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.
It's blueberry picking time in Nipigon.
Late July and early August means the blue berries are ripe and ready to pick in Northern Ontario. And there is no better place to pick blueberries than off old bush roads in the area around Nipigon, Ontario. Each year there are lots of blueberries to pick, and so much so it has resulted in thel Blueberry Blast held year on the August long weekend. 2014 will mark the 12th year for the popular event.. This is a blueberry celebration you won't want to miss. Nipigon is located at the crossroads where Highway 11 and Highway 11/17 meet on the top of Lake Superior and is only a short hour drive east of Thunder Bay. Weekend of Blueberry Picking & Family Entertainment…
Famous schnitzel from the Salzburger Hof.
Lake Superior is a 2300 km (1450 mi) ride around, but just as you get started in Algoma Country there are several infamous foodie stops that will give you the reserves for this epic ride. Each of these stops has been thoroughly tested and biker approved. For more information about the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Route visit www.ridelakesuperior.com Caution: Author is not responsible for increased weight gain, the meat sweats, or the requirement for post meal naps 1. Lake Shore Salzburger Hof Resort -- Batchawana Bay, OntarioSome people like a traditional simple schnitzel served with applesauce. Others like a more complex "loaded" schnitzel. The Salzburger Hof serves schnitzel up every which way and is arguably the best schnitzel house on…
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…
Stop for a tour of fish hatchery
An interesting place to stop if you are traveling the north shore of Lake Superior just east of Thunder Bay is a place the locals call the Dorion Fish Hatchery.   Did you know the facility in Dorion is one of nine provincial run Fish Culture Stations in Ontario?   The Dorion Fish Culture Station is operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and offers weekday tours. The guided tour will offer visitors a rare glimpse into how fish are hatched from eggs and raised until they are ready to release into the wild.  There are lots of adult fish to see in the huge rearing tanks with some hatchery Lake Trout are 30 lbs plus!  The Dorion facility has…
DUSTIN JONES AND THE RISING TIDE
The experience of the north comes with its own unique soundtrack highlighted by some of the country's most incredible and talented musicians, in some of the most unique and picturesque environments. When the sun goes down, Sault Ste. Marie offers a magnificent nightlife. At the heart of this musically diverse city you can find exactly what you are looking for; a unique place to go for every taste and style of music, whether you are looking to hit the dance floor or to relax 'lounge-style' and enjoy a delicious martini to cap off a day exploring the wonderful hidden gems Sault Ste. Marie proudly boasts, from downtown shopping on Queen Street, to outdoor oases such as Hiawatha, Bellevue Park, and…
Grey Owl: An Icon of Temagami (and Canadian) History
Temagami, Ontario was once home to the world renowned conservationist and author, Grey Owl.   Archie Belany was reputed to be the son of a Scottish father and an Apache mother. In 1906, 17-year-old Belaney arrived at Temagami station, fulfilling a dream to live in the Canadian wilderness among native people. During the next six years, he let his hair grow, learned to speak Ojibway and became an expert in the ways of the forest. By 1912, when he left Temagami for Biscotasing, people accepted him as a native trapper.     It was his love of Gertrude Bernard (or Anahareo), a young Iroquois Mohawk woman, that inspired Grey Owl to leave his trapping profession behind, for conservation activisim. The…
Jay Samsal holds a nice walleye caught on Lake of the Woods
Enjoy some hard water fishing action on Lake of the Woods with these fishing tips. Interested in World Class Brook Trout Ice Fishing in Sunset Country? Click here to learn more You've probably heard about Lake of the Woods - with over 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands, it's a spectacular lake. The Canadian side of Lake of the Woods offers many different points, drop offs, flats and island chains. The structure combined with the variety of fish makes it a great place to go ice fishing. There are healthy populations and trophy fish in many different species. Fish for walleye, lake trout, crappie, northern pike, whitefish or perch. You may catch the occasional muskie or bass too. Use…
International Cuisine in Sault Ste. Marie
Outside of the plentiful fast-food and chain restaurants located throughout Sault Ste. Marie, this Northern Ontario city offers visitors a tempting selection of internationally inspired dining choices to satisfy the most discerning palate. You’ll discover a world of different flavours, cooking styles, herbs and spices, as well as deep rooted traditions from countries around the globe (and no doubt a few secret family recipes that no chef will ever part with) awaiting you right here in the Sault. If you’re seeking a true taste of Italy, you’ve definitely come to right place. Some of the finest delicacies this side of Sicily can be enjoyed at numerous restaurants. In fact, Sault Ste. Marie has earned the nickname, ‘Little Italy’, by many…
Bust out of conventional travel and see your country with new eyes.
