Island North Drive

From Sault Ste. Marie, this loop around St. Joseph Island is a great way to spend the day. The Island North Drive is a must do as there is very little traffic on these country roads, which makes it appealing. This loop brings you through rolling countryside and small farming communities, then branches off to St. Joseph Island. You’ll find many places to eat, places to stay, shop, interesting sites and attractions, and scenic stops with views of Lake Huron.

After the island, return to Highway 17 to the communities of Bruces Mines and Thessalon, then take Highway 129. Mississagi Valley is one of the most scenic places in Ontario. From 129, you’ll follow the Hwy 556 at Ranger Lake. This wilderness drive leads through the beautiful forests of Algoma to Searchmont and back to Hwy 17. Although this drive can be completed in a day, there is plenty of things to do along the route and you’ll want to make it at least a 2-day drive.

5 Musts Along the Drive

  • Farmers’ Markets, Festivals and Events
  • Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site of Canada, St. Joseph Island Museum, Bruce Mines Museum, Simpson Mine Shaft tour
  • Visit gift and artisan shops, antique and vintage shops along the route
  • Visit Aubrey Falls on Hwy 129 (Group of Seven sign)
  • Hike to a scenic spot to picnic


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Bay Front Quality Inn & Suites

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

A “Platinum Award Winning” full service Hotel with 108 rooms including 18 suites. Enjoy our indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, and fitness centre.

Bel-Air Motel

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

14 times City Beautification award winner. CAA/AAA approved. 30 Large spacious air conditioned rooms with free High speed internet & computer access.

Glenview Campground

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

Glenview's Campground is open May 15th to October 15th. We can accommodate all kinds of campers from big rig Class A motor homes to tents.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

Whether traveling on business or pleasure, Sault Ste. Marie's newest hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites located in beautiful uptown Sault Ste. Marie.

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is housed in the historic waterfront hangar where aviation in northern Ontario took flight.

Stonefield House Bed & Breakfast

Richards Landing, Ontario

Stonefield House is an idyllic country retreat situated on 85 private acres of mixed forest and meadow on Picture Perfect St. Joseph Island.

Ojibway Tent & Trailer Park

Garden River, Ontario

Ojibway Park, Home of Laughing Water Beach in Garden River. Ojibway Park is family friendly campground situated along the shore of Lake George.

Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites is a full-service independent Inn, with 176 well-appointed rooms, suites and family accommodations.


Business NameAddressCity/TownPhone Number
Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites360 Great Northern RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z7705-949-8111
Bay Front Quality Inn & Suites180 Bay StreetSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 6S2705-945-9264
Bel-Air Motel398 Pim Street Hwy 17B NorthSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 2V1705-256-2285
Fairfield Inn & Suites633 Great Northern RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 5A1705-253-7378
Puddingstone Place B& B1672 Russel St, P.O Box 47Richards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-2501
Rains Homestead Century Farm B & B1316 A Line Road RR#1Richards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-2556
Stonefield House Bed & Breakfast2380 V Line RR 2Richards Landing ON, P9R 1J0705-246-1616
Sunnyside Bed & Breakfast1328 Sailor's EncampmentSt. Joseph Island ON, P0R 1J0705-246-1555
Sunset Bay Bed & Breakfast & Studios2195 Huron Line- RR1Richards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-2177
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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre50 Pim StreetSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3G4705-945-6242
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Camille’s Island Cafe1202 Gore StreetRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-7377
Dry Dock Restaurant3112 Marks StreetHilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-246-0850
Gilbertson’s Pancake House3090 Huron LineRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-2066
Island Bakery & Café2389 D Line Road Hwy 548St. Joseph Island ON, P0R 1J0705-246-0282
Island Bar & Grill3117 Marks StreetHilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-246-0063
Island Scoop Ice Cream Shop3100 Bowker StreetHilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-989-4102
Jo-Anna’s Bakery and Café212 Main StreetThessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-2233
La Terrazza Franzisi1140 Richards StreetRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-1500
Mom’s Restaurant1581 Bridge RoadRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-3703
Mrs. Mac’s2408 D LineSt. Joseph Island ON, P0R 1J0705-246-0123
Tilt’n Hilton Steakhouse & Beverage Co3120 Marks StHilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-246-2204
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