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Explore Northwest Ontario on Snowshoes
Looking for a new area of Northwest Ontario to explore this winter? Try Ignace! Related: Embrace Snowshoeing and Celebrate Winter with a Visit to Thunder Bay Sandbar Provincial Park is about 11 kilometres north of Ignace on Hwy 599. Not staffed during the winter, it’s nevertheless a great spot for some accessible adventure.   Just northeast of the campground is the site of Ontario Rangers camp and a number of trails. There isn’t a chalet or a trail fee, but a handful of volunteers groom a 4.5-km loop for classic cross-country skiing. Grooming isn’t guaranteed, however, which is why snowshoes are an even better option for a tramp through the park. The site is blessed with towering red pines that remind me…
I guess Santa and his reindeer are real after all!
2014 - What a Year!    Here's a look at some of the top stories that made headlines in Ontario's Sunset Country in 2014: January started with a bang! or a brrrrrrr!  There was a deep freeze throughout Northwest Ontario on New Year's Day which continued for months afterwards. If you know don't know metric, that's a whopping -32.8F. The winter continued to be cold breaking records for the coldest and snowiest winters in a long time.      In March there was still at least 3 feet of snow on many of the lakes in Sunset Country!  Jay Samsal using his auger with 3 feet of ice in mid-March 2014                         …
During a recent trip through Hearst Air, the author and his wife Mari teamed up to create a pike fishing episode for Fishing 411 TV.
Fishing 411 host Mark Romanack offers insight into the different types of fishing trips you can plan in Algoma Country. Variety is the spice of life and visitors to Ontario's Algoma Country certainly have lots of options when it comes to places to stay and species of fish to target. Algoma Country lies smack in the middle of Ontario and boasts some of the richest fishing opportunities in the province. From the popular and abundant walleye to trophy class northern pike, leaping smallmouth, beautiful brook trout and lake trout, this region of Ontario has something for every fishing taste, spirit and ambition. Along the trail a fisherman is going to get weary and lodging is going to become a necessity.…
The Sault Ste. Marie Bucket List: Things You Must See And Do This Winter!
2015 is here and it's a time to get out, be adventurous and take advantage of some new experiences in the beautiful city of Sault Ste. Marie! Here is your Winter Bucket List of things to see and do while visiting this winter! To begin, the weather here in Sault Ste. Marie varies greatly. Our seasons are quite distinct, allowing us to offer many types of adventure and travel options, but dressing for the unpredictability is important so Mother Nature doesn't hold you back from having fun!This winter, bundle up and enjoy some of the city's best winter adventures! Weather Information Average Monthly TemperaturesJan Feb Mar Apr May June Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec°C/°F 11/11 6/19 0/32 8/47 16/61…
Add Cross-Country Skiing in Thunder Bay to Your Bucket List
If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of trying cross-country skiing, Thunder Bay is the place to do it. The city boasts world-class groomed trails, and it is easy to rent skis from the experts at Fresh Air. “We are so blessed for the skiing we have in Thunder Bay and in Northwest Ontario. Locally, we have Kamview Nordic Centre - the largest cross country ski club in the country with over 35kms of groomed trail,” says Al Cranston of Fresh Air. “We also have Lappe Nordic Centre, which is arguably one of the best racing centres in the country. Not to mention, over 50kms of trail at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (home of the Sleeping Giant Loppet, formerly the Sibley…
Walleye are one of the fish species caught through the ice
There's nothing like the taste of fresh fish in the middle of the winter, but these trophy fish were are released back into the water.   Hard water anglers can't wait for the ice to freeze to get out there to drop in a line. In Ontario's Sunset Country, we manly ice fish for walleye, lake trout, crappie and northern pike.  Sometimes bass or muskies are caught accidentally. Here are some of the biggest fish caught through the ice in 2014: 39" Lake Trout Caught at Moosehorn Lodge Eric caught this massive 39" lake trout on Lac Seul at Moosehorn Lodge. He reports that the fish swam away strongly. Location: Moosehorn Lodge, Lac Seul, Sioux Lookout Ontario Website: or…
Crissy caught this approx. 25lb trout on Lake of the Woods
Our clear cold Canadian lakes are ideal habitats for huge lakers!   Ontario boasts nearly 25% of the world's lake trout population. Lakers are found on many of the lakes in Ontario's Sunset Country. Lake trout like to swim in water temperatures around 52-53F or colder so how you'll be fishing for lakers depends on the on the time of the year. In early summer and the last half of September, they are often found in shallow water and are fun to cast spoons and plugs at. You can troll a lure just under the surface of the water and catch lake trout. In summer when the water warms the trout go much deeper and are often caught using downriggers. In…
Lace Up! The City's Best Outdoor Skating Rinks
Every year when I was a little girl growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, as soon as the ice froze, or the city announced the public skating rinks were open, my family and I filled up on hot chocolate, strapped on our skates, and skated until our toes froze. It's a great way to spend time as a family or an opportunity to enjoy the cool temperatures and be outdoors this winter! The City of Sault Ste. Marie operated outdoor boarded skating rinks, and the Art Jennings Speed Skating Oval are officially open for the season and there are no admission fees for enjoying these facilities. Here is a list where to find them along with Sault Ste. Marie's NEWEST…
Sandra Bartz caught this 46" northern pike!!
Notorius? Nasty? Notable? Nice? Noble? Whatever you like to call these massive Northern Pike, I'd call these anglers 'Happy'.   Northern pike roam in most lakes in Northwest Ontario. While some anglers don't like to catch these slimy fish, catching a huge northern pike is on my bucket list. Just look at these beasts. They are massive! While many fish are caught and released right away, we are fortunate enough to view these northerns that were photographed before they were released. The following northern pike were all caught and released in Ontario's Sunset Country in 2014.  44" Northern Pike at Big Hook Wilderness Camps Jake Newburn of Nebraska caught this 44" northern on June 2, 2014. Jake has fished yearly…
Kelly Haskett caught this 27" walleye on Lac Seul opening weekend
These are some great walleyes that were caught and released this past year in Ontario's Sunset Country.   Everyone loves to eat walleye, but these big ones were are released to live another day to go on to spawn next year. Larger 'eyes don't taste as succulent as the smaller walleye which is great for the fisheries in Northwest Ontario. Thankfully the trend is to release the large ones back into the water. Gone are the days of mounting these trophy walleyes on a wall. Today the taxidermists can recreate an exact replica with a photo and some measurements.   Take a look at these beautiful walleye caught in Ontario in 2014: 31.5" walleye caught at Big Eagle Lodge Riley Swindell was…


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