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Seven Great Festivals in Northern Ontario

As one of the largest regions in Canada, northern Ontario has so much to offer visitors throughout the year. Whether you are staying on an extended vacation or just passing through, these seven festivals are worth a look.

Here's an itinerary for your trip:


Held in late August at Bell Park in the heart of Sudbury, the Sudbury Summerfest offers something for everyone.

Enjoy evening performances from established hard rock and pop stars as well as a show from the next big act. Don't miss family activities, delicious refreshments, and a water-ski show in Ramsey Lake.


Known as the largest winter carnival in northern Ontario, the Cochrane Winter Carnival welcomes its visitors with a week and a half of fun and games in late January and early February.

Take your pick from the demolition car derby, the fishing derby, a three-on-three pond hockey tournament, or the outdoor dance under the stars.

Northern Ontario Festivals

Cochrane Winter Carnival


Held in late May at Thunder Bay's Chippewa Park, the Thunder Bay Kite Festival features kite flying workshops, demonstrations, and activities.

Join the fun and see hundreds of high-flying, colourful, and innovative kite designs. You'll have a hard time picking out your new favorite.


Held in early July at Marina Park, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival brings together world-class blues and musical acts for three performance-filled days. Don't miss concessions or beautiful views of Lake Superior from the park.


With over 140 blueberry-related events, the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival brings together fruit-lovers for a ten-day long celebration in early August.

Be sure to explore fun activities like the Blueberry Idol singing competition, music festival, floatplane rides, firemen's games, baking socials, and much, much more.

Northern Ontario Festivals

Summer Music Festivals.


Held on Wabigoon Lake near Dryden, the Dryden Winter Festival celebrates family day and winter fun in the middle of February.

Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, family fishing derbies, and snow sculpture building. If you're feeling active, be sure to stop by the sliding hill, skating area, and glow bowling lanes.


Held at the Whitecap Pavilion in Kenora's Winkler Harbourfront, the Kenora Harbourfest brings music and fun to Kenora in early August. Enjoy beautiful views of Lake of the Woods alongside music headliners, delicious foods, and classic car shows. 


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Swan Castle Inn

189 Railway Street & 7th Avenue, Cochrane ON P0L 1C0
Phone: +1 705-272-5200  |  Fax: (705) 272-4299  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Dryden Hotel & Conference Centre

349 Government Street, Dryden ON P8N 2P4
Phone: +1 807-223-3201  |  Fax: (807) 223-5647  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Sioux Lookout Inn

Box 5000 2 Sturgeon River Road, Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1C5
Phone: +1 807-737-4444  |  Fax: (807) 737-4498  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Downtown Sudbury Centreville

151 Larch Street, Sudbury ON P3E 1C3
Phone: +1 705-673-7801  |  Fax: (705) 673-5296  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Thunder Bay Crossroads

655 Arthur Street W, Thunder Bay ON P7E 5R6
Phone: +1 807-577-4241  |  Fax: (807) 475-7059  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus NorWester Hotel & Conference Centre

2080 Highway #61, Thunder Bay ON P7J 1B8
Phone: +1 807-473-9123  |  Fax: (807) 473-9600  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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