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.

Try Camping, No Experience Required
Not having to buy all that camping gear makes trying it out very affordable Don’t have camping gear? or looking for more hands on learning? Check out these all inclusive camping packages, which include instruction on how to use all that gear.  Georgian Bay Islands National Park is offering an all inclusive camping experience that includes all equipment and activities, from pick-up in Honey Harbour and pre-assembled luxury tents to guided hikes, canoeing and campfires. Located in the south east corner of Georgian Bay, this park is only accessible by water, which means every campsite is an island site. It also means that you will be surrounded by canoeing , kayaking, hiking, boating and great swimming options. More information and reservations can…
Cold Snap in Ontario! Are You and Your Sled Ready for Multi-Day Snow Adventures?
With winter sledding knocking at our door, it seems like a good time to point out and remind everyone of a few sledding facts that can help you be prepared for a longer excursion in northern Ontario. Who better to ask than the people who know it best? To that end, we asked a few snowmobile dealers from the north a few questions, such as, what calls do you get most often from snowmobilers who are passing through your district on a multi-day tour? For example, what sorts of mechanical breakdowns, or what items of winter clothing or other products are these snow voyageurs tending to purchase as they pass through? Over the years, I've toured all over Ontario's North,…
Great Grey Owl
Winter is a great time of year to photograph wildlife in Ontario.  Some of the very best days I’ve ever spent photographing birds and animals have been here in Ontario during winter.  One of the challenges of photographing winter wildlife is finding animals. It helps to be a nature geek – the more you know about the subjects you want to photograph, the better chance you’ll have of finding them! The good thing is there are plenty of resources to learn from: naturalist groups, guided hikes, park naturalists, field guides, online nature photography forums and bird sighting list servers.  Many parks also have wildlife sightings boards or binders with up-to-date information on where species are being seen.    American Marten Food…
New Trail Links North Bay & Mattawa

