Northern Ontario, Canada

Big Taste & Big Craft Beer—Gastropubs of North Bay
We’re at the peak of Big Winter in North Bay with Snowmobile, Skiing, Ice Fishing & Battalion OHL Hockey all going on. I can’t think of a better way to spend some warmer hours by wetting your whistle and filling up on some good grub than a visit to one of a couple of the trending food stops in North Bay! In this BIG Bite mission, I set out to discover the changing local landscape in pub food, known to foodies and city dwellers around the world as Gastropubs.  What makes a great Gastropub? Well, the recipe is that combination of sneaky hop-happy craft beer; authentic pub food, but not your greasy fast food deep fryer kind; and, an atmosphere crossed…
Try Cross-Country Skiing at Kamview this Family Day weekend
If you haven’t decided what to do with your Family Day weekend in Thunder Bay yet, there is a lengthy list of activities to choose from.   1. Voyageur Winter Carnival Held at Fort William Historical Park, this event has way too many activities to list them all. This three-day event will feature skating, curling, sliding, carnival games, snow graffiti as well as indoor and outdoor entertainment such as an illusionist, a juggler and live music. This long list is just a fraction of what will be happening at The Fort during Family Weekend. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and youth, and children under 5 are welcomed free. For an additional fee there are also Helicopter…
A blown belt could ruin your day or, if you're prepared, be a minor nuisance.
So you’ve got your ride planned and you’re heading out, do you have everything you need to be safe while out on your adventure? If you’ve ridden the Gold Rush Tour or The Abitibi Cnayon Loop and areas like Timmins, Cochrane & Sudbury just to name a few, you will know first-hand that often your riding consists of “middle of nowhere” trails, often no cell phone signal exists, and you can go hours on trails without seeing other people. This can make things particularly dangerous, but they don’t have to be if you plan accordingly and bring the gear that you need.  “Where am I going to fit everything I need” one might ask. Snowmobile manufacturers have seem to taken…
The Ontario That Almost Was—The French River and the Georgian Bay Ship Canal
As you cross the largest snowmobile bridge in the world on the French River, consider the magnificent view.  At one time, if history had become reality, you might be looking at ocean going freighters!   In the history of humankind, it is difficult to pinpoint events that changed the course of history. Generally many series of events lead to momentous circumstances. Never mind Northern Ontario, Canada would be a different place if the Georgian Bay Ship Canal had become a reality. Ships the length of two football fields laden with grain from the prairies using the French River and Lake Nipissing? This vision at one time almost became a reality. Highway 69 may not have become a reality. The proposed Georgian Bay…
Massive tiger musky caught at Andy Myers Lodge on Eagle Lake
Ontario's Sunset Country is often referred to as 'God's Country'. The fantastic fishing is just one of the many reasons we are called that.    Whether you are a Canadian or American, or even from abroad, there are certain things you should know about when planning a fishing trip to Ontario, Canada. In the northwest corner of the province of Ontario, we have over 70,000 lakes and rivers, many of which are fishable. There's probably more lakes than residents in Sunset Country, and there's definitely more fish than people, that's for sure!  What Can I Fish For? Ontario's Sunset Country is renowned for it's fishing, not only for the sheer number of lakes and rivers to fish, but also for…
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"Valentine's Day traditionally creates some pressure for both men and women to find the perfect gift. Maybe it's time to start a New Tradition! Whether you just started a new relationship, have been married for 20 years, or you're spending the evening with your children, there's no need to worry about trying to find the perfect gift any longer! Valentine's Day is about connecting, reconnecting and prioritizing time to spend with the people you love, not about how much money you spend. This Valentine's Day try one of these unique ideas and start a New Tradition of your own!" Friday Night Jazz Enjoy great live Jazz music at Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites!Location: The Pub - 360 Great Northern…
Tales From the Trails—Snowmobiling Mattawa
The term “All Inclusive Getaway” often conjures images of white sand beaches, suntan lotion and an endless conveyor belt of food. But that’s just one interpretation of the term. If, however, your “significant other” is a snowmobile, the term all-inclusive means complete access to the thousands of miles of trails just outside your door. The Valois’ Motel & Restaurant in Mattawa, Ontario, is just such a place. Sure it has comfortable rooms, friendly staff, good food and a river view from every window but most importantly the trailhead is just across the road. And we had the pleasure of crossing that road a couple of times on a recent visit.  Mist on the river in January can only mean one thing,…
Fort William Historical Park - Image by Stephanie Reid
  Trapping wild fur bearing animals has come a long way since the height of the fur trade as depicted at Fort William Historical Park. Fort William Historical Park - Photo by Stephanie Reid Even up until 1948, trapping was a free-for-all with no regulations or management in Ontario. Today, however, the culture of trapping encompasses a respect for nature and a responsible wildlife management plan through regulations administered by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Fort William Historical Park - Photo by Stephanie Reid Ontario has over 2,800 registered traplines and the Thunder Bay District alone has about 145 traplines, where the focus, like the days of the voyageurs, is the beaver. A quota system on each line ensures the…
Trophy sized brook trout like this one caught by the author’s son Jake Romanack represent one of the least known ice fisheries across the snowbelt. This fish came from a lake only a short snow machine ride away from the town of Wawa, Ontario.
Wawa, Ontario is located just three hours north of Sault Ste. Marie on Highway 17. The drive north to Wawa is worth the price of admission alone. One of the most scenic drives in all of Ontario, the natural beauty of this region is hard to describe in words. Rugged hillsides forested with spruce, birch and maple are covered with a thick blanket of lake effect snow from January through April. Traveling along Highway 17 visitors are treated to stunning vistas overlooking the rugged and historic Lake Superior shoreline. In the winter months, Wawa is a quiet bush community made up mostly of locals and a few Americans who travel here for ice fishing and snowmobiling adventures. In the spring…
Images Courtesy of Brent Henley
  Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, there is no shortage of things to do, see and enjoy in Greenstone, ON.  1. Fish or Hunt With over 30 outfitters/resorts in Greenstone, fishing and hunting is an absolute must when visiting the region. Fully equipped with boats, rods, tackle, guides and a vast knowledge of the surrounding lakes and area, let one of Greenstone’s resort operators give you the ultimate experience. For a complete list of Outfitters in Greenstone visit; http://www.greenstone.ca/content/greenstone-resorts-and-outfitters   Related: World Class Ice Fishing in Greenstone     2. Charter Boats on Lake Nipigon Known as the 6th Great Lake, Lake Nipigon is home to 46 different species of fish. There are 2 charter boat operators in Greenstone…

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