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.
Time Is On Your Side When Vacationing North Of Superior
For visitors looking to get the most out of their vacation day, the Thunder Bay area of North of Superior exceeds all expectations.  It’s written in the stars.  Or, in this case, it’s written on the surface of the Sun. It’s unique location, at the west end of the Eastern Time Zone and the Northwest corner of Lake Superior means vacationers to the Thunder Bay area will experience longer days than while visiting such locations as Toronto, Niagara Falls or even Sault Ste. Marie. On the Summer Solstice, June 21, while visitors to the top of the CN Tower will observe the sunset at 9:03 p.m. or honeymooners in Niagara Falls see the final rays of the sun at 8:59…
The Temiskaming Loop
Ontario Tourism updated the Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario for 2013. As they described, these are some of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. We're elated to have 3 Northeastern Ontario Motorcylce Tours on the roster! We join Ontario Tourism in recommending these Northeastern Ontario motorcycle routes:  Georgian Bay Coastal Route The Georgian Bay Coastal Route came in at #7 on the Top 10 List for 2013. The 800km (500 mile) route takes a long weekend to complete, and will expose you to some of Ontario's most iconic scenery - the windswept pines, crystal blue waters and granite rockfaces of Georgian Bay. We recommend a visit the village of Killarney, to see the reflective blue waters and enjoy…
Everyone will enjoy canoeing our crystal clear lakes
Go on a wilderness canoe trip you'll never forget! If you always dreamed of canoeing in crystal clear lakes where the only traffic you'll see are the loons, moose and eagles, then a wilderness canoe trip to Sunset Country is the answer. The landscape of Northwestern Ontario beckons the wilderness canoeist. If you're looking to experience the joys of flat water canoeing in the remote wilderness, there is no better place than Ontario's Sunset Country. You can take a weekend, week, or even longer - it's up to you. Iconic Wilderness Parks Northwestern Ontario is home to some of the most famous canoe parks in Canada. At the top of this list are Quetico Park south of Atikokan, Woodland Caribou…
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…
Have you ever tried maple syrup, over snow?
The temperatures have been, err, rising, which means spring is near. One of spring's sweetest gifts is maple syrup, tapped from the sap of Maple trees which hug Northeastern Ontario's landscape.Visit a sugar shack in Northeastern Ontario to taste maple syrup in its truest form, and every form in between; liquid, spread, candy, toffee, or frozen. While you're visiting, take a tour of the on-site sugar bush and learn about the tapping process.Generally, sap begins to flow in mid-March and lasts for 4 to 6 weeks. The best time to visit is when daytime temperatures rise above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit / 0 Celsius), because the rising temperatures create pressure in the tree trunk, and the sap begins to flow.…
Shirin gives a personal welcome to Meldrum Bay
The North Channel's water looked calm; I'd heard it can be somewhat of a toss in bad weather. "Are you sure these ropes will hold?"- I hollered to the orange-vested Chi-Cheemaun Ferry crewman. There were just five of us travelling that afternoon to Manitoulin Island; strangers unified through motorcycling. The Harley-Davidson rider gave an assuring tug to the rope holding my BMW in place; he'd taken the ferry many times before. Set for the sail, I marched up the stairwell to the outer deck taking a sunny spot against the railing, watching as Tobermory disappeared behind the ferry's stern. The sailing wind took my hair and danced it across my face; I smiled- the adventure was underway! Adieu civilization- hello…
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…
Grey Owl: An Icon of Temagami (and Canadian) History
Temagami, Ontario was once home to the world renowned conservationist and author, Grey Owl.   Archie Belany was reputed to be the son of a Scottish father and an Apache mother. In 1906, 17-year-old Belaney arrived at Temagami station, fulfilling a dream to live in the Canadian wilderness among native people. During the next six years, he let his hair grow, learned to speak Ojibway and became an expert in the ways of the forest. By 1912, when he left Temagami for Biscotasing, people accepted him as a native trapper.     It was his love of Gertrude Bernard (or Anahareo), a young Iroquois Mohawk woman, that inspired Grey Owl to leave his trapping profession behind, for conservation activisim. The…
Pete & Ang from Fish'n Canada Tackle Algoma...One Lodge at a Time!
Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman of Fish'n Canada experienced remote fishing in Algoma and this is what they had to say: The Fish'n Canada crew has been to a lot of fishing destinations throughout Canada and this trip has to rank right up there near the top. During our visits to Errington's Wilderness Island and Lodge Eighty-Eight we've experienced luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, 5-star cuisine and of course what Algoma is famous for, world class fishing. These might be some of the "best" quality productions we have ever captured. Watch for these great episodes in the up-coming Fish'n Canada season. Thanks Carol and the rest of the folks at OTMPC for making it all possible!   For more information about…
Thunder Bay's original source for the best Thai food!
Thai Kitchen35 South Cumberland St. The Thai Kitchen is a favourite spot to dine for many people in Thunder Bay. Owner Pia Venema prepares dishes that have people come for an authentic Asian food experience that is healthy and reasonably priced. Portion sizes are good for two, so with only a couple orders you can get a very good traditional meal going. The restaurant located at 35 South Cumberland in the Waterfront District is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm. The pad Thai, everyone’s favourite, is great. However, you could quickly develop new favourites by trying the curries, noodles, stir-fries, and soups. Meat portions are generous. Vegetarian dishes are in good supply. Symbols in the menu indicate spice heat…
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  • Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
    Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
     Northeastern Ontario takes roadside kitsch to a whole other level, and it could be because we know the value of fun on those long road trips. Call it weird, or call it Canadian folk art, these roadside attractions are beckoning you in to their welcoming towns, and most of them…
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  • Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    The moment we have all been waiting for The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not is now open at Science North.   Last week I have the opportunity to see Science North's new exhibit and was a blown away. It is absolutely amazing and a must see. You findout the science behind how Robert…
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  • Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding and Skiing aren't just for the Rockies! While there are cross-country ski trails in pretty much all communities in Sunset Country, only three areas offer snowboarding and downhill skiing. Atikokan's Mount Fairweather, which boasts the highest vertical drop from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Dryden Ski Hill, who's Chalet…
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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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  • All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    From the moment a snowflake hits the ground, every snowmobiler is thinking about their ultimate snowmobile trip for the upcoming winter. The region of Algoma is the obvious choice and here are just a few reasons why: an annual snowfall of 10 feet, 2,000 miles of beautifully groomed trails and…
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  • It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    Pick up your free Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Guide & Map at one of these 5 shows. Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association not only brings our free brochure and map, but also many of the lodges and resorts' brochures. If you're planning a vacation, or maybe a trip to Northwestern…
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  • North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    The North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel was a great value and excellent for all ages. We brought our two year old daughter to the Heritage Train over the weekend. We spent $10 and we were able to enjoy the train twice and carosel once each, the ticket takers are…
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  • Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Many Northeastern Ontario operators have begun to use TripAdvisor as a place to gather customer testimonials. A place for past and present customers to share their experiences for the good of the business and their future customers. One of my responsibilities as a tourism officer is to search the best regional…
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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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  • 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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