Northern Ontario, Canada

The author’s quest to catch trophy pike started in Ontario over 25 years ago and every season he looks forward to another chapter in this ongoing saga.
Northern Pike are one of Ontario's most abundant game fish. Nicknamed a lot of colourful labels like gators, water wolves, snakes and a few other descriptive names not suitable for a G-rated blog, the thing about pike and pike fishing is that anglers either love them or hate them. Personally, I fell willingly into the "love" category the first time one of these torpedo-shaped predators darted out and grabbed my lure inches from the boat! Pike are notorious for following baits and striking at the last possible second. The aggressive attitude pike typically display makes them a little easier to catch than some other species but, more importantly, those aggressive strikes create a rush that's hard to duplicate with any…
Experience the breeze of a sail on Lake Superior
A sailing adventure on Lake Superior with Sail Superior is something you will want to put on your bucket list of things to do on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. You’ll find Captain Greg & his crew at Thunder Bay’s Waterfront in Prince Arthur’s Landing – Marina Park. Captain Greg ties up sail - Thunder Bay Harbour - Photo by Goh Iromoto Sail Superior’s 2014 Line Up includes a varied range of options from a 90 minute harbour cruise to multi-day big lake adventure. And don’t forget you can now book your sail on-line. HARBOUR SAILING TOURS: 90 Minutes Sail up close to lakers, salties, massive grain elevators, lighthouses and wonder at the massive break wall. Daily departures: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and…
Crystal Creek Hiawatha
Your own personal tour guide takes you down some of Sault Ste. Marie's most picturesque cycling routes—straight to the best sticky buns in the North! Where to ride in the Sault: A Cyclist’s Resource Guide To Sault Ste. Marie If you’re thinking of making the Sault your destination for a cycling holiday, in town for work, or a Saultite new to cycling, here are a couple favourite road routes, two spots for mountain biking and a few other resources to get you started. Directions are abbreviated as R (right), L (left), N (north), E (east), S (south) and W (west). (Sylvan Valley - Photo by Ian Dunlop)Riding west to the rocky beach and bluffs of Gros Cap on Lake Superior…
Elk Lake Eco Centre
Northeastern Ontario is BIG. Roughly 170,000 square kilometres big. This endless landscape of outdoor opportunities is broken up by large city centres and smaller communities. Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins are a few of the larger cities in Northeastern Ontario and serve as regional hubs for business and commerce. These hubs are surrounded by 'true northern' natural landscapes, which create a unique setting for business and events alike. We've compiled a list of some of our most unique meeting places across Northeastern Ontario:   10. Elk Lake Eco Centre       Elk Lake Eco Centre is, in a word, serene. With the embellishment of the outdoors, it's the perfect location for weddings or work, educational and outdoor adventure getaways. The…
Story by Duane Moleni
Have you ever played cricket? Flamenco, Salsa or Merengue sound like fun to you? Want to learn about the National Museum of Immigration? Ever hear of a Tribe Called Red? You are in for a treat Sault Ste. Marie. Here's your chance to expand your horizons during one weekend. All you have to do is come and join the fun. The time to Celebrate Difference is now. How fun does that sound?  Come learn, share, laugh and love. Mark your calendars for May 2 - 4 and plan to attend Passport to Unity (PTU). This annual multicultural event presented by the Sault Ste. Marie Career Centre packs a lot of punch into a 3 day festival. Citizens from across the…
Beautiful smallmouth bass!
Rebekka Redd, host of the New Fly Fisher TV Show, explains why you'll love fly fishing in Sunset Country and she adds some great fly fishing tips too. Of all the places I've fishing in the world, I'm proud to say my favourite is also my home. Northwest Ontario is a gorgeous spread of land with thousands of natural clean, clear lakes, rivers and streams that are hard to beat when it comes to fishing. No matter what the season, Northern Ontario will capture any fisherman's attention, boasting amazing fisheries with trophy fish being common. Its fishing will rival any other sport fishing in the world. Renowned for its wide variety of species of fish, one in particular is highly…
Christopher
Don Hall shares his 11 year-old grandson's ambitious year and love for birding...256 species in 12 months to be exact! When my grandson Christopher decided at age 11 that it was time to do his first big year, I was a bit skeptical. The Big Year, inspired by the movie of the same name, would be an attempt to see as many birds as possible in a 12-month period. He set a goal of 200 species. It sounds ambitious but then Christopher has been birding since he was six and his young eyes and ears are remarkable.Most birders consider a positive identification by song to be a "sighting" and Christopher can reliably identify bird songs that older folks—even those of…
501st Canadian Garrison
On April 26th and 27th, Schumacher Lions Club will present the 2nd Annual Northern Ontario Expo, which in layman's terms is Northern Ontario's only comic-con and cosplay convention—and it's happening in Timmins, Ontario! Browse the work of renowned comic artists. Some of the artists in attendance include Mike Rooth, Spent Pencils, Alfonso Espinos, Sharon Gauthier, Tony Bedard, Kim Vachon and Nutshell Studios. What is a comic-con without celebrity guests and photo-ops? Previous guests have included TV's Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Dukes of Hazzard's John Scneider, Star Wars' Amy Allen and WWE's Lita.   This year will not disappoint, with guest appearances by Gold Medalist Meghan Agosta, Maximum Pro Wrestling's April Hunter and Mary Pearl, and 501st Legion Canadian Garrison.  Come in your…
Hastie Lake -- Awesome Bass Fishing in Algoma.
Editor's Note: Hastie Lake is renowned for its Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing. Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher, got to experience this first hand—read about Colin's experience to a remote outpost wilderness camp with Lauzon Aviation to fly fish for bass. We've also included a video of the episode so make sure to watch! For more information about fly-in fishing outpost camps in Algoma Country visit www.algomaflyinfishing.com For those anglers who are looking for a wilderness fishing trip on a budget, there are several options. One of my favourites is through Lauzon Aviation located near Blind River, Ontario. Lauzon Aviation is a family-run business that has been helping anglers access world-class fishing for over 30 years. They…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. "The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District," explained Justus Veldman of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…

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