Northern Ontario, Canada

The Great Northern Ride brings snowmobilers together to raise money for local youth.
The 14th Annual GNR - Northern Ontario's Big Loop Through Algoma Never before has a group this large snowmobiled through this part of the country and what makes this ride special is friendships and raising funds year after year. The GNR (Great Northern Ride) Charity stayed in their in home province of Ontario this year. This incredible fundraising group has raised over 1.5 million dollars for handicapped children over the past 14 years and they achieved this through their passion of snowmobiling. This year they traveled over 2,000 km in 5 days, they rode through OFSC Districts: 12 STP, 13 Algoma, 14 TATA and 15 Northern Corridor, covering a lot of trail all in the name of fundraising. The riders…
Sudbury Just Got Spooky: Haunted Halloween Packages Available
Halloween is right around the corner and to help you get into the spirit, Sudbury is offering a variety of spooktacular fun for everyone! So, pick your poison. We DARE you! There are five Halloween experiences to choose from, which range from family fun to just plain frightening:  Family Fun Halloween Galleries, Pumkinferno and Tunnel of Terror at Dynamic Earth; The Terror Train Circus (rated at the top of the scare list) hosted by the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre; and A Sudbury Theatre Centre production of the classic Rocky Horror Show for adult entertainment.   Be sure to check out the Scare Ratings for each event: Can't choose? Thought so. That's why Sudbury Tourism is offering two…
Images by Heather Peden
It is a perfect blue sky, golden tree autumn afternoon the day I drive to Cedar Falls Conservation Area. Tucked away in the shadow of the mighty Kakabeka Falls, Cedar Falls is not a well-known spot, but it is one of the eleven conservation areas maintained in the Thunder Bay area by the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority and is definitely worth discovering. It might not be well-known, but it is clearly well loved I realize when I pull into the parking area and step from the car onto a manicured lawn within a wide ring of towering poplar trees, white trunks blazing against fiery yellow crowns. Located at the very end of Broome Road, Cedar Falls is reached by driving…
Images by Heather Peden
While exploring Thunder Bay, don’t miss Little Trout Bay, located just 5kms down Little Trout Bay Road off of Highway 61. It is a perfect spot to get a little taste of everything Northwest Ontario has to offer. The best part about walking the trail at Little Trout Bay Conservation Area is hearing the lap of Lake Superior through the trees.  I stroll over the moss-covered path, which makes a loop through the woods, and head towards the lake. I can smell the blueness of Superior before I catch a glimpse of it between tree trunks and tangled branches. It sparkles in the sun, and as the trail takes me closer, the rugged headland across the bay, a long, protecting…
Finnish Culture in Thunder Bay: A City of Sisu
Sisu (see-soo, pronounced quickly) is a little Finnish word with a big meaning. You will see it all over Thunder Bay on bumper stickers, clothing, and even tattooed on youth. It means tenacity, strength, stamina, strong will, even stubbornness. For the descendents of the Finnish immigrants, the pop cultural branding of the word is a way to pay homage and to recognize the challenges of the Finnish ancestors who settled here. Sisu is more than a word. It’s a conviction, a way of life. In a way, sisu is a romantic idea for me. I’ve never experienced the hardships like my forefathers had. I asked my 87 year old dad what sisu meant to him. “Guts,” he said. “For the…
It's Not All Forests: My Favourite Things To Do in Northeastern Ontario
Northeastern Ontario is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. But, it's also an area rich in culture with enough historical landmarks to make any history buff go crazy. My experiences continue to blow me away from meeting friendly locals and doing what they do, getting up close and personal with nature while exploring the great outdoors, learning about the region, and being spoiled by the many tourism operators in the area. Ironically, with each item I check off my bucket list, I learn of another "must-do" experience. I love how I somehow find a way to be a busy-bee in each region I visit, especially in one believed to be made up of mostly forests. It comes as…
 Bundled up against the bitter cold, the author, Kendal Ulsh and Mike Elkins show proof that smallmouth remain active right up to the bitter end of the open water fishing season.
Biologists categorize smallmouth bass as a warm water species. Despite this designation smallmouth remain active and feed often late into the fall when the water is anything but warm. Algoma Country has excellent smallmouth bass fishing! To receive free information about smallmouth fishing in our region visit www.fishalgoma.net Catching these fish in cool to downright cold water conditions is about understanding how the metabolism and activity level of the smallmouth bass slows down in the fall. Like all fish, smallmouth are cold blooded creatures, but smallmouth more so than walleye and pike start to get noticeably lethargic about the time the leaves have fallen and the first snow showers of the season threaten. As water temperatures drop and smallmouth activity…
Surreal reflection on Long Lake
A nice calm day + Sunset Country = a fantastic photo op.   One thing for sure is that everyone loves a good sunset photo. A reflection photo though, rivals the all and mighty sunset photo. With the amount of shoreline in Ontario's Sunset Country, your chance of seeing a beautiful reflection of the Canadian shield and Boreal forest is high. The following photos are a collection of the best reflection photos in Northwest Ontario that were posted on Facebook this summer. "The Rock" at Crow Rock Lodge One of the most talked about posts on the Sunset Country Facebook page this summer was this photo of "the Rock" across from Crow Rock Lodge. What do you see when you…
Images by Duncan Weller
Organic Garden Café415 Fort William Road344-1917 Hours:Tues to Thurs  11:30 – 6pmFridays 11:30 – 8pmClosed Sunday and Monday   A hidden treasure in Thunder Bay is a little vegetarian eatery that is worth seeking out: The Organic Garden Cafe.  Upon entering, you might wonder what it’s all about. The eatery is but a section of a much larger space, a brewery. There’s a lazy rustic handyman’s feel to the restaurant side, which gives it character. Their prices haven’t been raised in eight years, so the most expensive item on the menu is $8.25, and for meals as filling and healthy as these, that’s a steal!     A couple of fun quirks about the place are that you have to hit the…
Images by Heather Peden
There is no shortage of fabulous hiking areas in Northwest Ontario. While in Thunder Bay, be sure to take the short drive to Pigeon River Provincial Park. There's a hike for every skill level and an abundance of beautiful, scenic views to be enjoyed.   Our introduction to the trails of Pigeon River Provincial Park began with a quick study of the trail map planted beneath a tree on the edge of the gravel parking area just off Highway 593. The Old Logging Road Trail, it promised, would take us 2.5kms across the northwest quadrant of the park and eventually lead us to High Falls and a network of other trails branching off from the tourist center on Highway 61…

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