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.
The top of the Giant provides spectacular view of Lake Superior
Peering over the edge, I looked straight down at Lake Superior from the top of the Sleeping Giant. "Careful where you step," said Greg Stroud, my hiking partner for the day from Parks Canada, "because each step could be your last." There was no sign, no guardrail—just an unobstructed view of the world's biggest lake from Ontario's highest point. Hiking the Top of the Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is no easy feat. The goal was to reach the Lake Superior lookout that hovers 950 feet above, which means hikers have to climb every step of the elevation gain. View of the Sleeping Giant from Prince Arthur's Landing at the Thunder Bay waterfront Lookin from the waterfront in Thunder Bay,…
Hiking Killarney Provincial Park
  We've broken down our best trail systems by area and non-profit trail (or tourism) association: Discovery Routes in North Bay, Rainbow Routes in Sudbury, Nastawgan Trails in Temiskaming Shores, Manitoulin Tourism Association and Timmins Recreational Trails. If you're interested in an area in particular, we encourage you to click through to the association's website or check out their corresponding google maps.  Provincial parks deserve an honourable mention, too. Ontario Parks in Northeastern Ontario are mini mecca's for hiking trails. Killarney Provincial Park for example is famous for its hiking trail to the 'Crack'.  Discovery Routes (North Bay & Area)  For a full listing of hiking trails in the North Bay area, please see Discovery Route's website or Google Map. …
Pull up to a different secluded beach each night.
Houseboating is a great way to experience Lake of the Woods A couple of summers ago, my father-in-law, who lives in Toronto called to invite us on a houseboat trip on Lake of the Woods. Having grown up on the north end of Lake of the Woods, I had always wanted to rent a houseboat but somehow never got around to it. So my first response was ABSOLUTELY. In the end there were 7 of us - 5 adults and a 1.5 and 11 year old. What a trip we had! This was a fabulous place near Sioux Narrows to moor the houseboat We rented a houseboat from Lake of the Woods Houseboats in Sioux Narrows and spent the next…
Kiss for good luck!
Besides beautiful sunsets, Ontario's Sunset Country is know for something else: Some of the best fresh water fishing around! Just how great is our fishing? Let us show you through the facebook posts that Ontario's Sunset Country has uploaded or shared in 2013. What a great year - congrats to all these anglers. A job well done. Thanks for releasing most of them in order to live another day and to keep our fisheries nice and strong.  January 2013 started out right for Donnie, just look at this 44" northern pike he caught at Muskie Bay Resort in Nestor Falls, Ontario. 44" Northern Pike caught at Muskie Bay Resort   Here's a monster 46" lake trout caught and released by Duluth's…
Catch the races at the Emo Speedway
Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country This summer, experience hospitality and loads of fun at the events and festivals going on in Ontario's Sunset Country. Up here it is party time in the great outdoors, alongside beautiful freshwater lakes, in friendly towns and cities and even in the midst of the boreal forest. Here's a sampling of what you can do: Canada Day July 1st is a big deal in the many small towns and cities across the region. Take in the fireworks display or attend many sales and events in town. Most communities have special activities lined up so if you are here and staying at a resort or lodge, make sure you head into town on Canada…
Sailing toward Pie Island with Captain Greg Heroux
In the first few days of summer, the water in Lake Superior was surprisingly not that cold. Though I had sat in the sauna at Thompson Island in Lake Superior for a few minutes before making the plunge, the cobalt blue water was crisp, cool and refreshing. The warm breeze rustled the trees overhead as steam poured out of the sauna. I could have been anywhere, I thought, but I was spending the night on a sailboat docked on a small island in the world’s biggest lake. Big Lake Adventure on Superior Book your Lake Superior Adventure Now! When it comes to exploring Northern Ontario, Lake Superior takes center stage.  With an abundance of islands, bays and coves, the north…
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…
Robin Ranger and his band perform at Gargoyles Grill & Ale
There's no shortage of food or entertainment in Thunder Bay and plenty of great places to sleep after all that fun. Thunder Bay has a band to cover every genre of music, except mariachi and even that is a possibility. The Northwest Ontario city is a stopping point for touring musicians on the road and local bands play just about every night of the week. Gargoyle's Grill and Ale located near the waterfront in the entertainment district, serves up Canadian fusion cuisine with live music weekly. The menu features an eclectic selection of appetizers with seasonal ingredients and the weekly roster of local bands is sure to impress just about any music lover. I was lucky enough to catch Robin…
Richard Boon Explores Cave at Cavern Lake
A few years ago, after learning that the largest cave in precambrian rock was located close to Thunder Bay, I set out to find what many call “The Bat Cave” at Cavern Lake. Cavern Lake is located in a provincial Nature Preserve off of Fish Hatchery Road, approximately 9-kilometres north of Dorion.  Dorion is a small community about a 45 minute drive east of Thunder Bay, right on the Trans-Canada Highway. Hard to Find, A Protected Area According to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the cave is home to several colonies of bats.  Because any disturbances in the cave could harm the bats, visits by humans are discouraged by the MNR. When I went to the local ministry office…
Bill Spicer fishing for walleye.
