Wilderness Within Your Reach

Setting sun over a land of lakes With some of the largest tracts of boreal forest in North America, Northern Ontario is an adventure waiting to happen! Endless freshwater lakes span the horizon as far as one can see. If you just want to find peace and quiet or you’re looking for exhilarating outdoor experiences, the north is the place to go. The fishing up here is nothing less than spectacular! Walleye, bass, muskie, northern pike and several species of trout, as well as salmon, can all be caught in our waterways. Hunting opportunities for the game such as bear, moose, and deer are excellent. For those who love the wilderness, the Canadian Shield is a natural wonder with its rocky cliffs and perpetual forests and lakes. Some of this continent’s best wilderness canoe routes are in Ontario.

Nature isn’t the only thing to see in Northern Ontario either! City destinations include Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, and North Bay. The north’s major attractions are definitely worth the trip. In Timmins, you can visit the Shania Twain Centre or for something different, you can go underground and see the gold mining process in action on the Timmins Gold Mine Tour. Explore science and geology when visiting Science North or the Dynamic Earth exhibit in Sudbury. If you’re traveling to the Thunder Bay region, then a trip to Fort William will take you back to the days of the Voyageurs.

Marie doesn’t miss visiting the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre or take a ride on one of the many excursions offered by the Algoma Central Railway or you could take a cruise on the Chicheemaun Ferry. In North Bay, learn about the story behind the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets at the Dionne Quints Museum or you can cruise beautiful Lake Nipissing on the decks of the Chief Commanda II. In Sunset Country, summer is celebrated with a wide variety festivals and events such as the Norseman Floatplane Festival in Red Lake, the Blueberry Festival in Sioux Lookout, Moosefest in Dryden, Harbourfest in Kenora, the Trout Forest Music Festival in Ear Falls and Canoefest in Atikokan. Bass anglers will not want to miss the granddaddy of bass tournaments in Ontario the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship on beautiful Rainy Lake or the Kenora Bass International on Lake of the Woods.

Aboriginal traditional danceNorthern Ontario is also rich in aboriginal history. Near Stratton along the shores of the Rainy River are ancient native burial mounds. The Manitou Mounds are a National Historic Site in Canada. For a glimpse of traditional Anishnabai life,  On Manitoulin Island, the Great Spirit Circle Trail will immerse you in the past and present lives of the island’s aboriginal people.