Discover the Beauty of Ontario in Photos

Discover Ontario's True Wilderness

As natives of Ontario, we always took the beauty of Canada's most populous province for granted. I remember the slogan on our license plates growing up was “Ontario, keep it beautiful.” I never really thought about what that phrase meant. I grew up on a large piece of land in the middle of the country surrounded by farms, forests and fields. Ontario was beautiful. I just never knew it.

Having travelled the world for the past decade has made us appreciate our home province even more. It took discovering the beauty around the world to open our eyes to the beauty at home. We hope you enjoy this photo journey through Ontario. It's your's to discover.

Sunrise in Algonquin Park

Sunrise in Algonquin Park

Canoeing in Ontario is a right of passage for young people. I remember taking a canoe trip to Algonquin Park in high school and every summer, we dusted off the canoes and took a trip on the river at our cottage. There is nothing more Canadian than going on a canoe trip in the great Ontario Northern wilderness.

Relaxing in the forest of Pukaskwa National Park

Relaxing in the forest of Pukaskwa National Park

Canada is known for its pristine wilderness. The Pukaskwa Coastal Trail is one of the quintessential Canadian experiences. Here you will completely go off the grid to one of the most remote backcountry trails in the country. Camping and hiking, there's nothing more Canadian.

Taking in the Petroglyphs of Lake Superior Provincial Park

Taking in the Petroglyphs of Lake Superior Provincial Park

As you make your way along the north shore of Lake Superior in this is a stop you should definitely make.
Just a short walk from the parking lot and at the end of the trail you come out to this magnificent view of Lake Superior.
If you dare you can actually walk out and hang on to some anchored ropes to get a closer look at the Pictographs.
This is a sacred site where generations of Ojibwe came to record their dreams, visions and events and is a great insight to the past.

Camping in Algonquin Provincial Park

Camping in Algonquin Provincial Park

I think Canadians camp more than anywhere else on earth. Be it car camping, camping in the backyard or heading out to the backcountry, camping is a way of life for families and adventurers in the summertime. This scene captures a great Canadian tradition.

 

The Milky Way from the Slate Islands on Lake Superior

The Milky Way from the Slate Islands on Lake Superior

The beauty of the Milky Way is only visible on a cloudless night with no light pollution. The Slate Islands are not only an amazing place to kayak they also offer some of the most beautiful clear skies for star gazing. There is just something peaceful about staring up at a sky full of stars and breathing in the northern Ontario air that instills a feeling of calm within your soul.

A View to remember from the Slate Islands on Lake Superior

12 Amazing things to see on the Slate Islands

Imagine visiting a group of islands where you can witness rare wildlife and Arctic tundra plant life while paddling around dramatic sea cliffs in the …

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The Wild Coastal Trail of Pukaskwa National Park

The map says that in good weather, the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail can be a terrific hike. If the weather is bad, it is horrible.

They actually used the…

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In Search of Algonquin Moose – A Canadian Wildlife Safari

The mist still lay on the lake as we paddled silently through the still waters of Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. We had left camp at dawn on our p…

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Sunset on the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail

Sunset on the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail

As we closed in on the end of our Pukaskwa adventure we looked for our camp site. My jaw dropped as I rounded the cornere and saw this beautiful site unfold in front of me. This is where we would be spending our last night in Pukaskwa National Park. The water was calm and as the sun began to set the colours of the sky exploded into a combination of pink and blue. The rocks on the shore absorbed the skies hue and irt seemed like we were on another planet.

A First Nations Drum Ceremony on Manitoulin Island

A First Nations Drum Ceremony on Manitoulin Island

Canada's Aboriginal People's are fascinating. Right in our own backyard we can learn of their ancient customs as we travel the Great Spirit Circle Trail. With traditions handed down from their ancestors, many of the First Nations Peoples practice and perform song and dance from generations past.

 

Sunset while Kayaking the Slate Islands on Lake Superior

Sunset while Kayaking the Slate Islands on Lake Superior

Our kayaks take refuge on the calm shores of Lake Superior. After an exhilarating day of paddling the inner Slate Islands we were treated to one of those perfect Ontario sunsets. Sitting by the campfire staying dry and warm we reflected on what a perfect kayaking day it had been. No wind, calm waters and history all around us.

The beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island

The beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on Manitoulin Island

Bridal Veil Falls is located right off the road and just a short walk down well maintained metal stairs. It’s a perfect spot for a dip when visiting the worlds largest fresh water island, Manitoulin Island.. Kids loved playing under the falls and Dave and I loved walking behind them to take photographs. Since it’s so popular it’s quite crowded, but we waited around for the people to clear out and by late afternoon we had it all to ourselves.

The Rugged north shore of Lake Superior.

The Rugged north shore of Lake Superior.

Walking the coastal sections of the Pukaskwa trail was one of my favourite parts of this hike. Watching the crystal clear water crash against the rocks of Lake Superiors north shore reminded me of what it would have been like before man discovered this beautiful location. Lake Superior can be a fury in bad weather but in the calm cradle of  a perfect summers day there is no place I would rather be.

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The Anishinabek People of Ontario: 5 Aboriginal Experiences

Whenever Dave and I travel, we always want to learn about local culture and traditions. We are fascinated with a country's heritage and history. But when it comes to our own country, we've neglected to open our eyes and see what's right in front of u…

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Fly in Lodges of Ontario – A Northern Rite of Passage

Nearly everyone we know who loves to fish has gone to a fly in lodge in Northern Ontario. We always fantasized about going to one even though we aren'…

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Pukaskwa Coastal Hike – Prep and Planning

Preparing for the Pukaskwa Coastal Hike on the north shore of Lake Superior can be daunting. Situated on the wildest shore of all the great lakes, thi…

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The view over Manitoulin Island from the Cup & Saucer Trail.

