Northern Ontario, Canada

Pet-Friendly Travel in Northeastern Ontario
Planning a trip to Northeastern Ontario, but you don’t want to leave your four-legged family members behind? No need to worry – our region is full of accommodations and activities that are perfect for you and your adventurous, furry companion! We’ve compiled a list of pet-friendly places to stay, sorted by category, as well as some helpful tips for travelling with pets. Many of these places have their very own resident pets to befriend while you’re visiting!   Pet-Friendly Activity Ideas If you’re looking to include your pet in your next family vacation, Northeastern Ontario offers many thrilling outdoor activities for everyone, including the four-legged members! Take advantage of our beautiful BIG vistas on a hike, like one of Manitoulin…
The majority of vegetables, eggs and meat are locally grown or raised right here in Northwest Ontario
Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Fruit and Vegetables This Summer   The beginning of summer marks the beginning of Farmers' Markets throughout Northwest Ontario. Over the years, they have become popular not only in Northwest Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' Markets have become mainstream as more and more people want fresh, organic, local meats and produce. During the winter the fruit and veggies that are available in Northwest Ontario have come from far away and therefore are not very fresh by the time they get here. Going to a local market we can have fresh vegetables just as if we had grown them ourselves (without all the bad breaking work!). People want healthy options and it also great…
Onigaming Powwow 2013
On Sunday, June 21st 2015, we are called as a nation to celebrate Canada's 19th National Aboriginal Day.   On the twenty-first day of every June, the Earth reaches a point in it's orbit where the top of the axis is pointed closest to the Sun, resulting in the northern hemisphere being bathed in the most amount of light in a 24 hour period. This is known as the Summer Solstice and is recognized in many cultures to be a day of self-reflection and celebration. On this day in 1996, former Governor General, Roméo LeBlanc, announced that this sacred day would from then on be shared to recognize the history of indigenous people across Canada as National Aboriginal Day (NAD).…
In-line spinners like the famous Yakima Rooster Tail, Mepps Aglia and Panther Martin are among the best baits for targeting brook trout in lakes and streams.
Monster brook trout like this are one of the reasons the author travels to Algoma Country every spring. Among those who covet trout fishing, most anglers agree that the in-line spinner is the "go to" bait for catching trout of all sizes and varieties. While the fly fishermen among us might put up a good argument that the Muddler Minnow is the most popular fly of all time, even the mighty Muddler Minnow hasn't produced as many trout as popular spinners like the Yakima Rooster Tail, Mepps Aglia and Panther Martin. Trout spinners bring to the table the unique combination of flash, vibration and a pulsating hackle that trumps just about any other lure type. Even better, spinners are easy…
Connect with Nature and Yourself - Auberge Inn Yoga Retreat
Many people book vacations online, travel in their own car, and stay at large hotels. While enjoyable, these trips often don’t nurture much of a connection to the local landscape – natural or human. I often find when traveling that the most rewarding part of a getaway is the genuine interactions with long-time residents who give a place its special flavour. I just had such an experience at the Auberge Inn in Providence Bay on Manitoulin Island while visiting for their Yoga Retreat Weekend (held in June and September). The Inn is run by the very friendly and proud transplants to Manitoulin, Nathalie and Alain. You’ll enjoy learning about the island, eating delicious and healthy meals, and talking to the…
Beginning July 1st, 2015, ATV riders will no longer be confined to the trails.
Changes made by the Ministry of Transportation seeks to make travelling on public roads with off-road vehicles more safe for drivers.   If you're familiar with Northwestern Ontario, you'll know that, tucked away within the vast Canadian overgrowth, there are hundreds upon thousands of trails and backroads; many of which are only easily accessible by all-terrain vehicles or ATVs. For anyone who camps, owns a cottage, lives in a non-rural area, hunts or fishes, the ability to drive an ATV is not only a necessity but also a right of passage. ATV's have become a priceless commodity over the past decades as they make navigating the dense Ontario backwoods much easier than with conventional vehicles. Many people rely on this…
Kitty Cucumber: The Largest Children's Boutique in Northwest Ontario
As the longest running independent retail store in the north core’s waterfront district, in its twenty-seventh year, nearly three generations of shoppers have visited Kitty Cucumber, a charming specialty shop carrying quality children’s clothing from infant to size 16 for boys and girls. With lots of regulars, this a place where customers become friends with the owner, Jolene, who loves her shop and is bursting with smiles and enthusiasm. None of the clothing lines at Kitty are carried in the big box stores. Popular lines include Roxy, Quiksilver, Blu, LimeApple Yoga Wear, Columbia Sportswear and Gusti Outerwear. Kitty also carries baptismal and christening wear, first communion wear and wear for special occasions, weddings and graduations. All clothes are unique and…
Let Your Troubles Float Away in Thunder Bay
Tracey and Gavin Barrett, decided to open Afloat in early 2014 after floating in Minneapolis. The benefits they experienced from that first float inspired them to bring it to their hometown of Thunder Bay. "We were excited about floating's potential to really help people. And so far the response has been amazing," says Tracey. Operating in the Bay and Algoma District since mid-February 2015, Afloat is a thriving new business, offering floatation therapy to Thunder Bay. Floating is also referred to as sensory deprivation. It involves lying in a large pod, filled with 10 inches water, containing Epsom Salt. The water is heated to skin temperature (93.5 degrees) and if you choose to close the lid and turn off the…
Art and the Art of Coffee at Espresso JOYA
Espresso JOYA is the Waterfront District’s new espresso bar and gallery, owned and operated by Thomas White. He developed his love of coffee while studying in Italy where he completed the final year of his art degree through the Ontario College of Art and Design. In Italy, he became a coffee fan and saw the immense benefits of making proper espressos and lattés. This stuck with him over the years. When he moved to Thunder Bay to raise a family and put his teaching degree to use, he quickly developed a following while working tirelessly to perfect his craft operating a mobile coffee rig, testing out local roaster’s products and honing his skills and knowledge of the temperamental coffee machine and…
Cycling Paradise on Manitoulin Island
The largest freshwater island in the world – Manitoulin Island – is quickly establishing itself as a cyclist’s paradise. With 108 inland lakes and more than two dozen towns and settlements dotted between its shores, the island’s natural beauty and First Nations cultural history offers a rich biking experience. To get to the island, the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun runs from May to October between Tobermory and South Baymouth. The ferry departs four times daily in the summer months and two times daily in the spring and fall. Ferry schedules can be found at most tourism information booths and local businesses. In high season, it is important to make reservations in advance. Cyclists arriving on the island are met with a warm…

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