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A Cultural Past

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A Cultural Past

Explore the power and past of Lake Superior at these cultural sites. • Credit: Algoma Country

Lake Superior means many things to many people and has a fascinating past



A volcanic past is not the only one that can be discovered along the Lake Superior coastline; it also has a deep-rooted cultural background. A drive up the winding highway from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Wawa, Ontario leads you on the path of learning about the ancestors of Canada’s Indigenous people who settled in Algoma Country to fish, hunt and gather. Discover and learn their heritage and stories through artwork, exhibits, and the environment.

Lake Superior Provincial Park Visitor Centre

Discover “The Power of Lake Superior” with a stop at the Visitors Centre which features indoor and outdoor displays, an activity room, an indoor theatre and the Lake Effects gift shop. One of Ontario’s largest provincial parks, Lake Superior Provincial Park has a deep aboriginal heritage, with uncovered artifacts carbon-dated back to 500 B.C.

On-site Services: washrooms, coffee service, WiFi, daily park permits, overnight camping permits, firewood, ice, and canoe rentals (spring and fall)
Park Activities: several hiking trails are located in the park, paddle the many canoe routes and fishing
Points of Interest: Old Woman Bay, Katherine Cove, Alona Bay Lookout, Agawa Bay Lookout, Sand River

lspp visitorcentre (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Agawa Rock Pictographs

Accessible by a moderate 30-minute to one-hour hike on Agawa Bay, the Agawa Rock Pictographs are located on a white granite cliff, the drawings in red ochre. Representations of canoes, a bear, an eagle, a horse, a turtle, as well as mythical ones, the Agawa site is one of the most visited indigenous archaeological sites in Canada.

Be Respectful: This is a sacred site that we respect and want to preserve for future generations. Please do not touch the paintings.
Best Viewing Times: Caution is advised on days when Lake Superior is rough. Viewing is best when the lake is calm.

agawarock pictographs lspp (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Sandy Beach Pavilion

Located in the Michipicoten Bay area of Lake Superior near Wawa, Ontario, The Sandy Beach Pavilion tells the history of the early settlements and relocations over several hundred years by the Michipicoten First Nation and its people. The focal point is the Michipicoten First Nation storyboard and medicine wheel. It is also an eco-sensitive environment. The Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson once owned a cabin on Sandy Beach; a Group of Seven interpretive sign at the beach depicts his painting Shoreline, Wawa, Lake Superior. For more information about the Group of Seven interpretive signs, click here.

sandybeach pavillion(Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Agawa Crafts and the Canadian Carver

Since 1972, this business on Hwy 17 at Pancake Bay is a showcase for unique, Canadian-made arts and crafts. It has grown to include three shops: Agawa Crafts and The Canadian Carver, and the Campers Store. The shops sell beautiful, high-quality Indigenous art and crafts and wood carvings.

On-site Services: full-service gas bar, WiFi, pet rest area, firewood and ice, LCBO and more
What's Nearby: Pancake Bay Provincial Park, restaurants and places to stay

agawacrafts aboriginalartwork(Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Recommended Routes

There are two routes we recommend to bring you to these places located along the lake: Ride Lake Superior, and The Grand Algoma.

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Sault-Ste Marie is a 7 hour drive from Toronto

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