The Algoma Blog

Canadian’isms Defined – Our Quirks That Make Snowmobiling Here So Much Fun

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 […]

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Experience a Lodge Hidden Within the Canadian Wilderness

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 […]

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Always Wanted to Sled in Canada?

Ontario’s Algoma Country has been Welcoming US Riders for Decades and Here’s Why.  If you haven’t started planning your 2017 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 […]

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Voyageur Canoe Brigades Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

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 […]

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Fall Season Ending Brings New Winter Beginnings to Algoma!

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. […]

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Searchmont Resort and The Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre are Bringing Film to Life The city of Sault Ste. Marie will be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour for the first time, which will open the communities eyes to a life-time’s worth of film and entertainment. NEWS RELEASE SEARCHMONT SKI RESORT *********************** Searchmont Resort […]

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Fall Fishing for Steelhead in the St. Marys River

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Diverse Autumn Weekend Getaways Just Off The Beaten Path

It is impossible to miss the transition from Summer to Autumn in Algoma Country. The leaves slowly turn from red to orange to yellow and eventually fall to line our forests and hiking trails with Canadian maple leaves until the snow does indeed come in December. Autumn in this area is breathtaking. A trip to […]

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A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Tour – Part 3

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 […]

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10 Things to Do in Chapleau on a Rainy Day

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 […]

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5 Incredible Hikes to Do in Algoma

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 […]

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A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Tour – Part 2

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 […]

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A Road Trip Around the Grand Algoma Tour – Part 1

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 […]

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Drive-in Fishing Cottages: Hidden Gems in Algoma East

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 […]

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Places to Stay Near Lake Superior Provincial Park

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 […]

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Top Five Must Dos When Visiting Sault Ste. Marie

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 […]

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The Sylvan Circle Tour

The Complete List of Artisans

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 […]

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The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

Breaking the Rules

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 […]

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The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

Group of Seven Connection

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 […]

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Mouthwatering Maple Magic

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 […]

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Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven

Film on Group of Seven Returns Due to Strong Demand “The most important thing a painter can do is find a good place to sit.” – J.E.H. MacDonald Sault Ste. Marie hosted two sold-out showings of Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven last October during the Algoma Fall Festival, but theatre-goers and […]

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The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

Moving Water

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 […]

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The Gold Rush in Algoma: Maple Syrup Time

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 […]

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The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

Macro Photography

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 […]

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A Guide to Cycling on St. Joseph Island

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 […]

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Plan Your Wedding Day in Algoma

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 […]

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10 Fishing Tips for Algoma Walleye

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 […]

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St. Joseph Island Fauna: The Best Place to Be Close to Nature

St. Joseph Island is a wildlife paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, bird watcher, hunter and photographer. St. Joseph Island is located on the North part of Lake Huron and boasts a rich history. St. Joseph Island is teaming with wildlife, birds, reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the island along the coast or inland in smaller […]

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Five Incredible Sights You Can Only Find in Chapleau

For many travelers, half the fun of vacation is finding out about interesting spots and activities that only the locals know (When in Rome, do as the Romans do). From favourite watering holes to the best place to grab a coffee, to hidden gems and unique stories that shaped a place’s heritage, there’s so much […]

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Mice Patterns to Catch Smallmouth Bass, Brook Trout and Pike

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 […]

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Whitefish Island: A Rich Cultural Resource

A very rich cultural island teaming with history, flora and fauna lies within Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario just below the International Bridge with the St. Marys rapids flowing through it. This island is Whitefish Island that is a short walk across the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Locks. It is a historical site and was formed more […]

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