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.
Historic Painting of St. Marys River
First, a little bit of a disclaimer. You could write an entire book about the arts in Sault Ste. Marie, and in fact, several people have. The truth is that there has been such an abundance of artisans in the history of our community that it’ is impossible to mention everyone and everything in one story without it reading like a phone book or a shopping list. And that won’t give you, our visitor, any insight into what has made Sault Ste. Marie such a cradle for creativity. Or where to go to discover our contributions to the world of the arts. (Pictographs at Agawa Bay) This story is, therefore, about the who, what and when of local artists. It’s…
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…
DUSTIN JONES AND THE RISING TIDE
The experience of the north comes with its own unique soundtrack highlighted by some of the country's most incredible and talented musicians, in some of the most unique and picturesque environments. When the sun goes down, Sault Ste. Marie offers a magnificent nightlife. At the heart of this musically diverse city you can find exactly what you are looking for; a unique place to go for every taste and style of music, whether you are looking to hit the dance floor or to relax 'lounge-style' and enjoy a delicious martini to cap off a day exploring the wonderful hidden gems Sault Ste. Marie proudly boasts, from downtown shopping on Queen Street, to outdoor oases such as Hiawatha, Bellevue Park, and…
Kiss for good luck!
Besides beautiful sunsets, Ontario's Sunset Country is know for something else: Some of the best fresh water fishing around! Just how great is our fishing? Let us show you through the facebook posts that Ontario's Sunset Country has uploaded or shared in 2013. What a great year - congrats to all these anglers. A job well done. Thanks for releasing most of them in order to live another day and to keep our fisheries nice and strong.  January 2013 started out right for Donnie, just look at this 44" northern pike he caught at Muskie Bay Resort in Nestor Falls, Ontario. 44" Northern Pike caught at Muskie Bay Resort   Here's a monster 46" lake trout caught and released by Duluth's…
Chippewa Park, A Family Fun Destination
Chippewa Park is your destination family fun and outdoor relaxation on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. Join the many families who come to stay and play at this beautiful parkland on the rustic shore of Lake Superior all within city limits. Your Summer Getaway Chippewa Park is the perfect summer getaway with an amazing view of the Sleeping Giant, amusement rides, a wildlife park, plus kilometres of trails and beaches to walk. The park is one of 124 parks managed by the City of Thunder Bay's Parks Division. It has been a favourite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921 with events held through out the summer. Outdoor Playground There have been many upgrades to the park in…
Mountain Stream Orchard is nestled in backdrop of the Nor'wester Mountain range south of Thunder Bay
Tranquil Spot Where Apples Grow  High above the Slate River Valley on the rural outskirts of Thunder Bay, where corn stalks march across rolling fields tall and golden waiting to be harvested, is a small clearing of land, tucked amongst native pine forests, where apple trees grow.   The road to the Mountain Stream Orchard winds up into the Nor’wester Mountain range through trees that sport the first blush of fall.   If it were not for the sign propped amid fall wild flowers and spent thistles at the side of the road, it would remain a hidden gem. And as I turn off Oliver Creek Road, down a small dip in the driveway, I think Mountain Stream Orchard just…
Famous schnitzel from the Salzburger Hof.
Lake Superior is a 2300 km (1450 mi) ride around, but just as you get started in Algoma Country there are several infamous foodie stops that will give you the reserves for this epic ride. Each of these stops has been thoroughly tested and biker approved. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Route visit www.ridelakesuperior.com Caution: Author is not responsible for increased weight gain, the meat sweats, or the requirement for post meal naps 1. Lake Shore Salzburger Hof Resort -- Batchawana Bay, OntarioSome people like a traditional simple schnitzel served with applesauce. Others like a more complex "loaded" schnitzel. The Salzburger Hof serves schnitzel up every which way and is arguably the best schnitzel house on…
Sea Lion - Famous View at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Local hiking enthusiast, Richard Boon, provides a guide to hiking the Sleeping Giant, noting Ontario’s largest network of hiking trails is located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park a short drive outside of Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, near Thunder Bay, is the place to go in Northwest Ontario for anyone who takes their hiking seriously.  The park, located on the Sibley Peninsula about an hour outside Thunder Bay, features more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of trails, giving it the longest trail system of any Provincial Park in Ontario.  Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain a little experience, or you’re a seasoned hiker in search of new adventures, there is a trail that will…
Lake Superior
First Time Jitters I’ve driven down this very spot of Highway 17 hundreds of times before, each pass having no idea what adventure lied just off the road. Today, I’m about to find out. Near The Voyageur’s Lodge and Cookhouse in Batchawana Bay lies a 60-foot ice climb that both excites the mind and stimulates the senses. The cliff rests about a 20-minute hike off the highway. As I drive to the destination from Sault Ste. Marie, I can feel my heart pounding. The closer I get, the faster it beats. I meet with adventure guide Shaun Parent, who owns the Batchawana-based North of Superior Climbing Company. We first stop by his office to grab some gear. “It’s a really…
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…
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  • North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel
    The North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel was a great value and excellent for all ages. We brought our two year old daughter to the Heritage Train over the weekend. We spent $10 and we were able to enjoy the train twice and carosel once each, the ticket takers are…
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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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  • All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    All Aboard Tracks to Trails, Algoma’s Unique Snowmobile Trip
    From the moment a snowflake hits the ground, every snowmobiler is thinking about their ultimate snowmobile trip for the upcoming winter. The region of Algoma is the obvious choice and here are just a few reasons why: an annual snowfall of 10 feet, 2,000 miles of beautifully groomed trails and…
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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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  • Canada's Group of Seven: Painting Algoma
    Canada's Group of Seven: Painting Algoma
    The Legacy of Canada's Group of Seven Algoma has a reputation for being an inspiration to both artists and photographers since the first visit by Canada’s Group of Seven. Canada was once considered “unworthy” of being painted but the landscape paintings pioneered by the Group led to a new wave…
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  • Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Take part in one of the many events happening at the Kenora Winter Carnival March 7-9, 2014  A snow sculpture is taking shape at this year's competition MARCH 7 - FRIDAY The Kenora Winter Carnival begins at 6:00pm on Friday March 7. Children can try their luck at the Shaw Shootout or…
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  • Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    This is the first time I’ve started an ice fishing adventure with a trip to the mall but according to my partner, my 13-year-old daughter who simply must have the right shoes for her grade 8 graduation, not stopping to shop in Timmins would be unacceptable. We’re on our way…
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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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  • Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Vegetables and Fruit This Summer The season for farmers' markets in Sunset Country is fast appproaching. Over the years farmers' markets have become enormous in popularity not only in Northwest, Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' markets have become popular because of the demand…
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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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