Northern Ontario, Canada

Popular local restaurant serving breakfast and lunch specials...
Niva’s Restaurant 376 Lisgar   You may be handed a number at the door.   Niva’s gets busy in the morning, but with lots of tables in this family restaurant the wait won’t be long. You will be in good company with tourists from the U.S., visiting friends and family and those of us who live here in Thunder Bay.   Niva's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast all day. Finnish pancakes and mojoakka are served, which are really their only Scandinavian dishes. The rest of the menu has variations on Niva’s specials, homemade pies and cookies. And they’re big on omelettes.    The owner, Victoria Niva, previously worked at the non-profit Scandhouse for thirty years, and although…
The author with a nice Northwest Ontario bass!
Use These Tips to Catch More Fish! Editor's note: Co-inventor of the legenday lindy rig walleye lure, co-founder of In-Fisherman Magazine, and Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee Al Lindner knows the way big fish think. In this exclusive article, Al shares some hard-earned secrets to help the Sunset Country angler conquer the most challenging species of the region. The fish are bigger and wilder in Northwest Ontario: read on, as Al tackles the big boys, species by species. Walleye Ontario has perhaps more walleye lakes than anywhere else in the world, and Northwest Ontario is home to some of the best walleye fishing on earth. On many waters, you need to do no more than cast a jig tipped with…
Hidden Gems for Adventurous Hikers
Often, making an extra effort pays off with big rewards. The same is true when it comes to hiking in Northwest Ontario. While visitors to Thunder Bay and the North of Superior region are constantly rewarded with spectacular vistas and views of nature around virtually ever corner, the rewards can be even bigger when one goes the extra distance. There are many hidden gems waiting to reward the hiker who is willing to go a little further off the beaten path or who is willing to get up an hour earlier than everyone else. Among the hidden gems in the Thunder Bay area are Red Rock Falls, which is nowhere near the town of Red Rock but, instead, is located…
An incredible turnout for Ribfest 2012
Get ready to treat your taste buds to the most savory, lip-smacking, barbeque slathered food you've experienced all summer when Ribfest returns to Thunder Bay this weekend August 22, 23, and 24 2014.  It's three full days of food and great entertainment in the Waterfront District.Rib eaters and meat lovers alike will be pleased to hear that Ribfest is back in Thunder Bay for a third straight year! Get out and what should be a repeat of last year's delicious event with hours Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday 11 am to 8 pm. The main stage area is in the Park St. parking lot of the OLG Casino with events also taking place on Court St. between Park St and…
Gargoyles, "A Little to To Your Left" Alternative for Dining, Music and Business
Gargoyles Grille and Ale 11 S. Cumberland St. Gargoyles Grille & Ale has established itself as part of the restaurant mix in Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District for the past 11 years, but Doug Morrill has made a conscious effort to diversify its product offering. Gargoyles is not only a place for great food on a visit to Thunder Bay but has an established reputation as a hotspot for live entertainment on weekends and a host for business meetings during the week. Open for lunch and dinner, Gargoyles offers more choices than the few gastropubs in town. Specials are offered on the first page. These will change. Some examples include caramelized fennel and speck pizza, spicy fish tacos, and for desert,…
Ontario has some of the best black bear hunting around
Book your next Canadian hunting trip in Sunset Country, you won't be disappointed! Sunset Country consists mostly the boreal forest and thousands of freshwater lakes. The cities and urban areas are sporadically placed within the forests. Northwest Ontario is ideal for hunting; the area is large and the animals are abundant. Four of the best hunting opportunities include Black Bear, Moose, Deer, and Birds (Waterfowl, ducks, grouse etc). Ontario Black Bear Hunting: Ontario is one of the most accessible areas in Canada for quality black bear hunting. Our forests and lakes make it a perfect habitat and a plentiful food supply for these industrious animals. As a result, Ontario has one of the largest black bear populations in North America.…
Fog rising up on a cool November day
Relive the best of 2013 in Northwest Ontario through a summary of our photo posts on Facebook. Sunset Country enjoyed some wild weather, lot's of great fishing action and overall experienced a great year. Here is a round up of the photos that made it to the Ontario's Sunset Country Facebook page. Whether they were our own or photos that we shared, I'm sure you'll enjoy remembering the year through the following photos: January  January Ice Fishing at Harris Hill Resort of Lake of the Woods  The weather in January was a mixture of cold and mild days. Locals and visitors alike headed out on the ice to do a little ice fishing. By most accounts, the fishing was good.…
Take a walk down Main Street in Kenora to look at the Muskies on Main
There more muskies than just Husky the Musky in Kenora this summer! Bid on one of these fantastic "Muskies on Main".   Over 40 artists have created vastly different and stunning muskies that are on display on Main Street in Kenora, Ontario. The "Muskies on Main" were unveiled in a ceremony in Memorial Park on June 27, 2014. The muskies that have brightened up our walk downtown will continue to be on display for the rest of summer. Muskies on Main is a community art project led by the Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC). Most of the muskies will eventually be sold by an online auction (ending August 22 at 5:00pm). I have to say, the muskies exceeded…
Smallmouth is just one of the many fish species found in Northwest Ontario
If it's true that "variety is the spice of life", and you're an angler who has yet to discover Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country, you're in for a pleasant surprise.     A fishy spice market of epic proportions.  Indeed, having lived in this watery Garden of Eden for almost 40 years now, I feel a tinge of sadness for visiting anglers.  I mean, with so many lakes and rivers, so many species of fish and so many unique opportunities, how in the world do you decide where to go? Black Sturgeon Lake is one of the thousands of lakes in Northwest Ontario Case in point: there are 100,000 lakes in Northwestern Ontario. One hundred thousand - that is more water…
The waterfalls at Rushing River Provincial Park
There's so much to do on the shores of Dogtooth Lake     Located less than 30 minutes east of Kenora off Highway 71, Rushing River Provincial Park is one of Sunset Country's most popular camping destinations. The waterfalls where the waters of Dogtooth Lake cascade downward into Blindfold Lake makes for a picturesque sight. Most of the time, you can safely splash in the water flowing down the falls. There are also several great beaches within the park where children and adults alike can enjoy a dip in the clear waters. Rushing River Park is definitely a great place to bring the family. The four sandy beaches all have a gentle slope into the water and a roped off area making…
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Events Calendar

