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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 Country – 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 […]


Spring Bear Hunt in Algoma

June 6, 2018 By Keith Beasley

This story was first published in the 2017 edition of the Algoma Travel Guide. The story and photos were submitted to us by Keith Beasley, Co-host of “Canada in the Rough”. As the bald eagle soared low over my head, just above the tree line, and the meandering brook narrowed into a small waterfall behind […]


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 corn flake crumbs. Ingredients 2 – […]


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 in to a wide lake. Sitting on the shores of this pristine waterway are 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 Sylvan Circle Tour

May 25, 2016 By Sheri Minardi

The Sylvan Circle Tour artists invite you to spend a glorious fall day exploring the diverse artistry of our region. We welcome visitors to discover what it means for artists and artisans to live and work in their communities. The tour is self guided and absolutely free. Look for the Sylvan Circle signs. Each year there […]


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 […]


A Guide to Cycling on St. Joseph Island

February 11, 2016 By Heather Bot

Touring Algoma Country isn’t just for cars and motorcycles, it’s for cyclists too. If you’re looking for new spots in Ontario to explore on a bicycle, you should put St. Joseph Island at the top of the list. We’ve shared many great stories with you about the Island like its’ amazing maple syrup and family […]


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 […]