Northern Ontario, Canada

Richard Boon Explores Cave at Cavern Lake
A few years ago, after learning that the largest cave in precambrian rock was located close to Thunder Bay, I set out to find what many call “The Bat Cave” at Cavern Lake. Cavern Lake is located in a provincial Nature Preserve off of Fish Hatchery Road, approximately 9-kilometres north of Dorion.  Dorion is a small community about a 45 minute drive east of Thunder Bay, right on the Trans-Canada Highway. Hard to Find, A Protected Area According to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the cave is home to several colonies of bats.  Because any disturbances in the cave could harm the bats, visits by humans are discouraged by the MNR. When I went to the local ministry office…
Lake Superior's Slate Islands
A trip to the majestic Slate Islands in Terrace Bay was in the cards, but the one thing we couldn't have planned for was everything falling into place to make it the perfect trip. Lake Superior was like glass as we sit eagerly in the charter boat during the 20 minute ride to what locals simply refer to as "the Slates". Our expert guide tours us around one side of the islands to dock on the Southern side of Patterson Island. From there we take a light hike up to Lake Superior’s tallest lighthouse at 224 feet above sea level. The view is amazing and provides for an awe-inspiring panorama of the rest of the islands and Lake Superior. From…
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…
Jerkin' Jaws - How to Catch Big Fish with a Crankbait
Editors Note: James Lindner is a member of the United States Fishing Hall of Fame and son of In-Fisherman co-founder Ron Lindner. Starting out as a guide, James quickly became a key part of the family business. Now a regular host on Lindner's Angling Edge, James continues to teach the techniques of fishing to thousands of anglers and his commitment to education in fishing is unparalleled. In this exclusive article for NorthernOntario.travel, James gives you the low down on jerk baits and how to use them to catch more and bigger fish in Northwest Ontario. Visitors to Northwest Ontario often target their favorite fish, matching their tactics to each species' haunts and habits. Pike and muskie anglers usually toss big…
Geocaching, Find The Treasure In A Game of Hide N' Seek
Do you love adventure and the outdoors? Ever heard of geocaching? (Photos Courtesy of Parks Canada) Parks Canada just launched its Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. We’ll have you and your family searching for heritage treasures across Northern Ontario with a number of sites in Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario. Geocaching, a High-tech Treasure Hunt Best described as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching participants use GPS-enabled devices, such as smartphones, to navigate to a set of coordinates to locate a hidden container, known as a cache. Geocaching is practised worldwide by over 5 million people, everyone from young families to retired couples. There are more than 2 million geocaches registered online. Discover The History of Northwest Ontario Not your typical history lesson, the…
Collage of entertainment to expect for The Hunger 8
"The Hunger" is a Halloween event with a "mardi gras" atmosphere that takes over the entire downtown Waterfront District in Thunder Bay on the Saturday before All Saints Day, celebrated as Halloween. This year's outlandish music and performance spectacle at seven venues was held Saturday night October 26. Attendees this one night Halloween event in Thunder Bay’s North Core, have umbered in the thousands. With each yearly success word spreads, so an ever-greater turnout is expected to break the four thousand mark this year for The Hunger 8, and no doubt the number of people wearing traditional and wacky costume creations will also increase. To accommodate Hunger fans there will be 52 bands and DJs for this popular fundraiser for…
Waterfront splash pad is one of Thunder Bay's newest attractions!
Summertime and water were made for each other. And with the world’s largest freshwater lake right at our doorstep, plus inland lakes, rivers and water attractions, Thunder Bay offers plenty of family-friendly ways to cool off, splash around and have a ton of fun. While there is lots of swimming fun to be had at the city’s indoor and outdoor pools, remember you don’t have to actually go swimming to enjoy the water! Check out these get-wet options. Try All Three Splash Pads Thunder Bay is home to three splash pads, each with their own unique personality. And bonus: there is no charge for any of them! Marina Park - Prince Arthur's Landing The Marina Park splash pad is the most popular…
The romance of skating at Prince Arthur's Landing
It has the magic and delight of renowned rinks like Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto or the Rockefeller Centre in New York, but this popular outdoor skating attraction is located on the Lake Superior waterfront in Thunder Bay, your gateway to outdoor winter experiences in Northwest Ontario. So pack up your skates on your next visit to Thunder Bay this winter to enjoy the splendor and serenity of the outdoor skating rink at Prince Arthur’s Landing, an up-and-coming quintessential Thunder Bay experience. The artificial ice re-surfaced on a regular basis offers excellent conditions for a skater’s delight. Situated in the heart of the new waterfront development of the Waterfront District, this outdoor artificial rink offers an intimate, tranquil atmosphere with…
The Great Gray Owl in flight
Birding in the Rainy River District The uniqueness of the Rainy River region creates a range of habitat for diverse species of birds. The lakes and waterways in addition to the mix of northern, southern and prairie natural environments (northern spruce and jack pine to southern hardwoods such as ash, elm and basswood) create a range of habitat for diverse species of birds. Pelicans return each year to permanent nesting grounds; bald eagles, sharp-tailed grouse, pileated woodpeckers, sand-hill cranes and Snowy Owls can be found, along with occasional sightings of scarlet tanagers and Baltimore Orioles. There are also prairie species such as western meadowlarks and yellow-headed blackbirds. Because of the mixed deciduous shoreline, wetlands, oak ridges and open agricultural fields, spring and…
Let the Thunder Bay Museum Captivate Your Imagination
Thunder Bay is city rich in culture and history. Local writer Duncan Weller tells why a tour of the Thunder Bay Museum is must see on your visit to Thunder Bay this summer. You can now buy museum tickets online. Book Now.  For over twenty years, Monica, the attractive young woman at the front desk, has welcomed patrons to the Thunder Bay Museum. Monica is also a local artist and teacher who wrote and published a book about her experiences on the job at the museum located on Donald Street in Thunder Bay's south core, just down the street from City Hall. If you're good, she won't add you to her sequel. As we talk, Monica glances at the computer screen…
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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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  • 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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  • Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Explore Red Lake's 40 kms of groomed and tracked trails
    Why stay indoors in the winter? Ski the trails and enjoy the winter wonderland in Red Lake. The Red Lake District Cross-Country Ski Club maintains over 40 kms of cross country ski trails including the McKenzie Island Trails, the Golf Course Trails in Balmertown and Centennial Park in Red Lake.…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Northwest Ontario Events
    Northwest Ontario Events
    For the best events and adventures in Northern Ontario, visit Stay2PlayNorthernOntario.com Stretching from Kenora across the north shore of Lake Superior, Northwest Ontario is just a stone's throw from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba. Home to incredible hunting and fishing, plucky little towns and the city of Thunder Bay, you'll find local…
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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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