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.
Bust out of conventional travel and see your country with new eyes.
No service. For much of the ten hour return trip train ride into the Agawa Canyon, this is what you'll see on your phone -- no service. Take a deep breath. Do not panic. This is completely expected as you are truly heading into an area so remote that many spots you see during the tour are not accessible by car. In our modern world it's hard to believe that such places still exist, but one trip on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and you're reminded of the breadth and depth of our great Canadian wilderness. Lack of access to our daily distracters -- think Twitter, Facebook, Instagram -- is a good thing, since distraction from the natural beauty that…
Head North for the Best Ride of the Year
March Break has come and gone, and across Ontario, families have fond memories of a real wintry holiday that some say has been long overdue. Others stayed home indoors; plans perhaps interrupted once again by old man winter and his arctic antics. It has been quite a few years since over 80% of the OFSC's snowmobile trails have been available for exploration this late in the season and, by all indications of the current weather patterns, there are still a few snowmobiling weeks remaining.  Today is the first day of spring! Yes, believe it or not, it is March 20th, 2014—which is the spring equinox; this is the time of year when the days and nights are approximately equal. The…
Fishing for Rainbow Trout on Robb Lake with Lauzon Aviation.
As a 50 year old accomplished angler, hunter, outdoor writer, photographer and videographer, my home province of Ontario continually amazes me with the varying landscapes throughout its half million square miles. Traveling aside, I find myself drawn back to certain regions and Algoma is tops on my list. And it's no surprise to me that many artists frequent this region and tour throughout via the Algoma Central Railway! Even going back 100 years, Canada's own Group of Seven loved to come, explore, depict in charcoal and paints Algoma's grandeur, returning to share it with you all. Dale Hainer provides viewers with some highlights of a trip he took to Robb Lake for Lake Trout and Rainbows. Algoma is poised richly…
Tom & Marjike, Owners of Okimot Lodge in West Nipissing
"Hunting lodges and cozy cottages offer relaxing lakeside getaways" Although we are American, my son and I have a tradition of singing “O Canada” at the opening of Sabres games, especially when Buffalo is playing the Leafs and Senators. During these spirited ice battles, this heart-felt gesture of respect engenders good will with the Canadian hockey fans around us, who are surprised we know all the words. And when the national anthem gets to the line -- “The True North strong and free!” -- my mind doesn’t picture the glitzy condos on Toronto’s waterfront or the Labatt Brewery in London or the quaint tea shops at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Instead, my thoughts drift off to a friendly idyllic region in Northeastern Ontario,…
Get Your Motor Runnin'
If you love motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, boating or ATVing, the Soo is your year-round destination for motorsports fun. At the heart of Canada’s great outdoors, Sault Ste. Marie is the ideal launching point for avid and casual motorsports enthusiasts alike. With easy access to long-distance tours or simple day trips, not to mention breathtaking natural scenery in every direction, Sault Ste. Marie is the motorsports gateway of Northern Ontario. Motorcycle riders itching to get their bikes out of storage will love the Sault in spring and the worldclass riding around every corner. For an overnight trip, try the Trans-Canada west to Wawa and you’ll experience what the Globe and Mail calls, “One of Canada’s top ten drives.” This spectacular highway…
Tee Off in Sault Ste. Marie
Saullt Ste. Marie has some of the best Golf courses to offer! Find out more and how to book a hotel package below. Sault Golf Course Built in 1919 this championship golf course is a George Cumming and Stanley Thompson design. It features 18 holes of the finest conditions in Northern Ontario. There are multiple tee boxes playing to a total of 6,766 yards. The club is located in the city of Sault Ste. Marie and has a fully serviced licensed restaurant, banquet facilities, full service pro shop with lessons from a CPGA professional. Features: 18 hole championship course Pro Shop Driving Range and putting greens   Silver Creek Golf Course The Silver Creek Golf Club located in the heart…
Pull up to a different secluded beach each night.
