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.
See The Majesty Of The Stars In Our Backyard
Look Up - Way Up Unlock the secrets of the universe with a visit to Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay this spring. The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, which opened last October, is the latest attraction adding to the entertainment mix at Fort William Historical Park. It giving you one more reason to visit the world's largest fur trade post and one of Canada's top outdoor attractions. State of Art Facility The Observatory is located adjacent to the Visitor Centre and features one of the largest telescopes for public viewing in Canada. The discovery centre is equipped with computers, historic navigation tools, astronomy software programs, state of the art video feed and projection systems for observing images and even a…
A Finnish Experience on Bay Street
Bay Street and its Finnish connection, continues to be a unique and important part of the developing cultural hub and charm of Thunder Bay. As a National Historical Site, the Finnish Labour Temple, also known local as the Finlandia Club has been around since the early 1900s and is a living monument of activity. It is a prime location for entertainment and comfort food, served at the famous Hoito Restaurant with its entrance at street level. Thunder Bay's Finnish Connection Built in 1910, it's most recent restoration in 2010 has preserved its history, colour and importance in the community, especially for the Finns, one of the largest populations of Finnish people outside of Finland. As a National Historical Site, the temple…
View of Lake Superior from the Agawa Bay Lookout.
Editor's Note: Vicki Gray, Motoress, experienced an epic motorcycle journey when she rode her Triumph along the roadways following the coastline of Lake Superior to complete a full circle tour of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Starting in Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma, Vicki began her ride on the south shore through the US states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, ensuring she met the views of Lake Superior head-on as she headed north towards Thunder Bay and Wawa. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle route, and to order your FREE route map visit www.ridelakesuperior.com "The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumeeeee..."! Helmet acoustics are fabulous I…
Head North for the Best Ride of the Year
March Break has come and gone, and across Ontario, families have fond memories of a real wintry holiday that some say has been long overdue. Others stayed home indoors; plans perhaps interrupted once again by old man winter and his arctic antics. It has been quite a few years since over 80% of the OFSC's snowmobile trails have been available for exploration this late in the season and, by all indications of the current weather patterns, there are still a few snowmobiling weeks remaining.  Today is the first day of spring! Yes, believe it or not, it is March 20th, 2014—which is the spring equinox; this is the time of year when the days and nights are approximately equal. The…
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…
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…
Wind Farms in Sault Ste. Marie
Considering our unspoiled wilderness and industrial history, it’s not surprising that our region continues to attract innovative renewable energy projects.  Sault Ste. Marie has gone green. It’s not such a bold claim when one considers the city’s gorgeous waterfront, kilometres of nature paths, and the untouched beauty of the wilds just outside of town. But those who remember the Sault only for its industrial history might be surprised to learn that the steel city is quickly becoming Canada’s renewable energy capital. With Canada’s largest wind farm eight kilometres northwest of the city and a 60 megawatt solar collection array set to go online in 2010, Sault Ste. Marie is positioned to emerge as a leader in the new green economy.…
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…
Christopher
Don Hall shares his 11 year-old grandsons ambitious year and love for birding...256 species in 12 months to be exact! When my grandson Christopher decided, at age 11 that it was time to do his first big year, I was a bit skeptical. The Big Year, inspired by the movie of the same name, would be an attempt to see as many birds as possible in a 12-month period. He set a goal of 200 species. It sounds ambitious but then, Christopher has been birding since he was six and his young eyes and ears are remarkable.Most birders consider a positive identification by song to be a "sighting" and Christopher can reliably identify bird songs that older folks, even those…
Fly-in fishing outposts with Lauzon Aviation.
Are you looking to escape to a quiet, remote lake hoping to catch the BIG ONE? Do you sit and imagine about a dream vacation where you are the only person fishing on a lake? If you've answered yes to both these questions then Algoma has the Fly-in Fishing Adventure you're looking for. The fly-in fishing trip is unsurpassed as the ultimate Canadian experience in the fishing world. This adventure takes fishermen where few others have gone -- crystal clear lakes hidden deep in the wilderness where you'll catch the BIG fish that you've dreamed about. Your fishing adventure begins on the dock of a seaplane airbase where you and your companions load gear into a bushplane. The bushplane has…
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  • Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Temagami - An Authentic Northern Adventure
    Located just 100 km north of North Bay, Temagami stands true to the Ojibway meaning of its name, 'Deep water by the shore'. If you're a water renegade, the 3000 km of shore line and over 1200 islands in the area are sure to tame your craving for adventure. The…
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  • So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great…
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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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  • John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine, after a motorcycle tour of the Algoma region's roadways, sent us this note to tell us what he thought of the tour: For a die-hard westerner such as myself, much of Ontario has long been something of a mystery. But an all-too-short week roaming…
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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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  • The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    Located just 10 km's southwest of North Bay on Lake Nipissing you'll notice the mysterious Manitou Islands. These five islands are easily spotted from the shores at North Bay's waterfront and some days it even looks as though they're floating on water. The largest island may be referred to as Ghost Island, Devil Island or the…
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  • You Asked, We Answered: Things to Do in Algoma Country
    You Asked, We Answered: Things to Do in Algoma Country
    Northern Ontario -- wow the landscape is so vast, it seems so untamed, why would someone travel there? If you look at a map, you will find an area that is easily assessable because of its great location. Don't let the area of Algoma fool you on this map, its…
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  • The Legendary Polar Bear
    The Legendary Polar Bear
    Throughout the year, I will be highlighting interesting places to stay, and or things to see and do in this beautiful part of Northeastern Ontario. Today's feature is all about one of the most interesting attractions in all of the north. One that lets you swim with a real live polar…
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  • From the Snow Train to Searchmont Ski Resort
    From the Snow Train to Searchmont Ski Resort
    Two years ago we visited your city to take the Snow Train and enjoyed it so much that we made a promise to come back to ski at Searchmont and we are glad we did.  The runs were great and the main lodge was a lot of fun. Mr. K.…
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  • Quetico Provincial Park: Wilderness Canoeing at it's Best
    Quetico Provincial Park: Wilderness Canoeing at it's Best
    Atikokan - Your Gateway to Quetico Park For the wilderness canoeist, the name Quetico conjures up images of giant white pines, crystal clear lakes and some of North America's best wilderness canoeing. Quetico Provincial Park, located in Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country is for many canoeists, the ultimate place to paddle.…
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