Northern Ontario, Canada

Uncovering the Charm of Downtown Sudbury
As a hub of activity in Northern Ontario,  Sudbury is a city you're bound to visit as you travel the region. At first glance downtown Sudbury may seem quiet, but look closer and you'll find some of the most charming spots and people in town. Downtown's streets are host to many of the city's great events and festivals, including Sudbury's Largest Yard and Sidewalk Sale (May 31, 2014), Blues for Food (June 14, 2014), Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Sudbury street hockey tournament (June 21–22, 2014), and RibFest (August 29–31, 2014). If you're visiting, new to Sudbury, or live here but tend to avoid the downtown core, we encourage you to explore some of the gems that make downtown Sudbury so special.…
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 Abitibi Canyon Loop Tour: A 400 Series Highway Paved with Fresh Powder
I'm in the fortunate position to have the job all my friends envy. As an action sports photographer, I spend a good chunk of the winter months riding and photographing snowmobiles for Ontario Tourism. We travel to some of the most scenic locations found anywhere in the province (and arguably the country).  After two forgetful seasons, the winter of 2014 struck with a vengeance giving us some of the best snow conditions seen in years. This meant a busy season for me with several projects on the go, all of which were aimed at drawing new snowmobilers to the region. Despite what you might think, I don't actually spend much time riding on these photo shoots. Sure I use the…
Visit the Norseman Park in Red Lake, Ontario
Spectacular beaches, the most northerly 18 hole golf course and the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre are just a few of the bonuses of your trip up Highway 105.   The Red Lake Region is a great place for taking your family fishing. Whether you choose the Lac Seul or Red Lake area of lakes, you won't be disappointed. There are numerous drive-in or fly-in lodges and resorts in the area that can accommodate all your needs. But, there's more than just fishing in the area. There's two golf courses, shopping, beaches, canoeing and a first class Heritage Centre. Venture down to Norsemen Park in Red Lake and watch the float planes take off on Howey Bay Lots to See and Do…
A Spectacular Season For Searchmont Continues Into April!
With a record amount of snowfall and winter weather continuing into late March, Searchmont Resort has enjoyed a BIG SNOW season. Despite some frigid seasonal temperatures, winter enthusiasts have revelled in excellent terrain conditions and plenty of fresh snow. Those that keep track of their days on the mountain officially started their count with opening day on Friday December 20, 2013. Visitors to Searchmont enjoy 750 vertical feet of groomed terrain with 18 runs ranging from easy to challenging. The mountain welcomes thousands of visitors annually from across Northern Ontario and Michigan. The Searchmont Ski Runners (SSR) and the Searchmont and Area Freestyle Alliance (SAFA) host ski and snowboard competitions, while the No-Limits Adaptive Ski Club provides people with disabilities…
Spring Into Walleye: Early Season Tips For Walleye Fishing in Northeastern Ontario
I come bearing good news, on this, the official first day of Spring. Even though winter seems not to have received the message and is reluctant to loosen its icy grip, I can assure you that much warmer weather is right around the corner. And along with these glorious spring days, the walleye season will arrive in all its majesty in Northeastern Ontario. Indeed, while others rely on groundhogs and calendars to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring, like a lot of anglers who enjoy fishing the walleye-rich waters of the northeastern part of the province, I use the opening day of the walleye season as my benchmark. I find it much more satisfying, rewarding and…
Banamick & Berries
It's something to enjoy, savour and delight in. Food. Northeastern Ontario is home to unique festivals celebrating the vibrant food, recipes and culture of Northern Ontario.  If you happen to be in Northeastern Ontario this summer, consider making a food festival a part of your trip. Literally get a taste for the region. Spoiler Alert: There's no poutine festival, yet. Timmins Rotary Ribfest & Multicultural Festival June 25-26, 2014Mountjoy Historical Conservation AreaTimminsribfest.ca The Timmins Rotary Ribfest and Multicultural Festival is the first of three ribfests in Northeastern Ontario, and it's special. The ciy with 'a heart of gold' does it big! The festival features a full line-up of great entertainment from local artists, and new/returning acts, that will have you…
Firefighter's 10-Miler, A Spring Road Race of Tradition and History
If you are an avid runner, a trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario, to take part in one of Canada's oldest road races, the Fire Fighters 10-Mile Road Race is one to mark on your calendar! The 10-Miler held on the Canadian May long weekend (Vicotria Day) is an exciting and historic race that dates back to 1910. The 2014 event attracted over 1100 runners, a record field showing the growing popularity of this local Thunder Bay event. A community celebration for runners of all speed levels, the Fire Fighters 10-Miler remains one of Thunder Bay's premier running events along with the Thunder Bay Marathon and June Classic 5K & 10K. A Premiere Spring Road Race Register to be a part of this exhilarating race, where…
Heritage North: The New Heritage Discovery Centre and Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site Bring You Back In Time
Your discovery of Sault Ste. Marie would not be complete without a tour of the Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site, and now, your exploration will be more exciting than ever with the addition of the new Heritage Discovery Centre. With its many exhibits, extra space and technological features, this new attraction in the Sault promises to make history an engaging, interactive experience. The Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site includes the homes of two of our most famous residents: Charles Oakes Ermatinger who lived with his family in the Old Stone House from 1814 to 1828, a home that is now the oldest stone building northwest of Toronto; and Francis H. Clergue, a well-known industrialist who lived in the Clergue Blockhouse, originally a…
St. Joseph's Island Tour: A Step Back In Time, Fresh Air And Sweet Treats
Relax, eat, have fun! Your St. Joseph Island day trip begins from your base in Sault Ste. Marie. Today you're going to step back in time, breathe fresh air, have a unique photo op, and satisfy your taste buds. This awesome Island excursion begins at Hilton Beach and ends at Richard's Landing following a circular route around the Island on Hwy 548. Your first stop after a coffee break in Hilton beach is 12 kms down the road at the ruins at the Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site. Here you have a chance to relive the activities leading up to and including the War of 1812. Beginning in 1796, Fort St. Joseph was the farthest West outpost in British…

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