Northern Ontario, Canada

Buzz Ramsey is a leading authority on trout fishing with spinners. He recently joined the author in filming a brook trout fishing show for Fishing 411 television that showcases the awesome fishery Algoma Country provides.
Some lures are more effective at catching certain species than others. When it comes to catching walleye, jigs are king. For catching smallmouth bass a crankbait that imitates crayfish is hard to beat. For pike the casting spoon reigns supreme and for targeting the brook trout Ontario's Algoma Country is famous for, the "go to" lure is an in-line spinner. Locally known as "specks" or "speckled trout" the brook trout is exceptionally attractive, but this fish is actually not a trout at all. Brook trout are members of the char family like their close cousin the lake trout. Occasionally a naturally occurring hybrid is produced known as the splake. Splake display the primary colors of a brook trout and the…
Celebrating a Local Food Festival: Your Guide To A Fun Filled Saturday In SSM
Your Saturday Itinerary! EAT Algoma on Queen Street: Celebrate A Local Food Festival! Get ready to celebrate local food and farming as downtown hosts EAT Algoma. On Saturday, June 14, RAIN (Rural Agri-Innovation Network) will bring Sault Ste. Marie's first-ever local food festival to Queen Street. The "Farm to Fork" theme will bring country life to the city, and serve as unique opportunity to connect farmers, restaurants and consumers. Square 1 (East to Brock) will be lined with tents featuring farm-fresh food vendors, live animals and kid's activities. Enjoy live music and a drink under the Festival of Beer tent. The highlight of the event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with Restaurant Food Challenge Competition. Three local restaurants (Embers, Gnarly…
Story by: Katie Alton Marketing and Office Coordinator and Elena Lewis Visitor Services and Public Engagement Coordinator
The Art Gallery of Algoma is pleased to present the work of Aganetha Dyck & Richard Dyck in its summer exhibition Surreal Transformations. Aganetha Dyck is a Canadian artist whose sculptural body of work is made from familiar items such as cigarettes, wool sweaters, crocheted toques and buttons which can be read as a ‘domestic critique and a material history of post-war feminism’.1 Since the early 1990’s Dyck, aided by partner and apiary assistant Peter, has created hundreds of sculptures with honeybees by placing into commercial beehives found and handmade objects. The bees, having adjusted to the presence of the inserted item, continue their everyday routines by collecting and making honey and building their hive around the newly placed object.…
The waldorf sald is one of the many unique items on the menu at Bliss
Unless you count wild blueberries, there weren’t many options if you were looking for raw, vegan cuisine on your visit to Thunder Bay—until now. Bliss Café at 87 Cumberland St. North recently opened and has quickly gained a devoted local following for its unique dining experience. Owner and chef Helen Liba serves up a carefully curated selection of gluten-free, dairy-free dishes, all made fresh to order by Liba in the tiny open kitchen at the café. Everything is completely delicious and completely healthy, and nothing is cooked above 47°C (118°F) in order to preserve all the natural enzymes in each ingredient. When Liba first heard about raw food cuisine six years ago, her reaction was, “Who wants to eat veggies and dip…
A Motorcycle Tale in Algoma Country.
It's been said, if you ride a motorcycle you've a story to tell. I believe that's because on a motorcycle you become part of the scene, unlike in an automobile sitting behind windows, observing it. Even the most barren of roads can offer up an adventure or tale when you're sitting amidst it on a motorcycle. And this particular tale of mine came about while riding along one of the most splendid, lone stretches of highway bordering the mighty Lake Superior -- the Trans-Canada Highway 17 South from Wawa's famous mighty goose monument -- to Sault Ste. Marie. The famous Wawa Goose Monument. Photo credit Vicki Gray. North Shore, Woman Bay, Lake Superior. Photo credit Vicki Gray. It's a ride…
Scenic Paddling on Mattagami River
Do you hear that? It's the wind tousling the branches of an old pine, and the paddle breaking through calm water. It's a legendary paddling adventure, and it's in Northeastern Ontario. Imagine, paddling ancient canoe routes the Anishinaabekwe and French Voyageurs did so long ago. Discover yourself on crystal clear waters, surrounded by wilderness in it's purest form. You'll make memories to last a lifetime, reaching locations only accessible to the adventurous at heart. Find a list of Northeastern Ontario's Top Paddling Destinations for 2014 below:  Temagami   Local Outfitter:Temagami Outfitting CompanyProvincial Park Nearby:Finlayson Point Provincial Park, Lady Evelyn - Smoothwater Provincial Park, Obabika Lake Provincial Park, Solace Provincial ParkWhere to Stay:Full ListingWhat to Expect: Over 1200 islands, and red/white…
Devils Rock
It's hard to believe that one of Northeastern Ontario's best and most accessible vistas is seldom seen. This view would become very important to one of Canada's most successful writers.     To young detectives worldwide, he was known under the pseudonyms Carolyn Keene, Roy Rockwood and most famously Franklin W. Dixon author of The Hardy Boys series. Author Leslie McFarlane, who passed away on September 6, 1977, was one of the most successful Canadian writers of all time. Working for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, he penned 21 volumes of The Hardy Boys, initiated The Dana Girls series and wrote seven Dave Fearless novels. Devil's Rock on the west side of Lake Temiskaming near Haileybury rivals the Barron Canyon in Algonquin…
Spring Photo Fishing Roundup 2014
Ice out, open water, lodges are opening—these are sure signs that winter is over and that the spring/summer fishing season is ON! Lodge owners in Algoma Country have been posting images of big Walleye and Northern Pike caught by their first guests & Ontario's Walleye Opener on their Facebook pages. These photos really capture the spring fishing season in Algoma—elated fishermen proudly holding up their first catches of the season! Take a look at these spring fishing photos shared by lodge owners below. (for more photos, check out their Facebook Pages and Follow them!)   Agich's Kaby Kabins on Kabinakagami Lake posted the biggest Walleye caught in their season so far: 10lbs, catch & release. This fly-in fishing lodge has…
The Blues Fest has a reputation for attracting top name acts
It’s a July party like no other, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival in Thunder Bay July 4 -6, 2014 is a perfect reason to plan at trip to Northwest Ontario to kick start your summer. Blues acts are still the main draw for the large crowds who come back year after year. Goh Iromoto Photo Book your tickets and accommodations for a great three-day weekend stay in Thunder Bay as the shores of Lake Superior come alive again for the 13th annual edition of one of Canada's popular outdoor concerts. This year’s Blues Fest boasts a world-class international lineup of superlative talent that puts “V” in variety like you’ve never experienced before. Canadian celtic rockers Allan Doyle and Great Big Sea were the Sunday…
Flip, flop and fly...
The four-year-olds are losing their minds with excitement. The 40-year-old parents are having a pretty good time too. We’re at the AeroSports Trampoline Park, a new attraction in Thunder Bay located in the big white bubble of the Sports Dome on Northern and Memorial. It’s less than a week after the trampoline park opened its doors and it already looks like a hit: even on a Friday morning the place is buzzing. Teenagers are doing flips into a foam pit overflowing with oversized blue foam cubes, a gymnast is practicing her routine, and moms chat and cradle babies while their toddlers flop into their own foam pit and bounce on trampoline squares. Family Fun for All The AeroSports facility boasts some…

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