Northern Ontario, Canada

Canoeing Killarney’s Northern Access - Less Crowds and Easier Portaging
A few years back I volunteered to paddle and portage the newly expanded section of Killarney Provincial Park - a section between the Panache Lake area and the northern range of the La Cloche Mountains. I re-discovered some perfect canoe and kayak routes through Panache, Bear and Walter Lakes - all connecting to the neighboring lakes already in the park. I recorded them in my guide book - A Paddlers Guide to Killarney and the French River. Since then, I’ve traveled back. I love it here. The main reason is simple - there’s less people. Most paddlers choose to keep to the areas where white quartzite and crystal clear lakes dominate. The northern range has a subtle charm to it’s…
What's New In The Soo? Here's The Scoop!
OutSpoken Brewing OutSpoken Brewing, the first brewery to operate in Sault Ste. Marie since the closure of Northern Breweries in 2006, celebrated their official launch of its storefront on May 1, 2015! Located at 350 Queen Street East this local brewery has growlers ready for grabbing including Pottswurth Maple Breakfast Stout, Rabbit's Foot IPA, Split Shot Ale and Lagered Ale. It was more than two years ago when first sat down with owners Vaughn Alexander and Graham Atkinson to discuss their plans to supply locally crafted micro brew to the Sault public. Photo Credit: Take a look for yourself and watch Local2's video about how things roll at OutSpoken Brewing OutSpoken growlers filled with a brew of…
Great Northern Experiences: There Are So Many Things To Do!
Sault Ste. Marie continues to hold an impressive reputation for "Great Northern Experiences"! Here are some exciting opportunities of things to see and do for locals and tourists alike! Bird Watching / Nature Observations Sault Naturalists of Ontario & Camping Bell's Point Beach Campground158 Highway 17 B 705-759-1561 Blue Berry Hill Motel & CampgroundHwy 17 North, Goulais, ON 705-649-5631 or 1-800-811-4411 Glenview Cottages & Campground2611 Great Northern Road 705-759-3436 or 1-800-668-3100 KOA Campground501 Fifth Line East 705-759-2344 Lake Superior Provincial ParkHwy 17 North, Wawa 705-856-2284 Lion's Club Point Des Chenes Family RV Park & Campground57 Point Des Chenes Drive 705-779-2696 Ojibway Park2628 Hwy 17B, Garden River 705-248-1520 Pancake Bay Provincial ParkHwy 17 North, Pancake Bay 705-882-2209 Fishing Ministry of…
My Son the Hurricane at Loplops on April 25 at 9:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie brings unique opportunities to the city including some of the best entertainers, artists, festivals and events in Northern Ontario! Here is your 2015 list of festivals and events from April until December 2015 that you don't want to miss! April 24 - 25, 2015Sault Ste. Marie Festival of Beer 2015 This event is a must on every beer lovers list and never disappoints. It has sold out the first three years and there is no sign of change in the trend this year as momentum is building and they are expanding the boundaries. Lots of great tastes to choose from! Lop Lops wants to help expand the public's appreciation of beer to celebrate quality, craftsmanship, and Canadian…
Your Sault Ste. Marie Bucket List For Every Season!
Sault Ste. Marie boasts four incredible seasons each bringing something new and exciting to experience. Start checking off your bucket list with some of these unique attractions and activities! Agawa Canyon Tour TrainAll aboard for a one-day wilderness rail excursion over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the rugged mixed forests and granite rock formations of the Canadian Shield. The tour is highlighted with a stopover in beautiful Agawa Canyon Park.Call: 1-800-242-9287 Visit: Art Gallery of AlgomaThe natural beauty of the waterfront and the city's boardwalk makes a perfect backdrop for the Elsie Savoie Sculpture Park and leads visitors to the Art Gallery of Algoma. The Gallery offers approximately 20 different exhibitions each year. The…
Host Colin McKeown with a 4 pound smallmouth bass caught at Birch Lake Resort.
Catching smallmouth bass on a fly rod is truly an angler's delight. Nestled in Algoma Country, only an hour or so from Sault Ste. Marie, Birch Lake Resort is surrounded by numerous lakes that have exceptional smallmouth bass fishing. To find bass that average 3 - 4lbs and that will willingly come to fly -- that is indeed a special place. In this area you can use topwater poppers, streamers and crayfish patterns to hook the bass. Using six or seven weight rods, this is great fishing at a great price! Best of all, the surrounding lakes have public access. Colin used poppers like these to catch smallmouth bass at Birch Lake Resort. Photo credit The New Fly Fisher Brown…
What You Need to Know: Getting Ready For Walleye Season 2015
"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover   It's time for fishing. In just a few short weeks die-hard enthusiasts and casual anglers from all over the continent will be starting their journey, equipped with rod and reel, to set up at outposts and lodges all over the North-West in hopes of hooking the ultimate catch. Walleye. With just over a month left before the 2015 Walleye opener, many of our members are well underway preparing their lodges, dusting off window shutters and stocking pantries, heralding the arrival of long time patrons and new visitors alike. Everyone is getting excited. If the…
Kayaking Northwest Ontario
The Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases 10 award winning paddling films.    The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an International film tour presenting the world's best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year.  The winners and other shortlisted films are toured to more than 100 cities around the world including Canada, the U.S., United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. The top 10 festival category winners plus an additional 13 inspiring paddling films include wilderness action about stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, International river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, gruelling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. Here's a list…
Learn some great tips for capturing the Northern Lights by camera.
What a treat it is when you can see and photograph an aurora in Algoma! Northern Lights are synonymous with the name Aurora Borealis. Aurora Borealis means "dawn of the north". Aurora was the goddess of the dawn according to Roman myths. If you want to know more fun facts about Auroras visit: Photo credit Sheri Minardi An Aurora can be viewed when there is high geomagnetic activity and when the aurora oval extends down into our region. As a photographer, you are always checking your sources for a night when it will all come together and you will see an aurora. The Algoma region requires akp reading (see map here) of about a 5 or higher to see…
Coming this April with force is the Festival of Beer! The fourth installment of this hugely popular event will happen on April 24th and 25th and LopLops is bringing you even more amazing breweries and beers this year! Increasing the number of craft breweries from 18 to 24 means up to 25 more beer varieties to check out this year. This event is a must on every beer lovers list and never disappoints. It has sold out the first three years and there is no sign of change in the trend this year as momentum is building and they are expanding the boundaries. Lots of great tastes to choose from! Lop Lops wants to help expand the public's appreciation of…


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