Northern Ontario, Canada

Welcome to Northern Ontario, Canada! Bigger than Texas, wilder than the west, more inviting than a campfire in October, Northern Ontario is like no place else. This website is the official online collaboration of travel and tourism organizations across the region, bringing you travel tips and stories about Northern Ontario from writers around the world.

From the the wilderness of Sunset Country, Algoma Country, and Northeastern Ontario, to the charming neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie, and all points in between, this is where real Canadian spirit lives.
Around Rock Island Lodge
My last night on the shores of Lake Superior, and it was quite something. The Rock Island Lodge is a small, cozy affair directly on the shores of the greatest of Great Lakes, a short drive down an easy to handle dirt road outside of Wawa. I stayed in a basic but perfectly fine room off the main dining room, with a nice bath and views out to the lake. It's part of the Naturally Superior Adventures paddling centre, which offers everything frompaddleboard lessons to short canoe rides on the next-door Michipicoten River to long kayak treks along the shores of Lake Superior. Photo by Dave Storm I arrived late afternoon and spent a good hour soaking up the sun on…
HMS Bounty Tall Ship on St. Mary's river
“By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining big sea water…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha. Situated in the heart of North America thousands of miles from any ocean, Sault Ste. Marie is still, in many ways, a maritime city. Its location at a strategic juncture of the Great Lakes, and the innumerable smaller bodies of water surrounding it, have made the Sault a key centre of nautical exploration, commercial shipping and recreational boating. In all senses of the phrase, this is a community built by the water. From the pre-Columbian age, the river linking those two vast inland seas to its east and west has defined the site of present-day Sault Ste. Marie. The native Ojibway…
Mountain Stream Orchard is nestled in backdrop of the Nor'wester Mountain range south of Thunder Bay
Tranquil Spot Where Apples Grow  High above the Slate River Valley on the rural outskirts of Thunder Bay, where corn stalks march across rolling fields tall and golden waiting to be harvested, is a small clearing of land, tucked amongst native pine forests, where apple trees grow.   The road to the Mountain Stream Orchard winds up into the Nor’wester Mountain range through trees that sport the first blush of fall.   If it were not for the sign propped amid fall wild flowers and spent thistles at the side of the road, it would remain a hidden gem. And as I turn off Oliver Creek Road, down a small dip in the driveway, I think Mountain Stream Orchard just…
Artists Getaways in Algoma for Plein Air and Studio Workshops.
It's no secret that Algoma is a haven for photographers, painters and artisans because of the area's inspiring landscapes. Canada's Group of Seven began here; the group painted hundreds of locations that are still untouched today. Although photographers and painters capture and paint during all fall seasons here, in my opinion, the best time of year is fall. I love watching the leaves change from green to shiny gold, fiery orange and a blazing red thrown in the mix. It's absolutely spectacular to stand on a hilltop, or at a lookout to gaze out onto a sea of vibrant colours. Sure, you could grab your easel, or camera, hop in the car and drive to a pretty spot and paint…
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
Sault Ste Marie has an incredible concentration of historical sites and history themed museums—I think it has something to do with our place at the confluence of so many historical streams (English, French, American, and First Nations, to name a few). These museums and centers were built, curated, and continue to be tended by incredibly dedicated people. It's a big part of living here. But it can be a bit overwhelming. So I thought I'd try and make things a bit simpler ...  Time-Travelers Cultural Package! Travel through time when you visit the gateway to the north; the beautiful community of Sault Ste Marie. The Sault is steeped in a wide range of historic moments, cultural alliances and engineering designs…
Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Geocaching, Contests And More: Celebrating 40 Years With The Voyageur Trail Association!
