Visiting Northern Ontario
You’ll easily discover a wide range of excellent things to do and see during your next visit to northern Ontario. From Huntsville out to Dryden, northern Ontario’s landscape is expansive and diverse – don’t miss any of the excellent attractions, festivals, events, concerts, and more during your visit.
Make sure you plan an extended stay in Thunder Bay. Just minutes from the Minnesota border, Thunder Bay will yield full days of exploration and adventure – check out the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, fly in and land at Thunder Bay International Airport, and don’t miss the Thunder Oak Cheese Farm. Winter is an excellent time to break out your skates – hit the ice at the Port Arthur Arena Ice Skating Rink, one of Thunder Bay’s premier attractions.
In Sioux Lookout, just outside of Dryden, you can experience even more ice skating fun during a winter visit to northern Ontario. Make your way to the Memorial Arena Ice Skating Rink – public skating is available on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
One of Thunder Bay’s most sterling winter events will take place in early in the year, so plan your stay accordingly. SnowDay at Marina Park will be held in February and will feature loads of snow-based games and adventures for the kids, a chili cook-off, and Snowga – think Jenga. Help Thunder Bay locals celebrate Canada’s anniversary.
A visit to North Bay should be on any travel agenda when touring northern Ontario. Charming and full of pleasant locals, North Bay is only minutes east of Sudbury. One of the best ways to celebrate autumn in the North Bay area is at the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest. Visit downtown St. Charles, found just west of North Bay, in October and check out more than 100 unique and handcrafted scarecrows along with a number of other events and activities to enjoy.
The Capitol Centre in North Bay will be the place to be for the chance to enjoy a variety of popular performers as performances, concerts and other events are scheduled each year.
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Hit the road for an incredible journey you won’t forget. Highway 11 is packed with parks with hiking trails and cute villages for shopping and local eats. There are plenty of spots to park your car and go camping. Drive to Thunder Bay along the shores of Lake Superior and explore historic sites and national parks.
Wineries, farmlands, and markets galore are all at your disposal. Thunder Bay and its surrounding cities are all about agritourism. Pick your own fruits at Belluz Farms or enjoy family fun at Gammondale Farm.
Say cheese and snap a selfie when visiting the family-owned Thunder Oak Cheese Farm. See how a variety of cheeses are made and choose the cheese of your choice.
The best part of any region is when crowds gather to celebrate something big. From the annual blueberry festival to the Cochrane Winter Festival, the largest winter carnival in Northern Ontario, you’re in for a festive treat.
Sudbury Summerfest has a ton of family activities and nighttime performances. Thunder Bay Blues Festival offers world-class blues and jaw-dropping views of Lake Superior.
Sports are big in Northern Ontario. Catch yourself cheering at a competitive hockey game in Sault Ste Marie or Sudbury.
All ages and all sorts of pros get to show off their own ice-breaking skills at the Memorial Arena Ice Skating Rink located in Sioux Lookout, just outside of Dryden.