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The Best Stops to Make on Highway 129

October 4, 2021 By Amanda Ashley

If you like road trips where the scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and there are a number of stops along the way for hiking, camping, or fishing, then you’ll want to drive down Hwy 129, also affectionately known by its nickname, Ontario’s “Tail of the Dragon.” One of the most beautiful drives in Ontario, this scenic […]


A Rider’s Guide to the North Channel of Lake Huron

September 29, 2021 By Martin Lortz

Experience Motorcycle Touring in East Algoma Planning a Northern Ontario motorcycle tour often starts with a destination, Lake Superior, Wawa and beyond. Thanks to Ontario’s vastness, what these places have in common is distance and plenty of it. What it all boils down to is getting there requires some long days in the saddle. Take […]


Algoma’s Running Rapids and Waterfalls

September 20, 2021 By Sheri Minardi

I find nothing is more calming and therapeutic for your body and soul than waterfalls.  We are fortunate in Algoma Country to have quite a few both large and small. Water is a natural resource we need to survive.  We have an abundance of it here in Algoma with the largest freshwater lakes in the […]


9 Things to Do this Fall in Algoma

September 10, 2021 By Martin Lortz

Hello fall, welcome back! As the good times of summer fade to memory, it’s time to refocus on the upcoming show of nature’s splendour as the landscape prepares to transform itself into a boldly coloured artist’s canvas. The obvious plan is to focus on the leaves as they transition from everyday green to a red, […]


Capturing the Algoma Landscape

September 4, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

Our world is huge, we can’t travel everywhere but the choices we do make are for our personal likes of that destination. The wanderings we embark on can take us to places so we can discover and experience the many facets these different regions offer. Our journeys sometimes take us to places that for the […]


8 Things You Didn’t Know About the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

August 17, 2021 By Cory St. Pierre

The Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site is located on the edge of the rapids in the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The canal itself is a man-made waterway that passes between the city and Whitefish Island, joining Lake Huron and Lake Superior in the Great Lakes shipping channel. The Sault Ste. Marie […]


Big Adventures Await in Little Rapids

August 9, 2021 By Cory St. Pierre

Located in the Municipality of Huron Shores, the small community of Little Rapids is only a short 5km/3.1mi drive North of the town of Thessalon. But don’t let the size fool you, the community is full of history and is the perfect place to take a day trip and explore. Speaking of history, if perusing […]


Algoma Wild – A Wildlife Photographer’s Paradise

August 4, 2021 By Sheri Minardi

How about you take a trip to photograph Algoma’s Wildlife? Whether you are hiking, fishing, cycling, kayaking or boating throughout the Algoma region you are bound to come across our magnificent wildlife. Algoma Country is a photographer’s dream location for any type of photography you could imagine.  There are plenty of dark sky areas to […]


The Beaches of Algoma

July 7, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

Mention a beach to most Canadians, they immediately think of some tropical paradise that has crashing surf, palm trees dancing in the wind, a daiquiri in hand and a glowing white sand shoreline. Some of us know of a few other beach paradises a little closer to home.  I am thinking of the beaches of […]


Charms of the Chippewa

June 30, 2021 By James Smedley

An Enduring Example of Beauty along Our National Highway Anyone who has driven Hwy 17 North of Sault Ste. Marie has probably stopped at Chippewa Falls. There is a parking lot and rest area with a plaque touting it as the halfway point along the TransCanada Highway. With a thick pine and hardwood forest surrounding […]


6 Great (Lakes) Sea Kayak Trips in Algoma

June 9, 2021 By Conor Mihell

The best day trips and wilderness tours in Algoma. The geography of Ontario’s Algoma Country is defined by the Great Lakes. The rugged coastlines of Lake Superior and Huron comprise the region’s southern boundary. A closer look at the map reveals an intriguing shoreline of scalloped bays, smooth rock islands, sand beaches and stalwart rock […]


Algoma’s Alpha Bass

May 5, 2021 By Karl Kalonka

The meaning of the word “Alpha” according to the dictionary is described as (of an animal) having the highest rank in a dominance hierarchy. Ontario’s Algoma Country is home to many sought-after species with fins but the smallmouth bass can be found just about everywhere or anywhere you fish throughout the entire region. For me […]


