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.
Old Woman Bay located on Lake Superior is a great leg stretch stop.
Long-time Ontario rider Chris Hughes of Bruce County had this to say after a ride on the Grand Algoma Tour: Cruising around St. Joe's Island, up through the Soo to Wawa and then east to Chapleau and then down the 129 is a rider's dream. It’s not a race it’s a soul searching meander that tugs at the heart strings of why we live in the greatest place on earth. Stopping along the route to chat, reveals the heart and soul of this great region. Oh yah, the roads are super twisty, and bring a towel to wipe the grin off your face. Every ride needs windy roads, great scenery and good food. Algoma Country has grip twisting roads, neck…
The author with a nice Northwest Ontario bass!
Use These Tips to Catch More Fish! Editor's note: Co-inventor of the legenday lindy rig walleye lure, co-founder of In-Fisherman Magazine, and Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee Al Lindner knows the way big fish think. In this exclusive article, Al shares some hard-earned secrets to help the Sunset Country angler conquer the most challenging species of the region. The fish are bigger and wilder in Northwest Ontario: read on, as Al tackles the big boys, species by species. Walleye Ontario has perhaps more walleye lakes than anywhere else in the world, and Northwest Ontario is home to some of the best walleye fishing on earth. On many waters, you need to do no more than cast a jig tipped with…
Wabakimi Park A Wilderness Wonder
Northwestern Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park and northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are among North America’s best-known canoe destinations but North of Superior’s lesser-known Wabakimi Provincial Park is as big as those two areas combined, offering some 2000 kilometres of amazing canoe routes. Wabakimi Park is a true northern wilderness, featuring the world’s largest boreal forest reserves and spectacular views of the Canadian Shield. Home to woodland caribou, moose, eagles and wolves, the park was established in 1983, largely due to the efforts of Thunder Bay/Superior North’s new MP Bruce Hyer as well as many other long time residents of the Town of Armstrong. Visitors can fly from Armstrong’s numerous fly-in bases in to remote lodges and camps to…
#RideNEOntario: Win a Legendary Snowmobile Adventure for Two on the Abitibi Canyon Loop
~ The Contest Is Now Closed - Thank You to All Who Participated! ~ Chart a course for a legendary snowmobiling adventure on the Abitibi Canyon Loop, one of Ontario's Top 8: Must Ride Snowmobile Loops. Freshly groomed powder highways, pristine pine forests and snow-sculpted landscapes are calling. Will you answer? There's only one thing standing between you, and an epic three day all-inclusive snowmobile adventure to the Abitibi Canyon, and that's a hashtag. Post your photos/videos publicly on one of the many social media channels with hashtag #RideNEOntario to enter. It's really that simple. #RideNEOntario  A lack of snow is your last concern on the Abitibi Canyon Loop. The Prize Northeastern Ontario Tourism in parternship with Ontario Tourism is giving…
Aerial Tours: Now You Can See It All
  An aerial tour of the rugged coastline of Lake Superior and a fly over of the world famous Sleeping Giant is something you will want to put on your "must do" list on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. Wilderness North, one of Canada's largest providers of fly-in outdoor adventures is offering something new, special floatplane excursions from its seaplane base located in Thunder Bay harbour on theshores of Lake Superior. Great Photos, Lasting Memories With its fleet of safe dependable DeHavilland floatplanes, Wilderness North will provide visitors with a trill of a lifetime and an opportunity for adventure that is sure to leave lasting memories. The special excursion fly over's will allow guests to view and photograph…
Fly into the remote Canadian Wilderness for your fishing trip
Fly in Fishing in Ontario, Canada The Canadian fly in fishing trip is unequaled in the angling world. It should be on everyone's bucket list. Although, once you try it once, you'll likely go on several more fly-in trips. Canada has more freshwater lakes than anywhere else on earth! Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams and many of the waterways have fishing accessible only by floatplane aircraft - the famous Canadian bush planes. Imagine flying into a lake where it's just you, the cabin and the fish. The majority of fly-in lakes only have one, maybe two cabins on the lake. The fact that there are very few fisherman each year and that most of…
A healthy sturgeon in Northeastern Ontario
Catching that first fish is the initial giant step toward cracking the walleye code of any new water. Partner Lloyd Melbourne and I are trying to do just that on the murky and mysterious waters of the giant Kapuskasing River. While I pull a leech behind a bottom bouncer Lloyd pops a jig with a piece of worm.  “Here’s something,” says Lloyd as he hoists a fat 15-inch pale yellow walleye out of 10 feet of water. I mark the spot on my GPS and we move across to a windblown shoreline at a bend in the river where we extract several 17-inch walleye from along a sharp break tight to shore. Not only are we making good progress dredging…
Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River
