Northern Ontario, Canada

Gord Ellis with a big north shore steelhead
Some of the finest wild steelhead fishing in Canada is found on Lake Superior’s north shore between Thunder Bay and Wawa in Northwest Ontario. Drew Myers with average sized Lake Superior SteelheadThese coastal streams range from tiny rivulets to the enormous Nipigon River. Lake dwelling rainbow trout start their run in late April, but action peaks in mid-May. However, there are usually a lot of fish to catch right into June, and the action can be fast and furious. Averaging about 5 pounds, hard-fighting steelhead take gaudy flies of orange, red and chartreuse with relish. In the slower waters, float fisherman using spawn bags catch the lion's share of steelhead. In Thunder Bay, the Neebing and McIntyre Rivers provide anglers a lot…
One of the many viewing decks overlooking Kakabeka Falls
The breathtaking waterfalls at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park are easily accessed right off the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Thunder Bay.   It had been quite a few years since I had visited Kakabeka Falls when I decided to stop while on a road trip this summer. In the past, I had only viewed the falls from the highway side. This year, we decided to spend some time and cross the bridge to the other side of the waterfalls, and I'm so glad I did! I am truly amazed by the beauty and power of the waterfalls. The iron stained water of the Kaministiquia River drops 40 metres (130ft) into a gorge carved out of the Precambrian Shield. The Kam…
Macgillivrary Pipe Band Parade at Hillcrest Park
Fans of Celtic music or the bag pipes should plan to visit Hillcrest Park on any Thursday night this July when in Thunder Bay this summer. Every summer the Macgillivray Pipe Band presents free concerts to the masses.  Grab a lawn chair, bring a jacket in case the wind blows in off Lake Superior and take an hour out of your schedule to relax and enjoy a set of traditional Scottish tunes in one of Thunder Bay's most picturesque parks. Hillcrest Park is known for its great view of the Sleeping Giant and Lake Superior overlooking the city. A Band of World Renown The Macgillivray Pipe Band is one of the oldest private pipe bands in North America, having been…
It's hard to beat the taste of freshly caught walleye.
Enjoy Fresh Fish Beside a Clear Canadian Lake The majority of visitors to northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country come here to enjoy the great fishing we have to offer. There are literally thousands of lakes and hundreds of resorts and lodges you can choose from. After a successful morning of fishing, enjoy one of the tastiest delicacies found anywhere, fresh walleye for shore lunch. Ask anyone who's been up here fishing, nothing can beat heading out on one of our beautiful lakes, catching some nice walleyes and frying them up with some potatoes and beans. I'll take this setting over a restaurant any day.   A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a shore lunch with…
This massive 54" muskie is an example of what can happen when you continue practice CPR
CPR. I’m sure the first thoughts when you see/read this acronym will relate to saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest. You may be trying to remember how many chest compressions vs breaths they are teaching in courses these days because the ratio has changed over the years. Much like attitudes towards killing trophy caliber fish in the wide variety of species available in Sunset Country have changed as well. In the fishing community, CPR stands for Catch, Photo, Release. In the the 22+ seasons I have been at Mylie’s Place Resort on Lake of the Woods in Morson, Ontario, I have witnessed a significant shift in the attitudes of the vast majority of anglers on the water. For…
Urban Trail Systems Offer an Abundance of Wilderness
Go Skiing and Hiking Right in Town With their locations smack dab in the middle of the Northern Ontario woods, the towns and cities in Sunset Country have some really great trail systems to offer. Both seasons for hiking, biking  and in winter, snowshoeing and cross country ski trails can be found in almost every town. Kenora has a great nordic trail system and has recently developed a number of urban hiking trails that combine history and hiking to entertain you. The City of Dryden also offer a really good system of hiking and skiing trails. A lovely day hiking in Sunset Country with the family pet  When you access these trails, you will be immersed in a wilderness like environment -…
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…
A unique dining experience in Kakabeka Falls
Their motto is “Chefs need to be trained, Cooks are born”. This may explain the flavourful inventions served up at the Metropolitan Moose Beanery & Cafe by Julia Miles and her husband Steve. Their goal is to exceed your expectations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at their locally-run restaurant known as “The Moose” on a visit to the tourist town of Kakabeka Falls, just 25 minutes west of Thunder Bay. Met Moose exterior fall Kakabeka Falls is the natural attraction that draws thousands of visitors to the Thunder Bay area each year. However, the unique log cabin eatery known as “The Moose”, located smack dab in the middle of village of Kakabeka Falls, has become a destination as popular as…
Crappie fishing on Rainy Lake
Crappie Season starts in the Fall in Sunset Country As the summer cools down, crappie fishing is heating up in Sunset Country. Fall is one of the best times of the year in Sunset Country to go crappie fishing; the weather is cooler and the mosquitos are gone. September, right through until the end of October is when you'll find the crappies biting the best in the fall. Often anglers like to fish for crappie in the deeper holes; jig in the 20 - 40 foot depths and you'll find the crappies in huge schools. Small jigs, tipped with live bait or small tubes is the best way in the fall. The school's can be 10 feet thick at this…
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
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Which Snow Sculpture Would You choose?
    Which Snow Sculpture Would You choose?
    If you were a judge, which snow sculpture would you choose as your favourite sculpture at the 2014 Kenora Winter Festival? A couple of years ago Kenora revived it's Winter Carnival. One of the things I like best about the carnival is seeing the snow sculptures along what is called…
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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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  • 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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