Pure Painted Perfection – Brook Trout

April 27, 2021 By Mark Melnyk

The first time you lay eyes on the pure painted perfection that is an Algoma Country eastern brook trout, there is a good chance you’ll be moved.  One of the most aggressive fish in any watershed, brook trout are fantastic adversaries on the fly and readily eat most offerings.  From swinging big articulated streamers to […]


Walleye Wonderland

April 23, 2021 By Karl Kalonka

The walleye is by far one of the most sought-after species of fish that inhabit the thousands of lakes and rivers across Ontario’s Algoma Country. Every season, anglers from across the world book vacations to this region to enjoy the stress-free, wilderness environments of this beautiful landscape and fish for the famous marble-eyed critter that […]


Smallmouth Bass on the Fly

April 20, 2021 By Colin McKeown

Bass, both smallmouth and largemouth, are arguably one of the most popular species of fish to target with a fishing rod. They are also, arguably, one of the strongest freshwater fish pound-for-pound anglers can catch and release. These are but two basic reasons why bass is so popular to target on a fly rod. That, […]


The Gales of November – A Short History

March 25, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

It is early November, I am making my way to Wawa to lead the annual Gales of November Photo Workshop. It is a 9-hour drive from my home just west of Algonquin Provincial Park to Rock Island Lodge. The weather looks great to Sault Ste. Marie but after that, snow squalls are on the menu […]


St. Joseph Island Night Life

March 22, 2021 By Sheri Minardi

While the island sleeps, the night sky is alive and dancing with colour!  Yes, the Aurora Borealis can be seen every now and again! St. Joseph Island is located 62 km or 50 minutes east of Sault Ste. Marie in the District of Algoma. It is east of the St. Mary’s River on Lake Huron. […]


Fly-in Fishing Trips

March 16, 2021 By James Smedley

It’s a given that remote fly-in fishing lodges, accessible only by air, offer tremendous angling on unpressured waters. Anglers from all over the world visit northern Ontario’s Algoma Region because it offers some of the best fishing in the world. Heading into the woods for a week-long fishing vacation might cost a bit of money, […]


Fall in Algoma – Off the Beaten Path

March 6, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

Trivia – Ontario has around 120,000 km of paved roads as well as 70,000 unpaved roads. Not many of us venture off the beaten path to explore the gems tucked from the tourist guides but if you are adventurous then a drive up Highway 129 and maybe a detour along Highway 554 and 546 is […]


Experience Algoma Fly-in Fishing Lodges

March 5, 2021 By Mark Melnyk

The cliché “getting there is really half the fun” is an overused terminology that gets thrown around an awful lot in the travel world. But in the world of fly-in fishing lodges, the cliché may be a little strong. For those who have had the pleasure of experiencing a bush flight, you get it. However, […]


The Calorie Cruiser – Ontario’s Grand Algoma Tour

March 4, 2021 By Chris Hughes

The Grand Algoma tour is as the name suggests, well, grand. It winds its way through some of Ontario’s most iconic scenery from the Lake Superior shoreline to the meandering Mississagi River valley, both of which have been sketched and painted by the legendary members of the Group of Seven. Just think, if these iconic […]


The Rock Candy Mountain Trail

February 12, 2021 By Cory St. Pierre

Algoma Country never ceases to amaze during the fall season! The region offers several opportunities for refreshing and colourful hikes that will allow you to de-stress and explore nature. Although there are several trails to choose from, the Rock Candy Mountain Trail should be at the top of your fall hiking list! Located approximately 35km/21mi […]


Hiking in Algoma – What to Bring on the Trail

February 11, 2021 By James Smedley

Considering the lay of the land, it should come as no surprise that hiking trails are one of the Algoma Region’s greatest assets. With the Canadian Shield asserting itself in rounded old mountains and angular terrain, looming over still lakes and roaring rivers, the potential for inspiring trails is as precipitous as the landscape. There […]


A Superior Surf

February 10, 2021 By Peter Greve

Home on the Lake The inland sea, Gichi-Gami, the Big Lake… Lake Superior. Over 600,000 residents call this place “home” and those who live in the basin consider themselves some of the luckiest humans on the planet. As the world shifts from oil-minded to water-minded, we find ourselves responsible for a lake that holds one […]