There's so much to do in this wilderness city!  Come discover Dryden, a unique destination, abundant natural beauty where tourism and recreation facilities abound. The city is known for fishing and hunting opportunities, but it offers so much more. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway. It is situated on Wabigoon Lake about half way between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The following is a list of 10 things to do in Dryden. There's such a variety, you can do one or do them all: Cross the Suspension Bridge over the Wabigoon River. The Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge can be accessed through Johnston park which is just off the Trans Canada…
Sea Lion - Famous View at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Local hiking enthusiast, Richard Boon, provides a guide to hiking the Sleeping Giant, noting Ontario’s largest network of hiking trails is located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park a short drive outside of Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, near Thunder Bay, is the place to go in Northwest Ontario for anyone who takes their hiking seriously.  The park, located on the Sibley Peninsula about an hour outside Thunder Bay, features more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of trails, giving it the longest trail system of any Provincial Park in Ontario.  Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain a little experience, or you’re a seasoned hiker in search of new adventures, there is a trail that will…
A breathtaking view of Lake Superior at Ruby Lake just east of Nipigon
  The hike to Ruby Lake, just east of Nipigon, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Superior is a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful fall colours while soaking in the amazing views of Lake Superior.  So, lace up your hiking boots and make the trip along Lake Superior's north shore east of Thunder Bay to see these great vistas at Ruby Lake with family and friends.  Stand At The Top of Lake Superior The Anishinabek people refer to Lake Superior as Gitchi Gumme or "The Big Lake".  One of the best places to view the Big Lake is in the Nipigon area where some of the best hiking trails are located.     The trail…

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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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  • Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Northeastern Ontario is no reason to hibernate. Consider it a reason to celebrate; The cavalcade of autumn colours, the festive fall fairs and the cozy evenings are the perfect send-off to a summer well spent.  Join us at one of the many fall fairs, festivities and events happening…
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  • Four Cross Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma
    Four Cross Country Skiing Getaways to Experience in Algoma
    With an average snowfall of 10 feet,  Algoma Country has many winter outdoor adventures : cross country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, ice climbing and snowmobiling. This region is home to some of the finest Nordic skiing in the world from well groomed trail systems to bold back-country treks through snowy…
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  • Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Take part in one of the many events happening at the Kenora Winter Carnival March 7-9, 2014  A snow sculpture is taking shape at this year's competition MARCH 7 - FRIDAY The Kenora Winter Carnival begins at 6:00pm on Friday March 7. Children can try their luck at the Shaw Shootout or…
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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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  • Mattawa Voyageur Country
    Mattawa Voyageur Country
    The picturesque town of Mattawa is situated at the junction of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It just so happens that name Mattawa, derived from the Ojibwe "Mahtahwan" means "meeting of the waters". This friendly community is the oldest settlement in the Nipissing District. Not only is it home 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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  • White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    The Remarkable Story of Jimmy McOuat The legend of Jimmy McOuat lives on in Sunset Country,  through the magnificent three-storey castle he built on the shores of White Otter Lake. At the turn of the century he single-handedly constructed the log castle from red pine logs that he cut, hauled…
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  • Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Glamping: An Excellent Adventure!
    Many Northeastern Ontario operators have begun to use TripAdvisor as a place to gather customer testimonials. A place for past and present customers to share their experiences for the good of the business and their future customers. One of my responsibilities as a tourism officer is to search the best regional…
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  • Experience the Ultimate Canadian Fishing Trip
    Experience the Ultimate Canadian Fishing Trip
    Sunset Country: Canada's Premier Fishing Destination Since the 1920s, Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has been the place in the Province for American and Canadian anglers to go on a fishing trip. Why you ask? Well for one thing consider the fact that in this region of Ontario, the lakes…
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