Northern Ontario, Canada

Thunder Bay's Country Market is a Foodie's Dream.
The Thunder Bay Country Market is the place to be on Saturdays for foodies. Visit dozens of local vendors at the CLE Grounds showcasing Thunder Bay's amazing agriculture community.  Its just another fantastic culinary surprise you'll find in Canada's best outdoor city.  Try some Thunder Oak Gouda and find out why its won international awards.  This locally produced cheese, available in a multitude of flavours, goes great with anything.  If jams and jellies are your cup of tea, you'll find locally made preserves and spreads from Belluz Farms. If seafood is your thing, try some locally sourced smoked trout, whitefish, pickeral or salmon.  Being a gateway to some of the planet's best freshwater angling means great catches are easy to find. Are you a carnivore? Than this…
An unique dining experience with organic roots...
The Growing Season Juice Collective201 Algoma St. Tara laughs when I ask how The Growing Season got started. Tara is one of four women of the collective that own and operate this “shop” as they refer to it. All four were surprised at how quickly their little restaurant became a success. They took their time getting the place off the ground. They made dishes they liked, combining ideas for a menu that has become popular with locals in Thunder Bay. Originally the collective thought they were catering to a niche market. “We thought only our friends and relatives would support us,” Tara states. “We had no idea so many people were into sprouts and lentils,” she laughs. It helps that…
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…
The roar of the water falling into the deep gorge is amazing!
There are few things in the world better than something that gets undersold but over delivers.   It was a feeling I was to discover many times over a few days touring along the shores of mighty Lake Superior in northern Ontario   The first one was one of my favourites, a visit to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay.    Before making my first ever trip north of Parry Sound (and sorry about that), I’d been given a good deal of material about what I should see and do on my trip. All the brochures and tour books I received mentioned Kakabeka Falls, just west of Thunder Bay, as something worth seeing.   I didn’t like the cliché…
Take a walk down Main Street in Kenora to look at the Muskies on Main
There more muskies than just Husky the Musky in Kenora this summer! Bid on one of these fantastic "Muskies on Main".   Over 40 artists have created vastly different and stunning muskies that are on display on Main Street in Kenora, Ontario. The "Muskies on Main" were unveiled in a ceremony in Memorial Park on June 27, 2014. The muskies that have brightened up our walk downtown will continue to be on display for the rest of summer. Muskies on Main is a community art project led by the Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC). Most of the muskies will eventually be sold by an online auction (ending August 22 at 5:00pm). I have to say, the muskies exceeded…
Davis Viehbeck holds up two walleye caught in Northern Lights Country
Northwest Ontario has many truly great places to fish. But one of the lesser known gems is the corridor from Whitefish Lake to Northern Lights Lake.  This area is located west of Thunder Bay and can be easily accessed via Hwy 588, just west of Kakabeka Falls. Heading up Hwy 588, the entire highway corridor is packed with angling that’s second to none. Here is a list of some of the great opportunities available with a number of fishing resorts in the Thunder Bay area.  Smallmouth Bass Bass are rapidly becoming the most popular fish in Northwest Ontario, and are found in every large body of water in Northern Lights country. Northern Lights Lake itself is  the most underrated bass water body in Ontario,…
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, So Many Good Performances to Enjoy!
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) adds to the reputation of Thunder Bay as a regional centre for the performing arts in Northwestern Ontario. Locally known as the TBSO, the Thunder Bay symphony has been around for over 50 years putting on concerts that appeal to a wide and diverse audience from pure classical performances in their Masterword Series, to a mix of modern and popular music with a classical twist in their Pops series, and children’s concerts. Going to a symphony performance can be an experience in itself. You will be especially delighted to know most of their major performances all take place in our Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, a professional 1500 seated arts centre considered “one of the…
Kakabeka Falls, the "Niagara of the North"
Many of the best waterfalls in Ontario are just off the highways. Stop at one of these waterfalls for a sight you won't forget! Ontario's Sunset Country is a beautiful place at any time, however as you are sitting close to a waterfall and hear it's thundering roar with the forest and lakes surrounding you, it's hard to want to be anywhere else. Many of the waterfalls in Northwestern Ontario are just off the highways and are easily accessible. There are also many, many other waterfalls that are on one of our thousands of remote lakes. For now, I will concentrate on the best one you can easily visit on any road trip.  Kakabeka Falls Kakabeka Falls is known as…
Dorion – A Birding Paradise on Superior's Shore
Do you have an interest in Birds? Birding? Or Bird Watching? If your answer is yes, you will want to plan a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior region to take in the annual Canyon Country Birding Festival in Dorion held each year in late May. The Dorion Birding Festival is your opportunity to spend two great days in Canada's Great Outdoors experiencing bird watching in the majestic setting of Lake Superior and the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. Dorion is a small community located on the northern shore of Lake Superior, with the Hurkett Cove Conservation Area and Ouimet Canyon fast becoming known as North American hot spots for birding. Dorion is less than an hour's…
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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Events Calendar

 

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    Staying at home this March Break? Check out these fun things to do right here in Northwest Ontario.
    There's so many things to do on March Break this year. You'll be so busy that you'll forget your friends are away on a beach somewhere. Here's a list of things to do on March Break in Sunset Country. Click on the links for more detailed information. Have a great…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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