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Nature and Outdoors

Nature and Outdoors Stories:

The Beaches of Algoma

July 7, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

Mention a beach to most Canadians, they immediately think of some tropical paradise that has crashing surf, palm trees dancing in the wind, a daiquiri in hand and a glowing white sand shoreline. Some of us know of a few other beach paradises a little closer to home.  I am thinking of the beaches of […]


6 Great (Lakes) Sea Kayak Trips in Algoma

June 9, 2021 By Conor Mihell

The best day trips and wilderness tours in Algoma. The geography of Ontario’s Algoma Country is defined by the Great Lakes. The rugged coastlines of Lake Superior and Huron comprise the region’s southern boundary. A closer look at the map reveals an intriguing shoreline of scalloped bays, smooth rock islands, sand beaches and stalwart rock […]


The Rock Candy Mountain Trail

February 12, 2021 By Cory St. Pierre

Algoma Country never ceases to amaze during the fall season! The region offers several opportunities for refreshing and colourful hikes that will allow you to de-stress and explore nature. Although there are several trails to choose from, the Rock Candy Mountain Trail should be at the top of your fall hiking list! Located approximately 35km/21mi […]


Hiking in Algoma – What to Bring on the Trail

February 11, 2021 By James Smedley

Considering the lay of the land, it should come as no surprise that hiking trails are one of the Algoma Region’s greatest assets. With the Canadian Shield asserting itself in rounded old mountains and angular terrain, looming over still lakes and roaring rivers, the potential for inspiring trails is as precipitous as the landscape. There […]


A Superior Surf

February 10, 2021 By Peter Greve

Home on the Lake The inland sea, Gichi-Gami, the Big Lake… Lake Superior. Over 600,000 residents call this place “home” and those who live in the basin consider themselves some of the luckiest humans on the planet. As the world shifts from oil-minded to water-minded, we find ourselves responsible for a lake that holds one […]


A Beginner’s Guide to Camping in Algoma

February 3, 2021 By James Smedley

At any given time there is a wide variety of individuals camping across the diverse landscape of Algoma Country. Some are on extended trips, deep within the interior, while others are sitting by a fire pit in a folding lawn chair, at a designated campsite, just off the TransCanada Highway. Within Algoma’s 72,000 square kilometers […]


St. Joseph Island Historical Signage Tour

August 25, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

Are you a history buff and enjoy beautiful countryside drives?  Do you enjoy quaint places to eat and stay?  Do you love the outdoors to walk or cycle?  Well this is for you!!! It is also a wonderful physical distancing activity for you and your family! St. Joseph Island has deep historical roots. Richard’s Landing […]


A Hike to Gargantua Harbour in Lake Superior Park

June 22, 2020 By Cory St. Pierre

Picture growing up in a metropolitan city with over 500,000 people, cars and subways, towering skyscrapers, and the noise to match it all. Now picture growing up in a rural community with less than 100,000 people, animals on your door step, sounds of crashing waves from nearby lakes, and ample space to explore. Being raised […]


Adcock’s Woodland Gardens

May 29, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

If you are a naturalist, bird watcher, avid gardener, hiker or just someone that needs a tranquil spot to stop and reflect, Adcock’s Woodland Gardens is a must visit for you! Hidden on the far end of St. Joseph Island is this gem for flora and hiking enthusiasts. Adcock’s Woodland Gardens is the “Butchart Gardens” […]


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Hikes

March 17, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

Today, Tuesday March 3, 2020, marks 1000 hikes with the most fabulous women in Algoma!  What a celebration it is! Every Tuesday since 1994, women gather to hike and snowshoe all year in Algoma for the love of it! Glenda Harten was the catalyst to starting “The John Wesley Strutters” who got a group of […]


Owling in Algoma

March 11, 2020 By Sheri Minardi

“Hoo, Hoo” knew birding for owls could be so much fun! Winters can be long in the Algoma Region due to short daylight, frigid temperatures and mountains of snow but winter is a great time to get out looking for owls! It has been a banner season in Algoma Country for many different species of […]


The Stokely Experience

January 23, 2020 By Conor Mihell

I learned to love cross-country skiing in the snowy Algoma Highlands at Stokely Creek Lodge. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since I first ventured on skinny skis into Stokely’s vast network of trails, located just north of Sault Ste. Marie. That’s because in a constantly changing world, Stokely seems locked in […]


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 […]


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 – 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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]