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Top 10 Articles of 2017

Cup & Saucer - The Planet D; The Crack - Emily Baillie; The North Channel - Rod MacLeod. • Credit: The Planet D; Emily Baillie; Rod MacLeod
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Top 10 Articles of 2017

Your most read, most loved, and most commented on outdoor adventure content of the year!

We publish a lot of content at Northeastern Ontario Tourism—sometimes we come out with duds, and sometimes with total rockstars! With another calendar year coming to a close, we thought it would be fun to look back on your favourite articles of the ones we published in 2017.

These articles performed head and shoulders above the rest either here on the Northern Portal or at NortheasternOntario.com. They were social media darlings, shared by many, and read by many more. Starting at number 10, these were the most read articles by you.

10. The Ultimate Fall Road Trip: The Lake Temiskaming Loop Tour

“Harvest season and fall colours come together to create the perfect weekend itinerary, or a week-long adventure.”

Who loves a good post-summer road trip full of fall colours, tasty eats, big views, and windy backroads? Apparently you folks do—you’ve made this story the #10 most read article of 2017. Whether you’re cruising in an RV or car, or on a motorcycle, late summer and fall are fantastic times to explore the Lake Temiskaming Tour in Northeastern Ontario. 

9. 30 Photos Proving That Northeastern Ontario is the Most Beautiful Place on Earth

Sarah Furchner, an award-winning Wildlife and Nature Photographer from Northern Ontario, shares with us her unique perspective of Northeastern Ontario.”

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the talented and award-winning Sarah Furchner provided us with a full set of her favourite shots from Killarney, Sudbury, and Manitoulin Island. We loved them and were so glad that you did too. 

8. Wolf Lake & Blue Lagoon

This special back roads destination overlooks Wolf Lake and leads you to one of the best 'good ol' swimming holes' around: Paradise Lagoon, also known as the 'Blue' Lagoon.”

The popularity of this article shows that there are more than a few backcountry explorers among you. Cascading waterfalls, quartzite rock, and majestic old growth red pines—this hidden lagoon is a favoured destination for the intrepid explorers willing to make the trek.

7. Terror Train 6607

“Terror Train 6077 is back, and it's rolling into Capreol with a car full of carnies and clowns to bring you ‘the most terrifying show on earth.’”

It turns out that you love to be scared, with the Terror Train story being one of the most searched articles in our archives in 2017. Making an appearance every October in the Greater Sudbury region, Terror Train 6607 is a famed and favourite Halloween tradition in Northeastern Ontario.

6. Moosonee – Traveller’s Guide to the End of the Line

Guided trips on the river, whether in pursuit of a trophy fish or a ‘wall hanger’ photo, are an excellent way to take in some of the magnificent scenery the Moose River has to offer.”

This post explains the how, where, and what of a train trip to the northern communities of Moosonee and Moose Factory. An introductory resource guide for any newcomer wanting to travel north, this post was one of the top searched articles in 2017 and widely shared on social media.

5. 11 Photos That Show Off the Beauty of the North Channel

“Whether you’re paddling, painting, sailing, or hiking, Lake Huron’s North Channel is a stunner.”

The North Channel is known for having some of the finest cruising grounds in the world. Pink granite, glacier-smoothed rocky shoreline, crystal clear blue waters, and windswept pines—this landscape will take your breath away and this photo essay shows it off.

4. The Northern Lights Trip Planner

“Three trips for an illuminating experience in Ontario.”

If you’ve ever wanted to have a Northern Lights viewing experience, this resource article is a great place to start. Depending on how much time you have to spend, this article provides three possible trips you can plan in Northeastern Ontario—an adventure many of you seem keen on, and one we highly recommend.

3. The Planet D’s Favourite Things to Do on Manitoulin Island

“Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. With an area of 2766 square kilometres, it could take weeks to truly explore all its freshwater lakes and rivers and to hike its countless trails.”

If you’ve ever thought about making a trip to Manitoulin Island, let Deb and Dave from the Planet D be your guides! They visited our region in 2014, and their article continues to be one of the most popular resource guides on the Northern Portal.

2. Top 5 Things to do in Killarney

“Killarney’s magnificent landscapes once inspired the legendary Group of Seven artists, and the pristine provincial park still retains its reputation as ‘the jewel of the Ontario parks system.’”

Located within a day’s drive of Toronto and Sudbury, Killarney Provincial Park is a popular hiking, camping, and paddling destination in the summer, and a popular snowshowing, cross-country skiing, and yurt camping destination in the winter.

1. Increase Your Odds: Viewing the Northern Lights in Northeastern Ontario

“What is more beautiful, on a chilly northern night, than to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Northern Lights?” 

Our community loves the Northern Lights—so much so that you made this article the #1 most searched article of 2017, by a landslide. Paired with the Northern Lights Trip Planner, there’s a good chance that these resources will help you have a Northern Lights viewing experience.


There you have it—the most loved, searched, shared, and commented on posts of the last calendar year. Keep following along for more amazing outdoor adventure content in 2018. 

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