The Elusive Northern Pike of Algoma

February 8, 2021 By Mark Melnyk

Every single guide you fish with will have the same advice while fishing for Northern pike, “make sure you fish it right back to the boat and don’t ever take your eyes of the fly!” Every single guide that says this is 100% correct.  Fishing for pike on fly is one of the most adrenaline […]


Experience a Fly-In Remote Outpost

February 5, 2021 By Mark Melnyk

There are 5 senses in the human body: touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste. The sensing organs: your eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and skin help us navigate the world – safely. In today’s rat-raced, fast paced world, we experience all five senses every second of every minute. However, we are tending to deviate from the […]


A Beginner’s Guide to Camping in Algoma

February 3, 2021 By James Smedley

At any given time there is a wide variety of individuals camping across the diverse landscape of Algoma Country. Some are on extended trips, deep within the interior, while others are sitting by a fire pit in a folding lawn chair, at a designated campsite, just off the TransCanada Highway. Within Algoma’s 72,000 square kilometers […]


A Fishing Adventure to Algoma East

January 21, 2021 By Wil Wegman

In 2019, I made both a spring and fall bass fishing trip to Algoma Country; that beautiful region of northern Ontario around Sault Ste. Marie and west to the Spanish River and northern shores of Lake Huron. To say I fell in love with the area and the fishing would be an understatement and the […]


Eat Local in Algoma Country

January 5, 2021 By Heather Bot

Shopping Local, Eating Local and Staying Local has always been important to us, but now it’s more important than ever for us to support our small businesses. By using our website’s resources, we’ve made it simple for you to find where to shop, eat, and stay local so that you can continue to support our […]


Shop Local in Algoma Country

December 16, 2020 By Heather Bot

Shopping Local, Eating Local and Staying Local has always been important to us, but now it’s more important than ever for us to support our small businesses. By using our website’s resources, we’ve made it simple for you to find where to shop, eat, and stay local so that you can continue to support our […]


Algoma That Destination for Fly Fishing

December 7, 2020 By Mark Melnyk

Algoma Country in Ontario’s north, has been a destination for anglers for decades. Vast landscapes dotted by nearly countless bodies of water, dissected by even more rivers, creeks and streams make the entire area a sport’s persons paradise. Though there are many species, lodges and regions within Algoma Country to fish, there are a number […]


Hiking the Sand River Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park

October 2, 2020 By Cory St. Pierre

Hiking has always been a passion of mine and Lake Superior Provincial Park has no shortage of trails to explore. Whether it’s hiking to a scenic lookout or exploring along the mighty Lake Superior coast, there is always something new to discover. Luckily I am fortunate enough to live close by in Sault Ste. Marie […]


The Orphan Lake Trail

September 24, 2020 By Cory St. Pierre

As the air starts to cool and the leaves begin the much anticipated transition from their many hues of green to a brighter amber, crimson and auburn, it’s time to hit the trails! From birding and fishing to canoeing and kayaking, Lake Superior Provincial Park has you covered for several day trip opportunities. Additionally, the […]


The Bass & Trout of Algoma

September 18, 2020 By Mark Melnyk

The word “world class” gets thrown about a LOT and has almost become a cliché in the angling world, however, if you are truly vested, take your time and do your research, you will find World Class angling opportunities right here. Opportunities for trophy fish in the Algoma region are basically endless no matter the […]


St. Joseph Island Historical Signage Tour

August 25, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

Are you a history buff and enjoy beautiful countryside drives?  Do you enjoy quaint places to eat and stay?  Do you love the outdoors to walk or cycle?  Well this is for you!!! It is also a wonderful physical distancing activity for you and your family! St. Joseph Island has deep historical roots. Richard’s Landing […]


A Hike to Gargantua Harbour in Lake Superior Park

June 22, 2020 By Cory St. Pierre

Picture growing up in a metropolitan city with over 500,000 people, cars and subways, towering skyscrapers, and the noise to match it all. Now picture growing up in a rural community with less than 100,000 people, animals on your doorstep, sounds of crashing waves from nearby lakes, and ample space to explore. Being raised in […]


Adcock’s Woodland Gardens

May 29, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

If you are a naturalist, bird watcher, avid gardener, hiker or just someone that needs a tranquil spot to stop and reflect, Adcock’s Woodland Gardens is a must visit for you! Hidden on the far end of St. Joseph Island is this gem for flora and hiking enthusiasts. Adcock’s Woodland Gardens is the “Butchart Gardens” […]


