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.

Make Peace with Winter in Ontario Canada
Cool Winter Vacation Ideas Ontario knows how to do winter right! Come and enjoy a variety of unique outdoor and indoor events and activities that will take you from our "downhills" to our "downtowns" depending on your interests and activity levels! Whether you explore Ontario's north, east, south or west, you'll find enriching winter experiences, inviting accommodations and delightful diversions at every turn of the road. Check out our winter sampler adventures below! A Rustic Multi-Adventure - The Canadian Experience Treat yourself to the 'Best Winter Package in Ontario as selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission. Join Call of the Wild and experience the adventures of mushing a dogsled team, snowshoeing across a frozen lake, and silently gliding along forest…
Travelling in Northern Ontario, Canada
Northern Ontario is constant surprises, space to be alone, an unending supply of scenic wild spaces : the vista of a mighty river with the Laurentian Mountains behind; thousands of lakes to paddle and fish. It is a wealth of hiking trails, friendly people, good food, uncluttered roads and amazing wildlife. Steve Lawson For exciting Ontario outdoor adventures, visit www.ontariotravel.net/outdoor
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    
Showing off a large Muskie caught on Ontario's French River
#1 on the 2014 Top 10 OntarioFly Fishing Hotspots RoundupClick here for the Complete Top 10 The French River in NE Ontario has held a special magic for musky anglers for many years. Filled with great structure such as weedy bays, inlets, sunken humps and dropoffs – all perfect musky waters. This large watershed that runs between Lake Nipissing and Georgian Bay is also known for their trophy-sized walleye and bass. We recently had the pleasure of going to Totem Point Lodge and spending several days with guide Andy Pappas hunting for musky. Andy runs Vicious Fishes Guide Service and has his guests stay at Totem Point Lodge. For fly fishers this is a fishing mecca. When casting for musky…
Headed Up the Rideau—Making Memories Along Crystal Clear Lakes and Rivers
I grew up boating on the St. Lawrence River and Rideau Canal. I am a northern "New Yorker" and, having the good fortune of having the beautiful waters of western Ontario in our backyard, my family took advantage of one of the most memorable boating areas in the world. My first trip "up the Rideau" was in 1958 when I was 11 years old. I'm now 66. In my adult years, my wife, daughter and I trailered our boat to Kingston, from either western New York or central Indiana and headed up the Rideau for our summer vacations many times, and have done the Golden Triangle and the Trent-Severn too. The Canadian Heritage Canal systems are special. Their history, development…
Hunter and his dog in Northern Ontario Bird Camp
Every autumn throughout the province hunters gather in small but tight-knit groups to hunt moose, deer and occasionally bear. The idea of an upland bird camp was hatched years ago by a number of dedicated bird-dog aficionados looking to share the fellowship and traditions of a big game camp while testing our dogs on wild upland birds at various destinations across Ontario. As a proud member of the Full Choke Bird Camp, as we have come to call ourselves, one of the more memorable destinations was near Massey.  Seven hunters and ten dogs made the trip. Most of the dogs were pointing breeds including setters, Brittanys and a German wirehaired pointer. Just to keep things interesting, Steve Galea, one of…
It's Worth the Drive - My Experience in the Backwoods of Northern Ontario
Being from Southern Ontario, it’s a bit of a trek to head up north. The gas, the time off work, the packing… Trust me, I get it. But the thing is, it’s worth the drive! My adventure started when a friend invited me to head up to Northern Ontario to work on a promotional snowmobile video. I didn’t even hesitate; who would pass up an opportunity like this?! Being invited up North is considered a privilege for us Southern Ontarians – so I packed my gear, jumped in the truck, and headed to Orillia to hook up with my friend Shelby. The best part was leaving town as they issued a severe rainfall warning – good bye Niagara! CLICK HERE…
Scenic Vista on the Trails at Sportsmens Lodge
Are you an ATVer who likes to tour and sample other riding areas? Then you probably have some criteria for good accommodations that welcome quad riders to go along with your wishlist of fun terrain. One such spot that you’d be hard pressed to beat is the Sportsman’s Lodge Wilderness Resort located between the cities of Sudbury and North Bay. This family owned and operated lodge is open year-round and nestled on 1,300 feet of waterfront on beautiful Kukagami Lake in Ontario's majestic north land: Wahnapitae. The warmth of this lodge strikes you immediately as you pull into the parking lot (specially designed for trailers, of course). Built in the 40s, these incredible log buildings invite you in for a comfortable and…
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 25 years of experience in kayak instruction, has classes running June through to September for every skill level. Try a workshop for beginners exploring essential strokes within a calm sheltered lake. Venture further out in the waters with one of many courses designed to fine tune your paddling technique. You can maximize your stay in the area by joining one of the weekend kayak trips exploring the nearby islands.  …
Top ATV Destinations in Ontario for 2014
Here we go again! Another season in the ATV paradise that is Ontario is well underway. With thousands of kilometres of trails and so many great clubs dotted all over the map it's not too difficult to have a great time anywhere you go. Taking into account accessibility and variety of trails, these are the places we're most excited about for 2014. We've included a suggestion for accommodations for each destination. Most are on or near the trails and all of them are ATV friendly. If you have suggestions for more hot spots this year don't keep it to yourself, use the comments feature at the bottom of the page or email us at \n This email address is being protected from…
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    Ports-of-Call Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto
    If boaters were to summarize their experiences on Lake Ontario, it would be described as diverse. Lake Ontario offers a wide range of Canadian boating destinations from top-notch marinas in the centre of quiet historical towns and villages or in the heart of the city night life. It offers quiet…
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    It's not often we strap on all our winter gear and ride ATVs in the snow, but when the opportunity presented itself to visit with Andrew Ryeland of Bear Claw Tours and make some tracks near his home base of Parry Sound, Ontario, we couldn't pass it up. Fortunately, Parry…
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  • Get Away to the Almaguin Highlands, Ontario
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    Leave your ‘To Do” List at Home If you´re looking for a slower pace and a relaxing getaway, make Fern Glen Inn your relaxation destination. Nestled on 120 acres just 20 km north of Huntsville, Muskoka, you’ll find the perfect blend of thoughtfully-appointed B&B accommodations, wholesome yet indulgent meals, and…
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  • Ecotourism is Growing in Ontario
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     The Ontario Ecotourism Society (tOES) has selected this short and simple definition of ecotourism - "Ecologically sustainable and socially responsible nature and culture based tourism."   See how Ecotourism is being put into practice in Ontario.  Visit  www.toes.ca  
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    The Parry Sound Snowmobile District and Sudbury Trail Plan invite snowmobilers to tour their regions this winter. Your trip along TOP C trail which connects the two snowmobile friendly communities has just been made a whole lot easier and more exciting as the result of the Pickerel River and French…
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