Houseboating is a great way to experience Lake of the Woods A couple of summers ago, my father-in-law, who lives in Toronto called to invite us on a houseboat trip on Lake of the Woods. Having grown up on the north end of Lake of the Woods, I had always wanted to rent a houseboat but somehow never got around to it. So my first response was ABSOLUTELY. In the end there were 7 of us - 5 adults and a 1.5 and 11 year old. What a trip we had! This was a fabulous place near Sioux Narrows to moor the houseboat We rented a houseboat from Lake of the Woods Houseboats in Sioux Narrows and spent the next…
#1 Catching Snow Flakes
North Bay, Ontario will soon be beckoning in the World Ringette Championship, and welcoming teams from around the world; Including teams from Finland, Sweden, United States, and Canada nationally. The event will begin on December 29, 2013 at the Capitol Centre, and championship games will take place well into the new year.  With international peers joining us this holiday season, it begs the question; What kinds of Canadian winter experiences are there to enjoy in North Bay? 1. Ringette Well, yeah. Did you know North Bay is the birthplace of ringette? The game was invented by Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of North Bay, in 1963. The rules he recorded 50 years ago are…
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…
Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River
There's so much to do in this wilderness city!  Come discover Dryden, a unique destination, abundant natural beauty where tourism and recreation facilities abound. The city is known for fishing and hunting opportunities, but it offers so much more. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway. It is situated on Wabigoon Lake about half way between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The following is a list of 10 things to do in Dryden. There's such a variety, you can do one or do them all: Cross the Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River. The Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge can be accessed through Johnston park which is just off the Trans Canada…
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  • From the Snow Train to Searchmont Ski Resort
    From the Snow Train to Searchmont Ski Resort
    Two years ago we visited your city to take the Snow Train and enjoyed it so much that we made a promise to come back to ski at Searchmont and we are glad we did.  The runs were great and the main lodge was a lot of fun. Mr. K.…
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  • Experience the Ultimate Canadian Fishing Trip
    Experience the Ultimate Canadian Fishing Trip
    Sunset Country: Canada's Premier Fishing Destination Since the 1920s, Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has been the place in the Province for American and Canadian anglers to go on a fishing trip. Why you ask? Well for one thing consider the fact that in this region of Ontario, the lakes…
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  • Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Bag a Big Buck in Ontario Northwestern Ontario has immense tracts of Boreal forest inhabited by a wide variety of animals. Whitetail deer are one of those animals and if you are a big game hunter, then you should consider our region of the Province. Bucks in Sunset Country are…
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  • Glamping: A Collection of Glamorous Camping Experiences in Northeastern Ontario
    Glamping: A Collection of Glamorous Camping Experiences in Northeastern Ontario
    Glamp | ing n.British/ Informal - A form of camping involving accommodations and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. The Oxford Dictionary recognizes glamping as a noun, which means it has become a 'thing'. If you haven't heard about it yet, don't worry. Glamping was introduced to…
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  • Get Hooked: Fly Fishing in Algoma
    Get Hooked: Fly Fishing in Algoma
    Fishing Stories in Algoma are That true. You'll never need to embellish your fishing story in Algoma because the fish here are really That Big. Northern Pike, Walleye, fat Small and Largemouth Bass and several species of Trout (don't forget Whitefish and Perch!) all dwell in this region's lakes, rivers,…
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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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  • From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    Are you ready to get That dirty? If you are looking for a way to really test your skills over a diverse landscape with wild rugged trails, Algoma is Canadian Shield country. What does that mean exactly? Rocky, rugged landscapes with a multitude of pine trees, bogs and mountains. Sounds…
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  • Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Nature Up Close and Personal With over 100,000 square kilometers of forested lands and at least 70,000 freshwater lakes, Sunset Country was made for the ecotourist. With the vast wilderness landscapes where nature thrives! There is an incredible amount of wildlife and bird species that live in our forests - great…
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  • Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    There is pure relaxation in store for those who visit Lake Nipissing South Shore region in Northeastern Ontario. You will enjoy driving the quaint countryside along the back roads, and visiting the various communities along the way. Callander, a small but popular community, has much to offer including two public…
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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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