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.
Conquering the Canyon—Our Journey to Cochrane, Ontario
CONTEST WINNERS!!! This winter, we offered you a chance to win a legendary snowmobile trip for two. We received a truckload of entries, and now, we proudly present... our lucky winners! Read on below... Hearing the answer to a question that you already know the answer to can be just as deflating as being surprised by it. Last year, we called the Toronto Police Service and asked if we could take our snowmobiles out on the city streets. At the time, they were at a standstill—the city had stopped almost completely due to a snowstorm. Also, we had just seen someone do it—ride their sled right up a main street! As it turns out, you can’t do that. For a…
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…
Shawdow's Of The Mind Film Festival
Experience Cinema from around the world at the 15th annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival: February 26th through March 2nd, 2014 Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Shadows’ of the Mind Film Festival is gearing up to showcase some of the world’s best cinema, right here in Sault Ste. Marie. Shadows is no ordinary film festival. It is a film festival that showcases films and other art forms for two purposes: to entertain and to educate. By attracting audiences through the entertainment value of film, we use select films and events to increase awareness and education on mental health and addiction issues, as well as other prevalent social topics as decided each year. Attending Shadow’s can be an experience of…
A popular spot in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District
The Sovereign Room 220 Red River Road   Possibly the most talked about new restaurant in Thunder Bay is currently The Sovereign Room. Known to the locals as simply, The Sovereign, the new restaurant/bar opened in the Waterfront District late in 2010. It’s a gastro pub, but don’t be fooled by the yellow sign above the window that reads, Kim Lee’s Restaurant. Kim Lee is long gone, but the owner of the Sovereign was nostalgic for the old place.       The Sovereign caters to a mix of grey hairs and youngsters, sometimes making it difficult to find a table or booth. The noise level increases as well. The place has character as it is fairly small, dark and decorated…
Hidden Gems for Adventurous Hikers
Often, making an extra effort pays off with big rewards. The same is true when it comes to hiking in Northwest Ontario. While visitors to Thunder Bay and the North of Superior region are constantly rewarded with spectacular vistas and views of nature around virtually ever corner, the rewards can be even bigger when one goes the extra distance. There are many hidden gems waiting to reward the hiker who is willing to go a little further off the beaten path or who is willing to get up an hour earlier than everyone else. Among the hidden gems in the Thunder Bay area are Red Rock Falls, which is nowhere near the town of Red Rock but, instead, is located…
Tom & Marjike, Owners of Okimot Lodge in West Nipissing
"Hunting lodges and cozy cottages offer relaxing lakeside getaways" Although we are American, my son and I have a tradition of singing “O Canada” at the opening of Sabres games, especially when Buffalo is playing the Leafs and Senators. During these spirited ice battles, this heart-felt gesture of respect engenders good will with the Canadian hockey fans around us, who are surprised we know all the words. And when the national anthem gets to the line -- “The True North strong and free!” -- my mind doesn’t picture the glitzy condos on Toronto’s waterfront or the Labatt Brewery in London or the quaint tea shops at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Instead, my thoughts drift off to a friendly idyllic region in Northeastern Ontario,…
McKay Island Lighthouse - stay at the only housekeeping lighthouse in Ontario.
One of the most unusual and surreal vacation spots in Algoma Country, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful or inspiring place to stay: The McKay Island Lighthouse. Owners Pat and Larry Peterson welcome you to stay at their picturesque lighthouse, the only housekeeping lighthouse in Ontario, to experience what it was like to be a Keeper of the Light. For nearly 50 years, the McKay Island Lighthouse beacon was a guiding light for sailing vessels on the North Channel of Lake Huron. Built in 1907, this pretty little lighthouse was home to 5 Light Keepers but after the departure of the last Keeper in 1955, it became unwatched and in desperate need of repair. In the early 1960's, the…
Popular local restaurant serving breakfast and lunch specials...
Niva’s Restaurant 376 Lisgar   You may be handed a number at the door.   Niva’s gets busy in the morning, but with lots of tables in this family restaurant the wait won’t be long. You will be in good company with tourists from the U.S., visiting friends and family and those of us who live here in Thunder Bay.   Niva's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast all day. Finnish pancakes and mojoakka are served, which are really their only Scandinavian dishes. The rest of the menu has variations on Niva’s specials, homemade pies and cookies. And they’re big on omelettes.    The owner, Victoria Niva, previously worked at the non-profit Scandhouse for thirty years, and although…
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…
Everyone will enjoy canoeing our crystal clear lakes
Go on a wilderness canoe trip you'll never forget! If you always dreamed of canoeing in crystal clear lakes where the only traffic you'll see are the loons, moose and eagles, then a wilderness canoe trip to Sunset Country is the answer. The landscape of Northwestern Ontario beckons the wilderness canoeist. If you're looking to experience the joys of flat water canoeing in the remote wilderness, there is no better place than Ontario's Sunset Country. You can take a weekend, week, or even longer - it's up to you. Iconic Wilderness Parks Northwestern Ontario is home to some of the most famous canoe parks in Canada. At the top of this list are Quetico Park south of Atikokan, Woodland Caribou…

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  • John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine, after a motorcycle tour of the Algoma region's roadways, sent us this note to tell us what he thought of the tour: For a die-hard westerner such as myself, much of Ontario has long been something of a mystery. But an all-too-short week roaming…
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  • Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Where Art Comes Alive in Algoma: Events, Galleries, Tours
    Art Galleries, Art Events and Art Tours in Algoma The list of Things to Do in Algoma is exceptional: awesome fishing, riding twisty roadways, hiking to mountain tops to view breathtaking vistas, incredible paddling experiences and discovering our region's talented artisans. In another life, I was an art student but…
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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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  • Rainy River: A Birder's Paradise!
    Rainy River: A Birder's Paradise!
    Birding in the Rainy River District The uniqueness of the Rainy River region creates a range of habitat for diverse species of birds. The lakes and waterways in addition to the mix of northern, southern and prairie natural environments (northern spruce and jackpine to southern hardwoods such as ash, elm and basswood)…
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  • Vintage Bush Planes a Big Part of Fly-in Fishing Experience
    Vintage Bush Planes a Big Part of Fly-in Fishing Experience
    Bush Planes Experience Adds to Fly-in Fishing Trip If a trip into a remote wilderness lake with no roads and spectacular fishing isn't enough, the ride in to the lake on a venerable Canadian bush plane adds so much more to this great vacation experience. Canadian bush planes have a…
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  • Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Canadian Border Crossing Information: Planning Your Trip to Canada
    Editor's Note: Are you an American citizen, planning a trip to Northern Ontario? We welcome you and want to make sure you have all the information you'll need to cross the border. For information about what you can bring to Canada, firearms and weapons, you can find more information at…
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  • The fun never ends when fly fishing for smallmouth bass!
    The fun never ends when fly fishing for smallmouth bass!
    Rebekka Redd, host of the New Fly Fisher TV Show explains why you'll love fly fishing in Sunset Country and she adds some great fly fishing tips too. Of all the places I've fishing in the world, I'm proud to say my favourite is also my home. Northwest Ontario, a…
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  • World Ringette Championship 2013: A Letter From the Mayor of North Bay
    World Ringette Championship 2013: A Letter From the Mayor of North Bay
    Editors Note: This letter is from the desk of Al McDonald, Mayor of North Bay, welcoming the international participants of the World Ringette Championships 2013. Northeastern Ontario Tourism joins Al in welcoming the teams, and hopes that the teams, and visiting public will experience all that the region has to…
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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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  • 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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