Northeastern Ontario’s food tells a story of its people – who they are and where they’ve come from. Influenced by the pioneers who settled there and the landscapes they discovered, the region’s food has big heart. The City of Greater Sudbury‘s vibrant food festival scene shows off local culture and heritage with events like the weeklong Blueberry Festival or Greek and Italian Festivals. Temiskaming Shores shows off its French-Canadian roots at Village Noël. And nestled on the Lake Nipissing waterfront, the City of North Bay is creating exceptional offerings with local farm-fresh products, culminating at Feast On the Farm. You’ll savour award-winning artisanal cheeses, locally-inspired craft brews, and classic favourites like fish n’ chips or a poutine–made with fresh curds, of course.
Moving to the west, Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma have fisheries on the great lakes that surround them, amazing growers of vegetables and fruits and caring producers of quality meat, poultry and dairy. The region also has a vibrant culinary industry in the restaurants and chefs who turn that bounty into delectable dishes to delight their visitors. You can also savour delicious blueberry wine and award-winning vodka and enjoy a growing number of breweries and coffee roasters.
In the Northwest, Thunder Bay’s eclectic and internationally influenced culinary scene draws on the city’s intimate connectivity to its natural environment. A strong farm to table scene and a new generation of chefs, entrepreneurs and producers contribute to a taste of place that supports a surprising array of locally-harvested and -processed ingredients from the farmland, lakes and boreal forest.
Moving into the region, there are more uniquely Northern experiences to savour, including “walleye wings” in Kenora, Indigenous offerings in Dryden and craft beers, farmers’ markets, blueberry festivals and shore lunches throughout.
In Kenora, we make sure to always hit Lake Of The Woods Brewing Co for a perfectly poured pint.
When in North Bay, we make sure to stop for lunch at White Owl Bistro. It’s so good, we often go twice!
In Temiskaming Shores, we always look forward to lingering over a perfectly cooked steak at Zantes.
For those looking to spend the night in Sault Ste. Marie, we recommend Quattro. Not only is it a beautiful hotel, the in-house restaurant, Vinotecca is well worth the roadtrip.
Exploring the Region?
Here are a few great places to start.