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.
bight, great views of Pier 3 on Thunder Bay waterfront
bight is a great place to stop for an unique culinary experience on your visit to Thunder Bay with one of the city's newest restaurants located in the Water Garden Pavilion part of the new harbourfront development at Prince Arthur's Landing. A locally owned and operated restaurant, bight Restaurant Bar is open all year round seven days a week for lunch and dinner, giving you a precious view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant for all four seasons. A classy restaurant where you will enjoy the open space, bight offers modern décor, a choice of a varied selection of great food, an excellent selection of alcoholic beverages with quick and knowledgeable service. bight features two long walls of windows that let in lots…
Al Lindner with a Sunset Country Bass
Fishing the Northwest Ontario Wilderness Editor's Note: Co-inventor of the legenday lindy rig walleye lure, co-founder of In-Fisherman Magazine, and Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee Al Lindner knows the way big fish think. In this exclusive article, Al shares some information about places to stay, where the fish are and what to see and do - gain insight from the thousands of hours Al has spent fishing the waters of Northwest Ontario. Muskie fishing in Ontario's Northwest Boasting thousands of lakes and rivers teeming with fish, Northwest Ontario is home to some of the finest angling opportunities on earth. Many are drive-to locations where you can trailer in your own boat and a truckload of gear. Others are…
The Sleeping Giant, a legendary landmark, is the backdrop to Thunder Bay's marina on the shores of Lake Superior.
I live on a houseboat in a marina in the San Francisco Bay so, understandably, I’m a little choosy about my marinas. The non-negotiables are, of course, an expansive view of a large body of and, naturally, a scenic backdrop. A little commercial activity would be appreciated, but more importantly, I want a community feel, somewhere I’d enjoy just hanging out and taking in the local culture. I knew I’d come across somewhere special when I arrived at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. To start with, Thunder Bay’s waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landing (also known as Marina Park) is situated in a picturesque and protected lakefront harbor on the grandiose Lake Superior, with tree-covered hills and pristine islands in…
Shawdow's Of The Mind Film Festival
Experience Cinema from around the world at the 15th annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival: February 26th through March 2nd, 2014 Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Shadows’ of the Mind Film Festival is gearing up to showcase some of the world’s best cinema, right here in Sault Ste. Marie. Shadows is no ordinary film festival. It is a film festival that showcases films and other art forms for two purposes: to entertain and to educate. By attracting audiences through the entertainment value of film, we use select films and events to increase awareness and education on mental health and addiction issues, as well as other prevalent social topics as decided each year. Attending Shadow’s can be an experience of…
Sheer cliffs and rock walls of Ouimet Canyon, make it a wonder to see!
If you visiting Thunder Bay and region to take in the fall colours, a stop at Ouimet Canyon in the Township of Dorion (less than an hour east of Thunder Bay) should be on your things to see and do. Jim Byers, a travel writer for the Toronto Star was impressed with his first visit to this Northern Ontario natural wonder. Ouimet Canyon - Marvel at The Views I saw one car leaving the canyon as I drove in (10 minutes off the Trans Canada Highway near Dorion). An hour later, as I was leaving, I saw one car driving up the hill to the visitor’s centre. The rest of the time I had this marvellous, unheralded and absolutely astonishing bit of…
Summer Festivals in Northeastern Ontario: Updated For 2014
It's promising to be a series of fantastically fortunate events in Northeastern Ontario this summer! The Northeastern Ontario travel region is a premier destination for festivals in northern Ontario. Whether you're looking for a musical experience, or a more culturally uplifting exploit, there's an event planned to suit you. With most of our locales situated only 3 1/2 hours from the major cities of Toronto and Ottawa (see map), we could easily become your next weekend getaway. Events will  be added as more information becomes available, so please feel free to bookmark the article and check back throughout the summer! For a list of Food Festivals, check out this article. French River Rubber Boots FestivalMay 12The French River Rubber Boots…
Algoma's Water Tower Inn
The year is 1981 and I’m 11 years old. I'm riding in a shuttle bus that’s transporting my family and I from the Los Angeles airport to our hotel. It’s nighttime and the thick L.A. air makes it feel like another planet. A taxicab swerves in front of the shuttle bus, and our driver and the cabbie exchange profanities.   We’re only staying in Los Angeles for one night, prior to heading to San Diego to visit family. The hotel is grey and so is our room. There is a small balcony and the room smells like stale cigarettes. I’m thrilled. There was always something special about staying in a hotel, even if it was rather unexceptional. How times have…
Dorion – A Birding Paradise on Superior's Shore
Do you have an interest in Birds? Birding? Or Bird Watching? If your answer is yes, you will want to plan a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior region to take in the annual Canyon Country Birding Festival in Dorion held each year in late May. The Dorion Birding Festival is your opportunity to spend two great days in Canada's Great Outdoors experiencing bird watching in the majestic setting of Lake Superior and the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Dorion is a small community located on the northern shore of Lake Superior, with the Hurkett Cove Conservation Area and Ouimet Canyon fast becoming known as North American hot spots for birding. Dorion is less than an hour's…
An eclectic mix of local retail shops...
