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.
Titanoboa @ Science North's Ripley's Believe it or Not Exhibit
My husband and I took a leap of faith nine years ago when we moved to Northern Ontario to build a business and start our family. The location was completely foreign to me, however, over the past few years I've discovered that it's rich in hidden gems, incredible scenery and attractions as well as events that are perfect for families. Sudbury was once the world leader in nickel mining and is still home to two major mining companies. It has since become more multi-faceted, expanding to include different industries. In addition to its rich history, the entire Greater Sudbury District is a popular tourist destination for travelers making their way across the Trans Canada Highway. Science North  Science North is…
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…
Unique Shops and Retailers on Bay & Algoma
The Bay and Algoma Neighbourhood when visiting Thunder Bay is the best place to find the greatest variety of locally made products, along with unique gift items. These are shops run by local entrepreneurs and it is unlikely you will items and wares in national chains stores or shopping malls. This area is also quickly becoming known as a distinct shopping district where residents feel a little more comfortable shopping, and where landlords and shop owners take a little more pride, organizing festivals, street fairs, and beautifying their neighbourhood. With four coffee shops, a couple pubs, and a few restaurants, you can’t go wrong hanging out in this area.   Authentique 313 Bay St.   This fun-filled gift shop opened on Bay Street in 2005, with their namesake…
Bill Spicer fishing for walleye.
The Most Sought After Fish In Ontario Has To Be The Walleye. Editor's Note: Bill Spicer, Host of The New Fly Fisher, shares his train-in fishing adventure for walleye on Lake Wabatongushi at Errington's Wilderness Island. Check out the video -- Bill experiments to catch walleye when a Northern Ontario cold front toughens the conditions! For more information about train-in fishing in Algoma visit www.wildernessbyrail.ca In my recent travels I visited a lake system, which boasts large numbers of walleye along with good pike fishing. This lake is called Wabatongushi and on it is Errington's Wilderness Island. Al and Doris Errington welcomed us to their family-run facility. The walleye fishing was nothing short of outstanding. Whether you were fly fishing…
Mark Romanack's Fishing Tips for Catching Walleye on Esnagi Lake at Lodge 88
Want to catch walleye on Esnagi Lake in Algoma Country? Editor's Notes: Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack shares his fishing tactics for catching walleye after his fly-in fishing trip to Lodge 88 on Esnagi Lake. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com Lodge 88 located in the heart of Algoma Country and on beautiful Esnagi Lake. Esnagi Lake is one of those fishing destinations that should be on every walleye angler's bucket list. Once you've fished Esnagi, it's not a question if you will return, but rather when. Part of the outfitting service known as North to Adventure, (www.northtoadventure.com) the MacLachlan family has outfitting in their blood. This family business was established back in 1959…
It's blueberry picking time in Nipigon.
Late July and early August means the blue berries are ripe and ready to pick in Northern Ontario. And there is no better place to pick blueberries than off old bush roads in the area around Nipigon, Ontario. Each year there are lots of blueberries to pick, and so much so it has resulted in thel Blueberry Blast held year on the August long weekend. 2014 will mark the 12th year for the popular event.. This is a blueberry celebration you won't want to miss. Nipigon is located at the crossroads where Highway 11 and Highway 11/17 meet on the top of Lake Superior and is only a short hour drive east of Thunder Bay. Weekend of Blueberry Picking & Family Entertainment…
A breathtaking view of Lake Superior at Ruby Lake just east of Nipigon
  The hike to Ruby Lake, just east of Nipigon, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior is a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful fall colours while soaking in the amazing views of Lake Superior.  So, lace up your hiking boots and make the trip along Lake Superior's north shore east of Thunder Bay to see these great vistas at Ruby Lake with family and friends.  Stand At The Top of Lake Superior The Anishinabek people refer to Lake Superior as Gitchi Gumme or "The Big Lake".  One of the best places to view the Big Lake is in the Nipigon area where some of the best hiking trails are located.     The trail…
Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co. Ltd.
