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.
Birds Flock to Dorion on Lake Superior's north shore
A Birder's Paradise on the North Shore of Superior The north shore of Lake Superior is one of the most scenic stretches of shoreline in Canada. Rugged beauty abounds in rocky bays, towering headlands, dense green forests and clear blue water for as far as your eyes can see.  But there’s much more to this area than just raw beauty, and all it takes is a closer look to reveal one of the area’s best kept secrets – the place is for the birds!    Birders sit on the Lake Superior shoreline at Hurkett Cove near Dorion, Ontario.    During spring and summer, the north shore is magnet for birds because of two factors:    Weary migrants stop here to…
Agawa Canyon
SAULT STE. MARIE - It's some of Canada's most beautiful scenery and for 39 years David Celetti has had it mostly to himself.Celetti is a train engineer who pulls the Agawa Canyon Tourist Train deep into the Ontario wilderness from this Great Lakes port city. The canyon offers spectacular scenery year round, but puts on its finest performance over the next two months. The best view of the fall colours splashed across the rugged north is from the driver's seat of the 200-ton locomotive Celetti has been guiding into the woods since 1972.Now, we all get that same view while rolling along in the comfortable passenger cars behind Celetti, thanks to an $11 million refurbishing of the tourist train this…
Spring Into Walleye: Early Season Tips For Walleye Fishing in Northeastern Ontario
I come bearing good news, on this, the official first day of Spring. Even though winter seems not to have received the message and is reluctant to loosen its icy grip, I can assure you that much warmer weather is right around the corner. And along with these glorious spring days, the walleye season will arrive in all its majesty in Northeastern Ontario. Indeed, while others rely on groundhogs and calendars to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring, like a lot of anglers who enjoy fishing the walleye-rich waters of the northeastern part of the province, I use the opening day of the walleye season as my benchmark. I find it much more satisfying, rewarding and…
In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven: An Expedition of a Lifetime
Editor's Note: This story was written by Meaghan Smith, a nature enthusiast from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Meaghan's story highlights the work currently being done to identify the exact locations of the Group of Seven paintings in Algoma. In Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start to summer, with thousands kicking off the season with a weekend of camping, bonfires, and barbeques. For a group of seven Algoma University Fine Arts students, it signaled the culmination of their studies of the famous Canadian painters, the Group of Seven, with a rugged camping expedition deep in the heart of the Algoma backcountry, off of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), north of Sault Ste. Marie. The Algoma Central Railway…
Chippewa Park, A Family Fun Destination
Chippewa Park is your destination family fun and outdoor relaxation on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. Join the many families who come to stay and play at this beautiful parkland on the rustic shore of Lake Superior all within city limits. Your Summer Getaway Chippewa Park is the perfect summer getaway with an amazing view of the Sleeping Giant, amusement rides, a wildlife park, plus kilometres of trails and beaches to walk. The park is one of 124 parks managed by the City of Thunder Bay's Parks Division. It has been a favourite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921 with events held through out the summer. Outdoor Playground There have been many upgrades to the park in…
Explorers Point
Mattawa Voyageur Days is synonomous with rock, rivers, and voyageurs - and by rock, we mean "Rock & Roll".  On July 25th, Mattawa Voyageur Country lights the fuse to what will be an unforgettable weekend of musical entertainment, family festivities, and King of the North Dragway.  The festival takes place on legendary Explorers Point where the Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers meet. The saying “rock where the rivers meet” is exactly what this festival all about, however, if you’re not into jamming to the tunes, there is plenty going on to entertain you:    Musical Line Up Thursday July 24th 7:00 pm - Performances @ explorers point by local artists, and kid zone events at Timmins Park.   Friday July 25th…
A Spectacular Season For Searchmont Continues Into April!
