Monday, July 12, 2010

Come to Canada and Catch the Big One

Canada is the promised land for muskie anglers and Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario has some of the best known muskie waters in North America. At the top of this list is Lake of the Woods but it is not the only destination. Lac Seul, Eagle, and many others harbor large fish the biggest over 50 inches in length. The Canadian wilderness back country and incredible lakes provide a setting you can't get anywhere else. Stay at a lodge, rent a houseboat, or try a fly in outpost to catch that trophy fish. Visit our website focusing on Ontario Muskie Fishing Trips and plan your fishing adventure today.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Campgrounds - the Great Outdoors in Ontario

Go Camping in Ontario

Northwestern Ontario - better known as Sunset Country - is one of the funnest places on the planet to go camping. There are after all, 70,000 freshwater lakes and thousands of square miles of Boreal Forest. Amongst this grand setting are many private and public campgrounds for you to choose from. Related activities include hiking, nature photography, swimming, canoeing, boating, ATV riding - the choices are endless.
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lodges, Resorts & Outpost Cabins in Ontario

Vacations in Ontario, Canada

Everyone needs a vacation and if you are looking for a great vacation idea then we have one for you. Sunset Country is a travel region that covers most of (north) western Ontario. Situated above the State of Minnesota, this is a land with thousands of lakes and endless tracts of northern Boreal forest. Within the region you have the choice of staying at literally hundreds of different lodges, resorts and oupost cabins.

If you want to go fishing then you're in luck as that is the "star" attraction we have to offer. Lodges and Resorts in Ontario's Sunset Country provide a number of packages that you can choose from. For the more independent vacationer, one who does not want to follow a meal schedule and who wants to do what they want when they want, we recommend you look to rent a housekeeping cabin. This is where you rent the cabin only - a fully-equipped one mind you - but the key is you do your own cooking. These cabins come with complete kitchens so you can really whip up a good meal if you are so inclined. For those who really just want to relax and not worry about having to cook, then you should choose the American plan package where the lodge staff look after meal preparation for you. The American plan often includes extra amenities such as a boat and motor included with the package.

To truly escape from civilization however, there is no better choice than a Canadian fly-in outpost cabin where it is you and your party, the cabin and the lake - no neighbors! The experience of "owning" a freshwater lake for seven days is truly something else. You can fish, hike, swim - whatever you want - this is your vacation and there is nobody else around to bug you!

If any of these sound like fun to you then we have information to help you plan your vacation - enjoy!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Events Highlight a Summer of Fun!

Let's Party

Summer is party time in Ontario's Sunset Country and there are a boat load of events in the towns and cities across the region. In Red Lake you can take in the Norseman Festival and experience the lore of the Canadian bush plane. Dryden, Ontario is hosting the 2010 CMWA Canadian Championships in windsurfing and it promises to be an exciting event. Kenora's annual Harbourfest is a rock and roll party you don't want to miss. Dance the night away on the shores of Lake of the Woods under the big tent. Fort Frances, Ontario has its 2nd annual Folk Festival this summer and you can also listen to music at the Trout Forest Music Festival in Ear Falls - on beautiful Lac Seul!

Wherever you are this summer you can find a community event going on. There is always something to do! Here is a list of 2010 festivals and events in Sunset Country, Ontario

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

GPS and Waymarking

Explore Northern Ontario's Sunset Country

Are you an explorer at heart? Do you like to go on back country expeditions in search of the unknown? Then Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario is the ideal destination. The past few years have seen an explosion of interest in navigation and trekking - using GPS devices to find your way around.

The rugged landscapes of Canadian Shield and the many thousands of lakes present a multitude of navigation challenges. You can start off slow and navigate down abandoned logging roads or for the experienced, go on a week long "in and out" trip into the real wilderness - an authentic bush experience. When you embark on your trip, always ensure you bring a good topographic map with you. This is a good back-up for orienteering as well as being useful for the identification of interesting landscape features that can be your "destination targets".

Make sure you bring your camera as there will be numerous wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. From a safety perspective, it is also a good idea to let someone know where you are headed and when you are expected to return - why take chances? Sunset Country was made for the GPS enthusiast. We have a free travel guide and map of the region available to get you started.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Ice Fishing Trip

Ice Fishing in Sunset Country, Ontario

One of the perks of being Executive Director of the Travel Association, are the invites I get to experience what we have to offer here in Northwestern Ontario. A great winter experience is ice fishing. I was lucky enough to have Kenora area guide Jeff Gustafson ask me to go try an evening out on the ice.

Getting out there around 5:00 PM the fishing was good right from the start. There were 6 of us fishing - Jeff and I, Jeff's dad, two friends from Minnesota and another local like me. Just about as soon as I arrived one of three "pop-ups" set with a cisco and targeted

at big pike sprung up. I had the honour of pulling in the fish - a small northern this time - unlike the 15+ pound fish they had caught the day before. While this was going on, one of the Minnesota anglers pulled in about a 10 pound lake trout - in the same area. This was followed by some large walleye, one over 28 inches. This all paled in comparison to the 40 inch lake trout pulled in by the lone lady angler on the ice - what a fish!

Here I am with the 27 inch walleye I had the opportunity to pull out of the ice. I really thought the fish would have fought harder given its size. She was beautiful and after this picture, I returned her back down the hole and into the lake. Needless to say the pace of the action was crazy from the get go - and a tremendous amount of fun! Thanks to Jeff Gustafson for the great day on the ice.

Ice Fishing was a great way to end this year's winter. Now it time to start planning your 2010 summer vacation.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Time to Start Planning Your Fishing Trip

Where are You Going Fishing this Summer?

Well it's January and the days are short, the temperature outside is chilly and there isn't much on TV. This makes it a perfect time to plan your Canadian Fishing Trip. While we admit to bias, we think you should be looking to Ontario's Sunset Country as your destination. We have 70,000 lakes for you to choose from and a list of over 260 lodges, resorts, campgrounds and other places you can stay. We have information on the towns and cities in Northwestern Ontario and we're here to help you plan your trip. The fishing of course is great and so are the people. Enjoy a Canadian fishing trip that you'll remember for years to come.

The best place to start is to order your free travel guide and fishing map which is loaded with helpful trip planning information including a directory of resorts and lodges in Ontario.