New Trail Links North Bay & Mattawa

Anyone who snowmobiles the Mattawa/Bonfield area on snowmobile trails in Ontario, east of the City of North Bay, quickly realizes what a gem it is. The pristine and scenic area is a wilderness highlands with some pretty amazing snowmobile trails and awesome sights. But many snowmobilers miss the experience because TOP Trails A and D by-pass the club trails maintained by the North Bay and Mattawa Snowmobile Clubs on the north side of Mattawa River and Samuel de Champlain Provincial Parks. But that will change this winter… The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) recently approved the upgrading to TOP Trail status for the snowmobile trail that connects Mattawa to North Bay on the north side of these parks. The…
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
From Two Skis to Two Wheels—Tips For Those Who Ride Ontario All Year
If you are a sledder, then you might be a biker too! No that's not one of those Redneck jokes, it's actually true. Sledders are statistically more likely to have at least one other riding sport they enjoy whether it's on a PWC, ATV, Dirtbike , Streetbike or a combination of those.   Now that winter has finally transitioned into summer here in Ontario, we can enjoy the benefits of both worlds.  Often times we end up in our favourite winter places, enjoying patios and soaking up the warm sunny weather on 2 wheels instead of 2 ski's, thus making them our favourite summer places too.  The OFSC 2015 Permits are available online now!  Coboconk is located at the intersection…
Bill Spicer proudly showing off a Northern Pike caught in Kesagami Lake in Ontario
#2 on the 2014 Top 10 OntarioFly Fishing Hotspots RoundupClick here for the Complete Top 10 Bill Spicer just experienced some of the best northern pike fishing of his career. Bill had long heard of the massive pike this watershed held but even the number and size of fish he caught – all on a fly rod surprised him! Kesagami Lake Wilderness Lodge is located north of Cochrane in Kesagami Provincial Park. It is accessible only by floatplane. Click image to enlarge. This large body of water is unique because the average depth is only seven feet, perfect for fly fishers. The two main game species in Kesagami are walleye and northern pike. The pike get very fat eating the…
That spring we had stayed at Trudeau’s Park Resort and Event Centre, which also features 13 rooms including 3 suites that can sleep up to 8 people.  We enjoyed our time so much that we knew that we had to start planning another visit.  This time we wanted to showcase what the rest of the fishery had to offer.  So Leo, Ron and I arrived at Trudeau’s again this past summer in mid-August and a filmed a multi-species show consisting of largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike and even a few muskies.  We found the bass mostly shallow, and more specifically, under lily pads and docks.  Baits of choice for the largemouth were Trigger X slop hoppers as well as Flipping Jigs with Trigger X Flappin craws.  We also used some Rapala X-Rap and Max Rap twitch baits for smallmouth.
Growing up within a half hour of Tweed, I would pass through several times a year on route to our family cottage in the Land O’ Lakes.  Many times we would stop in to visit my Aunt and Uncle who had a cottage on Stoco Lake.  You would think that during that time I would have begun to uncover the secrets of Stoco Lake, but that hasn’t happened until recently.  Stoco Lake is located between Toronto and Ottawa right off Highway 7 in Tweed, Ontario. Tweed has a few secrets.  Did you know that in 1989 the Ottawa branch of the Elvis Sighting Society declared that Elvis was alive and well and was living in Tweed?  Even a reporter from…
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…
You’ll catch many more fish this winter if you keep your sonar unit directly in front of you and look down your rod like it is the barrel of a rifle.  This way you can simultaneously watch your rod tip, line and sonar screen
Eleven-year old grandson Liam hit the holiday season running by landing several gorgeous walleyes, topped by a 24 1/2 inch kicker and more than  enough husky 12- and 13-inch jumbo yellow perch to provide for a fabulous feast after we snowmachined home in the sparking moonlight. We were ice fishing in Northwestern Ontario's spectacular Sunset Country, on Lake of the Woods to be exact, and in addition to the walleye and yellow perch, I also nabbed a huge smallmouth bass - where did he come from - and several tulibees, also known as ciscoes or freshwater herring. The reason I mention the variety is because it is a hallmark of so many Northern Ontario lakes and rivers, from Lake Temiskaming…
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    Escape the 400s - Ontario's Southwest
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    BACK TO Ontario TOUR LOOPS - Main  OFSC District 1Destinations: Morrisburg, Alexandria, Hammond, WinchesterHashtag: #ridefrenchconnection Before you head out, please check to make sure that the trails are available, using the OFSC's Interactive Trail Guide. Ride into an atmosphere of proud French hospitality, warmth and friendliness, as you complete two days…
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  • Rescue Mission! What to Do When Adventures Turn into Rescue Missions - Part 2
    Rescue Mission! What to Do When Adventures Turn into Rescue Missions - Part 2
    Click here to return to Part 1, The Best Laid Plans Rescue Mission On the way back from our sledding mishap, we stopped for gas and a quick bite to eat at the Duck Rock Resort in the small town of Dunchurch, Ontario. Unable to eat, because all I could…
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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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    These aren't snowshoes...snowshoes are those big, clunky, wooden tennis racquet thingies you strap to your feet. That's a common reaction we get when people see today's modern version of snowshoes, all sleek and shiny and metallic looking. Strapping them on gives a whole new perspective for anyone who is familiar…
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  • Testing the Waters: A Wealth of Kayak Knowledge
    Testing the Waters: A Wealth of Kayak Knowledge
    Learn to kayak this summer From the rocky shores of Lake Superior to the Toronto Harbourfront, Ontario is home to a wealth of stunning places to paddle; matched with world class instruction and expertise.   Take a dip in the waters of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound. White Squall, with…
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  • Camping without a Car!!
    Camping without a Car!!
    Take the Ontario Parkbus!! ‎ A non-profit group is making camping without a car possible with a regular bus service between Toronto and key national and provincial parks in Ontario. Starting June 29, the Ontario Parkbus Initiative will be running buses between Toronto and popular campgrounds, canoe access points and…
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  • Ontario Snowmobile Trails
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  • It's Showtime! Snowmobile Fun and Fanfare at Kawartha's Sledarama
    It's Showtime! Snowmobile Fun and Fanfare at Kawartha's Sledarama
    Every year snowmobilers converge in the Kawarthas, with snow season just around the corner—it's… Sledarama! This year's edition, the 16th annual event, takes place on Sunday, November 24th from 9am to 4pm in Peterborough's Morrow Building  (corner of George & Lansdowne Street). It's been called the best little show in Ontario…
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