Welcome to the official Sunset Country Travel Association's guide to Northwestern Ontario towns. Many visitors flock to Northern Ontario each year for a variety of reasons: the fantastic trophy fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike, muskie, brook trout and lake trout, the opportunity to venture into remote wilderness flyin outpost lakes by floatplane, successful fall hunting trips, or a week of relaxing with your kids at a lakefront cottage. Since the Sunset Country Region has over 100,000 lakes and rivers, our water sports and activities are phenomenal. Go on a wilderness canoe trip, kayak the many lakes and river systems, enjoy a summer houseboat rental, swim in the clear, clean Canadian lakes or spend the day boating on the lake. The opportunities are endless. While many people visit Sunset Country for its great freshwater fishing and outdoor experiences, it's well worth the time to discover what our communities have to offer.
Just about every community has one or more special events or festivals for you to enjoy. Canada Day celebrations are celebrated July 1st. Other major festivals you can attend include the Trout Forest Music Festival in Ear Falls, the Norseman Festival in Red Lake, Harbourfest in Kenora, the Blueberry Festival in Sioux Lookout, White Otter Days in Ignace, Moosefest in Dryden, Christmas in July in Sioux Narrows, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship on Rainy Lake in Fort Frances, Railroad Daze in Rainy River or Canoefest in Atikokan - just a few examples of special events that are happening. As you travel through our communities you won't want to miss the many interesting landmarks and attractions. There's Husky the Muskie in Kenora, Max the Moose in Dryden, the White Otter Castle south of Ignace, the lighthouse in Morson, Kenora's Heritage Townscape Murals or stop for a picnic at the falls in Nestor Falls. Several communities have local museums with artifacts and displays celebrating our interesting history. Egli's Sheep Farm, located near the small community of Minnitaki is a must see! If you are interested in history, then you can't miss going to the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre near Stratton - an interpretive tour there will take you back thousands of years in time to experience the lifestyle and culture of this region's aboriginal people. There are plenty of attractions to see throughout Sunset Country so make sure you bring your camera.
Whether you love to fish, hunt, canoe or you just want to enjoy the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, you'll find something in Northwest Ontario's Sunset Country. This is a land of 100,000 freshwater lakes and rivers - many teeming with fish. A land of boreal forest inhabited by moose, bear, deer and eagles. Sunset Country has the best wilderness experience Canada has to offer and it's here waiting for you. Sunset Country is a vacation paradise with something to suit every taste and budget. It is a safe and affordable destination for visitors of all ages. Sunset Country is located in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. We are bordered to the south by Minnesota and to the west by Manitoba. Our eastern border is just west of Thunder Bay. Your vacation can be less than a day's drive from many major centres in the U.S. and Canada. International air flights are available through Minneapolis, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, where you can connect with regional flights to Sunset Country.
Trophy Angling - Great Hunting
Above all, Sunset Country is known for its great angling opportunities - we really are Canada's Premier Fishing Destination. With thousands of lakes to choose from you won't have any problem finding your own quiet fishing spot - and the opportunity for that once in a lifetime trophy catch is always there! Visit www.northwestontariolakes.ca and search for resorts and lodges by your favourite lake.
Sunset Country is a world-class hunting destination. This is a true wilderness area. Big game such as moose, bear and deer can be found roaming the forest. Game birds and migratory waterfowl are abundant.
Nature and History in Front of Your Eyes
Experience nature at its best. Sunset Country is perfect for viewing wildlife and is home to many different bird species for the avid bird-watcher. Canoe for miles upon miles across rivers and lakes and appreciate Canada's wilderness beauty. Travel through time as you make your way across the same routes used by the fur traders centuries ago. Ancient native rock art gives you a glimpse of a unique culture that is over 10,000 years old. The aboriginal people continue their proud traditions through activities such as Pow Wows, traditional native arts, crafts and storytelling.
Family Fun and Activities
Sunset Country has all the ingredients required for a fun-filled family vacation. Hiking, mountain biking, camping, and golfing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. Water-based activities such as swimming, scuba diving, boating or canoeing are all available. Visit www.ontarioadventures.ca to link to our adventure outfitters.
There is much to see and do in all our communities! A wide variety of activities & attractions are available and there are many events and festivals to attend during both the summer and winter months. There are also many organized tours to enjoy. Go shopping at some of the unique retail outlets or get the help you need from a wide variety of business services we have available. The retail and service businesses that are members of our Travel Association are here to serve all your needs.
Don't let your game get rusty while you're away on vacation. Bring your clubs and enjoy a variety of golfing. Try the unique golf courses that are carved right out of the rugged topography of the Canadian Shield. If your a history buff then you'll enjoy visiting a museum during your stay.
Better yet, why not come up for a couple of weeks and take a driving tour of the towns in Sunset Country. Canadians are known for their hospitality so wherever you are from, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
This website can link you to a local municipality - where you can get additional information on the community you'll be visiting. We also have links to many organizations such as local tourist centres, chambers of commerce and more. Get all the information you need right off our site!
If you want additional information, our Travel Association also produces a 84 page Travel Guide that includes a poster-sized fishing map of the area. Click here to order your FREE copy or call us toll free at 1-800-665-7567.. The Guide is loaded with information and includes a series of maps for each Sunset Country community! Our wall-sized Regional Map shows the entire area - including towns, cities, highways and lakes. The map includes location dots of all our accommodation members and an index on the back showing you the amenities each has to offer. You'll also find a detailed list of retail and services business, local tourist organizations and municipal offices.
To help you discover more about Town & City Destinations, we've chosen these categories from our Outdoor Catalog: