Northern Ontario, Canada

Photo Collage of the food available at Country Market
You will want to make a point of making a trip to the Thunder Bay Country Market, if you find yourself visiting in Thunder Bay on any given weekend. Local writer Duncan Weller explains why he is among the collection of 50 to 70 local vendors who set up their booths and tables every Saturday morning at the Dorothy Dove Building on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds to sell everything local from farm produce and products to crafts, art, books and more! The Thunder Bay Country Market runs Saturdays between 8 am and 1 pm year-round. It more is than a shopping experience for the many who venture out Saturday mornings for what has become a popular weekly ritual in…
Riders Gather at Best Western Nor'wester Resort Hotel for 2012 event
The Caribou Charity Ride has become a September tradition for cycling and is worth a visit to Thunder Bay. This fall event sponsored by Caribou Restaurant is a great opportunity to enjoy the fall colours in the Lake Superior region with an early morning ride through rolling hills in countryside of the Slate River Valley in the Township of Oliver Paipoonge with the Nor’wester Mountain range as your backdrop.    Plan a trip to Thunder Bay this September to enjoy the fall colours and sign up to be among the 400 participants in the annual Caribou Charity Ride tenatively set for Sunday morning September 14, 2014.  Cycling Weekend to Remember Cyclists can choose to enter the 50K or the 100K ride to…
Trout fishing on Thunder Lake
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 treat. Normally, these fish are down deep below the first and often second thermocline any where from 50-100 feet below the surface. While you can still catch them fairly easily at these depths (with the right equipment and a little know-how), it is just not the same as spin casting for them in 10 feet of water. Ice-out can offer some fantastic action. The best time is from when the…
The top of the Giant provides spectacular view of Lake Superior
Peering over the edge, I looked straight down at Lake Superior from the top of the Sleeping Giant. "Careful where you step," said Greg Stroud, my hiking partner for the day from Parks Canada, "because each step could be your last." There was no sign, no guardrail—just an unobstructed view of the world's biggest lake from Ontario's highest point. Hiking the Top of the Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is no easy feat. The goal was to reach the Lake Superior lookout that hovers 950 feet above, which means hikers have to climb every step of the elevation gain. View of the Sleeping Giant from Prince Arthur's Landing at the Thunder Bay waterfront Lookin from the waterfront in Thunder Bay,…
A live band plays Gargoyle's Grille & Ale, a local bar restaurant on south Cumberland
Nightlife! You will find it in Thunder Bay, the largest metropolitian city in Northwest Ontario. (Grab a copy of the latest edition of The Walleye, an arts and entertainment tabloid printed monthly to let you know what is happening in Thunder Bay.) A Night Out in the Waterfront District Your best bet for a night out with with a variety of choices is the north side Waterfront District, also dubbed Thunder Bay's entertainment district. Here you will find a number of bars and clubs offering not only great food and drinks but live performing acts especially Friday and Saturday nights. A few places open up space for dancing. Thunder Bay has seen a renaissance of a burgeoning music scene that is beginning…
I guess Santa and his reindeer are real after all!
2014 - What a Year!    Here's a look at some of the top stories that made headlines in Ontario's Sunset Country in 2014: January started with a bang! or a brrrrrrr!  There was a deep freeze throughout Northwest Ontario on New Year's Day which continued for months afterwards. If you know don't know metric, that's a whopping -32.8F. The winter continued to be cold breaking records for the coldest and snowiest winters in a long time.      In March there was still at least 3 feet of snow on many of the lakes in Sunset Country!  Jay Samsal using his auger with 3 feet of ice in mid-March 2014                         …
Images by Heather Peden
It is a perfect blue sky, golden tree autumn afternoon the day I drive to Cedar Falls Conservation Area. Tucked away in the shadow of the mighty Kakabeka Falls, Cedar Falls is not a well-known spot, but it is one of the eleven conservation areas maintained in the Thunder Bay area by the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority and is definitely worth discovering. It might not be well-known, but it is clearly well loved I realize when I pull into the parking area and step from the car onto a manicured lawn within a wide ring of towering poplar trees, white trunks blazing against fiery yellow crowns. Located at the very end of Broome Road, Cedar Falls is reached by driving…
Images Courtesy of Brent Henley
  Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, there is no shortage of things to do, see and enjoy in Greenstone, ON.  1. Fish or Hunt With over 30 outfitters/resorts in Greenstone, fishing and hunting is an absolute must when visiting the region. Fully equipped with boats, rods, tackle, guides and a vast knowledge of the surrounding lakes and area, let one of Greenstone’s resort operators give you the ultimate experience. For a complete list of Outfitters in Greenstone visit; http://www.greenstone.ca/content/greenstone-resorts-and-outfitters   Related: World Class Ice Fishing in Greenstone     2. Charter Boats on Lake Nipigon Known as the 6th Great Lake, Lake Nipigon is home to 46 different species of fish. There are 2 charter boat operators in Greenstone…
Rural property near the border south of Thunder Bay, unlikely place to find great pizza!
