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.
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…
Laurel Gosselin holds a beautiful stocked brook trout that she caught early in the ice season
Editor's Note: In his second article on this site, Jeff Gustafson, host of "Fishing with Gussy", gives some great tips on maximizing the "hot bite" for stocked species of trout in Ontario's Sunset Country. As a professional angler and experienced guide, Gussy uses his vast experience to give us some advice to help make our ice fishing efforts more successful. For more information about ice fishing trips in Ontario's Sunset Country, visit the website www.snowontario.ca/icefishing
Artists Getaways in Algoma for Plein Air and Studio Workshops.
It's no secret that Algoma is a haven for photographers, painters and artisans because of the area's inspiring landscapes. Canada's Group of Seven began here; the group painted hundreds of locations that are still untouched today. Although photographers and painters capture and paint during all fall seasons here, in my opinion, the best time of year is fall. I love watching the leaves change from green to shiny gold, fiery orange and a blazing red thrown in the mix. It's absolutely spectacular to stand on a hilltop, or at a lookout to gaze out onto a sea of vibrant colours. Sure, you could grab your easel, or camera, hop in the car and drive to a pretty spot and paint…
Ang Viola with a Spec at Lodge Eighty-Eight.
Editor's Note: As one of the original pioneers of Canadian adventure television, The Fish'n Canada Show has for over 30 years broadcast their pursuit of the ultimate adventure. Hosts Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman educate and entertain audiences with their passion and enthusiasm for fishing. Both are inductees in the Canadian Anglers Hall of Fame. Read on as Ang and Pete tell their train-in fishing trip story in Algoma Country. Don't miss the video at the end of this article. A fly-in fishing adventure is a luxury not every angler can afford, the hefty price tag is one of the main reasons a fly-in trip is still on the bucket list for most anglers. But what if you could have the…
Fly-in Fishing Adventures with Brunswick Lake Lodge in Algoma Country.
How do you get 4 adult men to screech, squawk and giggle like school girls on the last day of semester? Drop them in on Algoma Country's Brunswick Lake Lodge for a week of FISHING! Watch as Ontario Outdoor Writer Dale Hainer takes you on a virtual adventure of Brunswick Lake Lodge. Having ventured to many remote Ontario outpost camps in my life, Brunswick Lake Lodge, situated in the historical heart of Algoma, was a thrilling change of pace! This was my first experience to a remote lodge complete with all the amenities including on-site caretakers, hosts, generated hydro, clean drinking well water, hot and cold running water in the showers, wood fired sauna, bleach brightened fish cleaning station with…
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…
Hiking Killarney Provincial Park
  We've broken down our best trail systems by area and non-profit trail (or tourism) association: Discovery Routes in North Bay, Rainbow Routes in Sudbury, Nastawgan Trails in Temiskaming Shores, Manitoulin Tourism Association and Timmins Recreational Trails. If you're interested in an area in particular, we encourage you to click through to the association's website or check out their corresponding google maps.  Provincial parks deserve an honourable mention, too. Ontario Parks in Northeastern Ontario are mini mecca's for hiking trails. Killarney Provincial Park for example is famous for its hiking trail to the 'Crack'.  Discovery Routes (North Bay & Area)  For a full listing of hiking trails in the North Bay area, please see Discovery Route's website or Google Map. …
Al Lindner with a Sunset Country Bass
Fishing the Northwest Ontario Wilderness 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 information about places to stay, where the fish are and what to see and do - gain insight from the thousands of hours Al has spent fishing the waters of Northwest Ontario. Muskie fishing in Ontario's Northwest Boasting thousands of lakes and rivers teeming with fish, Northwest Ontario is home to some of the finest angling opportunities on earth. Many are drive-to locations where you can trailer in your own boat and a truckload of gear. Others are…
Treetop Adventures
It’s a cool clear day along the shore of Lake Superior. A few miles from the water’s edge, in a stand of mixed pine and yellow birch, a man sits quietly, mentally grappling with the realities of wilderness survival: Fear, Pain, Cold, Thirst, Hunger, Fatigue, and Loneliness. And he’s loving every minute of it. This is my second visit to Treetop Adventures in Goulais River, and I’m listening intently to my instructor as he discusses the finer points of surviving an emergency in the bush. Yesterday at about this time I was actually 30-feet up in the air, zip-lining across 400 feet of forest floor while my son cheered me on from below. Later tonight, while I watch my wife…
Take a ride in Algoma to see the fall colours.
There it is again, a sound so sweet to the ears of every motorcyclist at one with their machine and revelling in the beauty of their environment. It's such a beautiful sound; footrests gently kissing the asphalt through another bend, as the laws of physics are briefly challenged. And then the bike is lifted upright once more and prepared for another turn. It's a truly delightful moment in motorcycling, made perfect by the scenery through which this blacktop snakes and twists. I'm on a fairground ride, lost within a Jackson, Lismer or Carmichael painting of the Canadian great outdoors. This is the landscape that provided the inspiration for the famous Group of Seven artists and it's easy to see why,…

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  • The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    The List of Chip Stands and Food Trucks in Algoma
    What is it about buying food from a truck or chip stand on the side of the road that is just so appealing? Maybe it's the hand cut fries, or the locally caught fresh fish battered and deep fried, or that big juicy burger after a long day out on…
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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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  • Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    Motorcycle Touring in Algoma Has the WOW Factor You're Looking For
    An avid motorcyclist once explained to a non-rider the difference between touring in a motorcycle verses in a car. On a motorbike, it’s comparable to sitting on your deck and enjoying nature as it happens around you with all the sights, sounds and smells. From a car, it’s like watching…
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  • Confessions of a Bad Angler (What Algoma Country Taught Me About Absolute Ahhhhhh)
    Confessions of a Bad Angler (What Algoma Country Taught Me About Absolute Ahhhhhh)
    That's my 25 inch Walleye! I almost had a heart attack! When I look at that photo -- thoughts of fishing cannot help but enter into my head. I have to admit, I am not a great angler, in fact, I am not even a good angler, but oh that…
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  • Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed offers an amazing look at the remarkable story of feathered fossils, a discovery which led paleontologists to believe that dinosaurs are the prehistoric ancestors of modern day birds.  You get the chance to see a life-size, feathered animatronic T.rex juvenile and a feathered Deinonychus roaring and thrashing and…
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  • Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Head Out on the Open Road to Enjoy the Fall Colours In early September, the air is definitely much cooler in the evening and at night. With shorter days we all know (although we may not want to admit it) summer is on its way out! That's fine as they…
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  • Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Reference Guide to the Towns & Cities in Northwest Ontario
    Visit one of the great towns and cities dotted among the lakes and forests in Northwest Ontario Northwest Ontario starts at the Manitoba/Ontario border and travels east to just past Marathon on the Trans Canada Highway. This vast expanse of land is home to many lakes, forests, wildlife and many…
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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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  • Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Cruising the North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: List of Algoma Marinas
    Surrounded by Lake Superior and Lake Huron, two of the mightiest freshwater lakes in the world, Algoma Country is home to world class boating. Algoma offers visitors outstanding water adventures for power-boats, yachtsmen, and sailors. Whether you want to cruise the Benjamin Islands in the North Channel, or discover Lake…
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  • It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    Hello my Snowmobile friends, it's Luc here better known as "The Groomer Guy"! It is the time of year that that we all wait for the big snow fall to come and to go out riding, it's the time of year that we begin to plan our upcoming snowmobile trips…
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