Northern Ontario, Canada

Everyone will enjoy canoeing our crystal clear lakes
Go on a wilderness canoe trip you'll never forget! If you always dreamed of canoeing in crystal clear lakes where the only traffic you'll see are the loons, moose and eagles, then a wilderness canoe trip to Sunset Country is the answer. The landscape of Northwestern Ontario beckons the wilderness canoeist. If you're looking to experience the joys of flat water canoeing in the remote wilderness, there is no better place than Ontario's Sunset Country. You can take a weekend, week, or even longer - it's up to you. Iconic Wilderness Parks Northwestern Ontario is home to some of the most famous canoe parks in Canada. At the top of this list are Quetico Park south of Atikokan, Woodland Caribou…
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…
Thunder Bay's Newest Burger Joint Is "Off The Charts"
For those days when only a burger and fries will do, head to O.T.C Burgers N More, Thunder Bay’s newest burger joint. “OTC” stands for “Off the Charts” and is located at the city’s south end out Highway 61 between the 15th and 20th Sideroads. It's definitely a must stop if you're driving into Thunder Bay from the border. The lineup of gourmet burgers highlights fresh local ingredients. The chalkboard menu even lists the local beef farm, abattoir and cattle breed. The flavours don’t disappoint. Photo Courtesy of Robert Servais  I sampled the Guacamole Burger. It's a beef burger with housemade guac, Thunder Oak smoked gouda and red onion on a potato bun. Another local favourite is the “OTC Burger” with more smoked…
One of the more intricate entries at the snow sculpture competition at the 2015 Kenora Winter Carnival
  Which Snow Sculpture Would You Choose as the 2015 Winner? The cold wind did not deter the artists from carving these snow sculptures for the Kenora Winter Carnival.  For me, the highlight of the winter carnival is seeing the snow sculptures that line the Harbourfront in Kenora. 8 artists or groups worked hard to carve these beautiful sculptures for the snow sculpting competition. With the theme being wildlife this year, many carved out hearty Canadian animals that live in Northwest Ontario. Moose, deer, bear, otters and wolves all wander our forests and swim in our lakes.  I really have to give these carvers extra credit this year. In the few weeks they had to carve, the biting wind howled…
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…
Giant whitetail deer swimming in Sunset Country
Bag a Big Buck in Ontario Northwestern Ontario has immense tracts of Boreal forest inhabited by a wide variety of animals. Whitetail deer are one of those animals and if you are a big game hunter, then you should consider our region of the Province. Bucks in Sunset Country are large, heavy-bodied animals with large racks. It is not uncommon to see 300 pound animals roaming the ditches on the side of the highways. Come hunting season, the deer know they are being pursued and are much more careful where they go and when.  Beautiful Whitetail Deer caught on a trail cam it is highly recommended you use the services of a qualified outfitter for your hunt. They can provide…
Beautiful smallmouth bass!
Rebekka Redd, host of the New Fly Fisher TV Show, explains why you'll love fly fishing in Sunset Country and she adds some great fly fishing tips too. Of all the places I've fishing in the world, I'm proud to say my favourite is also my home. Northwest Ontario is a gorgeous spread of land with thousands of natural clean, clear lakes, rivers and streams that are hard to beat when it comes to fishing. No matter what the season, Northern Ontario will capture any fisherman's attention, boasting amazing fisheries with trophy fish being common. Its fishing will rival any other sport fishing in the world. Renowned for its wide variety of species of fish, one in particular is highly…
The rugged coastline of Lake Superior near the Sleeping Giant
From the front seat of a Turbine Otter converted World War I seaplane, it was quickly apparent how big Lake Superior truly is. The body of water is the largest freshwater lake in the world and even from my vantage point a few thousand feet above, I couldn't see land on the eastern horizon. To my left was pilot Guy Cannon, and to my right was an endless view of the world's biggest lake. A Spectacular View of Superior It was the start of a seven-day vacation in Thunder Bay and I was on an aerial tour with Wilderness North. The company's fleet of float planes routinely takes guests to remote fishing lodges on Lake Superior, but we were on…
Sunset over Lac Lu, Ontario, Canada
Whether you vacationed in Ontario's Sunset Country or not, these photos from the summer of 2014 may just entice you to plan a trip in 2015.   If you've never been to Ontario's Sunset Country, it's really hard to grasp just how beautiful it really is up here. Between Thunder Bay and the Manitoba border there are over 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams. Some people think Ontario ends at Thunder Bay. I may be prejudice, but I think our area of the province happens to be the most scenic and the following photos of Northwestern Ontario prove just that.  Most of these photos were shot by the lodges and resorts in Northwest Ontario, by guests in the area, some locals…
The Blues Fest has a reputation for attracting top name acts
It’s a July party like no other, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival in Thunder Bay July 4 -6, 2014 is a perfect reason to plan at trip to Northwest Ontario to kick start your summer. Blues acts are still the main draw for the large crowds who come back year after year. Goh Iromoto Photo Book your tickets and accommodations for a great three-day weekend stay in Thunder Bay as the shores of Lake Superior come alive again for the 13th annual edition of one of Canada's popular outdoor concerts. This year’s Blues Fest boasts a world-class international lineup of superlative talent that puts “V” in variety like you’ve never experienced before. Canadian celtic rockers Allan Doyle and Great Big Sea were the Sunday…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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