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.
A spectacular view of the city from the lookout on top of Mount McKay
I first spotted the reference to this Thunder Bay attraction as a small marking on my tourist map. As I wolfed down a Sausage McMuffin at a fast food joint near the airport, I looked over to one side of the map and saw a marking for a lookout point on Mount McKay. What the heck, I thought, as I wanted to get a birds-eye view of Thunder Bay, a Northern Ontario city that I was exploring for the first time. I drove down, crossed the Kaministiquia River onto Fort William First Nation and followed the signs, admiring the view of a rocky outcropping looming high overhead like an ancient beacon. I paid a guy at the gate $5, then…
2014 Snow Sculpture Competition
If you were a judge, which snow sculpture would you choose as your favourite sculpture at the 2014 Kenora Winter Festival? A couple of years ago Kenora revived it's Winter Carnival. One of the things I like best about the carnival is seeing the snow sculptures along what is called the 'Green Belt' in Kenora. I have to give these carvers a lot of credit this year. Every time I drove by and saw someone carving away, it was bitterly cold. This year's theme is the Olympics. Once again there are many wonderful sculptures. The winner will be announced this Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Kenora Winter Carnival.  Which snow sculpture would you choose as the winner?…
Sault Ste. Marie Bon Soo Carnival
Crisp, cold air hits you as you slide down the ice-sculpted slides, and take a stroll by the artistically crafted ice sculptures. It’s a unique environment at the outdoor festival—with event goers bundled up to brave the elements while enjoying the many attractions pulled together each year by the Bon Soo Winter Carnival. It’s dubbed the third largest winter festival in the country and is the largest of its kind in Northern Ontario. The beloved event recently celebrated a golden anniversary within the community, last year marked the 50th year Bon Soo was a part of Sault Ste. Marie. Now looking to its 51st year, the 10-day winter celebration will be taking place in the Sault from February 7th-16th, 2014.…
Kakabeka Falls, the "Niagara of the North"
Many of the best waterfalls in Ontario are just off the highways. Stop at one of these waterfalls for a sight you won't forget! Ontario's Sunset Country is a beautiful place at any time, however as you are sitting close to a waterfall and hear it's thundering roar with the forest and lakes surrounding you, it's hard to want to be anywear else. Many of the waterfalls in Northwestern Ontario are just off the highways and are easily accessible. There are also many, many other waterfalls that are on one of our thousands of remote lakes. For now, I will concentrate on the best one you can easily visit on any road trip.  Kakabeka Falls Kakabeka Falls is known as…
Highway 64 Riding
It's no secret that I love riding in Northern Ontario. It's much more than a job for me, it's almost a spiritual connection – the open spaces, the miles of forests, lakes and rivers, the small towns and the big cities of Timmins, Sudbury, New Liskeard and North Bay (the official boundary line that signifies the start of the Northeastern part of Ontario) At only three and a half hours from Toronto, it's also a place that I ride frequently enough to know where all the good roads are, and I'll go out of my way time and again to make sure I get them in each season. While the region is so vast, you'll have no trouble finding more…
The Tall Ships Festival
Sails on the St. Marys is part of the second year celebration of a three-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Sault Ste. Marie will be the only official Northern Ontario port of call for the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013 tour. The Roberta Bondar Marina and Pavilion will host three tall ships July 19th – 21st: US Brig Niagara, SV Lynx, and Pride of Baltimore II.While most of the war activities took place away from Sault Ste. Marie in 1813, this year we celebrate life on the lakes. With our rich local history in shipbuilding, on deck tours will provide the opportunity for visitors to see life onboard the waters in 1813 and period re-enactors will be…
Ganuk's Captive Audience
It wasn’t exactly a surprise to staff at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat that, when they were approached by the Toronto Zoo to become a new home for a 2 and a half year old polar bear in May of 2012, he would be more energetic than their past, older residents. After all, polar bears are known for their hilarious antics. Things like putting construction cones on their heads and walking into objects – or crushing barrels – or trying to sink everything and anything possible in their pool.  You see goofy is just in a polar bear’s nature. In the wild, they push on the ice to break it around seal air holes, then stick their heads in to…
Catch the races at the Emo Speedway
Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country This summer, experience hospitality and loads of fun at the events and festivals going on in Ontario's Sunset Country. Up here it is party time in the great outdoors, alongside beautiful freshwater lakes, in friendly towns and cities and even in the midst of the boreal forest. Here's a sampling of what you can do: Canada Day July 1st is a big deal in the many small towns and cities across the region. Take in the fireworks display or attend many sales and events in town. Most communities have special activities lined up so if you are here and staying at a resort or lodge, make sure you head into town on Canada…
