Nature & Outdoors

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Exciting New Trails in Algoma

April 10, 2024 By Cory St. Pierre

It’s no secret that the Algoma Region has some of the best hiking trails in Northern Ontario. And the best part is that the list is always expanding. Whether it’s a multi-day trip, an interpretive hike, or a stroll, Algoma has a diverse and robust list of hiking trails available for all skill levels including […]

Snowshoeing in Algoma for the Beginner

January 10, 2024 By Cory St. Pierre

As the days turn shorter and the mercury begins to drop for the winter season, we’re always tempted to just cozy up on the couch with a warm cup of hot cocoa and hibernate indoors for the next 4 months. But if you’re like me and love to walk and hike in the warmer months, […]

One Week in Algoma Country

December 11, 2023 By Colin Field

A week isn’t long enough in Algoma Country. There’s simply too much to do. I mean, I didn’t even get to go mountain biking with Jan Roubal (I did run into him in the parking lot at the mountain bike trails though, he was grinning happily despite the blood dripping from his elbows). I didn’t […]

The Mountain Experience

December 8, 2023 By Heather Bot

With an annual snowfall in the region of 10 feet, and Lake Superior alone dropping 250 – 300 inches of snow in one season. Because of this, the region is home to a lot of deep pow, carving out perfect conditions to ski and snowboard in Algoma. Let’s take a look. Searchmont Resort – Downhill […]

The Algoma Winter Guide

November 23, 2023 By Heather Bot

Algoma in winter is a brand-new season of fun: crisp air, and freshly falling snow that twinkles in the sun or under evening lights at night. You can do so many things during this time of year. Ski or snowshoe, ice skate, cozy up to a crackling fire, or stay warm indoors to shop or […]

The Beauty of Birdwatching in Algoma Country

November 21, 2023 By Heather Bot

Birdwatching is a great way to spend time outdoors in Algoma Country. It’s an activity that’s great for families and groups of friends where you’ll get lots of fresh air and exercise. If you’re new to birdwatching here are some basics you’ll need: Binoculars Field Guide or App Camera Sturdy shoes or hiking boots There […]

Fall Colour Driving Tours in Algoma

September 7, 2023 By Heather Bot

The air is cool, with early mornings having a distinct nip in the air. Summer attire is packed away for another year and is replaced with woollen sweaters. It’s Pumpkin Spice everything. Read below about the fall colour driving tours in Algoma Country. These tours bring you to the best of the colours. Vibrant reds, […]

Fall Colour Trips By Hike, Bike and Paddle in Algoma

September 5, 2023 By Heather Bot

Autumn really heightens all your senses. Fall colour trips by hike, bike or paddle in Algoma means you’re literally immersed in the landscape. You can hear the sounds, see the vibrant colours, listen to nature and wildlife, feel the crispness in the air and smell the change in the season. Check the fall colour report […]

Housekeeping or American Plan

December 14, 2022 By Heather Bot

When it comes to planning your outdoor adventure in Algoma Country, there’s a lot to think about. Because there’s a lot to do! Where to stay is going to be at the top of the list. The Algoma region is home to a variety of accommodations: hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, lodges, resorts, and […]

How to Preserve Nature in Algoma

June 27, 2022 By Heather Bot

As residents of Algoma Country, we’re lucky to be located in beautiful Northern Ontario! Surrounded by beautiful forests, pristine lakes and rivers, wildlife and clean fresh air. There’s a lot of adventure here and a lot to protect. We’ve put together a list of ways you can help to preserve nature in Algoma’s natural surroundings. […]

Algoma in the Winter

October 29, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

It’s late November, you wonder where did the last ten plus months go? The sun sets sooner and rises later as late fall transcends into December. Snow squalls become the daily weather event. For the winter enthusiast, the outdoors beckons. Algoma and the Superior coast has no shortage of an amazing array of winter landscapes […]