 

  • The 2014 Fishing Tournament Circuit Starts with the Emo Walleye Classic
    The 2014 Fishing Tournament Circuit Starts with the Emo Walleye Classic
    The Countdown begins to the Emo Walleye Classic, Northwest Ontario's Premier Walleye Tournament   The Emo Walleye Classic is traditionally the first big fishing tournament in Ontario's Sunset Country each year. This year it's May 29-31st in Emo, Ontario. It's two days of fishing on the Rainy River, with the…
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  • Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing For Walleye, Crappie, Trout and more!
    Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, get out and try ice fishing. The fresh air, mixed with awesome scenery and catching a lake trout or walleye will put a smile on your face and will change your mind about staying inside in the winter.…
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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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  • Tips for Spring Walleye Fishing
    Tips for Spring Walleye Fishing
    Spring Walleye Fishing Tips for Canadian Lakes Many anglers dream of walleye fishing during the winter and can't wait to get to Ontario's Sunset Country in the Spring to catch those tasty walleyes. One of the easiest time to catch walleye is in the Spring from opening weekend (third Saturday…
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  • Northwest Ontario Events
    Northwest Ontario Events
    For the best events and adventures in Northern Ontario, visit Stay2PlayNorthernOntario.com Stretching from Kenora across the north shore of Lake Superior, Northwest Ontario is just a stone's throw from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba. Home to incredible hunting and fishing, plucky little towns and the city of Thunder Bay, you'll find local…
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  • Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Celebrate winter at the Kenora Winter Carnival
    Take part in one of the many events happening at the Kenora Winter Carnival March 7-9, 2014  A snow sculpture is taking shape at this year's competition MARCH 7 - FRIDAY The Kenora Winter Carnival begins at 6:00pm on Friday March 7. Children can try their luck at the Shaw Shootout 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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  • 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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  • There's nothing like an outdoor summer concert by the lake!
    There's nothing like an outdoor summer concert by the lake!
    As far as music performances go, it's hard to beat an outdoor summer concert in Ontario. Here's The Top 10 Music Festivals in Sunset Country this summer.   In my university days, my friends and I would faithfully go to weekend outdoor concerts like Sunfest or Classic Rock (I'm dating…
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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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