Family-Friendly Things to do in Northeastern Ontario

With a BIG Region that spans over 184,000 square kilometres, it’s no surprise that Northeastern Ontario is full of opportunities for families to experience new things and create new, BIG memories to last a lifetime.

North Bay

For families who like to learn about the past, North Bay has museums like Discovery North Bay Museum and the Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence. For families who are looking for some BIG excitement, North Bay has the Chief Commanda II and Pyramid Paintball. And for families looking for something in between, North Bay has that too!

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The City of Greater Sudbury is a great Northeastern Ontario destination for any kind of family-friendly trip, whether you’re in town visiting friends or relatives, or looking to make a road trip out of it! From BIG tried-and-true attractions like Science North and Dynamic Earth to events and plenty of outdoor spaces like Bell Park to enjoy, Sudbury has something for everyone!

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Timmins is full of great family-friendly attractions and activities that will inspire you to make some new BIG memories. With everything from exploring the great outdoors by paddling and hiking, to fun activities like NEO Laser Tag and wildlife tours at Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa, there is no shortage of options in Timmins!

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Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

Chock-full of wonderfully unexpected fun, Cochrane is the perfect destination for families who are looking for new and interesting experiences like coming face-to-face with polar bears at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, events like Cochrane Summerfest, and getting a bird’s-eye view of the town with Cochrane Air Services!

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Manitoulin Island

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Great Spirit Circle Trail

The largest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin Island is full of places to explore with the whole family. From a wide array of First Nations cultural experiences like a guided tour with the Great Spirit Circle Trail, or a visit to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, to outdoor adventure at Gordon’s Park Eco Resort, Manitoulin is the perfect destination! Even getting there on the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun is fun for the whole family!

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About Candice Maitland

Candice is a staff writer at Northeastern Ontario Tourism and lives in beautiful Callander! She enjoys fishing, boating, road trips, exploring our Region and photographing it all in her spare time! Her stories aim to inspire you to visit our BIG Region.

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