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A Cultural Past

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

Lake Superior means many things to many people

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 Canada’s Indigenous people and the power of Lake Superior itself through artwork, exhibits, and the environment.

Lake Superior Provincial Park Visitor Centre

Discover “The Power of Lake Superior” with a stop at the Visitor Centre at Agawa Bay 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 Indigenous heritage, with artifacts that have been carbon-dated to 500 B.C.

On-site Services: washrooms, 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 paintings in red ochre. Representations of people and canoes, a bear, an eagle, a horse, a turtle, and others can be viewed at the site.

Be Respectful: This is a sacred site that we respect and want to preserve. 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, the Sandy Beach Pavilion tells the history of the early settlements and relocations over several hundred years by Michipicoten First Nation. The focal point is the Michipicoten First Nation storyboard and medicine wheel. It is also an eco-sensitive environment.

Group of Seven painter, A.Y. Jackson, once shared ownership of 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 beautifully handcrafted Indigenous and other Canadian-made arts, crafts, and wood carvings. It has grown to include three shops: the Trading Post, the Carver, and the Campers Store.

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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