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 Madhouse - One of Thunder Bay's Most Popular Pubs
The Madhouse (Pub) 295 Bay St.       The Madhouse is a great place to talk and relax.  The square building smack at the corner of Bay and Algoma is one of the most popular pubs in Thunder Bay. On weekends the mixed crowds keep the place busy, especially in the evening. The rich coloured décor makes for a great atmosphere.        The Madhouse is more dedicated to being a great hangout pub, not too concerned about attempting to dazzle you with new gastropub meals, so the menu may be limited, but everything on it is worthwhile and reasonably priced.   A Sample of the Menu        The Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich is a delicious…
International Cuisine in Sault Ste. Marie
Outside of the plentiful fast-food and chain restaurants located throughout Sault Ste. Marie, this Northern Ontario city offers visitors a tempting selection of internationally inspired dining choices to satisfy the most discerning palate. You’ll discover a world of different flavours, cooking styles, herbs and spices, as well as deep rooted traditions from countries around the globe (and no doubt a few secret family recipes that no chef will ever part with) awaiting you right here in the Sault. If you’re seeking a true taste of Italy, you’ve definitely come to right place. Some of the finest delicacies this side of Sicily can be enjoyed at numerous restaurants. In fact, Sault Ste. Marie has earned the nickname, ‘Little Italy’, by many…
#RideNEOntario: Win a Legendary Snowmobile Adventure for Two on the Abitibi Canyon Loop
~ The Contest Is Now Closed - Thank You to All Who Participated! ~ Chart a course for a legendary snowmobiling adventure on the Abitibi Canyon Loop, one of Ontario's Top 8: Must Ride Snowmobile Loops. Freshly groomed powder highways, pristine pine forests and snow-sculpted landscapes are calling. Will you answer? There's only one thing standing between you, and an epic three day all-inclusive snowmobile adventure to the Abitibi Canyon, and that's a hashtag. Post your photos/videos publicly on one of the many social media channels with hashtag #RideNEOntario to enter. It's really that simple. #RideNEOntario  A lack of snow is your last concern on the Abitibi Canyon Loop. The Prize Northeastern Ontario Tourism in parternship with Ontario Tourism is giving…
Bust out of conventional travel and see your country with new eyes.
No service. For much of the ten hour return trip train ride into the Agawa Canyon, this is what you'll see on your phone -- no service. Take a deep breath. Do not panic. This is completely expected as you are truly heading into an area so remote that many spots you see during the tour are not accessible by car. In our modern world it's hard to believe that such places still exist, but one trip on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and you're reminded of the breadth and depth of our great Canadian wilderness. Lack of access to our daily distracters -- think Twitter, Facebook, Instagram -- is a good thing, since distraction from the natural beauty that…
HMS Bounty Tall Ship on St. Mary's river
“By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining big sea water…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha. Situated in the heart of North America thousands of miles from any ocean, Sault Ste. Marie is still, in many ways, a maritime city. Its location at a strategic juncture of the Great Lakes, and the innumerable smaller bodies of water surrounding it, have made the Sault a key centre of nautical exploration, commercial shipping and recreational boating. In all senses of the phrase, this is a community built by the water. From the pre-Columbian age, the river linking those two vast inland seas to its east and west has defined the site of present-day Sault Ste. Marie. The native Ojibway…
Game Action at Robin's Tournament
The busyness and excitement of the winter holidays will continue into January each year in Thunder Bay, as close to 40 out-of-town hockey teams from communities all over Northwest Ontario, travel to play in the annual Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic. The 23rd annual event held in 2014 proved to be another successful event.   The Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers of the past 38 years are proud to host this popular minor hockey tournament.   The Robin’s Classic took place January 16th - 19th 2014, and once again tournament passes were available at all Robin’s Donut locations weeks before the event.   Robin Donut’s, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain has supported the event…
Just imagine seeing this every night of your vacation.
