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.
Get catch & release fishing tips from Rebekka Redd from the New Fly Fisher
The Nipigon River Brook Trout Festival is celebrating the world record brook trout caught in the Nipigon River 100 years ago!  Explore Nipigon this summer and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world record brook trout (14.5 lbs, 31.5 inches) caught on the Nipigon River by Dr, J.W. Cook on July 21st, 1915. The Nipigon River Brook Trout Festival is July 17-19, 2015. The festival has something for everyone. From live entertainment to children activities…
The majority of vegetables, eggs and meat are locally grown or raised right here in Northwest Ontario
Treat Yourself to Some Fresh Fruit and Vegetables This Summer   The beginning of summer marks the beginning of Farmers' Markets throughout Northwest Ontario. Over the years, they have become popular not only in Northwest Ontario but all over North America. Farmers' Markets have become mainstream as more and more people want fresh, organic, local meats and produce. During the winter the fruit and veggies that are available in Northwest Ontario have come from far…
Top of Virgin Falls.
100 years ago this July, Dr. J. W. Cook caught the world record brook trout in the Nipigon River in Ontario.   This massive brook trout weighed in at 14.5 lbs and one hundred years later it still holds the distinction of being the largest brookie ever caught. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world record brook trout at the Nipigon River Brook Trout Festival, July 17-19, 2015.  Actual photo of the brook trout…
Marc McNay, creator and producer of The Real Deal
What is The Real Deal and how did we come to be? Living in Northwestern Ontario sure has its advantages, and small town living has many benefits as well. Sure, we may not have 15 movie theatres or 5 malls, but being able to literally drive 20 minutes from my house and be in quality deer or bear hunting area more than makes up for those things. Not to mention being able to fish right…
Pete Maina with one of his many trophy muskies
Being in the fishing industry for years - I've fielded many a fishing question. Likely the top question: "What is your best or favorite lake?" (These questions are generally referencing muskie, as this is the species I'm most known for.) Impossible question, actually, the way I perceive it – as my favorite lake varies with regard to current "catching" – which is always subject to many factors including individual lake dynamics, weather changes ... for…
Beginning July 1st, 2015, ATV riders will no longer be confined to the trails.
Changes made by the Ministry of Transportation seeks to make travelling on public roads with off-road vehicles more safe for drivers.   If you're familiar with Northwestern Ontario, you'll know that, tucked away within the vast Canadian overgrowth, there are hundreds upon thousands of trails and backroads; many of which are only easily accessible by all-terrain vehicles or ATVs. For anyone who camps, owns a cottage, lives in a non-rural area, hunts or fishes, the…
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.…
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…
Relax and watch the sun set over the water
If you've been to Ontario's Sunset Country, you know we got great fishing. If you're wondering if you'll enjoy your stay at a lodge in Northwest Ontario without fishing, the answer if YES!   Sunset Country may be one of the best areas to fish for species such as walleye, northern and muskie, but we are also so much more! Many of our resorts and lodges cater to the fishermen and with our fisheries, I…
The author with a nice Northwest Ontario bass!
Use These Tips to Catch More Fish! Editor's note: Co-inventor of the legenday lindy rig walleye lure, co-founder of In-Fisherman Magazine, and Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee Al Lindner knows the way big fish think. In this exclusive article, Al shares some hard-earned secrets to help the Sunset Country angler conquer the most challenging species of the region. The fish are bigger and wilder in Northwest Ontario: read on, as Al tackles the…
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