Northern Ontario, Canada

Early morning fog begins to lift as the sun rises over Sylvan Valley
When driving east from Sault Ste. Marie, Highway 638 offers a scenic alternative to the more heavily travelled Highway 17. Spanning 52km from Echo Bay to Bruce Mines, this secondary highway meanders its way through varied terrain, offering a fresh view at every turn. Heading east from Echo Bay, the highway is flanked by vistas of rocky ridges as it dips into the pastoral lowlands of Sylvan Valley before entering a forested stretch north of McCarrel Lake. From here, the road passes by a handful of small farms nestled between tree-covered hills as the route passes through the tiny settlement of Leeburn. The highway then veers south at its intersection with Poplar Dale Road, then passes through some rugged terrain as…
This massive 54" muskie is an example of what can happen when you continue practice CPR
CPR. I’m sure the first thoughts when you see/read this acronym will relate to saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest. You may be trying to remember how many chest compressions vs breaths they are teaching in courses these days because the ratio has changed over the years. Much like attitudes towards killing trophy caliber fish in the wide variety of species available in Sunset Country have changed as well. In the fishing community, CPR stands for Catch, Photo, Release. In the the 22+ seasons I have been at Mylie’s Place Resort on Lake of the Woods in Morson, Ontario, I have witnessed a significant shift in the attitudes of the vast majority of anglers on the water. For…
A live band plays Gargoyle's Grille & Ale, a local bar restaurant on south Cumberland
Nightlife! You will find it in Thunder Bay, the largest metropolitian city in Northwest Ontario. (Grab a copy of the latest edition of The Walleye, an arts and entertainment tabloid printed monthly to let you know what is happening in Thunder Bay.) A Night Out in the Waterfront District Your best bet for a night out with with a variety of choices is the north side Waterfront District, also dubbed Thunder Bay's entertainment district. Here you will find a number of bars and clubs offering not only great food and drinks but live performing acts especially Friday and Saturday nights. A few places open up space for dancing. Thunder Bay has seen a renaissance of a burgeoning music scene that is beginning…
Enrich Your Love of Film at the Bay Street Film Festival
Enrich your love and experience of film at the Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay September 3 -7, 2014. Join filmmakers from Northwestern Ontario and around the World at this popular local event by planning a trip to Northwest Ontario. With an emphasis on the circumpolar north, both short and feature length films are coming to Thunder Bay for the festival from the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Russia, France, the U.S., Spain, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and of course our region; Northwest Ontario. Opening their 10th anniversary with a gala fundraiser with live performances, the Bay Street Film Festival, located at the Finlandia Club above the famous Hoito restaurant on Bay Street, is a popular five-day event featuring comedy,…
Sandra Rapping
Rock climbing is a spring, summer and fall sport which has become popular with outdoor enthusiasts. It can be enjoyed by all ages - young and old. It started in the Sault Ste. Marie area in the mid 80's. It has become a rock climbing destination for beginners and experienced climbers locally, as well as from Southern Ontario and the Midwest States. Rock climbing first began in this area at a place known as Robertson Lake cliffs. Since 1999, several other climbing areas were developed for rock climbing and more are still being developed. The main focus of rock climbing and site development is in the Batchawana Bay and Montreal River Harbor areas, including: • River Bend Rock - this…
Beautiful white pines dot the Sioux Narrows Provicial Park
Sioux Narrows Provincial Park on Lake of the Woods is a secluded, small park with great personal service.   The Sioux Narrows Provincial Park which is run by the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, is a jewel hidden right off Highway 71 just north of Sioux Narrows. I was fortunate to be able to camp there earlier this summer. We camped during the week, and the campground was surprisingly only about half full. I'm not sure why, as this is a great park. Upon checking in, the Park Supervisor, Beverly-Ann greeted us with her very friendly attitude and wonderful smile. It was a face we would see often for the rest of our stay. There are lots of wooded areas and…
Beaux Daddy's - Serving Cajun Cooking
For everyone who’s ever driven past Beaux Daddy’s Canajun Grillhouse out Hwy 61 coming into Thunder Bay and wondered how “Canajun” food tastes, we have the answer: delicious. Featuring a Cajun-Creole menu with Canadian twists, the grillhouse serves up fresh flavours and good times. Beaux Daddy’s is a recent restaurant addition to Thunder Bay but has history in that it is located in the former Uncle Frank’s Supper Club which was an icon for several generations of Thunder Bay residents. The restaurant is decked out in quirky New Orleans style—think Mardi Gras beads, alligators and Mardi Gras beads on alligators. Grab one of the padded vinyl swivel chairs if you can, take a seat at the central bar or head outside…
The Real-World Treasure Hunt: Happening Right Now, All Around You!
 Whether you're brand new to geocaching or an experienced cacher, Sault Ste Marie and the surrounding area is the place to be for geocaching!!  Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you!  We like to joke that we use multi million dollar satellites to find Tupperware hidden in the woods. A couple of friends from southern Ontario often mentioned geocaching on Facebook and I was curious what it was all about so I Googled it and it looked like such a fun activity to try!   The whole family jumped in the van (it was Mother's Day... they had no choice) and away we went!  We picked an easy one nearby and found it right away. …
Redwood Sportfishing Charters will take you fishing on the famous St. Marys River or inland on exclusive trips.
Captain Dean Lapham of Redwood Sportfishing Charters shares his Rapala tactics to catch Walleye   Editor's Note: Owned and operated by Dean Lapham, Redwood Sportfishing Charters is a fully equipped, professional fishing experience that is not only enjoyable but affordable. Based on the world famous St. Marys River, Redwood Sportfishing Charters offers 5 hours of morning and evening charters for Pacific Salmon (King, Pink, Coho) and Atlantic Salmon. If you're looking for something special, Redwood offers exclusive excursions for inland brook & speckled trout that you can catch on a spin cast or fly rod. This could be a new hit or a forgotten oldie, but for me it's a familiar song and dance that I could play over and…
Spoiler Alert: There's an Unlikely Hero
Summers are glorious in northern Ontario. The sun is shining, the temps are high and the dock is calling your name. Occasionally, the rain brings a sweet repose from the sweltering heat. The rain also draws water to the marshes, and other eco-systems, which breed some of the most unsightly, unwanted guests.  You guessed it, I'm talking about the ankle biting, blood sucking bugs (otherwise referred to as birds) of northern Ontario. Like unwanted guests, we have to politely sit through their "draining" presence to enjoy some of our favourite moments - ex. campfires, barbecues and swimming dockside. And while we'd like to re-send their invitation, they're a part of nature's bigger posse, which we have no trouble enjoying. So,…


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