The Most Sought After Fish In Ontario Has To Be The Walleye. Editor's Note: Bill Spicer, Host of The New Fly Fisher, shares his train-in fishing adventure for walleye on Lake Wabatongushi at Errington's Wilderness Island. Check out the video -- Bill experiments to catch walleye when a Northern Ontario cold front toughens the conditions! For more information about train-in fishing in Algoma visit www.wildernessbyrail.ca In my recent travels I visited a lake system, which boasts large numbers of walleye along with good pike fishing. This lake is called Wabatongushi and on it is Errington's Wilderness Island. Al and Doris Errington welcomed us to their family-run facility. The walleye fishing was nothing short of outstanding. Whether you were fly fishing…

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  • Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Where To Go Start in the beautiful city of North Bay situated on the shores of Lake Nipissing with Trout Lake also within city limits. Here you will find trails and routes that will challenge and delight. Whether you're looking for a fun family getaway, a romantic weekend or a chance…
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  • Explore our wilderness on skis
    Explore our wilderness on skis
    Cross-Country Skiing in Northwestern Ontario Yes it's a fact, the winters are long and sometimes cold up here in Northwestern Ontario! But being the eternal optimist that you are, you see opportunity in this beautiful winter wonderland. We do too so that is the reason we want to encourage skiers…
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  • Houseboat Adventure Trips on Freshwater Lakes
    Houseboat Adventure Trips on Freshwater Lakes
    Try a Floating Cabin for a Change of Pace One of the more unique ways to explore some of the BIG lakes in Sunset Country is to rent a houseboat. With all the amenities of a regular cabin, houseboats offer the vacationer a chance to see the many sights and…
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  • Temiskaming Drag n' Fly - A Great Reason to Ride
    Temiskaming Drag n' Fly - A Great Reason to Ride
     Mike Jacobs , motorcycle touring aficionado and freelance writer for Motorcycle.com recently visited the Temiskaming Drag ‘n Fly, hosted by the Earlton Airport August 12 – 15. Take a close look at the location of the drag race, and you’ll find that it’s located on one of Ontario’s premiere motorcycle…
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  • We're not just cool in the Summer!
    We're not just cool in the Summer!
    Come for a Weekend Visit - Yes, in the Winter! No we're not kidding! Winter is a great time of year for a short getaway to Ontario. The cities and towns in the region have some great accommodations and there are many fun activities that you can do. Winter is…
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  • Fish and Hunt Lodges Double as Family Getaways
    Luxury lodges and rustic cabins offer a range of outdoor experiences By James E. Brennan The morning sun catches the green glow of a stand of trees, casting a mirror image on the still lake waters. The smell of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee drifts from a nearby lodge kitchen. A…
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  • Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Capture Wildlife in Their Natural Environment
    Photograph Nature & Wildlife in Sunset Country Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is one of the many great places in Canada where wildlife are abundant.  If you love nature and photography, then come for a visit and experience the great sights and sounds we have to offer. Whether it be…
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  • 3 of the Best Ways to see the Northern Lights in Sunset Country
    3 of the Best Ways to see the Northern Lights in Sunset Country
    Where will you be when you see the sky dance? For those that live in the city and have never seen the northern lights, it is hard to imagine the dancing streaks of colour that you see high in the sky at night in Sunset Country and across Northern Ontario. Pictures…
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  • It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    Hello my Snowmobile friends, it's Luc here better known as "The Groomer Guy"! It is the time of year that that we all wait for the big snow fall to come and to go out riding, it's the time of year that we begin to plan our upcoming snowmobile trips…
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  • Don't Miss the New Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre on Lake of the Woods
    Don't Miss the New Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre on Lake of the Woods
    Visitors are flocking to the new Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows is housed in a beautiful building on the shores of Lake of the Woods. The Centre is seeing visitors from the United States, Sweden, France, Australia, England, Germany and…
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