Roads Worth Riding

April 6, 2020 By Colin Field

It isn’t the crystal-clear, turquoise waters, the ocean-like views of Lake Superior or the beauty of the boreal forests. It isn’t even the wildlife or the mind-blowing scenery around every corner. It’s something much more seductive than that; it’s that strip of curvaceous asphalt that stretches for mile after mile through this incredible landscape. That’s […]


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Hikes

March 17, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

Today, Tuesday March 3, 2020, marks 1000 hikes with the most fabulous women in Algoma!  What a celebration it is! Every Tuesday since 1994, women gather to hike and snowshoe all year in Algoma for the love of it! Glenda Harten was the catalyst to starting “The John Wesley Strutters” who got a group of […]


Owling in Algoma

March 11, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

“Hoo, Hoo” knew birding for owls could be so much fun! Winters can be long in the Algoma Region due to short daylight, frigid temperatures and mountains of snow but winter is a great time to get out looking for owls! It has been a banner season in Algoma Country for many different species of […]


The Stokely Experience

January 23, 2020 By Conor Mihell

I learned to love cross-country skiing in the snowy Algoma Highlands at Stokely Creek Lodge. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since I first ventured on skinny skis into Stokely’s vast network of trails, located just north of Sault Ste. Marie. That’s because in a constantly changing world, Stokely seems locked in […]


A Return Fishing Trip to Algoma

December 5, 2019 By Wil Wegman

It was our last morning fishing beautiful northern Lake Huron out from Blue Heron Resort on the Spanish River.  The rocky terrain was quite similar to that of this Great Lake’s Georgian Bay way to the south where fishing partner Doug Wadden and I have each spent far more time; yet in some respects it’s […]


Organic Farming on St. Joseph Island

September 27, 2019 By Sandra Trainor

Back in 1989 Peter and Kris Stinnisson purchased a little piece of paradise on beautiful St. Joseph Island Ontario.  At that time, they were working and living in Wawa, Ontario and spent their summer vacations on the island.  A few years later, they decided to make the move permanently to their nearly ninety acres of […]


Two Unique Markets, One Rural Municipality

July 9, 2019 By Sandra Trainor

The Municipality of Huron Shores, Ontario is located along a scenic section of the Trans-Canada Highway #17 within the District of Algoma between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, ON. Two farmers’ markets operate within the municipality. One in Iron Bridge, the other in Sowerby. Both are seasonal and are housed in historical surroundings. Both are […]


Poutine Feast in Sault Ste. Marie

June 28, 2019 By Cory St. Pierre

Let’s be honest, nothing beats the Classic Canadian Poutine. Fresh Hand Cut French Fries, Gravy and Cheese Curds. It’s a match made in comfort food heaven! However, during Poutine Feast, the classic poutine is a thing of the past. On June 28th, 2019 – July 1st, 2019, in partnership with The Downtown Association, the Ermatinger-Clergue […]


An Early Bass Fishing Trip To Algoma

June 27, 2019 By Wil Wegman

For many years now, I have been fortunate enough to enjoy the early catch and release bass fishing season that New York State has to offer. Trips to lakes like Chautauqua or Oneida at the end of May or early June were a great way to get a head start on the late opener we […]


Delicious House-Made Crafted Ice Cream!

June 24, 2019 By Sandra Trainor

Elliott’s Ice Cream shop is one of the happiest places in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Just opened in June of 2017, owners Jamie and Tina Elliott wanted to “create a place for people to gather, spend time with their families and friends, put down their cell phones and enjoy a delicious ice cream treat.” The […]


St. Joseph Island Lion’s Club Breakfast

May 23, 2019 By Sandra Trainor

There is a small group of dedicated volunteers on beautiful St. Joseph Island, Ontario, who work behind the scenes to help make the Island and their community, a great place to live, work, play and visit. Since 1972, the St. Joseph Island Lions Club has been the service club that is behind a multitude of […]


Sault Ste. Marie Food Tours

May 17, 2019 By Heather Bot

There are different ways to explore a new city to learn its history and heritage, discover hidden gems and chat with the locals. A walking tour is a great way to grow your knowledge in a short amount of time, meet new people, and meet the locals – and you didn’t have to plan a […]


