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.
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
Spectacular view of Lake Superior hiking the Nipigon River Trail
With its spectacular views, one of the best hiking trails visitors are likely to find traveling the Canadian north shore of Lake Superior is the Nipigon River Recreation Trail. The well maintained and well marked trail stretches more than 8-kilometres connecting the towns of Red Rock and Nipigon, just over an hour's drive east of Thunder Bay. The trail follows the scenic shoreline of the Nipigon River and the rugged shore of Lake Superior which is part of the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. The Nipigon River Recreation Trail also is to host to the "Hike for Health", a popular charity fundraiser held when fall colours dominate in late September. Starting from either end, visitors can choose to…
Sault Locks
It’s a surreal experience to paddle a sea kayak into an imposing concrete, steel-clad chamber and feel the water level slowly rising beneath your boat. On a sunny July day, I’m retracing the upper St. Lawrence Seaway, paddling the St. Mary’s River through downtown Sault Ste. Marie and locking through to Lake Superior. Curious bystanders watched me call the lockmaster by marine radio, and when the sturdy lock gates folded open and I paddled into the 255-foot lock, even more gathered to snap photos of a bizarre scene: A man in a diminutive craft floating in the placid waters of an engineering feat and a stalwart symbol of self-sufficiency in Canada’s youth. The tumultuous St. Mary’s Rapids were an impediment…
The author with a typical Algoma Country walleye. Jigs are the go-to lure of most walleye anglers and for good reason.
When talk turns to walleye fishing, jigs are the lures most often discussed. It's no coincidence that jigs are the "go-to fishing lure" of most walleye enthusiasts but just knowing enough to take along some jigs on your next trip to Ontario's Algoma Country isn't a guarantee of fishing success. Jigs are a fishing tool and like any other tool in the garage one size or type doesn't fit every application. Let's use a hammer to illustrate a point. A claw hammer is a good tool for driving nails but not the best tool for putting on a hub cap. A rubber mallet is a hammer of sorts and is a good tool for putting on a hub cap but…
Horizons
I arrived early to experience the freshness of spring, the advantage of calmer winds and to avoid bugs. It’s early June and still quite chilly - the way I like it. The water is only 4 degrees and capsizing would most likely be deadly. I’m on a 3-week solo canoe trip and the only visitor in a 100 km stretch of coast in Lake Superior’s Pukaskwa National Park, looking for solitude and uninterrupted visual experience. As artist in residence for Parks Canada, I will be too busy with photography-workshops in the summer to explore this magnificent shore. The grandeur of the scenery is overwhelming. What a privilege to live here. One can hardly resist shooting hundreds of beautiful land- and…
Huts & Bungalows: A Round Up of Lake Nipissing Ice Fishing Operators
Lake Nipissing is a famous ice fishing locale in Ontario. Why? Stand at the edge of Lake Nipissing, and you'll see tiny ice bungalow villages tucked into the horizon.  Most bungalows are outfitted with the comforts of home; Propane furnace, propane lights, cooking utensils, a table and chairs, bunk beds, heated private washroom, and 10" drilled holes are usually included. TIP: Check with your chosen operator, to find out what kind of gear you'll need to bring.   Read on for a complete round-up of ice fishing operators on Lake Nipissing:  Cottage Resorts Offering Ice Bungalows Promised Land Camp152 Promised Land Road,Nipissing Village705-724-1648 or 1-888-647-7742www.promisedlandcamp.net Rob Hyatt OutdoorsCallander705-752-1727 Bear Creek CottagesCallander705-752-1157or 1-888-246-5026 Chalkley's Sandy Bay Cottage ResortCallander705-752-1050or 1-877-387-0868 Cosy Cove…
Algoma's Water Tower Inn
The year is 1981 and I’m 11 years old. I'm riding in a shuttle bus that’s transporting my family and I from the Los Angeles airport to our hotel. It’s nighttime and the thick L.A. air makes it feel like another planet. A taxicab swerves in front of the shuttle bus, and our driver and the cabbie exchange profanities.   We’re only staying in Los Angeles for one night, prior to heading to San Diego to visit family. The hotel is grey and so is our room. There is a small balcony and the room smells like stale cigarettes. I’m thrilled. There was always something special about staying in a hotel, even if it was rather unexceptional. How times have…
The Grand Algoma Tour - #1 on the Top Ten Ontario Motorcycle Routes for 2013
Algoma Country stretches from the North Channel of Georgian Bay, deep into the northernmost wilds of Ontario. Here you'll find glorious swathes of untamed boreal forest, glittering lakes around every sweep and turn, massive cliffs and mountains and a combination of the best motorcycle roads that make up the Grand Algoma Loop. This past summer I made an attempt to ride every paved road in Northern Ontario, and after surveying thousands of miles of asphalt in the province, the most scenic and entertaining rides to be had on two wheels is this loop. From the quaint town of Thessalon on the shores of the North Channel, heading North on Ontario's Tail of the Dragon (Highway 129) to Highway 101 into…
Team Jacobs
Game On! Sooites are passionate about sports. For some, it’s about socializing and having fun. For others it’s competitive and involves serious training to be the best. Whatever your level of commitment is to the sport you love, whether it involves planks, pucks, balls, blades, bats, or rocks—it’s Game On in the Soo! Photo by Ken Armstrong for SooToday.com Sault Ste. Marie has been a hotbed for sports for years, especially when it comes to hockey. Famous competitors, like Wayne Gretzky, Adam Foote, Ron Francis, Craig Hartsburg, and Joe Thornton have all played for the Soo Greyhounds at the Essar Centre (formerly and affectionately known as the Memorial Gardens). Ted Nolan who originates from the Sault coached the Greyhounds, and…
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.…
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