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.

Canada has fantastic 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 in May) to mid June. By the time opening weekend arrives, the walleye are done spawning but they hang around to protect their spawning…
Beautiful day in April in Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada
Other than a few northern outpost lakes, the lakes in Northwest Ontario are free of ice! What a difference a year makes.   As many of you may recall, the Winter/Spring of 2014 saw harsh conditions with record breaking snow and cold temperatures. 2015 is a different story. With an average winter, the lakes all started opening up in mid-to-late April and most were free of ice in early May. The southern lakes like Rainy…
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…
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…
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…
Lake of the Woods Brewing Co. beer is on tap at many locations throughout the region
"Lake Life in a Bottle". Lake of the Woods Brewing Company beer is "like lake life in a bottle," says owner Taras Manzie. The lake country brewery, which opened in 2013 in a transformed 102-year-old firehall in Kenora, Ontario follows traditional beer-making techniques applied on a cottage-sized scale. The setting itself is worth the visit. The designated Ontario heritage building has the firehall's original white tile walls, spectacular original tin ceiling, fire fighters' masks hanging…
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…
Eggs and raw poultry are currently not allowed in Canada
Restriction on imports from certain US States affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)   If you're planning a trip to Canada or Ontario's Sunset Country this summer from the United States you need to be aware of new food restrictions currently in effect. The highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been discovered in many states in the USA. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an…
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…
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