Northern Ontario, Canada

Covering a 60,000 square mile area, stretching from Lake of the Woods to Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country offers some of Canada's finest freshwater fishing, snowmobiling, and outdoor adventure opportunities! On this website you'll find a wide range of stories about living and playing in Sunset Country, written by local experts and travel authors from around the world. When you're ready for more, visit, the region's official website with all the resources you'll need to plan your trip.

What You Need to Know: Getting Ready For Walleye Season 2015
"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers." - Herbert Hoover   It's time for fishing. In just a few short weeks die-hard enthusiasts and casual anglers from all over the continent will be starting their journey, equipped with rod and reel, to set up at outposts and lodges all over the North-West in hopes of hooking the ultimate catch. Walleye.…
River Monsters host Jeremy Wade in the waters near Vermilion Bay Lodge.
Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters TV show, travels the world looking for big fish that may have — as per local folklore — attacked people. This year's season premiere, which airs April 5, is all about muskellunge, or "muskies." And when Jeremy Wade is searching the world for big muskies, he comes to Northwestern Ontario. Wade made a number of stops in the region when filming. One was Vermilion Bay Lodge on…
10 Awesome Things to Get You Fired Up for Spring
Winter. Even the slightest mention of that horrifying season is enough to incite thoughts sheer terror. Ontario winters are notorious for making even the burliest of people want to put on their thickest wool sweater and barricade themselves indoors until their thermostat thaws. Every year we're lulled into a false sense of promise that winter will be a wonder land filled with snow ball fights, and christmas lights. But lets be honest, we're looking at…
Kayaking Northwest Ontario
The Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases 10 award winning paddling films.    The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an International film tour presenting the world's best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year.  The winners and other shortlisted films are toured to more than 100 cities around the world including Canada, the U.S., United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. The top 10 festival category winners plus an…
Trophy brook trout like this are amazingly common among anglers who fish Lake Nipigon in the month of June.
The Nipigon River holds the current world record brook trout   The current world record brook trout was caught by Dr. W.J. Cook on the Nipigon River in July of 1915. The fish which wasn't weighed until 21 days after it was caught tipped the scales at 14.5 pounds! This Nipigon River record has become the longest standing world record in sport fishing history! We can only imagine what Dr. Cook's brook trout weighed when it…
Northern Lights over Darlington Bay in Keewatin
Have you seen the fantastic northern lights this winter? There have been several nights over the last month or two in Ontario's Sunset Country with a great display of the northern lights which led up to the strongest geomagnetic storm on March 17/18th. The skies seemed to be celebrating St. Patrick's Day too.  Winter in the Northwest Ontario is generally a good time to view northern lights. The many dark hours and the frequency of…
One of the 2014 snow sculptures at the Kenora Winter Carnival
The fun doesn't stop because it's winter, get outside and enjoy these winter festivals and carnivals!   Here's a list of the 2015 winter carnivals and festivals in Northwest Ontario. Visit their websites or Facebook pages for more information. The best part about the festivals is that most events are either free or very reasonably priced. Have fun! 70th Annual Reddit Winter Carnival - February 6-8, 2015 The carnival starts with supper at 5:00 at…
Massive tiger musky caught at Andy Myers Lodge on Eagle Lake
Ontario's Sunset Country is often referred to as 'God's Country'. The fantastic fishing is just one of the many reasons we are called that.    Whether you are a Canadian or American, or even from abroad, there are certain things you should know about when planning a fishing trip to Ontario, Canada. In the northwest corner of the province of Ontario, we have over 70,000 lakes and rivers, many of which are fishable. There's probably…
Guide and writer Ben Beattie can help you land big fish
Editor's Note: I follow Moosehorn Lodge's Facebook page and I am continually amazed at all the trophy fish caught at Lac Seul or nearby lakes. Ben Beattie is one of Moosehorn's guides and I've seen many, many happy anglers both young and old holding their trophy fish for a quick photo. Ben's love of the outdoors and fishing shows when he's out on the lake with those that book him for a guided fishing trip.…
2015 Hudson-Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake Snowarama
It's the 40th anniversary of Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids in Ontario.   The Hudson-Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake Snowarama this past weekend, Saturday January 31st, was a success. Using Lac Seul and the Ojibway Power Toboggan club's (L701) trail, snowmobilers enjoyed beautiful weather conditions, excellent groomed trail and a powdery smooth lake. Enjoying the great conditions on January 31, 2015 With 54 riders and 52 snowmobiles, the Snowarama event for Easter Seals kids raised…
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