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.
bight, great views of Pier 3 on Thunder Bay waterfront
bight is a great place to stop for an unique culinary experience on your visit to Thunder Bay with one of the city's newest restaurants located in the Water Garden Pavilion part of the new harbourfront development at Prince Arthur's Landing. A locally owned and operated restaurant, bight Restaurant Bar is open all year round seven days a week for lunch and dinner, giving you a precious view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant for all four seasons. A classy restaurant where you will enjoy the open space, bight offers modern décor, a choice of a varied selection of great food, an excellent selection of alcoholic beverages with quick and knowledgeable service. bight features two long walls of windows that let in lots…
The Complete 2014 Guide for Planning a Real Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation
The mere mention of ice fishing sends us into a bit of frenzy here at Algoma Country Headquarters -- we can't help it -- we love ice fishing. From the excitement of the tug on the line and bringing up a big Northern Pike, Walleye or Lake Trout from the dark, icy chamber below to the peaceful surroundings that draw you in as you spend time with family and good friends, ice fishing really offers something for everyone. Top 5 Things to Consider When Planning an Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation Ice fishing in Algoma has its own character: it's not only a competitive sport, but also a way of life for many families all winter. It's a source of fresh…
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…
Festival of Trees
The Lung Association’s Festival of Trees is a unique kick off to the festive season here in Sault Ste. Marie. It has become a city wide tradition and 2013 marks the 15th year that the Lung Association has proudly organized this wonderful fundraiser. It’s an event like no other. It takes days to set up and be perfected, but once the empty boxes have been stored, the ballroom at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront becomes a Christmas wonderland. The beautifully decorated trees get a lot of praise from the crowd as they walk around the cozy room. Event goers can’t help but be in the Christmas spirit once they have left. The community support is the glue that holds…
Off the Hook: Ice Fishing for Big Trout 15 minutes North of SSM
It's 6:15 am as I stare anxiously at my watch. As per the status quo, I'm running 15 minutes late while still needing to pick up some "morning glory" at the coffee shop and fuel up my snowmobile. After picking up my annoyed fishing buddy we are headed north on Highway 17.Visit Joe's Sports and Surplus for all your fishing gear needs and attire! The Sault Ste. Marie area boasts exceptional ice fishing for a variety of target species from cold-water trout and whitefish to toothy northern pike and tasty walleye. Our destination for this day would be some stocked trout lakes about 15 minutes from town. Lower Island Lake - Heyden Ontario (Just 15 minutes North of SSM) The…
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
Algoma Fall Festival manager Louisa van Lith takes you on the road with some of the world's best entertainers. I am sometimes asked “what’s the best part of being the Fall Festival manager?” And when I reflect on the years of reviewing extraordinary Canadian and international talent, attending numerous performances, negotiating deals, working with event management colleagues and local volunteers I am reminded of the cavalcade of artists that have streamed through Sault Ste. Marie. And how I got to meet them! In the quiet moments after a thunderous performance an artist sits in his or her dressing room preparing to go back to the hotel for a drink or a bite to eat. This is my job. I hear…
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…
Thunder Bay's Country Market is a Foodie's Dream.
The Thunder Bay Country Market is the place to be on Saturdays for foodies. Visit dozens of local vendors at the CLE Grounds showcasing Thunder Bay's amazing agriculture community.  Its just another fantastic culinary surprise you'll find in Canada's best outdoor city.  Try some Thunder Oak Gouda and find out why its won international awards.  This locally produced cheese, available in a multitude of flavours, goes great with anything.  If jams and jellies are your cup of tea, you'll find locally made preserves and spreads from Belluz Farms. If seafood is your thing, try some locally sourced smoked trout, whitefish, pickeral or salmon.  Being a gateway to some of the planet's best freshwater angling means great catches are easy to find. Are you a carnivore? Than this…
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…
Why I (Temporarily) Traded in My Canoe For a Kayak:  The Ancient Abitibi River and Great Canadian Kayak Challenge
I jumped the gun a bit when the tourism gang from the Timmins region in Northeastern Ontario invited me up to participate in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge. I agreed to race, basically because I love the Timmins area. Problem is, I’m a canoeist, not a kayaker. I also don’t have much of a competitive spirit. The last race I took part in was at a church picnic, when I was eight, running across a field balancing a hard-boiled egg on a spoon. I’m definitely not an anti-kayak sort like some of my canoemates, but to me, the joy of paddling is gently gliding a canoe across a mist-covered lake, not squeezing into tight neoprene and propelling myself across the…
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  • Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Where To Go Start in the beautiful city of North Bay situated on the shores of Lake Nipissing with Trout Lake also within city limits. Here you will find trails and routes that will challenge and delight. Whether you're looking for a fun family getaway, a romantic weekend or a chance…
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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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  • Explore our wilderness on skis
    Explore our wilderness on skis
    Cross-Country Skiing in Northwestern Ontario Yes it's a fact, the winters are long and sometimes cold up here in Northwestern Ontario! But being the eternal optimist that you are, you see opportunity in this beautiful winter wonderland. We do too so that is the reason we want to encourage skiers…
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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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  • Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    If you're like me, you may be someone who finds holiday shopping gets more meticulous and a little more stressful each year. Especially when buying for the someone who seems to own everything. So here's an idea for a gift they won't expect this year: Give Someone a Vacation in…
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  • Cool off at one of the top beaches in Kenora
    Cool off at one of the top beaches in Kenora
    Take advantage of the numerous public beaches on Lake of the Woods and surrounding lakes in Kenora. Kenora is lucky enough to be situated on Lake of the Woods and surrounded by other lakes such as Rabbit Lake, Black Sturgeon and the Winnipeg River. Out on Lake of the Woods…
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  • Temiskaming Drag n' Fly - A Great Reason to Ride
    Temiskaming Drag n' Fly - A Great Reason to Ride
     Mike Jacobs , motorcycle touring aficionado and freelance writer for Motorcycle.com recently visited the Temiskaming Drag ‘n Fly, hosted by the Earlton Airport August 12 – 15. Take a close look at the location of the drag race, and you’ll find that it’s located on one of Ontario’s premiere motorcycle…
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  • Explore the Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
    Explore the Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
    Story by Lynda Olson Photos by David Coulas & Mary Hastings Located on Manitoulin's south shore 35 km west of Gore Bay, Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve beckons you to experience its globally rare alvar communities, diverse woodland and wetland habitats and picturesque bay. Alvar is a Scandinavian word meaning…
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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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  • Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Spend a Weekend of Fun in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls If there were towns that you could call "tourist towns" then Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls would be them. Located on the east shore of incredible Lake of the Woods, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are almost endless... Sioux Narrows and…
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