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.
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
Story by Katie Filion
Selling fresh, seasonal farm products direct to consumers is not new to the Algoma region, but what breaks new ground at Mill Market is a convenient, indoor site where consumers and local producers can build relationships in a central community gathering space. Located at 35 Canal Drive across from the historic Sault Canal, Mill Market aims to be this gathering place, where locals and tourists alike can find farm-fresh food, culinary treats and beautiful handicrafts. Mill Market will be home to farmer, food, and craft vendors, and social programming, including a community garden. The market aims to be a place to celebrate Algoma District, explained Justus Veldman, of Riversedge Developments and Mill Square Inc. "Mill Market will be a place…
Rotaryfest Parade
ROTARYFEST is the Sault's summer festival. First established in 1922, the festival will be observing its 91 anniversary July 18-20, 2013. J.W. Curran, a charter member of The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and the first publisher of The Sault Star, experienced a street parade in the city of Orillia and was so impressed that he brought the idea to Sault Ste. Marie. The first Community Night took place on September 23, 1922. Not only was it to be a night of community fellowship and friendship, but it was to raise enough money from free will offerings to secure a "baby's car" for Public Health Nurse B. Miller. In the early days, everyone attending came in costume, not just…
Huts & Bungalows: A Round Up of Lake Nipissing Ice Fishing Operators
Lake Nipissing is a famous ice fishing locale in Ontario. Why? Stand at the edge of Lake Nipissing, and you'll see tiny ice bungalow villages tucked into the horizon.  Most bungalows are outfitted with the comforts of home; Propane furnace, propane lights, cooking utensils, a table and chairs, bunk beds, heated private washroom, and 10" drilled holes are usually included. TIP: Check with your chosen operator, to find out what kind of gear you'll need to bring.   Read on for a complete round-up of ice fishing operators on Lake Nipissing:  Cottage Resorts Offering Ice Bungalows Promised Land Camp152 Promised Land Road,Nipissing Village705-724-1648 or 1-888-647-7742www.promisedlandcamp.net Rob Hyatt OutdoorsCallander705-752-1727 Bear Creek CottagesCallander705-752-1157or 1-888-246-5026 Chalkley's Sandy Bay Cottage ResortCallander705-752-1050or 1-877-387-0868 Cosy Cove…
ValleyField Farms - Sylvan Valley Ontario
Want to know where your food comes from? Then venture into the world of local food grown right here in Algoma. Make a day of it and take a trip into the world of crowing roosters, picturesque meadows and take a look at a broccoli growing right out of the ground. Learn about what farmers in Algoma are doing to make local food accessible. Many farms in and around Sault Ste. Marie offer farm tours and encourage visits. To plan a day out on a farm, click on buyalgoma.ca for a local farmers' directory to pick a farm that meets your interests and give them a call. Farm types range in variety from Alpaca farms to certified organic veggies, bees…
The Temiskaming Loop
Ontario Tourism updated the Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario for 2013. As they described, these are some of the most scenic, twisty and fun routes in the province. We're elated to have 3 Northeastern Ontario Motorcylce Tours on the roster! We join Ontario Tourism in recommending these Northeastern Ontario motorcycle routes:  Georgian Bay Coastal Route The Georgian Bay Coastal Route came in at #7 on the Top 10 List for 2013. The 800km (500 mile) route takes a long weekend to complete, and will expose you to some of Ontario's most iconic scenery - the windswept pines, crystal blue waters and granite rockfaces of Georgian Bay. We recommend a visit the village of Killarney, to see the reflective blue waters and enjoy…
Bill Spicer fishing for walleye.
