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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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Hilton Beach Inn

Hilton Beach, Ontario

Deluxe motel rooms and suites all with balconies and waterfront view. Enjoy our BBQ smokehouse restaurant and outdoor deck overlooking the marina.

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.

Quattro Suites & Conference Centre

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

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Searchmont Resort

Searchmont, Ontario

Searchmont Resort located in the mountains of the Canadian Shield, 48 km north of Sault Ste. Marie with charming chalet and villa lodging.

Catalina Motel

Sault Ste. Marie, OntarioBook Now

Quality Value & Friendly Service. AAA/CAA recommended. DVD players, Free Hi-Speed with laptops available, A/C, microwaves, coffee, and mini fridge.

Limberlost Lodge

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Excellent housekeeping cottages. Clean, comfortable & well equipped. Fish the lakes, rivers & streams in the Mississagi Valley for numerous species.

Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Consisting of the 2 oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto, the Ermatinger-Clergue Site features interactive exhibits and costumed interpreters.

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Perfectly located in the heart of Downtown Sault Ste. Marie featuring an indoor pool, exercise room, and free Express Start breakfast.

Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse

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Escape to nature on two private islands located in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Enjoy the outdoors, explore our islands, fish or just relax.

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site – Parks Canada

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Discover walking trails, the Canadian lock, photo-worthy sandstone heritage buildings and the world's only remaining Emergency Swing Dam.

Joe’s Sports and Surplus

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Conveniently Located Downtown Sault Ste. Marie on Queen Street, just off the International Bridge is a one-stop shop for all your outdoor needs.

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.

Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant

Thessalon, Ontario

Come spend the night at the inn while taking in the breath-taking panoramic view of our own private bay and sandy beach. We are open all year-round.

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.

The Outpost Lodge

Thessalon, Ontario

Located 28 miles north of Thessalon on Lake Jobamageeshig, Our lodge features a majestic 1938 Adirondak style main lodge with a private dining room.

Trunk Road Motel

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

"Your preferred stay away from Home" We are committed to providing you with a superior experience when staying with us.

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.

Mountain Maple Products

Richards Landing, Ontario

Situated on St. Joseph Island we are one of 30 island syrup producers. Our products have be sold as gifts to 26 different countries around the world.

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.

Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site – Parks Canada

Richards Landing, Ontario

Once a thriving community of soldiers, Aboriginal people, and fur traders, visit the fort where the War of 1812 began.

Agawa Canyon Tour Train

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

One day wilderness rail excursions to Agawa Canyon, operates from early June to mid October. Please contact us for information on exact dates.

Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton Beach, Ontario

Newly expanded in 2005. Services include gas, pump out, laundromat, showers, clothing, charts and ice. Dockside water and power (30 and 50 amp).

Birch Lake Resort

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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.

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.

Driftwood Valley Chalets

Searchmont, Ontario

Driftwood Valley Chalets is minutes from the slopes fully equipped housekeeping chalets located on Goulais River and on the D trail to halfway haven.

Wakomata Shores Resort

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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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Directory