 The Voyageur Trail Association (VTA) is turning 40 this year, and we're planning a year-long celebration, with special trail activities, a photo contest, hiking challenges, and more. VTA is a 250-member, non-profit organization, run by volunteers and dedicated to developing and maintaining a continuous of system of trails across northern Ontario for public use by hikers, skiers, and snowshoe enthusiasts. The organization maintains over 700 km of trail between Spanish and Nipigon and plans to add more over the coming years. With the exception of some sections in Provincial parks, the trail has been built and maintained by volunteers in partnership with public and private landowners. Local clubs coordinate activities under the umbrella of the VTA, which is happy to…
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven: An Expedition of a Lifetime
Editor's Note: This story was written by Meaghan Smith, a nature enthusiast from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Meaghan's story highlights the work currently being done to identify the exact locations of the Group of Seven paintings in Algoma. In Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start to summer, with thousands kicking off the season with a weekend of camping, bonfires, and barbeques. For a group of seven Algoma University Fine Arts students, it signaled the culmination of their studies of the famous Canadian painters, the Group of Seven, with a rugged camping expedition deep in the heart of the Algoma backcountry, off of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), north of Sault Ste. Marie. The Algoma Central Railway…
Riders Gather at Best Western Nor'wester Resort Hotel for 2012 event
The Caribou Charity Ride has become a September tradition for cycling and is worth a visit to Thunder Bay. This fall event sponsored by Caribou Restaurant is a great opportunity to enjoy the fall colours in the Lake Superior region with an early morning ride through rolling hills in countryside of the Slate River Valley in the Township of Oliver Paipoonge with the Nor’wester Mountain range as your backdrop.    Plan a trip to Thunder Bay this September to enjoy the fall colours and sign up to be among the 400 participants in the annual Caribou Charity Ride tenatively set for Sunday morning September 14, 2014.  Cycling Weekend to Remember Cyclists can choose to enter the 50K or the 100K ride to…
bight, great views of Pier 3 on Thunder Bay waterfront
bight is a great place to stop for an unique culinary experience on your visit to Thunder Bay with one of the city's newest restaurants located in the Water Garden Pavilion part of the new harbourfront development at Prince Arthur's Landing. A locally owned and operated restaurant, bight Restaurant Bar is open all year round seven days a week for lunch and dinner, giving you a precious view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant for all four seasons. A classy restaurant where you will enjoy the open space, bight offers modern décor, a choice of a varied selection of great food, an excellent selection of alcoholic beverages with quick and knowledgeable service. bight features two long walls of windows that let in lots…
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  • The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    What is it about buying food from a truck or chip stand on the side of the road that is just so appealing? Maybe it's the hand cut fries, or the locally caught fresh fish battered and deep fried, or that big juicy burger after a long day out on…
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  • Eagle Lake a Jewel in the Heart of Sunset Country
    Eagle Lake a Jewel in the Heart of Sunset Country
    Eagle Lake...a Jewel of Sunset Country Eagle Lake is near Vermilion Bay and Dryden, Ontario in the heart of Sunset Country. Eagle Lake is an awesome fishing destination that is 68,000 acres in size and 70 miles long with over 400 islands. Anglers fishing the lake always continue to come back because…
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  • Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    An avid motorcyclist once explained to a non-rider the difference between touring in a motorcycle verses in a car. On a motorbike, it’s comparable to sitting on your deck and enjoying nature as it happens around you with all the sights, sounds and smells. From a car, it’s like watching…
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  • "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    Tina’s Breakfast and Lunch1170 Memorial Tina's Breakfast and Lunch is as their name says a wonderful choice for breakfast and lunch on your visit to Thunder Bay, especially if your here for a weekend of shopping. The diner serves all day breakfast till 3pm and is conveniently located on Memorial…
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  • World Ringette Championship 2013: A Letter From the Mayor of North Bay
    World Ringette Championship 2013: A Letter From the Mayor of North Bay
    Editors Note: This letter is from the desk of Al McDonald, Mayor of North Bay, welcoming the international participants of the World Ringette Championships 2013. Northeastern Ontario Tourism joins Al in welcoming the teams, and hopes that the teams, and visiting public will experience all that the region has to…
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  • Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Northland Paradise Lodge in Temagami, Ontario lead a variety of photography tours within the White Bear Forest. Whether you're a professional photographer or a novice, they offer a photo tour to suit your needs. White Bear Forest is the sixth largest remaining white & red pine old-growth white forest, and…
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  • Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Editor's Note: Are you an American citizen, planning a trip to Northern Ontario? We welcome you and want to make sure you have all the information you'll need to cross the border. For information about what you can bring to Canada, firearms and weapons, you can find more information at…
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  • Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Vegetables and Fruit This Summer The season for farmers' markets in Sunset Country is fast appproaching. Over the years farmers' markets have become enormous in popularity not only in Northwest, Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' markets have become popular because of the demand…
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  • From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    Are you ready to get That dirty? If you are looking for a way to really test your skills over a diverse landscape with wild rugged trails, Algoma is Canadian Shield country. What does that mean exactly? Rocky, rugged landscapes with a multitude of pine trees, bogs and mountains. Sounds…
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  • Celebrate Winter at the 5th Annual Dryden Winter Festival
    Celebrate Winter at the 5th Annual Dryden Winter Festival
    Enjoy some great events February 14-17, 2014 as we celebrate Family Day in Dryden, Ontario. Get out of your winter blues and take part in Dryden's Annual Winter Festival during the Family Day Weekend. There's 4 full days of fun beginning with line dancing Friday morning and ending with Horse Drawn…
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