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.

It doesn't get more Canadian than this!
Dave and Deb are ordinary people who live extraordinary lives. They started the Travel Blog The Planet D to inspire people around the world to seek out new adventures and to live their dreams. They have explored all seven continents and over 80 countries.   This summer, they are doing the most amazing summer adventures in the entire history of ThePlanetD travel blog — right here in Ontario, Canada. Their summer itinerary is both daunting and irresistible: whitewater rafting, a Moose Safari, fly-in fishing, mammoth motorcycle trips, and more. Guided by Ontario's exceptional adventure experts, Dave & Deb are learning new skills and discovering new passions. It just might be the most purely "Ontario" summer ever attempted. You can keep tabs on their summer…
Motorsports Head-to-Head—Snowmobiling or ATVing?
Editor's Note: With the City of Greater Sudbury having recently passed a new by-law allowing ATVs on public roads all-year round, and just as snowmobile season is set to kick off, what better time to explore the relative pros and cons of two of the most fun outdoor activities that we have? Here in Ontario, we're lucky enough to have plenty of trails and destinations for each, which begs the question, to snowmobile, or to ATV? Snowmobiling or ATVing, That is the Question As a bit of a motorsports fanatic, I'm fortunate to have so many great routes, trails and places to travel here in Ontario. I've been working in the motorsports industry as a media person for a long…
Stand up paddling on Lake Superior
More people than ever before are trying out stand up paddleboards.  It’s a fun, easy way to play on the water plus it offers a full body workout.  You can paddle from surf to lakes to rivers. It is almost like walking on water.      The retailers are reporting a huge growth in sales and participation in the sport, which started early at the spring outdoor adventure and boat shows. Paddle Canada reports a record number of SUP courses this season. Their national instructional program has a lot to do with the exponential growth seen in this young sport.  Try SUP at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre, Toronto Many paddling symposiums, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Paddlefests in Toronto,…
Tom VanLeeuwen caught these hefty walleye in the spring while fishing Rainy Lake in Northwestern Ontario
It is the time of year again that walleye anglers look forward to with so much anticipation and excitement.  It is the opening of the Ontario walleye season and the countdown is officially underway.  Things get started this Saturday in southern Ontario, then a week later in the central part of the province.  Finally, on the third Saturday in May, the excitement kicks into high gear in Northern Ontario.  And with the cool weather we've experienced this spring, it is going to make for an interesting "opener" no matter where you choose to wet a line. Or, should I say, a "predictable" beginning to the Ontario walleye season because it is a sure bet, locating the fish in your favourite…
The RAP Tour - Ontario Snowmobile Tour Loops
BACK TO Ontario TOUR LOOPS - Main  OFSC Districts 6, 7 & 11Destinations: Haliburton, Pembroke, Mattawa, North Bay, DorsetHashtag: #ridetherap Before you head out, please check to make sure that the trails are available, using the OFSC's Interactive Trail Guide. The Round Algonquin Park (RAP) Tour showcases some of the best snowmobiling to be had in all of Ontario, in one remarkable circle tour of Algonquin Park. The diversity of trail found on this tour is one of the reasons why it is so popular. From the thick maple forests of the Almaguin and Haliburton Highlands, where trails wind back and forth over hills and through valleys to the vast hydro and gas corridors that run alongside the Ottawa River from Pembroke to…
Canada’s Worst Snowmobilers
Snowmobilers looking for something different in Northeastern Ontario should check out the “Canada’s Worst Snowmobilers” event in New Liskeard (Temiskaming Shores) on Sunday, February 17. Hosted by the Tri-Town Sno Travellers Snowmobile Club in OFSC District 14, Canada’s Worst Snowmobiles sounds like X Games meets Yuk Yuk’s or something from Spike TV. So if you consider yourself to be a skilled rider, this may be the ultimate test. According to the preliminary event description: “Each participant will face between 7 and 10 challenges such as a radar run where the sled must go exactly 50 km/h, balancing your sled on a balance beam, riding along a log, climbing a steep hill without spinning the track, and running an obstacle course.…
Posing with a Big Northern Ontario Buck
Whitetail enthusiasts around the world know about the legendary status of the western Canadian provinces for whitetail deer hunting, but the world rarely talks about Ontario. Having hunted here our entire lives as well as publishing Ontario Monster Whitetails Magazine and the Big Game Records of Ontario, we know first-hand how much of an oversight this is as giant world-class whitetails roam in every corner of Ontario. We hunted early November with our good friends at Pickerel Creek Camp in the beautiful Patricia Region in Northwest Ontario, right near Ear Falls. The whitetail rut was clearly in full swing as we saw a nice ten point tending a doe in the middle of an old clear cut as we were…
Take A Friend Ontario Snowmobiling
Surveys show that 9 out 10 people would like to try snowmobiling on Ontario snowmobile trails if given the opportunity. One good way to get more people involved is for every Ontario snowmobiler to invite a friend to go snowmobiling on snowmobile trails in Ontario operated by the OFSC. In this classic STV clip, Craig talks about how to take a friend Ontario snowmobiling.
Isn't This Supposed to be Fun?—The Must-Have List for Every Boating Mom
Editor’s Note: Ontario can be a boater’s paradise, from the Muskoka Lakes to 1000 Islands or the magnificent splendour of Lake Huron’s North Channel in Algoma. But for a first-timer, the prospect of going boating can seem daunting, especially if you happen to have kids and/or pets to worry about at the same time. But it can be done, and of course, you have to start somewhere. Here Samantha McKeag shares her experiences.   When one thinks about being on a boat, one imagines sitting back, the wind blowing through your hair, a cold, refreshing drink in hand as beautiful scenery drifts by. One would picture a boat ride to be a relaxing experience. This is how I pictured it…
It's Worth the Drive - My Experience in the Backwoods of Northern Ontario
Being from Southern Ontario, it’s a bit of a trek to head up north. The gas, the time off work, the packing… Trust me, I get it. But the thing is, it’s worth the drive! My adventure started when a friend invited me to head up to Northern Ontario to work on a promotional snowmobile video. I didn’t even hesitate; who would pass up an opportunity like this?! Being invited up North is considered a privilege for us Southern Ontarians – so I packed my gear, jumped in the truck, and headed to Orillia to hook up with my friend Shelby. The best part was leaving town as they issued a severe rainfall warning – good bye Niagara! CLICK HERE…
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