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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 who 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.

#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.

Store Front: 50 Pim Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm
Shop Online: shop.bushplane.com

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!

Store Front: 800 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Hours Open: Until Dec 31, 2020: Tuesday to Saturday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (hours may vary into 2021)

Joe’s Sports and Surplus

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This Queen’s Street shop has been serving outdoor enthusiast customers for over 40+ years. This is the perfect place to shop for your favourite gear for your favourite outdoor adventure: snowshoes, hiking, climbing, fishing, and hunting. Shop for outdoor clothing and apparel, and footwear from top brands. Is someone on your list into birding? You’ll even find a great selection of binoculars.

Store Front: 40 Queen St. E, Sault Ste. Marie ON
Open: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm (hours may vary)
Shop Online: www.joesportsandsurplus.com

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: 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 food court.

Store Front: 293 Bay St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Open: 7 days week, hours may vary
Shop Online: 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 17 North club; find this original line of clothing from hoodies, tees, and hats.

Store Front: Hwy 17 North Batchawana Bay, ON
Open: May – October (store front)
Shop Online: www.riverrockgifts.com

Serpent River Trading Post, Gas & Convenience

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For over 30 years, Serpent River Trading Post has welcomed visitors traveling 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.

Store Front: 479 Hwy 17 W, Cutler ON
Open: 8am – 10pm
Shop Online: www.serpentrivertradingpost.com/giftshop

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.

Store Front: 105 Mission Rd, Wawa, ON
Open May to October
Online: Grammy Mae’s summer sausage can be ordered by phone or email any time. Details on their Facebook page

Agawa Crafts and The Canadian Carver

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A must-stop on Lake Superior since 1972, Agawa Crafts and The Canadian Carver continues to be a refuge for travelers along 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 the tradition continue for decades more!

Store Front: 12502 Hwy 17, Batchawana Bay
Open: May to October

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 put 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.

Store Front: 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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