Northern Ontario, Canada

The Emo Walleye Classic runs May 29-31, 2014 on the Rainy River
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 hopes of catching enough big ones to win, or at least come in running for some money. Last year Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbons won the 2013 Emo Walleye Classic with a total weight of 20.16lbs. This year the winner's are hoping to take home a $10,000 first place prize. The 2014 prize payouts are based on 65 teams and will be adjusted based on total number of teams competing. Huge…
Motorcycles lined up at the Harley Davidson dealership in Thunder Bay on the maindrag Arthur St.
Last summer, while taking in the breath taking vistas and winding highways around Lake Superior by motorcycle, we found ourselves in Thunder Bay for the night. What amazed us was how welcoming the city is to motorcyclists.  We like to scope out the motorcycle shops when we travel...just to make sure we can get servicing if we need it.  Heading north on 61, we located our first dealer,  Excalibur Motorcycle Works just off the highway near the airport.  Just a half mile up the highway, we turned onto Arthur Street and quickly noticed  Thunder Bay Harley Davidson .  Whether it was coincidence or not, we were impressed to see the bike dealers so close to the highway.  While we didn't need any parts or…
Will we be ice fishing on Saturday?
With one day left to the walleye opener and the start of the May Long weekend, many people are wondering, can I get out on the lake?   Some lakes are open and some, unfortunately, are not. With the record cold winter and a miserable cold spring, Mother Nature has just not been good to us. Last weekend I wrote an ice out article that updated conditions with one week to opener. While last weekend was hot and sunny and *gasp* summer-like, this week saw below freezing temps and even some snow! This morning there was a layer of frost on my windshield. I know, it's not what you wanted to hear but believe me, it's really not what we…
Beautiful scenery, uncongested trails - what more could you ask for?
Go snowmobiling in Ontario without the crowds! There are literally thousands of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Ontario, Canada. The secluded snowmobile trails make Sunset Country a great destination for your next winter snowmobile vacation. The trails are maintained by volunteer snowmobile clubs and run mostly across lakes and through the forests. Town loops ensure you can access the trail system from any town or city. The best part about our snowmobile trails is the fact there is no congestion and great riding conditions await you. Wide and well-marked trails ensure safety and enjoyment for riders of all levels of experience. The key is to have fun and you do this by dressing warm, staying on the trail and…
The Madhouse - One of Thunder Bay's Most Popular Pubs
The Madhouse (Pub) 295 Bay St.       The Madhouse is a great place to talk and relax.  The square building smack at the corner of Bay and Algoma is one of the most popular pubs in Thunder Bay. On weekends the mixed crowds keep the place busy, especially in the evening. The rich coloured décor makes for a great atmosphere.        The Madhouse is more dedicated to being a great hangout pub, not too concerned about attempting to dazzle you with new gastropub meals, so the menu may be limited, but everything on it is worthwhile and reasonably priced.   A Sample of the Menu        The Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich is a delicious…
A Norseman takes flight over Red Lake
Bush Planes Experience Adds to Fly-in Fishing Trip If a trip into a remote wilderness lake with no roads and spectacular fishing isn't enough, the ride in to the lake on a venerable Canadian bush plane adds so much more to this great vacation experience. Canadian bush planes have a storied history in these parts of Ontario and for good reason. These work horses of the north country have been involved in the development and success of more than just the tourism industry. Miner and prospectors looking for gold, foresters planning cut blocks and many other industries have used these planes to gain access to remote areas where no car or truck can go. Here's a quick review of the…
An entertaining experience for participants and spectators
Ladies, if you’ve ever dreamed of dirt, grim and sweat then the Dirty Girls Mud Run is the perfect event for you! Dirty Girls is a 5km Mud Run complete with obstacles held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.  This year’s event, the second annual is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at This Old Barn in Murillo, Ontario and promises to better than last year. Registration takes place Saturday January 18 at Intercity Shopping Centre from 9:30am to 6pm in the promotions and again on Sunday January 19 at Intercity from noon to 5pm.  NOTE: Last year’s event filled in less than 3 hours, so come early to ensure your team gets a spot!     if you want to enjoy…
Northern Lights in Sioux Lookout
Where will you be when you see the sky dance? For those that live in the city and have never seen the northern lights, it is hard to imagine the dancing streaks of colour that you see high in the sky at night in Sunset Country and across Northern Ontario. Pictures just can't do it justice. The lights are never the same twice, and seeing them can be a deeply spiritual experience. Arriving at that moment, however, takes some planning and a little luck. Having that unforgettable experience also means picking your spot. Below are three different accounts of places and ways you can experience the Aurora Borealis. I'll start with my own experience. 1- Driving down the highway. My most memorable…
Large crowds gather in closed off streets in the Bay & Algoma Neighbourhood
Occasionally it’s hard to tell who is officially part of the Valley Fresh Busker’s Festival. The carnival-like atmosphere of this weekend event now held annually in late July in the Bay and Algoma Neighbourhood has become one that you won’t want to miss if planning a summer visit to Thunder Bay. With the streets blocked off for a mix of activities and with the appearance of a few buskers and performers who don’t take their allotted busker “stages,” marked with a sign, they won’t appear on the brochure or map. The result is that sections of the streets look like flash mobs. Which is telling, because in only its second year it has become a huge success? As witnessed by the…
The Trill of Midway Attracts People to The Fair
Top notch entertainment, wild rides, and the best corn dogs and elephant ears for miles around.  It can all be found at The CLE Family Fair, which runs annual during the second week of August at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) in Thunder Bay. 2014 will mark the 124th year for the annual carnival, which is the single largest annual event in Northwest Ontario, drawing over 60,000 visitors annually. If you are planning to visit Thunder Bay for the Fair, call ahead to book your accommodations. Midway & Entertainment, Pure Summer Fun Nightly entertainment and the trill of the Midway There is nightly entertainment on the main stage with a number of performing acts.  Canadian 80's rockers, Platinum Blonde are the headliners on…
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  • White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    White Otter Castle - The Story of Hope and Unrealized Dreams
    The Remarkable Story of Jimmy McOuat The legend of Jimmy McOuat lives on in Sunset Country,  through the magnificent three-storey castle he built on the shores of White Otter Lake. At the turn of the century he single-handedly constructed the log castle from red pine logs that he cut, hauled…
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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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  • 14 Day Provincial Park Tour
    14 Day Provincial Park Tour
    Explore Sunset Country's Provincial Parks With 100,000 square kilometers of forest and 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams, Sunset Country has its fair share of Ontario Provincial Parks. These beautiful parks are located alongside most of the major highways in the region and if you love the outdoors, camping, fishing, swimming…
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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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  • Everything You Need to Know About Ice Fishing on Lake of the Woods
    Everything You Need to Know About Ice Fishing on Lake of the Woods
    Enjoy some hard water fishing action on Lake of the Woods with these fishing tips. Interested in World Class Brook Trout Ice Fishing in Sunset Country? Click here to learn more You've probably heard about Lake of the Woods - with over 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands,…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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