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.
"The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same": Sault Ste. Marie's Dedication To The Accommodation Industry
There’s an old expression, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”, and that is certainly proving itself to be true with Sault Ste. Marie’s dedicated accommodations industry. A few years ago I wrote an article about the various amenities offered by hotels in Sault Ste. Marie. This year I was asked to do a follow up and what I found was exciting proof that our community is not content to stand still when it comes to ensuring tourists and travellers have excellent accommodation options. Many older hotels have completely renovated themselves, and even more options that go “above and beyond” are now available to travellers.THE SLEEP INN - Renewed & Modern When you think Sleep Inn do…
Fall colours on the Nor'wester Mountain range in the Slate River Valley along Highway 61
Autumn in Thunder Bay and the region along the north shore of Lake Superior is a magical, brilliantly colourful time of year.   (Check out the fall drive, photography and hiking packages offered by Lake Superior Visits or if your in the Nipigon area, Epic Adventures.) Dazzling Autumn Colours Starting in late August, autumn’s dazzling colours begin to transform the landscape.  At first it’s a lighter shade of yellows on poplar trees and smaller shrubs as the shortened days rob leaves of the chlorophyll needed to sustain the rich green colours that we associate with the warmth of summer. The yellows of the  tall birch reach for the sky at Kingfisher Lake.   Then, as September progresses, the full fall…
Conquering the Canyon—Our Journey to Cochrane, Ontario
CONTEST WINNERS!!! This winter, we offered you a chance to win a legendary snowmobile trip for two. We received a truckload of entries, and now, we proudly present... our lucky winners! Read on below... Hearing the answer to a question that you already know the answer to can be just as deflating as being surprised by it. Last year, we called the Toronto Police Service and asked if we could take our snowmobiles out on the city streets. At the time, they were at a standstill—the city had stopped almost completely due to a snowstorm. Also, we had just seen someone do it—ride their sled right up a main street! As it turns out, you can’t do that. For a…
Festival of Trees
The Lung Association’s Festival of Trees is a unique kick off to the festive season here in Sault Ste. Marie. It has become a city wide tradition and 2013 marks the 15th year that the Lung Association has proudly organized this wonderful fundraiser. It’s an event like no other. It takes days to set up and be perfected, but once the empty boxes have been stored, the ballroom at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront becomes a Christmas wonderland. The beautifully decorated trees get a lot of praise from the crowd as they walk around the cozy room. Event goers can’t help but be in the Christmas spirit once they have left. The community support is the glue that holds…
Popular local restaurant serving breakfast and lunch specials...
Niva’s Restaurant 376 Lisgar   You may be handed a number at the door.   Niva’s gets busy in the morning, but with lots of tables in this family restaurant the wait won’t be long. You will be in good company with tourists from the U.S., visiting friends and family and those of us who live here in Thunder Bay.   Niva's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast all day. Finnish pancakes and mojoakka are served, which are really their only Scandinavian dishes. The rest of the menu has variations on Niva’s specials, homemade pies and cookies. And they’re big on omelettes.    The owner, Victoria Niva, previously worked at the non-profit Scandhouse for thirty years, and although…
Stokely Creek Lodge
The perfect mix of snow and terrian turned a dream into a reality... Just a few km North of Sault Ste Marie, amid the Algoma Highlands, you will find Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the result of a dream. Its founder scoured the Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved, cross-country skiing. He developed the trails and build a ski resort. A few years ago, long time guests of Stokely bought the resort so it would continue for their grandchildren and the next generations of cross country enthusiasts. Their dedication to making Stokely a great place to ski paid off; CNN travel says Stokely is…
The Grand Algoma Tour - #1 on the Top Ten Ontario Motorcycle Routes for 2013
Algoma Country stretches from the North Channel of Georgian Bay, deep into the northernmost wilds of Ontario. Here you'll find glorious swathes of untamed boreal forest, glittering lakes around every sweep and turn, massive cliffs and mountains and a combination of the best motorcycle roads that make up the Grand Algoma Loop. This past summer I made an attempt to ride every paved road in Northern Ontario, and after surveying thousands of miles of asphalt in the province, the most scenic and entertaining rides to be had on two wheels is this loop. From the quaint town of Thessalon on the shores of the North Channel, heading North on Ontario's Tail of the Dragon (Highway 129) to Highway 101 into…
The author with a typical Algoma Country walleye. Jigs are the go-to lure of most walleye anglers and for good reason.
