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.
Around Rock Island Lodge
My last night on the shores of Lake Superior, and it was quite something. The Rock Island Lodge is a small, cozy affair directly on the shores of the greatest of Great Lakes, a short drive down an easy to handle dirt road outside of Wawa. I stayed in a basic but perfectly fine room off the main dining room, with a nice bath and views out to the lake. It's part of the Naturally Superior Adventures paddling centre, which offers everything frompaddleboard lessons to short canoe rides on the next-door Michipicoten River to long kayak treks along the shores of Lake Superior. Photo by Dave Storm I arrived late afternoon and spent a good hour soaking up the sun on…
Sailing toward Pie Island with Captain Greg Heroux
In the first few days of summer, the water in Lake Superior was surprisingly not that cold. Though I had sat in the sauna at Thompson Island in Lake Superior for a few minutes before making the plunge, the cobalt blue water was crisp, cool and refreshing. The warm breeze rustled the trees overhead as steam poured out of the sauna. I could have been anywhere, I thought, but I was spending the night on a sailboat docked on a small island in the world’s biggest lake. Big Lake Adventure on Superior Book your Lake Superior Adventure Now! When it comes to exploring Northern Ontario, Lake Superior takes center stage.  With an abundance of islands, bays and coves, the north…
Summer time is one of the best times to target trophy walleye.
Editor's Note: In his newest article, Mark Romanack, host of "Fishing 411", offers some great advice and tips that you can use for catching walleye in Algoma Country. Mark uses using his vast experience and knowledge to catch walleye at Red Pine Lodge, a drive-in fishing lodge on Ivanhoe Lake. For more information about walleye fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.fishalgoma.net Located just off Highway 101 and a short drive east of Chapleau, Ontario awaits Ivanhoe Lake. Ivanhoe Lake has a rich sport fishing history and is well known among locals for being a "walleye factory" bulging at the banks with eating sized fish. What even the locals don't fully understand is Ivanhoe Lake also produces staggering numbers of…
War of 1812
It may not be a well known fact, but Sault Ste. Marie and its surrounding district was on the front line of the War of 1812, a conflict that defined the future makeup of the North American continent. Believe it or not, Sault Ste. Marie has been at the centre of the Canadian experience for over three centuries. Indeed, with this year’s bicentennial anniversary marking the first skirmishes of the War of 1812, it turns out that the city and its surrounding district was on the front line of a conflict that defined the future makeup of the North American continent. Two hundred years ago, the land, now known as the “Twin Soos” on either side of the Canada-U.S. border…
Sault Locks
It’s a surreal experience to paddle a sea kayak into an imposing concrete, steel-clad chamber and feel the water level slowly rising beneath your boat. On a sunny July day, I’m retracing the upper St. Lawrence Seaway, paddling the St. Mary’s River through downtown Sault Ste. Marie and locking through to Lake Superior. Curious bystanders watched me call the lockmaster by marine radio, and when the sturdy lock gates folded open and I paddled into the 255-foot lock, even more gathered to snap photos of a bizarre scene: A man in a diminutive craft floating in the placid waters of an engineering feat and a stalwart symbol of self-sufficiency in Canada’s youth. The tumultuous St. Mary’s Rapids were an impediment…
Mountain Stream Orchard is nestled in backdrop of the Nor'wester Mountain range south of Thunder Bay
Tranquil Spot Where Apples Grow  High above the Slate River Valley on the rural outskirts of Thunder Bay, where corn stalks march across rolling fields tall and golden waiting to be harvested, is a small clearing of land, tucked amongst native pine forests, where apple trees grow.   The road to the Mountain Stream Orchard winds up into the Nor’wester Mountain range through trees that sport the first blush of fall.   If it were not for the sign propped amid fall wild flowers and spent thistles at the side of the road, it would remain a hidden gem. And as I turn off Oliver Creek Road, down a small dip in the driveway, I think Mountain Stream Orchard just…
Ganuk's Captive Audience
It wasn’t exactly a surprise to staff at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat that, when they were approached by the Toronto Zoo to become a new home for a 2 and a half year old polar bear in May of 2012, he would be more energetic than their past, older residents. After all, polar bears are known for their hilarious antics. Things like putting construction cones on their heads and walking into objects – or crushing barrels – or trying to sink everything and anything possible in their pool.  You see goofy is just in a polar bear’s nature. In the wild, they push on the ice to break it around seal air holes, then stick their heads in to…
A Fascinating Experience Touring the Islands of Lake Superior near Village of Rossport
We’re out on a tour of the gorgeous Lake Superior islands near the pretty village of Rossport (east of Thunder Bay) when guide Paul Turpin of Discovery Charters  points out a small rock sticking up out of the placid water. Rossport is about a two-hour drive east of Thunder Bay   “That’s called Jim’s Rock,” he tells me, straight-faced.   I turn on my camera to snap a photo and Turpin lets out a laugh.   “It’s also called Mark’s Rock or Paul’s Rock,” he adds. “It’s pretty much named after whoever I have on board.”   Turpin tells me he took a small boy and his family out on the lake a while back and told the lad the…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District, explained Justus Veldman, of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…
Sea Lion - Famous View at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Local hiking enthusiast, Richard Boon, provides a guide to hiking the Sleeping Giant, noting Ontario’s largest network of hiking trails is located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park a short drive outside of Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, near Thunder Bay, is the place to go in Northwest Ontario for anyone who takes their hiking seriously.  The park, located on the Sibley Peninsula about an hour outside Thunder Bay, features more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of trails, giving it the longest trail system of any Provincial Park in Ontario.  Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain a little experience, or you’re a seasoned hiker in search of new adventures, there is a trail that will…
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    8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
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    Fall in Northeastern Ontario is no reason to hibernate. Consider it a reason to celebrate; The cavalcade of autumn colours, the festive fall fairs and the cozy evenings are the perfect send-off to a summer well spent.  Join us at one of the many fall fairs, festivities and events happening…
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    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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  • Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
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    Cliquez ici pour une traduction française de cet article The Month of November breathes emotion into Lake Superior each and every year. For those of us lucky enough to be here to experience this phenomenon, it marks the time when fall is coming to an end, and winter wishes to…
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