a guide to the towns and communities of algoma country

A complete reference guide to the communities in Algoma Country.

Our region's communities make a great base for adventure



Algoma Country is framed by Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and our region begins just east of Spanish, as far west as Pukaswka National Park, as far north as Hearst, with Chapleau located in the heart of Algoma.

We hope the list below will help to plan a stop if you're traveling across Canada, thinking of moving to the region, and of course, help plan a week getaway or week-long vacation. Our communities offer everything you need from accommodations, dining experiences, shopping, festivals, events, and all the amenities you'd find at home.

Sault Ste. Marie

ssm-waterfront (Photo credit: Sault Tourism)

The largest city in Algoma Country, Sault Ste. Marie is situated on the St. Marys River, across from their twin sister, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The St. Marys River rapids is a world renowned fishing spot for pacific salmon, atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. Famed writer Ernest Hemingway fished the rapids in the 1950s. "The Soo", is known for being Naturally Gifted, as it's a gateway to many outdoor adventures. The city itself is home to many attractions and heritage sites: Agawa Canyon Tour Train, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site, Sault Ste. Museum, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site of Canada, Mill Market and much more. The city is well known for it's delicious Italian cuisine, pizza parlours and dining experiences, offers many shopping centres and boutiques, festivals and it's close proximity to outdoor adventures like hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and touring.
Learn more: www.saulttourism.com

Wawa

wawa (Photo credit: Rob Stimpson)

Wawa (Michipicoten) is on Samuel de Champlain's 1632 map, making it one of the oldest place names. One of the things that visitors remember most about Wawa is their famous Wawa Goose Monument, which has proudly welcomed visitors since the early 1960s. The town itself has a rich history and has been many places to many people: Aboriginal settlements, a fur trading post, logging camps, gold and iron ore mining. Wawa is now a hub for wilderness adventures with incredible fishing, hunting, hiking, paddling and touring experiences.
Learn more: www.wawa.cc

Dubreuilville

dubreuilville (Photo credit: Town of Dubreuilville)

A true Northern Ontario French Canadian Town, Dubreuilville is a friendly, vibrant community with a rich history. The story of Dubreuilville begins with the Dubreuil brothers of Quebec, who began harvesting lumber in the area and grew the business into a town. Today, the town is considered a sportsman's paradise with exceptional hunting, fishing, ATVing and snowmobiling.
Learn more: www.dubreuilville.ca

Chapleau

chapleau(Photo credit: Town of Chapleau)

Situated in the heart of Algoma Country, the town of Chapleau is just mere steps away from some of the finest wilderness in all of Ontario. Chapleau is home to the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve, the largest game preserve in the world. It encompasses more that 700,000 hectres and was set aside in 1925 to ensure this part of Northern Ontario wildlife population stayed healthy and thriving. Because of Chapleau's location, there are incredible opportunities to enjoy the outdoors: fishing, hunting, ATVing, hiking and paddling adventures. Chapleau won Canada's Ultimate Fishing Town by the World Fishing Network. There are hundreds of lakes and river systems perfect for any angler.
How to get here: go by car and enjoy the beautiful Mississagi Valley on Hwy 129, or take the Budd Car via Sudbury.
Learn more: www.chapleau.ca

White River

white-river (Photo credit: Town of White River)

White River is best known as the birthplace of the real black bear Winnie, who inspired A.A. Milne to write his Winnie-the-Pooh stories. To celebrate this unique heritage, the town holds annual Winnie-the-Pooh Festival each year in August. White River is also has a rich rail history and is a great base for outdoor adventures: fishing, hunting, paddling, and hiking trails. This town is a must stop on the Ride Lake Superior Motorcycle Route -- everyone wants to take their photo with the statue of Winnie in the town park, no matter your age.
Learn more: www.whiteriver.ca

Hornepayne

hornepayne (Photo credit: Town of Hornepayne)