With a record amount of snowfall and winter weather continuing into late March, Searchmont Resort has enjoyed a BIG SNOW season. Despite some frigid seasonal temperatures, winter enthusiasts have revelled in excellent terrain conditions and plenty of fresh snow. Those that keep track of their days on the mountain officially started their count with opening day on Friday December 20, 2013. Visitors to Searchmont enjoy 750 vertical feet of groomed terrain with 18 runs ranging from easy to challenging. The mountain welcomes thousands of visitors annually from across Northern Ontario and Michigan. The Searchmont Ski Runners (SSR) and the Searchmont and Area Freestyle Alliance (SAFA) host ski and snowboard competitions, while the No-Limits Adaptive Ski Club provides people with disabilities…
Old Woman Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The most spectacular long distance ride in Ontario, Ride Lake Superior can be tackled in one epic 1300 mile / 2080 km tour -- half in the US, half in Canada -- or in a variety of smaller trips. Make sure you give yourself enough time to really experience the natural splendor and local colour of this unique, epic motorcycle route. This isn't a ride that should be rushed. Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake, and the sparsely populated region straddling Algoma Country and Northwestern Ontario offers many restorative sights for the weary city rider, with miles of mountains, forests and water. What sets Superior apart from the other great lakes is the distinctive topography, reminiscent of Highway…
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…
501st Canadian Garrison
On April 26th and 27th, Schumacher Lions Club will present the 2nd Annual Northern Ontario Expo, which in layman's terms - is Northern Ontario's only comic-con and cosplay convention, and it's happening in Timmins, Ontario! Browse the work of renowned comic artists. Some of the artists in attendance include Mike Rooth, Spent Pencils, Alfonso Espinos, Sharon Gauthier, Tony Bedard, Kim Vachon and Nutshell Studios. What is a comic-con without celebrity guests and photo-ops? Previous guests have included TV's Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Dukes of Hazzard's John Scneider, Star Wars' Amy Allen and WWE's Lita.   This year will not disappoint, with guest appearances by Gold Medalist Meghan Agosta, Maximum Pro Wrestling's April Hunter and Mary Pearl, and 501st Legion Canadian Garrison.  Come…
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  • Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry – Be Recognized for Your Big Catch
    Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry – Be Recognized for Your Big Catch
    Algoma Country Tourism Staff are excited to announce the creation of the Ontario Fly Fishing Records Registry! Until now, fly fishing anglers have been catching and releasing their trophy fish but were never recognized for their catch. The Fly Fishing Records Registry will collect and publish stats and photos of…
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  • Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Art Galleries, Art Events and Art Tours in Algoma The list of Things to Do in Algoma is exceptional: awesome fishing, riding twisty roadways, hiking to mountain tops to view breathtaking vistas, incredible paddling experiences and discovering our region's talented artisans. In another life, I was an art student but…
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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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  • 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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  • 2014 List of Fishing Derbies in Algoma Country
    2014 List of Fishing Derbies in Algoma Country
    Here's a list of the Fishing and Ice Fishing Derbies happening in Algoma Country in 2014. You have a chance to win amazing cash prizes, experience great fishing competition and camaraderie among fellow anglers. This list is regularly updated so keep checking back. Did we miss a fishing derby in…
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  • A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    Itching to getaway for the weekend? Plan a weekend trip to Dryden around one of the Dryden live concerts this fall, winter or spring. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily located on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is roughly 3.5 hours to either Thunder Bay, Ontario or…
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  • The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    What is it about buying food from a truck or chip stand on the side of the road that is just so appealing? Maybe it's the hand cut fries, or the locally caught fresh fish battered and deep fried, or that big juicy burger after a long day out on…
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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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  • A Friendly Wildlife Encounter
    A Friendly Wildlife Encounter
    It was a Monday. I was on my way back to Timmins, after a long day of travel to and from Sudbury on the eventfully scenic Highway 144, when something caught the corner of my eye. Standing there, peacefully. She was beautiful but in such a dangerous way. I turned…
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  • Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Discovering the Beautiful Landscape of Algoma by Sea Kayak
    Kayakers from across the globe have converged on Algoma as it is a world class sea kayaking destination. But here's a look at kayaking in Algoma from the perspective of a local avid kayaker who shared her love of the sport where she lives. About 6 years ago, my husband…
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