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.
Snowshoeing, a winter activity growing in popularity
Discover snowshoeing!  And find out why there is “snowbetterplace” to enjoy this winter activity than here in Thunder Bay and the Lake Superior region.   Guaranteed if you get into it, you’ll eagerly await the arrival of winter every year and be wishing for more snow all the time.     Snowshoeing can be a workout but it’s also a great way to explore places that would, otherwise, be difficult or impossible to reach in the summer.     The Thunder Bay area has plenty of (“snow better”) places to try snowshoeing.  Easy Access Close By Many who are just getting started are content to visit local golf courses such as Chapples or Strathcona which are operated by the City…
An icy Black Bay Perch from chilling Superior waters
If you enjoy the relaxing moments of ice fishing in the solitude of winter, outdoors writer Gord Ellis tells us where there are two hot spots close Thunder Bay that offer “SnowBetterPlace” for a winter escape. Lac des Mille Lac, A Winter Walleye Wonderland Lac des Mille Lacs (near the small town of Upsala) has long been a favourite winter walleye destination for anglers in the northwest portion of the province. The huge lake spans 59,583 acres and is located approximately 160 km. west (less than a two-hour drive) of Thunder Bay (directions here). It is a consistent producer and the winter walleye fishery has been booming for the past few years. Ice fishing is good across the lake. In the…
A White Moose Sighting is Considered a Good Omen in Many Cultures
Foleyet is a small, traditionally Francophone community located midway between Chapleau and Timmins on Highway 101. The town was originally established as a divisional point on the Canadian Pacific Railway system. Now, Foleyet is better known for its red pine forests and healthy fish & wildlife populations. There are many lodges in the area that provide fly-in, boat-in or drive-in accommodations for those legendary fishing and hunting adventures. Sightings of waterfowl, bear and moose are frequent in the area.  A scene from Air Ivanhoe, a local fly-in fishing & hunting lodge Over the years, there have been increased sightings of white moose (sometimes referred to as a spirit or 'ghost' moose). These white phased moose are not albino and are definitely not a different species. Their…
Enter to Win a Fly Fishing trip for two to Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma in Northern Ontario.
For anglers looking for the ultimate fishing destination, Algoma Country and Sault Ste. Marie has it all! From huge Smallmouth Bass to aggressive Atlantic Salmon, trophy fish abound in this part of Northern Ontario. To help celebrate and promote this incredible fishery that is both affordable and accessible, The New Fly Fisher Television Series has joined forces with several partners to offer an incredible contest. A contest that will give one lucky winner and a friend an outstanding 8 day trip to fly fish in a variety of locations and for different species in Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie. Even better, you get to become a television star! The lucky winner will choose one of the hosts of The New…
Ride Lake Superior—Win the Trip of A Lifetime
Motorcycle touring is the best way to enjoy Ontario, offering riders an abundance of opportunities to get to know the little places along the way and to enjoy all those great winding roads and beautiful views that lie inbetween. Great times can be had on an afternoon ride or a weekend getaway, but for a truly life-changing and memorable experience (one to tell the grandchildren about) sometimes you have to go the distance—literally. There are those insane Iron Butt rides that you hear about—racing across Russia in sub-zero weather in under 3 days. While it's surely a thrilling experience, for many of us it sounds gruelling, unpleasant and most of all just out of the question. The financial costs and safety risks are…
Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River
There's so much to do in this wilderness city!  Come discover Dryden, a unique destination, abundant natural beauty where tourism and recreation facilities abound. The city is known for fishing and hunting opportunities, but it offers so much more. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway. It is situated on Wabigoon Lake about half way between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The following is a list of 10 things to do in Dryden. There's such a variety, you can do one or do them all: Cross the Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River. The Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge can be accessed through Johnston park which is just off the Trans Canada…
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
Birds Flock to Dorion on Lake Superior's north shore
A Birder's Paradise on the North Shore of Superior The north shore of Lake Superior is one of the most scenic stretches of shoreline in Canada. Rugged beauty abounds in rocky bays, towering headlands, dense green forests and clear blue water for as far as your eyes can see.  But there’s much more to this area than just raw beauty, and all it takes is a closer look to reveal one of the area’s best kept secrets – the place is for the birds!    Birders sit on the Lake Superior shoreline at Hurkett Cove near Dorion, Ontario.    During spring and summer, the north shore is magnet for birds because of two factors:    Weary migrants stop here to…
A beauty walleye caught by Fish'n Canada host Pete Bowman.
