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 Grand Algoma Tour - #1 on the Top Ten Ontario Motorcycle Routes for 2013
Algoma Country stretches from the North Channel of Georgian Bay, deep into the northernmost wilds of Ontario. Here you'll find glorious swathes of untamed boreal forest, glittering lakes around every sweep and turn, massive cliffs and mountains and a combination of the best motorcycle roads that make up the Grand Algoma Loop. This past summer I made an attempt to ride every paved road in Northern Ontario, and after surveying thousands of miles of asphalt in the province, the most scenic and entertaining rides to be had on two wheels is this loop. From the quaint town of Thessalon on the shores of the North Channel, heading North on Ontario's Tail of the Dragon (Highway 129) to Highway 101 into…
Agawa Canyon Tour Train
All aboard one of the most popular train tours in North America. Let the railway transport you 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Through the large windows of the newly refurbished coaches see towering trestles, pristine northern lakes and rivers, awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. This is the landscape that inspired the Group of Seven to create some of Canada’s most notable landscape art. A GPS triggered commentary, available in five languages, informs you about upcoming points of interest. Sit back and learn of the rich history of the region with stories of the Ojibway, fur traders, explorers and entrepreneurs who opened up this vast wilderness and called it home. Over…
View of Lake Superior from the Agawa Bay Lookout.
Editor's Note: Vicki Gray, Motoress, experienced an epic motorcycle journey when she rode her Triumph along the roadways following the coastline of Lake Superior to complete a full circle tour of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Starting in Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma, Vicki began her ride on the south shore through the US states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, ensuring she met the views of Lake Superior head-on as she headed north towards Thunder Bay and Wawa. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle route, and to order your FREE route map visit www.ridelakesuperior.com "The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumeeeee..."! Helmet acoustics are fabulous I…
Lumberjacks - Food with a Middle East Connection
Lumberjacks 16 St. Paul Street   The name Lumberjacks is a bit of a ruse, for two reasons: the name sounds big, and the portions are good, but the place is small. They don’t have waiting staff and with only a handful of tables it’s nice that they are able to take advantage of the beautifully expanded sidewalk on  Paul St., a short one way street in Waterfront District on the northside of Thunder Bay.  Burgers, Kabobs, Gyros & More  And Lumberjacks sounds very Canadian but has a Middle Eastern touch as the first persian restaurant in Thunder Bay. They serve burgers – awesome burgers like the Angry Frenchman, a burger covered with poutine, or the Badass burger, containing layers…
Catch the races at the Emo Speedway
Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country This summer, experience hospitality and loads of fun at the events and festivals going on in Ontario's Sunset Country. Up here it is party time in the great outdoors, alongside beautiful freshwater lakes, in friendly towns and cities and even in the midst of the boreal forest. Here's a sampling of what you can do: Canada Day July 1st is a big deal in the many small towns and cities across the region. Take in the fireworks display or attend many sales and events in town. Most communities have special activities lined up so if you are here and staying at a resort or lodge, make sure you head into town on Canada…
Agawa Canyon
SAULT STE. MARIE - It's some of Canada's most beautiful scenery and for 39 years David Celetti has had it mostly to himself.Celetti is a train engineer who pulls the Agawa Canyon Tourist Train deep into the Ontario wilderness from this Great Lakes port city. The canyon offers spectacular scenery year round, but puts on its finest performance over the next two months. The best view of the fall colours splashed across the rugged north is from the driver's seat of the 200-ton locomotive Celetti has been guiding into the woods since 1972.Now, we all get that same view while rolling along in the comfortable passenger cars behind Celetti, thanks to an $11 million refurbishing of the tourist train this…
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.…
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,…
A Finnish Experience on Bay Street
Bay Street and its Finnish connection, continues to be a unique and important part of the developing cultural hub and charm of Thunder Bay. As a National Historical Site, the Finnish Labour Temple, also known local as the Finlandia Club has been around since the early 1900s and is a living monument of activity. It is a prime location for entertainment and comfort food, served at the famous Hoito Restaurant with its entrance at street level. Thunder Bay's Finnish Connection Built in 1910, it's most recent restoration in 2010 has preserved its history, colour and importance in the community, especially for the Finns, one of the largest populations of Finnish people outside of Finland. As a National Historical Site, the temple…
