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.
Game Action at Robin's Tournament
The busyness and excitement of the winter holidays will continue into January each year in Thunder Bay, as close to 40 out-of-town hockey teams from communities all over Northwest Ontario, travel to play in the annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic. The 23rd annual event held in 2014 proved to be another successful event.   The Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers of the past 38 years are proud to host this popular minor hockey tournament.   The Robin’s Classic took place January 16th - 19th 2014, and once again tournament passes were available at all Robin’s Donut locations weeks before the event.   Robin Donut’s, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain has supported the event…
New Thunder Bay waterfront has revitalized the city.
Leif Pettersen who made the seven-hour drive from the Twin Cities last summer has suggestions for a perfect two-day itinerary noting how Thunder Bay has undergone a heartening revitalization that will surprise people who haven’t visited the city for a few years. You will appreciate the impressive improvements made to the Lake Superior waterfront at Prince Arthur’s Landing alone, resulting in a magazine photo shoot-ready harbor adorned with wonderful public art. Condos and a five star hotel are being developed showcasing the city is clearly on the rise, it's quite a thing to see. I didn't know any of this when I arrived with my family for a late summer weekend with rooms booked at the Best Western Nor’wester under…
Highway 64 Riding
It's no secret that I love riding in Northern Ontario. It's much more than a job for me, it's almost a spiritual connection – the open spaces, the miles of forests, lakes and rivers, the small towns and the big cities of Timmins, Sudbury, New Liskeard and North Bay (the official boundary line that signifies the start of the Northeastern part of Ontario) At only three and a half hours from Toronto, it's also a place that I ride frequently enough to know where all the good roads are, and I'll go out of my way time and again to make sure I get them in each season. While the region is so vast, you'll have no trouble finding more…
Famous, locally made Gouda has become world famous!
The Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is a place many visitors stop when they visit Thunder Bay to sample this famous, locally made cheese. Thunder Oak gouda has developed an international recognition which draws people to the farm’s rural location in the Slate River Valley on Boundary Road just south of Thunder Bay. As local writer Heather Peden, explains it all about the cheese…. New Look, Same Great Cheese When I step in to the new Thunder Oak Cheese Farm store, I am struck by its size. It is big and bright and open. Light pours in through the large west facing windows across café tables decorated with posies of fall flowers. Beneath the soaring ceiling, this brand new store is…
Motorcycles lined up at the Harley Davidson dealership in Thunder Bay on the maindrag Arthur St.
Last summer, while taking in the breath taking vistas and winding highways around Lake Superior by motorcycle, we found ourselves in Thunder Bay for the night. What amazed us was how welcoming the city is to motorcyclists.  We like to scope out the motorcycle shops when we travel...just to make sure we can get servicing if we need it.  Heading north on 61, we located our first dealer,  Excalibur Motorcycle Works just off the highway near the airport.  Just a half mile up the highway, we turned onto Arthur Street and quickly noticed  Thunder Bay Harley Davidson .  Whether it was coincidence or not, we were impressed to see the bike dealers so close to the highway.  While we didn't need any parts or…
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…
Beauty Bay Golf Course on the shores of Black Sturgeon Lake
Northwestern Ontario is dotted with excellent golf courses, many of which give a whole new meaning to the saying "play it as it lies". With our Canadian Shield topography, the courses wind through craggy rocks, pine trees and border the boreal forest with all it's potential hazards. You may take a swing from the tee and not see where your ball landed because of a large rolling hill. Here's an overview of some of the Sunset Country Golf Courses: Ear Falls Golf and Country ClubThis challenging 9 hole course, amid stunning scenery, is located just minutes from Ear Falls, Ontario. It features medium-sized greens that occasionally offer some slope and has narrow tree lined fairways that are generally flat.  Red Lake…
Sheer cliffs and rock walls of Ouimet Canyon, make it a wonder to see!
