Surroundings, Sault Ste Marie
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point, Canada
Artifacts at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum include the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald, photos of shipping disasters as well as artifacts and exhibits from sailors and ships that braved Lake Superior. Tours of the lightkeeper's quarters are available.
Agawa Canyon Tour Train
Between June and mid-October the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) runs a particularly delightful excursion from Sault Ste Marie to the Agawa Canyon. The train winds its way along the 183 km / 114 mi of track amidst the mountainous Algoma scenery, taking about 2.5 hours to reach the impressive gorge through which wild, amber-colored water rages and roars (the most striking views are obtained by walking up to the Bridal Veil and the Black Beaver Falls). The journey is at its loveliest in autumn when the leaves are on the turn.The ACR also runs excursions to the Agawa Canyon in winter, continuing beyond Agawa as far as Eton. This is an opportunity for nature-lovers and photographers alike to revel in the entrancing winter landscape - the trees with their thick caps of snow, the streams and lakes covered with ice, the waterfalls frozen into the strangest shapes.
The old lumber town of Thessalon (population 1500), north of Sault Ste Marie, occupies a pleasant river-mouth site at the head of Lake Huron. During the warmer months it is busy with holidaymakers, one of the attractions being its marina.There are falls situated just off Highway 129 between Thessalon and Chapleau. The now dammed Mississagi River plummets over a distinctive 39m (128ft) escarpment, carving a path for itself through a gorge.
St Joseph Island
St Joseph Island lies in the channel leading from Lake Huron to Lake Superior, at the western end of the Manitoulin chain of islands in Lake Huron. It is of some geological interest on account of its jasper conglomerate or "pudding stone".Still very rural in character the island is becoming increasingly popular as a leisure area, with good angling and swimming.
St Joseph Island Museum
About 6km / 4mi south of the bridge linking St Joseph Island to the mainland there is a museum of local history with an interesting collection of memorabilia from pioneer days.The St Joseph Island Museum complex consists of a variety of pioneer buildings including a general store, log home, school and more.
Fort St Joseph National Historic Site
On the south-west side of St Joseph Island stands the ruined Fort St Joseph (1796-1812), now designated a historical monument. The Visitors Center explains the one time military and economic significance of the fort (the fur trade, European-Indian relations, etc.). Nearby is an extensive animal reserve and bird sanctuary.
Searchmont, a winter sports resort, is situated about 50 km / 31 mi north of Sault Ste Marie on Highway 556.Searchmont offers a ski hill with onsite accommodation and other tourist amenities.
Timber Village Museum, Blind River, Canada
The Timber Village Museum in Blind River focuses on recounting local history. The museum also exhibits the work of local artists. See photos showing what the town looked like in bygone days.
Forest Ecology Trail
Reached via Highway 565 the Forest Ecology Trail ("Deer Run" and "Windfall" trails) is open to walkers from the end of June until August. Guided walks are available.
Map of Sault Ste Marie Attractions