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 long lonely road to Fort Frances
Into the Great Northwestern Ontario Editor's Note:  Stephen Bischoff is a traveler, in every sense of the word. He doesn't just visit places, he inhabits them, living by the old Buddhist teaching that, "Today is worth more than two tomorrows." He's practiced stick fighting in the Philippines, chanted with monks in Tibet, ridden his motorcycle in the United States, Mongolia, China, Vietnam and this year, Northern Ontario. This is the fourth and final part in a series of articles on motorcycling through Northern Ontario written by 'the Shameless Traveler'.  As I road out of Terrace Bay and headed west I realized that soon I would be veering away from Lake Superior. Honestly, I was a little bummed to put the lake…
Jerkin' Jaws - How to Catch Big Fish with a Crankbait
Editors Note: James Lindner is a member of the United States Fishing Hall of Fame and son of In-Fisherman co-founder Ron Lindner. Starting out as a guide, James quickly became a key part of the family business. Now a regular host on Lindner's Angling Edge, James continues to teach the techniques of fishing to thousands of anglers and his commitment to education in fishing is unparalleled. In this exclusive article for NorthernOntario.travel, James gives you the low down on jerk baits and how to use them to catch more and bigger fish in Northwest Ontario. Visitors to Northwest Ontario often target their favorite fish, matching their tactics to each species' haunts and habits. Pike and muskie anglers usually toss big…
An incredible turnout for Ribfest 2012
Get ready to treat your taste buds to the most savory, lip-smacking, barbeque slathered food you've experienced all summer when Ribfest returns to Thunder Bay in August 2014.  Rib eaters and meat lovers alike will be pleased to hear that Ribfest is coming back to Thunder Bay for a third straight year! Mark your calendars for August 22nd, 23rd and 24th for what should be a repeat of last year's delicious eventRibfest hours last year were from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Staged in the Park St. parking lot of the OLG Casino, Ribfest 2013 was held in conjunction with the Casino's "Get Fired up to Win" promotion…
Bill Spicer fishing for walleye.
The Most Sought After Fish In Ontario Has To Be The Walleye. Editor's Note: Bill Spicer, Host of The New Fly Fisher, shares his train-in fishing adventure for walleye on Lake Wabatongushi at Errington's Wilderness Island. Check out the video -- Bill experiments to catch walleye when a Northern Ontario cold front toughens the conditions! For more information about train-in fishing in Algoma visit www.wildernessbyrail.ca In my recent travels I visited a lake system, which boasts large numbers of walleye along with good pike fishing. This lake is called Wabatongushi and on it is Errington's Wilderness Island. Al and Doris Errington welcomed us to their family-run facility. The walleye fishing was nothing short of outstanding. Whether you were fly fishing…
Mattews Maple Syrup is a sugar shack local to Powassan
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Join the municipality of Powassan in celebrating the purely Canadian treat, that is maple syrup. Sweet doesn't even begin to describe the 17th annual Powassan Maple Syrup Festival. The day kick’s off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., and most activities/ entertainment come to an end by 4 p.m. Activities/ entertainment on Main Street, Powassan include: Horse drawn carriage rides Cooking with maple demonstrations West coast lumberjack show Antique car & tractor show Live musical performances Food & craft vendors Oh, and the festival has been known to attract famous Canadians, so keep your eye out. Rick Mercer visited the festival in 2013 for a good old fashioned pancake toss (picture below). Photo: Victor Fideli…
Coastal Trail
I’m driving along the Trans-Canada Highway up from Sault Ste. Marie towards the smaller town of Wawa, just 225 kilometres ahead. The traffic has thinned, with only the odd logging truck or camper coming down the other lane. There is no city here; it almost seems I’ve travelled back in time to an era before civilization. Here and there are road signs, rest stops, and intriguing little trails that lead somewhere deep into the forest, but there are also long stretches that evoke a sort of prehistoric isolation. On my right is the Canadian Shield, geologically the oldest landscape on the planet, weathered by millennia of ice ages, and grown over, seared off, and grown over again by countless tracts of generated and regenerated…
Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River
There's so much to do in this wilderness city!  Come discover Dryden, a unique destination, abundant natural beauty where tourism and recreation facilities abound. The city is known for fishing and hunting opportunities, but it offers so much more. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway. It is situated on Wabigoon Lake about half way between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The following is a list of 10 things to do in Dryden. There's such a variety, you can do one or do them all: Cross the Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River. The Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge can be accessed through Johnston park which is just off the Trans Canada…
The Dionne Quintuplets: How Five Girls Became More Popular than Niagra Falls
