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.

Lake Superior Ice Fishing
I never thought I'd say it but February is a great time of year to go vacation in Thunder Bay. That may be crazy talk for those who have flights booked south to get out of Ontario's coldest month. They obviously haven't discovered ice fishing on Lake Superior. Minus 30 degree weather is not an issue with a warm hut, a few friends and non-stop ice fishing action. Where else can you go to limit-out on Lake trout, white fish and pike in less than three hours and less than three kilometers off shore? No kidding! Ice fishing opportunities within a 30-minute drive around Thunder Bay are almost always guaranteed to be that good. My first ice fishing opportunity on…
Bear hunting in Northern Ontario.
By  Steve Galea  Up the ridge, beyond the wetlands, something was moving through the late summer foliage. Soon, two bear cubs stepped into the open, then, more cautiously, a sow. Even from 100 yards, she looked exceptional. Her back as high as the bait barrel which she cleared of rocks with alarming ease. Though she was easily 300 pounds, I never shot. Her cubs were too small. Even so, it was a great start to my late-August hunt at  Marten River Lodge. Situated on a scenic, 24-kilometre stretch of the Marten River that provides fine fishing between hunts, the lodge is definitely unique. There's a tennis court, ATV rentals, satellite TV, Internet access, dartboards, a pool table, horseshoe pits, basketball…
the late season Moose hunt to usually means cold, snow and getting around by snowmobile.
When most folks think about taking a trip in December, the first place that comes to mind probably isn’t Northwestern Ontario’s Sunset Country Region or the community of Red Lake. But for my friends and I, Red Lake’s Five Lakes Lodge has become an annual destination for a week-long moose hunt before the season ends December 15. When our group of eight hunters arrives at the Lodge at the end of Highway 105, we are greeted by more than two feet of snow and minus 30 temperatures.  We’re excited because harsh conditions usually mean active moose. Our hunt begins with breakfast and coffee in Red Lake before driving our trucks as far as we can on a snow-covered logging road.…
Group Shot - Outside an "Ice Condo"
Have you ever wanted to ice fish? Do you ice fish? Would you consider ice fishing on one of Ontario’s biggest lakes? If you would like to do any of those, consider South Shore Camping and Ice Condos located on the south shore of a quick drive South of North Bay. Packages starting as low as $49.00 per person, there is sure to be a package and ice condo to meet your needs. Stay overnight in one of the six men, six men deluxe or eight man condos. Enjoy indoor toilet facilities, propane powered furnace, lights, stove and BBQ and Bunk Beds with 3” foam mattress. Each condo includes pots, pans, dishes & utensils a colour TV, radio and transportation to…
f you run into an issue where harsh light is streaming in from a window in your ice fishing shelter, close the flap and let your camera’s flash provide the lighting
We're paying a bit of a price this week for the downright balmy weather we've been enjoying across Northern Ontario this winter because temperatures are dipping back down into the "normal" range for this time of the year. But, the return of colder temperatures isn't an issue for most winter anglers who, given the break-through in winter clothing technology and the advent of thermal insulted pop-up shelters and portable propane heaters are as warm as toast. As a matter of fact, I spent the best day ice fishing so far this winter - at least from an action point of view - snuggled up inside a thermally insulated Clam Jason Mitchell four person "hub-style" ice fishing shelter yesterday on a…
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Today’s clean, advanced technology snowmobiles are as quiet, reliable and state of the art as automobiles. And like autos, new sleds offer many features and benefits to make your sledding as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Typically, new participants in Ontario should look at a “touring” model in the popular 500 to 600cc range, that comes with electric start, reverse, thumb and hand warmers, high windshield, and mirrors. Touring sleds normally come in one-up or two-up configurations, each respectively designed for carrying a solo rider or a rider plus passenger (Two-up sleds can be used by one or two persons, while two should never ride on a sled only built to handle one). Regardless of the make or model, all…
Capt. Terry Van DeWauwer hoists a southwestern Ontario Lake St. Clair musky.
I've heard musky called the "fish of 40,000 casts," but in some areas of Lake St. Clair the description no longer applies. Thanks to biomass changes over the last two decades the once elusive muskellunge now flourishes as the top predator in these waters. From Lighthouse Cove Marina at the mouth of the Thames River, Lake St Clair appears through the July haze. I'm aboard a 30-foot Rampage Express fishing boat owned by Terry and Debbie Van DeWauwer of Rampage Charters. As Debbie idles down the twin 350 engines, Terry begins hauling out the heavy-duty fishing gear. Exceptionally stout rods and huge capacity reels are filled with 40-pound-test monofilament line. This is necessary to pull 6-14 inch St Clair Hound…
Lake of the Woods -- one of the most dramatic, mysterious and surprising lakes in the world.
Lake of the Woods -- should it be the 6th Great Lake?   Read all about it and let us know what you think! 1. Lake of the Woods is a beautiful body of water located in both Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota. 2. Lake of the Woods at its deepest point at Whitefish Bay is almost 310 ft. 3. This lake is 85 miles long and 56 miles wide at its widest point and has an area of 1,727 miles. 4. Lake of the Woods has a shoreline of 25,000 miles but if you count the shoreline of their many islands it is 65,000 miles of shoreline. That's more than Lake Superior! There are 14,522 islands in Lake of the Woods.…
Do the RAP on the RAP-tour!
Ontario's famous RAP Tour has tenaciously stood the test of time, and continues to get better with age and is an experience you’ll talk about for years. Whether it’s the 4 day tour – 600 km or the 3-5 day duration of 900 km or a duration of your choosing -  the RAP-tour has always been an all time favourite with snowmobilers. Don’t miss this one at least once in your sledding life-time.. The joy of this tour is its versatility and every imaginable type of trail is found on this circuit. RAP on the RAP tour – Click here to learn more about this famous tour: 3-5 day duration - approximately 900 km tour Follow the links found at the…
Shockwave Jet Truck at King of the North Dragway—July 25-27th 2014
Motorsports fans of all stripes are heading to Northeastern Ontario this weekend to the King of the North Dragway in Bonfield for the 2nd Annual Ontario "Big Rig Race" featuring: Shockwave—The World's Fastest Jet Truck     The producers of "The Aviators" and "Air Boss" are working with Shockwave on a spin-off docuseries called "Jet Truck" and are planning to accompany them during their visit to the Big Rig Race. Their filming will give the event worldwide television exposure when the show premieres in 2015. The weekend will also include: Big Rigs Show & Shine Live Entertainment featuring Cory Marquardt Billy Mountain's Traveling Chainsaws Beer Garden Food Souvenirs Camping will be available in addition to trusted local accommodations in the Bonfield area. This…
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