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 ontariossunsetcountry.ca, the region's official website with all the resources you'll need to plan your trip.
Huge northern pike caught on Crow Lake
Ice Fishing Makes Winter Worthwhile! For those that hibernate during the winter, you should really 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. Sunset Country is known for it's great summer fishing, but it doesn't stop when the snow flies. Go ice fishing for lake…
The sun going down over Rainy Lake from the Noden Causeway
How many of these facts do you know about Rainy Lake?   While you may know that Rainy Lake is known for it's great fishing - namely feisty smallmouth bass, big walleye, huge northern pike and crappie, you may not be familiar with some of these facts about Rainy Lake, Ontario, Canada:  1 - Roughly 70% of Rainy Lake lies in Ontario, Canada and 30% in Minnesota, United States. 2 - Excluding the Great Lakes, Rainy…
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.…
Surreal reflection on Long Lake
A nice calm day + Sunset Country = a fantastic photo op.   One thing for sure is that everyone loves a good sunset photo. A reflection photo though, rivals the all and mighty sunset photo. With the amount of shoreline in Ontario's Sunset Country, your chance of seeing a beautiful reflection of the Canadian shield and Boreal forest is high. The following photos are a collection of the best reflection photos in Northwest Ontario…
Sunset over Lac Lu, Ontario, Canada
Whether you vacationed in Ontario's Sunset Country or not, these photos from the summer of 2014 may just entice you to plan a trip in 2015.   If you've never been to Ontario's Sunset Country, it's really hard to grasp just how beautiful it really is up here. Between Thunder Bay and the Manitoba border there are over 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams. Some people think Ontario ends at Thunder Bay. I may be prejudice,…
Jay Samsal holds a nice walleye caught on Lake of the Woods
Enjoy some hard water fishing action on Lake of the Woods with these fishing tips. Interested in World Class Brook Trout Ice Fishing in Sunset Country? Click here to learn more You've probably heard about Lake of the Woods - with over 65,000 miles of shoreline and over 14,500 islands, it's a spectacular lake. The Canadian side of Lake of the Woods offers many different points, drop offs, flats and island chains. The structure combined…
Nice summer northern pike
From the looks of the following fish, I'd say that the record high water levels in 2014 wrecked only the docks, not the fishing.    In 2014, Ontario's Sunset Country had one of the highest lake levels ever, certainly in the last 50 years anyways. We had a late Spring and had ice on the lakes until the walleye opener in May. The walleye spawn was really behind this Spring and many wondered how the…
I guess Santa and his reindeer are real after all!
2014 - What a Year!    Here's a look at some of the top stories that made headlines in Ontario's Sunset Country in 2014: January started with a bang! or a brrrrrrr!  There was a deep freeze throughout Northwest Ontario on New Year's Day which continued for months afterwards. If you know don't know metric, that's a whopping -32.8F. The winter continued to be cold breaking records for the coldest and snowiest winters in a…
Gigantic muskie in the late fall
2014 seems to have been an unusual year for weather, but a fantastic year for fishing!   2014 came in with a bang with -40C temperatures across the region. The cold weather and record amounts of snowfall continued well into the Spring. Summer finally came but so did the rains. Lakes across the region were at record high levels. Docks were underwater, people were sandbagging, but what were the fish doing? With the late spawn…
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…
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