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.
A Spectacular Season For Searchmont Continues Into April!
With a record amount of snowfall and winter weather continuing into late March, Searchmont Resort has enjoyed a BIG SNOW season. Despite some frigid seasonal temperatures, winter enthusiasts have revelled in excellent terrain conditions and plenty of fresh snow. Those that keep track of their days on the mountain officially started their count with opening day on Friday December 20, 2013. Visitors to Searchmont enjoy 750 vertical feet of groomed terrain with 18 runs ranging from easy to challenging. The mountain welcomes thousands of visitors annually from across Northern Ontario and Michigan. The Searchmont Ski Runners (SSR) and the Searchmont and Area Freestyle Alliance (SAFA) host ski and snowboard competitions, while the No-Limits Adaptive Ski Club provides people with disabilities…
Wabakimi Park A Wilderness Wonder
Northwestern Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park and northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are among North America’s best-known canoe destinations but North of Superior’s lesser-known Wabakimi Provincial Park is as big as those two areas combined, offering some 2000 kilometres of amazing canoe routes. Wabakimi Park is a true northern wilderness, featuring the world’s largest boreal forest reserves and spectacular views of the Canadian Shield. Home to woodland caribou, moose, eagles and wolves, the park was established in 1983, largely due to the efforts of Thunder Bay/Superior North’s new MP Bruce Hyer as well as many other long time residents of the Town of Armstrong. Visitors can fly from Armstrong’s numerous fly-in bases in to remote lodges and camps to…
Team Jacobs
Game On! Sooites are passionate about sports. For some, it’s about socializing and having fun. For others it’s competitive and involves serious training to be the best. Whatever your level of commitment is to the sport you love, whether it involves planks, pucks, balls, blades, bats, or rocks—it’s Game On in the Soo! Photo by Ken Armstrong for SooToday.com Sault Ste. Marie has been a hotbed for sports for years, especially when it comes to hockey. Famous competitors, like Wayne Gretzky, Adam Foote, Ron Francis, Craig Hartsburg, and Joe Thornton have all played for the Soo Greyhounds at the Essar Centre (formerly and affectionately known as the Memorial Gardens). Ted Nolan who originates from the Sault coached the Greyhounds, and…
Motorcycles lined up at the Harley Davidson dealership in Thunder Bay on the maindrag Arthur St.
Last summer, while taking in the breath taking vistas and winding highways around Lake Superior by motorcycle, we found ourselves in Thunder Bay for the night. What amazed us was how welcoming the city is to motorcyclists.  We like to scope out the motorcycle shops when we travel...just to make sure we can get servicing if we need it.  Heading north on 61, we located our first dealer,  Excalibur Motorcycle Works just off the highway near the airport.  Just a half mile up the highway, we turned onto Arthur Street and quickly noticed  Thunder Bay Harley Davidson .  Whether it was coincidence or not, we were impressed to see the bike dealers so close to the highway.  While we didn't need any parts or…
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For those who have never ventured far north, traveling to the Town of Moosonee or Moose Factory could be a mysterious prospect. Both communities are nestled along Moose River which connects to James Bay - Ontario's only seacoast. The communities served as port for one of Ontario's oldest settlements, and the original Hudson's Bay Company. Getting there adds to the air of mystery. The town is only accessible by plane, and Polar Bear Express passenger train - which makes regular departures from Cochrane, ON.   Photo from Mike Jacobs trip to Moosonee Northeastern Ontario Tourism's marketing team couldn't be more excited to travel to Moosonee/Moose Factory this week (October 7-10, 2013) in search of adventure, experiences and hidden gems.  If you've been considering…
Enter to Win a Fly Fishing trip for two to Sault Ste. Marie - Algoma in Northern Ontario.
