Northern Ontario, Canada

Enjoy the Fall Colours on Your Road Trip
Head Out on the Open Road to Enjoy the Fall Colours In early September, the air is definitely much cooler in the evening and at night. With shorter days we all know (although we may not want to admit it) summer is on its way out! That's fine as they say, all good things must come to an end. Don't fret, autumn brings with it a whole new set of of things to see and to do. As the first frost approaches the leaves on the trees are already beginning to change colour. You guessed it, the fall colour change is about to kick in and enter high gear so start planning your trip now. A road trip through Sunset…
Experience Thunder Bay from the Water
Photo by JF Bergeron Experience the fresh wind on your face during a exhilarating ninety minute or customized sailing tour of the harbour with SailSuperior.com.  Learn about the big lake and see the city from a a new view point.  Let Captain Gregory Herioux regale you with his knowledge of the city's heritage and his world travels aboard Frodo.  Check out the main harbour light up close or anchor in the shelter of the Welcome Islands.  A sunset cruise is an amazing way to experience Thunder Bay's connection to its natural environment. Care to drop a line while you're out on the lake?  How about a fishing charter with Archie's Charters aboard his thirty two foot Sea Ray.  Take in a Lake Superior sunrise with an early morning fishing expedition…
Laurel Gosselin holds a beautiful stocked brook trout that she caught early in the ice season
Editor's Note: In his second article on this site, Jeff Gustafson, host of "Fishing with Gussy", gives some great tips on maximizing the "hot bite" for stocked species of trout in Ontario's Sunset Country. As a professional angler and experienced guide, Gussy uses his vast experience to give us some advice to help make our ice fishing efforts more successful. For more information about ice fishing trips in Ontario's Sunset Country, visit the website www.snowontario.ca/icefishing
The romance of skating at Prince Arthur's Landing
It has the magic and delight of renowned rinks like Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto or the Rockefeller Centre in New York, but this popular outdoor skating attraction is located on the Lake Superior waterfront in Thunder Bay, your gateway to outdoor winter experiences in Northwest Ontario. So pack up your skates on your next visit to Thunder Bay this winter to enjoy the splendor and serenity of the outdoor skating rink at Prince Arthur’s Landing, an up-and-coming quintessential Thunder Bay experience. The artificial ice re-surfaced on a regular basis offers excellent conditions for a skater’s delight. Situated in the heart of the new waterfront development of the Waterfront District, this outdoor artificial rink offers an intimate, tranquil atmosphere with…
AMX has 2 race tracks created in loose and hard packed sand
Where can you go Motorcross Racing, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding and Snowmobiling? At the Charleson Recreation Area in Atikokan, Ontario. The Charleson Recreation Area (CRA), often called the Charleson Pits, is located in Atikokan, halfway between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay. It takes its name from the original Canadian Charleson Iron Mine (a subsidiary of Charleson Iron Mining Co. of Minnesota), which operated sporadically in Atikokan from 1958-64 in the region of what is now the hub of the CRA, the Sno-Ho chalet. The CRA committee formed in 2005 in an effort to consolidate the different users of the Charleson area. Amazingly, the users include snowmobilers, motocrossers, 4-wheelers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, Ride for Sight, canoeists, anglers, hikers, picnickers, snowshoers,…
Wabakimi Park A Wilderness Wonder
Northwestern Ontario's Quetico Provincial Park and northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are among North America’s best-known canoe destinations but North of Superior’s lesser-known Wabakimi Provincial Park is as big as those two areas combined, offering some 2000 kilometres of amazing canoe routes. Wabakimi Park is a true northern wilderness, featuring the world’s largest boreal forest reserves and spectacular views of the Canadian Shield. Home to woodland caribou, moose, eagles and wolves, the park was established in 1983, largely due to the efforts of Thunder Bay/Superior North’s new MP Bruce Hyer as well as many other long time residents of the Town of Armstrong. Visitors can fly from Armstrong’s numerous fly-in bases in to remote lodges and camps to…
Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre
If you're heading up Highway 71, be sure to visit the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows The Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows is housed in a beautiful building on the shores of Lake of the Woods. The Centre is seeing visitors from the United States, Sweden, France, Australia, England, Germany and of course, Canada. Filled with exhibits, it definitely set it apart from other visitor centres. Since fishing is the number one attraction in Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, it seems fitting that the town has a Sportsfishing Centre. Giant map of Lake of the Woods at the Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows, Ontario  The project was funded with a $900,000 grant from the Build Canada Fund and…
Serving great steaks for close to 30 years!
The Prospector Steakhouse 27 Cumberland Street South   The Prospector Steakhouse built into what was a turn of the century bank building has a reputation in Thunder Bay as a great local steakhouse. The Prospector revels in its connection to Thunder Bay’s past, and the former city of Port Arthur.   Entering this north side eatery in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District is a little like sinking into a rustic bit of history, complete with gunslingers and panhandlers. Antique handguns and rifles decorate the walls. An impressive large relief of a tin prospector is a big feature. As impressive is the image of Kakabeka Falls and other local art specially commissioned for the restaurant. At Christmas the moose head gets decorated…
Image Provided by Randy McAllister
 Check out a different kind of nightlife in Northwest Ontario!  Thunder Bay is home to two observatories and an astronomy club, and the long dark nights of winter are ideal for stargazing, catching a glimpse of a meteor and even, if you’re lucky, a sky filled with unforgettable northern lights. A time lapse video of the Northern Lights in Thunder Bay by local photographer DayVidZ/Ascension   1. Thunder Bay Observatory Image Provided by Randy McAllister Explore stunning views of the night sky with professional equipment that has the ability to view a billion “stellar objects” ranging from stars to meteors. There is also a 70-seat multiscreen “mini-planetarium” for viewing. Owner Randy McAllister (who keeps records of local UFO sightings) offers night…
Fishing Lake of the Woods for Muskies
Not Another Fish Story In Sunset Country, we mean business when it comes to the subject of muskie fishing in Ontario! In this part of the Province, the muskie live long and grow to enormous sizes. Some of Ontario's most famous muskie waters are located in Sunset Country. Everyone has heard of the legendary fishing on Lake of the Woods but other great waters include Eagle Lake, Crow Lake, Manitou Lake and even Lac Seul. There are also a multitude of smaller lakes that produces great fish and also in awesome numbers. In fact, we're not even scratching the surface with that list! It doesn't matter where you have fished before, there really is no place like Northwestern Ontario when it…
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Events Calendar

 

  • 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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  • 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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  • Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Local Farmers' Markets Grow in Popularity and Size!
    Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Vegetables and Fruit This Summer The season for farmers' markets in Sunset Country is fast appproaching. Over the years farmers' markets have become enormous in popularity not only in Northwest, Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' markets have become popular because of the demand…
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lake of the Woods Concert Group to keep you entertained right until April
    Lake of the Woods Concert Group to keep you entertained right until April
    Looking for a concert in Kenora? The Lake of the Woods Concert Group is offering 8 live concerts for the 2013/2014 season. The Lake of the Woods Concert Group brings in live entertainment to Kenora, Ontario each year. The series offers a wide variety of performances in order to appeal…
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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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  • 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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