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, 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 park, paddle the many canoe routes, and fishing.
Points of interest: Old Woman Bay, Katherine Cove, Alona Bay Lookout, Agawa Bay Lookout, Sand River
Agawa Rock Pictographs
Accessible by a moderate 30-minute to one-hour hike on Agawa Bay, the Agawa 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.
Show Respect: This is a sacred site and we want to not only respect but preserve the site for future generations. Please do not to touch the paintings.
Best Viewing Times: Caution is advised on days when Lake Superior is rough. Viewing is best when the lake is calm.
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 story board and medicine wheel. It is also an Eco sensitive environment. 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 interpetive signs, click here.
Agawa Crafts and the Canadian Carver
Since 1972, this family run business on 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 aboriginal art and crafts and wood carvings.