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NORTHERN ONTARIO

EXPLORE SPECTACULAR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND URBAN ATTRACTIONS

DAYS: 12

Welcome to Ontario’s big, beautiful north country – a region rich in rugged beauty and full of opportunities to enjoy the magnificent outdoors. Discover great boreal forests and countless rivers and lakes. Though sparsely populated, the north offers a diverse array of cultural attractions and urban centres close to nature. No matter where you are in this vast land, you’ll find lots to see and do. Begin your tour in Sudbury, the urban hub of Northeastern Ontario and an important mining centre. Go underground on a one-of-a-kind mining tour at Dynamic Earth. Get interactive at Science North – a high-tech centre for exploring the mysteries of science – and experience an incredible IMAX 3D film.

Head north to Temagami, known for white pines that soar skyscraper-high. Have a “glamping experience” at Wild Exodus. Explore calm waters by canoe, often within earshot of loons. Then, all aboard the Polar Bear Express! This four-hour train ride through wilderness brings you to Moosonee, at the edge of the gateway to the Arctic. Visit Moose Factory Island and sample bannock, a favourite bread made by Cree natives. Tour the Cree Cultural Interpretive Centre and learn about the ancient and modern ways of local people. Relax at an ecolodge, featuring Indigenous-inspired dishes. Travel southwest to Sault Ste. Marie – a city at the heart of three Great Lakes. Get a sense of the area’s pioneering spirit at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Surrounded by untamed wilderness, “The Soo” makes an ideal starting point for local outdoor excursions and eco-adventures.

Board the Agawa Canyon Tour  Train for a trip alongside unspoiled northern lakes, awe-inspiring granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. The train operates from late June to early October; fall is one of the best times to visit, when the forest is ablaze with colour. See the sites where Ontario’s famous Group of Seven artists painted their vibrant landscapes.

Follow the shoreline of Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie, a route full of breathtaking scenery. As you drive along the coastline, explore scenic provincial and national parks. Try stand-up paddling or enjoy a sea-kayaking adventure on Lake Superior and discover ancient Ojibway pictographs. Hike the spectacular Coastal Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park and paddle along the shoreline in Pukaskwa National Park. Witness striking sunsets over the world’s largest freshwater lake. Companies such as Naturally Superior Adventures provide guided options.  Picturesque Thunder Bay is the main centre of Northwestern Ontario and the perfect home base for day adventures. Meet voyageurs, traders and Indigenous people reliving the drama of the fur trade at Fort William Historical Park, the world’s largest reconstructed fur trade post. Get out on the water with Sail Superior. Marvel at spectacular 330 ft (100 m) deep Ouimet Canyon, home to rare Arctic plants or hike to the tip of the Sleeping Giant rock formation. Discover the powerful cataracts of Kakabeka Falls, the ‘Niagara of the North.’

Driving west, visit Quetico Provincial Park, one of the great canoeing and camping destinations in the world. Drop a line in pristine waters and troll for northern pike. Enjoy a tasty walleye shore lunch. Relax on the Grace Anne II Yacht and Lodge  at the remote Lake of the Woods. Or get adventurous and book a float plane for a fly-in fishing experience at a remote fishing lodge such as Wilderness North or Pine Portage Lodge. Make sure you stop at Kenora, with its waterside parks.

Northern Ontario’s major cities are easily accessible via short flights from Toronto of just 1–2 hours. Or choose to drive the scenic highways, which are well- connected and easy to navigate. 12 days is the suggested tour length, but is flexible depending on timing and interests.

Must Sees

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Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth demonstrates what cataclysmic events shaped the Sudbury Basin.

Science North

Discover the connection between science and the everyday world at Science North.

Wild Exodus

Fishing, paddling, hiking, wildlife photography and glamping. Canadian Signature Experience Collection.

Polar Bear Express

Scenic train ride to remote Indigenous communities on James Bay.

Agawa Canyon Tour Train

One day train tour through stunning wilderness. Fantastic for fall colour viewing!

Canadian Heritage Bushplane Centre

More than 30 aircraft displays, flight simulators and interactive activities.

Naturally Superior Adventures

Guided day and multi day trips - canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddling and hiking.

Kakabeka Falls

A rush of water plunges 40 metres over rock and fossils to the rugged gorge below.

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