Dining on Lake Huron

May 1, 2019 By Sandra Trainor

On the western edge of the quaint little village of Thessalon, Ontario, fronting the expansive and stunning Lake Huron is a business that has become a landmark on the North Shore. A little less than an hour east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario off Hwy 17, Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant was built in the […]


Wawa Trail Race Makes Its Mark

September 17, 2018 By James Smedley

Many have hiked the Peat Mountain Trail but relatively few have considered running it. But that’s exactly what 40 participants did in the first annual No Hassholes Left Behind Trail Race, early September. The rugged and mountainous 10 km loop in Lake Superior Provincial Park was the foundation for 10km, 20km and 30 km races. […]


A Must Stop on Lake Superior

August 24, 2018 By Sandra Trainor

Big, beautiful Lake Superior is the backdrop for many residents and businesses of Algoma. So many have grown up around it, played in and on it for generations. Two of those people are Frank and Gail O’Connor. Frank grew up in the hamlet of Gros Cap, just west of Sault Ste. Marie on the shores […]


Algoma’s Fresh Food Markets

August 22, 2018 By Sheri Minardi

Nothing is better then stopping at a summer market in Algoma to grab a bite to eat or pick up some produce for a delicious dinner. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and baking are in abundance from the local farmers, bakers and butchers. Talented artisans sell their wares at the markets where you can purchase a […]


I Run Algoma: Run the King

August 15, 2018 By Nick Brash

I’m certain there are a number of people who have had “The King” on their Algoma bucket list and believe me, there has never been a better time for a rip to the tallest peak our region has to offer. Originally part of Ontario’s first Forest Fire Detection Network, the King now stands in all […]


Provincial Parks in Algoma – Superior Coastal Route

July 23, 2018 By Cory St. Pierre

Living in Sault Ste. Marie definitely has its perks. From the beautiful history and landmarks in our cities downtown core to the untouched areas in Algoma just outside of the city. For me personally, once the Provincial Parks begin to open in May, I start to plan where I’m going. One of my favourite trips […]


A Truly Unique Dining Experience

May 18, 2018 By Sandra Trainor

“The stone house la maison de Pierre, as they call it, a large mansion built of stone by a former agent of the Northwest Hudson Bay Company, who lived there with his family, servants, horses and hounds and gave hospitable dinners in those days when it was the fashion for the host to do so…” […]


5 Reasons to Visit Algoma This Summer

May 11, 2018 By Chris Mitchell

It was only when I left Ontario that I realized the true enormity of the province. The first time I left the homeland on my own was in 2006, and I was off to explore Ireland. I saw Ireland as this nation bursting with culture but couldn’t quite grasp that Ontario was much the same. […]


Prince Township Pavilion: Grand Opening

May 1, 2018 By Heather Bot

Prince Township always has open arms for everyone so it’s time to come and explore this beautiful township. As part of the Trans Canada Trail, the community connects starting at Lake Superior in Gros Cap to Sudbury and Lake Huron along a trail you can cycle, hike or walk. Learn more here: Lake Huron North […]


Day Five – Snow Day in the Soo

March 2, 2018 By Martin Lortz

Skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing, time sure flies when your having fun. Hard to believe that we are on the last day of our five days of winter in Algoma adventure. The day five agenda is road tripping north along the shore of Lake Superior in search of the famous ice caves. Well that […]


How to Spend 24 Sweet Hours in the Sault

February 13, 2018 By Ella Jane Myers

It’s dreadful to think I nearly missed the chance to explore Sault Ste Marie the other weekend. A couple days before a friend and I were headed off for a business trip from Sudbury to Wawa we realized there was time to stop in the Sault for a day on the way back. We added […]


Planet D Conquers Ride Lake Superior

February 12, 2018 By Virgil Knapp

This story was first published in the 2015 edition of the Algoma Travel Guide. Story and photos by Virgil Knapp. The ‘Planet D’ is a travel and adventure couple comprised of Dave and Deb based out of Toronto. They spend much of the year traveling the globe while blogging about it to one of the […]


