Kainuu is a home for Oulujärvi - one of the largest lakes in Finland. Kainuu region has three major sports and ski resorts - Paljakka, Ukkohalla and Vuokatti, which are a great place to visit, especially during the winter season. The resorts offer various sport possibilities for different seasons, such as cross country skiing, downhill skiing, hiking etc.
Kajaani is the so-called capital of Kainuu. The city offers many commercial and culturally related services for tourists, and there are a lot of great places to visit, like the Kajaani Castle built in 1604 (situated on an island on the Kajaani river in the centre of the city), Kajaani Church, Town Theater, Kaukametsä Culture and Congress Center, Kainuu Museum and the Kajaani Art Museum. There are a number of festivals held at the region - Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Kajaani Poetry Week, Kajaani Dance, Kajaani International Dog Show etc.