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.
Titanoboa @ Science North's Ripley's Believe it or Not Exhibit
My husband and I took a leap of faith nine years ago when we moved to Northern Ontario to build a business and start our family. The location was completely foreign to me, however, over the past few years I've discovered that it's rich in hidden gems, incredible scenery and attractions as well as events that are perfect for families. Sudbury was once the world leader in nickel mining and is still home to two major mining companies. It has since become more multi-faceted, expanding to include different industries. In addition to its rich history, the entire Greater Sudbury District is a popular tourist destination for travelers making their way across the Trans Canada Highway. Science North  Science North is…
Fly into the remote Canadian Wilderness for your fishing trip
Fly in Fishing in Ontario, Canada The Canadian fly in fishing trip is unequaled in the angling world. It should be on everyone's bucket list. Although, once you try it once, you'll likely go on several more fly-in trips. Canada has more freshwater lakes than anywhere else on earth! Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams and many of the waterways have fishing accessible only by floatplane aircraft - the famous Canadian bush planes. Imagine flying into a lake where it's just you, the cabin and the fish. The majority of fly-in lakes only have one, maybe two cabins on the lake. The fact that there are very few fisherman each year and that most of…
War of 1812
It may not be a well known fact, but Sault Ste. Marie and its surrounding district was on the front line of the War of 1812, a conflict that defined the future makeup of the North American continent. Believe it or not, Sault Ste. Marie has been at the centre of the Canadian experience for over three centuries. Indeed, with this year’s bicentennial anniversary marking the first skirmishes of the War of 1812, it turns out that the city and its surrounding district was on the front line of a conflict that defined the future makeup of the North American continent. Two hundred years ago, the land, now known as the “Twin Soos” on either side of the Canada-U.S. border…
It's hard to beat the taste of freshly caught walleye.
Enjoy Fresh Fish Beside a Clear Canadian Lake The majority of visitors to northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country come here to enjoy the great fishing we have to offer. There are literally thousands of lakes and hundreds of resorts and lodges you can choose from. After a successful morning of fishing, enjoy one of the tastiest delicacies found anywhere, fresh walleye for shore lunch. Ask anyone who's been up here fishing, nothing can beat heading out on one of our beautiful lakes, catching some nice walleyes and frying them up with some potatoes and beans. I'll take this setting over a restaurant any day.   A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a shore lunch with…
Catch Thunderwolves hockey Friday and Saturday nights at Fort William Gardens
If you are visiting Thunder Bay  this weekend, check out fast paced university men's playoff hockey action at the Fort William Gardens. The Lakehead University Thunderwolves are now into the third round of OUA playoffs as they battle the Windsor Lancers for the West Division title this weekend. The Good Old Hockey Game It is no hidden secret that hockey is “Canada’s game”. Why? The game of hockey is something that is unique to the National Canadian identity. A Northern Ontario city like Thunder Bay, Ontario, is by no means a city that exists outside of Canadian hockey culture – it is deeply immersed it. From frozen backyard rinks, to local community arenas, the game of hockey can be found in…
Ron Zeppa's Gone Ice Fishing: Snowmobile To Ron's Favourite Fishing Spots
 "It's not just the destination, but also the trip that makes the day." It's not just getting to the lake or river to ice fish, it's the spectacular scenery along the way that can also be enjoyed and captured on camera. During his years of ice fishing, Ron Zeppa is one of those who appreciates the winter wonderland along the trails, whether it's heavily snow-laden fir trees or a rock face layered in giant icicles. Winter provides it all. Ron has been an avid ice fisherman for a number of years. Being a faithful boater in our area, ice fishing affords him the opportunity to visit some remote places that have limited access in the no snow months. Sitting on…
Motorcycles lined up at the Harley Davidson dealership in Thunder Bay on the maindrag Arthur St.
Last summer, while taking in the breath taking vistas and winding highways around Lake Superior by motorcycle, we found ourselves in Thunder Bay for the night. What amazed us was how welcoming the city is to motorcyclists.  We like to scope out the motorcycle shops when we travel...just to make sure we can get servicing if we need it.  Heading north on 61, we located our first dealer,  Excalibur Motorcycle Works just off the highway near the airport.  Just a half mile up the highway, we turned onto Arthur Street and quickly noticed  Thunder Bay Harley Davidson .  Whether it was coincidence or not, we were impressed to see the bike dealers so close to the highway.  While we didn't need any parts or…
Colin McKeown gives a lodge review for Lodge Eighty-Eight on Esnagi Lake.
