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 Abitibi Canyon Loop Tour: A 400 Series Highway Paved with Fresh Powder
I'm in the fortunate position to have the job all my friends envy. As an action sports photographer, I spend a good chunk of the winter months riding and photographing snowmobiles for Ontario Tourism. We travel to some of the most scenic locations found anywhere in the province (and arguably the country).  After two forgetful seasons, the winter of 2014 struck with a vengeance giving us some of the best snow conditions seen in years. This meant a busy season for me with several projects on the go, all of which were aimed at drawing new snowmobilers to the region. Despite what you might think, I don't actually spend much time riding on these photo shoots. Sure I use the…
The author with a nice Northwest Ontario bass!
Use These Tips to Catch More Fish! Editor's note: Co-inventor of the legenday lindy rig walleye lure, co-founder of In-Fisherman Magazine, and Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee Al Lindner knows the way big fish think. In this exclusive article, Al shares some hard-earned secrets to help the Sunset Country angler conquer the most challenging species of the region. The fish are bigger and wilder in Northwest Ontario: read on, as Al tackles the big boys, species by species. Walleye Ontario has perhaps more walleye lakes than anywhere else in the world, and Northwest Ontario is home to some of the best walleye fishing on earth. On many waters, you need to do no more than cast a jig tipped with…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District, explained Justus Veldman, of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…
In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven: An Expedition of a Lifetime
Editor's Note: This story was written by Meaghan Smith, a nature enthusiast from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Meaghan's story highlights the work currently being done to identify the exact locations of the Group of Seven paintings in Algoma. In Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start to summer, with thousands kicking off the season with a weekend of camping, bonfires, and barbeques. For a group of seven Algoma University Fine Arts students, it signaled the culmination of their studies of the famous Canadian painters, the Group of Seven, with a rugged camping expedition deep in the heart of the Algoma backcountry, off of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), north of Sault Ste. Marie. The Algoma Central Railway…
The Sleeping Giant, a legendary landmark, is the backdrop to Thunder Bay's marina on the shores of Lake Superior.
I live on a houseboat in a marina in the San Francisco Bay so, understandably, I’m a little choosy about my marinas. The non-negotiables are, of course, an expansive view of a large body of and, naturally, a scenic backdrop. A little commercial activity would be appreciated, but more importantly, I want a community feel, somewhere I’d enjoy just hanging out and taking in the local culture. I knew I’d come across somewhere special when I arrived at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. To start with, Thunder Bay’s waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landing (also known as Marina Park) is situated in a picturesque and protected lakefront harbor on the grandiose Lake Superior, with tree-covered hills and pristine islands in…
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…
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…
A Spectacular Season For Searchmont Continues Into April!
With a record amount of snowfall and winter weather continuing into late March, Searchmont Resort has enjoyed a BIG SNOW season. Despite some frigid seasonal temperatures, winter enthusiasts have revelled in excellent terrain conditions and plenty of fresh snow. Those that keep track of their days on the mountain officially started their count with opening day on Friday December 20, 2013. Visitors to Searchmont enjoy 750 vertical feet of groomed terrain with 18 runs ranging from easy to challenging. The mountain welcomes thousands of visitors annually from across Northern Ontario and Michigan. The Searchmont Ski Runners (SSR) and the Searchmont and Area Freestyle Alliance (SAFA) host ski and snowboard competitions, while the No-Limits Adaptive Ski Club provides people with disabilities…
Photo Collage of the food available at Country Market
You will want to make a point of making a trip to the Thunder Bay Country Market, if you find yourself visiting in Thunder Bay on any given weekend. Local writer Duncan Weller explains why he is among the collection of 50 to 70 local vendors who set up their booths and tables every Saturday morning at the Dorothy Dove Building on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds to sell everything local from farm produce and products to crafts, art, books and more! The Thunder Bay Country Market runs Saturdays between 8 am and 1 pm year-round. It more is than a shopping experience for the many who venture out Saturday mornings for what has become a popular weekly ritual in…
Robert Laframboise Fishing Derby
“It’s important to me to give back to the community. I want to help kids and their families enjoy fishing and the outdoors together like I did when I was a child". Derby founder and professional angler, \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and friends are organizing the Catch and Release Children's Perch Derby on Sunday, March 9th! Families can kick-off the March break by enjoying the great outdoors and ice-fishing at the 10th running of the Laframboise Children’s (14 and under) Perch Derby. The popular derby is a non-profit event, held annually to promote family fun while enjoying the sport of ice fishing. In 2012 the derby had 465…
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  • Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Editor's Note: Are you an American citizen, planning a trip to Northern Ontario? We welcome you and want to make sure you have all the information you'll need to cross the border. For information about what you can bring to Canada, firearms and weapons, you can find more information at…
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  • Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
    Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
    Go Skiing and Hiking Right in Town With their locations smack dab in the middle of the Northern Ontario woods, the towns and cities in Sunset Country have some really great trail systems to offer. Both seasons for hiking, biking  and in winter, snowshoeing and cross country ski trails can be found…
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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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  • 10 Awesome (and Secluded) Northern Ontario Beaches
    10 Awesome (and Secluded) Northern Ontario Beaches
    What is the best way to spend a sultry summer day in Algoma Country? Going to the beach! Spending the day at the lake is at the top of our list of favourite things to do in Northern Ontario. And we're really lucky in Algoma Country because our region is…
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  • Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake 2013: Travelers Picks in Algoma Country
    Each year, there is anticipation for the Lake Superior Magazine annual Best of the Lake feature and it's finally arrived! We are pleased to announce the businesses in Algoma Country that were picked by travelers and put on this year's list. You can visit any of these places along the…
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  • Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    The moment we have all been waiting for The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not is now open at Science North.   Last week I have the opportunity to see Science North's new exhibit and was a blown away. It is absolutely amazing and a must see. You findout the science behind how Robert…
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  • We're not just cool in the Summer!
    We're not just cool in the Summer!
    Come for a Weekend Visit - Yes, in the Winter! No we're not kidding! Winter is a great time of year for a short getaway to Ontario. The cities and towns in the region have some great accommodations and there are many fun activities that you can do. Winter is…
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  • It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    Pick up your free Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Guide & Map at one of these 5 shows. Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association not only brings our free brochure and map, but also many of the lodges and resorts' brochures. If you're planning a vacation, or maybe a trip to Northwestern…
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  • The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    Not Another Fish Story In Sunset Country, we mean business when it comes to the subject of muskie fishing in Ontario! In this part of the Province, the muskie live long and grow to enormous sizes. Some of Ontario's most famous muskie waters are located in Sunset Country. Everyone has…
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  • "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    Tina’s Breakfast and Lunch1170 Memorial Tina's Breakfast and Lunch is as their name says a wonderful choice for breakfast and lunch on your visit to Thunder Bay, especially if your here for a weekend of shopping. The diner serves all day breakfast till 3pm and is conveniently located on Memorial…
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