   On May 28, 1934 five identical girls: Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Marie and Émilie were born to Elzire and Oliva Dionne in Callander, Ontario.     Yvonne Edouida Marie was the first born at 4:10 am.Annette Liliane Marie was the second at 4:25 am.Cecile Marie was the third at 4:40 am.Emilie Marie was the fourth at 4:45 am.Marie Reina Alma was the fifth at 4:57 am   All together, the girls weighed less than 6.5 kg (13 pounds 5 ounces). At the time, there was a 1 in 57 million chance of giving birth to identical quintuplets, and even a lesser chance for survival. They survived mainly due to the efforts of Dr. Allan DaFoe.   While the Quints were…
Crimson Ridge
Hickory Bar and Grill and The Iron Club - Vin Greco takes you for a walk on the fairway with wine and "Crimson Motlen Burgers" in hand. If you're looking for casual dining in a natural setting, Sault Ste. Marie has a couple of gems for your enjoyment. The Hickory Bar and Grill overlooks fairways and the surrounding woods at Crimson Ridge Golf Club in the northwestern corner of the city, while the Iron Club is found at the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club on the shores of the St. Mary's River in the city's east end. Crimson Ridge Both restaurants have excellent pedigrees, as the offspring of two fine downtown restaurants, Panna Bar and Grill, and A Thymely Manner.…
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 SailSuperior.com. 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…
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  • Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre has been host to cultural services for over thirty-seven years. In recent years, the museum archives were moved throughout the city until a permanent location could be found. They have since found a permanent location, and are open to the public at 325 Second Avenue,…
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  • Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Fully Loaded Charleson Recreation Area
    Where can you go Motorcross Racing, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and Snowmobiling? At the Charleson Recreation Area in Atikokan, Ontario. The Charleson Recreation Area (CRA), often called the Charleson Pits, is located in Atikokan, halfway between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay. It takes its name from the original Canadian Charleson…
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  • Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour
    The Cobalt Mining Museum & Tour is situated in the historic village of Cobalt, which is nestled on Canada's pre-cambrian shield - known for a rich supply of gold, silver, nickel, cobalt, zinc, copper and iron ore. You might think the village was made famous for mining it's mineral namesake, but…
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  • Lake Superior – A Majestic Coast
    The Lake Superior Coast is a world class travel corridor. Those who have made the trip from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie are sure to agree with the description of this Great Lake coast and its attraction to draw visitors. This is what you see when you visit the towns on…
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  • Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Spend a Weekend in Kenora A trip to Kenora - even if just for a weekend - is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your family or go with a group of friends - there is a lot to see and do. Here is a sample itinerary…
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  • Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    There's so many things to do on March Break this year. You'll be so busy that you'll forget your friends are away on a beach somewhere. Here's a list of things to do on March Break in Sunset Country. Click on the links for more detailed information. Have a great…
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  • Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Canoeing/Kayaking in Timmins? Gear Up!
    Kayaking in Timmins, Ontario is BIG. The city hosts an annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge in August, calling all kayakers to the Mattagami river. A once peaceful river become a tizzy with avid paddlers, and even beginners who come out to race and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. You're in?…
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  • Searchmont Ski Resort
    Searchmont Ski Resort
    Searchmont Ski Resort definitely has the most challenging runs within driving distance of our house. We have been coming here each Christmas for 10 Years now. Mr. and Mrs. Friedman, Saginaw, MI Bring your family to Sault Ste. Marie for a Ski Vacation.
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  • Callander Bay Dreamin'
    Callander Bay Dreamin'
    The days are quickly getting shorter and evening temps are dropping fast. These autumn elements prompt hardwater enthusiasts to think of the winter to come and the joy of ice-fishing. For many people ice fishing is a very social event times that are shared and spent with friends. As the…
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  • Natural surroundings
    Natural surroundings
    We enjoyed our stay at Glenview Cottages.  The natural surroundings were quite scenic and very peaceful.  The drive along Highway 17 to Agawa Bay was some of the most amazing scenery we have ever seen.             Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, Grand Rapids, MI  Book your stay at Glenview Cottages and…
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