Northern Ontario, Canada

NORTHERN ONTARIO is CANADA'S GREAT OUTDOORS

With hundreds of thousands of lakes, vast tracts of boreal forest and a rugged Canadian Shield landscape, Northern Ontario was made for outdoor travel. From fishing to ATVing, hunting to motorcycle touring, snowmobiling to boating, on this website you'll find a broad selection of stories, travel tips, and insights into the rich outdoor adventure culture that makes Northern Ontario what it is. Stories brought to you both by passionate experts who call this region home and world renowned travel writers, some of whom are visiting Northern Ontario for the very first time.

A Beautiful Brown Trout from the Grand River, Ontario.
Many fly fishers loves to catch Brown Trout. The problem is often, where? For over 20 years the secret has been out about a fantastic Brown Trout fishery in southern Ontario – the Grand River. This large river has many species that occupy the pools and riffles including smallmouth bass, pike, carp, steelhead and brown trout! Ken Collins and his staff at Grand River Troutfitters have been guiding on this river for over 20 years. Ken is well known for his excellence in knowing the river intimately. He is especially apt at finding big brown trout. Really big brown trout – up to 30 inches long! Best of all, they can often be caught on dry flies. The Grand River…
this large Nipigon area Bruin, pictured here munching on apples last fall, will be fair game this spring with the reopening of the limited spring bear hunt in parts of Ontario.
The Nipigon and Black Sturgeon area of Northwestern Ontario is about as good as it gets for black bear hunting in Ontario. There are many reasons for this, but some of the main ones include many large lakes and river courses that provide food, water and travel corridors; numerous cut over areas thick with berries; and large tracts of bush perfect for hiding and building dens. Bears can get old and very large here. Adult boars into the 600-pound range are not unheard of and 250 pounders are common. Click to Enlarge Since the spring bear hunt was cancelled in 1999, the number of bears in this part of the world has grown tremendously. In recent years, you would be…
Charity Ride in Hagersville Ontario
A 'Grand' experience is what you will receive when visiting Haldimand County. Bordered by one of our magnificent great lakes to the south and having the beautiful Grand River winding through Carolina forests, makes Haldimand a premier ATV and vacation destination. Begin your trip by checking in at one of the beautiful lakeside hotels or bed and breakfasts along the world's largest fresh water fishing harbor: Port Dover. Enjoy a fabulous Lake Erie perch dinner at Port Dover's famous Erie Beach Hotel, and then take a romantic stroll down the pier. To fulfill the reason you came, take the scenic 30 minute drive down the coast to the Haldimand Area ATV Club trail head, with convenient and friendly parking at Maitland Shores…
Gold Rush Contest
By Jamie Dallaire, Ontario’s Wilderness Region *****CONTEST CLOSED You could win a Gold Rush Tour for two in our Legendary Snowmobile Getaway Contest! Northeastern Ontario is a place home to snowmobile routes, historic loops and outstanding accommodations. Fall fades its colours into winter, when white covers the tallest of trees and the oldest of rocks, rivers and waterways, revealing one of the world’s largest winter playgrounds. Welcome to Northeastern Ontario where a legendary snowmobiling adventure awaits – and this winter, “We are Holding Out for a Hero”. A snowmobile legend. Someone who will help us conquer one of the most historic snowmobile adventures in the world – the fabulous Gold Rush Tour. Gold Rush Tour The Gold Rush Tour is…
Northern Corridor Snowmobiling
If you are looking to ride without hauling all of your gear, try one of the Northern Corridor communities in OFSC District 15. Access to well maintained, signed and groomed trails with low traffic is not as far as you think. Hornepayne, Hearst, Kapuskasing and Cochraneare all great towns to park your vehicle and unload your sled.  An excellent choice of accommodations is available in all of these locations.  Most amenities including hotels, gas, restaurants and snowmobile dealers are located just off the TOP trail system so riders needn’t worry. You can access numerous local trails which are as well maintained as TOP trails.  The local trails are an untapped resource for sledders looking for a new adventure. Most communities…
Explore Almaguin's Woods and Water
