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.

Southwestern Ontario: St. Marys
Snowmobiling Ontario snowmobile trails near St. Mary's Day 1: Begin your trip in the historical town of St. Marys, Ontario Canada at the Stonewillow Inn where you can easily leave your snowmobile trailer overnight.  Gas is available on the other side of town if you have not already filled your gas tank. You will jump on the trail and head south east from intersection 223. If you do need gas please follow the signs at intersection 224.  From 224 head south and follow along to 225 and keep following south until intersection 232. Turn east until you come to intersection 236 where you will again turn south, follow until you reach 238, turn south until intersection 237.  Keep east/southeast until intersection 242 where you will…
Icicles are a wonder of nature.
Icicles, I just can’t get enough of them! They’re one of my favourite winter subjects to photograph and Ontario is a great place to find them. Most of the icicles that I photograph are clinging to the rocks of the Niagara Escarpment or Canadian Shield. I search for them along rocky shorelines, roadsides and trails through rocky landscapes. Some of my best icicle photos have been taken on the limestone outcrops of the Niagara Escarpment along the Georgian Bay shoreline. Indian Head Cove, Bruce Peninsula Knowing how and when the best icicles are formed will help you be out at the right places at the right time.  I stay tuned for the following conditions: Early winter storms with high winds…
Hunting with Moose Point Cottages

Hunting with Moose Point Cottages

I visited Moose Point Cottages to do some grouse hunting in late October. We had no issue finding grouse, and enjoyed our hunt experience everyday! I recommend Moose Point Cottages to all my friends, it was quiet, clean and a very enjoyable stay. And the dogs are very friendly! Steve B Kerwood More Information on Moose Point Cottages Located one hour from North Bay or Sudbury, they are sure to offer something for everyone. Fish both Tomiko and Chebogan lakes offering 75 miles of scenic shoreline. Hunt in the surrounding wilderness for all types of different game, from bear to grouse. Or you could simply enjoy the numerous tails in the wetlands of the Sturgeon River or ATV trails in…
Camping in Summer - Dogsledding in Winter
"Dogsledding is a quintessential Canadian experience. I enjoyed it so much that I want my extended family to experience it. We are planning a trip for 14 for the next snowfall! Even in winter, we can take our kids out of the city into nature and adventure. Yes, camping in summer, dogsledding in winter."   Mary Li, Toronto
Strong Winter Communities Keep Snowmobiling Alive in District 5
I've always thought that there are two ways that we can travel. The first is as a tourist—you stay at a hotel, visit “the sights” and take a few family pics in front of famous local landmarks. The second (and more appealing to myself) is when you jump in to the culture and lifestyle of your destination. You stay with friends or at a B & B and experience the way of life that’s unique to the area. Well, District 5 is that kind of experience... with great hotels available too! I truly believe that this area offers a special and unique appeal to snowmobile enthusiasts. In District 5 you will find the heart of snowmobiling. Our landscape is comprised…
Fishing in the mill pond for stocked trout is a popular pastime.
Backus Heritage Conservation Area is one of those hidden gems most anglers and hunters would dream about taking their family camping. The fact Backus is hidden likely contributed to the continued existence of the 1798 grist mill built by John Backhouse (later shortened to Backus) that is the centerpiece of the conservation area. Backus Mill is the only Canadian mill along Lake Erie to have survived razing by invading American forces during the War of 1812. It's in terrific shape and a tour is educational. Today Long Point Region Conservation Authority owns the mill and surrounding property. Backus Heritage Conservation Area, which is just outside Port Rowan and not far from Lake Erie’s Long Point Bay, offers camping and fishing…
Smallmouth Bass are big and aggressive when Fly Fishing Hawk Lake in Northwestern Ontairo
#7 on the 2014 Top 10Ontario Fly Fishing HotspotsClick here for the Complete Top 10 In NW Ontario there is a special place that has incredible natural beauty, great fly fishing, and access to nearly 20 lakes – yet it is a drive-to lodge. That place is Hawk Lake Lodge. Hawk Lake Lodge is the only Orvis endorsed full-service facility in Ontario. Best of all, it has some outstanding smallmouth bass fishing – mostly on poppers! For over 30 years the lodge has adhered to a strict catch & release policy that has helped foster an incredible fishery. The smallmouth here are big, strong and super-aggressive. Great times to come are May thru to August. Best topwater action times are…
Northern Ontario Snowmobiling: North Bay
For many southern riders, North Bay is a primary gateway to northern Ontario snowmobiling in Ontario’s Wilderness Frontier. As the local North Bay Snowmobilers Club advertises: You Can Go Anywhere From Here! Located in Ontario’s Near North at the junction of Highways 11 and 17, this city of about 52,000 sits at the eastern end of Lake Nipissing near TOP Trail D in OFSC District 11. North Bay has all the events, activities, nightlife and attractions of a big city, and some decent shopping too.  And if ice fishing’s on your winter bucket list, the area immediately offshore of North Bay is an angler’s paradise. Even if it’s not, riding your sled out to gape at the mini-city that springs…
Barry’s Bay Improves Snowmobile Trails
Some of Ontario’s most picturesque snowmobile trails wind through the Madawaska Valley and Highlands in OFSC District 6. Anchored by the towns of Whitney, Madawaska, Barry’s Bay and and Pembroke, this area is blessed with excellent snow conditions on the south side of Algonquin Park. Some riders will be familiar with this Ontario region’s main thoroughfare, the TOP B Trail, which forms the southern route of the popular Ride Around the Park (RAP) Tour. But there are many other Ontario snowmobile trails in the area to explore, including both TOP and Club Trails – and many are maintained by the Opeongo Snowbirds Snowmobile Club based in Barry’s Bay. Snowmobilers riding through the club’s area this winter will benefit from many…
Spening some time in the pads with some top water frogs can pay off big time with big bass
Whenever we get a chance to get to the WestArm Lodge, we are greeted with open arms from Frank and Cathy, the owners of the lodge. The scenery is breathtaking and the cottages are very clean and ready to move right in, equipped with fridge, stove and everything you need to feel right at home. Every cottage is at the water's edge and comes complete with a BBQ, Adirondack chairs and a picnic table. The WestArm Lodge has a wonderful restaurant that is open to the public and Lodge guests with a fantastic menu. Their homemade dishes are delicious and you will be going back for more! We have done a couple shows at the WestArm Lodge focusing on Largemouth…
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  • Limerick Lake Fishing
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  • Art inspired wilderness adventures
    “When you go there you sit around and you feel you’re there with them - they’re still there; they’ve left their mark in the way they painted that scene, and one gets to feel good about that.” - Jim Waddington Simple curiosity. That’s all it took to launch a 30-year…
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  • Hard-Watering At Loon Lodge
    Hard-Watering At Loon Lodge
    It's 9 a.m. and my father and I along with four other anglers are traveling to ice huts aboard the Temagami TTC, a snowmobile shuttle built and named by John Moskwa. John and his wife, Jenny, own and operate Loon Lodge, an island retreat on Lake Temagami. The March sun…
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  • Klotz Lake Camp Fishing
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    I have been taking fishing trips in Northern Ontario for the past two years. Klotz Lake Camp is very clean, affordable for families, and easy to reach. The cabins they have are nicely situated, close to the washroom facility, and the fish cleaning station. Being a family run business for…
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