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.
McIntyre Headframe, Timmins, ON
We asked, "Do you want to win an all-inclusive snowmobile trip for two to Abitibi Canyon?", and we got an overwhelming response thanks to social media fans. The contest rules were simple, use the hashtag #RideNEOntario in the description of a public social media post before February 10, 2014, and you were entered. We were overwhelming happy about the response, and we consider these 90+ photo submissions to be a testament to how awesome it is to snowmobile in Northeastern Ontario!! The 2013/14 #RideNEOntario Contest Submissions: A.Reavy - Hitting the trails, Feb 10 A.Kinach - Jan. 05 A.Ciampini - Feb 08 A. Cunningham - Feb. 06 A.Zopf - Feb.06 B.Farrar - Feb 05 B.Slabich - Not in Ontario, but worth…
The waterfalls at Rushing River Provincial Park
There's so much to do on the shores of Dogtooth Lake     Located less than 30 minutes east of Kenora off Highway 71, Rushing River Provincial Park is one of Sunset Country's most popular camping destinations. The waterfalls where the waters of Dogtooth Lake cascade downward into Blindfold Lake makes for a picturesque sight. Most of the time, you can safely splash in the water flowing down the falls. There are also several great beaches within the park where children and adults alike can enjoy a dip in the clear waters. Rushing River Park is definitely a great place to bring the family. The four sandy beaches all have a gentle slope into the water and a roped off area making…
Off the Hook: Ice Fishing for Big Trout 15 minutes North of SSM
It's 6:15 am as I stare anxiously at my watch. As per the status quo, I'm running 15 minutes late while still needing to pick up some "morning glory" at the coffee shop and fuel up my snowmobile. After picking up my annoyed fishing buddy we are headed north on Highway 17.Visit Joe's Sports and Surplus for all your fishing gear needs and attire! The Sault Ste. Marie area boasts exceptional ice fishing for a variety of target species from cold-water trout and whitefish to toothy northern pike and tasty walleye. Our destination for this day would be some stocked trout lakes about 15 minutes from town. Lower Island Lake - Heyden Ontario (Just 15 minutes North of SSM) The…
Java Hut - Serving Fuel for the Road
Java Hut Owner: Joe Skehar465 Memorial Avenue(Open 6am to 10pm most days) There are a lot of thick necks in this place. The skinny necks, wearing sweats, hoodies, ponchos, and slippers are tree planters from near Toronto. They’ve lined the Java Hut counter and laugh at how they might appear in their photo. They’ve just got back to Thunder Bay from cabins in the bush out by Fort Frances and Armstrong. They’ve strolled over from the Super 8 Motel to join the truckers, bikers, and company men. Most everyone who comes here is looking for fuel for the road. Honking huge slabs of pie sit like mountains between stacks of onion rings, fries, pancakes, bread and bacon. Order the pie with your…
Experience Thunder Bay from the Water
Photo by JF Bergeron Experience the fresh wind on your face during a exhilarating ninety minute or customized sailing tour of the harbour with SailSuperior.com.  Learn about the big lake and see the city from a a new view point.  Let Captain Gregory Herioux regale you with his knowledge of the city's heritage and his world travels aboard Frodo.  Check out the main harbour light up close or anchor in the shelter of the Welcome Islands.  A sunset cruise is an amazing way to experience Thunder Bay's connection to its natural environment. Care to drop a line while you're out on the lake?  How about a fishing charter with Archie's Charters aboard his thirty two foot Sea Ray.  Take in a Lake Superior sunrise with an early morning fishing expedition…
You too can catch a big Northern Pike like this one at Pine Portage Lodge on Kaby Lake.