Located north of White River, Hornepayne is situated in the heart of the Boreal Forest. This community is a haven for the outdoor adventurer: fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and many places to hike and paddle. There are many fly-in fishing lodges and resorts, some of which transform from fishing to hunting in the fall. Nearby Nagagamisis Provincial Park offers a true northern experience: the clear water and sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, there are canoeing opportunities, and excellent fishing.
How to get here: by road on Hwy 631, or by Via Passenger Rail.
Learn more: www.hornepayne.com

Hearst

hearst (Photo credit: Town of Hearst)

Discover the natural and cutural beauty of this northern community. Nestled in the Boreal Forest, Hearst is surrounded by beautiful lakes and rivers. There are many interesting attractions in town and area, and there are many events that take place through the year. Some events to definitely check out are: HOG Rally (3rd weekend of August each year), A Taste of Hearst Fair, Country Partridge Festival, and the Hearst Sur les Planches Festival. You'll also find great shopping at the local boutiques and dining. Hearst also perfect for the outdoor enthusiast for fishing and hunting trips, paddling and hiking, and even dog sledding.
Learn more: www.hearst.ca

Prince Township

Located west of Sault Ste. Marie, Prince Township is a pretty community with rolling farmland and lots of outdoor activities: snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, paddling and a great area for cycling. The Saulteaux Voyageur Trail Club organizes hikes throughout the year on the township's section of the Voyageur Trail. Gros Cap offers a boat launch. In the summer, learn the area's history with a trip to the museum or enjoy the annual Tractor Parade. 
Learn more: www.princetwp.ca

Echo Bay

echo-bay (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Located along the shores of Lake George, the Township of Macdonald, Merdith & Aberden Additional is surrounded by rolling farmland, making it a favourite for those that love country driving tours. The boardwalk on Lake George offers visitors picturesque views of Lake George. There are many accessible freshwater inland lakes perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. In the winter, there is great snowmobiling! In the fall, enjoy the Sylvan Circle Tour, a popular art and artisan tour that leads visitors along the country roads lined with our region's spectacular fall colours.
Also nearby: Laird International Raceway.
Learn more: www.echobay.ca

St. Joseph Island

st-joseph-island (Photo credit: St. Joseph island Chamber of Commerce)

St. Joseph Island is the second largest freshwater island in the world, and is situated in the channel between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. This island was once known as "Anipich" which in Ojibway means "place of the hardwood trees", then renamed by Jesuit missionaries to honor the patron saint of the new church they were building. The island was also once home to the British held Fort St. Joseph, now a national historic site in Canada. There are many outdoor recreational activities to do on the Island: boating and paddling, fishing, swimming and it is also appealing for cycling and touring because of its open country roads. There are two villages on the Island: Hilton Beach and Richards Landing. A few other things you might want to check out are: St. Joseph Island Museum, Adcocks Woodland Gardens and the Harmony Tea Room.
Learn more: www.sjichamber.ca

Hilton Beach

hilton-beach (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

The Village of Hilton Beach has many services like restaurants, accommodations, gift shops, a general store and a full service marina. The two biggest events that take place here annually are the Hilton Beach Car Show which features about 100 original restored cars, and the Arts at the Dock. Another must is the Old Town Hall concerts which brings in some of the best Canadian musicians.

For more information visit www.hiltonbeach.com

Richards Landing

richards-landing (Photo credit: Chris Hughes)

As the largest settlement on St. Joseph Island, Richards Landing provides a wide range of businesses and services, as recreational activities, culture and heritage. Incorporated in 1876, visitors will find a variety of shops, restaurants, historic sites and a municipal marina. There are many events and festivals that take place throughout the year in this community like the Maple Syrup Festival, concerts and art shows.
Learn more: www.stjosephtownship.com