The Voyageurs Are Back on Lake Superior

February 9, 2018 By Conor Mihell

A closer look at Naturally Superior Adventures’ all-inclusive, beginner-friendly 2018 voyageur canoe trips on the wilderness coast of Canada’s north shore. The canoe glides over the swells gracefully, giving you the profound sensation that it was designed for the long horizons of Lake Superior. Indeed, this giant vessel was made for the greatest lake. Centuries […]


Algoma’s Best Sled Head Hangouts

February 8, 2018 By Chris Hughes

The pressure builds to plan that epic snowmobile trip. There’s a lot to arrange: which routes, number of km’s or miles, departure date, booking overnight accommodation, loading the sleds into the trailer and parking the pick-up. It’s a lot to organize but so worth it when you’re ripping up the buttery smooth trails. Algoma Country […]


Five Days of Winter in Algoma – Day Three – Hiawatha Highlands

January 31, 2018 By Martin Lortz

If you ask me if I consider myself a cross-country skier the answer would be yes but it’s complicated. There was a time in my youth when, as a family, we would venture north every weekend through the winter. With backpacks filled with snacks and hot chocolate, we would explore the trails for hours. These […]


Walleye & Brook Trout Gold in Algoma

October 18, 2017 By Fish'n Canada

Fish’n Canada had a couple of interesting shoots in the 2017 season in the Algoma region of Ontario. First was a trip to Blue Fox Camp for a shot at world class brook trout in tiny lakes and the other was Loch Island Lodge for walleye. Blue Fox Camp has access to many gorgeous trout […]


Ah, Tasty Fish Recipe

August 30, 2017 By Heather Bot

This recipe was first published in the 2016 edition of the Algoma Travel Guide. The recipe and photos were submitted to us by Yvan Breton. Whether you are pan-frying, oven cooking, or steaming your fish, it’s all good but my favourite recipe is definitely deep-fried fish breaded in cornflake crumbs. Ingredients 2 – 3 lbs […]


Agawa Rock Pictographs

July 21, 2017 By Greg Sacco

Agawa Rock, is one of the most famous pictograph sites in Canada, found within Lake Superior Provincial Park. The area is also one of the most visited indigenous archaeological sites in Canada. The majority of paintings from the Agawa site are said to date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Pictographs are survived messages from […]


5 Facts About the Bushplane Museum

July 10, 2017 By Cory St. Pierre

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is located in the historical hangar located on the St. Mary’s River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The hanger was first established by the Ontario Provincial Air Service in 1924 with pilots returning home from the war. Originally, it was created as an air service used to map areas in […]


Aubrey Falls Provincial Park is a Perfect Day Trip

May 6, 2017 By Greg Sacco

Aubrey Falls is a true hidden gem situated in Aubrey Falls Provincial Park, Mississagi River Valley, located 109 km north of Thessalon. It makes a perfect day trip to enjoy Algoma’s diversity. The landscapes change as you make your way up picturesque Highway 129 North winding beside the Mississagi River. The whole drive is scenic […]


Algoma Fly-in Fishing Packages

May 1, 2017 By Robert LaRue

An iconic Canadian dream vacation. A true northern experience. Fly-in fishing begins at the air base with you and your gear loaded into the plane to take off for the ultimate angling journey. Be prepared to see spectacular sights below as you fly over the dense green forests, inland lakes, the rugged Canadian Shield, winding […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

April 10, 2017 By James Smedley

A beautiful, warm and sunny day can produce some beautiful images, especially if the blue sky is dappled with fluffy white clouds. However, some of the most dramatic shots are taken during periods of foul weather; when the elements aren’t quite as hospitable.  But braving them can result in some keeper images. Whether it’s rain, […]


Wawa Backcountry Snowmobiling

March 23, 2017 By Stephanie Santeford

After meeting Jess Kline at Hay Days, the largest snowmobile show in the United States, I invited her to join me out west during the winter of 2015 for an Epic Snowmobile Adventure in the big mountains. It was her first time snowmobiling out west, so we made the most out of it. Spending nearly […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

March 21, 2017 By James Smedley

Anyone who has a camera and a dog, likely has a small collection of dog photographs. Dogs are our companions – sharing the good times and the bad – and it should come as no surprise that they are often the subject of our photographs. Dogs have a habit of situating themselves so we have […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

March 4, 2017 By James Smedley

The first step to getting great winter shots is to actually get outside with our camera. This means dressing for the conditions so we are comfortable and can appreciate the dramatic changes that the descent of winter brings to the landscape. One of the most important technical things to consider when photographing snowy landscapes is […]


