Northern Ontario, Canada

Mountain Stream Orchard is nestled in backdrop of the Nor'wester Mountain range south of Thunder Bay
Tranquil Spot Where Apples Grow  High above the Slate River Valley on the rural outskirts of Thunder Bay, where corn stalks march across rolling fields tall and golden waiting to be harvested, is a small clearing of land, tucked amongst native pine forests, where apple trees grow.   The road to the Mountain Stream Orchard winds up into the Nor’wester Mountain range through trees that sport the first blush of fall.   If it were not for the sign propped amid fall wild flowers and spent thistles at the side of the road, it would remain a hidden gem. And as I turn off Oliver Creek Road, down a small dip in the driveway, I think Mountain Stream Orchard just…
Mileage 3,339 Adds to Legend of Terry Fox
The Terry Fox Lookout is a very popular stop for visitors traveling to Thunder Bay. The site with its spectacular view of Lake Superior and the iconic Sleeping Giant, serves as the Tourist Information Centre for the City of Thunder Bay. Its convenient location just off the Trans-Canada Highway is less than a kilometre from Hodder Avenue, the first exit into the City. The scenic lookout features the Terry Fox Monument that is dedicated to Canadian icon Terry Fox, who was forced to end his courageous cross-Canada run in his battle with cancer just a few kilometres (miles) from this scenic spot  in 1980. As local Thunder Bay writer Richard Boon explains the mileage point – 3,339 where Fox ended his…
Check out the Wabigoon River from the Suspension bridge
Cross the Suspension Bridge Over the Wabigoon River in Dryden The City of Dryden opened the Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge in the Fall of 2009. The 34 meter (111.5') Suspension Bridge is located behind the Chalet Inn on the City’s Trail Network. The public can easily access the bridge by parking at Johnston Park on Highway 17. Follow the Signature Trail past the Pieces of Dryden mosaic towards the Wabigoon River. Turn left at the bottom of the stairs. A short walk to your left takes you to the Roy Wilson Suspension Bridge. The bridge spans the Wabigoon River just below the rapids and features one of the most picturesque settings in Northwestern Ontario. It's construction was supported through a…
Hidden Gems for Adventurous Hikers
Often, making an extra effort pays off with big rewards. The same is true when it comes to hiking in Northwest Ontario. While visitors to Thunder Bay and the North of Superior region are constantly rewarded with spectacular vistas and views of nature around virtually ever corner, the rewards can be even bigger when one goes the extra distance. There are many hidden gems waiting to reward the hiker who is willing to go a little further off the beaten path or who is willing to get up an hour earlier than everyone else. Among the hidden gems in the Thunder Bay area are Red Rock Falls, which is nowhere near the town of Red Rock but, instead, is located…
Middle Falls - A natural attraction on the PIgeon River at the border south of Thunder Bay
The day we drive to Middle Falls (on the Canada-USA border south of Thunder Bay) the sky is a perfect shade of summer blue dotted with clouds cheerfully white and agreeably fluffy. Highway 61 cuts an undulating path through the rocky landscape and the view changes almost constantly as the sun picks out individual trees on the variable green mountainsides and highlights severe cliff faces of orange and white and gray. The land here, heading south towards the border through the Municipality of Neebing, is rugged and wild. We turn right on to Highway 593 just before 61 makes its final sweep towards the border crossing. Not too far along there is a suggestion of a parking area on the…
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
Images courtesy of FWHP
Trick-or-treating, dressing up, carving pumpkins, and gobbling candy: these are just some of the ghoulish joys of Halloween time for children and adults alike! If you are in Northwest Ontario and find yourself visiting Thunder Bay on a weekend in the month of October, you can partake in another fun Halloween experience by bringing your kids out to Fort William Historical Park for the Kids' Halloween Hoot! Geared towards children ages 6 – 12, the Halloween Hoot is a day of fun and games for the whole family, and offers a child-friendly alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Youngsters are encouraged to come dressed up as ghosts, goblins, vampires, witches, and other scary creatures for what will be an afternoon of spooky…
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…
Popular local restaurant serving breakfast and lunch specials...
Niva’s Restaurant 376 Lisgar   You may be handed a number at the door.   Niva’s gets busy in the morning, but with lots of tables in this family restaurant the wait won’t be long. You will be in good company with tourists from the U.S., visiting friends and family and those of us who live here in Thunder Bay.   Niva's Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast all day. Finnish pancakes and mojoakka are served, which are really their only Scandinavian dishes. The rest of the menu has variations on Niva’s specials, homemade pies and cookies. And they’re big on omelettes.    The owner, Victoria Niva, previously worked at the non-profit Scandhouse for thirty years, and although…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    A Weekend Getaway in Dryden
    Itching to getaway for the weekend? Plan a weekend trip to Dryden around one of the Dryden live concerts this fall, winter or spring. Dryden is centrally located in Sunset Country and is easily located on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is roughly 3.5 hours to either Thunder Bay, Ontario or…
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