Northern Ontario, Canada

Robin Ranger and his band perform at Gargoyles Grill & Ale
There's no shortage of food or entertainment in Thunder Bay and plenty of great places to sleep after all that fun. Thunder Bay has a band to cover every genre of music, except mariachi and even that is a possibility. The Northwest Ontario city is a stopping point for touring musicians on the road and local bands play just about every night of the week. Gargoyle's Grill and Ale located near the waterfront in the entertainment district, serves up Canadian fusion cuisine with live music weekly. The menu features an eclectic selection of appetizers with seasonal ingredients and the weekly roster of local bands is sure to impress just about any music lover. I was lucky enough to catch Robin…
Visit the Norseman Park in Red Lake, Ontario
Spectacular beaches, the most northerly 18 hole golf course and the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre are just a few of the bonuses of your trip up Highway 105.   The Red Lake Region is a great place for taking your family fishing. Whether you choose the Lac Seul or Red Lake area of lakes, you won't be disappointed. There are numerous drive-in or fly-in lodges and resorts in the area that can accommodate all your needs. But, there's more than just fishing in the area. There's two golf courses, shopping, beaches, canoeing and a first class Heritage Centre. Venture down to Norsemen Park in Red Lake and watch the float planes take off on Howey Bay Lots to See and Do…
Christmas is at Home at December Dreams
Saturday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Sunday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. C.L.E. Coliseum Building425 Northern Avenue, Thunder Bay$2.00 Admission – no charge for children under 12. With over 60 vendors to visit at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Coliseum by Silvercity Cinema, December Dreams is a huge event that hosts over a hundred artists, artisans, authors, bakers, etc. This is a great opportunity to purchase regionally hand-produced items of all kinds from their creators who come from as far away as Kenora West, Terrace Bay East, and points further North. Held every year since 2008, December Dreams is a big fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Thunder Bay where the minimal door fee of two dollars for…
Visiting the Amethyst Mine
This is a just a quick note thanking you all for a wonderful tour of your Amethyst Mine on Saturday morning (Sept 24).  The students were members of the Wildlife Society, with some of them from Missouri, Illinois, Alberta and Ontario. The all came back with enough rocks and 'gems' to share with the others who were on different tours that morning (in all there were about 40 students present for the conclave, so we got over a third of them at the mine - the others went either on a canoe trip or trapping voles that morning).  
Middle Falls - A natural attraction on the PIgeon River at the border south of Thunder Bay
The day we drive to Middle Falls (on the Canada-USA border south of Thunder Bay) the sky is a perfect shade of summer blue dotted with clouds cheerfully white and agreeably fluffy. Highway 61 cuts an undulating path through the rocky landscape and the view changes almost constantly as the sun picks out individual trees on the variable green mountainsides and highlights severe cliff faces of orange and white and gray. The land here, heading south towards the border through the Municipality of Neebing, is rugged and wild. We turn right on to Highway 593 just before 61 makes its final sweep towards the border crossing. Not too far along there is a suggestion of a parking area on the…
Crowd in lawnchairs watching performance
After a much anticipated wait summer is finally here! And with that comes the return of the popular “Summer in the Parks” concerts down at the waterfront in Thunder Bay at Prince Arthur’s Landing. Weekly Wednesday Concerts Summer in the Parks, a popular draw for locals and visitors to the city, offers an extensive range of music and the Wednesday night events are entirely free to attend! From country to jazz, blues to swing, celtic folk rock to 50s dance, Summer in the Parks have something to offer all types of music lovers! Performers hit the festival stage every Wednesday evening starting July 9 running until late August with a total of 8 free performances. The shows start at 6:00 p.m. and…
A spectacular view of the city from the lookout on top of Mount McKay
I first spotted the reference to this Thunder Bay attraction as a small marking on my tourist map. As I wolfed down a Sausage McMuffin at a fast food joint near the airport, I looked over to one side of the map and saw a marking for a lookout point on Mount McKay. What the heck, I thought, as I wanted to get a birds-eye view of Thunder Bay, a Northern Ontario city that I was exploring for the first time. I drove down, crossed the Kaministiquia River onto Fort William First Nation and followed the signs, admiring the view of a rocky outcropping looming high overhead like an ancient beacon. I paid a guy at the gate $5, then…
Moose are often seen along the lakeshore
Photograph Nature & Wildlife in Sunset Country Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is one of the many great places in Canada where wildlife are abundant.  If you love nature and photography, then come for a visit and experience the great sights and sounds we have to offer. Whether it be a bear alongside the road or a rushing waterfalls, beauty is everywhere. Have your camera handy and you'll be able to capture many animals and the wilderness we call home. The joy of seeing wildlife in its natural setting and capturing great photo is something you will remember forever. This is Canadian Shield country with vast tracts of boreal forest and thousands of lakes. Within the forest and alongside the…
Gigantic muskie in the late fall
2014 seems to have been an unusual year for weather, but a fantastic year for fishing!   2014 came in with a bang with -40C temperatures across the region. The cold weather and record amounts of snowfall continued well into the Spring. Summer finally came but so did the rains. Lakes across the region were at record high levels. Docks were underwater, people were sandbagging, but what were the fish doing? With the late spawn and high waters, it was a little bit harder to find the fish this year, but when they were found, look out! I wanted to create one article showcasing the trophy fish that were caught and released in Sunset Country this past year, but it…
Images by Heather Peden
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…
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Events Calendar

 

  • Celebrate Winter at the 5th Annual Dryden Winter Festival
    Celebrate Winter at the 5th Annual Dryden Winter Festival
    Enjoy some great events February 14-17, 2014 as we celebrate Family Day in Dryden, Ontario. Get out of your winter blues and take part in Dryden's Annual Winter Festival during the Family Day Weekend. There's 4 full days of fun beginning with line dancing Friday morning and ending with Horse Drawn…
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  • Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    Ice out trout fishing great for size & numbers
    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…
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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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  • Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Ecotourists Flock to Sunset Country
    Nature Up Close and Personal With over 100,000 square kilometers of forested lands and at least 70,000 freshwater lakes, Sunset Country was made for the ecotourist. With the vast wilderness landscapes where nature thrives! There is an incredible amount of wildlife and bird species that live in our forests - great…
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  • It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    It's sports show season; come visit Sunset Country at these 5 shows
    Pick up your free Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Guide & Map at one of these 5 shows. Ontario's Sunset Country Travel Association not only brings our free brochure and map, but also many of the lodges and resorts' brochures. If you're planning a vacation, or maybe a trip to Northwestern…
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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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  • 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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  • Everything You Need to Know When Planning a Hunting Trip to Canada
    Everything You Need to Know When Planning a Hunting Trip to Canada
    Whether it's your first time hunting in Ontario or it's been awhile, here's what you need to know when planning a trip to Canada hunting   When planning a hunting trip to another country there is always some anxiety for those who have never crossed a border before to hunt.…
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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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  • 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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