Northern Ontario is Open for Business

Forest fires are under control, and most of Northern Ontario is safe. Come relax, unwind, and enjoy the outdoors.

You may have heard about some forest fires in Northern Ontario. Thanks to the outstanding work being done by our brave forest firefighters, fires are being controlled across the North. There has been significant media around the forest fires in Northeastern Ontario; however, fires burning in the Northeast only constitute 1% of the region. The majority of Northern Ontario is safe and open for business.

A few facts about forest fires in the North this summer:

  • Most provincial parks remain open; Grundy Lake Provincial Park was closed briefly but is now open.
  • Despite previous reports, the Village of Killarney and Killarney Mountain Lodge were never impacted by fires in the region.
  • Fire bans are being lifted across the Algoma region and into the Northeast as a result of lower fire activity and safer burning conditions.
  • In Northwestern Sunset Country, businesses are reporting very little change to their operations as a result of forest fire activity. At present, there are no fire bans in the region.

To check on any area you’re thinking of visiting, see Ontario’s official interactive forest fire map:

Before leaving on any camping trip, be sure to review these forest fire safety tips—including how to avoid starting one yourself!

“Travel in the North is safe, tourism operators are open for business, and the Ministry of Natural Resources continues to monitor the situation closely,” says David MacLachlan, Executive Director of Tourism Northern Ontario, in a statement. “Visitor safety is a top concern. Tourism Northern Ontario invites travellers from near and far to enjoy the natural wonders of Northern Ontario while feeling safe, secure and relaxed.” 

About Northern Ontario

Welcome to Northern Ontario, Canada! Bigger than Texas, wilder than the west, more welcoming than a campfire in October, Northern Ontario is like no place else. Sunset Country is famous for its spectacular fishing lakes, Superior Country stretches into the deep north wildnerness, Algoma Country has Lake Superior as their back yard, and the Northeast provides excellent vacation destinations close to Toronto and other large urban centres in Southern Ontario.