world class sea kayaking destination. But here's a look at kayaking in Algoma from the perspective of a local avid kayaker who shared her love of the sport where she lives. About 6 years ago, my husband…
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  • Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Treetop Adventures is home to the Mega Zip fastest zip-line in Ontario! Located in Algoma, Treetop Adventures is a fun, eco-friendly wilderness attraction open year round. Even though zip-lining is considered an "extreme" sport by some, it's geared towards a variety of ages, from beginner to thrill seeker. Treetop Adventures…
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  • Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Explore the Rainy River Area The Rainy River District is the part of Sunset Country that is directly adjacent to the American border and is where we welcome our many visitors from the United States. Within the District are three communities where you can spend a few days doing a…
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  • Explore our wilderness on skis
    Explore our wilderness on skis
    Cross-Country Skiing in Northwestern Ontario Yes it's a fact, the winters are long and sometimes cold up here in Northwestern Ontario! But being the eternal optimist that you are, you see opportunity in this beautiful winter wonderland. We do too so that is the reason we want to encourage skiers…
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