Last month, we shared ways for you to feel like a local in Blind River. In this blog, we want you to get to know the town of Thessalon. Situated on the North Channel of Lake Huron, Thessalon is a waterfront community with countless boating, sailing, and paddling opportunities as well as Lake Huron fish excursions. There are also many hiking trails nearby and beaches for sunbathing and swimming.
THE RED BRIDGE
(our feature photo)
Affectionately known to its residents as "The Red Bridge," the Government Road Bridge has been part of the town for about 100 years. It spans 100 feet across the Thessalon River, connecting the east and west sides of town. The bridge was originally built of wood and constructed in the late 1880s. The current bridge is made of steel and is open to pedestrian, cyclists, and vehicular traffic.
LOTS OF GREAT FISHING
The Thessalon River meanders through town, and we bet you didn’t know that it’s home to diverse species of fish! These include: walleye, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, muskie, salmon, speckled trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. You’ll find lots of great spots for casting from shore. But the excellent fishing doesn’t stop there. Thessalon is surrounded by many(!) inland lakes, which means lots of great fishing!
What is this? It’s the big red Muskoka chair, located at Pinecrest Trailer Park on Hwy 17. You can climb up to the top of this roadside attraction for a photo op. It’s fun!
EATS AND DRINKS
You’ll find fresh coffee, delicious homemade baking, and even take-out pizza in Thessalon.
- Carolyn Beach Inn & Restaurant - Open daily lunch and dinner hours. Serves a variety of lunch and dinner specials.
- Jo-Anna’s Bakery & Café - Open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Purchase homemade baking and bread, coffee, serves soup, sandwiches and coffee.
- Moir’s Convenience Store - Open daily. Serves fresh take-out pizza and homemade baking.
- Sunset Beach Family Restaurant - Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serves a variety of meals and homemade baking.
PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
Get a fresh taste of Algoma! Located in nearby Little Rapids, Flood’s Farms offers u-pick for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. This is a great place to get a taste of locally grown fruit for pies and pastry desserts, or fresh berries to top your morning oatmeal and yogurt.
Open daily June, July and August from 8 am to 8 pm. Call ahead for picking conditions or place your order.
46 Collver Road, Little Rapids
Phone: (705) 842-3925
Other products they sell are Christmas trees and trees for landscaping (native to the area).
VISIT THE SHOPS
These in-town shops and nearby specialty stores offer a variety of apparel or home décor, local food products, gifts, and more.
- Barb’s #1 Embroidery
- Creative Basket
- Forestland Clothing & Gifts
- Forever Flowers by Design
- Jones' Valu-Mart
- Little Rapids General Store
- Main Street Pharmacy
- Stedman’s V&S Department Store
- The Scrapbook Room
- Thessalon Flower Pot
What was early settler life like in Thessalon? Get a glimpse at the Heritage Park Museum in Little Rapids. Open July and August, the authentic displays include a general store, blacksmith shop, drive shed, schoolhouse and a pioneer home.
Hidden Gem: The Annual Country Fair and Silent Auction is held on the Monday of the August Civic Holiday weekend. From 11 am-3 pm, there’s live music, cooking and baking, activities for the kids, vendors and artisans, and historical demonstrations.
See the 12-Sided Barns
There are only three 12-sided barns in Canada, and two are located in Algoma. The Cordukes/Weber Barn in Sowerby is only a 12-minute drive from Thessalon and hosts a farmers’ market in the summer on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. The Round Barn Gift Shop, just 10 minutes from Thessalon, is open all summer and sells antiques and beautiful gifts.
There are bed & breakfasts, motels and cottage resorts in area, all within close proximity to Thessalon. Plan your vacation in Thessalon and area today. Find places to stay at www.algomacountry.com