Northern Ontario, Canada

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While exploring Thunder Bay, don’t miss Little Trout Bay, located just 5kms down Little Trout Bay Road off of Highway 61. It is a perfect spot to get a little taste of everything Northwest Ontario has to offer. The best part about walking the trail at Little Trout Bay Conservation Area is hearing the lap of Lake Superior through the trees.  I stroll over the moss-covered path, which makes a loop through the woods, and head towards the lake. I can smell the blueness of Superior before I catch a glimpse of it between tree trunks and tangled branches. It sparkles in the sun, and as the trail takes me closer, the rugged headland across the bay, a long, protecting…
The majority of vegetables, eggs and meat are locally grown or raised right here in Northwest Ontario
Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Fruit and Vegetables This Summer   The beginning of summer marks the beginning of Farmers' Markets throughout Northwest Ontario. Over the years, they have become popular not only in Northwest Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' Markets have become mainstream as more and more people want fresh, organic, local meats and produce. During the winter the fruit and veggies that are available in Northwest Ontario have come from far away and therefore are not very fresh by the time they get here. Going to a local market we can have fresh vegetables just as if we had grown them ourselves (without all the bad breaking work!). People want healthy options and it also great…
Ski the Beaten Path in Atikokan
  Atikokan, 200km west of Thunder Bay, is home to the Beaten Path Nordic Trails ski club, boasting more than 50km of trails, so I made sure to wedge my cross-country ski gear into the car on a pre-Christmas visit to the in-laws. To be honest, the conditions were merely ok: low grey skies, temperature right around the zero mark, and a brisk wind blowing fine snowflakes around. Still, I had been craving a ski, and the fact that my four-year-old had just received a toy microphone for a gift confirmed my decision to get some fresh air for an hour or so. I stopped by Voyageur Bait and Tackle on Hwy 11B (the spur that links the town of…
A Gorgeous Nipigon River Brook Trout
  Nipigon, Ontario has a reputation and history as a fishing hot spot for brook trout. Professional angler Gord Ellis from Thunder Bay explains why people from around the world travel to Nipigon on the northern shore of Lake Superior (east of Thunder Bay) to angle and fly-fish the Nipigon River for this prize fish. Nipigon River Brook Trout Fishing The Nipigon River that flows into Lake Superior at Nipigon, an hour east of Thunder Bay on Hwy 11/17, is uniquely suited to growing big brook trout. The river is Lake Superior’s largest tributary and drains Lake Nipigon. This enormous lake is cold and nearly untouched by the pollution and development that’s driven brook trout from so many other places. It too is…
Make your New Year’s Eve Memorable at Fort William Historical Park!
If you are home for the holidays visiting family and friends in Thunder Bay and are looking for a unique way to ring in the New Year then make your New Year’s Eve something extra magical and unique this year with a visit to Fort William Historical Park. Join in on a Thunder Bay tradition at the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic Wednesday December 31st, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. The New Year’s Eve Family Frolic, a true Northwest Ontario experience, offers an impressive number of fun indoor and outdoor activities for everyone in the family to enjoy! There will be live music and entertainment on both indoor and outdoor stages for all to enjoy. There are plenty…
The long lonely road to Fort Frances
Into the Great Northwestern Ontario Editor's Note:  Stephen Bischoff is a traveler, in every sense of the word. He doesn't just visit places, he inhabits them, living by the old Buddhist teaching that, "Today is worth more than two tomorrows." He's practiced stick fighting in the Philippines, chanted with monks in Tibet, ridden his motorcycle in the United States, Mongolia, China, Vietnam and this year, Northern Ontario. This is the fourth and final part in a series of articles on motorcycling through Northern Ontario written by 'the Shameless Traveler'.  As I road out of Terrace Bay and headed west I realized that soon I would be veering away from Lake Superior. Honestly, I was a little bummed to put the lake…
Eggs and raw poultry are currently not allowed in Canada
Restriction on imports from certain US States affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)   If you're planning a trip to Canada or Ontario's Sunset Country this summer from the United States you need to be aware of new food restrictions currently in effect. The highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been discovered in many states in the USA. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an outbreak of the Avian Flu. Restrictions are products from the following states:  Arkansas California Idaho Iowa Kansas Minnesota Missouri Montana North Dakota Oregon South Dakota Washington Wisconsin   Products restricted from these states are all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are…
Smallmouth Bass, just one of the many species in Sunset Country
Sunset Country: Canada's Premier Fishing Destination Since the 1920s, Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has been the place in the Province for American and Canadian anglers to go on a fishing trip. Why you ask? Well for one thing consider the fact that in this region of Ontario, the lakes literally outnumber the people. We also have some of the most easily accessible fishing spots for our American friends looking to fish in Canada. Located north of the State of Minnesota, Sunset Country is within reach from anywhere in the U.S. Midwest. The area's reputation for fishing is getting recognized worldwide, with travellers coming from all across Canada and as far away as the UK and Germany. With the variety…
The scenic backyard view at McVicar Bed & Breakfast walking distance to downtown
The front porch is big enough to play a game of rugby. There’s a beautiful garden with an iron sculpture of a cyclist, and bright orange tiger lilies and lavender and yellow flowers. And a gorgeous, old-time main floor with beautifully polished wood and high ceilings and an oh-so-solid-they-don’t-make-‘em-like-this-anymore feel. The Charm of a B & B Steeped in History Sure, I could’ve stayed in any number of hotels on my visit to Thunder Bay, but the sound of a nice, old-fashioned B and B sounded pretty good. So I was booked into McVicar Manor, not far from the city’s renovated and sparkling waterfront.   The owners, Tom and Dorothy, escorted me upstairs and welcomed me into a huge bedroom,…
The Norseman Festival is held each July in Red Lake
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 day or two. You'll pass through Perrault Falls and Ear Falls before reaching Red Lake. Perrault Falls is about 70 km north of the corner of Highway 17 and Highway 105. The community features a breathtaking, long cascade of water between Perrault and Wabaskang Lakes. The Perrault Falls Adventure area is home to many resorts and lodges providing access to waters teeming with walleye, northern pike, muskie and bass. Along…
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  • Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Ear Falls History - Power, Lumberjacks and Miners
    Pioneer Spirit Noticeable in Ear Falls, Ontario Ear Falls on the west end of massive Lac Seul is a great example of Canada's many resource towns that has turned into a tourism mecca! deeply rooted in this small town's history are lumberjacks and miners, resource extraction that had its beginnings…
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  • Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding & downhill skiing in the north!
    Snowboarding and Skiing aren't just for the Rockies! While there are cross-country ski trails in pretty much all communities in Sunset Country, only three areas offer snowboarding and downhill skiing. Atikokan's Mount Fairweather, which boasts the highest vertical drop from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Dryden Ski Hill, who's Chalet…
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  • Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Kenora - A Weekend Itinerary
    Spend a Weekend in Kenora A trip to Kenora - even if just for a weekend - is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your family or go with a group of friends - there is a lot to see and do. Here is a sample itinerary…
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  • Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - Ideal Vacation Destinations
    Spend a Weekend of Fun in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls If there were towns that you could call "tourist towns" then Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls would be them. Located on the east shore of incredible Lake of the Woods, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are almost endless... Sioux Narrows and…
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  • Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dog-Sledding - Another Great Canadian Adventure!
    Dogs Really Are Man's Best Friend Sure it's winter and there is snow on the ground and a chill in the air - but that is what makes winter so much fun. One of the most unique vacation adventures available in Ontario's Sunset Country is dog sledding. There is nothing…
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