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.
Photo by Jenny Moore
"Meandering strips of corduroy-imprinted snow descend the slopes in front of me" The heavy snowfall from last night has tapered off and each snowflake calmly places itself on the freshly groomed base. The clouds slowly begin to separate allowing the sun’s morning rays to reach the tips of the hills rolling off into the distance. My mind is absent of the responsibilities that wait for me at the bottom of the mountain. The ageless beauty of the Northern Ontario landscape captures me and enables me to escape. It is my first run of the day. From my seat atop the peak, I strategically plot my course of decent focusing on each line of the unmarked, groomed trail in front of…
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
Algoma Fall Festival manager Louisa van Lith takes you on the road with some of the world's best entertainers. I am sometimes asked “what’s the best part of being the Fall Festival manager?” And when I reflect on the years of reviewing extraordinary Canadian and international talent, attending numerous performances, negotiating deals, working with event management colleagues and local volunteers I am reminded of the cavalcade of artists that have streamed through Sault Ste. Marie. And how I got to meet them! In the quiet moments after a thunderous performance an artist sits in his or her dressing room preparing to go back to the hotel for a drink or a bite to eat. This is my job. I hear…
An unique dining experience with organic roots...
The Growing Season Juice Collective201 Algoma St. Tara laughs when I ask how The Growing Season got started. Tara is one of four women of the collective that own and operate this “shop” as they refer to it. All four were surprised at how quickly their little restaurant became a success. They took their time getting the place off the ground. They made dishes they liked, combining ideas for a menu that has become popular with locals in Thunder Bay. Originally the collective thought they were catering to a niche market. “We thought only our friends and relatives would support us,” Tara states. “We had no idea so many people were into sprouts and lentils,” she laughs. It helps that…
Delta Sault Ste. Marie
In the past year, there has been a veritable reboot of the Sault's hotel industry. Today, travellers demand more for their hard-earned money. Simply having a dry place to sleep for the night, and perhaps a swim, is no longer the exciting experience it was 30 years ago. People are looking for more amenities and luxuries than ever before, and there is a heightened awareness now that those luxuries exist at affordable rates. Thanks to television, the Internet and word-of-mouth, travellers are now savvier, more aware and they have more refined tastes. Since Sault Ste. Marie is located in Northern Ontario, travellers may think that when they visit they'll have to compromise on their hotel and dining experiences while staying…
Water Bomber
Located on the waterfront in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, the Bushplane is a national museum that is geared for a whole family experience. The museum caters to both young and old age demographics with amazing exhibits geared to all ages. The CBHC attracts guests from around the region in Canada and the United States, and abroad. We welcome many tour buses through the year with school groups as well as touring buses from across Canada and the United States. We continue to grow with addition of a new state of the art theatre, Wildfires! A fire fighting Adventure in 3-D as well as a woman's pilot exhibit, a revamped Dr.Roberta Bondar Display and the Lewis Hong Chow exhibit; Engineering a…
Musee La Gare
The mornings’ ride from North Bay was a damp one- yet invigorating! The sky ahead was clearing so I turned the Harley-Davidson into Temagami’s olden train station to rid myself of my rain suit. A small town built upon Temiskaming’s district; an area extending as far north as James Bay. The ground under my feet covered a heritage I found quite difficult to comprehend. Here 9,000 years ago is where Canada’s first Nation’s people thrived. It was hard to believe that within a few hours I’d metamorphosed my bustling “concrete jungle” surroundings in “Taronto” to that of a northern outdoor explorer submerged in this beauty and silence. Temagami Train Station A few hours riding northward; there’s just no tiring of…
Stokely Creek Lodge
The perfect mix of snow and terrian turned a dream into a reality... Just a few km North of Sault Ste Marie, amid the Algoma Highlands, you will find Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the result of a dream. Its founder scoured the Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved, cross-country skiing. He developed the trails and build a ski resort. A few years ago, long time guests of Stokely bought the resort so it would continue for their grandchildren and the next generations of cross country enthusiasts. Their dedication to making Stokely a great place to ski paid off; CNN travel says Stokely is…
Hiawatha