In our previous Algoma article we made the statement "A fly-in fishing adventure is a luxury not every angler can afford, the hefty price tag is one of the main reasons a fly-in trip is still on the bucket list for most anglers". No truer words have been written when pertaining to the travelling angler especially when travelling to exotic far-away places like the Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. HOWEVER, there are fly-in fishing adventures available that bare a price tag that might just surprise you! Dotted throughout the Algoma region of Ontario are a number of hard to access fishing waters that are absolutely loaded with gamefish like Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Speckled Trout, Large & Small Mouth…
Why I (Temporarily) Traded in My Canoe For a Kayak:  The Ancient Abitibi River and Great Canadian Kayak Challenge
I jumped the gun a bit when the tourism gang from the Timmins region in Northeastern Ontario invited me up to participate in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge. I agreed to race, basically because I love the Timmins area. Problem is, I’m a canoeist, not a kayaker. I also don’t have much of a competitive spirit. The last race I took part in was at a church picnic, when I was eight, running across a field balancing a hard-boiled egg on a spoon. I’m definitely not an anti-kayak sort like some of my canoemates, but to me, the joy of paddling is gently gliding a canoe across a mist-covered lake, not squeezing into tight neoprene and propelling myself across the…
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  • Don't Miss the New Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre on Lake of the Woods
    Don't Miss the New Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre on Lake of the Woods
    Visitors are flocking to the new Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows is housed in a beautiful building on the shores of Lake of the Woods. The Centre is seeing visitors from the United States, Sweden, France, Australia, England, Germany and…
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  • Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Spend a Weekend in Kenora A trip to Kenora - even if just for a weekend - is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your family or go with a group of friends - there is a lot to see and do. Here is a sample itinerary…
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  • On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    Editor's Notes: Algoma Country Tourism Staff received this photo blog from Howard J Elmer and Stephen Elmer after their recent snowmobile ride in Algoma on the snowmobile trails which took them to Elliot Lake and Blind River areas. Below is what they had to say about their trip. For more…
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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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  • Lake Superior – A Majestic Coast
    The Lake Superior Coast is a world class travel corridor. Those who have made the trip from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie are sure to agree with the description of this Great Lake coast and its attraction to draw visitors. This is what you see when you visit the towns on…
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  • 3 of the Best Ways to see the Northern Lights in Sunset Country
    3 of the Best Ways to see the Northern Lights in Sunset Country
    Where will you be when you see the sky dance? For those that live in the city and have never seen the northern lights, it is hard to imagine the dancing streaks of colour that you see high in the sky at night in Sunset Country and across Northern Ontario. Pictures…
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  • Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Canadian Whitetail Deer Hunts in Rugged Sunset Country
    Bag a Big Buck in Ontario Northwestern Ontario has immense tracts of Boreal forest inhabited by a wide variety of animals. Whitetail deer are one of those animals and if you are a big game hunter, then you should consider our region of the Province. Bucks in Sunset Country are…
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  • Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    One of our favourite ways to welcome the awakening of Spring in Algoma Country is the maple syrup season. Nothing beats the taste of fresh, sweet maple syrup served over a stack of steaming hot pancakes. Talk to anyone from our region and they'll tell you we have the best…
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  • Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed offers an amazing look at the remarkable story of feathered fossils, a discovery which led paleontologists to believe that dinosaurs are the prehistoric ancestors of modern day birds.  You get the chance to see a life-size, feathered animatronic T.rex juvenile and a feathered Deinonychus roaring and thrashing and…
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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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