Traditionally after Christmas most people start thinking about how they are going to spend their time off and begin choosing a vacation destination. Up until March 2020, things were looking good for summer plans until the pandemic happened. Our country has done well to contain the virus, and here in Northern Ontario in particular, we have managed to keep the numbers low.
The ability to travel abroad has been limited and this summer looks like no summer we’ve ever seen in our lifetime. There is a silver lining though, and that is the ability to travel within our own area and experience what’s in your own backyard.
There are many cottage resorts, lodges, hotels, motels, campgrounds and other accommodations in the Algoma region that are safely reopening under the direction of our local public health units. These accommodations are perfect for a week-long or weekend getaway for fishing, hiking, camping, or just to experience our great outdoors. The best part about some of these places is that it is easy to social distance allowing for you to have a fun and exciting vacation while staying safe.
Local outdoor writer James Smedley has explored and fished the Algoma region for many years. One of his best memories is family fishing at a remote lodge. As you plan your summer or fall vacation, be sure to think of the fishing opportunities available right in your backyard.
Accommodations such as cottage resorts, lodges, hotels and motels provide a great place to stay with nearby opportunities for outdoor activities. The backdrop of our region provides a great way to enjoy paddling, hiking, and biking, just to name a few. If you are looking for an adventure specifically on the water, there are guided canoeing and kayaking trips available through specialized outfitters. An outdoor vacation is a great safe way to physically distance and give you peace of mind while relaxing on your holiday.
Reflecting on some outdoor experiences, local photographer Sheri Minardi, she describes why Algoma is a kayakers’ paradise.
A great way to reconnect with nature and enjoy the outdoors safely is by planning a family vacation to a cottage resort, lodge, or campground. Many of the places to stay in the region offer different amenities to suit the type of vacation you are looking for. You can combine fishing and outdoors with your family and maybe teach your kids how to fish or paddle.
Learn a few tips to keep your family engaged in fishing and other outdoor activities by local outdoor writer James Smedley. Family vacations are something that create lasting memories for years to come, so don’t forget your camera.
Plan Your Algoma Staycation
When planning your summer or fall vacation, be sure to think of the opportunities available in Algoma Country, right in your own backyard. Be sure to share your experiences on Algoma Country's Facebook and Instagram or hashtag #algomacountry, #DreamON and DiscoverON.
Please consult provincial guidelines here to keep up to date with the latest travel regulations.
Algoma Country and our northern regional partners have launched a campaign of hope – #DreamON, to show visitors that Northern Ontario is a place worth waiting for. The campaign consists of therapeutic photos, videos and stories to collectively share our dreams and memories in this great region. Born out of a love for everything Northern Ontario, specifically the Algoma region, this campaign is about connecting people with the places they cherish.
Algoma Country has written stories such as 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for You to Return to Algoma and Inspirational Experiences Await in Algoma Country featured on NorthernOntario.Travel. Algoma Country hopes these stories along with posting photos and videos on their social media platforms will keep people inspired, and keep the Algoma region front-of-mind when travel fully re-opens.