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.

lots of fish and luxury accommodations at Northern Ontario's Shekak Lake
Considering the raw ingredients it’s no surprise this fly-in trip to Shekak Lake, 35 air miles north of White River, is turning out to be memorable. In addition to a serendipitous meteor shower last night, seven-kilometre Shekak Lake is living up to its reputation as a great walleye and pike producer. In fact, the large average size is surprising; tonight’s dinner of only five walleye fed our group of 4 adults and 5 children. With hot running water, showers and flush toilets the deluxe log outpost camp rivals many homes. However, the primary ingredients of the trip’s success are the friends we’re sharing it with. I don’t see Jay Nixon nearly as much as I did when we were teenagers,…
Keeping the Passion Alive—Sledding in Geraldton from One Generation to the Next
Editor's Note: As President of the Geraldton Snow Club, Michel Lafrance is well-accustomed to sharing his enthusiasm for snowmobiling. Geraldton is located in the Greenstone region of Ontario's Sunset Country, in the north western part of the province above Lake Superior. Below, Lafrance relates his origins in snowmobiling and some of the challenges that their little club faces. What can I say, it’s a passion—snowmobiling is in my blood. I’m sure many of you have heard the same from others. In my case, the story goes back to the mid 70’s. While my father wasn't big on snowmobiling or any other recreational activities that involved motors, lucky for me, my uncle was. His passion for snowmobiling goes back to the…
Ontario Christmas Ride
It was a peaceful world of stark contrast inhabited by phantoms sleds. Headlights beamed into darkness so dense it could almost be touched. A million snowflakes glittered like falling diamonds, flitting away like fireflies. Wisps and whirls of snow pushed at the outer edges of vision. And our ethereal shadows played amidst the gauntlet of black trunks lining the Ontario snowmobile trail like vigilant sentries. The air was cold and sharp; our breath steaming puffs. We rode alone in the immensity of this silent night that was an Ontario snowmobiling Christmas Eve. We stopped and heard the distinctive crackle of frozen branches in the wind; the explosive shot of ice shifting on the lake; the soft crunch of snow underfoot.…
Ontario's Top 5 Boating Locations: A Pro Powerboat Racer Picks Her Favourite Ontario Waters
As a pro powerboat racer, I've had the opportunity to visit some of the most amazing boating locations around the world, and in my opinion Ontario has the most beautiful waters. What A Ride asked me to put together a list of my top 5 favourite locations—I could've listed many many more, but my heart definitely belongs to these five. I hope you enjoy discovering them as much as I enjoyed reminiscing about them.  Go Home Lake As many of you know, my favourite place in the world is located here in the Muskokas: a piece of pure heaven called Go Home Lake in the Township of Georgian Bay. “Go Home,” as locals call it, was created in the 1950s…
Ice Fishing in North Bay
Waltonian Inn is situated on the shores of Lake Nipissing, half hour south-west of North Bay, and is considered one of Northern Ontario’s top vacation and fishing destinations. With a reputation built on warm hospitality, modern comfortable accommodations and an unspoiled lakeside setting. If you’re looking for a great fishing trip Waltonian Inn and the shores of Nippising is sure to make it a reality. An Ice Fishing Adventure Awaits Starting from 6:15 AM breakfast is served for everyone, and shortly after breakfast you are taken to the Waltonian Reef. Not only will you travel in a enclosed, heated Bombardier, you will arrive at a heated fish hut. Holes drilled and minnows provided so that all you have to do…
Rashid Lucas with a March Break walleye that he caught on a long underwater point in Northwestern Ontario's, Lake of the Woods
This week marks March break in Ontario when students get a much needed week-long pardon from school and studies. Although, I suspect whoever originally lobbied for the holiday was an ice angler, as "March Break" typically symbols the peak of the ice fishing season in Northern Ontario. Indeed, I always tell my American friends, if they've never ice fished before, this is the time to plan their inaugural winter vacation to Northern Ontario. And I remind my Canadian brothers and sisters that instead of setting their sights on some distant southern clime, there is no better time than March Break to head north for some of the finest late winter / early spring fishing they will ever experience. Here's a…
Spend a Week Exploring the North Channel
The North Channel is a picturesque boating paradise – the area is filled with coves, inlets and marinas to stock up on all of your supplies. The following loop could be completed in 5-7 days and takes boaters through pristine waters and offers some of the most beautiful views of Ontario. Killarney Killarney's Sportsman Inn is a great stop-over with newly renovated accommodations. Located on the North end of Georgian Bay, Killarney is one of the oldest villages in Northern Ontario and offers boaters of all kinds of tastes of the past as well as modern day adventures. Its history dates as far back as 1615 with Samuel de Champlain and Etienne Brule, the first Europeans, travelled these waters. By…
Laura the Adventurer - A Cross-Canada ATV Trip Stops in Ontario
Riding an ATV might seem like a challenge in itself to some women. Others have been doing it for years and are quite comfortable behind the throttle.  Some women enjoy joining the family out in the woods for a day of exploring. Then there are those that are quite simply…adventure junkies. Last summer, Laura Neufeld of Ucluelet, British Columbia, a small fishing village on the west coast of Vancouver Island, decided to embark on the ultimate adventure.  Laura is a fisherman by trade and is not intimidated by non-traditional roles. She owns her own prawn fishing boat- The Polara, and has been tackling the challenge of being a sea captain in the Northern Pacific for the last 25 years.  “Being…
Ontario Snowmobile Trails

Ontario Snowmobile Trails

As of November 4th, the Complete List of Ontario's snowmobile trails and loops is a work in progress. As we develop this resource, we encourage users to let us know of any trails or loops that we haven't added yet via the comments option at the bottom of the page. 
ATV Trails—A Fall Ride in Mattawa—Video
Leaving Toronto, Ontario you’d hardly know that fall is in full swing. Sure the air is a bit chilled, but the leaves are still green and boldly clinging to their trees. But as I drove north up Highway 11 the changes in the season were all around us, and what started as another ride up this well-worn highway, became as vivid and enthralling as any Hollywood movie. Our crew of three; myself, Mike Jacobs, our photographer Virgil Knapp, and our videographer, Ryan Grani, were all headed up from The Big Smoke (AKA Toronto) to the picturesque little town of Mattawa for a three-day adventure with the YouTube ATV All-Stars to ride some of the best off-road trails in the province, the…
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  • OFSC Video 5: Choosing Your Sled
    OFSC Video 5: Choosing Your Sled
    Got a question about how snowmobiling in Ontario works? Want to know how to get started? Looking for some behind the scenes info? Now there’s an easy and one-stop way to get all your answers… The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs has released the second of a new suite of…
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    By Chris Sherwin Created with flickr slideshow. Sometimes in life we get presented an opportunity that cannot be refused.  This was the case for myself this past March.  I was in Thunder Bay on a trip for work, when I received an email asking if I was interested in taking…
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    Central Ontario: Bracebridge
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