Editor's Notes: Author Bill Spicer of The New Fly Fisher is no stranger to Algoma Country. Read on as Bill describes in his own words the fishing and lodge accommodations he experienced during his fishing trip to Pine Portage Lodge on Kabinakagami (Kaby) Lake. You can learn more about fly fishing in Algoma at www.algomaflyfishing.com Since I was first introduced to fishing, the sport has become almost an obsession with me. I love traveling in Ontario's beautiful Algoma Country and testing different waters. Recently, I had the pleasure of fishing at Pine Portage Lodge on Kaby Lake, which boasts big pike and walleye. This full-service Lodge was founded by the Watson family in 1946 and has remained in the family…
Sault Farmer's Market
Imagine you’re in a five-star restaurant. The ambience is elegant, the service impeccable; you’ve just ordered a gourmet filet of beef, seasoned and cooked to perfection. Complimenting this feast are garlic mashed potatoes, maple glazed carrots and fresh green beans. For dessert there’s a rustic berry tart, brimming with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries all topped with a maple whipped cream. Every last ingredient is fresh, locally grown and bursting with flavour. Does this sound like something you’d only find in southern Ontario, where the summers are longer and farms dot the landscape for miles in every direction? If so, think again. Every morsel you’ve just savoured came from right here in Algoma. The Algoma Region is vast, stretching from the…
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
Wilderness by Rail: Four Algoma Train-in Lodges You'll Love
Travel through 22, 000 square miles of untouched recreational wilderness in the heart of Algoma when you book a train-in fishing trip with Algoma Central Railway. Made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven, passengers experience stunning vistas of natural forest, mountain lakes, streams and wildlife. For the avid fisherman, lodges along the line offer world class fishing and first class accommodations. Deep remote lakes, rivers and streams are home to lake trout, smallmouth bass, brook and rainbow trout, walleye, perch, whitefish and northern pike. With so many lodges, vacation packages and amenities to choose from, fishermen can easily book their dream fishing trip! Totomenai Lodge Located at Mile 165 on Whitefish and Manitowik Lakes, Totomenai Lodge invites fishermen to a…
Mark Romanack's Fishing Tips for Catching Walleye on Esnagi Lake at Lodge 88
Want to catch walleye on Esnagi Lake in Algoma Country? Editor's Notes: Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack shares his fishing tactics for catching walleye after his fly-in fishing trip to Lodge 88 on Esnagi Lake. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com Lodge 88 located in the heart of Algoma Country and on beautiful Esnagi Lake. Esnagi Lake is one of those fishing destinations that should be on every walleye angler's bucket list. Once you've fished Esnagi, it's not a question if you will return, but rather when. Part of the outfitting service known as North to Adventure, (www.northtoadventure.com) the MacLachlan family has outfitting in their blood. This family business was established back in 1959…
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  • Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding and Skiing aren't just for the Rockies! While there are cross-country ski trails in pretty much all communities in Sunset Country, only three areas offer snowboarding and downhill skiing. Atikokan's Mount Fairweather, which boasts the highest vertical drop from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Dryden Ski Hill, who's Chalet…
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  • Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Where can you go Motorcross Racing, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and Snowmobiling? At the Charleson Recreation Area in Atikokan, Ontario. The Charleson Recreation Area (CRA), often called the Charleson Pits, is located in Atikokan, halfway between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay. It takes its name from the original Canadian Charleson…
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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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  • Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dogs Really Are Man's Best Friend Sure it's winter and there is snow on the ground and a chill in the air - but that is what makes winter so much fun. One of the most unique vacation adventures available in Ontario's Sunset Country is dog sledding. There is nothing…
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  • Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    My wife and I own a Mirage 29 sail boat and have been sailing on Lake Ontario for 20 years. It was time for a change of cruising ground and we were looking for a spot on Georgian Bay that would get us to the North Channel within a day…
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  • So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great…
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  • Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Spend a Weekend in Kenora A trip to Kenora - even if just for a weekend - is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your family or go with a group of friends - there is a lot to see and do. Here is a sample itinerary…
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  • Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Check out this list of the best sunsets we posted or shared on Facebook. You'll see why we are called Ontario's Sunset Country. This sunset was taken over a frozen Lake of the Woods in Kenora. Even though it was taken with just an iPhone, it's a great winter sunset. Winter sunsets can…
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  • The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    What is it about buying food from a truck or chip stand on the side of the road that is just so appealing? Maybe it's the hand cut fries, or the locally caught fresh fish battered and deep fried, or that big juicy burger after a long day out on…
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  • A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    The word waterfall evokes a certain vision of beauty and tranquility, of the sheer power of flowing water. Waterfalls have captured the attention of people since the dawn of time and today, waterfalls continue to instil the feeling of "ahhhhhh" that we all want to capture. We inhale deeply and…
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