The view over Manitoulin Island from the Cup & Saucer Trail.

Not even an incoming storm can dampen the beauty of Ontario's North. The Cup and Saucer trail, on Manitoulin Island, takes you through the beautiful Canadian wilderness and ends with this magnificent view.

Northern Ontario is full of surprises like this and offers a glimpse of the untouched wilderness that Canada is famous for.

Sunset on the Slate Islands

Sunset on the Slate Islands

Calm waters make for great sunsets. Every night that we spent on the Slate islands was so calm it was like you could hear the trees growing. Sitting at our campfire and watching the sky change colour is a memory that I will not soon forget.

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Sea Kayaking among the stunning rock formations of Lake Superior

Sometimes Mother Nature can make us feel so small.
Kayaking among the rock formations on the Slate Islands was one of these times.
There is just something magical about dipping your paddle in the crystal clear water as you are surrounded by beauty. An unforgettable feeling.

The perfect camping spot on the Benjamin Islands

The perfect camping spot on the Benjamin Islands

The perfect campsite on the Benjamin Islands.
Staying overnight on the Benjamins was a great experience.
The islands, just a 2 hr boat ride from Manitoulin Island, are unique in that they glow pink when hit by the sun. I love how the colours contrast with one another. Just one more reason why we love Ontario.

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A perfect summer day at Timberwolf Lodge in Northern Ontario

If you happen to not feel like fishing one day, you can relax at the lodge as well. There are magazines to read, horseshoes to play and an incredible view to be had on the front porch overlooking the lake. This is a place that is meant for relaxing. I could spend days here enjoying the silence of nature free of distractions like Internet and cell phones. When you come to Timberwolf Lodge, you will be forced to unplug and let the stresses of life melt off your shoulders as you take in the splendour of Mother Nature.

The sun sets at Rock Island Lodge on Lake Superior

The sun sets at Rock Island Lodge on Lake Superior

 

An epic sunset on the shores of Lake Superior.
Even though the water temperature may be 3 degrees Celcius that doesn't mean you can't be warmed by the beauty of magnificent sunset.

Star Gazing in Pukaskwa National Park

Star Gazing in Pukaskwa National Park

 

It was 3am when my alarm went off and I peered out of my tent to see the sky full of stars. We were in Pukaskwa National Park in Northern Ontario and almost finished our 7 day hike.
As I wandered down to the beach I could actually see the Milky Way with my eyes. That was a perfect night.
Deb joined now and after a half an hour of shooting we just laid back and enjoyed the view! 
Ontario, just full of beauty.

The beach at Old Woman Bay

The beach at Old Woman Bay

As you make your way to Sault Ste. Marie from Thunder Bay along the Trans Canada highway there is a stop that you should not miss. You can see the view from the road but if you drive into Old Woman's Bay you get a better sense of what the Northern Ontario landscape is all about.

Whitewater Kayaking on the Madawaska River.

Whitewater Kayaking on the Madawaska River.

Learning to whitewater kayak was one of our greatest adventures. Braving the waters of the Madawaska River we faced our fears of being trapped in a tiny boat while trying to navigate the rushing waters of the river. By the end of your 5 day course we had fallen in love with yet another adventure activity here ini Ontario.

Sunset in Northern Ontario

Sunset in Northern Ontario

Blue hour creeps along the shore of Lake Superior.

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Pushing the limits again on the trail

If you are looking for one of those badges of honour hikes, or hikes to brag about when your older, the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail fits the bill. Located on the North Shore o…

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Voice of the Drum: Make, Take, Experience

It was a cool and rainy afternoon on Manitoulin Island. The perfect time to cozy up in a wigwam to make a drum to take home a souvenir from our Aborig…

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Top 5 Things to do on Manitoulin Island

Up until recently, Dave and I have been lacking in our Ontario travels. We aren't sure why we always looked outside our country for adventure, but we'…

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Pondering life on the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail

Pondering life on the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail

Taking in the beauty of Ontario from a suspension bridge in Ontario.

Taking the horses for a drink on Manitoulin Island

Taking the horses for a drink on Manitoulin Island

 

A Quintessential Canadian moment.

A Quintessential Canadian moment.

There is nothing like an Ontario sunset. Especially when it is as beautiful as this.

A Perfect day to get on the water in Northern Ontario.

A Perfect day to get on the water in Northern Ontario.

Ontario is full of peaceful lakes and beautiful scenery.

Ready for her spotlight and First Nations Dance.

Ready for her spotlight and First Nations Dance.

 

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The Long Way Around, our Epic Summer Journey

It started off as an afterthought. We were planning our Ontario adventures in Toronto on a cold winter's day. As we brainstormed ideas around the tabl…

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The Perfect Getaway on Lake Superior's North Shore

Wawa. It's the town so nice they named it twice! Wawa is a small town on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Famous for the giant Canadian Goose statue …

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In Search of the Woodland Caribou

We didn't realize that woodland caribou existed in Ontario before we started planning our trip to the Slate Islands off the North Shore of Lake Superior. We also didn't realize tha…

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A view to remember on the Slate Islands

A view to remember on the Slate Islands

 

Fish on! Fly Fishing at Timberwolf Lodge

Fish on! Fly Fishing at Timberwolf Lodge

 

Photographing moose in Algonquin Park

Photographing moose in Algonquin Park

 

The Canoes are ready for a sunset paddle in Algonquin Park

The Canoes are ready for a sunset paddle in Algonquin Park

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