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.

Wilderness ATV Camp
Many of us have been camping, and camping can take on many forms, and can have different meanings for different campers. I have been camping most of my life. First with my mother in campgrounds (what I call car camping), then with Cubs and Scouts in campgrounds as well. This sort of camping is all about family, friends and some fun activities. I was extremely fortunate that a friend of the family, who was an avid outdoorsman, invited me on a camping canoe trip. For three days we trekked into the heart of Algonquin Park, with everything we needed packed in our canoe. A few years later I joined the Army Cadets and again participated in wilderness camping. This sort…
Pinestone Resort, Haliburton
Located in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands snowmobiling country, between Minden and Haliburton, Ontario, the full service Pinestone Resort offers sled rentals from Back Country Tours. Reserve your stay at Pinestone Resort in OFSC District 6 and book a snowmobile tour with an experienced guide. These awesome tours on Ontario snowmopbile trails are customized to your level of experience, which means that both beginners and seasoned snowmobilers get the tour they’re looking for in top notch snowmobile conditions! Family-friendly Pinestone has some of Central Ontario’s best snowmobiling at its doorstep. Located on Club Trail 7 off of TOP Trail B103, Pinestone provides its guests with access to the entire Haliburton County Snowmobile Association trail system. From Pinestone, you can…
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…
OFSC Video 3 - Day on the Trails
Got a question about how snowmobiling in Ontario works? Want to know how to get started? Looking for some behind the scenes info? Now there’s an easy and one-stop way to get all your answers… The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs has released the third of a new suite of 10 short Go Snowmobiling Ontario videos that will introduce you to all the fun and adventure of Ontario snowmobile trails. They are targeted to new participants, riders wanting to travel around for the first time and to visitors to our province. The videos also provide valuable tools and tips for families starting to ride together and for city folk looking for a great new winter activity. And if you are…
Nation Valley ATV Club Winter Rally
Each year the Nation Valley ATV Club hosts the Annual Winter Rally in Winchester, Ontario. The 2012 event is slated for Saturday March 3rd. This is a great event to attend, even if you are new to winter riding. The club keeps the entire trail system groomed so well you don’t even need your four wheel drive. The winter season can be particularly fun for those two wheel drive ATVs, as the trails are very smooth, and there is not much mud to get stuck in. Great ATV Fun in the Snow The cost to participate is $20 or $15 with a bag of gently used clothing to be donated to Ye Old Bargain Shop. OFATV membership or day pass is…
WIN The Great Canadian Boreal Forest Adventure with Ray Mears
Over the past two decades, the name Ray Mears has become recognized throughout the world as an authority on the subjects of Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival.  He has also become a household name though his various television series including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy, and many more. Ray has been a lover of Ontario’s pristine wilderness for many years. Last September, Ray travelled to Wabakimi Provincial Park, embarking on a seven day adventure in the Canadian Boreal Forest with Wabakimi Wilderness Outfitters. Larger in size than several U.S. states, remote Wabakimi boasts incredible scenery and untouched vistas. There are no roads within the park so visitors must arrive by canoe, train or plane. A bush flight entry quickly reveals…
If you want to catch the fish of a lifetime, there is no better way to do it, than flying into one of the many remote outpost camps located across Northern Ontario
If you have never flown in a modern float plane into an outpost camp located on a picture postcard lake in Northern Ontario, you owe it to yourself to do it this year.  It is simply one of the most thrilling and exciting ways to go fishing.  And it is remarkably affordable. "It is fishing the way people imagine it to be," says Brad Greaves, who along with his wife Karen, own Ignace Outpost Camps, one of Ontario's premier operations.  "By flying in to your own lake, you can escape the fishing pressure.  As a matter of fact, many of guests tell us the fishing today is better than it was 20 or 25 years ago.  That is because we…
Archie Hoogsteen holds a fine Northwestern Ontario Lac Des Milles Lacs walleye in front of one of his rental ice shacks.
Ice fishing northwestern Ontario's Lac Des Milles Lacs is unlike any northern Ontario fishing we've done. Used to fishing small inland brook trout lakes accessed by snowmobile or snowshoe, my father Gordon Smedley and I drive an hour west of Thunder Bay along Hwy 17 to a plowed ice road leading out onto the expanse of Lac's Sawmill Bay. "Just follow me," says Archie Hoogsteen as he jumps into his truck and heads down toward the Lake. Archie runs Sugar Shack Rentals and will be guiding us to our destination and keeping us company for the next few days. "Kind of nice not to have to repack everything into a sled," I say as we follow Hoogsteen along the ice…
Sharing the Road—Changes To ATV Laws in Sudbury and North Bay Could Allow Road Access
The ongoing struggle to allow ATVs on the road in Sudbury and North Bay is heating up, and it appears there may be some success in the offing. Sudbury will conduct a full city council vote in the next two weeks to permit ATVing on about half of the town rural roads and residential streets, all outside the downtown area, which is totally understandable in larger cities. This will be for a two year trial period. There are however, some interesting caveats up for discussion, including three season riding only. This would still prevent people with snowplows on their ATVs from legally snowplowing their own driveway if they need to enter the street even a little to do it, and…
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…
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