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.

Manitou Lake is the place for Muskie
If monster muskie is your idea of the perfect fishing vacation, look no further than Northern Ontario’s majestic Manitou Lake. Your day starts off with a drive down Trans Canada highway 11 from Thunder Bay or Fort Frances – destination Manitou Weather Station. This will be your home away from home for the week. You continue north on highway 502, followed by a 30 minute trek to Cedar Narrows Road (a logging road) and then a turn left. Continue on to the Essox Landing sign and turn left. You keep right at the forks in the road and reach the landing for the lake. Now that the toughest, most challenging part of the trip is out of the way you…
Fly fishing in Ontario offers a wide range of angling challenges, but also offers great rewards.
For those that love to fly fish for northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake trout and even brook trout – there is a special place to go called Northern Walleye Lodge. Though it caters mostly to walleye anglers, the lodge can also easily accommodate fly fishers who wish to pursue the multitude of freshwater species they possess. Excellent times to visit this lodge on Dog Lake are April thru to mid-July. You want to bring five or six weight rods for the brook trout and smallmouth bass, eight and nine weight rods for lake trout and big pike. Streamers reign supreme here for all species except the bass and brook trout that can be caught on topwater flies. Good patterns to bring…
A beautiful Siberian Husky
What Makes Dogsledding So Popular? Some of you may be asking “what makes dogsledding so popular?”  The answer is simple and it has nothing to do with the landscape, the trails, the guides, the sleds you drive or the temperature  .  The magic of dogsledding comes down to one thing and that is the DOGS!!!!  While there are several different breeds of huskies that you will find pulling sleds on your tour, the large Malamute husky, the smaller Siberian Husky and most common today the mixed breed called the Alaskan Husky, they all have the same amazing desire to run and explore.  To see what great adventure awaits around the next bend in the trail.  The heart, spirit & passion…
Eastern Ontario: Morrisburg to Calabogie
Snowmobiling on Ontario Snowmobile Trails in Eastern Ontario In OFSC District 1, there are new things that you can do everyday---but you always wait until “next time”--- well---maybe today is the best time for you to “just go for it”. Come and ride Eastern Ontario. Each Signature Loop in District One Snowmobile Association, located in Eastern Ontario, offers snowmobilers the opportunity to capture a favorite piece of our diverse region while visiting this pretty part of Ontario. Our Trillium Trail, one of three possible Signature Loops, is 650 km (404 mile) designed for those who wish to spend a few days immersed in a world where snowmobiles rule. Your starting point for snowmobiler friendly accommodations can be found in Morrisburg at…
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.
Planning your Canoe Trip
  “It’s not easy to choose one particular route.  We’re simply blessed by too many perfect paddling destinations in Ontario.  A favourite route really is the next one you're going on.”  Kevin Callan, Canadian author of Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario
Top 10 Snowmobiling Gift Picks for the Holiday Season!
Well, it’s that time of year again and everyone is asking me what my top ten picks for Christmas gifts are for this season. I usually put a video up on my PowerModz YouTube channel highlighting my picks, but I’ll try my hand at writing them out. As an avid sledder myself, I can't wait to hit the trails around Ottawa and other parts of Ontario. Every year I like to pick out some really helpful gift ideas so you snowmobilers can pass my list on to your significant other, mother, brother, grandma etc., and just let them roll with it. How easy is that! Naturally, these picks are based on my own personal opinions and suggestions, but keep in…
Ghost Towns of Old Nipissing Road ATV Mission - Part 2
Editors Note: Adam is the webmaster for the Algonquin West ATV Club, one of Ontario's great hidden gems for ATV touring. Adam has recently taken to chronicling his adventures for us here. This is part 2 of his "Ghost Towns of Old Nipissing Road" series - click here for the first part. Adam recommends for the most comprehensive ghost town coverage; many of the towns listed actually still exist, so some research is required. We begin part 2 of this historic ride at the intersection of the Seguin Trail and Old Nippissing road in Seguin Falls.  We head north, across hwy. 518 west and pickup Old Nippissing Road. This section, to Magnetawan, is fairly well maintained dirt road, most of it…
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…
Dogsledding is Great Exercise!
  "Dog-sledding was very fun, exciting and surprisingly physical! While speeding along forest trails and even across frozen lakes, I loved how I was able to take in all of the unique and natural beauty of Ontario’s winter landscapes. It’s great exercise and definitely a one-of-a-kind activity."    Hilary Chan, Toronto    
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