A fairly remote stretch of Highway 61 is not where you’d generally expect to find pizza cooked in an authentic Italian wood-fired brick oven, but that’s exactly where you’ll discover Primavera Pizza 61. Five years ago, Thunder Bay residents Joe and Pina Stefanile purchased the rural property just north of the Pigeon River border crossing and began spending extended weekends there from late spring to early fall, tending their fruit trees. At some point they thought, why not make the kind of pizza we have when we visit Italy? They bought a brick oven, fired it up and today offer 13 different kinds of pizzas. We ordered a Margherita (fresh tomatoes, basil and oregano), a Europa (four cheeses and prosciutto)…
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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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  • Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Camping Trips in Canada's Wilderness
    Family Camping Trips Pack up the kids and the gear, hop in the RV and get on the road as you embark on a great family camping expedition in Ontario's Sunset Country! With 70,000 freshwater lakes spread across thousands of square kilometers of boreal forest, Sunset Country is the "promised…
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  • Where Anglers Come Together in the Race for the Top Trophy Fish!
    Where Anglers Come Together in the Race for the Top Trophy Fish!
    Nothing beats catching the winning fish in a Sunset Country tournament! Every year visitors from all over the world come to experience and make ever lasting memories in the beauty of Sunset Country.  Many individuals fall in love with Northwest, Ontario and return each year bringing friends and family. Some…
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  • Explore our wilderness on skis
    Explore our wilderness on skis
    Cross-Country Skiing in Northwestern Ontario Yes it's a fact, the winters are long and sometimes cold up here in Northwestern Ontario! But being the eternal optimist that you are, you see opportunity in this beautiful winter wonderland. We do too so that is the reason we want to encourage skiers…
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  • Don't miss any of these special events
    Don't miss any of these special events
    Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country *Update: This is an archived article. For a list of 2014 events visit the Top 10 Events in Northwest Ontario article. This summer, experience hospitality and loads of fun at the events and festivals going on in Ontario's Sunset Country. Up here it…
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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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  • 8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    8 Great Shows to see in Sioux Lookout in 2013/2014
    There's a ton great performances lined up for this year's Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series The Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series line-up once again brings a variety of entertainment to Sioux Lookout, Ontario. From music to dance to comedy and humour, there's something for everyone. All shows start at 7:30pm at the…
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  • A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    Itching to getaway for the weekend? Plan a weekend trip to Dryden around one of the Dryden live concerts this fall, winter or spring. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily located on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is roughly 3.5 hours to either Thunder Bay, Ontario or…
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  • Top 10 Summer Events in Sunset Country
    Top 10 Summer Events in Sunset Country
    It's warming up in Sunset Country, and as it heats up so do the summer events.   Here's a list of the Top 10 Events and Festivals in Ontario's Sunset Country this summer listed in order that they occur. Please click the event for more information. Follow our Facebook page…
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  • Lake Superior – A Majestic Coast
    The Lake Superior Coast is a world class travel corridor. Those who have made the trip from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie are sure to agree with the description of this Great Lake coast and its attraction to draw visitors. This is what you see when you visit the towns on…
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