The Most Sought After Fish In Ontario Has To Be The Walleye. Editor's Note: Bill Spicer, Host of The New Fly Fisher, shares his train-in fishing adventure for walleye on Lake Wabatongushi at Errington's Wilderness Island. Check out the video -- Bill experiments to catch walleye when a Northern Ontario cold front toughens the conditions! For more information about train-in fishing in Algoma visit www.wildernessbyrail.ca In my recent travels I visited a lake system, which boasts large numbers of walleye along with good pike fishing. This lake is called Wabatongushi and on it is Errington's Wilderness Island. Al and Doris Errington welcomed us to their family-run facility. The walleye fishing was nothing short of outstanding. Whether you were fly fishing…
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…
Hiawatha
Relax and decompress among the trees, fresh air, chirping birds, and waterfalls. These three nature hikes are an escape within the city; two sections of the John Rowswell HUB Trail (Fort Creek & Finn Hill extensions), and Crystal Creek Falls at Kinsmen Park/Hiawatha Highlands.Fort Creek & Finn Hill Extensions of the HUB Trail are both wheelchair accessible and part of a 25-km (15.6 mile) multiuse path system that links areas of the city and points of interest; including the downtown Boardwalk, Bellevue Park, Algoma University, Sault College, the hospital and Fort Creek Conservation Area. You will see pine, cedar and spruce, as well as, balsam fir, poplar, aspen, white birch, yellow birch, red maple and sugar maple trees. Birds you…
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, So Many Good Performances to Enjoy!
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) adds to the reputation of Thunder Bay as a regional centre for the performing arts in Northwestern Ontario. Locally known as the TBSO, the Thunder Bay symphony has been around for over 50 years putting on concerts that appeal to a wide and diverse audience from pure classical performances in their Masterword Series, to a mix of modern and popular music with a classical twist in their Pops series, and children’s concerts. Going to a symphony performance can be an experience in itself. You will be especially delighted to know most of their major performances all take place in our Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, a professional 1500 seated arts centre considered “one of the…

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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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  • Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
    The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre has been host to cultural services for over thirty-seven years. In recent years, the museum archives were moved throughout the city until a permanent location could be found. They have since found a permanent location, and are open to the public at 325 Second Avenue,…
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  • Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Tailored Photography Tours in Temagami
    Northland Paradise Lodge in Temagami, Ontario lead a variety of photography tours within the White Bear Forest. Whether you're a professional photographer or a novice, they offer a photo tour to suit your needs. White Bear Forest is the sixth largest remaining white & red pine old-growth white forest, and…
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  • Lake Superior Park is Truly a Superior Outdoor Experience
    Lake Superior Park is Truly a Superior Outdoor Experience
    Along the legendary shores of the largest Great Lake, Lake Superior, Lake Superior Provincial Park makes up an area of over 1,600 square kilometres making it the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Located between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa along Highway 17 North, Lake "Gitche Gumee" is deeply rooted…
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  • Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
    Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
     Northeastern Ontario takes roadside kitsch to a whole other level, and it could be because we know the value of fun on those long road trips. Call it weird, or call it Canadian folk art, these roadside attractions are beckoning you in to their welcoming towns, and most of them…
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  • The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    The North Channel is A Boater's Paradise
    Here's a look at what boating in the North Channel of Lake Huron is really like: While visiting the North Channel for a weekend getaway, I was stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty of the rugged shorelines, the pure blue waters and the majestic bald eagle…
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  • It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    It’s Time to Groom, it’s Time to Ride, and it’s Time to Snowmobile Algoma
    Hello my Snowmobile friends, it's Luc here better known as "The Groomer Guy"! It is the time of year that that we all wait for the big snow fall to come and to go out riding, it's the time of year that we begin to plan our upcoming snowmobile trips…
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  • Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Learn to Stand Up Paddle on Lake Superior with Naturally Superior Adventures
    Stand Up Paddling is One of the Fastest Growing Water Activities This super fun sport is perfect for a variety of ages and fitness levels, making it a very interesting way to explore the outdoors by water. SUP, or Hoe he'e nalu in Hawaiian, actually started in the 1960s as…
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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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  • Fish and Hunt Lodges Double as Family Getaways
    Luxury lodges and rustic cabins offer a range of outdoor experiences By James E. Brennan The morning sun catches the green glow of a stand of trees, casting a mirror image on the still lake waters. The smell of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee drifts from a nearby lodge kitchen. A…
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