Winter Camping, North Bay
Photograph Courtesy Greater Sudbury
Pristine lakes and rivers, ancient red pine forests alive with songbirds, brilliant sunsets filling endless skies: In northeastern Ontario, all this and more awaits within easy access by highway or air.
Made up of three distinct and equally dazzling regions, northeastern Ontario truly has something for everyone.
North Bay - Mattawa - Temagami - Nipissing
Covering more than 23,900 square miles, Ontario's beautiful Near North region is one of Canada's most diverse geographic areas.
Visit North Bay's beautiful waterfront and enjoy a ride on the historic carousel, or take a day cruise on the Chief Commanda II, complete with a delicious meal. Duchesnay Falls and Trails provide great natural hiking opportunities just outside the city. This region teems with history, from ancient pine forests and some of the world's oldest glacier-carved rock formations in Temagami to the route of the fur-trading Voyageurs through Mattawa and Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
Greater Sudbury - Killarney - Manitoulin - French River
Nestled against northern Georgian Bay, the Rainbow Country region offers some of the most breathtaking scenery and recreation opportunities in Canada.
Visit Manitoulin to hike the Cup and Saucer Trail or learn more about local First Nations at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Centre in M'Chigeeng. In Greater Sudbury, the community's rich mining heritage is celebrated with the 30-foot tall Big Nickel and explained in the underground tour at Dynamic Earth. Science North, Northern Ontario's leading tourist attraction, features an IMAX® theatre and entertains by illustrating the relationship between science and everyday life. Explore natural wonders at the French River Gorge and Visitor Centre or with a visit to the breathtaking Lacloche Mountains in Killarney Provincial Park. These legendary hills, composed of brilliant white quartzite, were used as warning bells by First Nations. The Voyageurs named the hills La Cloche, French for "the bell."
Timmins - Cochrane - Temiskaming Shores - Kirkland Lake
Just as its name suggests, when you venture into Ontario's Wilderness Region you are entering a magnificent and truly unspoiled world, with endless forests and thousands of crystal-clear lakes cut into the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield.
Travel north to where the Arctic Ocean meets the Moose River at Moose Factory Island. Founded in 1673, Moose Factory was the first English-speaking settlement in Ontario.
Kirkland Lake's golden past is celebrated with a mining museum and Hockey Heritage North, featuring local NHL Greats. East on Highway 66, Ontario's Ayers Rock, called Mount Chemini, appears to be growing straight up and out of the road.
In Timmins, the Shania Twain Centre and Underground Gold Mine Tour are located side by side and offer visitors unique opportunities to experience two famous legends. Nearby, you can "glamp" beside a pristine northern lake.
In Temiskaming Shores, the stunning landscape of 300-foot-tall Devil's Rock attracts sightseers and rock climbers alike, while just to the south, Historic Cobalt brings to life the silver rushes of the 1880s.
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