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One of the 2014 snow sculptures at the Kenora Winter Carnival
The fun doesn't stop because it's winter, get outside and enjoy these winter festivals and carnivals!   Here's a list of the 2015 winter carnivals and festivals in Northwest Ontario. Visit their websites or Facebook pages for more information. The best part about the festivals is that most events are either free or very reasonably priced. Have fun! 70th Annual Reddit Winter Carnival - February 6-8, 2015 The carnival starts with supper at 5:00 at the Reddit Community Club on Friday and then the crowning of the carnival queen at 7:00pm. There's an all-day curling bonspiel on Saturday. On Sunday the carnival continues with breakfast starting at 10:00am and runs until noon. The ice fishing derby is on Sunday as…
Unexpected Indulgence in Kirkland Lake—Sir Harry Oakes Chateau and The Dish Café
Historically, Kirkland Lake has been known for two things: gold and hockey. As such, the town’s two big attractions are the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau (a museum in the impressive manor of a former gold tycoon) and Hockey Heritage North (a museum celebrating the disproportionately large number of early NHLers who hailed from the small community). Today, the area is a favourite for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking the trails beside the famous waterfalls in the nearby Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park. After a day of exploring the beauty of Ontario’s North, a trip to The Dish Café, an unexpectedly upscale find in central Kirkland Lake, is a perfect way…
Manitoulin Rocks!—Understanding Alvars and What Happened in Walkerton
Ontario's Manitoulin Island is blessed with incredible natural beauty mainly because of the rocks. It's rocks are oddities. We can learn much from these anomalies.  Follow this through. It is the 172nd largest island in the world and is the 31st largest in Canada. Known as the “Spirit Island”, it has within it 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn several of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds. Lake Manitou is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world and Treasure Island in Lake Mindemoya is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake in the world.  These facts alone give the island an atypical introduction. It is…
Top winter activities to experience in North Bay, Ontario
What’s the best thing about Northeastern Ontario, you ask? Well, it could be that you can drive less than 10 minutes from any urban centre and find yourself in our #1 attraction: Nature. Northeastern Ontario is a four-season destination, but with the onset of winter, we have a whole other playground to offer.   Head north to North Bay, offering a variety of winter activities to cater to all types of enthusiasts, from catching a Battalion home game to hitting the slopes at the Laurentian Ski Hill. And when you choose to stay at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park, a local hotel, resort and conference centre, you have the opportunity to package with the following activities:   Battalion OHL home…
True Northern Outfitting: Your Go To Outdoor Adventure Specialists
"We want to build on our reputation of providing outstanding customer service and product knowledge." Dave - Joe's Sports & Surplus Joe's Sports & Surplus is about quality outdoor adventure gear, community support, service after the sale, and high quality customer outfitting assistance and information. If you are into outdoor adventures whether it is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, and boating, they have the gear for you. When available, they also carry a wide range army surplus clothing and gear. Joe's Sports and Surplus, originally opened as Joe's Variety in 1956 by owner Joe Stortz Sr. In the 1970's Joe Stortz Jr. and his wife Ginette grew the store into Joe's Sports and Surplus where it has been a mainstay…
Big Tires and Big Adventures: Fat Biking in Thunder Bay
I strain against the tug of normalcy and because of that every once in a while I need to toss off the reigns of that insidious beast and head for parts unknown to me.   With winter dragging on I decided with my friend Casey, to toss our Fat Bikes in the truck and head north from Duluth to Thunder Bay for some frozen inspiration. We grabbed a nice room at the Prince Arthur Hotel, a place I have haunted before. The Prince Arthur is like a favorite old sweater that you pull on to relax, comfortable, clean but just a little bit fuzzy at the elbows. I love the P.A. because its staff is super friendly it’s centrally located…
On the way to the North Bay Outdoor Show
I have a soft spot for tourism and hospitality. When people think of their travels as one long romantic novel, they tend to become snobs and can't just enjoy the moment. We are lucky and don't have to travel to see the beauty of the outdoors, awesome beaches, great parties, amazing people, it's all right here in North Bay. I have worked serving tourists in different ways, from flipping burgers to promoting tourism itself. This city has endless possibilities and to it's inhabitants I say: It's your's, you pay to help maintain it, build it, grow it and now it's time to cherish it. Let's work to make this city the talk of the country and this show is the…
Hit the Trails in Town and Country—Snowmobiling in Timmins, Ontario
Timmins is Ontario’s snowmobiling mecca. I know, I know, this is just a bit biased considering I’ve lived here for 27 years now, but this is how I really feel. Northeastern Ontario proves it is the "BIG" snowmobile destination year after year. With an annual average snowfall of 300+ cm and over 440km of groomed trails in the Timmins club alone, you'll quickly realize that if you need guaranteed snow and length of trails for your big sledding trip, this is the place. With a population base of roughly 45,000 people and a rich history of gold mining, the town is modern with excellent accommodations and an everything you could possibly need right at the trailside.  If you're the kind of…
Jordan Nolan seen with the Stanley Cup
Photographers Donna Hopper, Kenneth Armstrong, Michael Purvis and Shaylan Spurway from SooToday.com capture Sault Ste. Marie in photographs exhibiting the true diversity and appeal of the city. A variety of activities, including dog sled pulls, took place on Day 1 of the 2014 Bon Soo Winter Carnival in Sault Ste Marie, Ont. on February 8, 2014. Donna Hopper/SooToday A Tribe Called Red perform at the Sault College Health and Wellness Centre on May 3, 2014 as part of Passport to Unity. Donna Hopper/SooToday A young girl blows bubbles during the first annual Eat Algoma Local Food Festival held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 on Queen Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Donna Hopper/SooToday Thousands gather at the Bondar Pavilion to…
Making A Great Trip Unforgettable: A Perfect Winter "Package" For Two!
Choose an exciting package and discover the most popular and exciting attractions in Sault Ste. Marie and make a great trip unforgettable! Relax and rejuvenate at the spa or explore the pristine outdoor landscapes including a 750 foot vertical for an Alpine skiing adventure, endless kilometers of perfectly groomed Nordic ski trails and more! Searchmont Stay & Ski Weekend Package : 2 Night(s)   Includes 2 nights accommodation and 2 daily ski lift tickets per person to ski. Breakfast and/or OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie packages are included with certain participating accommodations. Night Skiing is FREE with Friday and Saturday Ski/Accommodation Package. This Weekend package is redeemable on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This package automatically includes the following OLG Casino…

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