Northern Ontario, Canada


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…
VIDEO: The Mattawa Multi-Moto Mashup (Or, What's Hot in Mattawa for 2014)
There must be something in the water. How else did Mattawa, situated at that mystical place where the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers meet, become one of the world's truly great motorsports destinations? The region has always been about adventure and discovery—for First Nations like the Ojibwa, and later for the Voyageurs, Mattawa was a kind of major highway interchange and one of the places where Canada was born. Though you’ll still find canoes and quiet trail rides here, if you're looking for the spirit of Canada's earliest explorers, seek out the grunt of high horsepower. Thanks to the natural diversity of the region, some very forward thinking and dedicated volunteers, and a real culture of motorsport adventure, Mattawa’s Voyageur Country has emerged as a motorsports Mecca—all forms…
Sault Ste Marie: Algoma Snow Train
The Snow Train is a truly unique look at Algoma Central country, clad in its mantle of snow and adorned with sparkling diamonds of ice. Gone are the greens of summer and the fiery colours of fall, the brilliant white of winter is everywhere. This Ontario snowmobling tour begins at our depot in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As the train pulls away from the depot you will pass through the city's industrial area, but within minutes the forests will begin to take over, offering a very unique contrast. As the train winds its way northward, a rugged winter wonderland will unfold before you. Snow laden trees will give way to panoramic views, towering trestles, snow-choked rock cuts, frozen lakes…
Southwestern Ontario Has Great Snowmobiling
Come and ride our scenic snowmobile trails through rural Ontario in OFSC District 5, where you can experience trails going through beautiful bush land and scenic farm land all in one ride. Our district is located in picturesque Southwestern Ontario and offers several trips for the day or over night. Wherever you begin to start your day in District 5, you will be riding in the most southern snowmobile trails in Ontario and in Canada. With 24 member clubs within the district, 11 of which belong to the Golden Triangle Snowmobile Association, the possibilities of rides are endless. What you can do It's the only district that allows you to ride from Lake Huron right down to Lake Erie so…
Author Gord Pyzer says you do not need to fish in and around weeds in order to be successful catching trophy northern pike, like this gorgeous fish he caught in Northern Ontario
What is the best way to usher in and celebrate a New Year?  If you said party streamers, champagne, funny hats and singing Auld Lang Syne, you're on a different page than I.  This year, I welcomed the new arrival by catching an 18-pound eye-popping northern pike the very first time I dropped my lure down a hole in the ice on Lake of the Woods, on New Year's Eve afternoon. It was breezy outside so I'd brought along my portable shelter and a heater which made for summer-like, shirt-sleeve fishing conditions inside.  And believe it or not - another case of Murphy's Law - I spotted the pike sneaking in on the sonar screen by the corner of my…
Snowmobiling at Horseshoe Resort
As a snowmobiling destination located in the Grey Bruce Simcoe region just north of Barrie, Ontario, the picturesque Horseshoe Resort is home to Horseshoe Resort Riding Adventures by Yamaha. Rent sleds, then after a short orientation training course and getting fully outfitted, your guide will escort you on a scenic Ontario snowmobile trails ride. Later, you can go Alpine or Nordic skiing or snow tubing and then luxuriate in The Spa, enjoy fine dining and 1st class lodging at this full facility resort only an hour from the Greater Toronto Area. Horseshoe Resort is a full service ski resort, so there are always many choices of winter fun for the entire family. Go downhill skiing in the morning and then…
Ben Beattie hoists a nice Northwestern Ontario Muskie caught from the Sioux Lookout area
Nestled in the heart of northwestern Ontario’s Sunset Country, Sioux Lookout is rich with angling opportunities.  At its doorstep lie tens-of-thousands of acres of unspoiled natural lakes, teeming with fish.  Walleye, northern pike, bass, muskie and lake trout are abundant in this unique setting where an angler could spend a lifetime fishing and not cover the same shoreline twice. Stars of the Show Walleye are the biggest draw for anglers to Sioux Lookout and legendary Lac Seul sets the stage for unbeatable numbers and trophy fish.  Catches of 100-plus walleye per day are common on Lac Seul and the chance for a trophy exists with every hook-set. During the summer, walleye concentrate in depths of 20 to 40 feet and…
ATVCEO Hits the Winter Trails for Ride For Dad
Being co-chair of a Ride for Dad chapter, and with only a week left until the 2nd Annual Nation Valley Telus Ride for Dad, it is hard to find time to do anything, much less find time to attend another club’s rally. However, I managed to slip away to the ATV Club of Eastern Ontario’s 2nd Annual Winter Ride this past Saturday, both to help bring awareness to the Ride for Dad, and of course to enjoy the fabulous groomed trails of the club next door! Each year, I challenge all of the Clubs of the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicles to join what I call the Ride for Dad challenge. I challenge each club to register a team to…
Go Snowmobiling Ontario

Go Snowmobiling Ontario

Go Snowmobiling Ontario is spearheaded by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs as part of a North American campaign to attract new participants to Ontario snowmobile trails and bring former riders back to snowmobiling in Ontario. In this classic STV clip, Craig talks about Go Snowmobiling.
Bear caught via Trail Cam in Northern Ontario
Firstly I would like to thank Temagami Shores Inn and Resort, located just north of Sudbury and North Bay, for providing a first class hunting experience. Things were better then I could’ve expected, and they delivered on every promise, including the little treats we had spoken about. Baits were certainly active, and I was lucky enough to see a bear every day. I will certainly return for another hunting trip to take advantage of the wonderful hospitality, food and hunting. Lloyd
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    Feature Ontario Adventure Destination: Parry Sound
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  • Chase Away the Mid-Winter Blues in Northern Ontario
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  • Ice Fishing with Waltonian Inn
    Ice Fishing with Waltonian Inn
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    Eastern Ontario: Morrisburg to Calabogie
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  • Testing the Waters: A Wealth of Kayak Knowledge
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  • Northern Ontario Walleye - All Winter Long
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    The torrid Northern Ontario winter walleye bite has continued unabated since Christmas, maybe even shifting into over drive.  I've talked with several fishing friends in the North Bay, Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay areas and they all tell me the same thing.  Local ice conditions are…
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  • Go Snowmobile Training in Ontario
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    Going snowmobiling in Ontario is great fun and easy to do, but as with any other motorized vehicle, it’s prudent to insist on a thorough orientation from an experienced snowmobiler before embarking on your first ride on Ontario snowmobile trails. Such an orientation should be part of the program offered…
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