When talk turns to walleye fishing, jigs are the lures most often discussed. It's no coincidence that jigs are the "go-to fishing lure" of most walleye enthusiasts but just knowing enough to take along some jigs on your next trip to Ontario's Algoma Country isn't a guarantee of fishing success. Jigs are a fishing tool and like any other tool in the garage one size or type doesn't fit every application. Let's use a hammer to illustrate a point. A claw hammer is a good tool for driving nails but not the best tool for putting on a hub cap. A rubber mallet is a hammer of sorts and is a good tool for putting on a hub cap but…
The Tall Ships Festival
Sails on the St. Marys is part of the second year celebration of a three-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Sault Ste. Marie will be the only official Northern Ontario port of call for the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013 tour. The Roberta Bondar Marina and Pavilion will host three tall ships July 19th – 21st: US Brig Niagara, SV Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II.While most of the war activities took place away from Sault Ste. Marie in 1813, this year we celebrate life on the lakes. With our rich local history in shipbuilding, on deck tours will provide the opportunity for visitors to see life onboard the waters in 1813 and period re-enactors will be…
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…
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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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  • 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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  • Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Each year, there is anticipation for the Lake Superior Magazine annual Best of the Lake feature and it's finally arrived! We are pleased to announce the businesses in Algoma Country that were picked by travelers and put on this year's list. You can visit any of these places along the…
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  • John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine, after a motorcycle tour of the Algoma region's roadways, sent us this note to tell us what he thought of the tour: For a die-hard westerner such as myself, much of Ontario has long been something of a mystery. But an all-too-short week roaming…
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  • Top Ten Reasons Why Algoma is the Best Place to Sled
    Top Ten Reasons Why Algoma is the Best Place to Sled
    It's all about the white stuff and Algoma has it, tons of it and that makes us a must do destination for sledding! Here's our Top Ten Reasons why Algoma is the BEST place to sled: 1. We are home to 2,000 miles of groomed trails! You don't have to…
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  • The Legendary Polar Bear
    The Legendary Polar Bear
    Throughout the year, I will be highlighting interesting places to stay, and or things to see and do in this beautiful part of Northeastern Ontario. Today's feature is all about one of the most interesting attractions in all of the north. One that lets you swim with a real live polar…
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  • A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    Itching to getaway for the weekend? Plan a weekend trip to Dryden around one of the Dryden live concerts this fall, winter or spring. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily located on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is roughly 3.5 hours to either Thunder Bay, Ontario or…
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  • Why Algoma Country is the Perfect Place to Snowshoe
    Why Algoma Country is the Perfect Place to Snowshoe
    How would I describe winter in Algoma? It looks like a holiday card. We really are lucky to live in a place where winter touches our magnificent wilderness, creating new adventures with so many different ways to explore it. But I think the most fun way to explore Algoma's winter…
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  • Canada's Group of Seven: Painting Algoma
    Canada's Group of Seven: Painting Algoma
    The Legacy of Canada's Group of Seven Algoma has a reputation for being an inspiration to both artists and photographers since the first visit by Canada’s Group of Seven. Canada was once considered “unworthy” of being painted but the landscape paintings pioneered by the Group led to a new wave…
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  • Explore the Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
    Explore the Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
    Story by Lynda Olson Photos by David Coulas & Mary Hastings Located on Manitoulin's south shore 35 km west of Gore Bay, Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve beckons you to experience its globally rare alvar communities, diverse woodland and wetland habitats and picturesque bay. Alvar is a Scandinavian word meaning…
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