People on the ice fishing at the Red Rock Derby in 2012
VIsit the Nipigon-Red Rock area this winter and find out why there is "snowbetterplace" for ice fishing, especially the winter perch on Lake Superior at Black Bay near Hurkett. Ice fishing along the North Shore of Lake Superior is an exhilarating winter activity to enjoy. The serene Lake Superior bays in the Red Rock and Nipigon area offer solitude and a peaceful spot to jig for your big winter catch. The extraordinary scenery of Nipigon Bay, Black Bay and Gravel River are second to none and are part of the purposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area managed by Parks Canada. Ice Hut Rentals If a full service ice fishing experience is appealing to you, you may be interested in contacting…

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  • Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding and Skiing aren't just for the Rockies! While there are cross-country ski trails in pretty much all communities in Sunset Country, only three areas offer snowboarding and downhill skiing. Atikokan's Mount Fairweather, which boasts the highest vertical drop from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Dryden Ski Hill, who's Chalet…
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  • Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    Sailing Adventures on Georgian Bay
    My wife and I own a Mirage 29 sail boat and have been sailing on Lake Ontario for 20 years. It was time for a change of cruising ground and we were looking for a spot on Georgian Bay that would get us to the North Channel within a day…
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  • Let’s Go Cruisin -- Algoma’s Two Big Classic Car Shows (And Why You Should Go)
    Let’s Go Cruisin -- Algoma’s Two Big Classic Car Shows (And Why You Should Go)
    Here's a tip when you're planning your trip to Algoma Country: make a list of all our festivals and events to take with you! Our communities host incredible events that celebrate our local food, culture, history, art, entertainment & attractions -- all set against the backdrop of our magnificent landscape.…
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  • Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Take part in one of the many events happening at the Kenora Winter Carnival March 7-9, 2014  A snow sculpture is taking shape at this year's competition MARCH 7 - FRIDAY The Kenora Winter Carnival begins at 6:00pm on Friday March 7. Children can try their luck at the Shaw Shootout or…
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  • Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    Sweet & Sticky: St. Joseph Island is Home to the Best Maple Syrup
    One of our favourite ways to welcome the awakening of Spring in Algoma Country is the maple syrup season. Nothing beats the taste of fresh, sweet maple syrup served over a stack of steaming hot pancakes. Talk to anyone from our region and they'll tell you we have the best…
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  • A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    A Tour of Algoma’s Waterfalls: From the Mississagi Valley to Wawa
    The word waterfall evokes a certain vision of beauty and tranquility, of the sheer power of flowing water. Waterfalls have captured the attention of people since the dawn of time and today, waterfalls continue to instil the feeling of "ahhhhhh" that we all want to capture. We inhale deeply and…
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  • Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
    Experience this jewel at the end of Highway 105! It was a few years since I was last at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. I visited the museum this summer and all I can say is "WOW". It was great the last time I was there, but they've added…
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  • Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Family Camping Trips Pack up the kids and the gear, hop in the RV and get on the road as you embark on a great family camping expedition in Ontario's Sunset Country! With 70,000 freshwater lakes spread across thousands of square kilometers of boreal forest, Sunset Country is the "promised…
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  • Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    Legendary Adventures with Backroads Bill: Eau Claire Gorge in Mattawa, ON
    - Throughout the year, Eau Claire Gorge initiates an array of feelings and emotions.  It is a walking place, very moving. It is one of those waterfalls where you hear the tumbling water before you see it.  There is anticipation and you will not be disappointed when you peer over…
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  • Don't Miss the New Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre on Lake of the Woods
    Don't Miss the New Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre on Lake of the Woods
    Visitors are flocking to the new Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows is housed in a beautiful building on the shores of Lake of the Woods. The Centre is seeing visitors from the United States, Sweden, France, Australia, England, Germany and…
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