Long loved for it's crystal clear lakes, hundreds of sandy beaches and the endless canopy of trees, Northern Ontario has always been best known as cottage country at its purest.

It’s no secret the film industry also loves the North, with several scenic spots being featured in countless TV and movie productions. Now, Northerners are feeling the love from the media as well! Northern Ontario has rightfully been touted a tourist destination, not once, not twice, but three times in the last few months. Whether you are planning a stay-cation, looking for a long weekend getaway, or simply searching for the ultimate in Northern vacations, you can’t go wrong with these selections below. From Cardinal to Carter to Christmas classics, a stay at any one of these spots will allow you to walk in the footsteps of your favorite stars while experiencing all Northern Ontario has to offer!

Killarney Mountain Lodge & Conference Centre

A waterfront resort tucked inside a Provincial Park?! Yes Please! According to Country Living magazine the cast of Christmas at Grand Valley had fond memories of their time here, along with nearby Sudbury and Bracebridge. You surely will too! Equal parts rustic and luxurious, the resort boasts gleaming granite, reclaimed woods, oversized stone fireplaces, and picturesque views of Georgian Bay. A variety of acclaimed indoor and outdoor dining locations and meal plan options are available. Menus include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free selections. All accommodation types include free use of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. An impressive list of activities and adventure excursions can also be scheduled. Click on this link to: Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor

The Mattawa River Resort and The Cardinal Restaurant

It’s no secret that the captivating crime drama Cardinal is filmed in North Bay, so you may have already read that the Mattawa River Resort served as the beautiful backdrop for season 2. The property consists of 12 cottages and cabins located on the pristine Mattawa River. Both meal plans and à la carte dining is provided by the Cardinal Restaurant. Owners Adrian and Nicole Grigoro opened the restaurant after filming was complete and christened the space with the shows namesake. Talk about life imitating art! Activities change according to the season, but are in no short supply. You can explore the property on cross country skis or snowmobiles during the winter. The warmer months offer ATV or horseback riding options. The spa is open year round with spa packages making it the perfect romantic or girls getaway destination. Click on this link to: Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor

Van Doelers Ranch

North Bay and the surrounding areas helped set the scene for Northern Lights of Christmas. Rumour has it that the Van Doelers Ranch was one of the main filming locations in Rutherglen. Situated in the Canadian Shield on miles of trails with lakeside cabins, this horse ranch is perfect for equestrians and lake lovers alike! Packages can include meal options or you can cook your own food over an open fire or a provided BBQ. Every accommodation includes access to a canoe with lifejackets, so you can spend your time riding horses or on the lake, or maybe a bit of both! Click on this link to; Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor

The Waltonian Inn

If you are among the loyal legion of Carter fans, you will likely recognize this Inn. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Nippising, this resort is perfect for outdoor adventurers looking for a vacation spot or fishing trip. You can opt to stay in the rustic lodge or private cottages, each including complimentary use of canoes and pedal boats. Boat rentals, beach volleyball, badminton, and horseshoes are also offered. The Inn is equipped with an exterior fire pit, tiki bar and large deck. Interior shuffle board, pool table, LLBO lounge and a main dining room round of the list of amenities. Regardless of the season, this property is sure to please! Click on this link to; Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor

What northern travel destinations do you have your heart set on? Have you been to any of these sought-after spots? We’d love to hear from you!

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