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.
Hiking Killarney Provincial Park
  We've broken down our best trail systems by area and non-profit trail (or tourism) association: Discovery Routes in North Bay, Rainbow Routes in Sudbury, Nastawgan Trails in Temiskaming Shores, Manitoulin Tourism Association and Timmins Recreational Trails. If you're interested in an area in particular, we encourage you to click through to the association's website or check out their corresponding google maps.  Provincial parks deserve an honourable mention, too. Ontario Parks in Northeastern Ontario are mini mecca's for hiking trails. Killarney Provincial Park for example is famous for its hiking trail to the 'Crack'.  Discovery Routes (North Bay & Area)  For a full listing of hiking trails in the North Bay area, please see Discovery Route's website or Google Map. …
Callander Bay Sunset Cruisin'
Located just 3 hours north of Toronto and 3.5 hours west of Ottawa, North Bay is a beautiful city in Northern Ontario, offering quite a few attractions, each with a rich history and story all their own. We’ve been to North Bay several times, either passing through during several trips to Quebec or for a full day of shopping at the Northgate Shopping Centre, however we had yet to explore the city and check out the various attractions. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to leave a full day early from picking our girls up from camp and spent the entire day in North Bay with our son. The plan was to tour the entire city,…
The Northern Lights in Algoma Country.
Viking warriors believed the northern lights were reflections of dead warriors; Nordic civilisations feared the lights and hid children from their shadows cast on the skies; the Chinese saw the shapes as dragons fighting forces of good and evil; and Aboriginal populations considered the lights to be spirits guiding them yonder. For myself, the lights come to embody something completely different. Having spent many nights wrapped in the comfort of a sleeping bag underneath the stars on the shoreline of Lake Superior, I have witnessed the phenomenon countless times. However, one memory will forever be imprinted on my mind -- the first time I ever saw the lights. Growing up, my family spent their summers and weekends at Old Mill…
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…
Mockingbird Hill Farm
A visit Mockingbird Hill Farm is like stepping onto the stage of old rural Algoma. The Farm is a working horse drawn replication of a homestead back in the 1930’s…it is a place where time is tethered. Mockingbird Hill Farm is singularly located on the edge of the wilderness and yet within the city limits of Sault Ste. Marie. Tourists often point to the bush across the road and ask me “What’s over there? I tell them Hudson’s Bay. I doubt there is another city in North America which such a decided and immediate link to the bush. The Farm is themed with rail fencing, historic buildings, crops, gardens, trails, wildflowers, birds, butterflies and bees. There’s lot’s to do and…
Typical TSBS Launch Point
We sat down with Dave Lafontaine, Chair of Temiskaming Smallmouth Bass Series, to talk fishing, lakes and tournaments. Dave has been organizing the TSBS for over 18 years, and it has become the largest bass tournament series in Northern Ontario.                          Dave (left) posing with a tournament attendee JM: What is Temiskaming Small Mouth Bass Series all about? DL: The Temiskaming Small Mouth Bass Series is a live release tournament. There are 9 tournaments spanning the entire summer, and 1 bass classic to end the year. The series was developed to expose the general public to Northeastern Ontario fishing opportunities, and to promote live release fishing. The series is…
Mark Romanack's Fishing Tips for Catching Walleye on Esnagi Lake at Lodge 88
Want to catch walleye on Esnagi Lake in Algoma Country? Editor's Notes: Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack shares his fishing tactics for catching walleye after his fly-in fishing trip to Lodge 88 on Esnagi Lake. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com Lodge 88 located in the heart of Algoma Country and on beautiful Esnagi Lake. Esnagi Lake is one of those fishing destinations that should be on every walleye angler's bucket list. Once you've fished Esnagi, it's not a question if you will return, but rather when. Part of the outfitting service known as North to Adventure, (www.northtoadventure.com) the MacLachlan family has outfitting in their blood. This family business was established back in 1959…
Wilderness by Rail: Four Algoma Train-in Lodges You'll Love
Travel through 22, 000 square miles of untouched recreational wilderness in the heart of Algoma when you book a train-in fishing trip with Algoma Central Railway. Made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven, passengers experience stunning vistas of natural forest, mountain lakes, streams and wildlife. For the avid fisherman, lodges along the line offer world class fishing and first class accommodations. Deep remote lakes, rivers and streams are home to lake trout, smallmouth bass, brook and rainbow trout, walleye, perch, whitefish and northern pike. With so many lodges, vacation packages and amenities to choose from, fishermen can easily book their dream fishing trip! Totomenai Lodge Located at Mile 165 on Whitefish and Manitowik Lakes, Totomenai Lodge invites fishermen to a…
Hastie Lake -- Awesome Bass Fishing in Algoma.
Editor's Note: Hastie Lake is renowned for its Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing. Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher got to experience this first hand -- read about Colin's experience to a remote outpost wilderness camp with Lauzon Aviation to fly fish for bass. We've also included a video of the episode so make sure to watch! For more information about fly-in fishing outpost camps in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com For those anglers who are looking for a wilderness fishing trip on a budget, there are several options. One of my favourites is through Lauzon Aviation located near Blind River, Ontario. Lauzon Aviation is a family-run business that has been helping anglers access world-class fishing for over 30…
Close up of a Nipigon River Salmon
Summer in Northwest Ontario is usually sweet and warm.  There are few places more delightful in July and August.  However, by the time August is half way through, the morning air is cooler, there is often heavy dew and the skies turn a deeper blue. The birch leaves also start to take on a more yellow hue. A foretaste of things to come. The end of  summer means fall, of course, and autumn is one of the very best times of the year to be outdoors in the Thunder Bay  and north shore of Lake Superior region of Northwest Ontario. Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival There is one annual event that helps many anglers get out and celebrate the beginning of…
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  • Tips for Spring Walleye Fishing
    Tips for Spring Walleye Fishing
    Spring Walleye Fishing Tips for Canadian Lakes Many anglers dream of walleye fishing during the winter and can't wait to get to Ontario's Sunset Country in the Spring to catch those tasty walleyes. One of the easiest time to catch walleye is in the Spring from opening weekend (third Saturday…
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  • Lake Superior Park is Truly a Superior Outdoor Experience
    Lake Superior Park is Truly a Superior Outdoor Experience
    Along the legendary shores of the largest Great Lake, Lake Superior, Lake Superior Provincial Park makes up an area of over 1,600 square kilometres making it the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Located between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa along Highway 17 North, Lake "Gitche Gumee" is deeply rooted…
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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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  • Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Pioneer Spirit Noticeable in Ear Falls, Ontario Ear Falls on the west end of massive Lac Seul is a great example of Canada's many resource towns that has turned into a tourism mecca! deeply rooted in this small town's history are lumberjacks and miners, resource extraction that had its beginnings…
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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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  • So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great…
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  • The Story of Canadian Bacon (and Where You Can Buy it in Algoma)
    The Story of Canadian Bacon (and Where You Can Buy it in Algoma)
    Canada is known for many things: hockey, beer, pristine wilderness, poutine...and Canadian bacon (not to be confused with the movie). I was once asked by friend, who is a proud born and bred Scot, what do Canadians eat? I replied, what do you mean, what do we eat? What was…
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  • Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Head Out on the Open Road to Enjoy the Fall Colours In early September, the air is definitely much cooler in the evening and at night. With shorter days we all know (although we may not want to admit it) summer is on its way out! That's fine as they…
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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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  • 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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