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
Birch Lake Resort99 Basswood Lake RoadThessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-2219
Bruce Bay Cottages & LighthousePO Box 58, French & McKay IslandBruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705-785-3473
Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant1 Lakeside DriveThessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-3330
Catalina Motel259 Great Northern Rd, Hwy 17B NSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z2705-945-9260
Comfort Inn333 Great Northern RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z8705-759-8000
Days Inn & Suites332 Bay StreetSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 1X1705-759-1400
Driftwood Valley Chalets375 Whitman Dam RoadSearchmont ON, P0S 1J0705-781-3128
Fairfield Inn & Suites633 Great Northern RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 5A1705-253-7378
Hilton Beach Inn3117 Mark St.Hilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-257-5235
Holiday Inn Express320 Bay StSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 1X1705-759-8200
Holiday Motel435 Trunk RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3T1705-759-8608
Limberlost Lodge8 Limberlost LaneThessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-841-2521
Quattro Suites & Conference Centre229 Great Northern RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z2705-942-2500
Searchmont Resort103 Searchmont Resort RoadSearchmont ON, POS 1J0705-781-2340
Stonefield House Bed & Breakfast2380 V Line RR 2Richards Landing ON, P9R 1J0705-246-1616
The Outpost LodgeRR 3, 8572 Highway 129Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-841-2518
Trunk Road Motel759 Trunk RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3T3705-946-1933
Wakomata Shores Resort9538A HWY 129Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-698-3249
Algoma Cabins & Motel1713 Queen St ESault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 2G8705-256-8681
Algonquin Hotel864 Queen St ESault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 2B4705-253-2311
Ambassador Motel1275 Great Northern RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 0B9705 759 6199
Aubrey Falls Trading Post & ResortON-129Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-841-2575
Bavarian Inn & Restaurant9181 Ontario 17Bruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705-785-3447
Beadles Bed and Breakfast276 Water StreetThessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-2023
Big Basswood Lake Camp & Trailer ParkBox 29, RR #2Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-3802
Bobbers Motel & Restaurant9161 Trans-Canada HwyBruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705-785-3485
Brownlee Lake Park – Resort & Campground136 Brownlee Road RR #2Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-2118
Canadian Motor Hotel410 Pim StSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 2V1705-253-3257
Carpenter Lake CabinsRR 2Bruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705-805-0520
Howard Johnson503 Trunk Rd, Hwy 17Sault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3T1705-253-2327
Kathy’s Bed and Bring Your Own Breakfast75 Stanley Street, Box 556Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-0837
Manitou Motel1279 Wellington St ESault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 2P5705-253-0843
Microtel724 Great Northern RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 5A3705-910-0180
Mountain View Bed & Breakfast6506 A Highway #129Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-841-1140
Northlander Motel243 Great Northern RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z2705-254-6452
Otterhead Cabin & CampgroundRR #2Bruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705 949-3932
Pine Crest Campground and Cottages12519 Hwy 17 E, P.O Box 517Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-2635
Pine Grove Motel1515 Trunk RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 6X9705-759-1202
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
Shady Pines Motel1587 Trunk RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 6X9705-759-0088
Skyline Motel232 Great Northern RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z5705-942-1240
Sleep Inn727 Bay StSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 6Y3877-953-7533
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
Super 8184 Great Northern RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 4Z3705-910-2585
Three Oak Resort2197 Centreline Rd, RR #1Bruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0888-287-6928
Travellers Motel859 Trunk RdSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3T3705-949-9777
Whispering WindsSeymour Lake, Seymour Lake Rd Hwy 129, P.O. Box 5 Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-251-9664
Windmill Campground44 Windmill Road PO Box 209Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-3464
Woods CabinsMile 212 ACRSault Ste. Marie ON, P0S 1G0705-884-2211
Business NameAddressCity/TownPhone Number
Agawa Canyon Tour Train129 Bay Street, P.O. Box 130Sault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 6Y2705-946-7300
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre50 Pim StreetSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3G4705-945-6242
Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site831 Queen Street EastSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 5N1705-759-5443
Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site – Parks CanadaPO Box 220Richards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-2664
Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site – Parks Canada1 Canal DriveSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 6W4705-941-6262
Searchmont Resort103 Searchmont Resort RoadSearchmont ON, POS 1J0705-781-2340
Business NameAddressCity/TownPhone Number
Hilton Beach Inn3117 Mark St.Hilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-257-5235
Trunk Road Motel759 Trunk RoadSault Ste. Marie ON, P6A 3T3705-946-1933
Bavarian Inn & Restaurant9181 Ontario 17Bruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705-785-3447
Bobbers Motel & Restaurant9161 Trans-Canada HwyBruce Mines ON, P0R 1C0705-785-3485
Brownlee Lake Park – Resort & Campground136 Brownlee Road RR #2Thessalon ON, P0R 1L0705-842-2118
Camille’s Island Cafe1202 Gore StreetRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-7377
Canadian Motor Hotel410 Pim StSault Ste. Marie ON, P6B 2V1705-253-3257
Carmine’s Pizza & Subs2771 Hwy 17 NGoulais River ON, P0S 1E0705-649-0345
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
Josephs Homestead Pub and Grill89 Anderson RoadGoulais River ON, P0S 1E0705-649-7000
La Terrazza Franzisi1140 Richards StreetRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-1500
Mom’s Restaurant1581 Bridge RoadRichards Landing ON, P0R 1J0705-246-3703
Mrs. Mac’s1586 Bridge RoadSt. Joseph Island ON, P0R 1J0705-246-0123
Northwinds Restaurant2771 Hwy 17 NGoulais River ON, P0S 1E0705-649-3757
Tilt’n Hilton Steakhouse & Beverage Co3120 Marks StHilton Beach ON, P0R 1G0705-246-2204
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