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 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…
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…
See The Majesty Of The Stars In Our Backyard
Look Up - Way Up Unlock the secrets of the universe with a visit to Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay this spring. The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, which opened last October, is the latest attraction adding to the entertainment mix at Fort William Historical Park. It giving you one more reason to visit the world's largest fur trade post and one of Canada's top outdoor attractions. State of Art Facility The Observatory is located adjacent to the Visitor Centre and features one of the largest telescopes for public viewing in Canada. The discovery centre is equipped with computers, historic navigation tools, astronomy software programs, state of the art video feed and projection systems for observing images and even a…
The Waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landiing, A Place for Summer Fun
Thunder Bay residents are finding it easy to be a tourist in their backyard this summer. Visitors to Thunder Bay and local residents are findng that Thunder Bay’s new waterfront development at Prince Arthur’s Landing has much to offer. The lure of Lake Superior and all the new infrastructure in the revamped Marina Park has made the waterfront a must stop to show visiting friends and relatives what Thunder Bay has to offer. The City of Thunder Bay has added many new elements to the water front for everyone to enjoy.The splash pad next to the new Water Garden Pavilion was a hit with youngsters and families when it opened last summer, and is once again draw people to the Lake Superior shore again…
Big jerkbaits like this have helped the author catch hundreds of pike all across Ontario’s Algoma Country.
My first trip to Algoma Country would have been around 1978. A lot of the details regarding that trip escape me, but one thing that is as vivid today as it was back in '78 focuses on the realization that no place has better pike fishing than Ontario's Algoma Country. Even with the limited gear and fishing skills I possessed at that tender age, I came home hooked on the rush only pike fishing can deliver. Not only do pike have the habit of following a lure and striking right at the boat side, these fish grow large enough to make any angler weak in the knees. Over the years I've returned to Algoma Country dozens of times for the…
Uncovering the Charm of Downtown Sudbury
As a hub of activity in Northern Ontario, you're bound to visit Sudbury as you travel the region. At first glance Downtown Sudbury may seem quiet, but look closer and you'll find some of the most charming spots and people in town. Downtown's streets are also host to many of the city's greatest events and festivals, including Sudbury's Largest Yard and Sidewalk Sale (May 31, 2014), Blues for Food (June 14, 2014), Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Sudbury street hockey tournament (June 21–22, 2014), and RibFest (August 29–31, 2014). If you're visiting, new to Sudbury, or live here but tend to avoid the downtown core, we encourage you to explore the great gems that make Downtown Sudbury so special.…
The roar of the water falling into the deep gorge is amazing!
There are few things in the world better than something that gets undersold but over delivers.   It was a feeling I was to discover many times over a few days touring along the shores of mighty Lake Superior in northern Ontario   The first one was one of my favourites, a visit to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay.    Before making my first ever trip north of Parry Sound (and sorry about that), I’d been given a good deal of material about what I should see and do on my trip. All the brochures and tour books I received mentioned Kakabeka Falls, just west of Thunder Bay, as something worth seeing.   I didn’t like the cliché…
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…
Sailing tour on Thunder Bay Harbour with Sail Superior
It is highly recommended that anyone looking for something unique to do while visiting Thunder Bay this summer, book a sailing excurion or harbour tour with Captain Greg Heroux and his staff operate sailing tours and charters from Pier 1 at the newly re-developed marina at Prince Arthur’s Landing. There is a Lake Superior adventure waiting whether it is a two hour tour of Thunder Bay harbour, a visit to famed Isle Royale or a multi-day excursion beyond the Sleeping Giant. Here’s what you can expect based on what visitors have had to say about their great lake sailing experience with Sail Superior. Outdoor Adventure, Stories & More   "Captain Greg Heroux is not only a gracious host but his stories and…
Lake Superior's Slate Islands
A trip to the majestic Slate Islands in Terrace Bay was in the cards, but the one thing we couldn't have planned for was everything falling into place to make it the perfect trip. Lake Superior was like glass as we sit eagerly in the charter boat during the 20 minute ride to what locals simply refer to as "the Slates". Our expert guide tours us around one side of the islands to dock on the Southern side of Patterson Island. From there we take a light hike up to Lake Superior’s tallest lighthouse at 224 feet above sea level. The view is amazing and provides for an awe-inspiring panorama of the rest of the islands and Lake Superior. From…
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Events Calendar

  • Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Once the ice is gone, it's time to go fishing! As the ice slowly melts away, the ritual known as ice-out lake trout fishing is set to commence. Arguably one of the seasons most enjoyable fishing pursuits, fishing for lake trout just after the ice goes out is a real…
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  • Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Photograph Nature & Wildlife in Sunset Country Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is one of the many great places in Canada where wildlife are abundant.  If you love nature and photography, then come for a visit and experience the great sights and sounds we have to offer. Whether it be…
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  • Fish and Hunt Lodges Double as Family Getaways
    Luxury lodges and rustic cabins offer a range of outdoor experiences By James E. Brennan The morning sun catches the green glow of a stand of trees, casting a mirror image on the still lake waters. The smell of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee drifts from a nearby lodge kitchen. A…
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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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  • The fun never ends when fly fishing for smallmouth bass!
    The fun never ends when fly fishing for smallmouth bass!
    Rebekka Redd, host of the New Fly Fisher TV Show explains why you'll love fly fishing in Sunset Country and she adds some great fly fishing tips too. Of all the places I've fishing in the world, I'm proud to say my favourite is also my home. Northwest Ontario, a…
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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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  • An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    Ontario Tourism invited Mike Jacobs of the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip and freelance writer for this past summer to spend a weekend exploring one of Ontario’s best off-roading destinations, the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System in Mattawa, ON. A legendary off-roading experience ensued! Mike was joined by a crew…
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  • Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Stand Up Paddling is One of the Fastest Growing Water Activities This super fun sport is perfect for a variety of ages and fitness levels, making it a very interesting way to explore the outdoors by water. SUP, or Hoe he'e nalu in Hawaiian, actually started in the 1960s as…
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  • Historic Downtown Hike
    Historic Downtown Hike
    Visit the Discovery North Bay Museum and experience a Historic Dowtown Hike. Throughout this hike, discover various buildings and their history, ranging from stores in the downtown core to historical buildings around the area. Become familiar with the historical development of the local community and see sites of historical significance.  Develop a sense of understanding of…
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  • On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    Editor's Notes: Algoma Country Tourism Staff received this photo blog from Howard J Elmer and Stephen Elmer after their recent snowmobile ride in Algoma on the snowmobile trails which took them to Elliot Lake and Blind River areas. Below is what they had to say about their trip. For more…
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