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.
An unique dining experience with organic roots...
The Growing Season Juice Collective201 Algoma St. Tara laughs when I ask how The Growing Season got started. Tara is one of four women of the collective that own and operate this “shop” as they refer to it. All four were surprised at how quickly their little restaurant became a success. They took their time getting the place off the ground. They made dishes they liked, combining ideas for a menu that has become popular with locals in Thunder Bay. Originally the collective thought they were catering to a niche market. “We thought only our friends and relatives would support us,” Tara states. “We had no idea so many people were into sprouts and lentils,” she laughs. It helps that…
Stokely Creek Lodge
The perfect mix of snow and terrian turned a dream into a reality... Just a few km North of Sault Ste Marie, amid the Algoma Highlands, you will find Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the result of a dream. Its founder scoured the Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved, cross-country skiing. He developed the trails and build a ski resort. A few years ago, long time guests of Stokely bought the resort so it would continue for their grandchildren and the next generations of cross country enthusiasts. Their dedication to making Stokely a great place to ski paid off; CNN travel says Stokely is…
A unique idea for a coffee shop and bakery.
Sweet Escape Café and BakeryUnit 2-271 Bay St. Sweet Escape Café and Bakery is a hidden treasurer in the Bay & Algoma Neighbourhood of Thunder Bay on Machar Avenue a few steps off Bay St. offering an inventive mix of baking, tea leaf readings and space for displays of local art. Down from the corner of Bay and Algoma and sharing the same building with Portobello Home this newly renovated space and elegant coffee shop and bakery is quickly garnering a following of dedicated cake lovers. With a thirty-seat capacity, including a comfortable leather couch and great décor, the warm interior will beckon you in to sit for a while. The smell of cakes baking might waft in through the…
Just imagine seeing this every night of your vacation.
There are certain things that just set Sunset Country apart from the rest of the world. While we know everyone visit Ontario's Sunset Country for different reasons, there really are a few reasons that stand out. Our crystal clear lakes, spectacular fishing, stunning sunsets, our remoteness and the feeling that you're part of the family at the resort you'll be staying at. The Lakes With over 70,000 lakes, river and streams, much of Northwest Ontario is covered with water. Whether you are flying into a small remote lake or heading out on a bigger lake like Eagle or Rainy Lake, the water will be clear and clean. With so many lakes your water activities are endless. Go boating, fishing, paddleboarding,…
McKay Island Lighthouse - stay at the only housekeeping lighthouse in Ontario.
One of the most unusual and surreal vacation spots in Algoma Country, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful or inspiring place to stay: The McKay Island Lighthouse. Owners Pat and Larry Peterson welcome you to stay at their picturesque lighthouse, the only housekeeping lighthouse in Ontario, to experience what it was like to be a Keeper of the Light. For nearly 50 years, the McKay Island Lighthouse beacon was a guiding light for sailing vessels on the North Channel of Lake Huron. Built in 1907, this pretty little lighthouse was home to 5 Light Keepers but after the departure of the last Keeper in 1955, it became unwatched and in desperate need of repair. In the early 1960's, the…
Laurel Gosselin holds a beautiful stocked brook trout that she caught early in the ice season
Editor's Note: In his second article on this site, Jeff Gustafson, host of "Fishing with Gussy", gives some great tips on maximizing the "hot bite" for stocked species of trout in Ontario's Sunset Country. As a professional angler and experienced guide, Gussy uses his vast experience to give us some advice to help make our ice fishing efforts more successful. For more information about ice fishing trips in Ontario's Sunset Country, visit the website
Summer time is one of the best times to target trophy walleye.
