Northern Ontario, Canada

Outside on the skate path at Science North in Sudbury
Back in January it didn't seem like it would ever arrive but it's almost March Break now. Some of you may have made escape plans to some warmer climes but for those of us who relish in the winter wonderland that is Northeastern Ontario we know there are amazing opportunities to engage our children right here in our own backyard. Spending March Break in your own town or city is a good way to teach…
Big Taste & Big Craft Beer—Gastropubs of North Bay
We’re at the peak of Big Winter in North Bay with Snowmobile, Skiing, Ice Fishing & Battalion OHL Hockey all going on. I can’t think of a better way to spend some warmer hours by wetting your whistle and filling up on some good grub than a visit to one of a couple of the trending food stops in North Bay! In this BIG Bite mission, I set out to discover the changing local landscape in…
On the way to the North Bay Outdoor Show
I have a soft spot for tourism and hospitality. When people think of their travels as one long romantic novel, they tend to become snobs and can't just enjoy the moment. We are lucky and don't have to travel to see the beauty of the outdoors, awesome beaches, great parties, amazing people, it's all right here in North Bay. I have worked serving tourists in different ways, from flipping burgers to promoting tourism itself. This…
Discover A World of Flavour in Modern North Bay
New Look North Bay Let’s play a game of word association. North Bay: endless forests, lakes of with bass and pike, an outdoorsman’s dream, a place to refuel and restock when camping or cottaging. In some ways, North Bay retains many of the charms forged in the days of early twentieth century resource exploration. Modest but historic buildings still line the classic main street, the railroad still cuts a path along the sparkling waters of…
A blown belt could ruin your day or, if you're prepared, be a minor nuisance.
So you’ve got your ride planned and you’re heading out, do you have everything you need to be safe while out on your adventure? If you’ve ridden the Gold Rush Tour or The Abitibi Cnayon Loop and areas like Timmins, Cochrane & Sudbury just to name a few, you will know first-hand that often your riding consists of “middle of nowhere” trails, often no cell phone signal exists, and you can go hours on trails…
The Ontario That Almost Was—The French River and the Georgian Bay Ship Canal
As you cross the largest snowmobile bridge in the world on the French River, consider the magnificent view.  At one time, if history had become reality, you might be looking at ocean going freighters!   In the history of humankind, it is difficult to pinpoint events that changed the course of history. Generally many series of events lead to momentous circumstances. Never mind Northern Ontario, Canada would be a different place if the Georgian Bay…
Snowshoeing in Northeastern Ontario—What You Need to Know Before Heading Out
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to explore winter. It’s a relatively inexpensive sport that doesn’t depend on a lot of sophisticated gear or a strong skill set. That’s why it’s hitting the mainstream in a big way and more and more places are offering snowshoeing trails across the Northeastern Ontario region.   Ontario Parks Are Open Provincial Parks like Windy Lake and Killarney have dedicated trails for snowshoeing, and also have the added…
Tales From the Trails—Snowmobiling Mattawa
The term “All Inclusive Getaway” often conjures images of white sand beaches, suntan lotion and an endless conveyor belt of food. But that’s just one interpretation of the term. If, however, your “significant other” is a snowmobile, the term all-inclusive means complete access to the thousands of miles of trails just outside your door. The Valois’ Motel & Restaurant in Mattawa, Ontario, is just such a place. Sure it has comfortable rooms, friendly staff, good food…
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…
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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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