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Ije’s Place Café & Bakery

October 12, 2022 By Sandra Trainor

It was a pleasure to meet Veronica and Jazz, owners of Ije’s Place – Café & Bakery, at their business in the hamlet of Desbarats, just east of Sault Ste. Marie. Named after their daughter Ije (pronounced Eeja), the general store, café, and bakery has made a big impression in the community in a very […]


Maple Acres Farm

March 21, 2022 By Sandra Trainor

The Baxter family has been residents of Iron Bridge for several generations. With the beautiful Mississagi River running through it, Iron Bridge is located in the Municipality of Huron Shores. It is a friendly rural village on Highway 17 East, between Thessalon and Blind River ON. The Baxters are entrepreneurs and have grown Maple Acres […]


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

September 29, 2021 By Martin Lortz

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 the Lake Huron North Channel and […]


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 […]


Eat Local in Algoma Country

January 5, 2021 By Heather Bot

Tuesdays used to be about tacos. It’s about take-out. Tuesdays are generally the slowest day for restaurant business but #TakeoutTuesday is helping to change all this. Restaurants, diners, cafes and eateries in Algoma Country offer fantastic meals for every taste, every flavour, and every price point. Sample local flavours on food and drink menus that […]


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. Years later, they made the move permanently to their nearly ninety acres of property on the Island […]


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, Ontario. 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. In Summer 2022 in partnership with The Downtown Association, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site proudly hosted […]


Delicious House Made Crafted Ice Cream

June 24, 2019 By Sandra Trainor

Elliott’s Ice Cream & Creperie is one of the happiest places in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. 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 couple saw a void on […]


St. Joseph Island Lions 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 Culinary Adventures

May 17, 2019 By Heather Bot

There are different ways to explore a new city to learn about its history, heritage, and hidden gems and to 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 […]


Algoma’s Fresh Food Markets

August 22, 2018 By Sheri Minardi

Nothing is better than 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 […]


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…” […]


Day Five – Snow Day in the Soo

March 2, 2018 By Martin Lortz

Skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing, time sure flies when you’re 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 was […]


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 of 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 […]


A Tasty Fish Recipe

August 30, 2017 By Heather Bot

Whether you are pan-frying, oven cooking, or steaming your fish, it’s all good but this favourite recipe is definitely deep-fried fish breaded in cornflake crumbs. Ingredients 2 – 3 lbs of boneless fish fillets 2 cups of sifted flour ½ tsp of seasoned salt ½ tsp of onion powder 1 tsp of lemon pepper with […]


Canadian’isms Defined

January 31, 2017 By Chris Hughes

While many great things (the 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 […]


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 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 of the abundant maple trees which are abundant in Algoma. For generations, the […]