Editor's Note: In his newest article, Mark Romanack, host of "Fishing 411", offers some great advice and tips that you can use for catching walleye in Algoma Country. Mark uses using his vast experience and knowledge to catch walleye at Red Pine Lodge, a drive-in fishing lodge on Ivanhoe Lake. For more information about walleye fishing trips in Algoma Country visit Located just off Highway 101 and a short drive east of Chapleau, Ontario awaits Ivanhoe Lake. Ivanhoe Lake has a rich sport fishing history and is well known among locals for being a "walleye factory" bulging at the banks with eating sized fish. What even the locals don't fully understand is Ivanhoe Lake also produces staggering numbers of…
Wilderness by Rail: Four Algoma Train-in Lodges You'll Love
Travel through 22, 000 square miles of untouched recreational wilderness in the heart of Algoma when you book a train-in fishing trip with Algoma Central Railway. Made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven, passengers experience stunning vistas of natural forest, mountain lakes, streams and wildlife. For the avid fisherman, lodges along the line offer world class fishing and first class accommodations. Deep remote lakes, rivers and streams are home to lake trout, smallmouth bass, brook and rainbow trout, walleye, perch, whitefish and northern pike. With so many lodges, vacation packages and amenities to choose from, fishermen can easily book their dream fishing trip! Totomenai Lodge Located at Mile 165 on Whitefish and Manitowik Lakes, Totomenai Lodge invites fishermen to a…
Close up of a Nipigon River Salmon
Summer in Northwest Ontario is usually sweet and warm.  There are few places more delightful in July and August.  However, by the time August is half way through, the morning air is cooler, there is often heavy dew and the skies turn a deeper blue. The birch leaves also start to take on a more yellow hue. A foretaste of things to come. The end of  summer means fall, of course, and autumn is one of the very best times of the year to be outdoors in the Thunder Bay  and north shore of Lake Superior region of Northwest Ontario. Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival There is one annual event that helps many anglers get out and celebrate the beginning of…
Fly-in fishing outposts with Lauzon Aviation.
Are you looking to escape to a quiet, remote lake hoping to catch the BIG ONE? Do you sit and imagine about a dream vacation where you are the only person fishing on a lake? If you've answered yes to both these questions then Algoma has the Fly-in Fishing Adventure you're looking for. The fly-in fishing trip is unsurpassed as the ultimate Canadian experience in the fishing world. This adventure takes fishermen where few others have gone -- crystal clear lakes hidden deep in the wilderness where you'll catch the BIG fish that you've dreamed about. Your fishing adventure begins on the dock of a seaplane airbase where you and your companions load gear into a bushplane. The bushplane 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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  • Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    The Into The White: Annual Snowshoe Race is unique. In fact, organizers would prefer to call it a "fun run". The course is inclusive for all ages and abilities, and set in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains. So why not hike, run, snowshoe or kicksled your way through the groomed trails,…
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  • Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Visit one of the great towns and cities dotted among the lakes and forests in Northwest Ontario Northwest Ontario starts at the Manitoba/Ontario border and travels east to just past Marathon on the Trans Canada Highway. This vast expanse of land is home to many lakes, forests, wildlife and many…
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  • Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    The moment we have all been waiting for The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not is now open at Science North.   Last week I have the opportunity to see Science North's new exhibit and was a blown away. It is absolutely amazing and a must see. You findout the science behind how Robert…
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  • Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Art Galleries, Art Events and Art Tours in Algoma The list of Things to Do in Algoma is exceptional: awesome fishing, riding twisty roadways, hiking to mountain tops to view breathtaking vistas, incredible paddling experiences and discovering our region's talented artisans. In another life, I was an art student but…
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  • Sunset Country launches a free mobile app for traveling in Northwest Ontario!
    Sunset Country launches a free mobile app for traveling in Northwest Ontario!
    Never get lost or be bored on your Sunset Country vacation again Have you ever been travelling and wonder "I wonder where I can eat around here?", "How do I get to that museum?" or "Where is the next rest area?". Well, now if you are traveling through Northwestern Ontario…
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  • Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Ontario's Sunset Country - The Walleye Wonderland There are a lot of places that claim to have the best walleye fishing in the world but can they really back it up? If you dig a little deeper into their claims like we have, you'll find the answer to that is…
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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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  • 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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  • Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, get out and try ice fishing. The fresh air, mixed with awesome scenery and catching a lake trout or walleye will put a smile on your face and will change your mind about staying inside in the winter.…
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