Northern Ontario, Canada

Hockey on the Rock — Sudbury’s Legendary Pond Hockey Festival
One of Canada’s biggest pond hockey festivals kicks off on February 6 as Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger drops the puck on picturesque Ramsey Lake. For three days, Sudbury plays host to the legendary event, drawing thousands of spectators and marking the celebration of Sudbury’s favourite game. Now in its seventh year, the annual Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock features three days of three-on-three games for players of all ages and abilities. From PeeWee to Masters levels, youth and adult players face off in a “round robin” style tournament played out on the open ice. Snow is cleared to create 10 natural rinks on frozen Ramsey Lake, near Science North. With over 90 teams registered to play, and 3000 to 5000 spectators…
Fishing for fun on Lake Nipissing this Family Day Weekend
If you’re new to the idea of ice fishing, are looking to introduce a friend or are trying to get the kids involved, the fast-approaching Family Fishing Weekend, Feb. 14-16, is a great opportunity, where Canadians can enjoy licence-free fishing across the province. Hugging the shores of Lake Nipissing, which is famous for its ice fishing, North Bay is a great location to start your family fishing trip to Northeastern Ontario.     When the lake freezes over, Lake Nipissing becomes a winter village of ice huts and bungalows dotting the shoreline. Most bungalows are outfitted with the comforts of home: propane furnace, propane lights, cooking utensils, a table and chairs, bunk beds, heated private washroom, and 10" drilled holes are…
5 Cool Facts About Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay has existed as a community for well over 100 years and the history from the city is an interesting one. We've had some name changes along the way but there's so much more than that.  Here are 5 cool things you may not have known about the Lakehead. 1. We almost won the Stanley Cup. In 1911, the Port Arthur Hockey Club played in the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately, the team lost to the Ottawa Senators. Years later, another Port Arthur team represented Canada at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany, bringing home the silver medal (losing to a team from Great Britain comprised largely of players from Canada.) The Port Arthur team lost in the Stanley Cup finals…
The Winter Bucket List Just For Kids: Activities Are $5 Or Less!
Kids, this one is just for YOU! It's all about the kids in this Bucket List! This winter, take advantage of some of the indoor and outdoor activities that are all about the kids. Bugs, books, swimming, tobogganing and more!If you have any additions to the fun list below, I would love to hear from you and send along a picture too! ENTOMICA Entomica is a place where you'll discover the fascinating, hidden and often misunderstood world of insects through live interactive exhibits, activities and education. Come freak-out to find-out what awesomely fun, insect science is all about! Entomica is located in the Mill Market building at 35 Canal Drive in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Image courtesy of Sheri Minardi…
Unleash Your Active Competitor — Timmins Endurance Events for 2015
Known for its gold and quartz mining heritage and its wilderness forests and small lakes, Timmins is also home to several world-class individual endurance events. There’s something for every age, interest and season, like a cross-country ski race for families and individual adults, a kayaking festival with nine competitive divisions from beginner to advanced, and the annual Heart of Gold Triathlon or the Golden Trails Half-Marathon for the runners. So, round up your fit friends and family and head north!    February 22, 2015 - Porcupine Ski Runners Loppet The Porcupine Ski Runners Annual Loppet is a chance for the whole family to enjoy a day of cross-country skiing on over 30 kilometres of scenic and groomed trails. Whether you are…
The Irresistible Lure of the North — Traditional Winter Camping in Killarney
Killarney Provincial Park is the gem of the Northeast; a place of distinct beauty, made up of white quartzite ridges, forming what’s called the La Cloche Mountain Range. There’s no other piece of wilderness like it in Ontario. Most campers, however, know it only during the peak summer season; a time when campsite reservations are hard to come by and there are less places to escape the crowds. Come winter, the park transforms into a frozen paradise. Visiting the same park between January and March not only guarantees you a place to camp, but it also offers absolute solitude.  It was a good 30 years ago that I began my winter camping affliction with Killarney Park. My time was spent…
John Arkwright of Supertrax shares 2015 snomwobiling news for Algoma Trails.
I never pass on an opportunity to visit and ride the trails of Ontario's Algoma Country as quite simply it offers some of the finest riding you will ever experience. In my 17 years of working for Supertrax I have probably visited and ridden in Algoma Country, I would surmise, at least 10 times. The beauty of this region is that there is never a lack of snow! Let's face it, with this region situated between two great lakes, Superior and Huron, snow is not an issue. The Algoma Region boasts over 3200 Km (2000 miles) of very diverse well groomed trails. You can take a week's holiday in the southern half of the region from the Sault to Spanish…
Ski the Beaten Path in Atikokan
  Atikokan, 200km west of Thunder Bay, is home to the Beaten Path Nordic Trails ski club, boasting more than 50km of trails, so I made sure to wedge my cross-country ski gear into the car on a pre-Christmas visit to the in-laws. To be honest, the conditions were merely ok: low grey skies, temperature right around the zero mark, and a brisk wind blowing fine snowflakes around. Still, I had been craving a ski, and the fact that my four-year-old had just received a toy microphone for a gift confirmed my decision to get some fresh air for an hour or so. I stopped by Voyageur Bait and Tackle on Hwy 11B (the spur that links the town of…
Explore Northwest Ontario on Snowshoes
Looking for a new area of Northwest Ontario to explore this winter? Try Ignace! Related: Embrace Snowshoeing and Celebrate Winter with a Visit to Thunder Bay Sandbar Provincial Park is about 11 kilometres north of Ignace on Hwy 599. Not staffed during the winter, it’s nevertheless a great spot for some accessible adventure.   Just northeast of the campground is the site of Ontario Rangers camp and a number of trails. There isn’t a chalet or a trail fee, but a handful of volunteers groom a 4.5-km loop for classic cross-country skiing. Grooming isn’t guaranteed, however, which is why snowshoes are an even better option for a tramp through the park. The site is blessed with towering red pines that remind me…
I guess Santa and his reindeer are real after all!
2014 - What a Year!    Here's a look at some of the top stories that made headlines in Ontario's Sunset Country in 2014: January started with a bang! or a brrrrrrr!  There was a deep freeze throughout Northwest Ontario on New Year's Day which continued for months afterwards. If you know don't know metric, that's a whopping -32.8F. The winter continued to be cold breaking records for the coldest and snowiest winters in a long time.      In March there was still at least 3 feet of snow on many of the lakes in Sunset Country!  Jay Samsal using his auger with 3 feet of ice in mid-March 2014                         …

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