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Minister Lisa MacLeod, hit the road on a Northern Tour supporting tourism in Northern Ontario The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unforeseen and devastating impact on the Ontario tourism industry due to the resulting travel restrictions. In support of tourism in Northern Ontario, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries, hit the…

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Access to accommodations for travellers in the rural north could become more difficult to find due to a growing tourism industry and rising occupancy rates across the region. According to an article published by Destination Northern Ontario, rural occupancy rates and revenue generated for Northern Ontario accommodations have jumped 15 and 28 percent points year over…

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In Northern Ontario, there are select travel experiences that are the showpieces of our region. Angling on nearly untouched remote lakes for trophy fish, infinite trail systems for summer and winter sports, and snowfall that has snowmobilers migrating north annually are just a few. But soon, the north could be adding a new signature experience…

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Destination Northern Ontario’s (DNO), Tourism Excellence North (TEN) program is excited to announce the launch of the new FREE online Self-Assessment Tools! The Self-Assessment Tools are hosted on the TEN website and can be used at any time by anyone – such as tourism business operators, communities, organizations and destinations. New TEN Self-Assessment Tools Angling Tourism Self-Assessment Tool…

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Destination Northern Ontario was pleased to participate in the recent inaugural Waterfront Tourism Summit hosted by Boating Ontario in conjunction with North America’s largest indoor boat show in Toronto. Boating contributes $4 billion to the provincial economy with $1.7 billion in annual boat purchases (new and used).  Ontario represents 39% of the boating industry in…

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Snowmobiling in Northeastern Ontario recently received a huge boost of support with the successful funding requests from both FedNor’s Canada Experience Fund and Ontario’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for the World’s Best Snowmobile Destination Project. With the funding now secured over three-years, the pilot project is ready to be implemented with support from community…

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Special Projects – M. Wozny The Lake Huron North Channel – Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Cycling Route/Trans Canada Trail is a Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) led project in partnership with Waterfront Regeneration Trust (a provincial cycling coordination association). The Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route portion now encompasses over 25 communities, including First Nations, along…

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Indigenous tourism has been growing rapidly in Canada over the past few years, increasing by 24% from 2014 to 2017. Recognizing that Indigenous foodways are an intrinsic part of Canadian food identities—and tourism experiences that celebrate Indigenous food histories and heritage are one way for visitors to learn about, appreciate, and experience Indigenous foods and…

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 It’s that time of year again! Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) is currently conducting a survey of fixed roof accommodation operator performance in Northern Ontario. This survey will have many benefits to this organization and for tourism in the North. As you know, accommodation performance data published through Statistics Canada is usually three years behind, and only collected from the traveller’s…

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