Editor's Note: Colin McKeown, host of The New Fly Fisher gives a lodge review for Lodge Eighty-Eight after his trip for big Northern Pike, Walleye and strong fighting Brook Trout. For more information about fishing in Algoma Country visit www.algomaregion.com Since I was a young boy I have had a love of catching big Northern Pike. Now as an adult, I try to find new and exciting waters to catch them. Recently I had the pleasure of fishing on a lake system that not only boasted of big Pike and Walleye -- but also large Brook Trout as well. The lake is Esnagi Lake and the lodge I stayed at is Lodge Eighty-Eight. David MacLachlan and his family have been…
Off the Hook: Ice Fishing for Big Trout 15 minutes North of SSM
It's 6:15 am as I stare anxiously at my watch. As per the status quo, I'm running 15 minutes late while still needing to pick up some "morning glory" at the coffee shop and fuel up my snowmobile. After picking up my annoyed fishing buddy we are headed north on Highway 17.Visit Joe's Sports and Surplus for all your fishing gear needs and attire! The Sault Ste. Marie area boasts exceptional ice fishing for a variety of target species from cold-water trout and whitefish to toothy northern pike and tasty walleye. Our destination for this day would be some stocked trout lakes about 15 minutes from town. Lower Island Lake - Heyden Ontario (Just 15 minutes North of SSM) The…
Thunder Bay's original source for the best Thai food!
Thai Kitchen35 South Cumberland St. The Thai Kitchen is a favourite spot to dine for many people in Thunder Bay. Owner Pia Venema prepares dishes that have people come for an authentic Asian food experience that is healthy and reasonably priced. Portion sizes are good for two, so with only a couple orders you can get a very good traditional meal going. The restaurant located at 35 South Cumberland in the Waterfront District is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm. The pad Thai, everyone’s favourite, is great. However, you could quickly develop new favourites by trying the curries, noodles, stir-fries, and soups. Meat portions are generous. Vegetarian dishes are in good supply. Symbols in the menu indicate spice heat…

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  • Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Bring Your Bike and Explore North Bay
    Where To Go Start in the beautiful city of North Bay situated on the shores of Lake Nipissing with Trout Lake also within city limits. Here you will find trails and routes that will challenge and delight. Whether you're looking for a fun family getaway, a romantic weekend or a chance…
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  • Awakening Woods and Waters Photography Workshop with James Smedley
    Awakening Woods and Waters Photography Workshop with James Smedley
    Lake Superior changes with the seasons, from the powerful Gales of November in the fall, the spectacular views during the summer months, to the winter peacefulness. But have you ever experienced Lake Superior in the spring time? Photo credit James Smedley. Spring is a magical time when Lake Superior tributaries…
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  • Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    Feel like Royalty with an American Plan Package
    All-inclusive Lodges and Resorts Sure to Please If you want to concentrate on fishing or relaxing and nothing else then an American Plan Package at one of the lodges or resorts is what you'll need. Hearty meals are served up for you along with a shore lunch kit or boxed…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Once the ice is gone, it's time to go fishing! As the ice slowly melts away, the ritual known as ice-out lake trout fishing is set to commence. Arguably one of the seasons most enjoyable fishing pursuits, fishing for lake trout just after the ice goes out is a real…
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  • Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Walleye Fishing Like Nowhere Else
    Ontario's Sunset Country - The Walleye Wonderland There are a lot of places that claim to have the best walleye fishing in the world but can they really back it up? If you dig a little deeper into their claims like we have, you'll find the answer to that is…
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  • So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    So Much to See and Do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
    Growing up my family went to a lot of museums, attractions -- anywhere that allowed us kids to burn off excess energy and if we learned something in the process then that was even better. I think that's why the Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie is such a great…
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  • Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    Science North presents "The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not"
    The moment we have all been waiting for The Science of Ripley's Believe it or Not is now open at Science North.   Last week I have the opportunity to see Science North's new exhibit and was a blown away. It is absolutely amazing and a must see. You findout the science behind how Robert…
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