Sports and Recreation

The people of Northwestern Ontario know how to be active and enjoy life. If you are a newcomer to the region, there are plenty of ways to spend your days, whatever your interests or budget. From browsing authentic boutiques or visiting one of our many community museums, to watching or playing a game of local ice-hockey, there is no shortage of things to do in Northwestern Ontario. 


Northwestern Ontario is a place where people love sports. The region enjoys great national, provincial and local sports events such as curling bonspiels, fishing championships and ice-hockey tournaments. The region also has a track record of hosting major national and international events including the 2018 and 2010 World Junior Baseball Championships, and the 2007 Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships.

As well as watching sports, more residents are getting active themselves, taking advantage of the excellent sports facilities in our northern towns. The most commonly played sports are ice-hockey, golf, soccer and basketball but the region’s excellent network of sports clubs and facilities cater for every sport imaginable. Participating in local sports is easy and available for all ages, from children to seniors. 

Outdoor recreation:

Provincial parks, conservation areas and municipal parks are everywhere, as well as outdoor historical, cultural and heritage sites.  The Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, Kakabeka Falls Provincial ParkOuimet CanyonLake of the WoodsWabakimi Provincial Park and Quetico Provincial Park are just some of the must-see outdoor areas in the region. 

Fresh water activities of every kind are equally popular and clean lakeshore areas offer some of the best sailing, fishing, kayaking and surfing you will find anywhere in the world. There are also thousands of inland lakes and rivers around the region for swimming, canoeing, boating and waterskiing. 

Other popular outdoor activities include hunting, cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing and rock climbing, among others. Our northern communities offer hundreds of outdoor recreational activities in which you and your family can get involved and enjoy the incredible natural surroundings all year long. 

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