elliot lake fire tower lookout in fall

A 5 Day Fall Road Trip

Algoma is the place to go for fall adventure

Updated: By Sofie Sharom

Fall is the perfect time to explore Algoma Country, located from the North Channel of Lake Huron to the top of Lake Superior. This region is full of amazing outdoor experiences, and the best place to revel in the beauty of the autumn season. From breathtaking lookouts and epic hikes to scenic drives and a one-of-a-kind train tour. Follow this 5-day fall road trip itinerary through Algoma Country.

Day 1: Elliot Lake

algoma fall road trip

Begin your exciting road trip west through Algoma Country in the quaint community of Elliot Lake. The city is known for its easy access to outdoor adventure, and a must-stop for nature lovers. Drive to the top of the Fire Tower Lookout for stunning views of the surrounding landscape, then head downtown for a picnic lunch waterside at Westview Park. Lace up your hiking shoes at one of many outdoor trails in the region. For an easy hike head to Sheriff Creek Wildlife Sanctuary with ample wildlife viewing opportunities along trails of various lengths. For more challenging hikes and an opportunity to hit the water, hike the Helenbar Lookout Trail at Mississagi Provincial Park or take a peaceful paddle on Semiwite Lake.

Day 2: Elliot Lake to Sault Ste. Marie

sault ste marie canal national historic site

Hit the road early, and pass by historic Dean Lake Bridge on Hwy 17 as the morning sun glistens over the Mississagi River. Then head west to Sault Ste. Marie, which is home to amazing art and cultural attractions. Spend time exploring the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, and the Art Gallery of Algoma. Then venture to the iconic Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site to watch boats pass through the giant locks. Explore the surrounding trails and cross over to Whitefish Island, an Indigenous settlement for more than 2,000 years, maintained by Batchewana First Nation. End the day at the Sault Ste. Marie boardwalk for an ice cream and sunset stroll.

Day 3: Agawa Canyon

agawa canyon tour train

A unique and sought-after adventure in the region, the Agawa Canyon Train Tour is a must in Sault Ste. Marie. Board the train at dawn and embark on the spectacular 183 km / 114-mile journey to the Agawa Canyon. With your free time in the park, climb to scenic viewpoints, hike to awe-inspiring waterfalls, or enjoy a quiet lunch waterside. Book your tickets well in advance, as this popular adventure sells out regularly.

Day 4: Sault Ste. Marie to Lake Superior Provincial Park

lake superior beach fall road trip

Drive towards Lake Superior Provincial Park and make a quick stop at Chippewa Falls, the halfway point of the TransCanada Highway 17. As you continue north you’ll see the landscape shift into dramatic steep hills surrounded by dense forest, outlined by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Superior. With numerous trails ranging in difficulty, many paddling opportunities, beaches, hidden coves, and scenic lookouts, countless adventures are waiting in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Beach lovers will appreciate Katherine Cove and Old Woman Bay with their stretches of idyllic sand, while waterfall lovers will want to explore the Sand River (Pinguisibi) trail. Those looking for a challenging day trek will want to climb to the top of the Nokomis Trail.

Day 5: Wawa

wawa goose monument on a fall road trip

What’s a visit without a photo of the Wawa Goose? After your mandatory selfie at the Wawa Visitor Centre with the giant winged bird, venture to the Lion’s Beachfront Heritage Walk for a morning stroll. Be sure to visit the Mine Driller Memorial at the beach’s north end to learn about the region’s rich mining history. There’s no better way to experience Lake Superior than by joining a paddling adventure. Naturally Superior Adventures offers a wide range of tours, from half-day to multi-day, for beginners or seasoned pros. Learn or perfect your paddling skills on Lake Superior or discover hidden spots on the calmer Michipicoten River. End the day with a sunset stroll on the golden sands of Sandy Beach and watch as the pastel hues of the day fade away.

About Sofie Sharom

Sofie Sharom is a photographer and visual artist. With a focus on wildlife, travel and documentary photography, she has visited some of the most remote corners of the world in search of spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, engaging people and inspiring stories. She created the Project Local Love Explore Canada travel series to support local communities, producers and makers, and shine a light on those making a difference in the lives of others.

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