If you visiting Thunder Bay and region to take in the fall colours, a stop at Ouimet Canyon in the Township of Dorion (less than an hour east of Thunder Bay) should be on your things to see and do. Jim Byers, a travel writer for the Toronto Star was impressed with his first visit to this Northern Ontario natural wonder. Ouimet Canyon - Marvel at The Views I saw one car leaving the canyon as I drove in (10 minutes off the Trans Canada Highway near Dorion). An hour later, as I was leaving, I saw one car driving up the hill to the visitor’s centre. The rest of the time I had this marvellous, unheralded and absolutely astonishing bit of…
Horizons
I arrived early to experience the freshness of spring, the advantage of calmer winds and to avoid bugs. It’s early June and still quite chilly - the way I like it. The water is only 4 degrees and capsizing would most likely be deadly. I’m on a 3-week solo canoe trip and the only visitor in a 100 km stretch of coast in Lake Superior’s Pukaskwa National Park, looking for solitude and uninterrupted visual experience. As artist in residence for Parks Canada, I will be too busy with photography-workshops in the summer to explore this magnificent shore. The grandeur of the scenery is overwhelming. What a privilege to live here. One can hardly resist shooting hundreds of beautiful land- and…
The Madhouse - One of Thunder Bay's Most Popular Pubs
The Madhouse (Pub) 295 Bay St.       The Madhouse is a great place to talk and relax.  The square building smack at the corner of Bay and Algoma is one of the most popular pubs in Thunder Bay. On weekends the mixed crowds keep the place busy, especially in the evening. The rich coloured décor makes for a great atmosphere.        The Madhouse is more dedicated to being a great hangout pub, not too concerned about attempting to dazzle you with new gastropub meals, so the menu may be limited, but everything on it is worthwhile and reasonably priced.   A Sample of the Menu        The Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich is a delicious…
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  • Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Northeastern Ontario is no reason to hibernate. Consider it a reason to celebrate; The cavalcade of autumn colours, the festive fall fairs and the cozy evenings are the perfect send-off to a summer well spent.  Join us at one of the many fall fairs, festivities and events happening…
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  • Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    This is the first time I’ve started an ice fishing adventure with a trip to the mall but according to my partner, my 13-year-old daughter who simply must have the right shoes for her grade 8 graduation, not stopping to shop in Timmins would be unacceptable. We’re on our way…
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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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  • Chapleau Crown Game Preserve: One of the Ultimate Wildlife Adventures in the World
    Chapleau Crown Game Preserve: One of the Ultimate Wildlife Adventures in the World
    When you hear "game preserve" do images of African lion safaris come to mind where packs of lions laze about, wild herds of elephants, or cheetahs chasing down their prey? I bet you'd be surprised to learn that the world's largest game preserve isn't in Africa. It's in Northern Ontario…
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  • Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Vegetables and Fruit This Summer The season for farmers' markets in Sunset Country is fast appproaching. Over the years farmers' markets have become enormous in popularity not only in Northwest, Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' markets have become popular because of the demand…
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  • Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    - Throughout the year, Eau Claire Gorge initiates an array of feelings and emotions.  It is a walking place, very moving. It is one of those waterfalls where you hear the tumbling water before you see it.  There is anticipation and you will not be disappointed when you peer over…
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  • We're not just cool in the Summer!
    We're not just cool in the Summer!
    Come for a Weekend Visit - Yes, in the Winter! No we're not kidding! Winter is a great time of year for a short getaway to Ontario. The cities and towns in the region have some great accommodations and there are many fun activities that you can do. Winter is…
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  • Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    Fly-in Fishing in Algoma: Watson’s Pine Portage Lodge
    This testimonial was sent to Algoma Country from Jamie and Herb Britton. Each year, Jamie and Herb take a fly-in fishing trip to enjoy a remote fishing vacation. Below is what they had to say about their latest trip, and the photo blog below, to Watson's Pine Portage Lodge on…
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  • Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Northland Paradise Lodge in Temagami, Ontario lead a variety of photography tours within the White Bear Forest. Whether you're a professional photographer or a novice, they offer a photo tour to suit your needs. White Bear Forest is the sixth largest remaining white & red pine old-growth white forest, and…
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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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