9 Things to Do this Fall in Algoma

September 10, 2021 By Martin Lortz

Hello fall, welcome back! As the good times of summer fade to memory, it’s time to refocus on the upcoming show of nature’s splendour as the landscape prepares to transform itself into a boldly coloured artist’s canvas. The obvious plan is to focus on the leaves as they transition from everyday green to a red, […]

Big Adventures Await in Little Rapids

August 9, 2021 By Cory St. Pierre

Located in the Municipality of Huron Shores, the small community of Little Rapids is only a short 5 km/3.1 mi drive North of the town of Thessalon. But don’t let the size fool you, the community is full of history and is the perfect place to take a day trip and explore. Speaking of history, […]

The Gales of November – A Short History

March 25, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

It is early November, I am making my way to Wawa to lead the annual Gales of November Photo Workshop. It is a 9-hour drive from my home just west of Algonquin Provincial Park to Rock Island Lodge. The weather looks great in Sault Ste. Marie but after that, snow squalls are on the menu […]

St. Joseph Island Night Life

March 22, 2021 By Sheri Minardi

While the island sleeps, the night sky is alive and dancing with colour! Yes, the Aurora Borealis can be seen every now and again! St. Joseph Island is located 62 km or 50 minutes east of Sault Ste. Marie in the District of Algoma. It is east of the St. Marys River on Lake Huron. […]

Fall in Algoma – Off the Beaten Path

March 6, 2021 By Rob Stimpson

Trivia – Ontario has around 120,000 km of paved roads as well as 70,000 unpaved roads. Not many of us venture off the beaten path to explore the gems tucked from the tourist guides but if you are adventurous then a drive up Highway 129 and maybe a detour along Highway 554 and 546 is […]

Hiking the Sand River Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park

October 2, 2020 By Cory St. Pierre

Hiking has always been my passion and Lake Superior Provincial Park has no shortage of trails to explore. Whether hiking to a scenic lookout or exploring along the mighty Lake Superior coast, there is always something new to see! Luckily I am fortunate enough to live close by in Sault Ste. Marie where access to […]

The Orphan Lake Trail

September 24, 2020 By Cory St. Pierre

As the air starts to cool and the leaves begin the much-anticipated transition from their many hues of green to a brighter amber, crimson and auburn, it’s time to hit the trails! From birding and fishing to canoeing and kayaking, Lake Superior Provincial Park has you covered for several day trip opportunities. Additionally, the Park […]

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 […]

Five Days of Winter in Algoma – Day Three – Hiawatha Highlands

January 31, 2018 By Martin Lortz

If you ask me if I consider myself a cross-country skier the answer would be yes but it’s complicated. There was a time in my youth when, as a family, we would venture north every weekend through the winter. With backpacks filled with snacks and hot chocolate, we would explore the trails for hours. These […]

Aubrey Falls Provincial Park is a Perfect Day Trip

May 6, 2017 By Greg Sacco

Aubrey Falls is a true hidden gem situated in Aubrey Falls Provincial Park, Mississagi River Valley, located 109 km north of Thessalon. It makes a perfect day trip to enjoy Algoma’s diversity. The landscapes change as you make your way up picturesque Highway 129 North winding beside the Mississagi River. The whole drive is scenic […]

5 Incredible Hikes to Do in Algoma

August 10, 2016 By Heather Bot

During Spring, Summer or Fall, these 5 incredible hikes are a great way to explore the beauty of Algoma. Some lead to waterfalls, some lead to breathtaking views of Lake Superior, and some lead to ancient sites. 1. Potholes Provincial Park A short interpretive trail winds through a garden-like setting in the beautiful Boreal Forest. […]

Top Five Must Dos When Visiting Sault Ste. Marie

June 24, 2016 By Heather Bot

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 […]

The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

April 13, 2016 By James Smedley

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 […]

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 Outsider – Photography in Algoma

March 15, 2016 By James Smedley

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 […]

The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

March 4, 2016 By James Smedley

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 […]