Canadian’isms Defined

January 31, 2017 By Chris Hughes

While many great things (telephone, light bulb, insulin and yes the snowmobile), have been invented in Canada, there is also a long list of lesser known inventions and mannerisms that get our neighbours to the south tilting their heads wondering why? Rather than question it, it is better to embrace these Canadian quirks for what […]


Experience a Lodge Hidden Within the Canadian Wilderness

January 24, 2017 By Aly Wood

In the Canadian Wilderness, you will find a river that expands into a wide lake. Sitting on the shores of this pristine waterway is a series of luxury cabins surrounded by unspoiled scenery, natural wildlife and a 200-year-old Indigenous history. Miminiska Lodge is a treasure hidden within the Canadian Shield and engulfed by Boreal Forest. […]


Always Wanted to Sled in Canada?

January 16, 2017 By Chris Hughes

Ontario’s Algoma Country has been Welcoming US Riders for Decades and Here’s Why.  If you haven’t started planning your 2019 Algoma snowmobile trip, it’s not too late. Sure you might be asking yourself, “why would I want to travel north to Canada to go snowmobiling when there are perfectly good trails where I am?” A […]


Voyageur Canoe Brigades Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

December 16, 2016 By Heather Bot

Wawa, Ontario — A nation emerged in the wake of the birchbark canoes of the voyageurs, the legendary travellers who were the engines of the fur trade, Canada’s first industry. Two centuries ago, brigades of 36-foot Montreal canoes plied the waters of the Great Lakes, moving furs and trade goods through the wilderness that would […]


Fall Season Ending Brings New Winter Beginnings to Algoma!

December 2, 2016 By Cory St. Pierre

It’s that time of year again! December 20 marks the last day of Fall but, as they say, every ending has a new beginning. This has never been more true with the four full seasons that Algoma has to offer. As the winter season quickly approaches, several new opportunities become available throughout the Algoma region. […]


Fall Fishing for Steelhead in the St. Marys River

October 21, 2016 By Robert LaRue

Fishing in the fall for most anglers is probably one of the best times to catch that big trophy they’ve been looking for all summer. Depending on the species, the cooler water temperatures allow some to feed longer in the mornings and evenings. Steelhead specifically, which we were fishing for this past Thanksgiving, are active […]


XBOX and Dubreuilville Connection; It’s a Side by Side Story

September 30, 2016 By Pat Dubreuil

My cellphone rings, it’s Gloria from Mosaic Sales Solutions; Mosaic is one of the largest marketing firms in the world. Gloria is working on a project for XBOX Canada and tells me she found our website and saw that we catered to Power-Sports enthusiasts. “Yes”, as I tell her that, “we offer access to some […]


A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Tour – Part 3

August 30, 2016 By Heather Bot

Read A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Part 1 and Part 2. Although the Grand Algoma Tour can be completed in 1 day, we recommend 2 days, or even extending to a third day as there are lots of things to see and do on the route. Find out why in the Final Part […]


10 Things to Do in Chapleau on a Rainy Day

August 23, 2016 By Stephen Lee

It’s true, the weather doesn’t always cooperate with vacation plans. But rain, snow, or even the occasional heat wave shouldn’t get in the way of you having a good time! You’ll see there are several options for what to do when the weather isn’t on your side. Here are 10+ things to do in Chapleau […]


5 Incredible Hikes to Do in Algoma

August 10, 2016 By Heather Bot

During Spring, Summer or Fall, these 5 incredible hikes are a great way to explore the beauty of Algoma. Some of lead to waterfalls, some lead to breathtaking views of Lake Superior, and some lead to ancient sites. Agawa Rock Pictographs The Agawa Pictographs is a sacred site. These red ochre paintings on the rock […]


A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Tour – Part 2

August 5, 2016 By Heather Bot

Potholes Provincial Park to Chapleau and Hwy 129 To read Part One of the Grand Algoma Tour click here After our coffee break at Lion’s Beach, it was time to get back on the road. This was my first trip on Hwy 101 and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Hwy 101 is a pretty […]


