Northern Ontario, Canada

A Motorcycle Tale in Algoma Country.
It's been said, if you ride a motorcycle you've a story to tell. I believe that's because on a motorcycle you become part of the scene, unlike in an automobile sitting behind windows, observing it. Even the most barren of roads can offer up an adventure or tale when you're sitting amidst it on a motorcycle. And this particular tale of mine came about while riding along one of the most splendid, lone stretches of highway bordering the mighty Lake Superior -- the Trans-Canada Highway 17 South from Wawa's famous mighty goose monument -- to Sault Ste. Marie. The famous Wawa Goose Monument. Photo credit Vicki Gray. North Shore, Woman Bay, Lake Superior. Photo credit Vicki Gray. It's a ride…
Scenic Paddling on Mattagami River
Do you hear that? It's the wind tousling the branches of an old pine, and the paddle breaking through calm water. It's a legendary paddling adventure, and it's in Northeastern Ontario. Imagine, paddling ancient canoe routes the Anishinaabekwe and French Voyageurs did so long ago. Discover yourself on crystal clear waters, surrounded by wilderness in it's purest form. You'll make memories to last a lifetime, reaching locations only accessible to the adventurous at heart. Find a list of Northeastern Ontario's Top Paddling Destinations for 2014 below:  Temagami   Local Outfitter:Temagami Outfitting CompanyProvincial Park Nearby:Finlayson Point Provincial Park, Lady Evelyn - Smoothwater Provincial Park, Obabika Lake Provincial Park, Solace Provincial ParkWhere to Stay:Full ListingWhat to Expect: Over 1200 islands, and red/white…
Devils Rock
It's hard to believe that one of Northeastern Ontario's best and most accessible vistas is seldom seen. This view would become very important to one of Canada's most successful writers.     To young detectives worldwide, he was known under the pseudonyms Carolyn Keene, Roy Rockwood and most famously Franklin W. Dixon author of The Hardy Boys series. Author Leslie McFarlane, who passed away on September 6, 1977, was one of the most successful Canadian writers of all time. Working for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, he penned 21 volumes of The Hardy Boys, initiated The Dana Girls series and wrote seven Dave Fearless novels. Devil's Rock on the west side of Lake Temiskaming near Haileybury rivals the Barron Canyon in Algonquin…
Spring Photo Fishing Roundup 2014
Ice out, open water, lodges are opening—these are sure signs that winter is over and that the spring/summer fishing season is ON! Lodge owners in Algoma Country have been posting images of big Walleye and Northern Pike caught by their first guests & Ontario's Walleye Opener on their Facebook pages. These photos really capture the spring fishing season in Algoma—elated fishermen proudly holding up their first catches of the season! Take a look at these spring fishing photos shared by lodge owners below. (for more photos, check out their Facebook Pages and Follow them!)   Agich's Kaby Kabins on Kabinakagami Lake posted the biggest Walleye caught in their season so far: 10lbs, catch & release. This fly-in fishing lodge has…
The Blues Fest has a reputation for attracting top name acts
It’s a July party like no other, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival in Thunder Bay July 4 -6, 2014 is a perfect reason to plan at trip to Northwest Ontario to kick start your summer. Blues acts are still the main draw for the large crowds who come back year after year. Goh Iromoto Photo Book your tickets and accommodations for a great three-day weekend stay in Thunder Bay as the shores of Lake Superior come alive again for the 13th annual edition of one of Canada's popular outdoor concerts. This year’s Blues Fest boasts a world-class international lineup of superlative talent that puts “V” in variety like you’ve never experienced before. Canadian celtic rockers Allan Doyle and Great Big Sea were the Sunday…
Flip, flop and fly...
The four-year-olds are losing their minds with excitement. The 40-year-old parents are having a pretty good time too. We’re at the AeroSports Trampoline Park, a new attraction in Thunder Bay located in the big white bubble of the Sports Dome on Northern and Memorial. It’s less than a week after the trampoline park opened its doors and it already looks like a hit: even on a Friday morning the place is buzzing. Teenagers are doing flips into a foam pit overflowing with oversized blue foam cubes, a gymnast is practicing her routine, and moms chat and cradle babies while their toddlers flop into their own foam pit and bounce on trampoline squares. Family Fun for All The AeroSports facility boasts some…
Paying it Forward in Dryden
You'll never guess what one girl is getting for her graduation!   Update: Check out the bottom of the article for a photo of Alexzandria on her grad night. So beautiful! Thanks again to everyone involved. These past couple of weeks something special has been happening in Dryden, Ontario. What started out as a kind gesture by one business ended up being a whole community coming together to make one individual's grad night something spectacular.  It all started with this note... Anonymous donor gives away 4 tires Pat Pearson of First Impression came across a note online where a good samaritan paid for tires for someone in need. It inspired her to do something nice for someone. She decided to donate…
Big Screen Lure for Film Festivals and Movie Events in Thunder Bay
Movies, video and film are the exciting mediums these days. It’s what people pay to see, what they discuss in coffee shops and how they fantasize as a route for success, fame and a means to express themselves. Some of this expression in recent years has become part of the cultural fabric of Thunder Bay. The city boasts three local film festivals along with sporadic independent film showings and events that make a visit to the city even more worthwhile if you are a film/movie buff. Generating Local Interest in Movie and Film Thirteen years ago, my brother Eric Weller made the first feature-length film in Thunder Bay in 70 years—a horror/comedy, Zombie Massacre. He now teaches at Confederation College…
Will we be ice fishing on Saturday?
With one day left to the walleye opener and the start of the May Long weekend, many people are wondering, can I get out on the lake?   Some lakes are open and some, unfortunately, are not. With the record cold winter and a miserable cold spring, Mother Nature has just not been good to us. Last weekend I wrote an ice out article that updated conditions with one week to opener. While last weekend was hot and sunny and *gasp* summer-like, this week saw below freezing temps and even some snow! This morning there was a layer of frost on my windshield. I know, it's not what you wanted to hear but believe me, it's really not what we…

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