Mark Romanack's Fishing Tips for Catching Walleye on Esnagi Lake at Lodge 88
Want to catch walleye on Esnagi Lake in Algoma Country? Editor's Notes: Fishing 411 Host Mark Romanack shares his fishing tactics for catching walleye after his fly-in fishing trip to Lodge 88 on Esnagi Lake. For more information about fly-in fishing trips in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com Lodge 88 located in the heart of Algoma Country and on beautiful Esnagi Lake. Esnagi Lake is one of those fishing destinations that should be on every walleye angler's bucket list. Once you've fished Esnagi, it's not a question if you will return, but rather when. Part of the outfitting service known as North to Adventure, (www.northtoadventure.com) the MacLachlan family has outfitting in their blood. This family business was established back in 1959…
Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co. Ltd.
Climbing since 1979 Shaun Parent, Owner/Operator of Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co. Ltd., is considered the Pioneer of Rock and Ice Climbing development in the Lake Superior Region of Ontario. Ice climbing is a winter sport which is becoming more popular with outdoor enthusiasts.While many might think it is relatively new to the Sault Ste. Marie area, people have been climbing this area since the mid 80's. In the last few years, this region has become an ice climbing destination for people from all over the world to come and experience the wilderness and excellent climbing opportunities we have to offer here in our back yard. We boast over 400 ice climbs north of Sault Ste. Marie and offer…

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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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  • Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    Holiday Shopping Ideas: Give a Vacation in Algoma
    If you're like me, you may be someone who finds holiday shopping gets more meticulous and a little more stressful each year. Especially when buying for the someone who seems to own everything. So here's an idea for a gift they won't expect this year: Give Someone a Vacation in…
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  • Natural surroundings
    Natural surroundings
    We enjoyed our stay at Glenview Cottages.  The natural surroundings were quite scenic and very peaceful.  The drive along Highway 17 to Agawa Bay was some of the most amazing scenery we have ever seen.             Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, Grand Rapids, MI  Book your stay at Glenview Cottages and…
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  • The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    The Ultimate Fishing Experience - Muskie!
    Not Another Fish Story In Sunset Country, we mean business when it comes to the subject of muskie fishing in Ontario! In this part of the Province, the muskie live long and grow to enormous sizes. Some of Ontario's most famous muskie waters are located in Sunset Country. Everyone has…
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  • The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    The Manitou Islands of Lake Nipissing
    Located just 10 km's southwest of North Bay on Lake Nipissing you'll notice the mysterious Manitou Islands. These five islands are easily spotted from the shores at North Bay's waterfront and some days it even looks as though they're floating on water. The largest island may be referred to as Ghost Island, Devil Island or the…
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  • Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre has been host to cultural services for over thirty-seven years. In recent years, the museum archives were moved throughout the city until a permanent location could be found. They have since found a permanent location, and are open to the public at 325 Second Avenue,…
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  • 8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    There's a ton great performances lined up for this year's Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series The Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series line-up once again brings a variety of entertainment to Sioux Lookout, Ontario. From music to dance to comedy and humour, there's something for everyone. All shows start at 7:30pm at the…
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  • Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Pioneer Spirit Noticeable in Ear Falls, Ontario Ear Falls on the west end of massive Lac Seul is a great example of Canada's many resource towns that has turned into a tourism mecca! deeply rooted in this small town's history are lumberjacks and miners, resource extraction that had its beginnings…
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  • Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    My wife and I own a Mirage 29 sail boat and have been sailing on Lake Ontario for 20 years. It was time for a change of cruising ground and we were looking for a spot on Georgian Bay that would get us to the North Channel within a day…
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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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