Northern Ontario, Canada

Even though you may be fishing for steelhead, don’t be surprized to catch a “bonus” brook trout, Chinook salmon or even a magnificent Atlantic salmon like this beauty landed in the St. Mary’s River in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Sometimes, I think I should be a travel advisor. At least, that is what I was thinking the other day when I received an email message from a fishing buddy who lives in southern Ontario and had driven the mind-numbing "freeway" route across Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota to get to a conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He wanted to know if I could suggest a "more relaxing and scenic" route home that would bring him across Northern Ontario. Knowing how much my friend loves to wade pristine waters and fish for frenzied, chrome-sided steelhead, it took me all of ten seconds to send him a reply. "Take the Trans Canada Highway along the picture-postcard North Shore of Lake Superior," I suggested,…
The author (left) and his Fishing 411 IT specialist Roger Meinert enjoy a little time on the water in Algoma Country.
A jig is a jig is a jig...To a lot of anglers jigs aimed at walleye and pike fishing are all pretty much the same. To the elite 10% of the angling community that routinely catches 90% of the fish, special purpose jigs represent an edge in angling worth taking a closer look at. If walleye and pike fillets are what's for dinner, then it's important to learn a little about modern jig design and how these designs can help put more fish in the boat. For those anglers visiting Ontario's Algoma Country to target pike and walleye, special purpose jigs are as essential to the tackle list as a fishing rod, reel and line. JIG BASICS All fishing jigs…
Lifting off with Smooth Sailing Parasailing in Kenora
You don't have to go to Mexico to go parasailing! Try Smooth Sailing Parasailing in Kenora to get a great view of Lake of the Woods.   Since opening in Kenora, Ontario in 2013, Smooth Sailing Parasailing has been taking adventure seekers up for a bird's eye view of Lake of the Woods. Seeing the colourful parasail wing while out boating on the lake intrigued me for the last 2 summers. I have parasailed in Mexico and really enjoyed it. Unlike in Mexico where we went off the beach, Smooth Sailing slowly raises you right from a platform on the boat. All the islands on Lake of the Woods make for a beautiful sight and I actually enjoyed parasailing in…
One of the many viewing decks overlooking Kakabeka Falls
The breathtaking waterfalls at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park are easily accessed right off the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Thunder Bay.   It had been quite a few years since I had visited Kakabeka Falls when I decided to stop while on a road trip this summer. In the past, I had only viewed the falls from the highway side. This year, we decided to spend some time and cross the bridge to the other side of the waterfalls, and I'm so glad I did! I am truly amazed by the beauty and power of the waterfalls. The iron stained water of the Kaministiquia River drops 40 metres (130ft) into a gorge carved out of the Precambrian Shield. The Kam…
Story by Bryan Soroka (Facts supplied by Algoma Central Railway)
"The seemingly unending mixed forests of the Canadian Shield open up as you skirt the shores of northern lakes and rivers, cross towering trestles, and set eyes on the same rugged landscapes and majestic views that inspired the Group of Seven." Northern Ontario's rugged beauty often surprises visitors. There are many opportunities to experience and explore these incredible landscapes, and one of the more unique ways is aboard the one-day Agawa Canyon Tour Train. Departing from the Algoma Central Railway/CN depot in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, this 114-mile excursion truly showcases this rugged beauty that is exclusive to the region. As you settle into your comfortable coach, you can feel the pace of life slow as the experience of…
September Is About Mud and Music: Your Guide Where To Find It In Sault Ste. Marie
September in Sault Ste. Marie is a time to witness vibrantly coloured leaves in crimson reds, golden yellows and fiery oranges as you drive north of the city toward Searchmont, and a time to enjoy festivals and venues alive with music! Here are some highlights just for you! September 5th Texas King is performing live at Sault College of Arts and Applied TechnologyWebsite: www.saultcollege.caLocation: 443 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6B4J3Tickets Presale - $5.00 or at the door- $7.00Time and Date: Friday September 5th at 8:00pm September 6th Kalle Mattson is perforeming live at Cafe NaturaWebsite: www.cafenatura.caLocation: 75 Elgin, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A2Y4Tickets at the door $10.00Time and Date: Saturday September 6th, doors open at 9pm and show…
Food Trucks at City Hall Thursday Event
On your next visit to Thunder Bay you may be amazed at the food truck frenzy that has hit Northwest Ontario's largest metropolitan centre on the shores of Lake Superior. These food trucks, like in other large urban centres, no longer serve just hot dogs and hamburgers but offer fine food on four wheels. Barbecupid, Success in First Year “In my opinion, owning a food truck is like having seven restaurant locations a week. I bring the restaurant to the customer instead of making the customer come to the restaurant,” says Mike, the owner of Barbecupid with an upbeat view of the food truck business. With sellout sales of his deep fried pickerels, Mike, is stoked about the response he’s…
Warm Your Soul, With These Seventeen Fall Fairs & Events
As a send-off to another great summer season and a celebration of a bountiful harvest, Northeastern Ontario communities host fall fairs and events with food, competitions, music and dancing. And with the days becoming shorter and the leaves changing colours, nature lends a hand in creating photographic opportunities to capture those moments with the family. We invite you to fall into the season with a hike up the Cup and Saucer or drop by Leisure Farms for pumpkin picking. And at the end of the day, enjoy a hot cup of apple cider to warm your soul. To start you off, here's a listing of fall fairs and activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy together:  High…
A unique dining experience in Kakabeka Falls
Their motto is “Chefs need to be trained, Cooks are born”. This may explain the flavourful inventions served up at the Metropolitan Moose Beanery & Cafe by Julia Miles and her husband Steve. Their goal is to exceed your expectations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at their locally-run restaurant known as “The Moose” on a visit to the tourist town of Kakabeka Falls, just 25 minutes west of Thunder Bay. Met Moose exterior fall Kakabeka Falls is the natural attraction that draws thousands of visitors to the Thunder Bay area each year. However, the unique log cabin eatery known as “The Moose”, located smack dab in the middle of village of Kakabeka Falls, has become a destination as popular as…
View from the Lookout at Pancake Bay, overlooking the resting place of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Planning your fall colour getaway in Northern Ontario has never been easier, especially if you know where to find fall colour reports in the area you're interested in visiting. Fall Colour Reports across Ontario The number one resource is the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report: www.ontarioparks.com/fallcolour The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report website shows colour percentages and leaf fall counts at the start of the season, peak times and the end of the season. All the provincial parks are listed and the website makes it easy to find information for park activities, park locator map, and important information you need when planning your visit. Remember to check back regularly for up-to-date reports from Ontario Parks! Follow Ontario Parks: www.facebook.com/ontarioparks and…

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