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.
Wind Farms in Sault Ste. Marie
Considering our unspoiled wilderness and industrial history, it’s not surprising that our region continues to attract innovative renewable energy projects.  Sault Ste. Marie has gone green. It’s not such a bold claim when one considers the city’s gorgeous waterfront, kilometres of nature paths, and the untouched beauty of the wilds just outside of town. But those who remember the Sault only for its industrial history might be surprised to learn that the steel city is quickly becoming Canada’s renewable energy capital. With Canada’s largest wind farm eight kilometres northwest of the city and a 60 megawatt solar collection array set to go online in 2010, Sault Ste. Marie is positioned to emerge as a leader in the new green economy.…
Frontier Village
As you take a stroll through Frontier Village, you also take a step back in time to the turn of the 19th century. This popular Sault Ste. Marie tourist stop gives passersby a glimpse into what the Sault area looked and felt like during Frontier times in the 1800s. Located on the side of Highway 17 north, the Village is conveniently situated on your way in or out of town, and features a collection of unique shops and restaurants associated with the era. When you stop at Frontier Village, which also features an oldfashioned Trading Post – a terrific source for all of your outdoor sporting needs, ensure you leave yourself some extra time to visit the true-to-theme surroundings of…
Ganuk's Captive Audience
It wasn’t exactly a surprise to staff at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat that, when they were approached by the Toronto Zoo to become a new home for a 2 and a half year old polar bear in May of 2012, he would be more energetic than their past, older residents. After all, polar bears are known for their hilarious antics. Things like putting construction cones on their heads and walking into objects – or crushing barrels – or trying to sink everything and anything possible in their pool.  You see goofy is just in a polar bear’s nature. In the wild, they push on the ice to break it around seal air holes, then stick their heads in to…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District, explained Justus Veldman, of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…
Snowshoeing, a winter activity growing in popularity
Discover snowshoeing!  And find out why there is “snowbetterplace” to enjoy this winter activity than here in Thunder Bay and the Lake Superior region.   Guaranteed if you get into it, you’ll eagerly await the arrival of winter every year and be wishing for more snow all the time.     Snowshoeing can be a workout but it’s also a great way to explore places that would, otherwise, be difficult or impossible to reach in the summer.     The Thunder Bay area has plenty of (“snow better”) places to try snowshoeing.  Easy Access Close By Many who are just getting started are content to visit local golf courses such as Chapples or Strathcona which are operated by the City…
Algoma's Water Tower Inn
The year is 1981 and I’m 11 years old. I'm riding in a shuttle bus that’s transporting my family and I from the Los Angeles airport to our hotel. It’s nighttime and the thick L.A. air makes it feel like another planet. A taxicab swerves in front of the shuttle bus, and our driver and the cabbie exchange profanities.   We’re only staying in Los Angeles for one night, prior to heading to San Diego to visit family. The hotel is grey and so is our room. There is a small balcony and the room smells like stale cigarettes. I’m thrilled. There was always something special about staying in a hotel, even if it was rather unexceptional. How times have…
Pete & Ang from Fish'n Canada Tackle Algoma...One Lodge at a Time!
Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman of Fish'n Canada experienced remote fishing in Algoma and this is what they had to say: The Fish'n Canada crew has been to a lot of fishing destinations throughout Canada and this trip has to rank right up there near the top. During our visits to Errington's Wilderness Island and Lodge Eighty-Eight we've experienced luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, 5-star cuisine and of course what Algoma is famous for, world class fishing. These might be some of the "best" quality productions we have ever captured. Watch for these great episodes in the up-coming Fish'n Canada season. Thanks Carol and the rest of the folks at OTMPC for making it all possible!   For more information about…
Boating up the Nipigon River
A fierce tug at the end of my fly line jolted my arm, the reel spun, and the line ran out. The fish swam deep, broke free of my hook and was gone before I even had the chance to dream about how-big-it-might-be.  Reelin' In the Big One The appeal of the world’s biggest brook trout, at 31-inches and 14 1/2 pounds, was enough to lure this fly fisher to the Nipigon River in Nipigon, Ontario last summer. Though the record breaking trout was caught in 1915, there are still some big fish in the river, and I hoped to land one. Gord Ellis Senior lands a Nipigon brookie - Photo by Gord Ellis With Ray Rivard as my Nipigon…
Serving great steaks for close to 30 years!