     A tourist, standing at the corner of Red River and Cumberland in Thunder Bay, asks a resident, “Where is your downtown?”      “You’re in it,” comes the reply to the surprised tourist, who may or may not be aware that Thunder Bay is made up of the two former cities of Port Arthur and Fort William that amalgamated in 1970.      Thunder Bay’s downtown North Core or the Waterfront District referred to by many locals as Port Arthur is redeveloping. With the opening of a couple happening gastro-pubs and more restaurants in the works, the shopping is also improving with local entrepreneurs embracing retail opportunities. Some of the shops have been long residing stalwarts, where the owners are very pleased to see more…
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…

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  • Explore the Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
    Explore the Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
    Story by Lynda Olson Photos by David Coulas & Mary Hastings Located on Manitoulin's south shore 35 km west of Gore Bay, Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve beckons you to experience its globally rare alvar communities, diverse woodland and wetland habitats and picturesque bay. Alvar is a Scandinavian word meaning…
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  • 14 Day Provincial Park Tour
    14 Day Provincial Park Tour
    Explore Sunset Country's Provincial Parks With 100,000 square kilometers of forest and 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams, Sunset Country has its fair share of Ontario Provincial Parks. These beautiful parks are located alongside most of the major highways in the region and if you love the outdoors, camping, fishing, swimming…
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  • "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    "You Can’t Go Wrong" at Tina’s for Breakfast and Lunch
    Tina’s Breakfast and Lunch1170 Memorial Tina's Breakfast and Lunch is as their name says a wonderful choice for breakfast and lunch on your visit to Thunder Bay, especially if your here for a weekend of shopping. The diner serves all day breakfast till 3pm and is conveniently located on Memorial…
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  • John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine Visits Algoma and Loves It
    John Campbell of Canadian Biker Magazine, after a motorcycle tour of the Algoma region's roadways, sent us this note to tell us what he thought of the tour: For a die-hard westerner such as myself, much of Ontario has long been something of a mystery. But an all-too-short week roaming…
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  • Eagle Lake a Jewel in the Heart of Sunset Country
    Eagle Lake a Jewel in the Heart of Sunset Country
    Eagle Lake...a Jewel of Sunset Country Eagle Lake is near Vermilion Bay and Dryden, Ontario in the heart of Sunset Country. Eagle Lake is an awesome fishing destination that is 68,000 acres in size and 70 miles long with over 400 islands. Anglers fishing the lake always continue to come back because…
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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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  • Take a drive up beautiful Highway 105
    Take a drive up beautiful Highway 105
    Drive to the "End of the Road" to Red Lake Highway 105 begins at Vermilion Bay and goes north up to Red Lake, Ontario. While you can drive up and back in a day, there's lots to see and do along the way, so you may want to take a…
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  • Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Zip-lining: Try This Eco-Adventure in Algoma
    Treetop Adventures is home to the Mega Zip fastest zip-line in Ontario! Located in Algoma, Treetop Adventures is a fun, eco-friendly wilderness attraction open year round. Even though zip-lining is considered an "extreme" sport by some, it's geared towards a variety of ages, from beginner to thrill seeker. Treetop Adventures…
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  • Local Eats!
    Local Eats!
    While in Greater Sudbury indulge in many of our unique local restaurants! No matter what restaurant you choose - you will be sure to ENJOY! Check out Sudbury Tourism for all the fantastic selections!
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  • Confessions of a First Time ATV Rider: Mattawa Voyageur Multi Use Trails
    Confessions of a First Time ATV Rider: Mattawa Voyageur Multi Use Trails
    Thrilling, muddy, fast-paced, exciting…addictive. Those are the best words to describe my experience ATV riding for the first time in Mattawa, Ontario. Located in Northeastern Ontario, where the Mattawa and Ottawa rivers meet, Mattawa is full of adventure, history, and local artists to attract any type of traveler. Taking full…
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