As a four-season destination, we get to enjoy 12 months of activity in our region. But after a winter season of snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoe fun, Spring is a welcome friend. It’s a new season of activities and adventures. Below are five ways you can experience the spring season (April, May, and early June).
1. Sugar Shacks and Pancake Breakfasts
Stacks of pancakes topped with sweet sticky maple syrup is the number one way we celebrate Spring in Algoma! There are many places to enjoy locally made syrup and unlimited pancake breakfast. You can take part in a pancake breakfast and buy a bottle or two to make your own at home.
Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie will be hosting their annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Conservation Authority Sugar Shack. You’ll enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausages served with St. Joseph Island maple syrup.
Location: 1100 Fifth Line East
Phone: (705) 542-5438
Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast
Gilbertson’s Pancake House
The pancake house on St. Joseph Island officially opened its doors for a new season of pancakes and syrup on Monday March 5, 2018 and will continue until Saturday April 21, 2018. The menu consists of pancakes, French toast, waffles, granola bowls and a variety of other breakfast items, all served with Gilbertson’s syrup. You can also purchase products including some of their signatures: pancake flour, maple mustard or even BBQ sauces.
Location: 3090 Huron Line, Richards Landing
Phone: (705) 246-2066
St. Joseph Island Maple Syrup Festival
The Royal Canadian Legion is celebrating its 50th anniversary of the maple syrup festival. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausages served with St. Joseph Island maple syrup. You can also buy local crafts, maple candy and maple syrup.
Location: 1534 10th Side Road Richards Landing
Phone (705) 246-2494
St. Joseph Island Lion’s Club “All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfasts”
You can enjoy the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast every 4th Sunday of the month (except December) at the Hilton Beach Community Hall.
Location: 3050 Hilton Road, Hilton Beach
Phone: (705) 989-4110
2. Go Waterfalling
Melting snow provides an exciting thrill of watching roaring waterfalls! Spring is the best time to see and photograph these natural wonders. Pack a picnic lunch, your camera and take a road trip to go waterfalling.
3. May Walleye Opener
Read Opening Day for Ontario Walleye
Ask any fishermen who has fished in Ontario and they will tell that Spring Walleye Opener is their favourite way to welcome the new season! There are many lodges and resorts, outposts, cottage resorts and campgrounds that offer spring fishing packages with cottages, boats and motors, some with meal plans and even guide services to help you find that amazing catch. Whether your goal is to land a big walleye to catch and release for another day, or to be able to save a few for a tasty shore lunch, you’ll love fishing our lakes.
Learn more: www.fishalgoma.net
Spring means no snowbanks and no icy snow covered roadways. It also means it’s time to take out your bicycle. This is a great time of year to cycle in Algoma Country to enjoy the open country roads and see the landscape coming alive. New buds on the trees, spring flowers in bloom, returning songbirds and the gentle sounds of rushing water.
5. Go ATVing
Snowmobiles are put away for another year and now it’s time to ATV. There are lots of locations in Algoma Country to take your ATV and even do some mud bogging. You can plan a self-guided tour, or book a guided tour through local outfitters and trail systems:
Elliot Lake ATV Trail System
One of the top trail systems in Ontario. Purchase your permit and get your map at the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre.
255 King's Hwy 108
Magpie Relay Resort, Dubreuilville
Offers ATVing packages either guided or self-guided with accommodations in and around the northern community of Dubreuilville.
Learn more: magpierelay.ca/atv/
Bristol Outfitters, Wawa
Offers ATVing packages with guide service, accommodations, fish fry and bonfire in and around the town of Wawa.
Learn more: bristoloutfitters.com/
Offers ATVing packages for half-day, full-day and weekends including ATV and safety gear in various locations in Algoma.
Learn more: www.mukwa.ca/
Offers ATV rentals for half day and full day, guided and self-guided trips.
Learn more: www.mountainviewlodge.ca
Woods & Waters Workshop with James Smedley
Algoma Country’s beautiful landscape didn’t go unnoticed by the Group of Seven; they had many painting trips here in the early 1900s. A.Y. Jackson was co-owner cabin on Lake Superior in Wawa in the 1950s, and was often seen painting on Sandy Beach and around Michipicoten. Spring is a magical time in Algoma and photographer James Smedley will teach new techniques to help you hone your skills while you photograph the magnificent surroundings. You’ll also stay at Rock Island Lodge.