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Old Woman Bay

The bay is named for the rock formation that resembles the face of an old woman. • Credit: Greg Sacco
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Old Woman Bay

A must stop on your ride around Lake Superior

At the northern tip of Lake Superior Provincial Park resides Old Woman Bay. Whether driving north from Sault Ste. Marie or south from Wawa, always demands attention upon arrival. With close proximity and accessible parking for all, it makes a great place for a day's adventure along Superior. There are no camping options for this area of the park; a nearby option is Rabbit Blanket Lake Campground.

A long sandy beach populated with driftwood surrounds you with the true beauty of Algoma at Old Woman Bay. Looking towards the horizon, the face of the Old Woman can be seen within the 200-metre standing cliffs to the left. The bay horseshoes out to the main body of Superior to the north, leading you to Entrance Island. With easy access, Old Woman Bay makes for a great spot year-round for picnics, sightseeing, fishing, even a swim if you don’t mind the cold!

(Photo credit: Greg Sacco)

There are hiking options available for those looking to spend time off the beaten path. The Nokomis Trail is located on the north-eastern side of the highway across from the Old Woman Bay parking area.


- It is a 5-km round trip and offers a beautiful view of Lake Superior and Old Woman Bay.

- There are parking fees. Find out fees by clicking here

(Photo credit: Greg Sacco)

Getting to Old Woman Bay 

From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario follow Trans-Canada Highway/ON-17 N for 215 km through Lake Superior Provincial Park until you’ve reached the signs for Old Woman Bay Scenic Lookout.

From north of Wawa, Ontario follow Trans-Canada Highway/ON-17 S for 20 km to Lake Superior Provincial Park and begin your adventure at Old Woman Bay.

Fuel Notes

Buying fuel in this area is limited throughout the seasons, and also depending on the time of day. Make sure you have at least four hours' worth of gas if you plan on staying the whole day to ensure a safe return home.

Where to buy fuel (and snacks): Sault Ste. Marie, Voyageurs’ Lodge & Cookhouse, Agawa Crafts & The Canadian Carver, Young’s General Store, Wawa

(Photo credit: Greg Sacco)

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