No service. For much of the ten hour return trip train ride into the Agawa Canyon, this is what you'll see on your phone -- no service. Take a deep breath. Do not panic. This is completely expected as you are truly heading into an area so remote that many spots you see during the tour are not accessible by car. In our modern world it's hard to believe that such places still exist, but one trip on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and you're reminded of the breadth and depth of our great Canadian wilderness. Lack of access to our daily distracters -- think Twitter, Facebook, Instagram -- is a good thing, since distraction from the natural beauty that…
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…

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Events Calendar

 
  • Discover Sunset Country's History at Local Museums
    Discover Sunset Country's History at Local Museums
      Sunset Country's communities can distinguish themselves from other areas for a number of reasons; not only is the landscape that surrounds the towns breathtaking, their involvement in preserving their local history is unrivaled. Luckily for visitors, their history, culture as well as artifacts can be viewed in many local museums, which…
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  • Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs have arrived at Dynamic Earth!
    Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed offers an amazing look at the remarkable story of feathered fossils, a discovery which led paleontologists to believe that dinosaurs are the prehistoric ancestors of modern day birds.  You get the chance to see a life-size, feathered animatronic T.rex juvenile and a feathered Deinonychus roaring and thrashing and…
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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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  • Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Ontario's Sunset Country - The Walleye Wonderland There are a lot of places that claim to have the best walleye fishing in the world but can they really back it up? If you dig a little deeper into their claims like we have, you'll find the answer to that is…
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  • Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Love With Northeastern Ontario: 2013 List of Fall Fairs & Events
    Fall in Northeastern Ontario is no reason to hibernate. Consider it a reason to celebrate; The cavalcade of autumn colours, the festive fall fairs and the cozy evenings are the perfect send-off to a summer well spent.  Join us at one of the many fall fairs, festivities and events happening…
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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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  • Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    All-inclusive Lodges and Resorts Sure to Please If you want to concentrate on fishing or relaxing and nothing else then an American Plan Package at one of the lodges or resorts is what you'll need. Hearty meals are served up for you along with a shore lunch kit or boxed…
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  • On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    On the Snowmobile Trails in Algoma Country
    Editor's Notes: Algoma Country Tourism Staff received this photo blog from Howard J Elmer and Stephen Elmer after their recent snowmobile ride in Algoma on the snowmobile trails which took them to Elliot Lake and Blind River areas. Below is what they had to say about their trip. For more…
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  • Rock Climbing in Blue Lake Provincial Park
    Rock Climbing in Blue Lake Provincial Park
    Rock climb in the sheltered cove of Blue Lake Provincial Park northwest of Dryden Over 25 rock climbing routes have been established on the Blue Lake Crag northwest of Dryden. The site is easy to access and a great place for beginners to learn the sport with experienced mentors. Blue…
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  • The Fire 'Pit' List - Camping in Northeastern Ontario
    The Fire 'Pit' List - Camping in Northeastern Ontario
    Escape the bright lights of the city and experience the true brilliance of the night sky. Hey, you may even witness the northern lights on a cool night, or hear the cry of a loon at dawn. Northeastern Ontario has the power to re-connect you to the things that really matter.…
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