Northern Ontario, Canada

Fishing for fun on Lake Nipissing this Family Day Weekend
If you’re new to the idea of ice fishing, are looking to introduce a friend or are trying to get the kids involved, the fast-approaching Family Fishing Weekend, Feb. 14-16, is a great opportunity, where Canadians can enjoy licence-free fishing across the province. Hugging the shores of Lake Nipissing, which is famous for its ice fishing, North Bay is a great location to start your family fishing trip to Northeastern Ontario.     When the lake…
Top winter activities to experience in North Bay, Ontario
What’s the best thing about Northeastern Ontario, you ask? Well, it could be that you can drive less than 10 minutes from any urban centre and find yourself in our #1 attraction: Nature. Northeastern Ontario is a four-season destination, but with the onset of winter, we have a whole other playground to offer.   Head north to North Bay, offering a variety of winter activities to cater to all types of enthusiasts, from catching a…
Manitoulin Rocks!—Understanding Alvars and What Happened in Walkerton
Ontario's Manitoulin Island is blessed with incredible natural beauty mainly because of the rocks. It's rocks are oddities. We can learn much from these anomalies.  Follow this through. It is the 172nd largest island in the world and is the 31st largest in Canada. Known as the “Spirit Island”, it has within it 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn several of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds. Lake…
Hit the Trails in Town and Country—Snowmobiling in Timmins, Ontario
Timmins is Ontario’s snowmobiling mecca. I know, I know, this is just a bit biased considering I’ve lived here for 27 years now, but this is how I really feel. Northeastern Ontario proves it is the "BIG" snowmobile destination year after year. With an annual average snowfall of 300+ cm and over 440km of groomed trails in the Timmins club alone, you'll quickly realize that if you need guaranteed snow and length of trails for your…
Hockey on the Rock — Sudbury’s Legendary Pond Hockey Festival
One of Canada’s biggest pond hockey festivals kicks off on February 6 as Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger drops the puck on picturesque Ramsey Lake. For three days, Sudbury plays host to the legendary event, drawing thousands of spectators and marking the celebration of Sudbury’s favourite game. Now in its seventh year, the annual Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock features three days of three-on-three games for players of all ages and abilities. From PeeWee to Masters levels,…
The Irresistible Lure of the North — Traditional Winter Camping in Killarney
Killarney Provincial Park is the gem of the Northeast; a place of distinct beauty, made up of white quartzite ridges, forming what’s called the La Cloche Mountain Range. There’s no other piece of wilderness like it in Ontario. Most campers, however, know it only during the peak summer season; a time when campsite reservations are hard to come by and there are less places to escape the crowds. Come winter, the park transforms into a…
Unleash Your Active Competitor — Timmins Endurance Events for 2015
Known for its gold and quartz mining heritage and its wilderness forests and small lakes, Timmins is also home to several world-class individual endurance events. There’s something for every age, interest and season, like a cross-country ski race for families and individual adults, a kayaking festival with nine competitive divisions from beginner to advanced, and the annual Heart of Gold Triathlon or the Golden Trails Half-Marathon for the runners. So, round up your fit friends…
Just an Example of the Best Trails in Ontario
Experience breathtaking winter scenery, trailside accommodations, and some of the best-groomed trails Northeastern Ontario has to offer - on us. The Prize The 2013 contest winners Northeastern Ontario Tourism in parternship with Ontario Tourism is giving away the following 2 day/ 3 night snowmobile adventure for two: Three nights accommodations All meals included Two sleds provided by Guided snowmobile ride on the OFSC Chiniguchi Wolf Loop and Cartier Moose Loop, as well as adjoining…
The backend of the President's Suites in Haileybury
Temiskaming was once one of the most important and lucrative mining centres in the world. It was a rugged frontier where enterprising young men made quick fortunes. As the wealth of the community grew, so, too, did its cultural attractions, becoming known for a wide variety of theatre and architecture. Two of Temiskaming’s communities, Cobalt and Haileybury, proudly display the scars and splendour wrought by their mining heritage. In some ways, the former still has the authentic hardscrabble…
Saturday Night Onion Soup
The morning sun glares off the massive silver steel vats through the open double garage doors of the brewery. A warm and comforting aroma fills the air, with an underlying hint of something sweet. It’s unexpected, as it’s very much unlike the final bottled product, and quite the contrast to the sterile and industrial look and feel to the atmosphere.     This was my first experience touring a brewery, which also happened to be…
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  • Locals Know: Fishing For Walleye with Michelle Matte @EatSleepFish
    Locals Know: Fishing For Walleye with Michelle Matte @EatSleepFish
    I grew up in the greater Sudbury area, where my parents owned a camp before I was even born. As soon as I was old enough to hold a fishing rod, I was on the dock and in the boat fishing my days away. Let's just say, I found my…
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  • A Group of Seven Primer: Everything You Need To Know About the Canadian Artists
    A Group of Seven Primer: Everything You Need To Know About the Canadian Artists
    Perhaps you've heard of the Group of Seven, and their broad connection to Canadian art. You maybe even made a mental note to research it when you found the downtime ... and never did. Here's your chance to learn about the artists who, through their dedication to bring a distinct…
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  • Winter Hunt - Keeping Warm and Enjoying the Outdoors
    Winter Hunt - Keeping Warm and Enjoying the Outdoors
    Huddling in front of a spruce tree to break the stiff wind, half my body is protected from the elements by a snow pit I have dug. My .257 Magnum Weatherby Vanguard rifle is cradled in my arms protecting the Quigley-Ford scope from the driving snow. A short while ago,…
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  • A Collection Of Events Celebrating the Infamous Group of Seven
    A Collection Of Events Celebrating the Infamous Group of Seven
    The unique and wild Canadian landscape had an impact on the Group of Seven, and their art. One area that caught their attention was Northeastern Ontario, and in honour of that, the Art Gallery of Sudbury created Festival of the Seven, a summer-long celebration of events, highlighting Sudbury, Killarney and…
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  • Local Legends: 15th Annual Kapuskasing Lumberjack Festival
    Local Legends: 15th Annual Kapuskasing Lumberjack Festival
    With summer festivals in full swing, I had that opportunity to take part in the 15th Anniversary of the Kapuskasing Lumberjack Festival. The sweet smell of BBQ ran through the park as I walked through the 15+ vendors. As I walked through the park, I noticed a lot of proud…
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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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  • The Legendary Polar Bear
    The Legendary Polar Bear
    Throughout the year, I will be highlighting interesting places to stay, and or things to see and do in this beautiful part of Northeastern Ontario. Today's feature is all about one of the most interesting attractions in all of the north. One that lets you swim with a real live polar…
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  • Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    Abitibi Lake Ice Fishing Adventure
    This is the first time I’ve started an ice fishing adventure with a trip to the mall but according to my partner, my 13-year-old daughter who simply must have the right shoes for her grade 8 graduation, not stopping to shop in Timmins would be unacceptable. We’re on our way…
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  • The Fire 'Pit' List - Camping in Northeastern Ontario
    The Fire 'Pit' List - Camping in Northeastern Ontario
    Escape the bright lights of the city and experience the true brilliance of the night sky. Hey, you may even witness the northern lights on a cool night, or hear the cry of a loon at dawn. Northeastern Ontario has the power to re-connect you to the things that really matter.…
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  • Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
    Nickels to Polar Bears: Roadside Attractions in Northeastern Ontario
     Northeastern Ontario takes roadside kitsch to a whole other level, and it could be because we know the value of fun on those long road trips. Call it weird, or call it Canadian folk art, these roadside attractions are beckoning you in to their welcoming towns, and most of them…
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