Northern Ontario, Canada

Game Action at Robin's Tournament
The busyness and excitement of the winter holidays will continue into January each year in Thunder Bay, as close to 40 out-of-town hockey teams from communities all over Northwest Ontario, travel to play in the annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic. The 23rd annual event held in 2014 proved to be another successful event.   The Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers of the past 38 years are proud to host this popular minor hockey tournament.   The Robin’s Classic took place January 16th - 19th 2014, and once again tournament passes were available at all Robin’s Donut locations weeks before the event.   Robin Donut’s, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain has supported the event…
Gord Ellis with a Lake Superior steelhead caught on a jig
The Canadian north shore of Lake Superior provides incredible opportunity for the adventurous ice angler. Yet the coastal waters see very few fishermen in winter, despite the bounty that awaits. Find out why there is snow better place for ice fishing than the Lake Superior region around Thunder Bay. Gravel Bay near Schreiber One of the finest multi-species ice fishing spots on the north shore of Lake Superior is at Gravel Bay, near Schreiber, Ontario about a two-hour drive east of Thunder Bay. This popular fishing spot has added distinction in that it is located in the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. This large, sand bottom bay on the Great Lake shore is a staging area for steelhead…
#1 Catching Snow Flakes
North Bay, Ontario will soon be beckoning in the World Ringette Championship, and welcoming teams from around the world; Including teams from Finland, Sweden, United States, and Canada nationally. The event will begin on December 29, 2013 at the Capitol Centre, and championship games will take place well into the new year.  With international peers joining us this holiday season, it begs the question; What kinds of Canadian winter experiences are there to enjoy in North Bay? 1. Ringette Well, yeah. Did you know North Bay is the birthplace of ringette? The game was invented by Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of North Bay, in 1963. The rules he recorded 50 years ago are…
An icy Black Bay Perch from chilling Superior waters
If you enjoy the relaxing moments of ice fishing in the solitude of winter, outdoors writer Gord Ellis tells us where there are two hot spots close Thunder Bay that offer “SnowBetterPlace” for a winter escape. Lac des Mille Lac, A Winter Walleye Wonderland Lac des Mille Lacs (near the small town of Upsala) has long been a favourite winter walleye destination for anglers in the northwest portion of the province. The huge lake spans 59,583 acres and is located approximately 160 km. west (less than a two-hour drive) of Thunder Bay (directions here). It is a consistent producer and the winter walleye fishery has been booming for the past few years. Ice fishing is good across the lake. In the…
People on the ice fishing at the Red Rock Derby in 2012
VIsit the Nipigon-Red Rock area this winter and find out why there is "snowbetterplace" for ice fishing, especially the winter perch on Lake Superior at Black Bay near Hurkett. Ice fishing along the North Shore of Lake Superior is an exhilarating winter activity to enjoy. The serene Lake Superior bays in the Red Rock and Nipigon area offer solitude and a peaceful spot to jig for your big winter catch. The extraordinary scenery of Nipigon Bay, Black Bay and Gravel River are second to none and are part of the purposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area managed by Parks Canada. Ice Hut Rentals If a full service ice fishing experience is appealing to you, you may be interested in contacting…
Stop for a tour of fish hatchery
An interesting place to stop if you are traveling the north shore of Lake Superior just east of Thunder Bay is a place the locals call the Dorion Fish Hatchery.   Did you know the facility in Dorion is one of nine provincial run Fish Culture Stations in Ontario?   The Dorion Fish Culture Station is operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and offers weekday tours. The guided tour will offer visitors a rare glimpse into how fish are hatched from eggs and raised until they are ready to release into the wild.  There are lots of adult fish to see in the huge rearing tanks with some hatchery Lake Trout are 30 lbs plus!  The Dorion facility has…
Wind surfing Lake Superior in November
The inspiring landscapes and nature shots captured through the lens of local photographer Storm Carroll in and around Thunder Bay are reflective of the great outdoor experiences thart await in the north of Superior region. As Duncan Weller explains Storm’s images speak to what people can expect see on a visit to Northwest Ontario. The Photography of Storm Carroll Storm Carroll fishing Superior                                                                                      Photo by James Smedley   “You don’t have to travel very far here to see…
Robert Laframboise Fishing Derby
“It’s important to me to give back to the community. I want to help kids and their families enjoy fishing and the outdoors together like I did when I was a child". Derby founder and professional angler, \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and friends are organizing the Catch and Release Children's Perch Derby on Sunday, March 9th! Families can kick-off the March break by enjoying the great outdoors and ice-fishing at the 10th running of the Laframboise Children’s (14 and under) Perch Derby. The popular derby is a non-profit event, held annually to promote family fun while enjoying the sport of ice fishing. In 2012 the derby had 465…
Huts & Bungalows: A Round Up of Lake Nipissing Ice Fishing Operators
Lake Nipissing is a famous ice fishing locale in Ontario. Why? Stand at the edge of Lake Nipissing, and you'll see tiny ice bungalow villages tucked into the horizon.  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 usually included. TIP: Check with your chosen operator, to find out what kind of gear you'll need to bring.   Read on for a complete round-up of ice fishing operators on Lake Nipissing:  Cottage Resorts Offering Ice Bungalows Promised Land Camp152 Promised Land Road,Nipissing Village705-724-1648 or 1-888-647-7742www.promisedlandcamp.net Rob Hyatt OutdoorsCallander705-752-1727 Bear Creek CottagesCallander705-752-1157or 1-888-246-5026 Chalkley's Sandy Bay Cottage ResortCallander705-752-1050or 1-877-387-0868 Cosy Cove…
Off the Hook: Ice Fishing for Big Trout 15 minutes North of SSM
It's 6:15 am as I stare anxiously at my watch. As per the status quo, I'm running 15 minutes late while still needing to pick up some "morning glory" at the coffee shop and fuel up my snowmobile. After picking up my annoyed fishing buddy we are headed north on Highway 17.Visit Joe's Sports and Surplus for all your fishing gear needs and attire! The Sault Ste. Marie area boasts exceptional ice fishing for a variety of target species from cold-water trout and whitefish to toothy northern pike and tasty walleye. Our destination for this day would be some stocked trout lakes about 15 minutes from town. Lower Island Lake - Heyden Ontario (Just 15 minutes North of SSM) The…

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