Climbing since 1979 Shaun Parent, Owner/Operator of Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co. Ltd., is considered the Pioneer of Rock and Ice Climbing development in the Lake Superior Region of Ontario. Ice climbing is a winter sport which is becoming more popular with outdoor enthusiasts.While many might think it is relatively new to the Sault Ste. Marie area, people have been climbing this area since the mid 80's. In the last few years, this region has become an ice climbing destination for people from all over the world to come and experience the wilderness and excellent climbing opportunities we have to offer here in our back yard. We boast over 400 ice climbs north of Sault Ste. Marie and offer…
Pull up to a different secluded beach each night.
Houseboating is a great way to experience Lake of the Woods A couple of summers ago, my father-in-law, who lives in Toronto called to invite us on a houseboat trip on Lake of the Woods. Having grown up on the north end of Lake of the Woods, I had always wanted to rent a houseboat but somehow never got around to it. So my first response was ABSOLUTELY. In the end there were 7 of us - 5 adults and a 1.5 and 11 year old. What a trip we had! This was a fabulous place near Sioux Narrows to moor the houseboat We rented a houseboat from Lake of the Woods Houseboats in Sioux Narrows and spent the next…
Shawdow's Of The Mind Film Festival
Experience Cinema from around the world at the 15th annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival: February 26th through March 2nd, 2014 Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Shadows’ of the Mind Film Festival is gearing up to showcase some of the world’s best cinema, right here in Sault Ste. Marie. Shadows is no ordinary film festival. It is a film festival that showcases films and other art forms for two purposes: to entertain and to educate. By attracting audiences through the entertainment value of film, we use select films and events to increase awareness and education on mental health and addiction issues, as well as other prevalent social topics as decided each year. Attending Shadow’s can be an experience of…
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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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  • 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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  • Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dogs Really Are Man's Best Friend Sure it's winter and there is snow on the ground and a chill in the air - but that is what makes winter so much fun. One of the most unique vacation adventures available in Ontario's Sunset Country is dog sledding. There is nothing…
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  • See the Wabigoon River Rapids from the Suspension Bridge
    See the Wabigoon River Rapids from the Suspension Bridge
    Cross the Suspension Bridge Over the Wabigoon River in Dryden The City of Dryden opened the Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge in the Fall of 2009. The 34 meter (111.5') Suspension Bridge is located behind the Chalet Inn on the City’s Trail Network. The public can easily access the bridge by…
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  • Chapleau Crown Game Preserve: One of the Ultimate Wildlife Adventures in the World
    Chapleau Crown Game Preserve: One of the Ultimate Wildlife Adventures in the World
    When you hear "game preserve" do images of African lion safaris come to mind where packs of lions laze about, wild herds of elephants, or cheetahs chasing down their prey? I bet you'd be surprised to learn that the world's largest game preserve isn't in Africa. It's in Northern Ontario…
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  • Smile! Algoma’s Fun Roadside Attractions You’ll Want to Photograph
    Smile! Algoma’s Fun Roadside Attractions You’ll Want to Photograph
    Check out these roadside attractions when you plan your next tour of Algoma's roadways at www.touralgoma.com One of the staples of any traveler's photo album is the kitschy roadside attraction. Roadside attractions are fun, often quirky, and ususally represent the cultural background of the area you're visiting. Some of the…
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  • Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    There is pure relaxation in store for those who visit Lake Nipissing South Shore region in Northeastern Ontario. You will enjoy driving the quaint countryside along the back roads, and visiting the various communities along the way. Callander, a small but popular community, has much to offer including two public…
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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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  • Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    If you're like me, you may be someone who finds holiday shopping gets more meticulous and a little more stressful each year. Especially when buying for the someone who seems to own everything. So here's an idea for a gift they won't expect this year: Give Someone a Vacation in…
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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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