  Fern Glen Inn Makes It Easy! Discover the incredible woodland trails, mossy forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers near Fern Glen Inn, Emsdale, Ontario, Canada.  The owners, Jim and Jackie Leung are happy to help you plan your ideal outdoor getaway. You can experience the natural treasures of the Muskoka, Algonquin Park, the Seguin/Park-to-Park Recreation Trail, the Discovery Routes Trails and the Almaguin Highlands.  From hiking, canoeing and swimming, there´s something for every adventure-seeker just a short drive away. The Almaguin Woods and Water package at  Fern Glen Inn  includes two nights’ accommodation, delicious breakfast each morning, packed lunch on the full day and colour booklet on Trees of Algonquin Park.  Make sure you include a visit to the charming communities…
When you’re ice fishing for lake trout in one of the thousands of small and medium size lakes in Northern Ontario, a white or silver tube jig is often the very best presentation.
When you are ice fishing it pays to play the field, especially for lake trout in Northern Ontario where you can enjoy access to more lake trout lakes than anywhere else on earth. Indeed, there is such an eclectic mix of picture postcard lake trout waters in the northern three-quarters of the Trillium Province that it pays to expand your potpourri of presentations. At least that is what I kept telling myself yesterday as I stuffed what seemed to be a never ending number of ice rods and reels into the sled I had hitched up to my snowmachine.  Did I really need all these different presentations? I probably didn't, but like a good boy scout, I like to be…
Shockwave Jet Truck at King of the North Dragway—July 25-27th 2014
Motorsports fans of all stripes are heading to Northeastern Ontario this weekend to the King of the North Dragway in Bonfield for the 2nd Annual Ontario "Big Rig Race" featuring: Shockwave—The World's Fastest Jet Truck     The producers of "The Aviators" and "Air Boss" are working with Shockwave on a spin-off docuseries called "Jet Truck" and are planning to accompany them during their visit to the Big Rig Race. Their filming will give the event worldwide television exposure when the show premieres in 2015. The weekend will also include: Big Rigs Show & Shine Live Entertainment featuring Cory Marquardt Billy Mountain's Traveling Chainsaws Beer Garden Food Souvenirs Camping will be available in addition to trusted local accommodations in the Bonfield area. This…
Southern Ontario Snowmobiling: Durham & Northumberland
Looking for a few days to getaway Ontario snowmobiling to OFSC District 3, located just east of Toronto in Durham and in Northumberland ? Look no further. Complied at the bottom are a few day trips, that could send you out on Ontario snowmobile trails for a week or so. Take a look and be sure to check for the local map at sponsoring areas so you don't get lost ! In both cases there is lodging in Orono (Bon Voyage or Twin Oaks Motel), but you will need to trailer from the motel to get on the trail. Tour description Pontypool to Fenlon Falls, about 8 hours total trip time: Start at 35/115 south parking lot or Long Sault Ridge…
Big Joe Mufferaw In Downtown Mattawa
Travelers from all over the world come to Ontario to witness the incredible scenery, endless lakes and rivers, and the seemingly infinite, uninhabited woodlands so unique to our northern landscape.  To truly take in the essence of Northern Ontario you need to get off road, as there is so much more to see than can be viewed from a car, bus, or train window. It is this “Off Road” experience that drew three travel journalists from near and far to Mattawa Ontario for the experience of a lifetime: an ATV ride into the wilderness. Mattawa—situated just north of Ontario’s famous Algonquin Park where the Ottawa River joins the Mattawa River on its way to the St Lawrence—is wrought with history. The area…
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    The Planet D Ride Ontario—Victory Lap Around Lake Superior
    After months of preparation (and with several shorter rides under their belts) the big one was finally here. Dave and Deb from the Planet D would embark on their most ambitious two-wheel adventure yet, with their sights aimed squarely on conquering the infamous ‘Lake Superior Circle Tour’. This truly epic voyage spans…
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  • The Parry Sound Bike Rally - 10 Reasons To Bring It Back
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  • Hiking with Children: Tips to Avoid Tedium
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  • Lake Superior Ice Fishing
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    Take the Ontario Parkbus!! ‎ A non-profit group is making camping without a car possible with a regular bus service between Toronto and key national and provincial parks in Ontario. Starting June 29, the Ontario Parkbus Initiative will be running buses between Toronto and popular campgrounds, canoe access points and…
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