Building a strong tourism industry in the north.

Destination Northern Ontario is the largest of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) funded by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. We coordinate, align, and invest in sub-regional programs and lead in identified pan-northern management functions.


Just like you, we are passionate about exploring Northern Ontario. Please do your part now, so we can all continue to discover Northern Ontario soon. Please follow the advice of health authorities. We all have a role to play to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For tourism industry news and updates about COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 resources page.

Northern Ontario Tourism Training Week is an event in lieu of our traditional summit to engage with industry across the North. We look forward to continue on building new partnerships, new opportunities and exciting developments together.

Tourism SkillsNet North (TSNN) is a partnered initiative designed to identify specific workforce labour gaps, train up to 300 potential employees and match them with available job opportunities within Northern Ontario’s tourism sector.

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Industry training program creating a ‘quality shift’ for Northern Tourism Operators

By Sara Dekker July 23, 2020
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How Tourism Excellence North is creating growth opportunities for Bruce Bay Cottages and the tourism industry Pat Peterson had her reservations about introducing a new online booking platform into her and her husband Larry Peterson’s quaint northern resort in Bruce Mines, Ontario. Her experience with technology was limited and Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse had been a successful…

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What you didn’t know about angling tourism in Northern Ontario

By Sara Dekker July 23, 2020
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Richard (Dick) Watson Sr. first introduced his daughter, Betty to Pine Portage Lodge when she was only 19 days old. In this quiet moment, Watson was able to share with her a dream and a business he would nurture to success for his family in years to come. A native to the nearby Northern Ontario…

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