Northern Ontario, Canada

Where Will The Great Spirit Circle Trail Lead You? To Manitoulin Island
A visit to Manitoulin Island is so much more than a visit to the world’s largest freshwater island. Yes, it is an outdoor lover’s playground housing scenic waterfalls and spectacular views, but it is also a destination where one can discover and learn about history and culture. Our travels around Manitoulin Island followed the Great Spirit Circle Trail, an aboriginal experience giving us a glimpse into the lives of the Anishnawbek people. There are 7 First Nation Reserves on Manitoulin Island, and if you have always wanted to learn more about this rich culture, this is the place to be immersed in Aboriginal traditions.   Lobby of Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre   Our tour of the Great Spirit Circle…
Rossport Coastal Trail
Driving the north shore of Lake Superior offers jaw-droppingly beautiful views of the big lake. And now, when you want to stretch your legs, it’s easy and convenient to take a stroll on the newly opened Rossport Coastal Trail (about two hours east of Thunder Bay or 15-20 minutes west of Schreiber and Terrace Bay). Get a closer look at the ancient rocks, native vegetation and hidden coves and take in views of Superior’s ever-changing waters and the nearby archipelago of islands. Hikers on the Rossport Coastal Trail The 1.5 km-trail hugs the shoreline between the pretty and historic village of Rossport (at the east end, near a small playground) and the Rossport Roadside Park (a rest area). You can easily travel…
Welcoming Sign at the Museum
Power down the tablet and pop out the earbuds: you’ve got a few days left to check out old-style pioneer living at the newly reopened Founders’ Museum and Pioneer Village on Hwy 61, just south of Thunder Bay. The attraction is packed with an incredible array of artifacts, from vintage hats and pinball machines to antique tools, cameras, cars and a railway car, all housed in buildings painstakingly reproduced to match the originals. Antique car in the Founders' Museum Garage The site is the result of the efforts of Fred Goodfellow, who purchased the property in the 1960s with the idea of creating “hands-on history.” “He would go around to local farms and homes and see if there were any…
My first photo of North Bay, ever.
I guess you could call me a local. I was born and raised in Sudbury, ON, and transplanted to North Bay, ON for post-secondary in 2008.  Growing up here, I found there were two common threads among young people. First, you have to get a car or your life is over. So much of the north was designed for driving. Second, when you're old enough, you have to move away. My friends and I were guilty of groaning that 'there's nothing to do here'.    It wasn't until I began work at a local tourism association, that I realized how wrong I was to complain. The moment I began to explore, and see Northeastern Ontario with new eyes, I fell in…
Barbless 51" muskie caught at 10:15pm one night after full moon early August 2012
This writing is dedicated to the memory of Jack Burns. Gone, but never forgotten. To honor his memory and methods, I pinch down all the barbs on my casting baits. "Catch a nice one and let it go. Let them all go." DFDB! In my 23 years (as of 2014) of working & running Mylie's Place Resort on Lake of the Woods in Morson, Ontario, Canada, I've become very active in the promotion of CPR (Catch, Photograph & Release) fishing practices. There are all kinds of ways to improve the chances of successfully releasing a fish in whatever species you might be targeting or hook up with incidentally. One the most often overlooked is using barbless hooks. There are some…
Even though you may be fishing for steelhead, don’t be surprized to catch a “bonus” brook trout, Chinook salmon or even a magnificent Atlantic salmon like this beauty landed in the St. Mary’s River in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Sometimes, I think I should be a travel advisor. At least, that is what I was thinking the other day when I received an email message from a fishing buddy who lives in southern Ontario and had driven the mind-numbing "freeway" route across Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota to get to a conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He wanted to know if I could suggest a "more relaxing and scenic" route home that would bring him across Northern Ontario. Knowing how much my friend loves to wade pristine waters and fish for frenzied, chrome-sided steelhead, it took me all of ten seconds to send him a reply. "Take the Trans Canada Highway along the picture-postcard North Shore of Lake Superior," I suggested,…
The author (left) and his Fishing 411 IT specialist Roger Meinert enjoy a little time on the water in Algoma Country.
A jig is a jig is a jig...To a lot of anglers jigs aimed at walleye and pike fishing are all pretty much the same. To the elite 10% of the angling community that routinely catches 90% of the fish, special purpose jigs represent an edge in angling worth taking a closer look at. If walleye and pike fillets are what's for dinner, then it's important to learn a little about modern jig design and how these designs can help put more fish in the boat. For those anglers visiting Ontario's Algoma Country to target pike and walleye, special purpose jigs are as essential to the tackle list as a fishing rod, reel and line. JIG BASICS All fishing jigs…
Lifting off with Smooth Sailing Parasailing in Kenora
You don't have to go to Mexico to go parasailing! Try Smooth Sailing Parasailing in Kenora to get a great view of Lake of the Woods.   Since opening in Kenora, Ontario in 2013, Smooth Sailing Parasailing has been taking adventure seekers up for a bird's eye view of Lake of the Woods. Seeing the colourful parasail wing while out boating on the lake intrigued me for the last 2 summers. I have parasailed in Mexico and really enjoyed it. Unlike in Mexico where we went off the beach, Smooth Sailing slowly raises you right from a platform on the boat. All the islands on Lake of the Woods make for a beautiful sight and I actually enjoyed parasailing in…
One of the many viewing decks overlooking Kakabeka Falls
The breathtaking waterfalls at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park are easily accessed right off the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Thunder Bay.   It had been quite a few years since I had visited Kakabeka Falls when I decided to stop while on a road trip this summer. In the past, I had only viewed the falls from the highway side. This year, we decided to spend some time and cross the bridge to the other side of the waterfalls, and I'm so glad I did! I am truly amazed by the beauty and power of the waterfalls. The iron stained water of the Kaministiquia River drops 40 metres (130ft) into a gorge carved out of the Precambrian Shield. The Kam…
Story by Bryan Soroka (Facts supplied by Algoma Central Railway)
"The seemingly unending mixed forests of the Canadian Shield open up as you skirt the shores of northern lakes and rivers, cross towering trestles, and set eyes on the same rugged landscapes and majestic views that inspired the Group of Seven." Northern Ontario's rugged beauty often surprises visitors. There are many opportunities to experience and explore these incredible landscapes, and one of the more unique ways is aboard the one-day Agawa Canyon Tour Train. Departing from the Algoma Central Railway/CN depot in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, this 114-mile excursion truly showcases this rugged beauty that is exclusive to the region. As you settle into your comfortable coach, you can feel the pace of life slow as the experience of…


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