Northern Ontario, Canada

Smallmouth is just one of the many fish species found in Northwest Ontario
If it's true that "variety is the spice of life", and you're an angler who has yet to discover Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country, you're in for a pleasant surprise.     A fishy spice market of epic proportions.  Indeed, having lived in this watery Garden of Eden for almost 40 years now, I feel a tinge of sadness for visiting anglers.  I mean, with so many lakes and rivers, so many species of fish and so many unique opportunities, how in the world do you decide where to go? Black Sturgeon Lake is one of the thousands of lakes in Northwest Ontario Case in point: there are 100,000 lakes in Northwestern Ontario. One hundred thousand - that is more water…
Photos by Duncan Weller
Derek Lucchese grew a strong following selling his bread and pizza at the Thunder Bay Country Market for twelve years. His new business at the location that used to be Sheer Heaven, a hairdresser’s, at the corner of Algoma and Park St. is going gangbusters as a successful pizza joint called Both Hands. Pizza lovers of all ages have made Both Hands their alternative for home-made pizza; they also do take-out.   Derek and his young gang of employees make signature pizzas using a hybrid of our North American taste for sour dough with the thin crust style of traditional Italian pizza. They make simple food sourced from as much locally produced foods as possible. The bread and toppings are made preservative…
The Best Places to Commune With Nature This Fall: All Within City Limits
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority owns 1865 hectares (4600 acres) of diverse ecosystems including forest, wetlands and shorelines. All are yours to explore and enjoy. Conservation areas offer a wide range of natural experiences. If you're looking for a place where you can appreciate nature, get some exercise and learn about our environment, there is an adventure waiting for you at a nearby conservation area! Here are 5 locations that will take you to the best places to commune with nature right within the city of Sault Ste. Marie. The Fort Creek Conservation AreaThe Fort Creek Conservation Area is owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority and was purchased to address flood control concerns experienced by…
McLeod's Store, Missanabie around 1905. Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Editor's Note: Algoma Country staff first came into contact with Bill McLeod late last fall after we published our story about the Chapleau Game Preserve. We were delighted to learn that Bill is the grandson of the man who made a significant effort towards the creation of the Preserve. It is still the largest game preserve in the world today, encompassing just under 2,000,000 acres of land. Bill is a published author who has written a number of books dedicated to the history of the area and its colourful past. I asked Bill to share his family's story and why he wrote his books. It's the early 1830s near the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, a chain…
Cafés The Locals Love: Find Them Downtown Sault Ste. Marie!
Whether you're traveling by foot, bicycle, automobile or city transit, these charming cafés downtown Sault Ste. Marie offer a wide variety of unique experiences, all with a delicious cup of coffee in hand. These local gems are a blend of fresh coffee and tea, local music, art, regionally produced goods, handcrafts, workshops and so much more. Here are a few of the local favourites! Featuring - Café Natüra Kelly Burton, Nutritional Consultant at Café Natüra shares her passion for healing and the story of how Café Natüra came to be.Growing up, I always wanted to open a Politics Store. It would be a café with books that promote positive change. It would be a place where people talked about health…
Sunset over Lac Lu, Ontario, Canada
Whether you vacationed in Ontario's Sunset Country or not, these photos from the summer of 2014 may just entice you to plan a trip next year.   If you've never been to Ontario's Sunset Country, it's really hard to grasp just how beautiful it really is up here. Between Thunder Bay and the Manitoba border there are over 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams. Some people think Ontario ends at Thunder Bay. I may be prejudice, but I think our area of the province happens to be the most scenic and the following photos of Northwestern Ontario prove just that.  Most of these photos were shot by the lodges and resorts in Northwest Ontario, by guests in the area, some locals…
Fall into Fun at Pumpkinfest
A visit to Gammondale Farm in the Slate River Valley is a great way to enjoy the splendour of the autumn colours if you are planning a trip to the Lake Superior region this fall. You will find that September and October is the perfect time to take the 40 minute drive to Thunder Bay from the Ontario-Minnesota border to visit Northwest Ontario. You will be amazed by the vivid red and auburn hues from the leaves of the hardwood trees against golden brown fields in the landscape of the rugged Nor’wester Mountain range. Come and celebrate the fall harvest, Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween at Gammondale Farm at the 20th Annual Pumpkinfest. Pumpkinfest runs for four weekends during the month of October…
Algoma Fall Festival
President of the Algoma Fall Festival, Donna Hilsigner welcomes you to the 42nd Algoma Fall Festival in Sault Ste. Marie! "This October you'll have a fantastic seat as music, arts and creative expression take over streets, our theatres and our gallery. An outstanding line-up of Canadian and international talent and unique events include The Group of Seven in Algoma, Northern Ontario's first Nuit Blanche and Celtic Colours in Algoma. Celebrate the season and blaze the night away with Entertainment on Fire!" Buy Your Tickets Here! "Our mission, as the Algoma Arts Festival Association, is to enhance life for the people of our northern community by bringing to them the experience of excellence in the visual and performing arts. The Algoma Arts…
Close encounters of the Moose-kind
My trip to Timmins had me experiencing some of the best of what northeastern Ontario has to offer. There is no better way to explore one’s country than by becoming a traveler within it. Timmins allowed me the opportunity to explore more within my home country and I was kept busy with endless activities from roller derby, laser tag, indoor golf, fitness classes, to getting up close and personal with nature, and beyond. Timmins offers a plethora of adventures for the young and old. As a big kid at heart, it’s no surprise that the big kid in me came out in Timmins. Trying to sum up some the best of Timmins is a hard task seeing as I’ve visited a few times. Yet, when I…
Where Will The Great Spirit Circle Trail Lead You? To Manitoulin Island
A visit to Manitoulin Island is so much more than a visit to the world’s largest freshwater island. Yes, it is an outdoor lover’s playground housing scenic waterfalls and spectacular views, but it is also a destination where one can discover and learn about history and culture. Our travels around Manitoulin Island followed the Great Spirit Circle Trail, an aboriginal experience giving us a glimpse into the lives of the Anishnawbek people. There are 7 First Nation Reserves on Manitoulin Island, and if you have always wanted to learn more about this rich culture, this is the place to be immersed in Aboriginal traditions.   Lobby of Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre   Our tour of the Great Spirit Circle…

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