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.
One Man's Search for the Infamous Gowganda Lake Grouse
Author's Note: The region around Gowganda Lake Ontario offers perfect conditions for creating a booming population of Grouse. Hence, it is a favoured destination for upland hunters and those wishing to quickly train a new hunting dog! A whispering fall breeze floats Aspen leaves to a colourful ground blanket. The sun shines brightly through the remaining kaleidoscope foliage causing my eyes squint. There is movement in the long grass ahead! My senses tweak alert and as a Ruffed Grouse takes to the sky! As I have done a hundred days before, my trusty 28 gauge finds my shoulder and one shot is fired off. Feathers mix with the falling leaves and i am assured of another evening feast! Fall Ruffed Grouse hunting…
A touch of Irish in the Waterfront District
The Foundry offers an Irish Pub atmosphere with a blend of great food and live entertainment usually on weekends and is a spot you will want to check out on your visit to Thunder Bay.   “The food was terrible,” says Dane Newbold, owner of The Foundry, referring to pubs he and his father Ken frequented in Ireland to get the idea for their Thunder Bay establishment. Together they built The Foundry around the Irish pub look and mentality going to great expense to get it right, but avoiding the terrible British food fair.    Painstaking detail was put into picking out the Oak that Tom Logan, a skilled Irish carpenter needed to build the rich interior. Logan came up…
In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven: An Expedition of a Lifetime
Editor's Note: This story was written by Meaghan Smith, a nature enthusiast from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Meaghan's story highlights the work currently being done to identify the exact locations of the Group of Seven paintings in Algoma. In Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start to summer, with thousands kicking off the season with a weekend of camping, bonfires, and barbeques. For a group of seven Algoma University Fine Arts students, it signaled the culmination of their studies of the famous Canadian painters, the Group of Seven, with a rugged camping expedition deep in the heart of the Algoma backcountry, off of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), north of Sault Ste. Marie. The Algoma Central Railway…
A popular spot in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District
The Sovereign Room 220 Red River Road   Possibly the most talked about new restaurant in Thunder Bay is currently The Sovereign Room. Known to the locals as simply, The Sovereign, the new restaurant/bar opened in the Waterfront District late in 2010. It’s a gastro pub, but don’t be fooled by the yellow sign above the window that reads, Kim Lee’s Restaurant. Kim Lee is long gone, but the owner of the Sovereign was nostalgic for the old place.       The Sovereign caters to a mix of grey hairs and youngsters, sometimes making it difficult to find a table or booth. The noise level increases as well. The place has character as it is fairly small, dark and decorated…
Gargoyles, "A Little to To Your Left" Alternative for Dining, Music and Business
Gargoyles Grille and Ale 11 S. Cumberland St. Gargoyles Grille & Ale has established itself as part of the restaurant mix in Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District for the past 11 years, but Doug Morrill has made a conscious effort to diversify its product offering. Gargoyles is not only a place for great food on a visit to Thunder Bay but has an established reputation as a hotspot for live entertainment on weekends and a host for business meetings during the week. Open for lunch and dinner, Gargoyles offers more choices than the few gastropubs in town. Specials are offered on the first page. These will change. Some examples include caramelized fennel and speck pizza, spicy fish tacos, and for desert,…
Ship Watching in Thunder Bay
The lure of Superior While visiting Thunder Bay on business, I found myself with extra time to explore a community I knew little about. Naturally, my exploration lead me to the water...specifically Marina Park.  What a hub of activity!  From kids of all ages skating and riding their bikes on the skateboard plaza, people out doing tai chi or walking their dogs, sail boats coming and going and a few triumphant souls cleaning their Lake Superior catch of trout at the fish cleaning station, it was clear to me why so many people loved being in this city. What caught my attention the most while looking out over the water was that this fantastic body of fresh water that is the…
The Abitibi Canyon Loop Tour: A 400 Series Highway Paved with Fresh Powder
I'm in the fortunate position to have the job all my friends envy. As an action sports photographer, I spend a good chunk of the winter months riding and photographing snowmobiles for Ontario Tourism. We travel to some of the most scenic locations found anywhere in the province (and arguably the country).  After two forgetful seasons, the winter of 2014 struck with a vengeance giving us some of the best snow conditions seen in years. This meant a busy season for me with several projects on the go, all of which were aimed at drawing new snowmobilers to the region. Despite what you might think, I don't actually spend much time riding on these photo shoots. Sure I use the…
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…
Wind Farms in Sault Ste. Marie
Considering our unspoiled wilderness and industrial history, it’s not surprising that our region continues to attract innovative renewable energy projects.  Sault Ste. Marie has gone green. It’s not such a bold claim when one considers the city’s gorgeous waterfront, kilometres of nature paths, and the untouched beauty of the wilds just outside of town. But those who remember the Sault only for its industrial history might be surprised to learn that the steel city is quickly becoming Canada’s renewable energy capital. With Canada’s largest wind farm eight kilometres northwest of the city and a 60 megawatt solar collection array set to go online in 2010, Sault Ste. Marie is positioned to emerge as a leader in the new green economy.…
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…
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  • The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    Located just 10 km's southwest of North Bay on Lake Nipissing you'll notice the mysterious Manitou Islands. These five islands are easily spotted from the shores at North Bay's waterfront and some days it even looks as though they're floating on water. The largest island may be referred to as Ghost Island, Devil Island or the…
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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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  • 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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  • A Stay at Cedar Meadows Resort in Timmins
    My recent stay at Cedar Meadows was just like all the other great nights.  
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  • 3 of the Best Ways to see the Northern Lights in Sunset Country
    3 of the Best Ways to see the Northern Lights in Sunset Country
    Where will you be when you see the sky dance? For those that live in the city and have never seen the northern lights, it is hard to imagine the dancing streaks of colour that you see high in the sky at night in Sunset Country and across Northern Ontario. Pictures…
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  • Hiking "the Crack" in Killarney Provincial Park
    Hiking "the Crack" in Killarney Provincial Park
    Reach new heights this summer by conquering Killarney Provincial Park's renowned hiking trail to "the Crack". Located along a section of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, the journey to "the Crack" begins just off of Hwy 637 on an old logging road that runs through the park until it joins…
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  • Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Located just 100 km north of North Bay, Temagami stands true to the Ojibway meaning of its name, 'Deep water by the shore'. If you're a water renegade, the 3000 km of shore line and over 1200 islands in the area are sure to tame your craving for adventure. The…
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  • Snowmobiling in Ontario's Wilderness
    Snowmobiling in Ontario's Wilderness
    Go snowmobiling in Ontario without the crowds! There are literally thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Ontario, Canada. The secluded snowmobile trails make Sunset Country a great destination for your next winter snowmobile vacation. The trails are maintained by volunteer snowmobile clubs and run mostly across lakes and…
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  • Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Family Camping Trips Pack up the kids and the gear, hop in the RV and get on the road as you embark on a great family camping expedition in Ontario's Sunset Country! With 70,000 freshwater lakes spread across thousands of square kilometers of boreal forest, Sunset Country is the "promised…
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  • Rock Climbing in Blue Lake Provincial Park
    Rock Climbing in Blue Lake Provincial Park
    Rock climb in the sheltered cove of Blue Lake Provincial Park northwest of Dryden Over 25 rock climbing routes have been established on the Blue Lake Crag northwest of Dryden. The site is easy to access and a great place for beginners to learn the sport with experienced mentors. Blue…
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