A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Tour – Part 1

July 28, 2016 By Heather Bot

A one-day trip to Potholes Provincial Park and back turned into a full-day road trip on the Grand Algoma Route. That’s the fun of a road trip, you don’t have to plan much in advance; it’s fun to just go. Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa Born and raised in the area, I’ve seen many of […]


Drive-in Fishing Cottages

July 13, 2016 By Cory St. Pierre

Anglers from neighbouring states in Michigan and Ohio, as well as Ontarians from Southern Ontario are catching on to Algoma’s best kept secret. These anglers are heading north to find world class fishing at drive-in cottage resorts! Extending along Trans Canada Highway 17 East,  these trophy smallmouth bass and northern pike reside in secret lakes […]


Places to Stay Near Lake Superior Provincial Park

July 4, 2016 By Robert LaRue

It’s no secret that Algoma’s largest provincial park, Lake Superior Provincial Park, is a must-stop for any travellers passing through. The park itself provides numerous hiking trails, campgrounds, canoe routes and of course, scenic vistas. We realize that not everyone is comfortable camping or even back-country camping. If you are looking to enjoy the park […]


Top Five Must Dos When Visiting Sault Ste. Marie

June 24, 2016 By Heather Bot

Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site Take a step back in time at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site. The “house” has been restored and tells the story of Charles Oakes Ermatinger and others that were lucky enough to call this beautiful house home between 1808 and 1870. Stroll the beautiful period gardens and don’t forget to watch […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

April 22, 2016 By James Smedley

As a general rule photographers are told to shoot with the sun at our backs. This ensures that the light is cast upon our subject and our image is exposed correctly. It’s a rule that should be adhered to most of the time. For instance, when taking a picture of a group of friends, we […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

April 13, 2016 By James Smedley

It’s no secret that Canada’s premier group of landscape artists spent a lot of time in Algoma Country. Shortly after the first world war, members of the Group of Seven painted the inland lakes and rivers within the rugged country along the Algoma Central Railway. They also made eight trips to Superior’s North Shore between […]


Mouthwatering Maple Magic

March 21, 2016 By Melissa Slobodecki

Can you smell that??? That is the smell of spring and do you know what comes with the spring season? I’ll give you one guess with a few helpful hints. It’s sticky, it’s sweet and just plain delicious! If you guessed maple syrup then give yourself a pat on the back or better yet reward […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

March 15, 2016 By James Smedley

As the snow begins to melt and the creeks and rivers start to flow over Algoma Country’s rugged topography, the wise photographer looks for moving water. Whether it’s tiny rivulets, thundering falls or even the lapping of waves on the lake shore, the movement of water can be used to create intriguing images. Shutter speed […]


The Gold Rush in Algoma: Maple Syrup Time

March 11, 2016 By Sheri Minardi

So sweet, delicious and considered northern gold is the sap run in Algoma. It is that time of year once again to enjoy maple syrup on pancakes and French toast throughout the region’s pancake houses. Maple Syrup is made from the sap from the abundant maple trees which are abundant in Algoma. For generations, the […]


The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

March 4, 2016 By James Smedley

Photography in Algoma provides incredible opportunities for broad scenic landscape shots. But like any complex and beautiful wilderness, narrowing in on the tiny details of the beach, the water, or forest floor provides tremendous opportunities for captivating shots. Close-up or macro photography is best done with a dedicated macro or micro lens or with a […]


Plan Your Wedding Day in Algoma

February 10, 2016 By Heather Bot

Packages for Ceremony, Reception & Photography Picking a venue to host a wedding, reception and photograhy can be tricky. There’s a lot of ideas out there (thanks Pinterest!) and lots decisions to be made. But the most important thing is that your special day reflects who you are as a couple. There are many reasons […]


10 Fishing Tips for Algoma Walleye

February 5, 2016 By Mark Romanack

1) Walleye are found in shallow water more often than most anglers realize. Concentrate your search for walleye in water 15 feet deep or less and more often than not you’ll be zeroed in on the best walleye water in most lakes. 2) Low stretch super braids or fused fishing lines are ideal for walleye […]


Fly Fishing with Mice Patterns

December 17, 2015 By Colin McKeown

For fly fishers, using mice patterns on the surface can lead to some of the most explosive and exciting takes.   Mice maybe cute but to big predatory fish they are an easy meal. Mice often fall off grassy banks and out of trees into the water. Big predators such as smallmouth bass, northern pike […]