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.

It doesn't get more Canadian than this!
Dave and Deb are ordinary people who live extraordinary lives. They started the Travel Blog The Planet D to inspire people around the world to seek out new adventures and to live their dreams. They have explored all seven continents and over 80 countries.   This summer, they are doing the most amazing summer adventures in the entire history of ThePlanetD travel blog — right here in Ontario, Canada. Their summer itinerary is both daunting and irresistible: whitewater rafting, a Moose Safari, fly-in fishing, mammoth motorcycle trips, and more. Guided by Ontario's exceptional adventure experts, Dave & Deb are learning new skills and discovering new passions. It just might be the most purely "Ontario" summer ever attempted. You can keep tabs on their summer…
Fishing Abamasagi Lake in Northern Ontario
Journey To A North Of Nakina Walleye Factory My kids are still fairly young and, although they've had more than their share of angling experiences, they had yet to travel to a truly world class destination – a place where catching fish is as easy as dropping a jig over the side of the boat. The trip in every way exceeded our expectations. After researching possibilities I settled on Abamasagi Lake north of Nakina. I'm a big fan of sprawling windswept bodies of water and Aba is just that. It's 14 kilometres long and three wide, studded with islands and offers countless inflowing rivers and tons of classic structure.  It's a fisherman’s dream. Howard Meshake of O'Sullivan Lake Outfitters just…
Making Memories in Muskoka—Boating on Lake Joseph
Planning trips ahead of schedule this summer has been next to impossible with the unpredictable weather systems and temperature changes. So when we woke up Saturday morning to a beautiful sunny sky we decided to take our boat down to Lake Joseph for a much-needed last salute to summer in Ontario.  We picked up my brother Chris in Parry Sound and continued on our way to the Clear Lake Road boat launch. This is one of the nicest little boat launches and beaches in the area. Only downside is not having a dock, but if you're out in a boat, getting your feet wet usually isn’t an issue.  Muskoka has a very unique look and feel to it. Everything from…
Feature Ontario Adventure Destination: Parry Sound
Come for the fish and chips, stay for the adventure - Parry Sound Welcome to Parry Sound! Read the signs that were plastered everywhere as we drove into the sleepy cottage town on the shores of Georgian Bay in central Ontario. We weren't sure if they were a warm welcome or quite protest, but they did demonstrated that the locals love their town and we were about to find out why. It was a gorgeous summer day and Kevin and I decided to jump in the car and make the 3 hr drive from Peterborough to Parry Sound after receiving an invite from the local tourism group. We arrived at the visitor centre nice and early in the morning to…
this large Nipigon area Bruin, pictured here munching on apples last fall, will be fair game this spring with the reopening of the limited spring bear hunt in parts of Ontario.
The Nipigon and Black Sturgeon area of Northwestern Ontario is about as good as it gets for black bear hunting in Ontario. There are many reasons for this, but some of the main ones include many large lakes and river courses that provide food, water and travel corridors; numerous cut over areas thick with berries; and large tracts of bush perfect for hiding and building dens. Bears can get old and very large here. Adult boars into the 600-pound range are not unheard of and 250 pounders are common. Click to Enlarge Since the spring bear hunt was cancelled in 1999, the number of bears in this part of the world has grown tremendously. In recent years, you would be…
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
Some of my best memories are of canoeing in the wilderness. Years ago, my friends and I would spend days researching and planning routes, taking wilderness canoe tripping and paddling courses, making menus, then shopping and packing the gear. We would purchase new equipment – barrel packs, tarps, thicker sleeping mats and little things to make our trip more comfortable.  But as my life changed, I found I didn’t have that kind of time anymore so I gave up doing something I loved. But now I have discovered the “all-inclusive holiday" equivalent – the guided canoe trip.  It is an easy, no hassle and safe way to go paddling in the wilderness. All I have to do is decide where…
A large Muskie caught on Lake Nosbonsing
Monster muskie only part of lake's lure It took only one cast for Mike McKay to prove his tales about Lake Nosbonsing's Muskie were more than just fish stories. Arriving at Happy Holiday Cabins – which McKay runs with his wife Sue on the edge of Astorville – I heard how he and his brother-in-law landed a 48-inch, 51-inch and 53-inch lunkers all in two hours during a past trip. Two of those fish were over 40 pounds. In those few minutes, I heard the tales and saw photos of a lot of large muskie, priming me for the fishing that was to come. It was the beginning of September, start of fall muskie season and prime time to tie…
EXPERIENCE DOGSLEDDING
The Story Behind the Photo Photographer:  Goh Iromoto  Canon 5D mkII DSLR // 16-35mm f2.8 L lens (@ 20mm) // ISO 125 // f5.0 // 1/1250 // Hand held while riding a snowmobile. "As a lover of dogs and the outdoors, the experience of photographing dog sledding in Algonquin Provincial Park is one I will never forget. It was my first time dog sledding, and while it was a challenge, I was completely awed throughout the day. Just imagine being pulled by extremely well-trained and powerful animals, rushing through what I can only describe as a winter wonderland – a combination of narrow paths through snow covered forests and by vast frozen lakes, including some of Ontario's most beautiful rolling…
Snowmobiling in Ontario's Highlands - Your One Stop Resource
I am a huge fan of riding in Ontario - it doesn't matter if it's ATVs, PWC, motorcycles or snowmobiles, I love to ride. So it was to my great pleasure to find out I'd be doing a snowmobile tour in Ontario's Highlands this past winter. You can read a detailed account of the places we rode, and who we rode with at Snowmobile.com, or check out the video below, which pretty well captures the essense of sledding in this regions.  To summarize though, Ontario's Highlands is close to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal (never more than 3 hours away from any of them) has multiple staging points, multiple sled-friendly (and more importantly trailer friendly) accomodations throughout, and is smack dab…
A young bear heading into the corn smorgasbord
Every fall, bears strive to fatten up for winter. All sorts of nuts including acorns, beech and hazel are sought out and devoured. Bears frequent old apple orchards, patches of Saskatoon berries, blueberries and mountain ash. Grain and produce will also pull in bears from a long way. Another of the foods that bruins across the province will pound come fall is corn and this opens up hunting opportunities for people who live near Northern Ontario corn fields. I've met very few farmers who will turn down the offer to help lower the bear population. Bears can turn massive corn stands into crop circles in just a few weeks. During the past five years, I've spent many hours hunting the…
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