There are certain things that just set Sunset Country apart from the rest of the world. While we know everyone visit Ontario's Sunset Country for different reasons, there really are a few reasons that stand out. Our crystal clear lakes, spectacular fishing, stunning sunsets, our remoteness and the feeling that you're part of the family at the resort you'll be staying at. The Lakes With over 70,000 lakes, river and streams, much of Northwest Ontario is covered with water. Whether you are flying into a small remote lake or heading out on a bigger lake like Eagle or Rainy Lake, the water will be clear and clean. With so many lakes your water activities are endless. Go boating, fishing, paddleboarding,…
Main Street, North Bay
While visiting North Bay, you may want to consider a walk in the vibrant downtown community which is nestled along the waterfront. Following this tour will ensure you don't miss anything along the way. Starting Point: Corner McIntyre and Fraser Street The Empire Retirement Living Centre was formally known as the Empire Hotel. Accented with authentic Italian architecture, the hotel was once graced by Queen Elizabeth II, during her stay in 1951. The hotel also hosted the infamous James Cagney in 1941 while he filmed Captains of the Clouds right here in North Bay. Turn right onto First Avenue The Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services is on the left which in part occupies the historic former “North Bay Normal School”.…
Runners lineup for start of Miles with Giant Marathon
Fall colours, the scenic shore of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is definitely the place to be to run a marathon in September.  Take advantage of the Earlybird prices! Register now! Register now to take part in  the fifth annual "Miles with the Giant" Thunder Bay Marathon to be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014. This outstanding running event features a full marathon of 26.2 miles, a half marathon of 13.1 miles, 10K and 5K races. There is also a marathon-relay team event with the opportunity for teams of five to compete. Register online for your preferred race and save money by entering before May 31. Looking to book a room, a number of hotels are offering discounts for the weekend.…
The Complete 2014 Guide for Planning a Real Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation
The mere mention of ice fishing sends us into a bit of frenzy here at Algoma Country Headquarters -- we can't help it -- we love ice fishing. From the excitement of the tug on the line and bringing up a big Northern Pike, Walleye or Lake Trout from the dark, icy chamber below to the peaceful surroundings that draw you in as you spend time with family and good friends, ice fishing really offers something for everyone. Top 5 Things to Consider When Planning an Algoma Ice Fishing Vacation Ice fishing in Algoma has its own character: it's not only a competitive sport, but also a way of life for many families all winter. It's a source of fresh…

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  • On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    Editor's Notes: Algoma Country Tourism Staff received this photo blog from Howard J Elmer and Stephen Elmer after their recent snowmobile ride in Algoma on the snowmobile trails which took them to Elliot Lake and Blind River areas. Below is what they had to say about their trip. For more…
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  • From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    From Bike-in Fishing to Bush Trails Algoma Has Exciting ATV Adventures for You
    Are you ready to get That dirty? If you are looking for a way to really test your skills over a diverse landscape with wild rugged trails, Algoma is Canadian Shield country. What does that mean exactly? Rocky, rugged landscapes with a multitude of pine trees, bogs and mountains. Sounds…
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  • An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    An Off-Road Adventure in Mattawa
    Ontario Tourism invited Mike Jacobs of the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip and freelance writer for Motorcycle.com this past summer to spend a weekend exploring one of Ontario’s best off-roading destinations, the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System in Mattawa, ON. A legendary off-roading experience ensued! Mike was joined by a crew…
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  • Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, get out and try ice fishing. The fresh air, mixed with awesome scenery and catching a lake trout or walleye will put a smile on your face and will change your mind about staying inside in the winter.…
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  • West Nipissing - A Sensational Place to Vacation
    West Nipissing - A Sensational Place to Vacation
    Fantastic scenery, rich culture and great fishing. This is what the West Nipissing area is all about and it is a lovely place to visit. Steeped in rich tradition and culture, the communities of West Nipissing take pride in their heritage, which dates back to the early days of the…
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  • 10 Awesome (and Secluded) Northern Ontario Beaches
    10 Awesome (and Secluded) Northern Ontario Beaches
    What is the best way to spend a sultry summer day in Algoma Country? Going to the beach! Spending the day at the lake is at the top of our list of favourite things to do in Northern Ontario. And we're really lucky in Algoma Country because our region is…
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  • 8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    There's a ton great performances lined up for this year's Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series The Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series line-up once again brings a variety of entertainment to Sioux Lookout, Ontario. From music to dance to comedy and humour, there's something for everyone. All shows start at 7:30pm at the…
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  • Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
    Head Out on the Open Road to Enjoy the Fall Colours In early September, the air is definitely much cooler in the evening and at night. With shorter days we all know (although we may not want to admit it) summer is on its way out! That's fine as they…
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  • Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Spend a Weekend of Fun in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls If there were towns that you could call "tourist towns" then Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls would be them. Located on the east shore of incredible Lake of the Woods, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are almost endless... Sioux Narrows and…
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  • Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    Step Out of The House, And Into The White: Nature's Harmony Annual Snowshoe Race
    The Into The White: Annual Snowshoe Race is unique. In fact, organizers would prefer to call it a "fun run". The course is inclusive for all ages and abilities, and set in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains. So why not hike, run, snowshoe or kicksled your way through the groomed trails,…
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