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.
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…
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…
Snowshoeing, a winter activity growing in popularity
Discover snowshoeing!  And find out why there is “snowbetterplace” to enjoy this winter activity than here in Thunder Bay and the Lake Superior region.   Guaranteed if you get into it, you’ll eagerly await the arrival of winter every year and be wishing for more snow all the time.     Snowshoeing can be a workout but it’s also a great way to explore places that would, otherwise, be difficult or impossible to reach in the summer.     The Thunder Bay area has plenty of (“snow better”) places to try snowshoeing.  Easy Access Close By Many who are just getting started are content to visit local golf courses such as Chapples or Strathcona which are operated by the City…
Take a ride in Algoma to see the fall colours.
There it is again, a sound so sweet to the ears of every motorcyclist at one with their machine and revelling in the beauty of their environment. It's such a beautiful sound; footrests gently kissing the asphalt through another bend, as the laws of physics are briefly challenged. And then the bike is lifted upright once more and prepared for another turn. It's a truly delightful moment in motorcycling, made perfect by the scenery through which this blacktop snakes and twists. I'm on a fairground ride, lost within a Jackson, Lismer or Carmichael painting of the Canadian great outdoors. This is the landscape that provided the inspiration for the famous Group of Seven artists and it's easy to see why,…
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.…
Enter to Win a Fly Fishing trip for two to Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma in Northern Ontario.
For anglers looking for the ultimate fishing destination, Algoma Country and Sault Ste. Marie has it all! From huge Smallmouth Bass to aggressive Atlantic Salmon, trophy fish abound in this part of Northern Ontario. To help celebrate and promote this incredible fishery that is both affordable and accessible, The New Fly Fisher Television Series has joined forces with several partners to offer an incredible contest. A contest that will give one lucky winner and a friend an outstanding 8 day trip to fly fish in a variety of locations and for different species in Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie. Even better, you get to become a television star! The lucky winner will choose one of the hosts of The New…
Fall colours on the Nor'wester Mountain range in the Slate River Valley along Highway 61
Autumn in Thunder Bay and the region along the north shore of Lake Superior is a magical, brilliantly colourful time of year.   (Check out the fall drive, photography and hiking packages offered by Lake Superior Visits or if your in the Nipigon area, Epic Adventures.) Dazzling Autumn Colours Starting in late August, autumn’s dazzling colours begin to transform the landscape.  At first it’s a lighter shade of yellows on poplar trees and smaller shrubs as the shortened days rob leaves of the chlorophyll needed to sustain the rich green colours that we associate with the warmth of summer. The yellows of the  tall birch reach for the sky at Kingfisher Lake.   Then, as September progresses, the full fall…
Firefighter's 10-Miler, A Spring Road Race of Tradition and History
If you are an avid runner, a trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the May long weekend to take part in one of Canada's oldest road races, the Fire Fighters 10-Mile Road Race is one to mark on your calendar! Set to take place on the Canadian May long weekend, Victoria Day, Monday May 19th 2014, the 10-Miler is an exciting and historic Thunder Bay tradition that dates back to 1910. A community celebration for runners of all speed levels, the Fire Fighters 10-Miler remains one of Thunder Bay's premier running events along with the Thunder Bay Marathon and June Classic 5K & 10K. A Premiere Spring Road Race Register to be a part of this exhilarating race, where you and your runners…
An unique dining experience with organic roots...
The Growing Season Juice Collective201 Algoma St. Tara laughs when I ask how The Growing Season got started. Tara is one of four women of the collective that own and operate this “shop” as they refer to it. All four were surprised at how quickly their little restaurant became a success. They took their time getting the place off the ground. They made dishes they liked, combining ideas for a menu that has become popular with locals in Thunder Bay. Originally the collective thought they were catering to a niche market. “We thought only our friends and relatives would support us,” Tara states. “We had no idea so many people were into sprouts and lentils,” she laughs. It helps that…
Old Woman Bay located on Lake Superior is a great leg stretch stop.
Long-time Ontario rider Chris Hughes of Bruce County had this to say after a ride on the Grand Algoma Tour: Cruising around St. Joe's Island, up through the Soo to Wawa and then east to Chapleau and then down the 129 is a rider's dream. It’s not a race it’s a soul searching meander that tugs at the heart strings of why we live in the greatest place on earth. Stopping along the route to chat, reveals the heart and soul of this great region. Oh yah, the roads are super twisty, and bring a towel to wipe the grin off your face. Every ride needs windy roads, great scenery and good food. Algoma Country has grip twisting roads, neck…
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  • Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Explore the Rainy River Area The Rainy River District is the part of Sunset Country that is directly adjacent to the American border and is where we welcome our many visitors from the United States. Within the District are three communities where you can spend a few days doing a…
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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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  • Vintage Bush Planes a Big Part of Fly-in Fishing Experience
    Vintage Bush Planes a Big Part of Fly-in Fishing Experience
    Bush Planes Experience Adds to Fly-in Fishing Trip If a trip into a remote wilderness lake with no roads and spectacular fishing isn't enough, the ride in to the lake on a venerable Canadian bush plane adds so much more to this great vacation experience. Canadian bush planes have a…
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  • The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    Here's a look at what boating in the North Channel of Lake Huron is really like: While visiting the North Channel for a weekend getaway, I was stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty of the rugged shorelines, the pure blue waters and the majestic bald eagle…
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  • North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    After our first visit to North Bay to visit Dylan, who is attending college and has joined the military, we want to thank North Bay for an excellent first impression. Staff at the hotel and restaurants were friendly and made us feel welcome.  We appreciate the warmth and charm 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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  • 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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  • Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Surrounded by Lake Superior and Lake Huron, two of the mightiest freshwater lakes in the world, Algoma Country is home to world class boating. Algoma offers visitors outstanding water adventures for power-boats, yachtsmen, and sailors. Whether you want to cruise the Benjamin Islands in the North Channel, or discover Lake…
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  • Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Treetop Adventures is home to the Mega Zip fastest zip-line in Ontario! Located in Algoma, Treetop Adventures is a fun, eco-friendly wilderness attraction open year round. Even though zip-lining is considered an "extreme" sport by some, it's geared towards a variety of ages, from beginner to thrill seeker. Treetop Adventures…
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  • Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Why stay indoors in the winter? Ski the trails and enjoy the winter wonderland in Red Lake. The Red Lake District Cross-Country Ski Club maintains over 40 kms of cross country ski trails including the McKenzie Island Trails, the Golf Course Trails in Balmertown and Centennial Park in Red Lake.…
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