Northern Ontario, Canada

Dark Skies, and Long Drives
It was an unusually cold Friday night, on March 9, 2012, when I was driving after work from North Bay to Temagami to enter the MCTV Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby the next morning. When I got onto Highway 11N, I realized the snow was blowing fiercely. In true Canadian fashion I decided to travel on. The roads were slick, and soon there was a line-up of 10+ cars going 60 kilometres an hour in a 90 km zone. Just past Tilden Lake, a small community 20 km north of North Bay, I ran into car trouble and pulled over. The truck immediately behind me did the same. The driver, a friendly young guy, parked in front of me and jumped…
Artisans Northwest - Northwest Ontario's Largest Art and Fine Craft Sale
Artisans Northwest - Art and Fine Craft ShowFree AdmissionValhalla InnSaturday November 15, from 10am to 6pmSunday November 16, from 10am to 4pm Quality art and crafts from Northwest Ontario can be found at the biggest event of its kind at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. This is an artist run event with a jury process to ensure only quality work is up for sale, which results in a continuing high turnout of local art fans and tourists, and many happy artists. Every year in November about seventy-five artists are corralled into one of the classiest spaces available for hosting large events, the Valhalla, which has a long history of being of great benefit to the city. Local artists also benefit…
A Hilliardton Hummingbird
Those of us who live close to the urban areas of southern Ontario are woefully unaware of the birding experiences that await us just a day's drive away in Ontario's north. While we get excited at watching birds of prey, warblers, and waterfowl as they migrate by, it is even more rewarding to visit northern Ontario to see these same birds in their native breeding habitat. And, to make northeastern Ontario even more exciting for birders, winter birding can add northern rarities to your birding bucket list. Here is a small sample of the must-visit locations for bird lovers in Northeastern Ontario.   A grade 8 class banding a bluejay at Hilliardton Marsh - Bruce Murphy   Hilliardton Marsh  Hilliardton…
Where To Find The Wild Side Of Winter? By Snowmobile Of Course!
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and the Algoma region provide access to over 2000 km of incredible snowmobiling trails, 400 km (240 miles) which are groomed and maintained by Sault Ste. Marie's very own, Sault Trailblazers. This spectacular winter wonderland of trails is your gateway to finding the wild side of winter. Find out below some of the unique ways to explore the trails and some sample packages for your next adventure to Sault Ste. Marie. Tracks and Trails The Passenger Rail has put together one of the most unique snowmobile experiences just for you. The combination of the tracks and trails creates an experience that is unparalleled to most. This unique adventure begins at the CN Rail yard on Carmen's…
Just an Example of the Best Trails in Ontario
Experience breathtaking winter scenery, trailside accommodations, and some of the best-groomed trails Northeastern Ontario has to offer - on us. The Prize The 2013 contest winners Northeastern Ontario Tourism in parternship with Ontario Tourism is giving away the following 2 day/ 3 night snowmobile adventure for two: Three nights accommodations All meals included Two sleds provided by Sleddealers.ca Guided snowmobile ride on the OFSC Chiniguchi Wolf Loop and Cartier Moose Loop, as well as adjoining trails. Gas expenses included   How To Enter To enter, vist http://besttrails.ca and enter your information as per submission requirements. Contest closes on January 30, 2015 at 12 p.m. (EST). Eligibility: Contest open to residents of the United States who are 21 years of age at…
The Poppy and its Thunder Bay connection - A Trip Through History
  Did you know the iconic red Remembrance Day poppy worn on lapels across Canada has a Thunder Bay connection? In 1921, a Frenchwoman named Anna E. Guérin traveled to both Britain and Canada to propose making the poppy a symbol of remembrance for soldiers killed in the Great War. Her first Canadian stop was a meeting of the Great War Veterans Association of Canada (a predecessor of the Legion) held at Thunder Bay’s Prince Arthur Hotel on Cumberland St. At the meeting on July 4, the members decided to adopt the poppy as its “Flower of Remembrance,” and that November, poppies were distributed in Canada for the first time. Today, the hotel, now known the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel…
Big Sunset Country walleye!
Everyone has their reasons for choosing their favourite bait and tackle, in this article, Pro Angler Jeff Gustafson talks about the benefits of using minnowbaits for walleye.   Years of guiding on many different Sunset Country lakes has taught me there is one style of bait that anglers can tie on, fish with ease and do a lot of catching. Minnowbaits or jerkbaits as they are called in bass circles, come in many shapes, sizes and colours, and have all originated from the Original Floating Rapala carved by Lauri Rapala in the 1930s. They are a type of lure that is highly efficient at covering water and triggering fish to strike, especially big fish of all species. Jerkbaits are often…
Nice summer northern pike
From the looks of the following fish, I'd say that the record high water levels in 2014 wrecked only the docks, not the fishing.    In 2014, Ontario's Sunset Country had one of the highest lake levels ever, certainly in the last 50 years anyways. We had a late Spring and had ice on the lakes until the walleye opener in May. The walleye spawn was really behind this Spring and many wondered how the water levels would affect the fishing. Take a look at some of these photos taken from the resort and lodges in the area. They'll show you exactly what kind of a year we had for fishing this summer. It was fantastic!! Sure, some of the…
Gone Fishing: Four Seasons Of Fly Fishing In The St. Mary's Rapids!
Author Ernest Hemingway once said "....the best rainbow trout fishing in the world is in the rapids of the Canadian Soo..." If you fly fish, spin cast, bait fish, ice, wade or boat fish, there are opportunities all year long in Sault Ste. Marie! Some of the best stream, river and lake fishing for both cold and warm water fish are plentiful within the city and the Algoma region. An interview with one of the best guides in the business, Brad Hodkinson, owner of Soo North Fly Shop, confirms that the St. Mary's Rapids are becoming known as one of the premier fly fishing destinations in North America! Soo North Fly Shop was established in 2008 in downtown Sault Ste.…
Curling in Thunder Bay - Winter Fun Between the Sheets
If curling is your game, then there really is snowbetterplace to be than in Thunder Bay, Ontario this winter season. Come and experience the sheets at one of three storied curling clubs here in Northwest Ontario, all of which have fascinating histories dating back to the late 1800's. The Port Arthur Curling Club was formed in 1888, while the Fort William Curling Club was formed in 1891. Interestingly enough, this was at a time when members were required to supply their own stones, which is hard to imagine given that today curling rocks weigh over 40 pounds! Of course the rich history of all three of these clubs, including the Kakabeka Falls Curling Club, can be seen easily from the…

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