The Prospector Steakhouse 27 Cumberland Street South   The Prospector Steakhouse built into what was a turn of the century bank building has a reputation in Thunder Bay as a great local steakhouse. The Prospector revels in its connection to Thunder Bay’s past, and the former city of Port Arthur.   Entering this north side eatery in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District is a little like sinking into a rustic bit of history, complete with gunslingers and panhandlers. Antique handguns and rifles decorate the walls. An impressive large relief of a tin prospector is a big feature. As impressive is the image of Kakabeka Falls and other local art specially commissioned for the restaurant. At Christmas the moose head gets decorated…
#1 Catching Snow Flakes
North Bay, Ontario will soon be beckoning in the World Ringette Championship, and welcoming teams from around the world; Including teams from Finland, Sweden, United States, and Canada nationally. The event will begin on December 29, 2013 at the Capitol Centre, and championship games will take place well into the new year.  With international peers joining us this holiday season, it begs the question; What kinds of Canadian winter experiences are there to enjoy in North Bay? 1. Ringette Well, yeah. Did you know North Bay is the birthplace of ringette? The game was invented by Sam Jacks, the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of North Bay, in 1963. The rules he recorded 50 years ago are…

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  • So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great…
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  • Farmers Markets are a Great Way to Spend a Saturday in Algoma
    Farmers Markets are a Great Way to Spend a Saturday in Algoma
    Locally grown farm-fresh products are at your finger tips in Algoma Country For the non-green thumb who want farm-fresh organic produce, quality meat, and poultry to prepare healthy meals, the Algoma Farmers Market is the place to go. Farmers Markets are a meeting place to celebrate what's local -- which…
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  • Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Ontario's Best Sunsets of 2013
    Check out this list of the best sunsets we posted or shared on Facebook. You'll see why we are called Ontario's Sunset Country. This sunset was taken over a frozen Lake of the Woods in Kenora. Even though it was taken with just an iPhone, it's a great winter sunset. Winter sunsets can…
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  • Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre has been host to cultural services for over thirty-seven years. In recent years, the museum archives were moved throughout the city until a permanent location could be found. They have since found a permanent location, and are open to the public at 325 Second Avenue,…
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  • Mattawa Voyageur Country
    Mattawa Voyageur Country
    The picturesque town of Mattawa is situated at the junction of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It just so happens that name Mattawa, derived from the Ojibwe "Mahtahwan" means "meeting of the waters". This friendly community is the oldest settlement in the Nipissing District. Not only is it home to…
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  • Callander Bay Dreamin'
    Callander Bay Dreamin'
    The days are quickly getting shorter and evening temps are dropping fast. These autumn elements prompt hardwater enthusiasts to think of the winter to come and the joy of ice-fishing. For many people ice fishing is a very social event times that are shared and spent with friends. As the…
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  • It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    Pick up your free Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Guide & Map at one of these 5 shows. Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association not only brings our free brochure and map, but also many of the lodges and resorts' brochures. If you're planning a vacation, or maybe a trip to Northwestern…
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  • A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    Itching to getaway for the weekend? Plan a weekend trip to Dryden around one of the Dryden live concerts this fall, winter or spring. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily located on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is roughly 3.5 hours to either Thunder Bay, Ontario or…
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  • Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Nature Up Close and Personal With over 100,000 square kilometers of forested lands and at least 70,000 freshwater lakes, Sunset Country was made for the ecotourist. With the vast wilderness landscapes where nature thrives! There is an incredible amount of wildlife and bird species that live in our forests - great…
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  • Local Eats!
    Local Eats!
    While in Greater Sudbury indulge in many of our unique local restaurants! No matter what restaurant you choose - you will be sure to ENJOY! Check out Sudbury Tourism for all the fantastic selections!
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