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Shop Local in Algoma Country

Updated: 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 local communities, and tourism businesses, no matter what area of the Algoma region.

Our region’s vibrant downtowns are filled with local shops that specialize in home décor, clothing and apparel, products made from locally sourced ingredients, handmade artisan pieces, pet toys, sporting goods and so much more. Need a recharge? Coffee shops are ready to serve up a great cup of coffee and a homemade slice of pie.

Give the gift that keeps on giving – purchase gift cards and certificates from our local businesses. Send a delicious meal to a loved one. Buy a card from a favourite store. One of our favourite gifts is the gift of a staycation at one of our region’s many lodges, outposts, cottage resorts, hotels & motels, or bed & breakfasts. Try a membership to one of our area’s attractions and enjoy many benefits on your next visit.

Now is the time to see why generations of visitors come back again and again to explore and discover Ontario’s Algoma Country.

*Due to current provincial regulations and public health guidelines, hours of operation may vary. Be sure to contact each business to learn how best they can serve you during this time!

#ShopLocal – Featured Members of Algoma Country

Algoma Country supports a wide variety of tourism businesses from accommodations to restaurants and partners in the retail business. Our partners offer an exciting and interesting range of gifts for everyone – literally – you will find something for anyone on your list. (Yes, even the ones that are kinda picky!) Our partners are ready to serve you whether you shop in-person, online, or plan a future visit.

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

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Where adventure takes off! Rediscover this one-of-a-kind museum, right in your own backyard. The Bushplane Museum is home to a variety of historic aircraft, learn about forest fire protection, watch great films like Wings over the North. There is just so much to see and do. For the aviation enthusiast in your life, purchase a unique gift from their on-site gift shop: clothing and hats, toys, books and games, calendars, and so much more.

Storefront: 50 Pim Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Open: Daily 9 am – 6 pm;  “Chopper Cafe” open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm for light meals and drinks. Cold Beer and wine are available
Shop Online: algomamarketplace.com/store/bushplanemuseum

Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site

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Located in the Discovery Centre, The Post Gift Shop features the signature line from the Hudson’s Bay Company. You’ll find beautifully designed handmade artwork, household items and keepsakes from artisans, Canadian souvenirs, home décor, products made with locally sourced ingredients and more. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, or just because. The friendly staff and great selection will have you coming back again and again!

Storefront: 800 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Hours Open: The site is open Tuesday to Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm at 50% visitor capacity

Great Lakes Outfitters (Joe’s Sports and Surplus)

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Joe’s Sports and Surplus has been a staple on Queen Street serving outdoor enthusiast customers for over 40+ years. It has always been the favourite shop of your favourite outdoor adventure: snowshoes, hiking, climbing, fishing, and hunting. Now, they’ve expanded to be to a full-line paddle shop. Great Lakes Outfitters has expanded its fishing department and is opening a new paddling centre to service the area with a selection of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards

Storefront: 162 Old Garden River Road
Open: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm
Shop Online Any Time: www.greatlakesoutfitters.ca

Mountain Maple Products

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Situated on beautiful St. Joseph Island, Mountain Maple Products not only makes tasty maple syrup products but likes to teach its customers about its’ health benefits, too. Did you know: 50ml of Maple Syrup has the same amount of calcium as an 8oz glass of milk? (we recommend you don’t drink the syrup…put it on your pancakes or waffles instead) You’ll find a wide selection of products including syrup, candies, butter, and infused products like BBQ sauce and salsa.

Where to Shop: mountainmapleproducts.ca/selling-locations/ (check with individual business locations for hours of operation)
Shop Online Any Time: mountainmapleproducts.ca

Station Mall

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Overlooking the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront since 1973, the Station Mall continues to be home to shops and retailers where you can find gifts for everyone on your gift list. You’ll find clothing & apparel, footwear, tech and gaming, music, books and home décor, the finest jewellery, sporting gear, beauty supplies and more. Take a break from shopping and grab a coffee or bite to eat in the food court.

Storefront: 293 Bay St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Open: 7 days week – Monday – Friday 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm (individual store hours may vary)
Shop Online Any Time: Visit individual stores’ online websites to learn more

River Rock Gifts at Voyageurs’ Lodge & Cookhouse

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The Voyageurs’ Lodge & Cookhouse is a must-stop on the shores of Lake Superior on Batchawana Bay along Hwy 17. River Rock Gifts offers a unique selection of clothing and gifts, local maple syrup products, coffee and tea, and many gift ideas for birthdays, weddings, or a just because gift. Be part of the Highway 17 North club; find this original line of clothing from hoodies, tees, and hats.

Storefront: Hwy 17 North Batchawana Bay, ON
Open: Reopens in Spring 2022 for in-store shopping
Shop Online Any Time: www.riverrockgifts.com

Serpent River Trading Post, Gas & Convenience

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For over 30 years, the Serpent River Trading Post has welcomed visitors travelling along Trans Canada Hwy 17 in Northern Ontario. This breathtaking log building contains a beautiful stone fireplace surrounding Indigenous art, and a handmade Birchbark Canoe by members of the Serpent River First Nation Community. Visitors will enjoy the wide range of art in the Art Gallery and browse the wide selection of giftware and artisan pieces in the gift shop.

Storefront: 479 Hwy 17 W, Cutler ON
Open: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Shop Online Any Time: www.serpentrivertradingpost.com

Young’s General Store

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The nostalgic look back at the once one-stop-shop general store. The drive along Lake Superior is not complete without a stop at Young’s General Store in Wawa. Smell the homemade fudge or purchase delicious summer sausage or an old-fashioned pickle to add to your picnic lunch. Browse the clothing and apparel, books, candy and snacks, giftware and home décor to decorate your home, cottage or office space. For the avid outdoors enthusiast, see their selection of lures and tackle, maps and supplies.

Storefront: 105 Mission Road, Wawa, ON
Open: Reopens Spring 2022 for in-store shopping
Buy Online: New Online Shop Coming Soon!

Agawa Crafts and The Canadian Carver

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A must-stop on Lake Superior since 1972, Agawa Crafts and The Canadian Carver continue to be a refuge for travellers Trans Canada 17 and on the Lake Superior Circle Tour. A place to rest and recharge, fuel up, pick up necessities in the Campers Store. And the place to find a wide range of incredible gifts, souvenirs, home décor, high-quality artwork and handcrafted pieces by talented Indigenous and local artisans. Under new ownership by Serpent River First Nation, we are excited to see this tradition continue!

Storefront: 12502 Hwy 17, Batchawana Bay
Open: Reopens Spring 2022 for storefront shopping

Compass Imaging Group and Sign Solutions

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Compass Imaging offers customers a unique approach when it comes to finding and designing the right sign product for you and your business. Their team experts will guide you through the process to ensure you are putting your best foot forward. Products include architectural signs to window graphics, signs and labels, vehicle wraps, small format printing and exhibits. For something special, ask about their services for customized prints, wall art, and home decor signage. Compass Imaging can also help create a healthy work environment with health & safety signage, decals, pop-up signage and barriers.

Storefront: 500 Industrial Park Crescent Unit 1, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Open: Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm

#ShopLocal – Virtual Marketplaces by Community

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You can experience Northern Ontario culture, food, amenities, and connect with businesses using the Algoma Country Virtual Marketplaces found at www.northernontario.travel. We have many food and drink options and places to shop for everyone!

Thank you for supporting local businesses! #DiscoverONlocal

About Heather Bot

I'm a member of the Algoma Country Travel staff. I hope my blogs entice you to visit the beautiful region that I call home.

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