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…
Gord Ellis lands a walleye in his boat
Thunder Bay and surrounding area has some of the most diverse walleye fishing in the province of Ontario. Thunder Bay district has benefited from a history of adult walleye transfers that created vast fisheries where none existed before. We can thank the Ministry of Natural Resources for most of these fisheries, as they did the stocking. Walleye fishing is consistently good in the Thunder Bay region, and there is a real chance at a trophy class walleye of 10 pounds or better. Mostly, however, there will be good numbers of eating sized walleye from 14 to 16 inches. Here is a guide to a few good spots. Spots Within or Close to City Limits There is walleye fishing right in the…
Pull up to a different secluded beach each night.
Houseboating is a great way to experience Lake of the Woods A couple of summers ago, my father-in-law, who lives in Toronto called to invite us on a houseboat trip on Lake of the Woods. Having grown up on the north end of Lake of the Woods, I had always wanted to rent a houseboat but somehow never got around to it. So my first response was ABSOLUTELY. In the end there were 7 of us - 5 adults and a 1.5 and 11 year old. What a trip we had! This was a fabulous place near Sioux Narrows to moor the houseboat We rented a houseboat from Lake of the Woods Houseboats in Sioux Narrows and spent the next…
Casque Isle Trail connects 53 kilometres along the shoreline of Lake Superior
On a recent summer Saturday, a small group of hiking enthusiasts were treated to a memorable hike along a portion of the Casque Isles Trail.  Note: Only a two-and-a-half drive east of Thunder Bay.   The trail follows the shoreline of the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, for 53 kilometres from Rossport to Terrace Bay.  The Casque Isle Trail, part of the Voyageur Trail Association, is divided into five sections of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.    This particular group, which consisted of a few residents from Nipigon, a recently transplanted couple from Southern Ontario, a retired Minnesotan and me from Thunder Bay, was about to tackle the family-friendly Lyda Bay segment which runs from Terrace Bay…
Big muskie caught in late fall
Want to catch a huge muskie? Use these muskie fishing tips to help you land a big one.   Here at Angling Edge we’ve got a crew of anglers that love fishing for anything that’s biting. We take advantage of the hottest bites going whether it’s crappies, bass, walleyes, pike, muskies, carp, cats, you name it we’ll fish for it. That said, many of us love to chase big fish, and no place is better for for freshwater big game than Northwest Ontario.  When thinking big fish in NW Ontario, muskies rise to the top. NW Ontario has more opportunity for numbers and size of muskies than anywhere else we’ve fished. The amount of water and fishable habitat is immense,…
A Finnish Experience on Bay Street
Bay Street and its Finnish connection, continues to be a unique and important part of the developing cultural hub and charm of Thunder Bay. As a National Historical Site, the Finnish Labour Temple, also known local as the Finlandia Club has been around since the early 1900s and is a living monument of activity. It is a prime location for entertainment and comfort food, served at the famous Hoito Restaurant with its entrance at street level. Thunder Bay's Finnish Connection Built in 1910, it's most recent restoration in 2010 has preserved its history, colour and importance in the community, especially for the Finns, one of the largest populations of Finnish people outside of Finland. As a National Historical Site, the temple…
The Waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landiing, A Place for Summer Fun
Thunder Bay residents are finding it easy to be a tourist in their backyard this summer. Visitors to Thunder Bay and local residents are findng that Thunder Bay’s new waterfront development at Prince Arthur’s Landing has much to offer. The lure of Lake Superior and all the new infrastructure in the revamped Marina Park has made the waterfront a must stop to show visiting friends and relatives what Thunder Bay has to offer. The City of Thunder Bay has added many new elements to the water front for everyone to enjoy.The splash pad next to the new Water Garden Pavilion was a hit with youngsters and families when it opened last summer, and is once again expected.to draw people to the Lake Superior shore again…
One of the 2014 snow sculptures at the Kenora Winter Carnival
The fun doesn't stop because it's winter, get outside and enjoy these winter festivals and carnivals!   Here's a list of the 2015 winter carnivals and festivals in Northwest Ontario. Visit their websites or Facebook pages for more information. The best part about the festivals is that most events are either free or very reasonably priced. Have fun! 70th Annual Reddit Winter Carnival - February 6-8, 2015 The carnival starts with supper at 5:00 at the Reddit Community Club on Friday and then the crowning of the carnival queen at 7:00pm. There's an all-day curling bonspiel on Saturday. On Sunday the carnival continues with breakfast starting at 10:00am and runs until noon. The ice fishing derby is on Sunday as…
Beautiful white pines dot the Sioux Narrows Provicial Park
Sioux Narrows Provincial Park on Lake of the Woods is a secluded, small park with great personal service.   The Sioux Narrows Provincial Park which is run by the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, is a jewel hidden right off Highway 71 just north of Sioux Narrows. I was fortunate to be able to camp there earlier this summer. We camped during the week, and the campground was surprisingly only about half full. I'm not sure why, as this is a great park. Upon checking in, the Park Supervisor, Beverly-Ann greeted us with her very friendly attitude and wonderful smile. It was a face we would see often for the rest of our stay. There are lots of wooded areas and…
Close up of a Nipigon River Salmon
Labour Day signals the end of summer, but the September long weekend is one to celebrate here in Northwest Ontario especially if you are heading to Nipigon, Ontario.   There are few places more delightful for fishing than the lakes and rivers around Nipigon in July and August.  However, Nipigon is also famous for its fall fishing starting with the Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival on the Labour Day weekend, an ann event that celebrates 50 years in 2014.   Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival This annual event celebrating its 50th anniversary attracts many local and out-of-town anglers looking to get out and enjoy the beginning of the fall fishing seasopn. The event is one people from across Ontario and Minnesota have enjoyed for several decades.   This historic event was…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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