The ministry helps Northern Ontario's tourism industry succeed in the rapidly changing world of travel and leisure. In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, ENDM works to ensure that the Ontario Tourism Strategy meets the needs of the North.

What the Program Offers

Northern Ontario has numerous seasonal festivals and attractions that offer rewarding experiences to residents and vacationers alike.

Resource-based tourism plays an important role in diversifying and strengthening Northern Ontario's economic base. Activities include hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing.

Ontario is paving the way for a stronger, more competitive tourism industry by supporting Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) in each of the province's 13 new tourism regions. RTOs are independent, industry-led, not-for-profit organizations responsible for building and supporting competitive and sustainable tourism regions. They will help attract more visitors, generate more economic activity and create more tourism jobs across the province. This regional approach builds on extensive consultations with stakeholders and key recommendations from Discovering Ontario: a report on the future of tourism.

More Information

Ministry of Tourism and Culture Programs

Resource-Based Tourism

The Ontario Resource-Based Tourism Diversification Opportunities Study was conducted in 2001. The study identifies and gives a better understanding of the demand for various types of alternative resource-based tourism activities beyond traditional fishing and hunting. It covers market preferences, marketing and packaging opportunities, and the expectations of potential customers.

Guides and templates for Resource-Based Tourism Operators

Do You Have Questions?

Talk to one of our northern development professionals. They live and work in communities across Northern Ontario. They understand your needs.