Canada

Ontario

Embrace the Canadian wilderness

New edition!

Northern Ontario Fishing Handbook

An angler’s guide to the Canadian wilderness

There is something truly special about casting a fly to the edge of a weed bed where a pike as long as your leg is lurking. If big brook trout is your game, then look no further. It’s one thing to catch a 20-inch brook trout, but it’s another to catch a half-dozen, or more, of that size in one day on a fly rod.

Get the guide

In this guide

The vast boreal forests of northern Ontario are a true wilderness, and all within relatively easy reach of civilisation. Fly (or train) into Toronto, Ottawa or Thunder Bay and you can be on a private floatplane flying deep into the wild by mid-afternoon. You'll arrive to well-equipped and fully-serviced lodges that are your basecamp for action-packed days of guided kayaking, standup paddle-boarding, whitewater rafting, river-side camping and fishing. Reconnect with yourself and the great outdoors around the campfire as the Northern Lights dance overhead, and spend time with First Nations communities learning about Ontario's indigenous cultures and history. In these busy and hectic days, come and find your escape in Ontario's most iconic great outdoors.

Get a custom itinerary

Specialist advice from Ontario experts

  1. Describe your ideal trip
  2. We connect you with a top Ontario tour company
  3. Get a custom itinerary with no pressure to book
  Start here

With the current

Embrace a traditional way of Travel
Approx. 9 days
View route

Iconic Canada

Paddle into the Ontario hinterland
Approx. 9 days
View route

Striker's Point Lodge

Full-service lodge-based trip
Approx. 4 days
View route

Miminiska Lodge

Lodge-base guided adventure
Approx. 5 days
View route

Things to do in Ontario

Our recommended experiences and activities

Camp-kayak expedition
Ontario

Camp-kayak expedition

Spend several nights out in the wilderness on a guided camp-kayaking expedition along gentle rivers that wind through the vast boreal forests. Fish for lunch, stargaze at night, and look out for caribou, moose and black bears on the shoreline.

Fish for your supper
Ontario

Fish for your supper

The lakes and rivers of northern Ontario teem with walleye, northern pike and brook trout, as you’ll discover on guided fishing and night fishing expeditions. That delicious shore lunch or camp supper has never tasted so fresh.

Whitewater rafting
Ontario

Whitewater rafting

Take guided whitewater rafting trips following pristine waterways of varying levels of difficulty, including flatwater, entry level whitewater, and more challenging rapids.

Standup paddle-boarding
Ontario

Standup paddle-boarding

The lakes of northern Ontario are vast and plenty; fly into your own private lake on a floatplane and while away a summer’s afternoon on a SUP. Stop for a freshly-caught shore lunch and relax in the evening in a serviced wilderness lodge.

See the Northern Lights
Ontario

See the Northern Lights

The lakes and rivers of northern Ontario teem with walleye, northern pike and brook trout, as you’ll discover on guided fishing and night fishing expeditions. That delicious shore lunch or camp supper has never tasted so fresh.

Wildlife spotting
Ontario

Wildlife spotting

It’s not just about fish here; these undisturbed forests are home to some impressive wildlife including bald eagles, moose, black bear and caribou. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

Why Horizon Guides?

Expert travel guide

Expert travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for reliable and impartial travel advice.

Authentic experiences

Authentic experiences

We curate exceptional trips in underrated places, organised by the very best tour operators who live and breathe their destinations and are passionate about authentic, responsible tourism.

Give back to mother nature

Give back to mother nature

We'll plant 50 trees for every trip booked via the Horizon Guides site in partnership with the International Tree Foundation, who carry out sustainable community forestry projects in Africa.