Winter doesn't have to mean the end of your travel plans and, in fact, there are a few reasons why you might choose to travel in this season specifically. Cost savings, less crowds, and quicker travel times are among them. Lucky for you, Northeastern Ontario is home to many businesses that operate in the Great Outdoors in all four seasons.
Whether you're a couple searching for a cozy weekend away, a family looking for a new and exciting way to spend the March Break, or sledders looking for the best accommodations off the trails, you're sure to find a match among the operators listed below.
Timmins, Cochrane, & Area
The northern boreal forest is well-adapted to handle our blustery Canadian winters, and the same could be said of the region's locals! Known for phenomenal snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, and ice fishing opportunities, the region is ready to welcome winter with open arms.
Opening for their first winter this season, Flood's Landing Camp provides travellers with new housekeeping cabins, access to multi-purpose winter trail systems, and did we mention the super-cool location on the Frederick House River? The camp sits on 130 acres of northern wilderness and wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant.
Newly winterized, this lodge celebrates outdoor adventure in all four seasons. Drop a line through the ice in search of a monster pike, or explore the surrounding boreal forest on snowshoes or skis. Sledders rejoice, because you have access to over 150 km of trails right from the resort, and on-site gas to keep you moving.
Perfect for: Snowshoers, Couples' Getaways
Highlights: Modern furnishings, a full kitchen, located on Big Nellie Lake
Make it an extra long weekend on your way to Timmins, or make the trip just to visit this homey inn in Iroquois Falls. Plan a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing getaway in the boreal forest, with options to rent by the room or the entire inn. Groups of up to eight can be accommodated.
Mattawa, North Bay & lake Nipissing Area
Enjoy the magic of the winter forest from North Bay to Mattawa and beyond. What is a green, lucious, playground in summer turns into a magical winter wonderland. You'll love the regions' rolling hills, beautiful river views, and heaps of fluffy snow.
Perfect for: Anglers
Highlights: The Laurentian Mountains, ice fishing packages
Located just north of Algonquin Park, this lodge is neighbours to the magnificent Laurentian Mountains and the Upper Ottawa River. You bring the food and the lodge will do the rest—that includes transportation and bait in a heated ice hut if you're keen to try fishing the Upper Ottawa.
Perfect for: Snowmobilers, Anglers
Highlights: Excellent ice fishing, winterized cottages, on-site fuel
Located on the north shore of Lake Talon and within the Mattawa River Provincial Park, you could say that Camp Conewango occupies some fantastic real estate. With gas on-site and groomed trails right to your doorstep, snowmobiler's especially will want to check out this location.
Perfect for: Family & Couples' Getaways
Highlights: Stunning views and newly renovated facilities
You'll be in the thick of historic voyageur country at this lodge; Mattawa's newest wilderness resort on the banks of the Ottawa River. The resort offers visitors 12 comfortable cottages to choose from, with the capactity to accommodate groups large and small.
Cozy up in your very own heated ice hut—tip-ups and minnows included. Anglers can pursue perch, cisco (lake herring), northern pike and, of course, walleye. Choose from one of seven lakeview cottages to call your own for the duration of your stay, each with its own fully equipped kitchen and satellite TV.
Perfect for: Family & Couples' Getaways
Highlights: Outdoor ice rink, personal cottages, ice fishing experiences
Rent an ice hut for the day, strap on a pair of skates, go for a snowshoe, or just cozy up inside next to the fire with a good book. Saenchiur Flechey (on the shores of Lake Nipissing) offers an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, with the option of an inviting indoor oasis to warm up in.
Greater Sudbury & area, Killarney, & the North Shore
The rugged and rocky terrain of this area is no less majestic when blankted with snow. Strap on a pair of snowshoes, grab a fishing rod, or hop on the sled—the opportunites to explore here are endless.
Perfect for: Couples getaways
Highlights: Three restaurants to choose from, views of the North Channel
Located in the village of Killarney, with sweeping views of the North Channel, choose from a well-apointed suite, motel rooms, or your own private cabin. Killarney Provincial Park is right next door, with extensive skiing and snowshoeing trails available for visitor use all winter long.
Perfect for: Anglers, Sledders, Cross-country Skiers
Highlights: 25 km of cross-country skiing trails, back lake ice fishing
Pack a lunch and enjoy ice fishing on fantastic pike and trout lakes, accessed by snowmobile. Warm up at the end of the day with a warm meal at the licensed lodge or curl up beside the woodstove in your own personal cabin. If travelling by car, bring along your cross-country skis to take advantage of the lodge's 25 km of trails.
Perfect for: Family Getaways, Sledders
Highlights: Largest log structure in Ontario, located on three Sudbury snowmobiling trails, can accommodate large groups
Snowshoe or ski while looking for birds such as woodpeckers, grouse, and quail. If you're planning a sledding getaway, take advantage of the lodge's prime location on three main Sudbury Snow Tour routes.
Temagami, Marten River & Elk lake
An esteemed paddling destination in the summer, this region turns is a prime area for winter exploration as well. With its unlogged old growth pine forests and extensive lake systems, Temagami is an outdoor enthusiasts' mecca.
Perfect for: Anglers, Sledders
Highlights: Ice Fishing packages, pet friendly
Located in the middle of OFSC Trail A, this lodge is well-situated to be a base camp to run day trips from for sledders. You supply your bedding and toiletries and the lodge will supply the rest!
Perfect for: Couples & Family Getaways
Highlights: Views of Lake Temagami, proximity to White Bear Forest
You'll feel close to nature at this inn and resort, settled in amongst a stand of big white pines. Choose from a suite, motel room, or a private cabin. Whichever you choose, the communal dining room will act as a meeting spot with its blackboard specials, filling breakfasts, and takeaway pizzas.
Step into a pair of skis or snowshoes and visit one of the largest remaining stands of old growth pine forest, or take a nature photography tour with Northland Paradise in Temagami. Ice hut rentals and sledding rate are packages available.
See the boreal forest draped in snow and the hardy animals that call it home. Choose from one of five remote lakes to explore on showshoe or skate on lake in the lodge's own ice rink. Round out your day with a homecooked meal at the lodge—made with local ingredients—and a spot by the fire with friends.
Perfect for: Sledders
Highlights: Sledders package, premium fuel, great food
Enjoy modern cabins, hot food, and premium gas right off of the snowmobile trail. The resort is well-situated to take advantage of hundreds of kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails right outside your cabin and a sledder's package is available. Relax and unwind at the end of the day in the sauna, before heading out to do it all again the next day.
For more ideas of things to do this winter, you'll want to read the Winter To Do Guide next!