Relax and decompress among the trees, fresh air, chirping birds, and waterfalls. These three nature hikes are an escape within the city; two sections of the John Rowswell HUB Trail (Fort Creek & Finn Hill extensions), and Crystal Creek Falls at Kinsmen Park/Hiawatha Highlands.Fort Creek & Finn Hill Extensions of the HUB Trail are both wheelchair accessible and part of a 25-km (15.6 mile) multiuse path system that links areas of the city and points of interest; including the downtown Boardwalk, Bellevue Park, Algoma University, Sault College, the hospital and Fort Creek Conservation Area. You will see pine, cedar and spruce, as well as, balsam fir, poplar, aspen, white birch, yellow birch, red maple and sugar maple trees. Birds you…
Beauty Bay Golf Course on the shores of Black Sturgeon Lake
Northwestern Ontario is dotted with excellent golf courses, many of which give a whole new meaning to the saying "play it as it lies". With our Canadian Shield topography, the courses wind through craggy rocks, pine trees and border the boreal forest with all it's potential hazards. You may take a swing from the tee and not see where your ball landed because of a large rolling hill. Here's an overview of some of the Sunset Country Golf Courses: Ear Falls Golf and Country ClubThis challenging 9 hole course, amid stunning scenery, is located just minutes from Ear Falls, Ontario. It features medium-sized greens that occasionally offer some slope and has narrow tree lined fairways that are generally flat.  Red Lake…
Everyone will enjoy canoeing our crystal clear lakes
Go on a wilderness canoe trip you'll never forget! If you always dreamed of canoeing in crystal clear lakes where the only traffic you'll see are the loons, moose and eagles, then a wilderness canoe trip to Sunset Country is the answer. The landscape of Northwestern Ontario beckons the wilderness canoeist. If you're looking to experience the joys of flat water canoeing in the remote wilderness, there is no better place than Ontario's Sunset Country. You can take a weekend, week, or even longer - it's up to you. Iconic Wilderness Parks Northwestern Ontario is home to some of the most famous canoe parks in Canada. At the top of this list are Quetico Park south of Atikokan, Woodland Caribou…

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  • North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    North Bay Dishes Great Hospitality
    After our first visit to North Bay to visit Dylan, who is attending college and has joined the military, we want to thank North Bay for an excellent first impression. Staff at the hotel and restaurants were friendly and made us feel welcome.  We appreciate the warmth and charm of…
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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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  • Canada's Group of Seven: Painting Algoma
    Canada's Group of Seven: Painting Algoma
    The Legacy of Canada's Group of Seven Algoma has a reputation for being an inspiration to both artists and photographers since the first visit by Canada’s Group of Seven. Canada was once considered “unworthy” of being painted but the landscape paintings pioneered by the Group led to a new wave…
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  • 2014 Summer Concerts in Algoma Country
    2014 Summer Concerts in Algoma Country
    Summer evenings should be spent relaxing with good friends and great music. Below is the 2014 list of Summer outdoor / indoor concerts and music festivals taking place in Algoma this summer. This list will be kept up-to-date throughout the year so make sure to check back for updates. Did…
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  • Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
    Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
     Northeastern Ontario takes roadside kitsch to a whole other level, and it could be because we know the value of fun on those long road trips. Call it weird, or call it Canadian folk art, these roadside attractions are beckoning you in to their welcoming towns, and most of them…
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  • Vintage Bush Planes a Big Part of Fly-in Fishing Experience
    Vintage Bush Planes a Big Part of Fly-in Fishing Experience
    Bush Planes Experience Adds to Fly-in Fishing Trip If a trip into a remote wilderness lake with no roads and spectacular fishing isn't enough, the ride in to the lake on a venerable Canadian bush plane adds so much more to this great vacation experience. Canadian bush planes have a…
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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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  • Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    The moment we have all been waiting for The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not is now open at Science North.   Last week I have the opportunity to see Science North's new exhibit and was a blown away. It is absolutely amazing and a must see. You findout the science behind how Robert…
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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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  • Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    Lake Nipissing's Scenic South Shore
    There is pure relaxation in store for those who visit Lake Nipissing South Shore region in Northeastern Ontario. You will enjoy driving the quaint countryside along the back roads, and visiting the various communities along the way. Callander, a small but popular community, has much to offer including two public…
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