Johnson Township

The township of Johnson was established in 1889 and the area is home to many freshwater lakes, public beaches and boat ramps. Visitors will enjoying cycling the open country roads through the farmland. In the summer, buy fresh local produce, ingredients, handmade artisan items and more at the Johnson Farmers' Market. Enjoy the walking trails, scenic lookouts and observe wildlife at the Kensington Conservancy. Annual events include the Family Pike Fishing Derby, the Big Buck Contest and more.
Learn more: www.johnsontownship.ca

Bruce Mines

bruce-mines (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Bruce Mines is a pretty waterfront community that was founded in 1846 as Canada's first copper mine. There are many country roads to tour in the summer and fall, plus many inland lakes that offer great fishing, and paddling opportunities. The area is known for its rich farmland where sand hill cranes can often be seen in the fields. There is a unique shopping district here for antiques and flea market fines. The town also has accommodations, restaurants and hosts a variety of events like the Cruisin' Car Show and the Fall Fair to name a few. Tour the Simpson Mine Shaft or visit the Bruce Mines Museum which houses over 7,000 artifacts.
Learn more: www.brucemines.ca

Thessalon

Thessalon-bridge (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Set on the beautiful river mouth on upper Lake Huron, Thessalon was once a lumber town. Today, it's an excellent base for adventure: canoeing, fishing, hunting, and hiking along a portion of the Voyageur Hiking Trail. In the winter, there are groomed cross country ski trails, plus great snowmobiling trails. Art lovers will find many local artisans who love to share their works. The town itself has many restaurants, shopping and a municipal marina with excellent docking facilities.
Learn more: www.thessalon.ca

Huron Shores

iron-bridge (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Huron Shores includes the communities of Little Rapids, Sowerby, Dalton, Iron Bridge, Dean Lake and other historical hamlets. There are many outdoor adventures to enjoy here: fishing, hunting, cycling; and in winter snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, there are many events and historic places to explore: Heritage Park Museum in Little Rapids, Iron Bridge Historical Museum, Fall Fairs, even the weekly Farmers Market. The Municipality can proudly boast of two of the three 12-sided barns known to exist in all of Canada: Cordukes/Weber Barn, The Round Barn (which is now a gift shop) located in Maple Ridge.
Learn more: www.huronshores.ca

Blind River

blind-river (Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Located on the North Channel of Lake Huron at the mouth of the Blind River and the Mississauga River, the town of Blind River has become an outdoor recreational hot spot. Trail enthusiasts will love the 10 km of multi-season trails at the Boom Camp Interpretive Park. Explore the many opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating and water sports, or the full range of winter and summer festival events. Blind River also has an 18-hole golf course, shopping and dining.
Learn more: www.blindriver.ca

Elliot Lake

elliot-lake (Photo credit: City of Elliot Lake)

Surrounded by breathtaking pristine wilderness, Elliot Lake is home to many exciting adventures. It has one of the top ATV trail systems in Ontario, with over 300 km of trails within just 30 km of the city. It is home to a alpine ski hill, cross country ski trails, snowmobiling, a championship 18-hole golf course and is located at the heart of the Deer Trail Touring Route.There are many inland lakes for fishing, and some incredible paddling routes. Mississagi Provincial Park is also nearby. This Park is known for it's amazing hiking trails: Helenbar Lookout Trail in particular offers breathtaking views of the landscape.
Learn more: www.tourismelliotlake.com

Spanish

spanish (Photo credit: Rob Stimpson)

The waterfront community of Spanish is home to amazing boating opportunities for power-boaters, yachtsmen and sailors on Lake Huron, as it is situated on Lake Huron, amidst the Whalesback and North Channel. It is close the Benjamin Islands and the surrounding islands are popular anchoring spots for island-hoppers. There are two waterfront marinas to dock at: the Spanish Municipal Marina and Almenara en el Rio Marina. The town also hosts an annual outdoor concert every year in August: www.rocknroar.ca Besides it's boating and hiking opportunities, Spanish also has amazing fishing opportunities with full service lodges, resorts, housekeeping cottages and camgrounds that are easily accessible by car.
Learn more: www.townofspanish.com

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