For anglers looking for the ultimate fishing destination, Algoma Country and Sault Ste. Marie has it all! From huge Smallmouth Bass to aggressive Atlantic Salmon, trophy fish abound in this part of Northern Ontario. To help celebrate and promote this incredible fishery that is both affordable and accessible, The New Fly Fisher Television Series has joined forces with several partners to offer an incredible contest. A contest that will give one lucky winner and a friend an outstanding 8 day trip to fly fish in a variety of locations and for different species in Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie. Even better, you get to become a television star! The lucky winner will choose one of the hosts of The New…
Visiting the Amethyst Mine
This is a just a quick note thanking you all for a wonderful tour of your Amethyst Mine on Saturday morning (Sept 24).  The students were members of the Wildlife Society, with some of them from Missouri, Illinois, Alberta and Ontario. The all came back with enough rocks and 'gems' to share with the others who were on different tours that morning (in all there were about 40 students present for the conclave, so we got over a third of them at the mine - the others went either on a canoe trip or trapping voles that morning).  
Stokely Creek Lodge
The perfect mix of snow and terrian turned a dream into a reality... Just a few km North of Sault Ste Marie, amid the Algoma Highlands, you will find Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the result of a dream. Its founder scoured the Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved, cross-country skiing. He developed the trails and build a ski resort. A few years ago, long time guests of Stokely bought the resort so it would continue for their grandchildren and the next generations of cross country enthusiasts. Their dedication to making Stokely a great place to ski paid off; CNN travel says Stokely is…
Travel Writers Rave About Visiting Thunder Bay and Area
Over 30 travel media writers, photographers and videographers visited Thunder Bay last summer between May and October. These travel journalists came to capture stores and features on what our Northern Ontario city has to the offer for tourism focusing on experiential touring and great outdoor adventures within the Lake Superior region. Paul Pepe, Tourism Manager for the City of Thunder Bay still excited by the number of new travel media requests, referred to as FAM (Familiarization) Tours, that are comming into the Tourism Thunder Bay office for this comming travel season. “Travel media tells stories in more detail and authenticity than an advertisement does and ends up costing much less than purchasing comparable advertising space,” said Pepe, noting the cost of advertising to…
The roar of the water falling into the deep gorge is amazing!
There are few things in the world better than something that gets undersold but over delivers.   It was a feeling I was to discover many times over a few days touring along the shores of mighty Lake Superior in northern Ontario   The first one was one of my favourites, a visit to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay.    Before making my first ever trip north of Parry Sound (and sorry about that), I’d been given a good deal of material about what I should see and do on my trip. All the brochures and tour books I received mentioned Kakabeka Falls, just west of Thunder Bay, as something worth seeing.   I didn’t like the cliché…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Rainy River District Welcomes Visitors from USA
    Explore the Rainy River Area The Rainy River District is the part of Sunset Country that is directly adjacent to the American border and is where we welcome our many visitors from the United States. Within the District are three communities where you can spend a few days doing a…
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  • West Nipissing - A Sensational Place to Vacation
    West Nipissing - A Sensational Place to Vacation
    Fantastic scenery, rich culture and great fishing. This is what the West Nipissing area is all about and it is a lovely place to visit. Steeped in rich tradition and culture, the communities of West Nipissing take pride in their heritage, which dates back to the early days of the…
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  • Lake Superior Coast: A Cultural Past
    Lake Superior Coast: A Cultural Past
    A volcanic past is not the only one that can be discovered along the Lake Superior Coastline; it also has a deep rooted cultural background. A drive up the winding highway from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Wawa, Ontario leads you on the path of learning about the ancestors of…
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  • The Gales of November - Witness the Wrath of Lake Superior
    The Gales of November - Witness the Wrath of Lake Superior
    Cliquez ici pour une traduction française de cet article The Month of November breathes emotion into Lake Superior each and every year. For those of us lucky enough to be here to experience this phenomenon, it marks the time when fall is coming to an end, and winter wishes to…
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  • White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    The Remarkable Story of Jimmy McOuat The legend of Jimmy McOuat lives on in Sunset Country,  through the magnificent three-storey castle he built on the shores of White Otter Lake. At the turn of the century he single-handedly constructed the log castle from red pine logs that he cut, hauled…
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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 Please check back for 2014 dates. Thanks! 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…
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  • These Incredible Photos Tell the Story of Ontario's Sunset Country in 2013
    These Incredible Photos Tell the Story of Ontario's Sunset Country in 2013
    Relive the best of 2013 in Northwest Ontario through a summary of our photo posts on Facebook. Sunset Country enjoyed some wild weather, lot's of great fishing action and overall experienced a great year. Here is a round up of the photos that made it to the Ontario's Sunset Country…
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